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28th May '16 1:14:49 PM Psi001
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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.
23rd May '16 12:55:07 PM HeroGal2347
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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.
21st May '16 6:38:37 PM Psi001
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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.
19th May '16 3:06:51 PM HeroGal2347
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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.
19th May '16 3:03:23 PM HeroGal2347
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* ActorRoleConfusion: In "Where No Duck Has Gone Before", the boys don't seem to recognize that Major Courage is a TV character and the actor's stunts on the show are no less fake than the scenery. They get a hard lesson on this when they get a chance to see "Major Courage" in action, and he's nothing like the heroic character he portrays.



** When Magica's shadow gains sentience and ejects her, she and Scrooge were forced to work together to stop the shadow as it was even more sinister than its host as it plotted to cover the world in eternal shadow. ** When the Beagle Boys abandon Ma Beagle after discovering stardom, she resorts to working with Scrooge to get them bombed and thus return back to her.

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** When Magica's shadow gains sentience and ejects her, she and Scrooge were forced to work together to stop the shadow as it was even more sinister than its host as it plotted to cover the world in eternal shadow.
** When the Beagle Boys abandon Ma Beagle after discovering stardom, she resorts to working with Scrooge to get them bombed and thus return back to her.



* EstablishingCharacterMoment: This exchange from the first episode establishes how stingy Scrooge is.
-->"Penny for the poor?"

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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: This As would be expected for a pilot episode, "Treasure of the Golden Suns" gives some early indication of the characters' personalities.
** Scrooge taking a plateful of free samples and his
exchange with a collector from the first episode establishes how stingy Scrooge he is.
-->"Penny -->'''Collector''': Penny for the poor?"poor?



** The moment when Launchpad crashes spectacularly into the ground and then walks over to Scrooge and Gyro, completely unfazed, sums up the mixture of ActionHero stunts and CloudCuckoolander antics that define him for the rest of the series.



** Launchpad was designed as an expy of Donald. In stories directly adapted from the comics, he often fills the role Donald played in the original story. Interestingly, while Launchpad takes over Donald's ''role'', they're pretty much opposites in personality Donald's defining characteristic is his temper, while Launchpad hardly ever gets angry or complains about what he's told to do.



* TheFriendNobodyLikes: Doofus Drake. Scrooge and the kids let him hang around, but they don't really seem to enjoy his company, being rather quick to insult his ditziness, klutziness, and large appetite. The only person who seems to openly like him is Launchpad.



* GentleGiant: Launchpad [=McQuack=] is much bigger than the other characters, but also very friendly. Subverted with Fenton Crackshell's Gizmoduck persona, who only appears taller because of the armor.

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* GentleGiant: GentleGiant:
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Launchpad [=McQuack=] is much bigger than the other characters, but also very friendly. friendly.
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Subverted with Fenton Crackshell's his Gizmoduck persona, who persona. He's friendly enough, but not very large he only appears taller because of the armor.



* GlassShatteringSound: A bird in "The Unbreakable Bin" is capable of breaking all glass within a several-mile radius. This leads to problems for all the valuables that Scrooge stores in glass cases.
** [[GlassShatteringSound Ice Breaking Sound]]: In "Maid of the Myth", Mrs. Beakley uses her opera singing to bring down an avalanche, [[ItMakesSenseInContext letting her racing team cross a crevasse]].

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* GlassShatteringSound: GlassShatteringSound:
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A bird in "The Unbreakable Bin" is capable of breaking all glass within a several-mile radius. This leads to problems for all the valuables that Scrooge stores in glass cases.
** [[GlassShatteringSound Ice Breaking Sound]]: In A variation with ice in "Maid of the Myth", Mrs. Beakley uses her opera singing to bring down an avalanche, [[ItMakesSenseInContext letting her racing team cross a crevasse]].



* LovePotion: "A [=DuckTales=] Valentine." Getting poked with one of Aphroducky's love arrows can make a person fall in love with a being in the vicinity, to the point of overriding species barriers and all but very powerful personality traits.



** Launchpad may be a ditz, but he will not let anyone harm the kids, as demonstrated in "Where No Duck Has Gone Before" and "Hero for Hire".

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** Launchpad may be a ditz, but he will not put his own life on the line rather than let anyone harm the kids, and given his reasonable competence as a fighter (and the fact that it's a Disney story), it won't be him who gets the worst of it if a villain chooses to test that determination), as demonstrated in "Where No Duck Has Gone Before" and "Hero for Hire".



* TinMan: Similar to a villainous version of the Trope Namer, Armstrong seems to have a good grasp of emotions (mostly anger, nasty amusement, and malice) despite being a robot and implicitly denying that he has them.
-->'''Armstrong''': If I were human, I might find this amusing. ''[robotic laugh]''



** 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 isn't Launchpad's boss anymore.

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** 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 isn't Launchpad's boss anymore.he has no monetary reason for doing so.
13th May '16 2:38:43 PM HeroGal2347
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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.

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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", [=DuckTales=]", and ''WesternAnimation/DuckTalesTheMovieTreasureOfTheLostLamp'' where Scrooge loses his money and hence is not Duckworth's boss anymore.
13th May '16 11:54:39 AM HeroGal2347
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* UndyingLoyalty:
** 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 isn't Launchpad's boss anymore.
7th May '16 10:45:34 PM HeroGal2347
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* KarmicDeath: Discussed by the characters in "[[Recap/DuckTalesS1E26TheGoldenFleecing The Golden Fleecing]]". The nephews express relief that Scrooge is all right after they saw him fall from their makeshift helicopter while trying to escape with the fleece, saying they "thought [he] was a goner." Scrooge retorts that it would have served him right for "abandoning a friend over a silly piece of wool."
2nd May '16 5:00:27 PM HeroGal2347
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* FieryRedhead: Robotica from "Metal Attraction" happened to have red hair and went absolutely ballistic when Gizmoduck didn't return her affections.

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Robotica from "Metal Attraction" happened to have red hair and went absolutely ballistic when Gizmoduck didn't return her affections.affections.
** Launchpad, one of the show's redheaded regular characters, is actually an aversion. He will get angry if you press the right buttons, but generally he's very laid-back.
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