- List of characters in Storm Hawks
This is a list of characters in the
Cartoon Networkseries " Storm Hawks".
The Storm Hawks are the main characters of the series. The Storm Hawks is also the name of a previous Sky Knight squadron which was taken down by the Dark Ace, the newer one having adopted the name (and their carrier) in their honor.
The Storm Hawks' carrier ship is the "Condor". The "Condor" belonged to the original Storm Hawks, the current ones having found it long after it crashed and repaired it. As befitting a carrier, the "Condor" possesses a large hangar with a decent runway for vehicles to take off from. There are living quarters for seven or more people. The ship has two sixty-foot periscopes for outside observation, though the generous window design of the bridge is such that everything in front of the ship is perfectly visible.
For propulsion, the "Condor" has two main engines built into the massive, pontoon-like structures that make up the main portion of the ship. A pair of secondary engines built onto the living area of the ship provide for maneuvering, and a rudder is attached to the stern to assist. During periods of inactivity, the ship can hover or land. Eight anchors built into both the forward pontoons and living section allow the ship to anchor itself to cliffs, though the engines still need to be running to avoid over-stressing the anchors.
For armament, the "Condor" possesses two energy cannons that can be controlled by the pilot. In addition, the ship has at least two more energy cannons that can be manually operated, mounted in retractable positions in the side, that must be prepped for service before use. The vessel also has shields (whether they were powered or ablative is unknown), though they are knocked out in the first episode (permanently, according to Stork).
Leader of the Storm Hawks, Aerrow (voiced by
Samuel Vincent) is the last descendant of the original Storm Hawks. He is a talented boy and a skilled fighter, being the first person to defeat the Dark Ace and survive after defeating The Dark Ace in a Sky Duel. At only 14 years old, he is considered one of the most talented Sky Knights in Atmos. Genial and brave, but with an untameable daring streak, Aerrow is typical of a leader; wherever there is injustice, Aerrow is the first to suggest going on a potentially dangerous or deadly mission in order to fix the problem. His name is a portmanteauof the words aero and arrow, and is pronounced to rhyme with "sparrow".
In the series opening, Aerrow names himself as 'the last descendant of the original Storm Hawks', and the former leader is shown to bear a resemblance to him. Judging from the fact that the past Storm Hawks were defeated ten years earlier, when Aerrow was four years old. It is mostly likely that he is Aerrow's father, which may play a role in Aerrow's rivalry with the Dark Ace, the man responsible for his demise.
For combat, Aerrow uses a pair of twin lightning blades, each powered by a rare blue striker crystal. The two blades can be joined at the hilts to form a double-bladed sword. Aerrow's signature attack with his blades is his Lightning Claw maneuver, a technique that fires a pulse of lightning energy ahead of him, preceded by a pair of wings extending from the blades, which form into the pulse. Unlike most characters, who keep a parachute on-hand should their vehicles be destroyed or otherwise rendered inoperable, Aerrow has a retractable hang-glider, allowing him to continue fighting despite the loss of his vehicle or return to it if they are separated in combat. His daring and confidence in himself are regularly demonstrated, as in the pilot when he successfully performs an attack which takes out several Talons at once, even though he had never performed the attack before and claimed to have seen it on a cartoon. Aerrow seems to have a crush on his teammate Piper. Although she likes him back, work always gets in the way.
Aerrow's vehicle of choice is his Air Skimmer III Ultra, a motorcycle equipped with a pair of retractable bi-wings. Unlike the regular model, Aerrow's Skimmer has a secondary cockpit built into the
starboardengine for Radarr. Controls for the wings are also situated near Radarr. It comes with a crystal-powered afterburner for short bursts of speed, though use of the device comes with the risk of causing the vehicle to explode. Finally, Aerrow's Skimmer has more armor than the standard model, the weight of which is offset by a lighter frame, and removable shields in the upper wing-pair for an added defense. In contrast, however, the vehicle features no weaponry, since Aerrow prefers hand-to-hand combat. In fact, Aerrow's fighting style often has him jumping onto his opponent's vehicle.
Finn (voiced by
Matt Hill) is the 14-year-old wing-man and sharpshooter of the Storm Hawks, an egotistical, hyperactive, and self-centered kid. He's not the brightest bulb (the fact that he calls himself a Gomo instead of a Domo is an example). Despite Finn's faults, he often proves himself a capable warrior when the situation calls for it. In other respects, however, Finn is less than competent, namely where piloting and hand-to-hand combat are concerned. Impulsive and reckless, Finn is almost always the first one to get into trouble, usually dragging his friend Junko into it with him. Finn's catchphrase is "chica-cha", accompanied by him pointing both fingers like pistols, which he does whenever he accomplishes (or believes he's accomplished) something. Finn's passions are rock, air guitar, and flirting with girls. Apart from having a deadly shot, he is able to play guitar (not well), much to the displeasure of the rest of the crew, especially Piper and Stork.
In combat, Finn uses his energy crossbow to attack from long range. The weapon has been modified extensively, including a telescoping sight and an auto-reloader. The tip has a vaguely Wallop-shaped design on it, which Junko added. Finn's ammunition consists of crystal-tipped arrows. When defending the "Condor", Finn operates one of the energy cannons, which he can aim with deadly accuracy.
For flight, Finn uses a standard Air Skimmer III. Unlike the Ultra, Finn's standard Skimmer sacrifices armor for speed and maneuverability. Finn has a retractable crossbow built into the bow of the vehicle, which operates in basically the same manner as his portable one. In addition to its speed, Finn's Skimmer has a pair of Nimbus 7 engines, which are designed to make as little noise as possible when holding off on the throttle. As a running gag, Finn's vehicle is almost always cut in half during combat. Furthermore, rather than use his parachute, Finn will proceed to land crotch-first on one of his friends' rides, along with a high-pitched greeting to said friend.
Junko (voiced by Colin Murdock) is the 14-year-old flight engineer and heavy
ballistics expert (in short, mechanic) of the Storm Hawks. Junko is a Wallop, a species of stereotypically dimwitted yet amazingly strong creatures that resemble humanoid rhinos. Junko aspires to overcome this stereotype, and hence is smarter than is considered normal for his species. He's still not considered bright, however ("The beacon tower! It stopped, uh, beaconing!", being an example). He's also weaker than normal for his species (although, it may have been due to a lack of confidence on his part when he was a younger Wallop), though still much stronger than any human (10 humans to be exact), shown when he was able to easily overpower Snipe, who is himself far stronger than average. As a child, he was picked on for both these traits. Junko is also hyperopic (i.e. farsighted), and requires eyeglasses to read, as seen in episode 13: "Storm Warning".
Junko quite literally collects random junk, keeping assorted spare parts in his closet. One of Junko's most noticeable traits is his cast-iron stomach which allows him to eat almost anything, including the lethal cuisine of the Colonel. Junko apparently has some allergy to Murk Raiders and Sky Sharks, which triggers when one of the two are in the area. His sneezes are powerful enough to send groups of attackers flying.
Junko fights with knuckle busters, steel knuckle covers powered by a level nine nimbus crystal. They light up with green energy when active and increase his strength to near-superhero levels, enough to lift a massive metal airship with ease or bend hull plating bare-handed. The busters are family heirlooms, given to him by his aunt to give him the confidence he needed to match the strength of the others of his species. As demonstrated by Finn, the busters are quite heavy and require Wallop strength to control them. When Finn tries to use them, his strength is enhanced to the point that even moving his hands generates more momentum than he can resist, causing him to flail about randomly in an attempt to stop himself. Aside from his busters, Junko occasionally wields a cruiser-grade energy cannon as a hand-held weapon and, like Finn, uses the "Condor"'s energy cannons during ship-to-ship combat.
For flight, Junko uses an Air Skimmer III EL. This model sacrifices speed and maneuverability for more combat-oriented items, namely missiles and armor. The vehicle comes equipped with eight crystal "little birdie" missiles and eight crystal "turkey burps" launched via catapult or trap door. Like Finn's Skimmer, it also sports Nimbus 7 engines for stealth.
Piper (voiced by
Chiara Zanni) is the 14-year-old navigation and tactics specialist of the Storm Hawks. She's also a crystal specialist, capable of refining raw crystals into usable ones, an art considered difficult at best. Piper often devises elaborate plans for the team to follow, though more often than not they only manage to complete part of the plan before simply improvising, annoying her. Being the only female member of the Storm Hawks, Piper is usually embarrassed by her teammates in any situation requiring grace or tact, something none of them seem to possess in significant quantities; Junko and Finn in particular are worse in such situations, while Aerrow simply does nothing to curb Radarr's manic behavior. Stork, on the other hand, attempts civility, but never quite meets Piper's standards. She is very opinionated, often to the disadvantage of her teammates, and will speak her mind. Aerrow is her favourite Sky Knight, followed by Starling (as mentioned in the pilot).
Despite her more intelligence-oriented station, Piper is a capable fighter (with her crystal powered staff). She is a master of a unique style of
martial artscalled "Sky Fu" (the "Storm Hawks"' equivalent to Kung Fu) and her knowledge of crystals make her attacks in battle unpredictable, since during any given battle her crystal-powered staff could potentially have a different effect. She was able to maintain a steady battle against Master Cyclonis by herself, eventually forcing Cyclonis to retreat by breaking the crystal on her staff. She also fought Cyclonis in "The Masked Masher", successfully fending off her attack and remarking that Cyclonis "fights like a girl".
Unlike her friends, who all pilot plane-like vehicles, Piper pilots a Heliscooter, a combination helicopter/scooter built for fuel economy. The main rotor extends from a compartment behind the seat, while the rear wheel provides the tail rotor. Unlike the Skimmers, Piper's Heliscooter only has one booster, making it slower. In addition, it is much smaller and so has almost no armor protecting it. It is, however, much more maneuverable than a Skimmer.
Radarr is Aerrow's pet of indeterminate origin. He has been with Aerrow since he was very young. Radarr is intelligent enough to understand others and dislikes the "pet" classification. He is also very perceptive, often picking up on those with bad intentions before anyone else. When introducing the squadron, Aerrow notes that Radarr enjoys being called "mission specialist".
Radarr is usually seen sitting on Aerrow's shoulder or piloting Aerrow's Skimmer during missions, since Aerrow himself rarely stays in the vehicle's seat during combat. During those times Aerrow is actually piloting the vehicle, Radarr will often help by throwing wrenches and other objects at nearby enemies to disable them. Inexplicably, the engine where Radarr's seat is installed has an invisible compartment, from which Radarr can pull all manner of objects; a running gag with this is a female chicken attracted to Radarr that first appears in "Gale Force Winds". Radarr is also a capable mechanic where the Skimmer is concerned, able to make basic repairs to it in-flight. During the episode "Escape", Radarr reassembles an old wrecked Skimmer and gets it working, though it eventually falls apart from wear and tear.
Radarr is similar to
Daxterfrom the Jak and Daxter series.
Stork (voiced by
Scott McNeil) is the carrier pilot of the Storm Hawks, and as such does not actively fly with the rest of the squadron, nor does he wish to for that matter. He states in the pilot that his tenure with the Storm Hawks will only last "until something better comes along". Stork is in his early 20's and is a Merb, a species of green-skinned, cold-blooded humanoids that inhabit Terra Merb, an environment where natural disasters are constantly occurring, possibly accounting for Stork's personality. He is said to have the biggest fanbase of the show.
Apparently a product of his home, Stork is paranoid of everyone and everything that could potentially harm him and the squadron. As such, Stork expects doom from every encounter to the point that, in his first battle, he begins filling out his own will, only to discard it upon realizing that all his possessions are on board the ship and thus would be destroyed along with him (he does write a will and gives it to Finn beforing having a meal prepared by Junko in "Storm Warning"). Stork's paranoia results in extreme pessimism, as he often disregards any possibility of survival or finds the most depressing way in which to express the odds of surviving an encounter. He's also a
hypochondriac, often complaining of an apparently growing yet never visible rash or some other ailment.
Stork's paranoia does have benefits, however, since he's a brilliant inventor. His devices, though never used as intended, are often incredibly useful or life-saving. For example, he invented a pair of x-ray binoculars, which he had designed to search for "mind worms". Stork also displays extreme ingenuity and resourcefulness during "The Code", in which he builds a versatile motorcycle from a pile of scrap within moments. He also has numerous traps set up about the ship, which the others criticize; they inevitably turn out useful, further validating Stork's paranoia. In addition, he appears to possess above-human strength, as he’s able to hold off Snipe's attacks with his bare hands for a few moments in the Forbidden City (though he ultimately defeats Snipe by using the ejector seat on his vehicle).
Stork is a gifted pilot, capable of pulling off precision maneuvers with the "Condor". For example, in the pilot episode he is able to successfully fly the "Condor" through the Wastelands, a stunt considered crazy to do for single pilots, much less an entire carrier. Stork apparently feels much more at home in the ship than anywhere else to the point that he dislikes leaving it if at all possible. It's also where he retreats to at the first opportunity. He's much more confident while on the ship, enough so to single-handedly fight the Raptors when they board it using the onboard traps. When the "Condor" is swallowed whole by a terra-sized creature in the episode "Leviathan", Stork suffers from a condition known as Sky Shock, going through a number of strange phases before taking on the sterotypical behavior of a pirate and crazy captain with references to
Moby-Dick. He fights to free the ship, only to suffer the final phase of memory loss after doing so.
Stork also invented his own personalized ride, the Stork-Mobile (or Stork's Safety Buggy), for the Storm Hawks' excursion into the Forbidden City. Given the only perfect safety rating in the series, the Stork-Mobile features a number of safety devices of Stork's own design; these include a booby-trap detector, indestructible tires, a roll bar, parachutes, anti-lock brakes, 52 independent external airbags, and an ejector seat (Stork insists "you always need an ejector seat" which, like all his inventions, turns out to be useful). Despite its ponderous appearance, the Stork-Mobile can fly: the front wheels form two secondary rotors, the main rotor emerges from a compartment behind the seat, and the two rear wheels form the tail rotor.
His favorite food is merb cabbage. In case of disaster, Stork has stockpiled reserves of cabbage on the Condor, and it turned out to be useful in the episode "Siren's Song". However, the cabbage's practicality as an emergency ration is limited as other non-merb characters have a strong aversion to eating it. However, he has an allergy to chocolate that apparently causes him to break out with a rash if he is even exposed to it.
Other Sky Knight squadrons
The Absolute Zeroes are a Sky Knight squadron from Terra Blizzaris. Their team consists of humanoid rabbit/coyotes called Blizzarians, all of whom speak with stereotypical Canadian accents; they use the word "Eh" at the end of most of their sentences. Their leader is Suzi-Lu (voiced by
Nicole Oliver). The males of the squadron have a penchant for risky or just plain foolish stunts, acting like extreme sports enthusiasts, something Suzi entertains simply because it makes for good training. They also enjoy pie-eating contests, though they like to eat their pies frozen. As the name of their terra suggests, they use a blizzard crystal to cover the terrain in snow. Reflecting their appearance, the Blizzarians use alarms tuned to frequencies beyond the range of human hearing.
The Absolute Zeroes appear in the pilot episode, where they and every other Sky Knight squadron are taken out by the Dark Ace, and in "Velocity", where Suzi's souped-up vehicle malfunctions and takes off unassisted by wings before the race even begins. They are the main focus of "Fire and Ice", which highlights their somewhat inattentive method of colonization: when creating a new home for themselves, they fail to realize that little limbless creatures referred to as "leapers" live there. Suzi admits the extent of their check was basically yelling to see if anyone called back. In other words, "We hollered REAL loud!" A few members make a cameo appearance at the Sky Shanty in "The Leviathan". They also appear in episode 28, 'Atmos' Most Wanted.'
The Absolute Zeroes pilot Ice Grinders, snowmobiles that transform into split-winged fighters. The vehicles are designed for cold temperatures, and thus operate poorly in high heat. On the plus side, they are very reliable, requiring very little maintenance and enduring what the Zeroes put them through without failing. In battle, the Zeroes wield crystal-enhanced axes.
A Sky Knight Squadron mentioned by Ayrgyn as one of those defeated by the Cyclonians, they seem to be Nordic in appearance. They first appeared in "Velocity" when their leader traded items with Finn and raced in the competition.
The Neck Deeps are a Sky Knight Squadron from Terra Aquanos. They are led by Tritonn (voiced by
Scott McNeil), a half-man/half fish native Aquanosian, whom is referred to by other Sky Knights as a legend. However, Tritonn (and possibly the rest of his squadron) has fallen on hard times after a failed attempt to rid the skies of a monster called the Leviathan; not only were thirty men lost in the attempt, but the beast swallowed Tritonn's only brother, Horrace. Following the battle, Tritonn apparently lost his courage and began spending his time drinking at the bar of the Sky Side Shanty. However, after the Storm Hawks demonstrate their determination to rescue Radarr and the "Condor" from the Leviathan, Tritonn decided to lend them his old ship, the "Skyquod", and later led a number of the local sky-fishers to assist in the mission. As a result of their efforts, a method was devised to keep the Leviathan at bay, and Horrace and other survivors were rescued from the beast's mouth (having survived by eating schools of "cloud krill" swallowed by the monster).
The Rebel Ducks are the Sky Knight squadron of Terra Gale. They are defeated and imprisoned during a Cyclonian invasion, leaving the Terra defenseless. Terra Gale's people are subsequently enslaved and the Terra itself turned into a factory field, the smelters and other such machinery covering the normally clear sky in pollutants. Wren, one of Terra Gale's few un-enslaved residents, is a former Sky Knight, and the Resistance Leader; while attempting to rescue his granddaughter Dove, the Storm Hawks are roped into freeing the Rebel Ducks too, allowing them to mount a counter-attack against the Cyclonians. Their most prized possession is the "Cheese Stone", a crystal which can turn objects into cheese. The residents of Terra Gale, including their Sky Knight squadron, speak with French accents.
The Red Eagles are the defenders of Terra Atmosia, home of the Sky Knight council and the Aurora Stone. Whether they originate from Terra Atmosia or not is unclear. They are widely considered to be the best Sky Knight squadron in the entire Atmos, and as such have legions of admiring fans. They are led by Carver (voiced by
Brian Drummond), who turns traitor in favor of Master Cyclonis and attempts to steal the Aurora Stone. He freezes his entire team during the attempt, and they remain absent for the following attack by the Cyclonian Talons. Though successful in removing the stone, he is quickly defeated by Aerrow and arrested.
Like the Storm Hawks, the Red Eagles pilot model III Air Skimmers. Carver uses a single energy blade as his main weapon, but the others don't reveal any specific armaments.
The Rex Guardians are a Sky Knight squadron from Terra Rex. According to Piper, the first Sky Knight was a Rex Guardian. The Rex Guardians all speak in a stereotypical English accent. They appear in the pilot at the spearhead of the massive, but unsuccessful, Sky Knight attack on Cyclonia. They make another appearance in "The Code", where their leader, Harrier (voiced by
Scott McNeil), takes a phoenix crystal which Aerrow and Piper had worked hard to retrieve. Harrier initially looks down on the Storm Hawks, disregarding them as children and refusing to return the crystal, so Aerrow challenges him to a duel between their squadrons. The Guardians, being sticklers to their personal Sky Knight Code, cheat the Storm Hawks out of victory through various technicalities, though the Storm Hawks come out on top in every event.
After winning, Harrier hands the phoenix crystal over to the Dark Ace in an attempt to placate Cyclonia. Obviously unfamiliar with the dishonorable tactics of villains, he is surprised when the Dark Ace attacks anyway. Still convinced that his squadron is superior, Harrier insists that they'll fight the Dark Ace on their own, in order to show the Storm Hawks how real Sky Knights do battle. Finn happily predicts that they'll be "smacked down so hard," which the Dark Ace proves correct by quickly taking down the entire squadron with relative ease. The Storm Hawks subsequently repel the Dark Ace on their behalf. Faced with the ineffectiveness of their current ways, Harrier agrees to take some pointers from the Storm Hawks.
Reflecting their initial attitudes, the Rex Guardians dress in meticulously maintained dueling armor and fly classic Air Skimmers, split-winged fighters with manually activated wings (newer models have automatic deployment). These have comparatively slow speed, and poor maneuverability at high speeds. Their engines are a combination of prop-driven and thruster type. They are quite rugged, however, and can take more damage than most vehicles. Their fighting and piloting styles reflect that of medieval jousting and dueling, which emphasizes honor, chivalry and the Sky Knight Code: as the Dark Ace demonstrates, this style of fighting fares poorly against those who don't play by the same rules. The Guardians are armed with energy swords and lances, powered by yellow striker crystals; though equally antiquated, these weapons are still quite effective.
An all-female Squadron defeated by the Cyclonians, as mentioned by Ayrgyn. They first appeared in the pilot episode when they attacked along with the other sky knights against Cyclonia in vain. They also appeared in "Velocity" as competitors for the race.
Starling (voiced by
Nicole Oliver) is a Sky Knight in her early twenties, who speaks with a British accent and who formerly belonged to the Interceptors. Starling has purple spiked hair and green eyes. Her squadron was brought down by the Raptors, with Starling being the only survivor. She insists that she has no need for friends, but only says this to avoid the pain of losing them again, and for this reason turns down Aerrow's offers to let her join the Storm Hawks. Starling prefers cunning to actual fighting, having infiltrated Cyclonia in the pilot episode disguised as a Talon and using distractions to accomplish her goal in "Absolute Power". She is no slouch in combat, though, defeating Repton in single combat and holding her own against Master Cyclonis and Ravess.
Starling uses crystal-enhanced
numchucksin battle. The numchucks can fire bolts of purple energy from the hanzo crystals embedded in the handles. Starling pilots a Skimmer-like vehicle known as a Slip-Wing Fighter Ultra, affectionately dubbed the "Red Streak" by Starling. It is a stripped down model designed to be as fast as possible without compromising performance, making it the fastest vehicle of its type.
Third Degree Burners
The Third Degree Burners are the burly Sky Knight squadron of Terra Saharr. Large by most standards, they love both a good fight and a good bet, something Finn comes to regret. They speak with
Australianaccents. The Sky Knight of the Third Degree Burners is Blister (voiced by Scott McNeil), a somewhat lanky yet still muscular man with a high-pitched voice. Their heavy ballistics expert is Burner (voiced by Colin Murdock), a much larger man whom Finn loses several bets to.
The Third Degree Burners pilot modified Air Skimmers resembling reversed trikes. The vehicles come with much more armor than a standard Skimmer and three extra thrusters to compensate for the strong winds in Saharr. The extra thrusters give the Burner Skimmers top speeds rivaling (or exceeding) that of any other Skimmer, even in their home turf, which comes in handy during the Great Atmos Race. Burner Skimmers transform into transverse helicopters to fly.
The Third Degree Burners are also one of the few squadrons whose carrier ship has been shown. The vessel is nearly twice as large as the Storm Hawks' "Condor", sporting two separate tiers, the lower of which seems to be the living quarters of the vessel. When landing, three legs keep the vessel from tipping over. The vessel has four engines to propel it.
The Murk Raiders are pirates that attack any ship foolish enough to wander into Terra Deep, though they sometimes wander out to search for valuable treasure across the Atmos. They have fierce reputation, noted by themselves and implied by the Storm Hawks. Led by Captain Scabulous (voiced by
Mark Oliver), the Murk Raiders strip any and every useful item from the ships they capture, including their crews. Their ships, designed to operate in the high-pressure depths of their terra's environment, are nigh-unstoppable on their home turf. The Murk Raiders themselves are typical of pirates: several are missing limbs, including their captain, which have been replaced with mechanical prosthetics. The Murk Raider crew wield dual-edged energy cutlasses fueled by yarr crystals, ideal for tearing apart ships and their crews, if necessary. Captain Scabulous wields a pair of energy sabres powered by a deadly fathom crystal. While the lower-ranked crewman rely on numbers to overcome their foes, Captain Scabulous is able to fight on par with Aerrow.
For transport, the Murk Raiders use their massive carrier, the "Blood Crow". The primary design aspects of the "Blood Crow" are its thin yet long design and the giant mouth attached to the bow, the latter of which literally bites onto potential raiding targets to allow for easy boarding. Using its sonic finder, the "Blood Crow" can track the smallest sound within the depths of Terra Deep, while simultaneously masking its own energy signature to prevent detection by ordinary methods. Equipped with many powerful energy cannons stretched across its length, the "Blood Crow" can freely blast through the craggy rocks that impede normal carriers or just as easily disable other carriers in one or two hits. Finally, when other ships seek refuge in the cloud-obscured depths,
depth charges studded with explosive crystals can be dropped to discourage such behavior.
In addition to the "Blood Crow", there are at least two other carriers of similar but slightly larger design available to the Murk Raiders. These versions lack the bow mouth, which is replaced by a similar-looking mask. In overall size, they even dwarf the Cyclonian Destroyers.
The Colonel (voiced by
Mark Oliver) is a large, four-legged, spider-like gangster, infamous throughout the Atmos. He lives in a big mansion located on an isolated terra where he maintains a large collection of both valuable objects and exotic food. He is served by four bulky-looking human bodyguards. The Colonel appears very suave, yet is so intimidating that the Storm Hawks and the Raptors alike are afraid of him. To keep himself strong, the Colonel eats dishes that would usually kill most people, although he is matched, and eventually bested, by Junko in an eating contest. A favorite of his for dessert is frozen yogurtfound in an icebar on the other side of the Atmos. Due to his Spanish accent, he pronounces it as "rozen yoga".
The Colonel makes his second appearance when he buys and remodels the "Condor". The Storm Hawks then challenge the Colonel to a race, in the hopes that they will win back the "Condor". The Colonel beats them easily, and claims the Storm Hawks' replacement ship as his prize. The Storm Hawks resort to hiding aboard the "Condor" but get caught, narrowly avoiding punishment by claiming they want to see his "historic" flight to break the air speed barrier. However, at such high speeds, the "Condor" begins to fall apart, forcing the Colonel to give it back to the Storm Hawks. In this episode, Stork is the only one brave enough to stand up to the Colonel, if only because the "Condor" is in danger.
Of all the explorers in Atmos, none is considered more famous or legendary than I.J. Domiwick. With dozens of best-selling books to his name, I.J. Domiwick is known throughout the Atmos for his daring adventures and amazing discoveries in ancient ruins. He's been described as smart, brave, adventurous, scientific, handsome, charming, and successful... Oh and humble; don't forget humble. But of all his many many fans, no one loves him quite as much as he loves himself.
In "The Forbidden City", the Storm Hawks pay a visit to Domiwick's latest excavation on Terra Xoam, home to the mysterious Forbidden City and the legendary Oracle Crystal. However, they soon learned that Domiwick had betrayed Atmos by allowing his dig to be sponsored by the Cyclonians, with Snipe on hand to follow Domiwick's digging instructions. Eventually, Domiwick and the Cyclonians tunnel their way into the city, but as soon as they're inside, Snipe abandons Domiwick, intending to claim the crystal for Master Cyclonis. After making his way through the city's many death traps, Domiwick and Piper duel outside the crystal chamber. Robbed of his prize when Aerrow frees the spirit of the Oracle, Domiwick is last seen being denied a ride out of the collapsing temple on Snipe's Heli-Blade. He has yet to reappear in subsequent episodes.
The Producers, Staldorf (voiced by Colin Murdock) and Walder (voiced by
Scott McNeil), are two humanoid (from the waist up) creatures always scouting for talent, by force if necessary. Their names and personalities are a play on the hecklers Statler and Waldorffrom the " The Muppet Show". Though humanoid at first glance, Staldorf and Walder are connected from the waist down to a giant green monster.
In "Terra Neon", the Producers kidnap the inhabitants of Terra Neon and force them all to audition. After 'auditioning' the Storm Hawks and everybody else on Terra Neon, only Stork was left standing; despite his stage fright, he somehow managed to impress them (unintentionally) with his "doom"-themed poetry. After chasing Stork into the Wastelands, trying to convince him to be the 'Next Big Thing', the Storm Hawks left the Producers to the native wildlife. The Producers were last seen on board Ravess's ship, both in agreement that she and her fellow violinists were boring.
The Talon Cadets are a group of children from various terras that became students of the Talon Academy, deceived by Cyclonian
propagandathat glamorized the life of a Talon.
In "Talon Academy", Piper captures a Talon whose parachute malfunctioned, and upon unmasking him, discovers that "him" is actually a "her", and that the Talon is no older than herself. After she is rescued by a comrade, the Storm hawks quickly learn of the Talon Academy. Deciding to investigate, Aerrow, Piper, and Radarr enroll in the Academy (in disguise), where they find themselves suffering the physical and verbal abuse of "Sergeant Snipe", as well as dealing with an egotistical Cadet nicknamed "Top Dog" (voiced by
Matt Hill), who immediately shows his dislike for Aerrow (seeing as how Aerrow's skills makes him look bad in comparison).
Over time, Aerrow and Piper manage to convince the Cadets that being a Talon is no way to live, and Piper eventually reveals her identity to Lynn (voiced by
Kathleen Barr), the Talon she had rescued earlier. Top Dog overhears this and outs them to Snipe, upon which Aerrow and Piper manage to turn the school against Snipe. Top Dog, however, radios for an elite Talon squadron before being captured. With danger at hand, Aerrow and Piper lead the Cadets in a counterattack, using the camp's kitchen supplies to stall and harass the Talons long enough for the "Condor" to arrive and fight the rest of them off. During the fight, Snipe and Top Dog escape to safety.
In awe of their new heroes, the children reveal that they want to become Storm Hawks instead. Aerrow entertains the idea of having them as a reserve team.
According to Piper, the Sky Sirens are beings who take on the appearance of a woman and have the ability to conjure illusions from a person's deepest desires. They exist to lure ships to their doom. The Sky Siren who appears in "Siren's Song" has blue skin, dark blue hair, blank eyes, fangs, and long, sharp fingers; she hovers in midair while an electric blue aura surrounds her.
In "Siren's Song", a Siren lures the Storm Hawks into the Great Expanse with illusions of their desires, then attempts to turn their desires into nightmares in an effort to destroy them. As she terrorizes them, she is slowly weakened by their continued resistance. Radarr successfully overcomes her, as his desire was to pilot the "Condor", which the Siren was actively trying to prevent.
Ayrgyn the Skeelur
Ayrgyn (voiced by
Scott McNeil) is a shape-shifter known for his amazing training tactics. He warns the Storm Hawks of the Cyclonian's new abilities and trains them in "The Lesson". Though the Storm Hawks miss the point of his lessons, their individual experiences allow them to overcome the otherwise unbeatable abilities the Talons had gained. He can change at will from a bird to a human, and has powers which, even with the crystal-enhanced technology common in the show, border on functional magic. Ayrgyn's voice and personality appear to be an homage to Paul Lynde, particularly the need to respond to a question with a joke.
The Leviathan is a giant monster that disguises itself as a terra to lure in ships and its favorite food, cloud krill. The monster is greatly feared by Sky Side Shanty as it can swallow ships whole. Survivors of its attacks lived in its mouth and throat like parasites, eating cloud krill to stay alive. One of the survivors was Tritonn's brother, Horace. It was finally defeated by the combined efforts of the Storm Hawks and the Sky Knight squads that inhabit the Sky Side Shanty.
Gundstaff is a giant who first appeared in "Life With Leugey". He has a large collection of rare crystals which he houses in a vault. The Storm Hawks steal some crystals from him to make an anti-Gravitron crystal to separate Leugey and Stork. This upsets him and he attacks them with a giant crystal powered mace (much like the one belonging to Snipe). He lives on an isolated terra in an old house with a giant chicken.
The Cyclonians are the main villains of the series. Their main base is located on Cyclonia, though their empire has annexed several other terras for various reasons. The Cyclonian empire is ruled by Master Cyclonis, who seeks dominion over Atmos. Like most names on the show, the name is a pun on a type of weather, in this case a
The Dark Ace, (voiced by
Samuel Vincent) was formerly a member of the original Storm Hawks (serving as a co-pilot for the squadron's original leader), until he betrayed them. He is in his late 20's and is a feared pilot in Atmos, said to be undefeated and self-described as having defeated more Sky Knights than anyone. Such boasting is not without its merits: he has taken down the entire Storm Hawks squadron (even Aerrow in their first battle) and defeated the five-man Rex Guardian squadron in less than a minute. He formed a rivalry with Aerrow after the pilot episode, and the two are typically evenly matched, but there's often something that interferes with their fights before they finish (in one battle Dark Ace actually managed to disarm Aerrow, but a sudden shift on the airship they were on allowed Aerrow to get his weapons back to beat the Dark Ace). The Dark Ace serves as the commander of the Cyclonian Talons.
A ruthless warrior, the Dark Ace doesn't settle for simply defeating his opponents, at least not when he has the opportunity to do more. In his first battle with Aerrow, he states that the winner of a battle is the one to come out alive, though he lets Aerrow live simply to further damage his pride and to make a point to the spectators. In his battle with Harrier, he makes it a point to sever the Sky Knight's parachute after destroying his vehicle.
Unlike Master Cyclonis' other minions, the Dark Ace displays loyalty beyond that of the others. While Ravess and Snipe are loyal to her at least partially out of fear, the Dark Ace shows a willingness to protect Master Cyclonis even at his own expense, diving between her and a falling support beam in the pilot episode. Master Cyclonis herself jokingly dismisses his failure to defeat Aerrow in the same episode, and his position suggests she holds more faith in him than she does anyone else.
In battle, the Dark Ace wields a two-handed long double blade that can fire deadly blasts of energy. Flashbacks show this weapon to be standard amongst all the original Storm Hawks, though their versions used crystals that produced blue-glowing blades rather than the Dark Ace's red one. It is most effective when used with a firebolt crystal. Attached to his left arm is some sort of
hydraulicpump, the purpose of which is unclear. Like Aerrow, the Dark Ace has a signature attack which fires a massive energy pulse, though it doesn't have the same dramatic touches that Aerrow's does. He also uses a retractable hang-glider in place of a parachute; however, his version sports a pair of boosters for additional thrust.
The Dark Ace pilots a Talon Switchblade Elite, in maneuverability, which is hampered by the excessive armor it comes equipped with. The Switchblade uses Magma 66 engines, which outperform any other engine at the cost of fuel economy, though the Cyclonian crystal resources are such that this point is moot. Attached to the wings are secondary blades, designed to slice through other vehicles in deliberate near-collisions. In addition, the nose and wings are reinforced to allow the vehicle to deliberately ram others and survive. The Dark Ace's model is also equipped with three-inch thick bronze absorption panels on the wings that repel most energy blasts, and a single ball-joint articulation between the front and back wheel that allows him to make impossible turns in bike mode.
The 14-year-old Master Cyclonis (voiced by
Lenore Zann) is the diabolical leader of Cyclonia. According to Asaph Fipke, Cyclonis is the descendant of a long line of evil emperors and empresses and became ruler at an early age because of a tragic incident with her father [ http://www.tv.com/storm-hawks/show/73579/interview-with-ace!/topic/86461-881784/msgs.html ] . . A paranoid megalomaniacwith sociopathic and narcissistic tendencies, she is the main antagonist of the series (despite only appearing in a total of six episodes) and as such she exhibits the signature evil overlord traits: high intelligence, expertise with doomsday devices (crystals in this case) and a violent dislike for failure on her subordinates' part; although she's more forgiving to Dark Ace, as she may see him as an older brother. To accentuate her evil personality, any particularly evil statements made by her carry a distorted secondary voice in the background. She wears a hood, which uncurls into a mane, a cloak, which she takes off during battle, and a cape, which she wears underneath the cloak.
Master Cyclonis' weapon of choice is her crystal staff, which, like Piper's staff, can have any number of effects based on the crystal powering it. The staff can reform itself if broken. In addition, Cyclonis herself can control and generate crystal energy without an intervening device, and can transform her weapons crystals during battle. She is usually standing at a console in her control room that has many mechanical arms, using it to create new crystals for use with her staff. She has many abilities with her crystals, such as deflection, teleportation, levitation, and shielding.
Cyclonis considers Piper to be the strongest member of the Storm Hawks due to her crystal expertise and fighting skills; in contrast, she is contemptuous of Aerrow and the other Storm Hawks. In one episode she disguises herself as a ditzy blonde girl named Lark to befriend Piper and after being found out tries to get Piper to join her, claiming that they are very much alike, more than Piper will admit. Piper refuses and remarks about Cyclonis' "twisted game" idea of friendship. She also describes Cyclonis as a lonely girl who desperately wants a friend and only acts the way she does to hide her true self. Cyclonis then attempts to destroy Piper using an Oblivion crystal, but since they were friends for a short time, the crystal was useless against Piper. Defeated and outnumbered, Cyclonis flees.
Mr. Moss (voiced by
Mark Oliver) is the Cyclonian warden of a high-security prison located on Terra Zartacla. He leads the hunt for Aerrow and Radarr when they manage to escape from his prison. In his attempt to apprehend them, he inadvertently allows the Storm Hawks to free everyone in the prison.
Moss flies an upgraded Heli-Blade in combat, which he affectionately calls "Bessie", and fights using a crystal-powered whip, which fires energy buzzsaws that can cut through trees with ease.
Mr. Moss, as well as most of the other Cyclonians on Zartacla, speaks with a Texan accent
Ravess (voiced by
Cathy Weseluck) is a high-ranking Talon leader in the Cyclonian army. Considering herself a model Cyclonian, Ravess is a notorious perfectionist and quickly gets annoyed by anything that may interfere with her reputation, whether it's a Sky Knight invasion, incompetence from her troops, or the stupidity of her brother Snipe. As part of her servitude to Cyclonia, Ravess is given control of Terra Bluster.
In combat, Ravess is an accurate archer. Although she uses a standard bow and arrow instead of a crossbow like Finn, her lethality with the weapon is unsurpassed, and can even hit a moving target from aboard her skimmer. She also has a love for the violin, usually snapping at troops who distract her from practice, and often rides into battle with a single violin-playing Talon following her (providing "theme music"). Once, she even incorporated her hobby into the development of a powerful weapon stationed on Polaris Point, though the Storm Hawks destroyed both the weapon and the cliff it stood on.
Ravess' personal skimmer is a standard Switchblade Elite, customized by Ravess with aerodynamically redesigned armor plating to achieve maximum speed and stealth. It bears no weapons, though Ravess' archery skills more than make up for this omission. Ravess also owns a personal carrier, which is smaller than a standard Destroyer and is shaped more like the beak of a hawk. The ship has Ravess' private chambers aboard, where Ravess will frequently practice her violin alongside a full orchestra of Talons. The ship was damaged very badly by the Cyclonian Exopod in "Stratosphere".
Snipe (voiced by Colin Murdock) is a gluttonous, childish slob who showers himself in opulence while his subjects slave away in abject poverty. Not a particularly bright person (he speaks of himself in the third person on occasion) nor a very competent pilot, Snipe makes up for his failings with brute strength and a single-minded dedication to smashing things. Snipe is Ravess's brother. As one of the Talon leaders, Snipe is given control of Terra Nimbus.
Snipe's weapon is a crystal-powered energy mace. Embedded in the iron ball are ten firebolt crystals, and the ball itself is attached to the handle by a retractable chain. Snipe's mace can fire deadly balls of energy in addition to its general capacity for smashing things.
Snipe pilots a Talon Heli-Blade Elite, a motorcycle-sized version of a Heliscooter. Snipe's Elite model is equipped with extra armor plating and several large blades attached to the nose. It also comes with a pair of rapid-fire, crystal-powered blasters, though Snipe doesn't make use of them. In one episode, he had a specialized battle airship built, which was fitted with an excessive amount of weapons, making it nigh-impossible to attack. However, the ship crashed in the Wastelands to due a combination of sabotage by the Storm Hawks and Snipe's own incompetence.
The Cyclonian Talons are Master Cyclonis' army of well-trained soldiers, though in a fashion typical of fodder villains they are inevitably defeated en-masse with seemingly little effort on the part of the heroes. They wield crystal-tipped staves that fire energy blasts. They wear red goggles to cover their eyes and are often blond, though it varies to a degree.
In aerial combat, the Talons are often led by either the Dark Ace, Snipe, or Ravess, though they do fly on their own on several occasions. The Talons commonly use standard Switchblades or Heli-Blades, neither of which sport the special enhancements of their squadron leaders. Rather than using hand-held weaponry in-flight, they use blasters mounted on their vehicles.
The Cyclonian Talons also have at least one model of carrier ship at their disposal: Cyclonian Destroyers, heavily-armed warships which are the second-largest of their type in the series, the Murk Raiders having the largest. Somewhat resembling a giant beak in overall design, the Cyclonian Destroyer is a self-contained invasion force. Its launch bays have enough room for at least several dozen Talon Switchblades and at least one squadron of Talon Heli-Blades. It is propelled by six engines, each with a pair of thrusters on them, and has shielding such that in a sustained battle with the "Condor", the "Condor"'s two energy cannons couldn't so much as scratch the hull. The ship is armed to the point that it can barely fly, among which are at least three triple-blaster sets and five massive cannons mounted on the bow. As Finn demonstrates in "Calling All Domos", their relatively unprotected engines make this an exploitable weakness, though in general the ship's heavy shields and large compliment of weapons discourage any attempts.
The Raptors are lizard-like humanoids in Master Cyclonis's employ. Partially pirates and rogues, they do her bidding under the threat that their home, Terra Bogaton, would be destroyed otherwise. The promise of riches and access to new hunting grounds provides further incentive. Their names, apart from Repton, are onomatopoeic for the expulsion of mucus.
The Raptors pilot Bone Wings, vehicles resembling a Skimmer in basic design but optimized for rough terrain and ground combat, being built somewhat like dirtbikes. Their design makes them quite noisy and hence makes them impractical for stealth. The Raptors, aside from Repton with his boomerang, wield Raptor Swords, short, saw-toothed, double-edged blades powered by a scalus crystal.
Repton (voiced by
Scott McNeil) is the cunning leader among his three bumbling brothers (whom he can't believe were born in the same nest as him), and his only reason for tolerating them being a promise to his mother not to kill them. Repton is the ruler of Terra Bogaton. A ruthless warrior, Repton's hobby is collecting the shields of defeated Sky Knight squadrons. Considered nasty and bitter even amongst his own kind, he is a seasoned hunter; cunning, patient and driven. However, in his pursuit of his prey, Repton will quite often ignore obvious danger until it is inevitably too late to avoid it. He is also somewhat gullible in regards to information about his target or prey, in one instance believing Finn's lie that the "rozen yoga" (an item that he perceived to be valuable) was located nearby with a group of Phoenixes. He and his group are responsible for defeating the Interceptors, Starling's former squadron.
Repton uses a crystal-powered energy
boomerangin battle, which becomes a fiery energy ring when thrown. It can also act as a curved slashing weapon, rather like a sharply curved scimitar.
His accent is very similar to that of
Dinobot, another character McNeil is notable for voicing.
Hoerk (voiced by Colin Murdock) is the tallest and strongest Raptor, even more so than Repton. However, he lacks the intelligence and combat skills of his leader.
A nervous, yet apparently more attentive Raptor, Leugey (voiced by
Scott McNeil) is often the first of the group to notice when something bad is going to happen, but only to be inevitably ignored until it's too late. Being the scapegoatof the group, he tends to be blamed for any failure, regardless whether he was responsible or not. Examples of his brainlessness are when he dumped a crate full for fire crystals into a volcano's core when he was instructed put them in one at a time and when he had his brothers fly above the treeline on Bogaton only to get shot down by their own anti-air defenses.
A skinny and foul-tempered Raptor, Spitz (voiced by
Samuel Vincent) makes up for his size and lack of intelligence with sheer determination. He also speaks with a lisp.
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