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->''"It's not a duck! It's a [other type of bird]!"'' [[note]]''"What do ya' know? It ''is'' a duck!"''[[/note]]
-->-- [[OncePerEpisode Nearly every episode]] of ''Series/{{Zoboomafoo}}''

The English word "duck" has two possible meanings ([[UsefulNotes/CricketRules if you don't listen to cricketers]][[note]]"Duck" in UsefulNotes/{{Cricket}} means the batsman is out before scoring any runs--a shortened form of "duck's egg".[[/note]]):

# ''verb'': to move (the head or body) quickly downwards or away; "Before he could duck, a duck flew into him"
# ''noun'': 1. small wild or domesticated web-footed broad-billed swimming bird usually having a depressed body and short legs; "the duck had to duck to avoid the bridge", 2. the meat of said bird.

In fiction, characters have a surprising tendency to mix these words up. Generally, if an object is coming at someone very fast, and they are advised to "duck!" they will immediately look around for ''a duck'' -- [[WhereWhere "Where? Where?"]] -- thinking the word to have been a reference to the latter example, that is, the bird. Or, if there ''is'' a duck, and someone informs them of its presence with the demonstrative "duck!", they will cover their head to avoid an incoming object, thinking the other character to have been advising them to lower their head, as in the former definition.

You would think that for a rational person, context would clarify these things. The source of the humour comes in this case from this expectation of people's ability to discern the intended meaning of an [[AmbiguousSyntax ambiguous utterance]] being [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] by their apparent confusion in the heat of the moment. In either case, there is the further opportunity for "slapstick" comedy in the character throwing themselves to the floor or being struck by a fast moving animal. [[RuleOfFunny The improbability of this happening is justified in the context of a comedy by its providing amusement to the viewer.]]

[[DontExplainTheJoke We hope that clears things up.]]

See also AmbiguousSyntax (of which "I saw [[UnusualEuphemism her duck]]" is a famous example). Also see InherentlyFunnyWords; this joke gains some of its humor from the duck's status as an inherently funny word.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Used in the dub of ''Anime/NerimaDaikonBrothers'' when the title group is [[ItMakesSenseInContext hanging from a railing outside the episode's antagonist's apartment]]. The villain attacks them with a rubber duck, leading to this exchange:
-->'''Mako:''' Duck!\\
'''Hideki:''' How the hell am I supposed to duck?!\\
'''Mako:''' No, I mean it was a ''duck''!\\
'''Hideki:''' What was a duck?

* Creator/BillEngvall uses this as an example of how his wife never listens to him. As he explains to her, if he saw something coming towards her and yelled "Duck!" she would not duck right away but instead try to find what he was referring to and get killed. According to Engvall, his wife acknowledged the truth behind this, but then points out that if she ''did'' duck whenever Bill said "Duck!", he would do it just to mess with her. Bill's response: "Touche."

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' Super Special #36 (Fall 1981), article "If Comic Characters Were Psychoanalyzed". WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck tries to overcome his bad temper by ignoring people who insult him. One day he's walking along and someone repeatedly yells "Duck!" at him. He ignores it because he thinks the guy is taunting him for being a duck, and runs into the branch the guy was trying to warn him to avoid.
* ''Mad'' #19 (January 1955) had a parody "Mickey Rodent" which used this as a RunningGag. Darnold gets a moment of GenreSavvy later, leading to this (note that logically the words "verb" and "noun" are backwards. And "quick" is the parody for "quack".):
-->'''Mickey:''' Hey, Darnold Duck!\\
'''Darnold:''' Quick, quick! You mean my name "Duck" or you mean the word, "duck"?\\
'''Mickey:''' Yes, but...\\
'''Darnold:''' ...That is...you use 'duck' connoting '''title''' rather than '''action'''? ...Quick!\\
'''Mickey:''' Yes, but...\\
'''Darnold:''' ...That is...'duck' is a '''verb''' rather than a '''noun'''? Tell me quick quick!\\
'''Mickey:''' Yes, but...\\
'''Darnold:''' ...Ahh!... Then I can remain standing!\\
(''Darnold immediately gets hit because he didn't duck'')\\
'''Darnold:''' You dirty [[HoldYourHippogriffs human]]! You said you called me... you called me by my full name!\\
'''Mickey:''' ...Yes, but you didn't let me finish my sentence, which, if completed, would have been... "Hey, Darnold Duck, DUCK!"
* From ''ComicBook/LenoreTheCuteLittleDeadGirl,''
-->'''Ragamuffin:''' DUCK!\\
'''Lenore:''' But I already got a duck.\\
'''Ragamuffin:''' No, I mean get down!\\
(''Lenore starts dancing'')
* This exchange in ''ComicBook/MaxRideFirstFlight #1'':
-->(''eraser swipes at Iggy'')\\
'''Angel:''' Iggy, Duck!\\
'''Iggy:''' [[DeadpanSnarker Always thought I was more of a cardinal, personally]].
* In a ''ComicBook/RichieRich'' comic book story, when Richie goes through a "Here Is Your Life" moment with his friends, family members, and even enemies, his cousin Reggie Van Dough tries to throw a cream pie at Richie, only for it to move very slowly through the air until it is flying straight toward Mayda Munny (who at that point is now Mayda Millions). Richie tells Mayda to duck. Mayda mistakes it for Richie telling her what her feather boa is made of, with her responding it is actually ostrich feathers -- just before the pie hits her.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'':
-->'''Ducks:''' Quack quack quack quack quack!\\
'''Duck:''' CHICKEN!\\
(''the ducks duck as a chicken flies by'')\\
'''Ducks:''' Quack quack quack quack quack!\\
'''Caption:''' "Do you ever run out of ideas?" asked the interviewer. "Well, sometimes," said the cartoonist.
* One strip of ''ComicStrip/{{Mutts}}'' has someone yell "Duck!" at a baby swan swimming in a pond. The swan looks over his shoulder and goes on an angry rant about how he's a swan, not a duck - and then hits his head on a tree branch hanging over the water.
* Played with in a ''ComicStrip/BeetleBailey'' comic:
-->'''Zero:''' Goose, sarge, goose!\\
(''grenade explodes'')\\
'''Sarge:''' Did you, by any chance, mean "Duck"?
* ''ComicStrip/USAcres'': One strip had [[JerkAss Roy]] yelling "DUCK!" as he is hitting a baseball at the rest of the cast, all lined up. Everyone is ducking except for Wade the Duck, who turns to look at whoever is calling for him. (And thus, right at the ball flying at him)
* Occurs in ''ComicStrip/ThePerishers'' when Marlon is eating a sandwich that sprays the contents everywhere. Wellington shouts for people to duck and Marlon accuses Wellington of trying to fool him because there are no ducks.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Played with in this exchange from ''Fanfic/HopToIt'':
-->'''Chat Noir''': Sequana is the Gallo-Roman goddess of the River Seine. Seems your mythology is a little rusty. I could tutor you, if you’d like. (''waggles his eyebrows at her'')\\
'''Ladybug''': Duck. (''swings her yo-yo in the direction of his head, presumably at one of Sequana's tentacles'')\\
'''Chat Noir''': (''while ducking'') Ducks were actually her familiars! Looks like you don’t need my help after all.
* ''FanFic/ThoseLackingSpines'', naturally, plays with it, complete with a reference to the Llama Song.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TwiceUponATime'', Ralph [[ShapeShifting the All-Purpose Animal]] finds himself being attacked by Botch's vulture minions, and yells to his friend Mumford "Duck!" while [[VisualPun reflexively turning into a duck]].
* ''WesternAnimation/OpenSeason'' 2: [[TheDitz Roger]] seemingly displays a rare moment of intelligence telling his friend to duck and avoid the soporific darts. But he then continues: "See? One duck, two duck..."
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Rio}}'', while on the run:
-->'''Jewel:''' Ah, this is great. I'm chained to the only bird in the world who can't fly.\\
'''Blu:''' Actually, there are about forty species of flightless birds.\\
(''they approach a box being lowered'')\\
'''Jewel:''' Duck!\\
'''Blu:''' No, ducks can fly.\\
'''Jewel:''' No! Duck!
* ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'' has a reversal of the usual order:
-->'''Dory:''' Duck!\\
'''Marlin:''' That's not a duck, that's a... ''[[OhCrap pelican!!]]''
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSwanPrincess'', Prince Derek has the castle musicians (it was the servants' day off) dress up as animals so he and his friend can have target practice (using non-lethal paintball-esque arrows). One of them is dressed as a duck. HilarityEnsues.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* From ''Film/HotShots!'':
-->'''Admiral Benson:''' Ahhh...I love soup. At least I think I love soup. Blasted shell! It's either soup or duck. Which one do you shoot?
-->'''Lt. Commander Block:''' Duck, sir.
-->(Admiral Benson hits head on desk while ducking)
* ''Film/HowardTheDuck'' can't resist at least one use of this trope. In the middle of a firefight someone yells Duck and our hero stand up straight and replies '''And proud of it!'''
** This was an extension of the joke in [[ComicBook/HowardTheDuck the comics]] of ''everyone'' saying something similar while coming to terms with the duck talking to them.
* Creator/GrouchoMarx offered this explanation for the title ''Film/DuckSoup'': “Take two turkeys, one goose, four cabbages, but no duck, and mix them together. After one taste, you’ll duck soup for the rest of your life.”
* In ''Film/TheSmurfs2'', Patrick Winslow tells his stepfather Victor Doyle to duck when Gargamel is about to attack them with his magic wand, and Victor ends up being turned into a duck.
* In ''Film/SpacedInvaders'' someone yells "Duck!" to a man driving a vehicle who ducks his head, then slams on the brakes to avoid running over someone wearing a duck costume.
* In the second ''Film/TheMightyDucks'' movie, this happens.
* In ''Film/BlazingSaddles'', when Hedy Lamarr's (that's "Hedly") mooks toss dynamite into the church in Rock Ridge, the preacher is in the middle of a sermon and mentions the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and '''Duck!'''

* In Spider Robinson's ''Literature/CallahansCrosstimeSaloon'', the line "Duck, Duck! The Doc!" was used at a Halloween party when Doc Webster throws a full glass of whiskey at the head of a person dressed as a duck.
* There's a variant of it used in several Literature/{{Discworld}} novels (including ''Discworld/{{Sourcery}}'' and ''Discworld/AHatFullOfSky'') involving confusion between "geas" -- a pact or commandment -- and "geese".
** In ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime'', a sign labeled "duck" is used as a LogicBomb against the Auditors of Reality, where there is neither ''a'' duck nor a reason ''to'' duck.
-->'''Susan:''' Ah, now we're getting metaphysical.
** And in ''Discworld/WitchesAbroad'', similar fun is had with the Duc of Genua.
* In ''Literature/{{Gone}}'', Brianna is yelling for Duck, and confuses a lot of people.
* In ''Literature/TheBartimaeusTrilogy'' (''Ptolemy's Gate'') Bartimaeus points out a duck to Nathaniel, who interprets it as the command.
** Of course, in this case they were sneaking around trying not to be seen, so Nathaniel had reason to be confused. Bartimaeus was simply messing with him as best he could with his [[TheKidWithTheLeash limited]] capabilities.
* A Shel Silverstein poem had a goose angrily asking why people called him a duck when he walked in a room. The picture shows him looking at the reader as a spear flies towards his head.
* In the YA novel ''Yours Turly, Shirley'' by AnnMMartin, Shirley tells her sister to duck. Not yet understanding all the American slang, Jackie looks around for the bird and is promptly splattered with mashed potatoes.
* Mark Helprin's ''A City in Winter'', the narrator (the unnamed queen) relates a moment from her past when she was told by two bakers to duck under the counter to hide. At the time, she didn't know the expression but ducked anyways, thinking that she'd find a duck under the counter.
* This happens in ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKidTheLastStraw''. Frank is about to be hit by a branch in the river, Greg tells him to duck, and Frank is trying to look for a duck. It seems not to have ended well.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Done in classic series ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Silver Nemesis": Seven-Doc yells out "Duck!", [[ActionGirl Ace]] immediately throws herself flat, scene cut and the Doctor is chasing a small gaggle of ducks out of the TARDIS.
** Occurs in the 10th doctor episode "Blink", with a hidden message from the past telling the reader to "Beware the angel and duck. No really, duck now!"
** In the 11th doctor episode "The Eleventh Hour", the Doctor texts the word "Duck" to Amy and Rory. They duck just in time to avoid getting hit by a fire engine ladder.
* This is something of a problem in one episode of the RecycledTheSeries of ''Series/HoneyIShrunkTheKids'', since the fellow addressed is named Mr. Duck. As with the MAD example, this is inverted later, with a "Mr. . . DUCK!" that is in fact a command to duck.
* In ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'', the dartboard was moved to the kitchen, so any time Tommy is shooting darts, he screams "DUCK!". While Dick's new relationship is telling about her allergies, she uses such an instance to remind him that she's allergic to ducks.
* The children's show ''{{Series/Zoboomafoo}}'' did this OnceAnEpisode, generally followed by a trained exotic bird flying through and dropping a letter. Every time it is pointed out that it's "not a duck", followed by some explanation to the ConstantlyCurious child that no, that's a falcon, or a condor, etc. (At one point, this is actually lampshaded by using an actual duck.)
* In a Christmas episode of ''Series/That70sShow'' the gang cut down a tree on the side of the highway. Kelso's down hacking away as the others play lookout. A car passes by, one of them shouts "Duck!" and everyone does except for Kelso who looks up and says "Where?"
* From ''Series/DueSouth'', we get this exchange while our heroes are being stealthy:
-->'''Fraser:''' Ray! Duck! (Ray hits the deck, duck quacks offscreen) Anas platyrhynos...very unusual sighting for this time of year.
-->'''Vecchio:''' (gets to his feet) Duck...Duck...Duck means ''duck''; duck doesn't mean '''duck'''! ...I hate my life.
* A ''Series/TheDickVanDykeShow'' episode had Rob in sneezing fits around Laura. She takes it to be psychosomatic, but later, while going to bed, she regards a new pillow and cries out "Duck down!" and Rob goes into a crouch. Turns out he's allergic to the duck feathers in the pillows.
* ''Series/BarneyAndFriends'':
** While Barney and the kids were on a camping trip, one of the kids yelled out this, to which the group bent down, only to be told he meant he found a nest of baby ducks.
** Later, in the same episode, when the children heard a rumbling coming from the campfire (which was actually the popcorn popping), they took cover while the same boy yelled this again.
-->"And this time, I mean ''Duck''!"
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Buffy gets this seconds after she finds out [[spoiler: that Spike is back, insane, and living in the school basement]].
-->'''Spike:''' (''tenderly'') Buffy... duck.\\
'''Buffy:''' What? Duck? There's a duck? (''gets hit in the head by zombie'')
* In an episode of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', Dr. Mallard, when advised to duck, informs the person that only Gibbs is allowed to call him that.
* A scene in ''Series/MorkAndMindy'' [[ItMakesSenseInContext in which Mindy and Mork sneak in and are snooping around Mr. Bickley's house]], has Mork repeatedly tell Mindy "Mallard!", to Mindy's confusion, then finally say, "Duck!", as they duck behind the furniture just as Mr. Bickley comes in.
* In ''Series/TheThundermans'' This happens at the end of the episode "Thundersense" when Phoebe tries to warn her best friend Cherry about a flying meatball. When she shouts "Cherry! Duck!" Cherry replies "Where?!" looking around only to be hit by the meatball and knocked to the ground. When Phoebe asks if she is OK she replies "I'm okay but what about the duck?"
* ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'': Played with when Blackadder is accused of witchcraft; he accuses the Witchsmeller Pursuivant of being a quack. Said witchhunter immediately accuses Blackadder of being involved in a prior case involving a cursed duck, due to the quacking sound he just made.
* ''Series/TheTwoRonnies'' does a variation on this in a sketch where Ronnie Barker's character claims to be a spy. Ronnie Corbett's character mentions that he only drives American cars, to which RB replies "Oh yes, Dodge." RC starts moving around erratically, until RB clarifies he's talking about Dodge cars.
* ''Series/MorkAndMindy'' had it's resident alien getting things slightly mixed up before getting it right.
-->'''Mork:''' Mallard, mallard!\\
'''Mindy:''' What?\\
'''Mork:''' Duck!
* ''Series/TheFlash2014'': "The Flash Reborn" had this.
-->'''Iris:''' Duck.\\
'''Wally:''' I don't see no duck.\\
(A few seconds later after Wally and Cisco get knocked over.)\\
'''Wally:''' She meant the other duck.\\
'''Cisco:''' Yeah, I cannot believe you actually thought she meant a duck duck.

* The ''Capitol Steps'' song "Sunni Side of Tikrit," [[LyricalDissonance an upbeat song about life in a war-ravaged city]], has the line "Our state bird is the '''DUCK!'''" [[DontExplainTheJoke (as in, duck to avoid the incoming shrapnel).]]

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* One Veterinarian's Hospital sketch on ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' had a duck as a patient. This trope was used (multiple times) as its usual HurricaneOfPuns.
* In "Mountains of Messiness" on ''Series/ThePajanimals'', the beaver Hank welcomes the Pajanimals to the Land of Build It by saying "Welcome to the Land of... Duck!" which excites Squacky because, of course, he is a duck. However, he means for them to duck, as there's a big log that's being used to construct a lodge swinging their way, courtesy of the beaver Frank. Fortunately, they duck in time.

* ''Theatre/GreaterTuna'': Petey Fisk briefly mentions this trope in a short speech, the rest of which is also about ducks.
-->'''Petey Fisk''': The word duck, when used as a verb, means to rapidly lower body position to avoid injury, so when someone says the word duck, [[ConversationalTroping you don't know if they're talking about a bird or an accident.]]
* In ''Honk!'', a cat cornering the Ugly Duckling was not thinking of an oncoming baseball when he heard the shout.
* Creator/ShelSilverstein wrote a one-act play with this very title. The action of the play centers on a stairway with a low-hanging wall above its bottom; there is a picture of a duck on this wall, which a man named Morgan assumes mean "duck your head." Much to his surprise, the sign is ''actually'' warning about the biting ducks waiting in the room at the bottom of the stairs. The trope is even lampshaded when Burt, the owner of the staircase, points out that the fact that someone should duck their head in a low-hanging doorway is obvious, and that the sign is to warn people of what they can't see.

* A variation occurs in ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}''. When Tarduk introduces himself by shouting his name at Vezon, Vezon ducks to avoid the tar.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The "graveyard duck" line in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaIISimonsQuest'' was thought for years to be a case of this-- i.e., a badly punctuated line actually telling you to duck in the graveyard. But as it turns out, the original Japanese version used the word ''ahiru'', which translates as the waterfowl. However, one retranslation [[http://bisqwit.iki.fi/cv2fin/diff#t102 claims]] that the word is a slang term for a slowly-patrolling man, in which case it is indeed a mistranslation, but not for the verb. It's since been discovered that duck references were and still are common in-jokes among Konami's staff, something that is acknowledged in the link provided.
** The exact hint was "GET A SILK BAG FROM THE GRAVEYARD DUCK TO LIVE LONGER." Unsurprisingly, [[http://www.flyingomelette.com/oddities/oddities4.html no one knew what it meant at the time]].
* One variant of this {{pun}} was present in ''VideoGame/CannonFodder'' intro.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobSquarePantsMovie'' video game: [=SpongeBob=] is about to get hit.
-->'''Patrick''' (pointing at a rubber duck): DUCK!
-->'''[=SpongeBob=]''' (while ducking): Where?
* In ''VideoGame/DukeNukem3D: Atomic Edition'', in the level "Pigsty", there's a security monitor which - when inspected - does not display an image from a security camera, but rather an image of...a duck. With an exclamation mark next to it. And a rocket launcher-toting enemy sneaks up on you while you look at the monitor. [[VisualPun ...Get it?]]
* A variant of this happens in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRenegade''. During a cutscene, Havoc and Sydney are arguing while driving in a truck. After Sydney gives him a short TheReasonYouSuckSpeech, Havoc sits back and calmly states:
-->'''Havoc:''' Cow.\\
'''Sydney:''' Pig!\\
'''Havoc:''' ''(pointing at the road)'' No, Cow!\\
'''Cow:''' Moo. ''(truck barely avoids it)''

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'': In Season 3, the Reds and Blues work together to inflitrate O'Malley's base. As they're sneaking around, turrets open fire on them. Somewhat justified, considering that [[{{CloudcuckooLander}} Caboose is the kind of person who WOULD confuse the two meanings of the word]].
-->'''Sarge:''' Duck!\\
'''Caboose:''' Duck? Where? I LOVE ducks!

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Was [[http://jaadrih.comicgenesis.com/d/20070922.html done]] in ''The Prime Of Ambition'' as a practical joke.
-->'''Thanatos:''' It's a good thing '''that''' never gets old.
* Done both ways in ''Webcomic/TheNoob''. [[http://www.thenoobcomic.com/index.php?pos=152 "M'lord! DUCK!"]]
* ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'' [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/061016 did it using]] [[WesternAnimation/DuckTales Scrooge McDuck]].[[note]]The [[VideoGame/DuckTales video game version]], anyway; that's what you get [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/061019 when you create an interdimensional portal into an NES game]].[[/note]]
--> '''[[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/061017 KAZAP!]]'''
* [[http://chickenwingscomics.com/?p=699 Running]] [[http://chickenwingscomics.com/?p=866 gag]] in ''WebComic/ChickenWings''. Understandable, since [[NoOSHACompliance sharp or heavy objects often fly through their hangar]] and a duck mechanic works next door.
* As Death of Insanely Overpowered Fireballs explains in [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/435.html this]] ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'':

[[folder:Web Original]]
* A rather amusing variation in [[http://www.youtube.com/user/MobiusZero4 MobiusZero4's]] LetsPlay of ''VideoGame/MegaManX5'':
--> Now we just gotta duck! Goose! [[WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog PIN]][[MemeticMutation GAS!]]
* [[http://www.furaffinity.net/view/15043517/ This]] one-shot by "Karno".
-->'''Reckless car driver:''' DUCK!\\
'''Biker:''' (''ducks'') I'm a '''PLATYPUS'''
* An online video exists of someone shouting duck and then ducking himself, only for it to show his friend holding a duck. He laughs sarcastically, only for a flying duck to crash into him.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* From the ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' episode, "Grandpa's Teeth", with Chuckie being a backseat driver on Spike's back:
-->''(Picnic tables are coming up)''\\
'''Chuckie:''' Pic-a-nic table! Pic-a-nic Table!\\
'''Tommy:''' "Duck!"
-->''(Spike crouches down and crawls under the picnic tables )''\\
'''Chuckie:''' Duck!\\
'''Tommy:''' No, Chuckie, we already passed the tables.\\
'''Chuckie:''' No, the other kind of duck!\\
''(A group of ducks wait for them ahead, forcing Spike to skid to a halt)''
* Duck is also a brand of adhesive tape, as Coop shows us on ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR''. The call for "Duck!" from Mira causes Coop to think of it, saving the day.
* There was one episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}'' when people were playing a sport dealing with a giant ball (the name is way too long for anyone but Mung Daal to memorize[[labelnote: Its name?]]Field-Tournament-Style-Up-and-Down-On-The-Ground-Manja-Flanja-Blanja-Banja-Ishka-Bibble-Babble-Flabble-Doma-Roma-Floma-Boma-Jingle-Jangle-Every-Angle-Bricka-Bracka-Flacka-Stacka-Two-Ton-Rerun-Free-for-All-Big-Ball. And it's bad luck not to say all of it.[[/labelnote]]). There was one player who had dodged numerous obstacles. Truffles then yelled "Duck!" The player turns around and is eaten by a giant duck.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretShow'', Anita and Victor are in a Chinese restaurant, resulting in the following exchange:
-->'''Anita:''' Duck!
-->'''Victor:''' No thanks, I...
-->(Victor is hit in the face. By a roast duck.)
* This is spoofed in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''. Solomon Grundy throws a [[VisualPun giant duck statue]] (don't ask) at Superman, and the debris flies offscreen. Meanwhile, Comicbook/GreenLantern is fighting Star Sapphire and it comes flying right at them. When Green Lantern yells "duck!", Star Sapphire doesn't buy it and gets knocked out.
-->'''Green Lantern:''' ...I tried to warn her.
* An early episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' did this. Arthur and Francine are trying to deliver a letter to Muffy's mailbox ''without being seen'' while there are tons of yard workers around. Interestingly, the word meets both definitions at once.
-->'''Francine:''' Duck!
-->(Arthur ducks, and a worker -- who happens to be a duck -- walks by and quacks.)
** Also this exchange:
-->'''Buster:''' Brain, can you help me come up with a new villain the Bionic Bunny could fight?
-->'''Brain:''' Let's see, squids have been done, turtles have been done, how about a...duck!
-->'''Buster:''' Nope, episode 2,436: The Mean Mallard Master...
-->'''Brain:''' No Buster, duck! ''(His remote control plane whizzes by Buster's head)''
* From an episode of ''[[WesternAnimation/YogiBear Yogi's Treasure Hunt]]'':
-->'''Huckleberry Hound:''' Hokey, duck!
-->'''Hokey Wolf:''' No, that's Hokey Wolf, not Hokey Duck. What do I look like? A fox, maybe, but not a duck!
* WesternAnimation/CelebrityDeathmatch: [[Music/WeirdAlYankovic Weird Al]] used this trope against Al Gore.
--> Hey Gore! DUCK! ''(Gore ducks expecting an attack, Weird Al pulls a rubber ducky on his face...)'' Get it? Duck! ''(...and then he kicks Gore in the face)''
* ''WesternAnimation/ACloseShave'':
--> '''Wendolene:''' Duck!
--> '''Wallace:''' Where?
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'', based on ''Around The World in 80 Days'', Brain somehow comes to the conclusion that by breaking the 80-day record he can eventually achieve world domination. So, while they travel via hot-air balloon through France, Pinky notices something coming, flips through his handy foreign-language phrasebook, and...
--> '''Pinky''': Canard! Canard!
--> '''Brain''': 'Canard'? Doesn't that mean 'Duck'?[[note]]Actually the words for the verb and the noun are different in French and Pinky used the wrong word.[[/note]]
--> '''''WHAM!'''''
--> '''Pinky''' (dazed): Oui, oui...
--> '''Brain''' (also dazed): [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar I may.]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaWorldTour'' episode "Slap Slap Revolution", Team Victory is charged by a [[KillerRabbit cute little goat]]:
--> '''[=Leshawna=]''': Duck!
--> '''[[TheDitz Lindsey]]''': No, it's a goat.
* A variation with a different term occurred in an episode of the ''WesternAnimation/SuperMarioBros'' cartoon series, where Mario called for everyone to duck by saying "Get down!" only for Luigi to start dancing.
-->'''Mario:''' Luigi, what are you ''doing?!''
-->'''Luigi:''' I'm "gettin' down!"
** In another Super Mario cartoon series, Luigi heard a bossy king shouting "Duck, you idiot!" Luigi, assuming he was being commanded to get down, did so but the king was actually shouting at a servant for a roast duck.
-->'''Luigi:''' At least he warned me.
* A ''WesternAnimation/{{Histeria}}!'' sketch set in World War II has Loud Kiddington shout this out several times, resulting in this cameo:
-->'''[[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Daffy Duck]]:''' Will you knock that off?! Sheesh! A bird could develop a complex around here!
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Detention}}'' has this exchange when Shareena and Shelley play hooky at the mall.
-->'''Shelley:''' What are we gonna buy without any money?
-->'''Shareena:''' (''[[OhCrap sees her mother]]'') Duck!
-->'''Shelley:''' Duck? They sell ducks here?
* A ''WesternAnimation/{{Bonkers}}'' cartoon featured Bonkers delivering a pizza in a WWII setting. Upon arriving at his destination, he says this upon seeing an enemy plane, while the general states the pizza was suppose to be sausage.
** Another episode has Bonkers and Jitters as part of a ski patrol. As the two of them are on a bobsled, Bonkers suddenly screams "duck!" and ducks to avoid being hit by one of the flying birds. Jitters then screams, "Another duck!," but this time rather than another fowl it's actually a tree branch they have to avoid.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh'', Rabbit is attempting to gather honey from a hive to trade with Pooh for a rabbit bookend ([[ItsALongStory it's a long story]]). Tigger helps him by attaching plungers to his feet, enabling him to climb up the tree, to which Rabbit states he feels like a bird.
-->'''Tigger''': Duck!
-->'''Rabbit''': No, not a duck! Like a swan.
-->'''Tigger''': No! '''Duck'''!
-->''(Onscreen comes [[RunningGag a boomerang Tigger had thrown earlier)]]''
* In ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'', Babs pranks Plucky by yelling, "Plucky! Duck!" He ducks, and she just laughs at him.
* Used repeatedly in ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck''.
-->'''Gosalyn and Launchpad''': Darkwing! Duck!
-->'''Darkwing''': Yes? ''(gets hit by the object he was supposed to duck)'' Next time, be more specific.
* Happens once in the ''WesternAnimation/BlastersUniverse'' episode "You're History":
-->'''Max''': Yeah! What a blast!
-->'''Pirate''': What? Heads up, what?!
-->'''MEL''': Heads ''up''? (''looks up'')
-->'''Max''': No, MEL, "heads up" means...(''sees a cannon'') ...DUCK!
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kissyfur}}'' villains Floyd and Jolene had a Duck scene where Floyd told Jolene to duck and she thought he had seen a duck they could eat.
* In the ''{{Popeye}}'' series that had a segment where Olive Oyl and Alice the Goon were army privates, there was one episode where their Sergeant was on a train wagon and Olive shouted "Duck". Believing Olive was talking about a nearby bird, the Sergeant got hit when they entered a tunnel.
* ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'', in "Once Upon A Timeslip":
-->'''Danger Mouse''': Duck!\\
'''Penfold''': Alright, I'll have the duck, with...\\
'''Danger Mouse''': Duck! Get down!\\
'''Penfold''': [[ComicallyMissingThePoint I know you get down from a duck, DM, but I'm quite]]--WHAA! (''an arrow with a note tied to impales his hat against a tree; Penfold faints'')
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'', in the episode "One Flu Over the Loud House":
-->'''Lincoln''': Duck!\\
'''Leni''': A duck? Where? Is it sick?
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' episode "Baby's Enchanted Didey", Gargamel decides to swear off chasing after Smurfs to take on a new hobby -- bird watching. When he starts bird watching, he yells to Azrael "duck!" and ducks out of the way as a duck flies very low.
* In the ''Series/MarthaSpeaks'' episode "Return of Ralph", Ralph the duck is standing outside of the family house with the remote to their new TV and is using the remote to change the TV channel. The family wonders why the TV is changing channels by itself and figure somebody has the remote. Noticing Ralph the Duck has the remote, Martha tells Helen "duck" and she ducks down. Martha says "No. That's not the kind of duck I mean. What about Window?" Which finally directs Helen to look out the window at the duck.
* ''Literature/TheMagicSchoolBus'' used this in its wetlands episode. Tim yells "Duck!" Everybody ducks. Tim says, "No, ducks!" and points to a flock of mallards.
* Used in the ''WesternAnimation/SofiaTheFirst'' episode "Two to Tangu," as Amber and Sofia, riding a flying carpet, approach a herd of pegasi.
-->'''Sofia''': Duck!\\
'''Amber''': *excited* Ducks?\\
'''Sofia''': No, duck!
* ''WesternAnimation/LoonaticsUnleashed'' has Danger Duck on the receiving end of this at least once. Not too surprising, since he's most often referred to as just "Duck".
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Three's A Crowd", the girls see something hurtling toward them (actually Discord). Rarity yells "Duck!" and everyone does except Pinkie Pie, who gets confused and says, "It doesn't look anything like a duck." Rarity pulls her down right before she loses her head.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SheriffCalliesWildWest'' story "Train Bandits," Sheriff Callie calls it when she and Peck are on top of a train that's about to head into a tunnel. Peck points out that he's a woodpecker, not a duck, but manages to spot the danger just in time spare himself a nasty knock on the noggin.
* In "Frida Fairy Flies Again" on ''WesternAnimation/DocMcStuffins'', when Frida starts trying to fly even though her wing is ripped, Doc calls out to duck and Chilly is confused because he thought she was a fairy, not a duck.
* In "Share Air" on ''WesternAnimation/CareBearsAndCousins'', after the bears start floating up in the sky because of Harmony Bear's new song, this happens.
-->'''Cheer''': Oh no, a duck!
-->'''Tenderheart''': (''covering his head and ducking slightly'') Oh, no! What is it? A tree? An airplane?
-->'''Cheer''': (''duck passes by, quacking'') No, a duck.
* Said by D.U.F.U.S. to Dr. Quark in the ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' episode, "Robotnik's Rival". Quark, naturally, assumes he's being referred to as a [[IAmNotWeasel duck]]. [[RunningGag Again]].
-->'''D.U.F.U.S.:''' Duck!\\
'''Quark:''' I am not a duck!\\
'''D.U.F.U.S.''' No, I mean, duck!\\
(''Quark looks down and stares in shock when he sees a missile heading towards him.'')
* Played both ways in ''WesternAnimation/MiloMurphysLaw'' episode "Party of Peril". The first time Elliot stops Milo, Milo says, "You might wanna duck," causing Elliot to duck, only to discover that Milo was offering him a duck he'd found wandering in traffic. After the duck is escorted to a nearby pond, the following exchange plays it the other way:
-->'''Milo:''' Okay, but you might wanna duck first.\\
'''Elliot:''' Don't be ridiculous. You couldn't possibly have another duck back... (''Elliot gets clobbered by a tire hanging from a low-flying helicopter.'')\\
'''Milo:''' No, I meant because of the tire.
->'''[[UsefulNotes/{{Cricket}} Bowler]]:''' (''catches the batsman's first hit easily'') Duck!