Based on a relatively obscure Creator/MarvelComics [[ComicBook/HowardTheDuck character]], ''Howard the Duck'' is a 1986 live-action movie about Howard, an [[PettingZooPeople anthropomorphic duck]] who is accidentally zapped to Earth during [[AppliedPhlebotinum the test-firing of a laser]].

Creator/GeorgeLucas was the executive producer of this(?!).

During the course of the movie, Howard must get used to his surroundings in the human world, while trying to find his way back home. He must also avoid another alien being called the Dark Overlord, who has possessed Dr. Jennings (Creator/JeffreyJones, as himself), one of the scientists in charge of the original experiment.

Compare and contrast ''Film/TheodoreRex'', a serious film about a talking dinosaur, and ''{{Film/Ted}}''.

!! This Movie Contains Examples of:
* AliensInCardiff: The movie takes place in {{UsefulNotes/Cleveland}}. Well, at least it's a change of pace from New York and Southern California.
** FridgeBrilliance: Considering Cleveland is where rock bands get their start (and where the Rock and Roll Museum is now located), it fits in with the plot.
* AsteroidThicket: Briefly seen when the narrator is talking.
* BeamOWar: The climactic battle at the end. A duck with a laser cannon.
* {{Camp}}: Just look at the concept!
* CoversAlwaysLie: You won't see Howard breaking out of his egg while smoking a cigar.
* DeadpanSnarker: Howard
* DinerBrawl: Two brawls. one diner.
* {{Duck}}: Really, how could they have resisted?
* DumbBlonde: Beverly does not appear to be well-informed. Bear in mind that she's human and until meeting Howard had no idea there even was anyone living on other worlds.
--> '''Beverly:''' The planet's called Earth...I think.
* EvilCounterpart: In the comic book adaptation of the movie, once the Dark Overlord is purged from Dr. Jennings' body, he takes on the form of an anthropomorphic duck, using this form to attack Howard. Averted in the movie as the Dark Overlord does no such thing and its true form is revealed to be a giant-mawed scorpion-like creature.
* FanDisservice: An early scene offers a glimpse of duck boobs. Yes, in a PG movie. There is no logical reason for the movie to feature duck boobs, unless they thought someone, somewhere, would enjoy duck boobs. And even if somebody ''would'', they're ruined by the [[SpecialEffectFailure terrible]] [[UncannyValley duck effects]] and it just becomes even more disturbing as the fast-paced editing makes it look like the hand she's running over her knee in the bathtub is going down her stomach to [[ADateWithRosiePalms somewhere else]] as Howard begins to fly through.
* FurryConfusion: Howard flips out when served fried eggs.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Duck tits!
** And as ''Empire'' pointed out, Beverly tries to seduce Howard. See also InterspeciesRomance (and this is a ''[=PG=]'' movie!).
** The comic book adaptation of the film cleans up a lot of the inappropriate material, but somehow retains Howard looking at a Playduck centerfold.
* GoofyPrintUnderwear: Howard wears red boxers with white polka dots, as revealed during a police strip search.
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal: Averted. Howard wears pants, though he didn't in the original comics.
** He does now, after his pantslessness led to acusations that he looked too much like DonaldDuck. "My lawyers tell me I've always been wearing these pants."
* HoldYourHippogriffs: "No more Mr. Nice Duck" among with countless others.
* HurricaneOfPuns: There's so ducking many of them!
* [[IKnowKungFaux I Know Quack Fu]]
* InNameOnly: The only things in common with the comics - the characters of Howard and Beverly.
* InstantSoprano: Howard barely survives a butcher knife landing near his groin and he responds in a soprano.
* InterspeciesRomance: Howard and Beverly. Later, in bed, it looks like the romance might go a bit further.
* KnightOfCerebus: The movie gets noticeably darker once the Dark Overlord possesses Dr. Jenning, and unlike most of the jerks in the movie; the only humor with him is how people desperately try to make the situation less threatening.
** [[FunnyMoments Except when they took his eggs.]]
* MarketBasedTitle: Universal released it as ''Howard - A New Breed Of Hero'' in some international territories (and also edited the end of Richard Kiley's opening narration where he says "In the beginning there was... Howard the Duck!" with the last three words coinciding with the title appearing on screen - the last two words are removed and "A New Breed Of Hero" laid over where "The Duck" would have appeared. Unfortunately it sounds as if he was cut off before he was finished speaking... which, of course, he was. But...).
* MarsNeedsWomen: While it could just be any human, the Dark Overlord still seems unusually focused on Beverly as a host for his comrades.
* MarvelUniverse: Except for the talking duck alien and Dark Overlords, the universe is fairly normal by Marvel's standards.
* TheMountainsOfIllinois:
** There are palm trees in certain shots despite the movie taking place in ''Ohio''.
** Mountains much higher than anything in Cleveland for some shots (such as outside the museum).
* MsFanservice: Beverly.
* NonMammalMammaries: Again, duck tits. Howard's reaction to a knife nearly striking his groin implies that the "males variant" is also applicable.
* NonSingingVoice: Averted with Lea Thompson, who did her own singing.
* NoSmoking: The cover of the recent DVD set is a composite of the two original movie covers (beak peeking out of cracked egg + feet up and starry sky), except it has now left out the cigar in Howard's beak.
* PantyShot
* PlotArmor: One of the Dark Overlord's energy blasts is enough to instantly vaporize a police officer and blow up cars, yet he zaps Beverly and Phil ''four times'' at the climax, only managing to cause them to turn partly transparent, and then they [[NoOntologicalInertia immediately recover]] when Howard destroys him.
** The Dark Overlord had earlier said he needed Beverly and Phil's bodies for other Dark Overlords to inhabit, so was probably deliberately using non-lethal methods on them as opposed to his full power.
* PunyEarthlings: Lampshaded and averted in Howard, but played largely straight with the Dark Overlords.
* ShowdownAtHighNoon: Scientist possessed by interdimensional demon versus anthropomorphic duck with a laser cannon mounted to a golf cart. Good times.
* SomethingElseAlsoRises: In this case, head feathers.
* StarringSpecialEffects: And with this in mind, the Razzies gave the performers who alternated stints in the suit the Worst New Star award for 1986.
* ToothyBird: Averted. In the comic Howard has teeth (possibly to hold his cigar), but none in the movie.
* TrappedInAnotherWorld: Howard has to destroy the laser that could send him home in order to prevent an invasion of Earth by lots more Dark Overlords.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Howard just walks around in public without disguising himself, and even gets a job, with little reaction. But then, people just think he is a midget in a duck suit. Not to mention that aside from the initial awkwardness in their first conversation, Beverly has no problem with Howard.