Thundercats, Ho!

Death squads are no laughing matter, and yet you can’t be a member of my generation and not find this lead anecdote from a Washington Post article on death squads in Brazil a bit amusing:

“What do they call the death squad here?”Five middle-aged women, all of whom were visiting a church in their neighborhood’s central square, answered in imperfect unison: “The Thundercats.”


Is that a Brazilian idiom of some kind, or are they really referencing the show?