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Season 3 Episode 6

Totem of Dera

Aired Daily 5:00 PM Sep 12, 1988 on
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Episode Summary


Mumm-ra finds the Totem of Dera (a part of the T-cat treasure) which has special healing powers and can bring inanimate objects to life. He gives it to Vulture-Man and the Mutants so they can make a device to destroy the T-cats. After making the device, the mutants decide to test it near a swamp. At Cat's Lair, Lion-O sees that there is some mutant activity near the swamp. He, Wilykit, and Snarfer decide to check it out. When going to the swamp, the Hovercat is brought down by a swamp monster made by the device. The Hovercat crashes in the swamp, and Lion-O gets intoxicated by the deadly swamp water. Jaga appears and tells Snarfer that he must get the Totem of Dera to heal Lion-O. Snarfer gets the Totem and succeeds in healing Lion-O. Lion-O calls on the T-cats to try to kill the swamp monster. When all their weapons prove ineffective against the monster, the T-Cats come up with the idea to dissolve the monster in water and they succeed in defeating it.


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  • Snarfer takes the lead!

    This was a wonderful episode for Snarfer who has the heart of a lion but trapped in a Snarf's body. After training with Wilykit, Snarfer feels that his ever being a ThunderCat is hopeless, although Lion-O encourages him that all he ever needs to do is use his own talents and strengths.

    Then later after Lion-O injests some of the deadly poisonous swamp water, Jaga turns to Snarfer, not Wilykit, and bestows upon him the knowledge of how to heal Lion-O and Snarfer's bravery and courage shine through brightly as he races off to save Lion-O.

    The episode was also great for Wilykit's character development, showing her working apart from her twin brother, she really took responsibility for Lion-O when he passed out, even taking his sword to try and fight off the Mutants.

    Overall it was an enjoyable episode to watch.moreless
Earle Hyman

Earle Hyman

Panthro, Redeye, Ancient Spirits of Evil, Grune The Destroyer, Captian Cracker, Hammerhand, Cruncher

Lynne Lipton

Lynne Lipton

Cheetara, Wilykit, Mandora, Luna, Warrior Maidens

Doug Preis

Doug Preis

Lynx-O, Guardian of the Book of Omens

Earl Hammond

Earl Hammond

Jaga, Mumm-Ra, Tug-Mug, Vultureman, Ratar-O, Snowman, Hachiman, Ro-Bear Berbils, Top-Spinner, Claudus

Larry Kenney

Larry Kenney

voice of Lion-O / Jackalman

Peter Newman

Peter Newman

Tygra, Wilykat, Monkian, Bengali, Alluro, Capt. Shiner

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • The Baleful swamp lies just beyond Dismal Falls which is along the River of Poisons. The water is deadly poisonous if swallowed as Lion-O explained to Snarfer and Wilykit just before falling in. And Lynx-O warned them that the mists were deadly as well.

    • The Totem of Dera is one of the treasures of Thundera. It is a healing device used to heal ThunderCats. But it can also bring inanimate objects to life. This is how it can be used as a weapon against the ThunderCats.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • (The Mutants approach the unconscious Lion-O)
      Vultureman: Well, well. An itty-bitty ThunderKitty.
      Wilykit: (holding the Sword of Omens) Stand back! Or...
      Jackalman: Or what, pipsqueak?

    • Lion-O: As usual, Mutants, you're very brave when it's three against one. But when the odds are even, you're just a bunch of cowards.
      Monkian: Are we gonna let him talk to us like that?
      Vultureman: Yes!

    • Jaga: You may not be able to see me, Snarfer, (wraps cloak around Snarfer) but concentrate. Hear my thoughts and I will tell you what to do. Listen.
      Snarfer: (meows)
      Jaga: The weapon Vultureman used, the Totem of Dera, the most magical and ancient of our ThunderCat treasures, that is the only hope of saving Lion-O!
      Wilykit: Snarfer? What is it?
      Snarfer: It... It... It's like someone is... is talking to me. Telling me what to do.

    • Monkian: You better know how that Totem works, Vultureman, or I'll have your gizzard!

    • Lion-O: Just believe in yourself Snarfer. Use the talents you have and you'll always find a way to do your part as a member of the team.

  • NOTES (1)

    • The Totem of Dera would wield its power simply through the person holding onto it. For some reason Vultureman attached it to a gun, but every indication is that he could simply have held onto it and used it, as both Snarfer and Mumm-Ra did when they used it.