[[caption-width-right:242:Mallard Fillmore demonstrating [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad the premise of his comic]]]]
->''"I think papers carry this strip for 'balance', i.e., to shut up the ''ComicStrip/{{Doonesbury}}'' critics so they can keep it on the comics page."''
-->--'''[[http://joshreads.com/?p=932 The Comics Curmudgeon]]'''

''Mallard Fillmore'', by Bruce Tinsley, is about an anthropomorphic duck journalist and the struggles he finds in dealing with a liberal world. It started out as a non-political strip for the Charlottesville ''Daily Progress'', which had asked Tinsley to create a mascot strip for their entertainment page. After several rejections, the eponymous duck won out and the strip was launched. After Tinsley expressed his conservative political views, he found himself out of a job. He successfully sold the strip to ''The Washington Times'' in 1992 and eventually got it syndicated nationally by King Features Syndicate.

Much like compatriots ''ComicStrip/PricklyCity'' and ''Doonesbury'', the strip is ostensibly a slice of life story with a political bent. When the strip began, Mallard was hired to work at a television news station and thus his co-workers (all liberals, naturally) served as targets for the strip's conservative humor. Over time, this has largely been dropped and most of the supporting cast only appear very rarely. Today the strip just generally portrays Mallard as a mouthpiece for Tinsley's personal views, blurring the line between a straight newspaper comic strip and a series of political cartoons that all happen to feature the same character.
!!This strip provides examples of:

* AmbiguouslyJewish: Mr. Noseworthy strikes one as rather this way, what with his long nose, frizzy hair, and spouting of leftist intellectual gobbledygook. It's a little bit worrying, acrually, especially considering he's the boss of our hero, who works in the media...
* AuthorFilibuster: The cause of every Wall of Text, mentioned below.
* AuthorTract: Every strip.
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: One comic strip has one woman write her "to-do" list as follows:
## Pay mechanic's bill.
## Pay roofer's bill.
## Pay computer repair guy's bill.
## Make 68th student loan payment.
## Go kick butt of guidance counselor who told me to major in sociology.
* DearNegativeReader: Occasionally, Mallard addresses his complaining readership in-universe, though it's hard to say if the author is quoting actual e-mails or not.
* {{Expy}}: More than a few critics have noted Mallard's incredible similarity to [[ComicStrip/BloomCounty Opus the Penguin]]. This is less obvious on the rare days that Mallard's head is colored -- his head is canonically green (being a mallard), but on weekdays, his head is jet black, making the resemblance uncanny.
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal: Like many cartoon ducks, Mallard never wears pants.
* HonoraryUncle: A baby hopes a man is this.
* InteractiveNarrator: Tinsley occasionally interacts with Mallard, represented as a pair of floating fingers with a pencil.
* IntrepidReporter: Technically Mallard, though we don't actually see him doing anything suggesting he researches or sniffs out stories - just that he reports on them.
* MissingMom: Rush's mom.
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: Dave Quat named his son, Rush, after Rush Limbaugh. [[http://i.imgur.com/RcgKm9p.jpg It's what led to his wife divorcing him.]]
* NoAnimalsWereHarmed: In one comic strip, the TV that Mallard is watching says, "The following heartwarming holiday special contains 100 percent faux snow; no actual snow was harmed in the production of this program."
* PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad: A frequent target of mockery.
** The strip started with Mallard going out for a job as a reporter and being declined because he's just a duck. He gets the job by pointing out that he's an "Aquatic-American".
* PunnyName: The title character is an obvious play on UsefulNotes/MillardFillmore.
* StrawFeminist:
** This strip has a recurring one, and she's an ugly and bitter hag. Then again, Tinsley also regularly features a [[BrainlessBeauty brick-brained, glamorous model]] named [[MeaningfulName Purge Daley]], showing that he at least doesn't discriminate against HollywoodHomely women.
** [[MissingMom While she never appeared]], Dave's ex-wife qualifies, seeing that she divorced him for naming their son after Rush Limbaugh, who is outspoken in his opposition to feminists, as well as about anti-racism efforts and gay people being open about their sexualities.
* StrawmanPolitical: There's a few stock characters that serve this purpose and appear only in strips covering their topic (education, feminism, race, etc.). Outside of these, Noseworthy often plays the role of the smug, line-toeing liberal for Mallard to easily criticize. He's also Mallard's boss, but this is really not an issue outside of the initial strips in which Mallard is hired by him.
* AVerySpecialEpisode: Every so often Tinsley will stop being funny and do a strip delivering a serious message about something like abortion or child abuse.
* WallOfText: Many strips are a pile of word balloons crowding out, at best, a character's head.
* WithUsOrAgainstUs: Mallard once preempted a professor from invoking GodwinsLaw over then-President UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush's use of the phrase by remarking that the professor's generation made [[NotSoDifferent "You're either part of the solution or you're part of the problem."]] a famous rallying cry.
* WorthyOpponent: Chantel, a newscaster who works with Mallard. She's the token non-straw liberal and appears in the strip on the rare occasions Tinsley agrees with the liberal argument or wants to call conservatives to task over something. However, she started out as a much more empty-headed criticism of liberals like the rest of the cast and the official comic page from King Features still insinuates Mallard only barely tolerates her opinions.