The Totem of Dera
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Episode 3.06
Original Airdate September 12, 1988
Writer(s) J. Larry Carroll
Previous Episode ThunderCubs - Part V
Next Episode Chain of Loyalty
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Totem of Dera is an episode from the original series of ThunderCats. Written by J. Larry Carroll, it originally aired on September 12, 1988.

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After finding the Totem of Dera, Mumm-Ra hands it to the Mutants to use against the ThunderCats.

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Mumm-Ra has come into possession of one of the Treasures of Thundera known as the Totem of Dera. The Ancient Spirits of Evil explain to him that while the ancient Thunderians used the Totem to heal their injuries and cure their illnesses, it also has the power to bring inanimate objects to life. Mumm-Ra then hands the totem to Vultureman and orders him to equip his weapons with the Totem.

At Cats Lair, Lion-O receives an urgent message from Lynx-O who informs him that he has picked up strong signs of Mutant activity at Baleful Swamp. Lion-O along with WilyKit and Snarfer head to the location in the ThunderClaw. Al three don the Thermal Catsuits to protect them from the toxic waters of the swamp.

As soon as they reach the swamp, Vultureman fires his Totem of Dera powered gun into the swamps waters, creating a number of giant snake-like creatures who cause the ThunderClaw to crash into the swamp. As Lion-O struggles to wade out of the swamp carrying Snarfer and Wilykit on his shoulders, he trips and accidentally swallows some of the swamp’s poisonous water.

As Lion-O falls deadly ill, Jaga appears and uses his telepathic powers to transmit his thoughts into Snarfer’s mind, instructing him to use the Totem of Dera to save Lion-O. Still confused as to what happened, Snarfer nevertheless springs into action, wrests the totem from the Mutants, and uses it to heal Lion-O.

Seeing their plan fail, the Mutants run away, but no sooner have they gone than Mumm-Ra appears and grabs the Totem of Dera from Snarfer. He then uses it to bring to life the demon of the swamp. Lion-O calls his friends who arrive shortly in the ThunderTank. However, none of the ThunderCats’ weapons seem to have any effect on the monster. So the ThunderCats use the Sword of Omens to blast a nearby waterfall. The resulting deluge washes away the swamp demon, Mumm-Ra, and the Totem of Dera as well. The victorious ThunderCats then drive back home.

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  • The Cat-suits used by the ThunderCats in this episode were designed and made by Tygra and Panthro in the episode “ThunderCubs - Part II” to protect the ThunderCats from the freezing conditions of the Caverns of Cold on New Thundera.
  • The episode introduces three new water bodies of Third Earth, which are the Baleful Swamp, River of Poison, and Dismal Falls.
  • Strangely, Slithe is missing from this episode even though all the other Mutants are present.

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ThunderCubs - Part I | ThunderCubs - Part II | ThunderCubs - Part III | ThunderCubs - Part IV | ThunderCubs - Part V | The Totem of Dera | The Chain of Loyalty | Crystal Canyon | The Telepathy Beam | Exile Isle | Key to Thundera | Return of the ThunderCubs | The Formula | Locket of Lies | Bracelet of Power | The Wild Workout | The Thunderscope | The Jade Dragon | The Circus Train | The Last Day Slithe.png
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