History WesternAnimation / DuckTales

24th Jun '16 4:27:42 PM HeroGal2347
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* AlwaysKnowAPilot: Scrooge keeps Launchpad around because he will fly him anywhere, whether on a treasure hunt or a business trip, for the insanely low price of one cent per mile. The inconvenient thing is that, per RuleOfFunny, Launchpad seldom lands without crashing.

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* AlwaysKnowAPilot: Scrooge keeps Launchpad around because he will fly him anywhere, whether on a treasure hunt or a business trip, for the insanely low price of one cent per mile. Launchpad also has ImprobablePilotingSkills -- he can fly anything, from a live bird to a spacecraft. The inconvenient thing is that, per RuleOfFunny, Launchpad seldom lands without crashing.
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* AlwaysKnowAPilot: Scrooge keeps Launchpad around because he will fly him anywhere, whether on a treasure hunt or a business trip, for the insanely low price of one cent per mile. The inconvenient thing is that, per RuleOfFunny, Launchpad seldom lands without crashing.
22nd Jun '16 12:13:39 PM johnsmithxxi
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* InstantIceJustAddCold: Happens to the [[ItMakesSenseInContext Giant Wooly Walrus]] at the end of "Cold Ducks".
1st Jun '16 10:20:07 PM HeroGal2347
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* AdoptedToTheHouse:
** Discussed but ultimately averted in the episode "[[Recap/DuckTalesS1E20DownAndOutInDuckburg Down and Out in Duckburg]], in which Scrooge has lost his fortune. The nephews suggest asking Launchpad or Gyro for lodging, but Scrooge shoots down that idea, saying that, "Now that [he's] poor, they'll treat [him] like [he] treat[s] poor people."
** One season later in "[[Recap/DuckTalesS2E2SuperDuckTales Super DuckTales]]" Scrooge loses everything again, this time to the Beagle Boys after they use a remote to take over Gizmoduck's suit and make him their unwilling slave. It's played straight here, as Launchpad is more than happy to let everyone stay at his home during their difficult time.



** "[[Recap/DuckTalesS1E53HeroForHire Hero for Hire]]", in that the Beagle Boys (the villains of the episode) are ''not'' supernaturally powered; they're just ordinary crooks. However, they're ordinary crooks that don't have a problem with hurting others to get what they want, [[WouldHurtAChild including children]] -- which is regrettably TruthInTelevision.

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** "[[Recap/DuckTalesS1E53HeroForHire Hero for Hire]]", not only in Launchpad losing his job, but also in that the Beagle Boys (the villains of the episode) are ''not'' supernaturally powered; they're just ordinary crooks. However, they're ordinary crooks that don't have a problem with hurting others to get what they want, [[WouldHurtAChild including children]] -- which is regrettably TruthInTelevision.


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* BrokeEpisode: Even the Richest Duck in the World can't buy his way out of this trope. Scrooge McDuck loses all his possessions on a technicality, leaving him and his family to eke out a living on the streets. Scrooge even has a nightmare about a ''Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous'' parody covering his dire straits. Fortunately, Scrooge manages to get his assets back by the end of the episode by fulfilling the contract that had cost him his fortune.


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* LoserFriendPuzzlesOutsiders: Played with in "The Status Seekers". The status seekers start the episode by saying derogatorily that Scrooge doesn't act rich. After he tries to do more conspicuously high-status things and gets back the mask of Kuthu-lulu, they accept him, even making him the president of the association. When Mrs. Beakley, Launchpad, and the boys turn up to congratulate him, they push him to give them the boot, because rich people don't have friends "like that." Scrooge wavers, but after his friends and family help him during the final battle with the villains (and the status seekers refuse to "get their hands dirty"), he calls out the status seekers and ditches them instead.


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* NitroExpress: In the FramingStory of "Launchpad's First Crash", Scrooge and Launchpad are transporting some dynamite to Scrooge's copper mines. Scrooge is nervous even before the crash, and things only get worse when the dynamite gets scattered around them, meaning it could blow them up if lightning hits it.
1st Jun '16 10:04:23 PM HeroGal2347
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* EmergencyImpersonation: In "Blue Collar Scrooge", Fenton Crackshell impersonates Scrooge Mcduck so his deal with [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Mr. Trumpcard]] won't fall through.

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* EmergencyImpersonation: In "Blue Collar Scrooge", Fenton Crackshell impersonates Scrooge Mcduck [=McDuck=] so his deal with [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Mr. Trumpcard]] won't fall through.



* IfICantHaveYou: Robotica nearly kills Gandra and almost destroys the money bin to make sure Gizmo Duck would be hers alone.



* JobStealingRobot: Armstrong. He quickly puts Launchpad and Duckworth out of a job, but not for long.

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* JobStealingRobot: Armstrong. He quickly puts Launchpad and Duckworth most of Scrooge's other employees out of a job, but not for long. job... Until he goes crazy and takes over Scrooge's money bin. However, the triplets bring in Launchpad, and Armstrong is stopped.



* MurderTheHypotenuse: In "Metal Attraction", Robotica nearly kills Gandra and almost destroys the money bin to make sure Gizmo Duck would be hers alone.



** In "The Curse of Castle McDuck", Scrooge shows his nephews and Webby his homemade childhood piggy bank.

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** In "The Curse of Castle McDuck", [=McDuck=]", Scrooge shows his nephews and Webby his homemade childhood piggy bank.



* PunkInTheTrunk: "The Good Muddahs" features the variant where someone is stuffed in the trunk in order to effect a getaway from the authorities. Specifically, the Nephews, Bubba and Webby stuff the Beagle Babes into their own trunk, [[ChaseScene and drive away pursued by two stupid rookie cops.]]
** Interestingly enough, after suffering the bumpy ride, [[TheDitz Boom-Boom Beagle]] refers [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar to the variant where a dead body is stuffed in the trunk:]]

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* PunkInTheTrunk: "The Good Muddahs" features the variant where someone is stuffed in the trunk in order to effect a getaway from the authorities. Specifically, the Nephews, Bubba and Webby stuff the Beagle Babes into their own trunk, [[ChaseScene and drive away pursued by two stupid rookie cops.]]
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]] Interestingly enough, after suffering the bumpy ride, [[TheDitz Boom-Boom Beagle]] refers [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar to the variant where a dead body is stuffed in the trunk:]]



** Sometimes done inconstantly. There are episodes where the nephews can dive through coins too. Though perhaps Scrooge took the time to show them how.

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** Sometimes done inconstantly.inconsistently. There are episodes where the nephews can dive through coins too. Though perhaps Scrooge took the time to show them how.



* RunningGag: There have been a couple of episodes where someone's name has been mispronounced, when they correct the crowd, they reply with "Whatever."
** From "The Duck That Would Be King":

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* RunningGag: There RunningGag:
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have been a couple of episodes where someone's name has been mispronounced, when they correct the crowd, they reply with "Whatever."
** *** From "The Duck That Would Be King":



** From the same episode:

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** And from the ending of the episode:

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** *** And from the ending of the episode:



** "The Curse of Castle Mcduck": Druids and a painted "ghost hound" scare the Mcducks from their ancestral castle.

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** "The Curse of Castle Mcduck": [=McDuck=]": Druids and a painted "ghost hound" scare the Mcducks [=McDuck=]s from their ancestral castle.



* SheCleansUpNicely: Magica De Spell actually looks pretty attractive when she transforms into [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed "Vanna Flight"]] in the episode "Dime Enough For Luck".

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* SheCleansUpNicely: SheCleansUpNicely:
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Magica De Spell actually looks pretty attractive when she transforms into [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed "Vanna Flight"]] in the episode "Dime Enough For Luck".



* SnoopingLittleKid: Several episodes of ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' see Huey, Dewey, Louie and Webby playing to this trope. Notable examples include "Sir Gyro de Gearloose", "Hotel Strangeduck", "Duckman of Aquatraz", "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Mcduck" and "The Billionaire Beagle Boys Club".

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* SnoopingLittleKid: Several episodes of ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' see Huey, Dewey, Louie and Webby playing to this trope. Notable examples include "Sir Gyro de Gearloose", "Hotel Strangeduck", "Duckman of Aquatraz", "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Mcduck" [=McDuck=]" and "The Billionaire Beagle Boys Club".



* SufficientlyAdvancedBambooTechnology: The booby trapped temple in "Too Much of A Gold Thing". By opening the doors to all three treasure vaults at once, Scrooge McDuck sets off a device that, in quick succession: causes the floor to collapse into a lake a molten gold, causes the temple to sink in the lake of molten gold, causes the entire valley to be engulfed in a lake of molten gold, and causes said lake of molten gold to explode in a volcanic eruption.

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* SufficientlyAdvancedBambooTechnology: The booby trapped temple in "Too Much of A Gold Thing". By opening the doors to all three treasure vaults at once, Scrooge McDuck [=McDuck=] sets off a device that, in quick succession: causes the floor to collapse into a lake a molten gold, causes the temple to sink in the lake of molten gold, causes the entire valley to be engulfed in a lake of molten gold, and causes said lake of molten gold to explode in a volcanic eruption.



** By his own declaration, Duckworth "loves serving Mr. [=McDuck=]", and he'll continue under him even in cases like "Down and Out in Duckburg", "Super [=DuckTales=]", and ''WesternAnimation/DuckTalesTheMovieTreasureOfTheLostLamp'' where Scrooge loses his money and hence is not Duckworth's boss anymore.
** Although Mrs. Beakley originally came to the mansion because she needed work and a home for herself and Webby, she quickly becomes devoted to Scrooge, to the point of continuing with him even when he's lost his money and can't pay her as well as supporting him and helping him in ways (like saving him from drowning in shark-infested waters) that were not in the original contract.
** Launchpad's loyalty to Scrooge goes above and beyond the call of duty, to the point where he's helped him in some pretty big ways (like letting him and his family "crash" at his house) even when Scrooge has lost his fortune and thus he has no monetary reason for doing so.

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** Several of Scrooge's assistants are very openly loyal to him, even without normal concerns like a paycheck (which says something because the show makes a recurring plotline of Scrooge losing his fortune).
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By his own declaration, Duckworth "loves serving Mr. [=McDuck=]", and he'll continue under him even in cases like "Down and Out in Duckburg", "Super [=DuckTales=]", and ''WesternAnimation/DuckTalesTheMovieTreasureOfTheLostLamp'' where Scrooge loses his money and hence is not Duckworth's boss anymore.
** *** Although Mrs. Beakley originally came to the mansion because she needed work and a home for herself and Webby, she quickly becomes devoted to Scrooge, to the point of continuing with him even when he's lost his money and can't pay her as well as supporting him and helping him in ways (like saving him from drowning in shark-infested waters) that were not in the original contract.
** *** Launchpad's loyalty to Scrooge goes above and beyond the call of duty, to the point where he's helped him in some pretty big ways (like letting him and his family "crash" at his house) even when Scrooge has lost his fortune and thus he has no monetary reason for doing so. so.
** [[HeroWorshipper Doofus]] tries to help Launchpad and believes in him till the end, even when the whole world is picking on him. In the episode "Merit Time Adventure", he sticks by him even when Launchpad tries to wave him off so that he won't be hurt when Launchpad inevitably loses his tug-of-war with the "[[MechanicalMonster sea serpent]]". Launchpad returns the favor by being a PapaWolf towards his "little buddy", to the point where he's willing to fight hostile aliens and the Beagle Boys to protect him.



* UndyingLoyalty: Scrooge's assistents, Duckworth, Ms Beakly and Launchpad are very openly loyal to Scrooge, even without the concern of a pay check. It says something that the show makes a recurring plot line of Scrooge temporarily losing his fortune. All three still serve him as usual despite no longer being his employees.



* WellDoneSonGuy: In "Top Duck", Launchpad thinks that his parents are ashamed of him for messing up a performance as a teenager and for all the crashing he does. He wants to show them he's a real [=McQuack=]. However, he learns that his parents actually couldn't be prouder of him.
** In fairness, it's easy to be intimidated when your father's a NoCelebritiesWereHarmed version of Creator/JohnWayne!

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* WellDoneSonGuy: In "Top Duck", Launchpad thinks that his parents are ashamed of him for messing up a performance as a teenager and for all the crashing he does. He wants to show them he's a real [=McQuack=]. However, he learns that his parents actually couldn't be prouder of him.
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(In fairness, it's easy to be intimidated when your father's a NoCelebritiesWereHarmed version of Creator/JohnWayne!Creator/JohnWayne!) However, he learns that his parents actually couldn't be prouder of him.



* WhatHaveIDone: Scrooge is horrified when he realizes that his lust for the Golden Fleece is about to get Launchpad killed.

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* WhatHaveIDone: In "The Golden Fleecing", Scrooge is horrified obsessively ignores all his nephews' protests about his behavior as he tries to get the titular treasure, but when he realizes he's confronted up close and personal with the fact that his lust for the Golden Fleece is about to get will cost Launchpad killed. his life, he is horrified and immediately repents.
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* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: "Your usefulness is at an end!" Said by El Capitan to Flinheart Glomgold at the end of "Wrongway in Ronguay".

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* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: "Your usefulness is at an end!" Said by El Capitan to Flinheart Glomgold at the end of "Wrongway in Ronguay". It turns into a "[[NoYou No,]] '''''[[NoYou You]]''''' [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness Have Outlived Your Usefulness]]" argument when Glomgold fights back however, leaving both of them thwarted.
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* IdiotHoudini: Gyro Gearloose in "Where No Duck Has Gone Before". True, Major Courage was kind of obnoxious and he did [[DirtyCoward leave Scrooge's nephews and Launchpad behind on an alien ship]], but Gyro, who caused the whole incident because of his LiteralMinded interpretation of Scrooge's orders for a real-looking set, got no comeuppance.



** Gyro Gearloose (admittedly, through ignorance rather than malice) in "Where No Duck Has Gone Before". True, Major Courage was kind of obnoxious and he did [[DirtyCoward leave Scrooge's nephews and Launchpad behind on an alien ship]], but Gyro, who caused the whole incident because of his LiteralMinded interpretation of Scrooge's orders for a real-looking set, got no comeuppance.


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* NothingCanSaveUsNow: In "Armstrong", after being captured and stuck in a closet, Scrooge angrily declares that "No tin-plated dictator's going to tell me what to do!", attempts to storm out, and gets shocked by the force field in front of the door. Gyro responds that nobody can stop Armstrong. Shortly thereafter, Launchpad crashes his Joyrider on the roof, and, with the help of some luck, he manages to turn the tables.
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* UndyingLoyalty: Scrooge's assistents, Duckworth, Ms Beakly and Launchpad are very openly loyal to Scrooge, even without the concern of a pay check. It says something that the show makes a recurring plot line of Scrooge temporarily losing his fortune. All three still serve him as usual despite no longer being his employees.
21st May '16 5:38:40 PM philipnova798
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* AnimationBump: Two main studios were responsible for the show's animation; Creator/TMSEntertainment did most of the first season, while Creator/WangFilmProductions took over for a lot of the later episodes. Fans generally agree that the TMS episodes are ''way'' better animated than the Wang episodes, though the later episodes are still pretty decent. It's also noticeable that the later episodes are more looser and cartoonier than the earlier ones, with a much higher framerate as a result.

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* AnimationBump: Two main studios were responsible for the show's animation; Creator/TMSEntertainment did most of the first season, while Creator/WangFilmProductions took over for a lot of the later episodes. Fans generally agree that the TMS episodes are ''way'' better animated than the Wang episodes, though the later episodes are still pretty decent. It's also noticeable that the later Wang-anmated episodes are more looser and cartoonier than the earlier TMS ones, with a much higher framerate and use of [[MotionBlur cartoon smears]] as a result.well.


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** As noted in the AnimationBump entry, Wang's episode had a more cartoony look compared to TMS's episodes.
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** Subverted with his Gizmoduck persona. He's friendly enough, but not very large he only appears taller because of the armor.

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** Subverted with his Fenton Crackshell's Gizmoduck persona. He's friendly enough, but not very large he only appears taller because of the armor.
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