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Storm Hawks (2007-2009) is an animated action/adventure series involving giant flying motorcycles, powerful crystals, and a gang of plucky teens out to save the day. A flurry of clichés thrown together, it is saved from being boring by being just plain fun.

The show is set in a fictional world called Atmos, a largely mountainous world consisting of scattered landmasses known as terras. Because of the geography, travel is largely dependent on flight. The technology of Atmos is based around energy-generating crystals, used to power the various devices in the series. Patrolling the skies of Atmos are the Sky Knights, groups of warriors who pilot motorcycle-like vehicles that can semi-transform into flying machines. These warriors are loosely managed by the Sky Council.

In the Backstory of the series, an Evil Overlord named Master Cyclonis and her people threatened Atmos. The original Storm Hawks led the Sky Knights in a war against them, but were betrayed by one of their own, the Dark Ace. Despite this, the attack was apparently successful, though the Storm Hawks did not survive the war. Ten years later, a group of teens (some human, some not) discover the wreckage of the Storm Hawks' carrier, the Condor, and unofficially take on the Storm Hawks name in the hopes of becoming Sky Knights themselves, despite most of them not even being old enough to legally fly the vehicle. Their youth defeats their ambition, however, as neither friend nor foe take them seriously because of it.

This changes when they are brought into conflict with a new Master Cyclonis, one no older than they are but still just as dangerous. Among her followers are the Dark Ace, now famous for his betrayal and unmatched skill; Snipe, a mace-wielding strong man with a fondness for smashing things; and Ravess, an archer who brings a violin-playing henchman into battle for theme music. By managing to foil Cyclonis' plan, they are recognized by their peers.

The rest of the series focuses on the Storm Hawks' continuing mission to protect Atmos from the Cyclonian threat, in turn putting themselves in extreme danger by doing so. Of course, they have plenty of unrelated adventures along the way.

Also, giant flying motorcycles. Oh yeah.

Oh, and it's a Canadian Series. Also oh yeah.


Tropes used in Storm Hawks include:

Piper: (sincerely) I always U.P.C.H.U.C. Do you?

Finn: Relax! Aerrow's a Storm Hawk, there's no way he can lose!
(cut to Stork)
Stork: There's no way he can win.

  • Girls with Moustaches: In one episode, the characters, including Piper, eat some "Beard Berries".
    • Piper is seen disguising herself with a fake mustache and glasses in "The Masked Masher".
  • The Glomp: Piper did this to Stork in "The Black Gorge," and Junko loves these.
  • God Save Us From the Queen:
    • Master Cyclonis's grandmother, who was the previous ruler of Cyclonia.
    • Anarchis, the preproduction version of Cyclonis, was an adult.
  • Goggles Do Nothing
  • Gondor Calls for Aid: The Murk Raiders arrive just in time to tip the balance of the final battle.
  • Goth: Master Cyclonis
  • Great Escape: "Escape!"
  • The Greatest Story Never Told: "Calling All Domos" (possibly), "Radarr Love", "The Ultra Dudes"
  • Green Eyed Red Head: Aerrow
  • Heal Thyself: "Five Days" When Aerrow becomes badly injured, Piper comes to the rescue with a Crystal that can heal him perfectly. The problem is that the name of the episode is how long it takes for the crystal to heal.
  • Heel Face Turn: Junko joined the Storm Hawks by pulling one of these.
    • Gundstaff, initially antagonistic, grows tired of working under Cyclonis and eventually aids Piper.
  • Helmets Are Hardly Heroic
  • Here There Were Dragons: Literally. Dragons used to be common in Atmos, but they were hunted to extinction thousands of years ago when people first took to the skies. Well, almost to extinction...
  • Here We Go Again: "Thunder Run"
  • Heroic BSOD: In "Leviathan", Stork goes into Sky Shock after they lose the Condor.
  • Hero Stole My Bike: Junko is forced to resort to this in "Payback".
  • "Hey You!" Haymaker: In "Radarr Love", Aerrow and Piper do this as a joint attack to take down a pair of guards.
  • High Altitude Battle
  • Hitchhiker Heroes: A partial example, at least. Junko and Stork joined separately, and in that order, after Aerrow received the quest to find the Condor. The others were already with him, but seeing as they didn't all grow up on the same terra, they might or might not have followed the same pattern. All we really know is that, according to Word of God, Radarr is about 7 or 8 years in age and was a pup when he met Aerrow.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard:
    • Repton falls off the edge of his terra when he's struck by his own boomerang, thrown by his own hand.
    • Ravess gets hit by her own seeker arrows in "The Lesson".
    • Snipe was tricked into destroying his own ride in "Age of Heroes".
    • It's a common theme for the Storm Hawks to trick the Cyclonians into attacking each other, or even themselves.
  • Hollow World: Sort of. Dark Waters" reveals that there are underwater caverns that extend straight through to the other side of the Atmos, and there seems to be life in them. Domiwick gets to the far side using these tunnels.
  • Hot Wings: Phoenixes. As Piper puts it, "It's a very big bird and it's usually on fire."
  • Huge Holographic Head: Cyclonis uses one in "Cyclonia Rising".
  • Humongous Mecha: Stork builds one in "What Got Into Finn?" using pieces of the Storkmobile and other stuff lying around on the Condor... He names it Storkasaurus.
    • The Suit of Untold Vengeance from "Energy Crisis".
  • Identical Stranger: Perry
    • There's a Rex Guardian with an uncanny resemblance to Finn. He even had his skimmer cut in half the same way that Finn is known for. Nothing really came of him, so the connection between the two is unknown.
  • If My Calculations Are Correct: Piper has said this.
  • If You Die, I Call Your Stuff: Stork more or less sang this in "King for a Day."
  • Improvised Armor:
    • Wren and Dove's pots and pans. Strangely, they're still using them in later episodes, when they would have had access to better stuff.
    • The armour that Stork made in "The Black Gorge" out of random junk. It even has its own page on the official website.
  • In a Single Bound
  • Infant Immortality: "A Little Trouble"
  • Inferred Holocaust: The Nightcrawlers are implied to have killed the entire indigenous population of Terra Tropica because they might have interfered. Cyclonis also destroys nine terras in as many days during the series finale, which realistically would have killed a good number of people even with the Sky Knights trying to rescue their residents.
  • The Infiltration
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Stork is a twenty-something-year-old Merb hanging out with a bunch of 14-year-olds, though he seems to have the mentality of a teenager, rather than that of someone older.
  • Interspecies Romance: The Chicken keeps trying to achieve this with Radarr, but with little success.
  • Involuntary Shapeshifting - "What Got Into Finn?"
  • The Jailer: Mr. Moss
  • Just a Kid: The initial reaction to the current generation of Storm Hawks. It even prevented them from being officially registered. Fortunately, all their hard work pays off and they get unofficially recognized as worthy successors and heroes in their own right.
  • Keep-Away: The Storm Hawks play this game as practice, much to Starling's frustration.
  • Keet: Finn.
  • Even Heroes Have Heroes: The Storm Hawks look up to many older heroes.
  • Large Ham: The villains. All of them.
  • Laser Blade: Standard weapons throughout Atmos. Deactivated, they look similar to regular swords, except for their blunt and often impractically shaped blades. Upon activation, the blade lights up with energy, which forms the cutting edges.
  • Leitmotif: Ravess' theme is very distinct, and most of the time, she (or her minions) are actually playing it on a violin as she enters.
    • This fails to address the question of how they're steering.
      • The same way Aerrow steers while he's standing on his bike's wings and holding knives in both hands, perhaps?
      • Nope, whenever he's doing that, Radarr is the one steering.
      • This Troper is calling Rule of Cool. Or Rule of Fun.
  • Lethal Chef: Junko. Though with his tastes it's a matter of perspective.
  • Let's Get Dangerous: Though the Storm Hawks are heroes, they're still mostly just young people who like to play. But when they get serious, watch out.
  • Let's Split Up, Gang!: In "Radarr Love", Aerrow decides to split the team up for some reason after they've just escaped from a cell. The two groups soon run into each other again, almost attacking each other.
    • Happens again in "Payback", after the Condor gets destroyed.
  • Little Miss Badass: Master Cyclonis
  • Load-Bearing Hero
  • Lotus Position: In "Siren's Song", we see Junko sitting like this in the memory he recounts of an interrupted meditation session.
  • Magic Feather: Done in "Tranquility Now" to Junko after he looses his Knuckle Busters.
  • The Messiah: Aerrow
  • Miniature Senior Citizens
  • Missing Mom: Everyone.
  • Mooks: The Talons
  • More Dakka: Snipe's battleship in "A Little Trouble."
    • He never learns his lesson, by the way, and a battleship just like the one he lost shows up later. It doesn't fare much better.
    • Backfired on Finn, when he tried to put too many cannons on his ride. The added weight kept throwing off his aim.
    • The super-ship created by the crews in Velocity. It's basically just a flying gun battery.
  • Musical Assassin: Ravess. So much so that she had a Talon fly while playing a violin just so she would have live music while she fought. She frequently forced Talons to practice different instruments with her, and punished anyone who interrupted. Not to mention building a Energy Cannon that was powered by music.
  • My Significance Sense Is Tingling: Junko's allergy to Murk Raiders and Sky Sharks has come in handy. Often leads to a Sneeze of Doom.
  • My Rule Fu Is Stronger Than Yours: In one episode, the Storm Hawks compete with the Rex Guardians for a powerful crystal. The competition was made up of several challenges that tested a member of each squadron, and while the Storm Hawks won every challenge, the Rex Guardians used various absurd technicalities to win the competition. When the Dark Ace shows up, however, the Rex Guardians discover that their laws do very little good against someone who doesn't follow them, and it's up to the Storm Hawks to beat him their way.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Subverted. Junko grew disappointed not that his people were obsessed with being strong, but that the leader of his people sided with the evil Cyclonians because he interpreted their mantra of "the strongest rule because strength brings power" into one that the Wallops should ally with the strongest faction out there rather than fight its evil. Junko then proceeds to beat his superior strength and win leadership of his Terra... or would have, if he'd "finished him". Nonetheless, he calls him on it twice, accusing him of being afraid of Cyclonia, and later denouncing that strength without the will to use it for good is worthless. In a more straight example, his actions do create a cell of resistance fighters that also disagree with collaborating with Cyclonia.
  • Nakama: Aerrow even refers to the team as a family in "Home Movie Night".
  • Never Say "Die"
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Stork, oddly enough.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: High altitude sword fighting on motorcycle-plane hybrids! Hell yeah!!
  • No Name Given: What is the Dark Ace's real name, anyway? Is his title job related, or was it a Meaningful Rename, or...?
    • Master Cyclonis might fall into this category, too.
      • Fanon suggests that her real name might be Lark.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Radarr!
  • Nonverbal Miscommunication: Oddly enough, considering their closeness, Aerrow is hopeless at figuring out what Radarr is trying to tell him, no matter how obvious it is to the viewers. Of course, the rest of the team is usually no better at it, and most of Radarr's desperate attempts to tell them anything end with him giving up in frustration.
    • Happened in the episode "A Wallop For All Seasons", and Piper nearly got into a fight with a female Wallop because of it.
  • No One Could Survive That
  • Nostalgic Music Box: Plays as Cyclonis fixes the photo-crystal in "Five Days". Slowly changes to an Ominous Music Box Tune as the camera focuses on the face of the previous Master.
  • Not So Different
  • Oh Crap: In "The Key," The Dark Ace makes this expression at Aerrow's Barehanded Blade Block.
  • Ominous Floating Castle: Cyclonia is a Type 3, once adapted with 'far side' technology. Thankfully it crashed in the wastelands instead of on top of anything important.
  • Ominous Latin Chanting: The music heard when The Door to the Farside is on screen. It's not Latin, but it's still ominous.
  • Once an Episode: If you look closely, there is a chicken somewhere in every episode.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You
  • Only Six Faces: The same character models tend to be recycled throughout the show, but granted, it's probably expensive to create new models with the art style.
  • Order Reborn: The Storm Hawks themselves.
  • Outside Context Villain: Master Cyclonis when armed with technology from the other side of the Atmos.
  • Overly Long Tongue: The Raptors.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: In "Atmos' Most Wanted." The citizens of the Atmos must have been blind or stupid (possibly both) not to notice that the 'Storm Hawks' had tails and, in the case of two of them, suddenly overweight.
    • The Storm Hawks end up using these on occasion as well. Such as everyone (including Piper!) wearing fake mustaches.
    • The Chroma crystals allowed Piper, Aerrow, and Radarr to pass themselves off as non-Storm Hawks, by virtue of pallet swap.
  • Parental Abandonment: Possibly parental death at the hands of the Cyclonians.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Most villains.
  • Power Crystal: As noted, they're the basis of Atmosian technology.
  • The Power of Rock: Done in "The Storm Hawks Seven". Finn uses his powered up guitar to take on Ravess's powered up violin.
  • Precursors: Remnants of their civilization are seen in "Forbidden City" and "Shipwrecked". The Precursors are later revealed to be from the far side of Atmos.
  • Prince and Pauper, or rather Princess and Pauper ("Royal Twist")
    • Nevermind the fact that Perry knocked Piper unconscious with a book. I mean, it wasn't exactly, "Hey, let's both switch places!" This troper was severely freaked by the psycho-ness of Perry.
      • And Perry also took the time to dress Piper in her dress.
  • Princesses Prefer Pink: Princess Peregrine, aka Perry.
  • Properly Paranoid: Stork. He's always in a constant state of fear of everything that could harm him, his ship, and his teammates. He's usually right.
    • This is apparently standard-issue in Merbians. Merbians are convinced that anything that can go wrong, will, because Terra Merb is a place where it does.
    • Leads to a moment of awesome when the raptors get onboard and he gets to use his various booby traps and anti-theft devices.

Stork: (mockingly) That'll never come in handy, Stork. You're wasting your time, Stork. Hmph. (smirks) I was right, the rest were wrong.

  • Punk Punk
  • Ram by Braking:
    • In "Age of Heroes", Stork does this to the Raptors when they're chasing the Condor through the pipes.
    • In "Life with Lugey", this is done by Aerrow to Hoerk.
    • In "Payback", Marge uses this tactic to get rid of the Talons attacking her ship.
  • Recap Episode: "Home Movie Night" might count. It doesn't really explain what has happened throughout the series, but it's basically a filler episode with clips from previous episodes.
  • Recruit Teenagers with Attitude: Double subversion.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: The colour theme of Cyclonia.
  • Red Baron: The Dark Ace
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Played straight with the Dark Ace and averted with one of the Third Degree Burners.
  • Red Sky, Take Warning: Terra Cyclonia's sky is red. That's how you know it's evil...
    • The crystals used by the Cyclonians also seem to change the color of the sky to a degree.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Repton and his crowd, though Leugey's adorable!
    • Should note it's just them, as a episode was about the Storm Hawks saving a group of good lizards.
    • Doesn't Stork look somewhat reptilian himself? Could be another aversion there.
    • The reptiles refer to him as a toad. Perhaps Merbs are amphibians?
  • La Résistance
  • Reverse Mole: How Starling was introduced.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Inverted with the Dark Ace, who was well rewarded for his betrayal.
    • But in the end this trope is played straight when he pretty much disintegrates when Master Cyclonis pumps too much energy into him during the binding
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Stork, in Payback, after Repton blows up the Condor. He single handedly liberates all of Terra Bogaton.
  • Rummage Sale Reject: While not impossibly outlandish, the clothes worn by almost all of the characters looks to be stitched together from different pieces of fabric. This is most likely for the punk feel, and Rule of Cool. The pieces of metal that they place randomly on their bodies, however, appears to be completely useless.
    • A better example would be the armor worn by Wren and Dove, which consists mostly of kitchen appliances.
    • One character mentions how real fabric is hard to come by anymore. This might imply that the Cyclonians took over whatever Terra was specialized in cloth production. Or that they destroyed it.
  • Running Gag: Finn's motorcycle being destroyed mid-air. Bonus points if he falls crotch-first onto the hood of a teammate's cycle.
    • Also, there's a chicken in almost every episode. Sometimes they fly across the screen, sometimes they play a part in the episode, and sometimes they just hang around.
    • Ravess's violin player getting shot down. Bonus points if it was by one of Ravess's arrows.
  • Saw It in a Movie Once: In the pilot episode, Aerrow performs a dangerous stunt that he claims to have seen in a cartoon.
  • Scenery Censor: "Stratosphere"
  • Scenery Porn: Atmos is a pretty place.
  • Screwed by the Network: There was a nine-month wait between seasons 1 and 2.
  • Shapeshifting: The Gorge Sloths in "The Black Gorge"
  • Shattered World: Atmos has elements of this.
  • Shirtless Scene: Aerrow in "Escape".
    • Radarr, too.
    • Played with hilariously in "Stratosphere" where Stork makes his first appearance in that episode wearing nothing but a towel and losing it not one minute later. Cue screaming and drooling fangirls/boys.
    • And most of the cast in "Shipwrecked", for the entire episode.
    • Finn has the most in number, if not in total screentime. Besides "Shipwrecked", there's "Siren's Song", "Stratosphere", "What Got Into Finn", and "Royal Twist".
  • Shout-Out: "What Got Into Finn" has a few moments where Stork plays homage to Wile E. Coyote.
    • And one of the background extras in "Dark Waters" highly resembles a one binomial.
    • Staldorf and Watler, from "Terra Neon", are an obvious reference to Statler and Waldorf.
    • A lot of the style of the show seems to be mirroring that of the the Mad Max movies. Especially the clothing and apparent combinations of modern and old technologies. They have ships that fly, but they still use record players.
    • Zartacla being Alcatraz spelled backwards.
  • Shrine to Self: Snipe
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Ravess is a cultured perfectionist and Snipe is a gluttonous slob.
    • Repton and his brothers could count, too.
  • A Simple Plan: Piper makes all kinds of plans that the other Storm Hawks tend to deviate from.
    • Usually because Piper's plans go into so much detail that they fail to account for things going wrong, new situations arising, or are just so elaborate and complex that they succumb to Occam's Razor.
    • Not necessarily. Her plans are actually fairly simple. In the episode "Storm Warning", the whole team pranks a group of Cyclonians and steals their crate of crystals, even though it was originally just a recon mission. Finn states in the same episode that he thought Piper's plans were 'kinda lame', which suggests that her plans don't always succeed because her teammates are opportunistic and don't find her plans very entertaining. Piper's plan to retrieve the Aurora Stone in the pilot episode fails in a similar fashion.
  • Single Phlebotinum Limit: Crystals do everything. Even food preparation is left to crystal power. Nobody ever just rubs two sticks together to make fire, you have to have a fire crystal.
    • Piper actually attempts that with rocks in "Shipwrecked", with some success. But not very much.
  • The Sky Is an Ocean: Some episodes, like "Leviathan", make more use of this than others.
  • Sky Pirate: The Murk Raiders.
  • Sky Surfing: The boys were doing this in the beginning of "Royal Twist" (instead of working). They'd fastened Finn's surfboard to a rope and were taking turns towing it with their skimmers while someone got to ride.
    • Aerrow does this with a skimmer engine in "Escape!"
  • Smart Ball: Piper knows all Crystal related trivia, and Stork knows just about every possible natural (and imaginary) danger they might face.
  • The Smurfette Principle
  • Snake Oil Salesman: Finn plays this role in "Velocity", talking various squadrons into trading their skimmer parts for scrap metal. This skill of his comes up again later, when he talks the Murk Raiders into taking their side in the final battle.
  • Sorry I Left the BGM On: With Ravess and her theme music.
  • Sour Supporter: Stork.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Leugey/Luegy/Lugey gets this a lot. The first spelling is from the official website. The second is the way it's usually spelled in the credits. The third is how it's spelled in "Life with Lugey", both the episode title and the credits.
    • Suzy Lu/Suzi-Lu. The former is from the website, the latter is from the credits of "Fire and Ice" and "Five Days".
  • Spot the Imposter: "Best Friends Forever"
  • Sssssnaketalk: Spitz and to some degree, Repton.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Wren's hen to Radarr.
  • Stealth Pun: Several of the terras exert this in relation to their inhabitants.
    • Terra Gale's inhabitants mostly use wind crystals- which cause "gales". Taking it just a little farther, inhabitants of Terra Gale speak with French accents. Gale sounds like Gaul, the ancient name for France.
    • The Rex Guardians, the Sky Knights of Terra Rex (which means "king"), speak with high-and-mighty British accents and act like aristocracy.
    • In a show where most people have avian Theme Naming, you'd think the Raptors are an exception. Then you remember that raptor is another name for the group of birds of prey.
    • "Age of Heroes". The episode title refers mostly to the beginning of an era of heroes, but it also refers to the Storm Hawks' youth.
  • Story Arc: The later part of the second season had much stronger inter-episode continuity.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Aerrow and Lightning Strike. Nuff said.
  • Super Empowering: What the Binding does.
  • Supernatural Martial Arts: Sky Knights have Sky Fu.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: The majority of Cyclonis' minions are rather incompetent.
  • Sword Fight
  • Take My Hand: Done in "Payback" between Stork and Repton.
  • Take Over the World: Master Cyclonis
  • Talking to Himself: Repton
    • Though it was more 'rant to himself' amirite?
    • Also Aerrow and the Dark Ace. Brings that Ho Yay into a whole new perspective.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome: The Dark Ace.
  • Tall, Dark and Snarky: The Dark Ace again.
  • Teach Him Anger: What the team try to do with Junko in "The Masked Masher".
  • Team Pet: Radarr, although he prefers the term "Mission Specialist".
  • Team Rocket Wins: One episode had the Cyclonians get special booster crystals that amplified their abilities, they then proceed to capture every other skynight in the Atmos. They were then beaten by tricks learned from carnival games and rides.
  • Ted Baxter: Finn
  • Tempting Fate: In "Payback", after the Condor has been blown up:

Finn: How could we be any worse?!
(Cyclonians attack)
Finn: Sorry I asked!

  • That's No Moon: One episode has the Storm Hawks find an uncharted terra. It turns out to be a Leviathan.
  • Theme Naming: There's loads of avian theme naming. With the exception of Radarr, Master Cyclonis and the Dark Ace, the main cast all have names that reference bird species. (Aerrow was originally named "Sparrow," Finn was "Finch", Junko is a corruption of Junco, etc. Also, Piper was originally "Oriole", so she's had two bird names.)
    • Repton's brothers (Hoerk, Luegey and Spitz) have the lovely distinction of names that all deal with expulsion of mucus.
    • It would be simpler to list the aversions to this trope. The show's creators took the idea and ran with it.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: Memorably done by Aerrow in "Cyclonia Rising Part 2." "Gawww, man!"
  • Those Magnificent Flying Machines: Played with. Influence from this can be seen in some of the vehicle designs, like Piper's heliscooter. Later on, we do see some more traditional pedal-and-propeller-powered machines, but they're not very impressive compared to Atmos' usual technology standards.
  • Timm Style
  • Title-Only Opening: The pilot episode, to avert a Spoiler Opening.
  • Tongue on the Flagpole: In "Fire and Ice", Leugey gets his tongue stuck to a wall of ice.
  • Took a Level in Badass: When Piper ends up with Gundstaff who gives her access to his storehouse of crystals, she starts doing some of the same things Cyclonis is capable of.
  • A Twinkle in the Sky: The Condor turns into this when Radarr gets behind the wheel.
  • Unnecessary Combat Roll: Finn attempts one of these in "The Last Stand". He rolls face-first into a rock.
  • Villain Episode: Season 2 Episode "Power Grab." Master Cyclonis leaves Cyclonia for a mission, putting Ravess in charge. Things go downhill from there.
  • Villainous Cheekbones: The Dark Ace.
  • Villainous Demotivator
  • Villainous Friendship: Between Cyclonis and the Dark Ace
  • Villainous RROD: The Dark Ace
  • Vocal Dissonance: Blister, the Sky Knight of the Third Degree Burners, has a surprisingly high voice.
  • Voice of the Legion: In the earlier episodes, Cyclonis's voice would sometimes have a second, deeper voice accompanying it during particularly ominous statements.
  • Walking the Earth: The Storm Hawks' way of life.
    • The life of anyone on the planet who doesn't want to live on a single terra. The sky itself is often more habitable than the ground.
  • Wax On, Wax Off: Arygyn's way of teaching.
    • The Storm Hawks' training exercises; Starling is annoyed that the Hawks "hone their skills" using unstructured childrens' games, but wouldn't you know it, every last one of those games turns out to be invaluable to saving the day in that episode.
  • Wire Dilemma: At one point, Crystals have to be removed from the engine before it overheats and explodes. And removing them out of order would also cause it to explode. The Crystals in the engine are even mostly blue and red ones.
  • What Measure Is a Non Unique
  • Wham! Episode: In "Payback," the Condor is blown to smithereens and Repton suffers a Disney Villain Death. In "The Key," The Bad Guy Wins.
  • What Could Have Been: In the original concepts for this show, the Storm Hawks are a bunch of prison kids who escape into the Wastelands, where they meet Piper (named Oriole here). In addition to the war against Cyclonia, the plot involves their quest for the Helix, an artifact that held the world together in the past. The Helix is broken up into numerous crystal fragments around the world and it's the Storm Hawks' job to find them with help from the Guardian of the Helix, the White Hawk. (Who, incidentally, is the one who leads Oriole to the others in the first place.) Instead of Master Cyclonis, we have Master Anarchis (Cyclonis's mother?), a fashionista who was formerly exiled to the Terra of Thorns by her brother, Heron, the rightful king of Cyclonia. Piper is a well-traveled, crossbow-wielding adventurer. Finn is younger and smaller (but still the main turrets guy), has a knack for telling tall tales, and fights with energy blades in hand-to-hand combat. Junko has a temper, although he tries to control it. Stork is an expert metal-smith and a loyal friend who is largely confined to the Condor due to a leg injury. Also, there are living storms -- all of which have their own names and personalities -- that were released when the Helix was dismantled, tearing up the crust and creating the terras, making the current Atmos a post-apocalypic world. Some of this can be found here, although other things like the Helix plot are no longer up.
    • There are several references to the original plot, with Piper calling a Helix Crystal "The most powerful Crystal in existence" and being afraid of Master Cyclonis taking it. Stork also mentioned the Terra of Thorns when he was naming the most dangerous places on Atmos.
  • Whole-Episode Flashback: "Origins", which is just that, an origins episode.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?
  • The Wild West: The terra from "The Ultra Dudes" is based on this.
  • Wingdinglish: The Atmosian writing system. If you look closely, sometimes it's possible to read it.
  • Wronski Feint: In one episode, Aerrow tries this to defeat the Dark Ace by flying through a hole in a canyon. As demonstrated earlier in the episode, the very end of the canyon is so narrow, one must turn their fliers to motorcycle mode to get through, and then back again as to not plummet to the ground. The trick here is that earlier in the battle, Aerrow stuck a wrench into the Dark Ace's wing mechanism earlier in the fight, preventing him from retracting them. The results are explosive...
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair
  • You Have Failed Me...: Master Cyclonis finally has enough of Snipe screwing up; she doesn't kill him outright, instead she throws him into the wastelands where he will surely die anyhow!
  • You Killed My Father: Never explicitly said, per se, but see Fanon.
  • You Taste Delicious: Aerrow and Piper were eavesdropping on the Big Bad, Master Cyclonis, when she sensed them outside and threw a catering cart at the door, knocking the two of them down. Cyclonis then went over to Piper, who had some cream on her face. She ate it and then said that it was "not bad, except for the sour Storm Hawk aftertaste".
  • You Will Be Spared: Repton does this to Stork in the episode "Fire and Ice".
    • Also done in the episode "The Masked Masher", with Cyclonis saying something of the sort to Piper.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Starling.