With The Smurfs film recently opening at the box office, memories of magical lands and intriguing destinations from the ’80s have flooded back to us.
Think about how many industrious and capable superheroes were introduced in the 1980s?
Not only that, but what they normally fought to defend was a fictional planet or land beyond our time and atmosphere. And most of them sounded like pretty cool places to visit.
In honor of all those great 80’s superheroes, here is my list of the fictional places I would most want to check out if I could:
1) Thundercats – Third Earth
After their homeland of Thundera was destroyed, the Thundercats headed out on their flagship, forced to make their way to Third Earth due to the tricks of the Mutanta of Plun-Darr.
Though Third Earth sounds suspiciously like a futuristic reinvention of the Earth we have now, considering most of us like this planet, Third Earth doesn’t seem like a bad place to inhabit.
The air might even be fresher there.
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Map of Third Earth. Images from the Thundercats Wiki
2) Inspector Gadget – Metro City
Go-go gadget arms may be permanently burned into my memory (considering I’ve caught myself saying it about 8 times in the last couple of months).
But how cool would it have been to hang out with Inspector Gadget, Penny, and Brain the Dog in Metro City, much less go with them on their adventures all over the world? Especially when it’s fighting against Dr. Claw.
It was always good to return to Metro City after solving a crime, especially with Chief Quimby there to congratulate the Inspector on a job well done.
Gadget, Penny and Brain pondering their next mission in Metro City. Image: IGN
3) She-Ra, Princess of Power – Etheria
The alter ego of Princess Adora and the twin sister of He-Man, She-Ra rocked the Sword of Protection and made her way back to her homeland of Etheria.
There, she fought to release the planet from the grip of the Evil Horde.
She-Ra got to retreat at the Crystal Castle on a mountaintop and take refuge in the enchanted forest of the Whispering Woods.
Sure, she had to deal with the evil horde’s Fright Zone, but all in all, seems like a pretty cool place.
She-Ra was a cool chick. Image: Wikipedia
Map of She-Ra’s home town, Etheria.
4) He-Man – Eternia
Yes, the other half of She-Ra had his own cartoon (actually, he had it first). But instead of hanging out in Etheria, He-Man raised his sword in Eternia.
It turns out the planet Eternia has an incredible amount of lifeforms from monsters to hidden civilizations, and plenty of mountains, palaces, and jungles.
Sounds sweet to me, as long as you can dodge those monsters.
He-Man, She-Ra’s twin brother.
He-Man and friends defending Eternia from the evil forces of Skeletor.
5) Rainbow Brite – Rainbow Land
Ok, she may not be the typical superhero. But with her signature multi-colored dress and go-go boots, Rainbow Brite took on the King of Shadows with her mighty Color Belt.
Plus, she lived in Rainbow Land with the Color Kids – a magical place at the end of the rainbow.
Maybe there wasn’t a pot of gold, but all the colors of the world were made there, and the kids were super stoked to hang out.
Rainbow Brite and the Color Kids. Image: Wikipedia
Rainbow Land: Shiny, happy, psychedelic. Image: Mary Shaw
6) Danger Mouse – London
The coolest British white mouse in the world made all the girls swoon and the boys attempt a English accent.
Ok, so Danger Mouse lived in a pillar box in London, but it was right near Sherlock Holmes residence for peet’s sake. What is cooler than that? Plus, he got to fight crime all over the world.
If you need to know his exact address, it was 221b Baker Street, London.
Danger Mouse lived in a pillar box in London.
7) Dungeons and Dragons – The Realm
Take a ride on the magical roller coaster to the world of The Realm, where you are given a class and a magical item by the Dungeon Master in order to find your way back home.
Sure, it sounds a bit scary, but also seriously cool, like jumping down the rabbit hole. It’s kind of like a microcosm of life – finding your way back home through trials, tribulations, and a little bit of magic.
No wonder Dungeons and Dragons became a popular and lasting role-playing game.
The Dungeons and Dragons kids had to fight their way back home through the world of the Realm.
8) Jem – Starlight Mansion
Like Rainbow Brite, Jem may seem like a strange choice as a favorite “superhero” from the 80s.
But after several friends mentioned to me she was one of their heroes, I took note that Jem not only rocked it out with her band, the Holograms, but she did this in order to raise money for the Starlight Foundation for Girls, a foster program.
Besides, Jem and the Holograms got to live in a mansion once they won the Battle of the Bands against their nemesis band, The Misfits.
The mansion had a pool, volleyball field, or helipad (depending on the episode) and a fence to keep out those sneaky misfits.
Jem and the holograms: Kimber, Shana and Aja
Starlight Mansion had a pool, volleyball field and a helipad.
9) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Storm Sewers
Though many of us might connect the turtles-with-Italian-painter-names with the live action films in the 90s, TMNT was actually a cartoon first in the later half of the 1980s.
Obsessed with pizza and saying “dude”, sure the Turtles lived in the storm sewers of NYC, but they also got to travel around the world and into space to fight the bad guys.
Plus, they got to use sweet swords and nunchucks to fight evil.
The original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in the Storm Sewers of NYC
10) Transformers – Cybertron
Who didn’t want to be able to transform – at least partially – into a robot after they saw the Transformers debut in 1984?
Although they spent time on Earth, the point was to get back to Cybertron, a planet entirely metallic on its surface. With light gravity and a breathable atmosphere, Cybertron also had lakes and rivers to cool off in.
Plus, Cybertron was outside of the Milky Way – and who doesn’t want to check out what that’s like?
Planet Cybertron had an entirely metallic surface and a breathable atmosphere.
Which superhero setting would you visit if you could? Which superheroes did I miss?
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Main image: She-Ra in front of Crystal Castle. Image: Madman.