|Translation Name||サンダーバード (Japanese)|
|Original run||September 30, 1965-1966|
|Production company||A.P. Films/Century 21 Films|
|Linked works||Thunderbirds Are Go|
Thunderbirds was a 1965 British puppet television series, created by Gerry Anderson and his wife Sylvia Anderson under their company A.P. Films (later known as Century 21 Films).
The series is one of the many who apply the technique of Supermarionation: Advanced puppet animation combined with practical special effects.
Somewhere in the world is a place called Tracy Island, home to the ex-astronaut Jeff Tracy and his five sons Scott, Virgil, John, Gordon, and Alan. The five of them are members of the organization International Rescue, which Jeff founded. Each of them pilots a special rescue vehicle called a "Thunderbird", each Thunderbird is suitable for different situations.
A top-secret organization.
- Jeff Tracy
- The father of the five Tracy brothers, and founder of International Rescue.
- Scott Tracy
- Eldest Tracy brother, pilot of Thunderbird 1.
- Virgil Tracy
- Pilot of Thunderbird 2, in charge of heavy lifting and logistics.
- Alan Tracy
- Astronaut of Thunderbird 3, in charge of space rescue.
- Gordon Tracy
- The pilot of Thunderbird 4, in charge of submarine/underwater rescue operations.
- John Tracy
- The space monitor managing Thunderbird 5; he is the communications operator.
- The mechanic, who speaks with a stutter. His real name is unknown, but he has used aliases.
- Jeff Tracy's colleague, a Malaysian man.
- Tin-Tin Kyrano
- Kyrano's daughter.
- Grandma Tracy
- The mother of Jeff and the grandmother of the five Tracy brothers.
- Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward
- Or simply Lady Penelope, she is an agent from London. Her vehicle is the FAB-1, a pink car.
- Aloysius Parker
- Also known as simply Parker. He is Lady Penelope's butler.
- The Hood
- An unscrupulous man who wants to reveal the secrets of International Rescue, he is also a master of disguise, and can hypnotize others.