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A trilogy of Creator/{{Disney}} films where a bunch of misfit kids play hockey.

In the first movie (released 1992; called ''Champions'' in some countries), JerkAss hot-shot attorney Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez) is sentenced to community service after driving while intoxicated. His duty is to coach a rowdy pee-wee hockey team simply called "District 5." As the cold Bombay [[CharacterDevelopment softens up]], his bond with the kids grows and the team is renamed "The Ducks" after Bombay's employer Mr. Ducksworth. The Ducks eventually make it to the finals, where they face the Hawks, the team Bombay once played for as a kid; in fact, the coach of the Hawks is still the same man, Jack Reilly. Bombay became disillusioned with the sport when he cost the Hawks the championship with a missed penalty shot. The Ducks win the championship, and Gordon's renewed passion for hockey leads him to try out for the minors.

In the second movie (released 1994), a year after the championship game, Gordon is playing in the minor leagues, but his dream is shot down by a [[GameBreakingInjury knee injury]] ([[TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty from a cheap shot by a frustrated opponent no less]]). He is then approached to coach Team USA in the Junior Goodwill Games. Unsurprisingly, Gordon recruits some of his Ducks, along with five other players to represent Team USA. Team USA proves to be a force to be reckoned with, but fame and fortune get to the team, especially Bombay, as they are pummeled in a game against Team Iceland. Soon after Bombay learns that the game is not about celebrity but about having fun, he is able to put the team back on track, and they compete as the Ducks in a re-match against Team Iceland that will decide the championship.

In the third movie (released 1996), the Ducks are accepted scholarships to the famed Eden Hall Academy, the high school Bombay attended. They also get a new coach in the form of Ted Orion. Orion irritates Captain Charlie Conway with his less-lenient teaching methods ([[SoLastSeason "Your little duck tricks won't work anymore!"]] Orion remarks), switching of the teammates' positions, and by renaming them the Warriors. The team also faces adversity from the varsity team, as the former Ducks were accepted into the Academy instead of their younger siblings. After Conway becomes more accepting of his new coach following some self-reflection and a pep talk by Bombay, Orion also softens up a little, and re-renames the team the Ducks, and the stage is set for a game against the varsity team.

Despite also being by Disney, [[WesternAnimation/TheMightyDucks the eponymous animated series]] has nothing to do with the films.

The first movie was added to Creator/{{Netflix}} on July 1st, 2017.

!!These films contain examples of:

* AcademicAthlete: Required by Coach Orion.
--> "Eden Hall Academy requires you to maintain a "C" average to compete. I believe that's a bad rule. I don't want any "C" players on my team. It's B's or better, or you're riding the pine pony."
* AccidentalAthlete: Fulton, by way of BrokenGlassPenalty. The guy can't even skate when he first becomes a Duck.
* AdvertisedExtra: Emilio Estevez gets top billing in the third movie, but Bombay barely appears at all.
* AlmostKiss: During the round up in the second movie, Connie and Guy are inches away from a kiss when the other Ducks distract them. Guy acts disappointed even though they kissed in the first movie and presumably have been kissing since then.
-->'''Guy''': I was ''this'' close!
* AmbiguousSyntax: When Gordon first asks Fulton to join the team, Fulton tells he can't. Gordon thinks he's afraid of playing, until Fulton clarifies that he ''physically can't''; he doesn't know how to skate.
* AmoralAttorney: Bombay becomes one, but in a subversion of the trope, his boss doesn't like it. Which makes sense; Bombay goes out of his way to antagonize judges and prosecutors, who he has to be able to work with.
* AnimalMotifs: Invoked by Gordon when he unveils the team name in the first film. He specifically cites their agility, intelligence, the fact they fly in "perfect formation", and fight together as a flock. This foreshadows/references the fact that despite going against conventionally superior hockey teams (bigger and stronger), they manage to win through ingenuity and teamwork. The duck motif is best epitomized by their "Flying V" formation.
* ArtisticLicensePhysics: The knucklepuck simply wouldn't work. The sheer lack of any aerodynamics would result in the puck harmlessly fluttering at the goal rather than improbably flying through the air, as many hockey playing viewers likely discovered in the early 1990's.
** There's also Fulton's slapshot. It moves fast enough to ricochet around the arena and STILL knock out Mr. Tibbles, and yet in the tracking shots from behind it appears to be moving all of three miles an hour.
* ArtisticLicenseSports: A lot of illegal hits by both teams. Also, no youth league anywhere would let kids play without face cages. And if the Ducks really snuck into the playoffs as the final seed, they should play the league-leading Hawks first, not last.
** The referees make no effort to control the shenanigans players get up to. Prime example: between plays, an opposing player reaches out and knocks Jesse's helmet off. A referee restrains Jesse before he can retaliate, meaning ''the ref saw what happened''.
** The most egregious illegal hit in the first movie is the checking from behind that a Duck suffered in the first game, though a whistle was blown right afterward, indicating it may have been called. Still, checking from behind is something that in addition to being a match penalty, deserves a long suspension at Pee-Wee level, if not a season-long disqualification.
** The worst example, though, may be in the third film. One of the players levels another (it may have been a Duck on a varsity player) well after the puck has been passed (a hit that would definitely draw a major penalty and likely a suspension), but on seeing it the dean turns to the man next to him and says "A legal check..." It most certainly was not.
** Fulton comes to a complete stop during his turn in the climactic ''D2'' shootout; in real life, a player must stay in motion once he controls the puck.
** The Iceland player who slashed Banks' arm after Banks scored the Ducks' lone goal in the teams' first meeting in ''D2'' would probably have been sent home for the remainder of the Junior Goodwill Games in real life, with more discipline likely forthcoming.
*** Speaking of the Junior Goodwill Games, there never was such a thing. The real Goodwill Games faded into oblivion in the early 2000s.
** And, of course, all of the antics the US team gets up to in the 2nd period of the rematch. To put it mildly, "roping" would probably garner more than 2 minutes...
** In ''D3'', Portman shows up during the second intermission of the JV-Varsity Showdown, signed scholarship in hand, and takes the ice with the Ducks for the third period. This would not be allowed normally, as coaches must provide the referee with a roster of dressed players prior to the game, and no player not named on the roster can take part after the game has begun.
** Iceland isn't a known hockey power in the slightest. A more suitable final opponent for Team USA in ''D2'' would've been either Russia or Canada, their two biggest rivals in hockey. To be fair Team USA did play and defeat both of them.
* AttackPatternAlpha: The Flying V. [[RunningGag Used so much]] that [[SoLastSeason opponents catch on]].
* BaitAndSwitch: When Gordon sees Hans for the first time in years and start talking about his Pee Wee career:
-->'''Hans:''' You scored 198 goals that year Gordon. It was a shame you quit. You-\\
'''Gordon:''' (annoyed) could have gone all the way, yeah.\\
'''Hans:''' No. You really loved to play.
** There's another one later after Fulton joins the Ducks. During warmups, they make a point of showing off his powerful but inaccurate slap shot to intimidate the other team. By the time Fulton gets the puck in actual gameplay, the opposing team leap out of the way. And then he passes the puck to another, more accurate, player who gets the shot.
* BashBrothers: Dean and Fulton are explicitly called "The Bash Brothers."
** Dean and Fulton consider Kenny Wu an official "Bash Brother" after standing up to the Iceland player who broke his stick over Banks' wrist. This carries on into D3, where Dean consoles Kenny, calling him "little bash brother" after both were given very questionable penalties.
* BigDamnHeroes: ''D3'' has Gordon Bombay, who saves the Ducks' scholarships with his oratory skills, and Dean Portman, whose sudden return to the Ducks after a long absence brings Fulton Reed back to full power.
%%* BigGame
* BigGuyLittleGuy: A two-to-one example with the "Bash Brothers", big guys Dean and Fulton, and little guy Kenny Wu, who we find out is no less scrappy than his big "brothers" after learning an important lesson from Russ's friend in D2.
* BlockingStopsAllDamage: Sports subversion from the second film. The opposing team's goalie manages to stop a slap shot from the power hitter. The film spends a few seconds showing the goalie take off his glove showing a massive puck shaped bruise.
** Totally averted in the first film, where a goalie who tries to stop the puck gets ''[[BlownAcrossTheRoom knocked backward into the net]]'' by it.
* ABloodyMess: In the third movie, Hans uses ketchup to act like he's just cut himself on his skate sharpener. Charlie isn't fooled for a moment, possibly because Hans has tried this stunt before.
* BlownAcrossTheRoom: In the first film, when Fulton uses his slapshot against the Hawks' goalie (who, unlike [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere a goalie from earlier in the movie]], actually stays in to block it), it knocks the goalie backwards into the net.
* BondingOverMissingParents: Bombay and Charlie talk about growing up without their fathers. (Charlie's mom divorced, while Bombay's father died.)
* BookDumb: Dwayne Robertson, who needs the others to explain what several of the terms the Eden Hall dean uses means.
* {{Bookends}}: ''D1'' begins and ends (at least the hockey-related plots) with the Minnesota State Pee-Wee Championship tied at the end of regulation with a kid with a DisappearedDad awarded a penalty shot after being taken down illegally from behind on a breakaway. The kid gets one last pep talk from the coach who had become his surrogate father, before going out and taking the penalty shot using the triple deke, sending the puck straight for the nearside post. The first difference is that Reilly tells Gordon that if he misses, he'll be letting his coach and his whole team down, while Gordon tells Charlie that win or lose, it's great that they got this far. The second difference is that [[spoiler:Bombay's shot in 1973 bounces out and he falls to his knees in devastation, while Charlie's shot in 1993 glances in for the winning goal to jubilation.]] The only thing that remains the same afterwards is that [[spoiler:both times the Hawks lose.]]
* BrickJoke: Linda, to whom Charlie is attracted D3, circulating a petition to get the controversial mascot of the Eden Hall Warriors changed. It becomes a wager for the matchup between the freshman and varsity hockey teams, and the change is made official after the freshman team wins the match.
* BrokenAesop: The movie sort of blows its "Have fun and don't take youth sports too seriously" moral when Gordon {{Rules Lawyer}}s away the Hawks' best player (jerking around an 11-year-old).[[note]]There is some room for interpretation that Gordon grabs Banks to prevent the kid from ending up like Gordon: forced to reach a high degree of perfection or be considered worthless.[[/note]]
** Possibly mended by the fact that Gordon's boss emphasized that his community service would help Gordon learn "fair play." Gordon's preventing the Hawks from cheating by using a player not in their district. The scene also implies that Adam's father and possibly even Ducksworth are willing to bribe the sports authority.
** The other Aesop, "it doesn't matter whether you win or lose, it only matters if you tried hard and had fun," is kind of broken with the way [[spoiler:the Ducks always win in the end]].
*** Hell, the tagline includes, "They'll learn everything about winning!"
*** This isn't as much a broken aesop as a slightly bent one: it's shown that, unlike the Hawks, Team Iceland, or the varsity team, the Ducks ''do'' have fun on the ice, especially by playing the game ''their'' way, while their opponents are more concerned with winning at any cost. As a result, the implication is that the Ducks win ''because'' they know it's just a game and are having fun (but still trying to win because that's the point of sports), while the other teams treat it as SeriousBusiness and lose as a result. TruthInTelevision, as a common refrain from championship squads in pro sports illustrate true camaraderie and a "player's coach" whose leadership strategy straddles competitive energy and fun, while a good portion of DrillSergeantNasty win-at-all-costs coaches tend to flame out rather quickly, unable to inspire their team.
* ButtMonkey: Adam Banks. Injured in the first two movies, and pulled away from his friends and assigned to a new team in the first ''and'' third (and taking all the derision that implies). Sorry, cake eater!
* CallingTheOldManOut: After Banks is carted off the ice on a stretcher having been cross-checked by [=McGill=] on orders from Reilly, Bombay realizes just how little Reilly thought of him while he [[WellDoneSonGuy beat himself up over his missed penalty shot for the past 20 years]]. That leads to this exchange:
---> '''Reilly:''' (''talking to his team'') They score against us[[note]]Banks managed to score despite being cross-checked[[/note]], they're gonna pay the price. Now don't worry, we're gonna get that one back. (''Bombay approaches the Hawks bench'') You got something to say to me, Bombay?
---> '''Bombay:''' To think I wasted all those years worrying about what you thought. (''pause'') You're going down, Reilly.
* TheCameo: The trilogy centers around hockey, so obviously, some big-name hockey players - as well as athletes from other sports - appeared in them.
** In the first film, the Ducks take a trip to the Met Center, then the home of the Minnesota North Stars, where they share a brief chat with then-North Stars Basil [=McRae=] and Mike Modano. By the time the second film was released, the North Stars had dropped the "North" from their name, and moved to Dallas.
** In the second film, basketball great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Olympic champion diver Greg Louganis, and Olympic champion figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi appear, along with the usual big-name hockey players, those in this film being Chris Chelios, Luc Robitaille, and Cam Neely. Also, some guy named Gretzky.
** In the third film, then-real life Mighty Ducks star Paul Kariya is radio announcer Josh's special guest during the second intermission of the JV/Varsity Showdown.
* CareerEndingInjury: Gordon suffers one in the sequel during a minor-league game, ending his NHL career before it begins.
%%* TheCasanova: Luis Mendoza.
%%* CentralTheme: Loyalty and teamwork.
* ChekhovsSkill: Bombay's legal training and debating skills come into play even after he starts getting back into hockey.
** In D1, it helps him sell the idea of sponsoring District 5 to Ducksworth as well as recruit both Duncans and Fulton with pitches tailored to each of them (to the more skeptical Tammy he puts the idea of hockey as "figure skating with a stick" while letting the more excited Tommy help pitch it further to his sister; to Fulton he quickly feels out why someone with such a powerful shot isn't already playing hockey and offers to help him get over those barriers).
** In D3, him acting as the Ducks' lawyer gets Eden Hall to reverse their initial decision to revoke their scholarships by implicitly threatening to sue them on the Ducks' behalf for breach of contract.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Some of the players from the first movie are suddenly gone with no explanation in the sequels. It's particularly noteworthy in the case of one of the players -- Jesse's brother, Terry Hall.
* CommanderContrarian: Peter Mark, a Duck in the first film. He leads a mutiny against Bombay, and objects to Charlie taking the championship-winning penalty shot.
* ConfusionFu: What the Ducks rely on. Nobody notices the figure skater has a shot at an empty net, because no one can figure out what she's doing. FridgeLogic dictates that this is the only way the Flying-V can work, either, because by all rights it should succumb to a trap at the blue line: the way to counter it is to have everybody cover the lead man, because the V will go offside if they don't pass to him before reaching the blue line.
** Or do what Iceland did and body-check ''the entire formation'' for a turnover and five-man breakaway. (This is a case of ArtisticLicenseSports; hitting anybody but the puck carrier is supposed to be an interference penalty; hitting the entire formation should net several of you at least two minutes in the box).
* ContinuityNod:
** The second movie:
*** In the Goldbergs' family deli in D2, There's a picture of Greg with the caption "OUR SON, THE GOALIE". They're also running a special on chopped duck liver on rye.
*** [[RememberTheNewGuy Jans]] has a picture with the Ducks winning the state Championship hung in his store. Gordon mentions how he and Charlie's mother drifted off between movies while observing it.
** The third movie:
*** Gordon plans on staying on as Team USA Coach in the Goodwill Games after his showing in the previous movie.
*** Charlie asks Dwayne to start a game of round-up before their first practice at the Eden Hall rink.
*** One of the Eden Hall seniors tries to get Charlie to show him how to triple-deke like he did against the Hawks.
*** Gordon's talk with Charlie during the latter half of D3 is similar to Jan's discussion with Gordon in D2.
*** The same could be said for the training montages in the last two films.
*** Fulton and Dean are immediately re-referred to as the BashBrothers once they take to the ice.
* CripplingTheCompetition: In ''D2: The Mighty Ducks'', Wolf "The Dentist" Stanson whacks Gordon Bombay his bad leg, keeping Bombay from winning a game of three bar against him.
** Also how Gordon's comeback is derailed in the first place.
** Done to Banks in the first two movies: in the first, he is hit with a [[TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty cheap shot]] that sends him sliding into a goalpost, knocking him out. In the second, his arm is seriously injured after an opposing player hits him with his stick as though it were an axe.
* CrackOhMyBack: Goldberg displays some inflexibility by the second film. This convinces Bombay to embrace Julie as a backup goalie.
* CrowdChant: "Quack, Quack, Quack, Quack!"
* CurbStompBattle: D1 and D2, District 5/Team USA's first game against the [[OpposingSportsTeam the Hawks and Team Iceland, respectively]], are utter blowouts (17-0 and 12-1, respectively). First film justified as they were just beginners with no real training, second film due to overconfidence.
%%Can someone find the score for the D3 equivalent?
* DarkIsEvil: The OpposingSportsTeam in each movie wears black.
* DavidVersusGoliath: The Ducks are the perennial losers up against the perennial winners in the first film.
%%* DeadpanSnarker: Averman probably more than anyone else.
* DeusExitMachina: In the championship game of the first film, Adam is injured and has to get medical treatment and Fulton gets ejected for starting a fight against the Hawks, leaving the less talented Ducks to have to win the game themselves.
* DownToTheLastPlay: The first film ends with a penalty shot just after the end of regulation. The second one ends on the final shot of the shootout.
* DisappearedDad: Charlie (divorce) and Gordon (death) bond over theirs.
* DisqualificationInducedVictory: A related phenomenon occurs in the first movie. They lose at least half of the games in the season, but due to a series of extreme coincidences (including another team canceling their entire season due to measles) they make it to the playoffs.
* TheDreaded: In D2, Russ' "Knucklepuck." Stansson's best strategy was essentially either mobbing Russ or catching him before he could get a shot off. As soon as Bombay found a way around this (disguising Russ as the goalie) and Russ had a clear shot, Stansson could only let out a BigNo as the "knucklepuck" soared past the baffled Iceland goalie to tie the game and send it to a shootout.
* DrillSergeantNasty: Coach Orion comes across as this at first, until he turns out to be a ReasonableAuthorityFigure as well as a PapaWolf.
* EasilyDistractedReferee: In the first game against Iceland, Dean Portman is given a game misconduct penalty and ejected for rushing at an opponent unprovoked and knocking him down, then striking a referee. Later, Julie "The Cat" Gaffney is ejected for "intent to injure" after shoving a pair of Icelandic hecklers. Shortly after, An Iceland player intentionally shatters his stick off Adam Banks' outstretched arm after Banks has scored a goal. He is given a two minute penalty.
* EscalatingWar: A subplot in ''3''. At one point, Varsity gets their clothes soaked in liquid nitrogen.
--> '''Orion''': Now, for the last time: Stay away from the Varsity!
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Larson after [=McGill=] knocks Banks out of the championship game.
--> *Larson and [=McGill=] find Banks unconscious on the ice* \\
'''Larson:''' Adam! Adam, are you okay? (to [=McGill=]) What'd you ''do?'' \\
'''[=McGill=]''' My job.
* ExactEavesdropping: Some of the kids overhear Bombay and Reilly having an argument in a hallway but mistake Gordon's "[The Ducks] didn't even deserve to live" as truth instead of sarcasm.
* {{Fanservice}}: In ''3'', Dean is sent to the penalty box and immediately starts stripping off his clothes and equipment (likely a ShoutOut to ''Film/SlapShot''). The announcer immediately lampshades it.
%%* FatComicRelief: Goldberg.
* FollowTheLeader: Lots of sports movies spawned shortly after that.
%%* {{Gasshole}}: *sniff, sniff* "Goldberg!"
%%** [[NotMeThisTime "It wasn't me!"]]
%%*** "No, it was ''me''!"
* [[ForgotICouldFly Forgot I Could Stop]]: Either this, or Luis apparently didn't refine his stopping skills between D2 and D3, as he goes right back to being a classic FragileSpeedster: Fantastic speed, absolutely ''NO'' brakes.
* FormalFullArrayOfCutlery: At the upscale restaurant in the third movie. Cowboy Dwayne is confused by all the forks, especially the "itty-bitty one."
* TheGenericGuy: Guy Germaine's character can only be described as a) Connie's love interest and b) the best player on the team aside from Banks.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: In the first film, some of the characters come across some nudie mags. Some other guys take it from them and say [[ADateWithRosiePalms they wouldn't even know what to do with them.]]
* GlassCannon: The team itself, according to Orion.
--> "I've seen your tapes. I know you can score goals; I just don't know if you can stop them."
* GoingHomeAgain:
** In the first film, Gordon's backstory included him being a rising, talented hockey player who scored 197 goals in a season before clanging what could have been No. 198 off the goalpost turned him off hockey and he went into law; his return back to Hans' sports equipment shop after the disastrous start to his Pee-wee coaching career ends with a quiet nighttime skate that brought back old memories of him and his dad in a frozen backyard pond, rekindling his love of the game and prompting him to begin the long road to repairing the Ducks.
** The second film did it twice. The first is at the beginning with Bombay returning from his minor league hockey stint after his CareerEndingInjury by bus on a rainy night alone (mirroring his departure at the end of the first film by bus on a clear day with his team and Charlie's mother cheering him off) - he comes home unsure about what to do now that he's injured but doesn't want to go back to being a lawyer (the eggs Jans makes helps a little, but doesn't solve the problem) until he gets the Team USA offer. The second relocates it from Minnesota to Malibu but otherwise fits, as Bombay goes back to the house he's staying at courtesy of his sponsor Hendrix after getting caught up in the Hollywood spotlight (with Jans flying in to cook him the same egg dish) before he goes rollerblading on the beach and reconciling with the team.
* GoldenSnitch: A standard playoff structure (albeit with an unusually low bar for qualification) is made to look like this when the Ducks are able to overcome an 0-11 start [[spoiler:and a later forfeit]] because of an opponents' illness-forfeited season, a win and a draw. They then run through the playoffs and win the state title.
* GracefulLoser: Despite being jerks the entire tourney, Team Iceland accepts defeat and their star player even tells his team to go shake the hands of their opposition.
* GreekChorus: The commentators, especially in the last two films.
* HandshakeRefusal: A Varsity Warrior puts his chewing gum into Dwayne's hand.
* HappyEndingOverride: The final shot of the first movie is Bombay on his way to professional tryouts to make the NHL. The first scene of the sequel is him tearing up the minors with the announcer saying that it's only a matter of time before he makes the NHL. Cue cheapshot, ending his hockey career forever.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: The team that beats Gordon's Hawks at the beginning of the first film. Their underdog story could make a good movie in its own right.
* HiddenDepths: In the third movie, after Charlie and Fulton temporarily quit, Goldberg is made a defenseman and proves surprisingly effective.
* HoistByTheirOwnPetard: Bombay all but tells the Alumni Board this in D3 when he points out that Eden Hall gave him the education to become the excellent lawyer that he is in representing Orion and the Ducks in their fight to stay in the school.
-->'''Gordon''': I ''will'' collect damages. I ''will'' win, because I am very, ''very'' good. You know why I'm so good? Because I had a good education. ''You'' gave it to me, and you're going to give it to these kids.
* HollywoodCalifornia: The better part of D2 takes place in Los Angeles; Russ Tyler is recruited from South Central. Ken Wu comes from San Francisco.
* HollywoodHeartAttack: One of the kids relates to Gordon what happened to their previous coach: A long rant, followed by a sudden clutch at his left arm. Gordon concludes, "Heart attack."
** Worth noting, the kids claim [[InnocentInaccurate that he hurt his arm.]]
* HowManyFingers: When Karp takes a slapshot to the face. (Good thing he was wearing a helmet.) We don't get to hear the answer, but one of the other ducks tells Bombay he wouldn't know the answer normally.
* ICouldaBeenAContender: PlayedWith. In the first film, Gordon was a star Pee Wee hockey player until he quit due to a combination of grief over his father's death and missing a potential game winning shot that cost his team the championship. As an adult, people keep reminding Gordon how great he was and that he could have gone "all the way" to the [=NHL=] if he didn't quit (Hans on the other hand considers sad because of how much Gordon loved to play as a kid). By the end, he regains his love for the game and decides to try out for the minors. He's on the fast track to the NHL by the beginning of the sequel until he suffers a CareerEndingInjury, which makes him play the trope straight.
* IgnoredExpert: Coach Orion is a former NHL player and is completely right about both the Ducks' lackluster defensive skills and the need for them to improve in order to compete in hockey at the high school level. However, because this requires shaking up the Ducks' traditions, the team ignores him until Bombay has a heart to heart with Charlie.
* InformedFlaw: While Charlie briefly quits the team in D3, the commentator says that Goldberg's suddenly excelled as a defenseman. He's alluded to in the Freshman-JV as the "new defensive weapon," but we don't get to see much of this.
* InsufferableGenius: "Shut UP, Averman!"
* ItOnlyWorksOnce: A major plot point in ''D3''. Coach Orion tries to stress that "their little duck tricks" (the knuckle-puck, the flying V, etc.) won't work at this level of hockey and they need to focus on defense. In their first game, the Ducks' tricks do work in the first two periods—giving them an absurd nine goal lead. However, by the third period the other team catches onto the tactics and stops them, then takes advantage of the Ducks' lackluster defense to score nine goals themselves, ending the game in a tie.
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: After the fire ant prank in D3, a Varsity player tells the Ducks that they're all just white trash. Russ leans over and asks, "Who are you calling white?"
* JerkAssHasAPoint: In D3, the varsity captain when he says it's not fair that players who would've been on the JV team under normal circumstances, like his younger brother, lost their spots because the school decided to give full scholarships to a team that won the gold medal in an international competition. Especially since it's implied that other players weren't even allowed to ''try out'' for the team.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Coach Orion. First off, although he pretty much destroys the status quo on the Ducks by first putting the players in all the wrong positions on the ice even benching their most experienced goalie and blaming them when they lose, he is violently protective of them. To the point where he even [[PapaWolf threatened a Varsity member for their part of the non sanctioned game.]] As well as defending them when they were about to get kicked out of Eden Hall. He also gave up a career in the North Star hockey team just so he could take care of his Invalid Daughter, whom he spends his spare time skating with.
--> '''Ted Orion:''' It's a damn good thing I am not your coach, now get your team out of here now!!!
** Adam's father comes across as a bit of a snob when he tries to stop Gordon from taking Adam away from the Hawks, but he's doing it because he wants his son to be able to play with his friends and honestly thinks Adam would rather quit hockey than not play with them.
* KarmaHoudini: Reilly orders one of his players, [=McGill=], to ''deliberately injure Banks''. [=McGill=] does so without any sign of remorse. Neither suffers any real consequences beyond [=McGill=] getting a two-minute penalty. In real life, not only would Reilly likely be immediately kicked out of the league, but possibly face criminal charges.
* KungFuProofMook: D3, the Ducks are told "Your little Duck tricks won't work anymore."
* LargeHam: "Hey Goldberg, if that puck was a CHEESEBURGER you'd stop it!"
* LaserGuidedKarma: The first film opens with Gordon smugly beating a D.A. in court and also humiliating the judge involved by using one of the latter's old arguments to win. When Gordon is arrested on a DUI, guess which court he ends up in...
-->'''Judge Weathers''': To think I almost stayed home this morning...
** The D.A. says the State won't be looking for a plea deal and throws Gordon's own words back on "gotta go for the Big W" with a smug smile on his face the whole time.
* LightningBruiser: Luis Mendoza is brought on in D2 because of his great speed. He just has some issues with stopping.
* LivingCrashpad: Since Goldberg's the goalie, opposing players and his own teammates tend to crash into him when the other team is trying to score.
* ManHug: Bombay and Charlie share a lot of these.
* MeaningfulFuneral: [[spoiler: Hans' death is the turning point in D3.]]
* MeaningfulName: Adam '''Banks'''. He's rich. "Adam" means "man" in Hebrew, so he's literally a rich man.
* MiracleRally: In the title games of the first two films. D1, Ducks were down 3-0 after one period and 4-2 after two (a little more imposing since the pee-wee games had 12-minute periods instead of 20). D2, Team USA was down 4-1 to Iceland after two periods and was facing a 5-2 deficit partway through the third. In the third movie, the Ducks manage to jump to a 9-0 lead against an opponent. The game ends up ''being tied''.
* MyGreatestFailure: Bombay is haunted by his missed penalty shot in overtime for ''decades''. He finally gets over it when he realizes what a dick his old coach was.
* NewscasterCameo: Real-life sportscaster Bob Miller provides the play-by-play for several of the Ducks' games.
* NonSequiturThud: Mr. Tibbles is knocked out by Fulton's slapshot in D2 and when he comes to he orders a cheeseburger, fries and a chocolate shake.
* NoSell: Fulton unleashes his high-powered slapshot on the Icelandic goalie, who manages to stop it...but ends up with [[AmusingInjury the imprint of the puck in his palm]].
** The Ducks use the Flying V on their prep school counterparts during a [[ItsPersonal challenge game]]. They proceed to get knocked on their asses.
* NotHelpingYourCase: When Michelle [=McKay=] introduces herself as the team's tutor, Dean Portman protests, saying "I don't need no school!" A thousand grammar teachers would say otherwise, Portman.
* ObliviousToHerOwnDescription: D1, Tammy still isn't sold about joining District 5 even after she and Tommy take Bombay's invite.
--->'''Tammy''' (once Bombay leaves): Mom isn't gonna like this at all.
--->'''Tommy''': So what? If I have to try out for figure skating, then you gotta try out for hockey.
--->'''Tammy''' (frustrated): What do I know about hockey?! (''knocks Tommy onto his back'')
--->'''Tommy''' (slightly dazed): More than you think.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Several games take place offscreen. Notably Team Russia deals Team Iceland it's initial defeat. Team USA also defeats Team Canada offscreen, likely to not alienate the Canadian demographic.
* OnceAnEpisode: Each film features a scene in the Mall of America and at least one scene where the Ducks are in roller blades.
* OhCrap: In the second movie, when the returning characters practice against the new recruits, Fulton readies his slapshot. The returning characters immediately panic and rush out of the way. The new characters (especially [[TheBigGuy Portman]]) wonder why until Fulton takes his shot.
** MassOhCrap:
-->'''Bombay:''' Rancher Dwayne! \\
'''Dwayne:''' Yes, sir? \\
'''Bombay:''' Round me up some stray cattle, there! *Hands over rope* \\
({{Beat}}) \\
'''Dwayne:''' My pleasure! \\
'''Team:''' Ohhhhhhhh! *All scatter*
** Fulton does this again later to Iceland's goalie, when its his turn at the shoot out. The goalie had previously blocked one of his shots but messed up his hand doing so, so he's shaking nervously, and ends up failing the save.
* OminousLatinChanting: The Varsity team gets a very excitable Dies Irae over their plays.
* OpposingSportsTeam: First the Hawks, then Iceland, then Eden Hall Varsity. [[SlobsVersusSnobs Slobs vs Snobs]]
* OrderedToCheat: In the first film, becomes a WhatTheHellHero moment and the beginning of a mild HeelFaceTurn.
* ParentalSubstitute: Gordon for Charlie who doesn't have a father. Gordon lost his own father when he was about Charlie's age so he knows how he feels. Gordon even falls in love with Charlie's mother but their relationship has ended by the time the second film begins. Hans is implied to have been one for Gordon in a similar way.
* ThePerfectionist: Gordon Bombay the lawyer at the start of D1. His crooning of his 30-0 record and immediate disavowal of [[NoodleIncident the Frasier case because he "scored with the court reporter" with the "intelligent body"]] speaks to Bombay's outlook at that point in the plot. It was probably something he got from his old coach Jack Reilly, who bemoans the lone second-place banner from the 1973 season among the sea of championship banners just prior to Bombay the coach's first game against the Hawks.
* PhraseCatcher: "Shut ''up'', Averman!", and, unsurprisingly, "''Goldberg!!!''"
* PunctuatedForEmphasis:"I am Goldberg, THE GOALIE!!"
* PutOnABus: Half the kids from the first film, presumably to make way for the newcomers. Also, Charlie's mom, said to have re-married during Gordon's comeback attempt. Hans is said to be visiting his mother, leaving the shop in the care of his brother Jan.
* PuttingTheBandBackTogether: Charlie goes around town gathering his teammates at the start of the second film. Along the way, an AlmostKiss between Connie and Guy is broken up, upsetting the latter (even though he already kissed her in the previous movie).
-->[[MakeOutKids "I was]] ''[[SubvertedTrope this close]]''!"
*** Also serves as a plot point when the team shows up to play for the first time after getting back together. Seriously, for the ''first'' time:
---> '''Bombay''': Haven't you guys been practicing in the off-season?\\
'''Averman''': You know, I knew we forgot something.
* PetTheDog: Larson staying with Banks until the paramedics arrive after [=McGill=] injures him.
* RagTagBunchOfMisfits: The Ducks, when they were simply District 5, are a band of underdogs who were basically at the bottom of the barrel (they didn't even have proper hockey equipment). Once they become the Ducks, they become champions.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: The Dean of Eden Hall in the third film likes the Ducks and does his best to fight for the Ducks even when the Alumni and the Board want to revoke their scholarships.
%%* RousingSpeech
* SarcasmBlind: The team mutinies against Bombay when some of them overhear him bad-mouthing the team, although Bombay was actually being sarcastic and defending them against Coach Reilly. When Bombay tells Karp he was being sarcastic and asks if he knows what that is, Karp sarcastically replies, "Nooooo!"
%%* SarcasmMode: Mostly from teenage Ducks in ''D3''.
* SarcasticClapping: Coach Stansson of Team Iceland gives Bombay a sarcastic little clap after beating Team USA 12-1.
* {{Scholarship Student}}s: In ''D3'', the Ducks receive scholarships to a prestigious private school called Eden Hall Academy. The varsity hockey team is pissed off because the Ducks took the junior varsity roster spots that would have been available to their younger siblings. However, they're initially nicer to Adam Banks, who gets called up to the varsity team himself. Due to his family's wealth and his exceptional talent, Adam likely would have gotten onto the team by conventional means, anyway. When the Ducks fail to perform, the Board of Trustees threatens to pull their scholarships, but Gordon Bombay comes to Eden Hall with his lawyer hat on and saves his former team.
* SecondPlaceIsForLosers: The philosophy of Hawks' coach Jack Reilly, something which he instilled and lingered in Bombay the young player and into Bombay the lawyer.
---> '''Reilly''': Remember, it's not worth playing...
---> '''Young Gordon''': ...if you can't win.
* SeriousBusiness: Apparently children's hockey games are this in the team's hometown: The local paper covers them, complete with large headers and dramatic photographs.
** How Reilly treats children's hockey, to the point where he orders one of his players to freaking ''injure'' Banks, badly enough that Banks has to be taken out on a stretcher.
** No American state is more crazy about hockey than Minnesota, but the films definitely take it UpToEleven.
* ShockinglyExpensiveBill: An $857 formal dinner in ''D3''.
** The shopping montage mentioned below is also an example as it shows the cash register for Hans's sporting goods store quickly racking up a massive bill for the newly sponsored Ducks.
* ShoppingMontage: In the first film, after sponsorship allows the Ducks to buy proper hockey equipment.
* SignificantName: Gordon Bombay has two brands of gin in his name (Gordon's Gin and Bombay Sapphire), and the plot of the first movie starts with him getting arrested for drunk driving.
* SlobsVersusSnobs: The Ducks against the OpposingSportsTeam in D1 and D3 are the clearest examples, with the Ducks as the Slobs (and even in D2, several Iceland players give off the impression that they look down upon Team USA such as with mocking laughs). Part of Banks' difficulty in integrating with the Ducks in D1 also stems from this, with the Slob part best encapsulated with Jesse's nicknaming of Banks "cake eater" and overriding Charlie's attempt to reach out to Banks by leading the other Ducks in shunning him at the start of the Huskies game.
** Emphasized by the Varsity team calling the Ducks "white trash" and "affirmative action."
* SmoochOfVictory: Connie and Guy at the end of the first movie. The third ends with Luis [[AllGuysWantCheerleaders making out with a cheerleader]] and Charlie kissing Linda, a girl whom he was courting throughout the film.
* SoLastSeason: Several of the Ducks' tricks from the first film get counteracted in the second (including the Flying V and Fulton's power slapshot).
%%* SomeonesTouchingMyButt: This happens to Julie in the second film, when the entire team is tied together during a practice:
%%--> Somebody better watch their hands!
* SoreLoser: The Hawks team. Even a year later they're pretty upset that they lost to the Ducks.
* SorryOciffer: The cop who pulled Bombay over on suspicion of DUI gets enough evidence when, having asked Bombay to turn down the car stereo, he hears Bombay admit that it was "a 'widdle' noisy".
* SoundOff: Used in D2.
---> I don't know but I been told
---> Team USA's gonna win the gold
---> Listen up and listen good
---> We're all headed for Hollywood
* SpinningNewspaper: Used to keep the first two films moving.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''Film/TheBadNewsBears'' as both films feature a coach who is a JerkWithAHeartOfGold teaching a team of RagtagBunchOfMisfits and said coach forms a bond with one of the players. the difference is that in this movie [[spoiler: the underdogs actually won]].
* SpoiledSweet: Adam Banks turns out to be nice.
* SpoilerTitle: The UK video title for the first film is [[spoiler:''The Mighty Ducks Are The Champions'']].
* StealthPun: The "Oreo line" from the first film - [[spoiler: The Hall brothers, centered by Guy Germaine]].
* SternTeacher: At least one at Eden Hall.
--> "Every Monday, you'll have a practice quiz; every Wednesday, you'll have a real quiz; every Friday, you'll have an exam; and anytime I feel like it, you'll have a surprise quiz or exam."
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Be honest, as kids, how many of us actually noticed that Hans was swapped with his brother Jan for D2?
* TakeFive: In the first film, Tommy and Tammy Duncan are spotted on a hockey rink before a game. Bombay tells his team to get ready for the game, then recruits the Duncans in private.
%%* TeamSpirit
%%* TeamHandStack: "Quack! Quack! Quack!"
* TechnicianVsPerformer:
** Adam Banks is a gifted hockey player, but Charlie is picked to be Captain because he is an emotional leader.
** The Ducks themselves are the performers to the opposing technicians. [[SoLastSeason Doesn't work quite so well in the third movie.]]
* ThatPoorCat: After one of Fulton's slapshots in the third movie.
* ThoseTwoGuys: The Hawks' players, Larson and [=McGill=].
* TitleConfusion: ''The Mighty Ducks'' was called ''Champions'' in the UK and Commonwealth countries. ''D2: The Mighty Ducks'' was simply called ''The Mighty Ducks'', the same as the international name for the first film. Ultimately the third film was called ''D3: The Mighty Ducks'' everywhere.
* TokenBlack: With Jesse Hall having left the Ducks by the beginning of the third film, Russ Tyler becomes this for the team.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Pretty much the ENTIRE team in D3. Though the rival varsity players are pretty huge jerks too, the protaganists match them prank for prank through the first half of the movie, and also act very disrespectful towards their new coach, mostly just for the "crime" of shaking up their status quo and holding them to higher standards. A large part of the plot is focused on Charlie in particular getting over his new Jerkassery.
** Just look at how they treat Banks after he gets promoted to varsity (which wasn't his fault). They stop talking to him, blame him for the pranks the varsity does on them (even though he takes no part and didn't know about them until it was too late), freeze his locker along with the rest of the varsity players just because he's on the team, and Charlie insults him when he tries to explain himself and cheap shots him in the unofficial scrimmage in retaliation for playing clean defense.
** Probably the biggest offense is when Fulton accuses Russ of being a "sell out." Russ is merely driven; he realizes what a great opportunity he and his teammates have at Eden Hall Academy, and doesn't want any of them to blow it.
* ToxicFriendInfluence: Adam Banks was a bit of a jerk when he was on the Hawks thanks to Reilly's coaching and his hanging out with [=McGill=] and Lawson. Once he joins the Ducks, he becomes a lot nicer.
* TrainingMontage: One in each movie. The third movie features a lot of ImprovisedTraining.
* TruthInTelevision: Serious hockey players do have to learn to play two-way hockey eventually. Successful professional teams speak to its importance on a regular basis.
* TwoFirstNames: Russ Tyler.
* TwoGirlsToATeam: Tammy Duncan and Connie Moreau in D1; Julie "The Cat" Gaffney replaces Tammy for the two sequels.
* TyrantTakesTheHelm: Subverted with the new coach in the third movie. While Coach Orion is a lot stricter than Bombay, he knows what he's talking about and all the changes he makes to the team lineup and practices makes the Ducks better players. And given the players' disrespectful attitudes towards him, the punishments he gives them are pretty justified.
* UnderdogsNeverLose: Well, once Bombay gets the team's act together and adds a couple of ''very'' good players in Adam Banks and Fulton Reed, suddenly they can ''play''.
* UnnecessaryRoughness: The Ducks are frequently the victim of this until Fulton and/or Portman start dishing it right back to the other team.
* UnskilledButStrong: Fulton has unbelievable power but, initially at least, very little accuracy. In his first game, Bombay psyches out the opposing team by putting Fulton on the ice before the game starts and having him take practice shots at the empty goal, with only 1 in 5 being on target, but the obvious power on display terrifies the opponents, setting up a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statue_of_Liberty_play Statue of Liberty play]] later in the game where Fulton pretends he's going to take a shot at goal only for another duck to swoop in and score unopposed while the ''entire enemy defence'' is scrambling for cover. He gets better over the course of the series.
* VeryHighVelocityRounds: Russ's "knucklepuck." Oxymoronic as a knuckler is effective because it's ''slow''. More famously, Fulton's slapshot: he is capable of shattering plexiglass with it, and once left a puck-shaped indent in the hand of the only goalie to actually stop it.
* WalkingAwayShot: Seeing that his team is fine without him, Gordon Bombay happily walks out of the Eton Hall rink unnoticed at the end of ''D3''.
* WeUsedToBeFriends: In the first film, when Adam transfers to the Ducks, his former Hawk teammates immediately cut him off. In the final game, Coach Reilly orders the team to take Adam out of the game by whatever means, which one was more than happy to do. Crosses into MoralEventHorizon as said player actually injures Adam to the point he had to be carried off in a stretcher and thought nothing of it.
--->'''Larson:''' Adam! Adam, are you okay? (to [=McGill=]) What'd you ''do?''
--->'''[=McGill=]''' My job.
* WealthsInAName: Adam Banks, who is rich.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Bombay at the start of D1 - in his case it's Coach Reilly and later his boss Ducksworth since his actual dad, who was very supportive of him, died when he was young.
---> '''Bombay''' (at the law firm's office just after another trial win): No calls from the duck phone?
---> '''Jeannine''': Not yet.
---> '''Bombay''': (''impatient huff'') What's he waiting for? I saw him in the back of the courtroom - how about some kudos here, huh?!
* WhamShot: In D2, Fulton's power shot, which could tear a hole into a goalie net as well as ''knock a goalie into the net by sheer force'', actually gets stopped by the Iceland team goalie. Didn't mean he got out of it unscathed.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: In the first movie Goldberg says that he won't be the team's goalie for long, because he was moving back to Philly with his mom. This never happens in the sequels and is never even brought up again, though in the second movie, his parents seem to be operating a deli together; possibly they were getting divorced, then changed their minds.
* WhatTheHellHero: Gordon gets ''three'' of them in ''D2'' after he falls prey to the fame and loses what everyone liked about him; one by his team, one by Ms. [=McKay=], and one by Hans.
** In the third movie, a stubborn Charlie gets it from Hans, his mother, and his teammates.
* WhoNeedsOvertime: Played straight for the first and third films - the second one it's averted in the sense that [[spoiler:though the game went to a shootout instead of a traditional sudden-death overtime it's still extra play that was required due to a tie score after regulation.]] Interestingly, in the first film Gordon actually says the team will beat the Hawks in overtime before the below happens.
** [=D1=]: [[spoiler:Score tied at 4, Charlie draws a hooking penalty on a breakaway with no time left in regulation and is awarded a penalty shot (any Duck on the ice was eligible according to the ref, but Bombay chose Charlie). Charlie triple-dekes the Hawks' goalie and banks his shot off the post and in for the game-winner.]]
** [=D2=]: [[spoiler:Russ, pretending to be Goldberg since Iceland had been swarming him every time he got on the ice as a normal skater, launches his knucklepuck unimpeded and gets it past the Iceland goalie to tie the score at 5 at the end of the third period. The game goes to a five-round shootout with the US going first; after four rounds each side nets three. Banks pots his attempt for the US, then Bombay pulls Goldberg and puts in Julie, who gloves Gunnar Stahl's shot to win.]]
** [=D3=]: [[spoiler:Scoreless game going into the dying seconds of regulation, the puck somehow ends up on the stick of Goldberg[[note]]who in this movie had been moved from goaltender to defenseman[[/note]] to everyone's suprise (including Goldberg's) - he fires it top-shelf past the varsity team's goalie.]]
* TheWorfBarrage:
** Fulton's slapshot subverts this twice in D2. The first time, it's blocked by Team Iceland's goalie...but the goalie's intense pain (as well as a ''puck shaped bruise'') suggests that it was mainly sheer luck that his glove was in the right spot. Subverted completely near the end, when the shot unexpectedly works perfectly during the tie-breaker shootout. (On the other hand, viewers may notice the Iceland goalie (same in both games) visibly shaking nervously when Fulton steps up the second time, presumably having the pain fresh in his head from last time, which likely caused him to mess up the save the second time around.)
** Interestingly Invoked in D1 when the Ducks start practicing in a proper manner (i.e., not by cheating) - specifically, how Bombay gets Goldberg to stop being afraid of the puck (kind of a problem if you're the goalie): tying Goldberg's limbs to the goal frame and having the rest of District 5 (plus himself) fire hundreds of pucks at him (Karp was especially eager at the chance). Goldberg was shaking in his skates and screaming bloody murder at first, but when he realizes pucks don't hurt he starts laughing and taunting his teammates to shoot harder.
-->'''Goldberg:''' My mother would not approve of this, Coach. She'd like me to live to my Bar Mitzvah.
-->'''Bombay:''' This ''is'' your Bar Mitzvah, Goldberg. Today you become a man.
* TheWorfEffect: Adam Banks is considered the best player on the team, but cheap shots knocked him out of the final in the first film and had him injured for most of D2.
* WorstNewsJudgmentEver: Pee-Wee hockey results making front-page news seems a little ridiculous even by hockey-loving Minnesota standards. It goes even more overboard in the sequel, where the hockey finals of the Junior Goodwill Games not only gets huge newspaper coverage, but the paper's preview includes a giant FloatingHeadSyndrome image hyping Coach Bombay vs. Wolf Stansson.
* WorthIt: Said by an Iceland opponent after intentionally going after Adam Banks and receiving only a 2-minute minor; gets an IronicEcho later.
* WorthyOpponent: After the Ducks beat Iceland, star player Gunner Stahl defies Stansson's criticism to lead his team back onto the ice to shake hands with their opponents, personally congratulating Charlie on their victory.
* WritingLines: After a display of insubordination, most of the team has to write "I will not quack at the principal" in detention.
* YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe: How Charlie reacts when Bombay steps down in ''D3''.
** Charlie also has this reaction in a later scene when Fulton informs him that Portman refused his Eden Hall scholarship.
* YouWatchTooMuchX: Dwayne says his teammates watch too much TV. Russ says it's the safest activity in South Central Los Angeles.