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'''''Duck Dodgers''''' is a 2003-2005 animated TV series based off the classic 1953 WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes short, ''WesternAnimation/DuckDodgersInTheTwentyFourthAndAHalfCentury'', by Creator/ChuckJones. The series aired on Creator/CartoonNetwork.

It was especially notable among WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes properties as the main star was not WesternAnimation/BugsBunny, but WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck, as Captain Duck Dodgers: a SmallNameBigEgo now forced into full-on GeniusDitz mode as the noble defender of the Galactic Protectorate... while still being kind of a {{jerkass}}. All of which led to the unusual situation of the main character filling the role of both TheHero and TheMillstone, as nearly half the situations to be resolved were directly Dodgers' fault to begin with.

He is paired with WesternAnimation/PorkyPig, who reprises his role as the sensible competent and [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Eager Young Space Cadet]]. The show also stars returning opponent Marvin the Martian as IneffectualSympatheticVillain Commander X-2.

''Duck Dodgers'' also had several cameos by established Looney Tunes stars with appropriate science-fiction trappings ([[WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteAndTheRoadRunner Wile E. Coyote]] plays a very obvious ''Franchise/{{Predator}}'' {{homage}} in one episode), often using them to lampoon or satirize the very genre they were portraying in classic Looney Tunes style. The episode "The Green Loontern" is notable for featuring the Franchise/GreenLantern characters from Creator/DCComics after Duck Dodgers accidentally gets Hal Jordan's outfit at the cleaners.

Despite its short shelf life, this show managed to gain a widespread and devoted fanbase, largely for pulling off exactly what more ambitious attempts at modernizing the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes could not: Convey their distinctive brand of, well, looniness into an entirely different genre.

At long last, after ten years, [[http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Duck-Dodgers-Season-1/17686 the first season got a DVD release in early 2013.]]
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!!''Duck Dodgers'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* AbusiveParents: Implied with X-2 in a couple of episodes, bizarrely. His dad apparently used to dangle him off balconies.
-->'''Ozmo:''' A father is worth one hundred schoolmasters.\\
'''X-2:''' (''wipes away tear'') Oh, father...
* AffectionateParody: Of sci-fi as a whole, and with [[ShoutOut shout outs]] to specific franchises. The show's name is a parody of the sci-fi character ComicStrip/BuckRogers.
* ArgumentOfContradictions: In "Of Course You Know This Means War and Peace", between Dodgers and Commanders X-2 and Z-9 after their MistakenForGay moments.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: "Let me tell you a story, Commander. A story of betrayal and lies, and a woman's heart torn asunder. Let me tell you of a consort's throne left vacant, a bridal chamber left barren, and a reception hall left filled with them big shrimp." (The Martian Queen, after Dodgers dropped her like a hot potato ''on their wedding day''.)
* AttractiveBentGender: Pork...er, Eager Young Space Cadet, especially in "Duck Deception".
** Averted by Dodgers himself, who has to resort to bribing the guards instead.
* AnimatedActors: Kind of. The opening credits establish that Daffy, Porky and Marvin are "playing" Dodgers, the Cadet, and the Martian Commander. It gets weirder in the final clip of the show, where Dodgers and Cadet meet their very own real-life voice actors.
* AsHimself
** [[Music/TheBeachBoys Brian Wilson]]
** The members of Music/{{Megadeth}}
** Also "TV's Ed [=McMahon=]!"
** Music/TomJones shows up as himself in one episode so that Dodgers can "borrow" his voice for a talent show.
* AudienceWhatAudience: In one episode, after X-2 engages in some exposition, the Centurions ask who he's talking to. When X-2 says the audience is watching them, the Centurions think he's crazy and mock him.
* AxCrazy: Cadet, under the influence of [[GreenRocks moognesium]] in "Pig of Action".
* BalefulPolymorph: "Pig of Action" -- the effect of [[GreenRocks elephantanium]].
* BareYourMidriff: Tyr'ahnee, in her standard outfit. Mars seems to be a bit warm though, so it may just be out of pragmatism.
* BigBad: Martian Commander X-2/Marvin.
* BilingualBonus: The planet "The Menace of Maninsuit" takes place on is called "Ipponno", Pig Latin for "Nippon" (itself Japanese for, well, ''Japan'').
* [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe Black-Skinned Space Babe]]: Queen Tyr'ahnee.
* BrainBleach: Requested by I.Q. Hi twice in "Lame Duck Mind". He first asks Manobrain if he can erase their memory of the contents of Dodger's mind. Manobrain assures him that he can wipe their memories the second they leave Dodger's brain. The second occurs when they achieve their objective of rescuing the President of Space, only to find that he'd passed the time trapped in his closet dressing in his wife's clothing. In that instance, it is no sooner asked then granted.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Lots.
** Including this gem from "Invictus Interruptus":
-->(''Dodgers has just been sat on by [=EYSC=]'')\\
'''Dodgers:''' I knew I should've cast Speedy Gonzales as my sidekick.
** And:
-->'''X-2:''' Ah, another delusional fan trying to emulate the famous [[Film/ANewHope trench scene]]. How many lives must that accursed film claim?
** In Marvin's second solo cartoon, Dodgers explained Marvin was entitled to one per season. However, while the series had more than two seasons, Marvin never gained a third solo cartoon. Also, a martian rabbit Marvin was hunting stated he now knew "why WesternAnimation/BugsBunny turned this cameo down".
** When Dodgers and the Cadet are being chased by the MonsterOfTheWeek:
-->'''Cadet:''' But I'm sure he going after the core!
-->'''Duck Dodgers:''' No, he's not.
-->'''Cadet:''' You don't even watch this show, do you?
* CallBack: In the very first episode, we have the Eager Young Space Cadet exiting the bathroom, gasping for air, "What DOES he do in that bathroom?" Now cut to the season two finale, as Queen Tyr'ahnee exits the same bathroom, also gasping for breath, "What DOES Dodgers do in that bathroom?!"
* CaptainSpaceDefenderOfEarth: Dodgers is one of a number of Protectorate Captains, though.
* ChainmailBikini: Surprisingly averted with the Martian Queen, though she does sport a contoured breastplate. However, her armor is remarkably conservative, though the fact that they're fighting on a frozen planet may have something to do with it.
* ClipShow: Averted in "Deconstructing Dodgers", where incidents from previous episodes are clearly alluded to, but the events shown are actually "outtakes" from the mentioned episodes... plus a few other scenes with no context whatsoever.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Dodgers. In one episode we get to see inside his mind and he still makes no more sense than before.
* ConspicuousCG: The Ships and Centurions; it's easier to list what isn't CG.
* CourtroomEpisode: Dodgers has to stand trial in the very first episode. He surprisingly displays a considerable knowledge of laws by invoking a treaty to allow him to summon the Queen of Mars to testify and bring video evidence to prove his innocence.
* CrazyPrepared: According to "Talent Show A Go Go", Dodgers carries exploding brownies and cheese danishes in his pockets at all times.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Dodgers may be the king of this trope, but it only '''starts''' there.
* DeadlineNews: In the episode "The Fudd", a news anchor reporting on the [[ZombieApocalypse Fudd apocalypse]] is [[KilledMidSentence transformed mid-sentence.]]
* DefaceOfTheMoon: "Duck Deception" starts with Dodgers busting his ship's energy core after using his lasers to write "Duck Dodgers rules!" on a random natural satellite.
* DisguisedInDrag
** In classic ''Looney Tunes'' style, Dodgers does this in an attempt to seduce a few guards. It doesn't work anywhere near as well as it did in the old shorts, though. [[spoiler:He gets through anyway by bribing the guards.]]
** Also, the Cadet's disguises in "Big Bug Mamas" and "Duck Deception", which do work. And in the latter case, he [[BecomingTheMask gets into his role a bit too much]].
** X-2 has a moment of this with the Centurion robots in "Of Course You Know This Means War and Peace pt. 2".
* DittoAliens: Partially averted. There are at least ''six'' different and distinct types of Martians seen: tall humanoids (Tyr'ahnee and Z-9), short humanoids (X-2), canine (K-9), avian (Instant Martians), cyborg (Dish) and droid (Centurions). However, when multiple Martian commanders of the 'tall' type are seen, they do all, in fact, look alike. [[note]]While both the Instant Martians and Centurions ''also'' all look alike, this is {{justified|Trope}} due to obvious genetic engineering for the former and mass production for the latter.[[/note]] As a counterweight, outside of the military, civilian Martians clearly dress individually.
* TheDogIsAnAlien: Commander K-9.
* [[HumanPopsicle Duck Popsicle]]: Dodgers' backstory, as fitting for a ComicStrip/BuckRogers parody.
* EnemyMine: Despite generally hating each other, Dodgers and X-2 sometimes team-up against a common foe. (X-2 and Eager Young Space Cadet are a better fit personality-wise.)
* EnfantTerrible: Baby-Faced Moonbeam.
* EvenEvilHasStandards
** [[CriminalDoppelganger Drake Darkstar]] says that Dodgers selling Cadet's sister to the sausage factory is "cold". Even funnier is that, at this point, he and Dodgers are fighting in a SpotTheImposter gag, with Drake acting consistently in-character and mimicking Dodgers' accent and speaking mannerisms ([[EvilBrit his normal accent is a British one]]), and when he hears that bit, ''he breaks character''. The funniest part? [[spoiler:The Cadet gets ''so'' pissed at this, he sells out the ''real'' Dodgers to be arrested!]]
** The Martian Queen may suggest stealing cybernetic technology. She may even allow the kidnapping of citizens. But when Doctor Maniac demonstrates questionable levels of competence prior to the operation on Jamie Winters, she considers it an ethical line a bit too far.
-->'''Martian Queen:''' Perhaps we should rethink this.\\
'''Jamie Winters:''' I'm with her.
* TheFaceless: The Martians; much like Marvin himself, the Queen lacks a mouth. Their ranks are composed of robots, however.
* FaceRevealingTurn: During "The Fudd", Dodgers comes to I.Q. High to talk, only for the doctor to turn, revealing a Fudd face.
* FakeUltimateHero: Dodgers, to the point that the Martian Queen believes all actions of Dodgers are [[ObfuscatingStupidity part of a cunning ploy]] and has since developed romantic feelings for him based on his reputation. To be fair, he does actually have [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass moments of astounding competence]] at times.
* {{Fanservice}}: Queen Tyr'ahnee's entire character. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zr0Lm_Q-oj8 Most notably, her singing "Blues in the Night" with a nightgown and arm-length gloves]], parodying Jessica Rabbit's performance in ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit''. The whistling and catcalling from the audience members parody ''RedHotRidingHood''.
** Then their is the meeting with the assassins, which took place in a sauna for no reason other than to see the queen wearing a form fitting towel.
* FemmeFatale: Tyr'ahnee, The Martian Queen.
* FightingWithChucks: Dodgers' favorite melee weapon seems to be a glowing nunchaku. Maybe supposed to be a LaserBlade version of them, although he has no trouble holding the glowing parts.
* FourFingeredHands: Even {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in "[[Film/TheMaskOfZorro The Mark of Xero]]".
* FriendlyEnemy: Dodgers and Commander X-2 seem to have this relationship at certain times.
** Also Ignatious "I.Q" High and Queen Tyr'ahnee, who have a civil, sociable chat at a spaceport while their respective flights are delayed.
* GenderBlenderName: A DrillSergeantNasty named Creator/EmilyDickinson. In the 24½th Century, there's apparently no such thing as gender-specific naming... which doesn't stop [[FishOutOfTemporalWater Dodgers]] from laughing hysterically at the guy.
* GenreSavvy: Surprisingly, Dodgers himself has several moments of this. The Space Cadet has this most of the time, though.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar
** "There is nothing I enjoy more than frolicking in an empty room full of plastic balls." Keep in mind the line is spoken by Marvin to an in-drag Porky.
** The [[{{Gasshole}} Methane Farms]] of {{Uranus|IsShowing}}.
** From "Duck Deception", this comment where Dodgers says "Just have fun with this and let nature take its course" (considering the Cadet is in drag by this point) reaches a new level of "How'd that get through?"
** In "The Wrath of Canasta", when the saloon mistress introduces herself to Dodgers and Cadet, Cadet's drinking straw [[SomethingElseAlsoRises immediately gets upright.]]
** '''X-2:''' "I do hope he shoots me before he mounts me..."
** From "K-9 Kaddy", we get "You didn't gag on the ball this time."
** "[[ComicBook/GreenLantern Green Loontern]]" has this line: "They gave me the wrong suit! Black vinyl and latex, and a freaky little mask. [[UsefulNotes/{{BDSM}} Who knows what this weirdo is into?]]"
** In another episode, after dodging a laser blast, Dodgers yells at his attacker: "Watch it, mohel. That was a near bris."
* GrandFinale: The "Of Course You Know This Means War and Peace" two-parter was written to be this. "Bonafide Hero: Duck Dodgers" too, and ultimately was.
* GreenRocks: Seem to be common on the Klunkin homeworld, with the appearance of moognesium (turns the holder into an AxCrazy musclebound berserker) and [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin elephant]][[BalefulPolymorph anium]].
* HypercompetentSidekick: Eager Young Space Cadet, and everyone knows it. Dodgers may even admit it sometimes.
* IKnowMortalKombat: Dodgers readily admits that he learned most of his "hard sciences" from comic books.
* IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten: Used literally in "Pig of Action". It was the ceremonial appetizer of the Klunkins.
* IntercontinuityCrossover: One episode involves Dodgers accidentally joining the Franchise/GreenLantern Corps. It's every bit as awesome as it sounds.
* {{Jerkass}}: Dodgers, though he occasionally strays into PetTheDog territory, such as in "The Love of a Father". He sometimes even veers into VillainProtagonist. What kind of hero tries to start a war just because "peace is boring"?!
* JumpingOnAGrenade: Cadet attempts this in "Duck Codgers". It never occurs to either him or Dodgers to simply throw the grenade elsewhere.
* LegionOfDoom: Roboto, angry over Dodger's callous treatment of him, forms "The Legion of Duck Doom" in "Til Doom Do Us Part" consisting of several villains from past episodes... and Black Eel, who joined because he thought they were going to help defeat his nemesis [[CaptainErsatz Seaman]].
* LordErrorProne: Dodgers, possibly a trope namer (in the episode "MMORPD - Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Duck").
* MeaningfulName: The Martian Queen Tyr'ahnee. Though, to be fair, she's never shown doing anything especially tyrannical, and is actually quite popular with her subjects. Aside from the {{pun}}, the name may well be a ShoutOut to [[Literature/TheDarkElfTrilogy R.A. Salvatore's]] ''Drizzt'' series, as it would fit ''perfectly'' as a drow name.
* MechaMooks: Martian Centurions, though they all seem to have independent personalities.
* MetaphorIsMyMiddleName: Lampshaded in "The Wrath of Canasta":
-->'''Dodgers:''' "Danger" is my last name!\\
'''Cadet:''' I th-th-thought your last name was Dodgers!\\
'''Dodgers:''' I was speaking metaphorically!\\
'''Cadet:''' Oh, m-m-metaphorically.
* MidairBobbing: The Centurions.
* MistakenForGay: Dodgers mishears "loathe" as "love" when Marvin and Commander Z-9 say that about him.
* MrExposition: The Captain in [[Film/TheMaskOfZorro "The Mark of Xero"]].
* MsFanservice: Queen Tyr'ahnee. Ebony skin, silken white hair, a brass bikini top, see-through skirt, and frequent episodes of nightgowns and other fetishistic costumes? Yes, please!
* MushroomSamba: In the episode "[[ShoutOut Samurai Quack]]", Dodgers eats an unprepared [[PufferFish blow fish]], which results in this.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Tyr'ahnee.
* NotDistractedByTheSexy: Though everyone else has their moments of captivation by the Martian Queen, especially in the "Blues in the Night" sequence, Duck Dodgers always has a constant disdain for her.
* NotNowWereTooBusyCryingOverYou: In "Duck Codgers" and "I'm Gonna Get You, Fat Sucka". Played with in that Dodgers recognizes the Cadet the instant he turns up.
* OnlySaneMan
** I.Q. High sometimes gives off this vibe. Whereas most of the Protectorate is comically incompetent in some way, he's usually the beacon of reason.
** The Queen serves this role for the Martians, which is why most decisions and negotiations are made between the two of them, establishing a sort of FriendlyRivalry.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: They feed on fat instead of blood.
* PostKissCatatonia: Commander X-2 gets this twice in "Of Course You Know This Means War and Peace". After Tyr'ahnee kisses him, he's reduced to stumbling in a circle, making odd sounds.
* ThePowerOfRock: Dave Mustaine and Megadeth defeat the Martian Force in "In Space No-One Can Hear You Rock" at the rhythm of "Back in the Day", which is every bit as awesome as it sounds. Hell, even the Centurions look ready to throw up some horns if they could actually do so.
* PreAsskickingOneLiner: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JeGnQTQOURY Now I remember...]]
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: K'Chutha Sa'am (Yosemite Sam as a cameo) and the Klunkins (very transparent homage to [[Franchise/StarTrek the Klingons]]).
-->'''Motto:''' ''No surrender, no prisoners, no kiddin'.''
* PublicDomainCharacter: Long John Silver XXIII (a fact actually {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in the episode).
* PunnyName: Counselor Dish. "Dish" used to be a term to describe an attractive woman, and as a {{fembot}}, she [[BuxomIsBetter certainly qualifies]].
* RaisedByWolves: Averted in the episode "In Space, No One Can Hear You Rock", where [[Music/{{Megadeth}} Dave Mustaine]] denies being raised by wolverines.
* RawEggsMakeYouStronger: In one flashback, Marvin tries to invoke this trope, but finds out that Dodgers loves raw eggs and that the way he drinks it is too disgusting for poor Martian eyes.
* ARiddleWrappedInAMysteryInsideAnEnigma: The Eager Young Space Cadet describes Duck Dodgers this way.
-->'''Cadet:''' He's so complicated, l-l-l-like a mystery wrapped in a r-r-r-riddle inside an enigma.\\
'''Manobrain:''' I'd say he's more like a halfwit wrapped in a hot dog bun inside a coloring book.
* RPGEpisode: "MMORPD"
* RubberForeheadAliens: Used hilariously often, given that the animated medium makes this trope completely unnecessary. The best example of which is in the depictions of Martian wildlife, which is basically Earth wildlife with a green tint and some goofy antennae... sometimes an extra arm or two. "Goofy" is the word: apart from Agent K-9, who's a holdover from the original Marvin/Bugs cartoons, the most prominent examples are Martian gophers. Who are, of course, just the Goofy Gophers with the above alterations.
* SensualSpandex: Another of Tyr'ahnee's outfits, certainly no less hot.
* ShesGotLegs: Tyr'ahnee; and the sheer skirt allows us to see them at all times.
* ShoutOut
** The second-to-last scene of "The Fowl Friend" is nearly a word-for-word copy of the second-to-last scene of ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant''. It's then repeated in a later episode just to rub it in.
** Porky's nephews and niece in "Pig Planet" are {{Expy}}s of [[WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}} Yakko, Wakko and Dot]]. They're also voiced by the same actors!
** In the [[RPGEpisode MMORPG episode,]] Daffy transforms into [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Beaky Buzzard,]] [[WesternAnimation/TazMania Axle Gator]], and [[WesternAnimation/WackyRaces Muttley]].
** The skins of some classic Creator/HannaBarbera characters are among Wile E. Coyote's trophies. Also a TakeThat.
** And we can't forget: "[[WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack Samurai Quack]]"
*** Including the main villain being a near-perfect expy of Aku, down to the same voice actor, the now-late Iwamatsu Mako.
*** ''Samurai Jack'' creator, Genndy Tartakovsky, also provided a short cameo for that episode.
** In the episode "Green Loontern", itself a shout out, a shot of the captured members of Green Lantern Corps has a brief cameo of what appears to be ''Franchise/MortalKombat'''s Raiden (which becomes [[HilariousInHindsight hilarity in hindsight]] after ''VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse''[[note]]although in the epilogue to that game it was Sonya who got the Green Lantern ring...[[/note]]).
** There's also [[Franchise/{{Halo}} The Fudd.]]
** The only Martian commander shares a voice actor with [[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} Zapp Brannigan]].
** In "Trial of Duck Dodgers", Dodgers attacks a Martian ship and "has only one pass at this." The Cadet tells him:
-->'''Cadet:''' [[Franchise/StarWars T-t-trust your feelings, Captain.]]\\
'''Dodgers:''' Nah, I'm pretty sure I'm gonna use this expensive targeting computer.
** One episode has a space prison called "Wantannaguannamo Bay".
** The end of one episode has a spurned Martian Queen shooting up mechanical dummies that look like Duck Dodgers, and drops the line: "So they're mechanical!" (with a connotation of "So what?") This is a reference to the end of the WesternAnimation/BugsBunny episode "Hair Raising Hare", where Bugs says this about a mechanical female rabbit.
** The episode "The Mark of Xero" is a shout out to both Franchise/{{Zorro}} and Daffy's previous role as ''WesternAnimation/TheScarletPumpernickel''.
** The intro began with the famous ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' rings.
*** And the ship-chase at the end of the intro is ''very'' similar to the chase at the end of the intro to ''Series/BlakesSeven''.
** In "Til Doom Do Us Part" the introduction of the Legion of Duck Doom is an exact copy of the opening credits to ''Challenge of the WesternAnimation/SuperFriends''.
** Queen Tyr'ahnee, in appearance and in name both, is [[Literature/TheDarkElfTrilogy suspiciously Drow-like]].
** The nebula battle in "The Queen is Wild" has moments that are taken shot for shot from ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan''.
** In another episode, we have a rapidly aging Dodgers and Cadet walking around to a tune that sounds like a dead ringer for ''Theatre/TheOddCouple'' theme.
** Another famous Loony Tune is referenced in "Of Course You Know This Means War And Peace pt. 1":
-->'''Queen Tyr'ahnee:''' Of course you know...this means war!
-->'''Dodgers:''' [[WesternAnimation/BugsBunny Eeeeeeeeeh... where have I heard]] ''[[WesternAnimation/BugsBunny that]]'' [[WesternAnimation/BugsBunny line before?]]
** The exchange between X-2 and Dish in "Of Course You Know This Means War And Peace pt. 2" is taken from ''Film/KillBill''.
*** In addition, Creator/QuentinTarantino guest stars in one episode, essentially playing Pai Mei from the same movie.
** The segments from season 1 episode 8 are named for ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'' and the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "Spock's Brain."
** When Z-9 orders [[{{Fembot}} Counselor Dish]] to eliminate Marvin, she replies with "By your command.", mirroring the inflections of the Cylon Lucifer from the original ''Series/BattlestarGalactica''.
** In one episode, Cadet takes the name "Chaos Boy" and starts wearing [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} the Chaos Star]] on his hood.
** When Dodgers runs out on the Martian Queen in "To Love a Duck", he says that it wasn't meant to be, but "[[Film/{{Casablanca}} we'll always have Paris]]".
** In one episode, Kelly Ripa stars as a StalkerWithACrush and then a scene from ''Film/FatalAttraction'' is referenced when a frightened Dodgers and Cadet find a pot boiling in the kitchen. Its contents? Rabbit stew.
** Dodgers and Cadet are trying to use a [[Franchise/StarWars small ship to evade defenses built around a full scale assault]]. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by Commander X-2, "How many lives must that accursed movie claim?" Evidently, it wasn't the first time someone tried it either, as a Martian Centurion told the Commander what Dodgers was attempting, his response was, "[[OhNoNotAgain What, again?]]"
** The episode "Deathmatch Duck" is a WholePlotReference to the episode "Arena" from ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''.
* SpacePirates: Long John Silver XXIII.
* SpaceSailing
* SpotTheImposter: Parodied when it comes up.
* StalkerWithACrush: A female cadet who "replaces" the real cadet and has a rather [[{{Yandere}} unhealthy obsession]] with Dodgers himself.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: The Martian Queen wears a metal bra, an incredibly sheer skirt, slit up the side to [[ShesGotLegs show off her gams]], and absolutely no evidence of the standard bikini bottoms that usually accompany such a sci-fi outfit.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d at the end of the episode "Duck Departure":
-->'''Cadet:''' I was hoping to invite you back to the Protectorate. It hasn't been the same without you.\\
'''Dodgers:''' And it hasn't been the same without ''you''. Although, it's been eerily similar.
* TaughtByTelevision: Perhaps the only reason Dodgers knows ''anything'' at all.
* ThemeTune: It's hard to argue with the collision of Looney Tunes and ''Tom Jones''. Especially when the latter is backed by the Music/FlamingLips.
* ThirdPersonPerson: Roboto.
* [[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks Throwing Your Gun Always Works]]
* TwistEnding: In "Where's Baby Smartypants", Dodgers was on a mission to protect and deliver Baby Ozmo because it was believed he would give a powerful peace speech at the council. [[spoiler:It turns out he was actually pro-war.]]
* UniversalAdaptorCast
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: Duck Dodgers as usual.
* VillainessesWantHeroes: Tyr'ahnee, the Martian Queen to Dodgers.
* VillainProtagonist: In some episodes Dodgers is this.
* TheVirus: In a parody of [[Franchise/{{Halo}} The Flood]], The Fudd turns people into stuttering, balding versions of themselves similar to Elmer Fudd. It turns out that alien technology merged with Elmer Fudd, so they could amass an army to [[LargeHam INVADE THE SUN!]] Yeah, there are obvious problems with this plan.
* VisualPun: In the theme song, the line, "Duck Dodgers, he's fighting tyranny," is timed with an image of the Martian Queen. Her name? Tyr'ahnee.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Apparently, X-2. The promo image above doesn't do justice to what we see on TV, where the red shirt is ''not'' part of the uniform.
* WeCanRuleTogether
** "The Green Loontern":
-->'''Sinestro:''' There may even be a place for someone like you in my new reality. Join forces with me... or be obliterated.\\
'''Dodgers:''' [[SubvertedTrope Okay.]]\\
'''Sinestro:''' Don't be such a sanctimonious fool! You don't realise the -- did you say "okay"?\\
'''Dodgers:''' Yeah, sounds good to me. Ground floor of the new cosmic order, baby!\\
'''Sinestro:''' Really?\\
'''Dodgers:''' Oh, wait, you had the whole hero-villain [[FoeYay seduction]] speech worked up, didn't'cha?
** "Samurai Quack" also goes for a ''Franchise/StarWars'' ShoutOut. ("We can rule the galaxy as father and son.")
* WeWantOurJerkBack: "A Clean Bill of Health" is almost entirely about this.
* WholePlotReference: Season 1's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSTYjsejsVk K-9 "Kaddy"]], in which Marvin the Martian [[VillainsOutShopping plays golf]] while K-9 is terrorized by Gophers (green, four-armed space gophers, no less) is a pretty direct riff on the WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse cartoon ''[[WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts Canine Caddy]]'', where Mickey plays golf as Pluto is terrorized by gophers.
* WimpFight: Dodgers and X-2 get into a slap fight at the peace conference when Dodgers keeps thinking X-2 is saying he loves him.[[note]]He ''loathed'' him...[[/note]]
* WireDilemma: Dodgers once had to disarm a bomb set by someone who, believing Dodgers would follow the cliché of cutting the red wire, set it to explode once it was cut. Dodgers, not knowing the red wire custom, cut the blue one, disarming the bomb. His would-be killer, furious Dodgers wouldn't cut the red wire as per tradition, [[WhatAnIdiot did it instead.]]
* WomanScorned: After Dodgers dumped her on the eve of their wedding, the Martian Queen didn't initially take it very well.
-->'''Martian Queen:''' But now, I will have my richly deserved revenge. I will humiliate Duck Dodgers, as he humiliated me. And when the wretch begs for mercy, he will receive naught but the heel of my foot, and my laugh of bitter contempt.
* WorthyOpponent: X-2 considers Eager Young Space Cadet to be this (and vice-versa) - they actually work together very well when something comes up to make them cooperate.
* WouldHurtAChild: Subverted. X-2 will threaten to harm a child, but the moment said child begins crying, he'll reassure them that it's just an empty threat.
* WritingAroundTrademarks: Steve Boston and Jamie Winters, {{Captain Ersatz}}es of [[Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan Steve Austin]] and [[Series/TheBionicWoman Jaime Sommers]].
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