[[caption-width-right:330:What he doesn't know is I have on my disintegration-proof vest. Ha ha ha. You may fire when ready, Griddley.]]

''Duck Dodgers in the 24½[-[[superscript:th]]-] Century'' (an obvious parody of ''Series/BuckRogersInTheTwentyFifthCentury'') is a [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation 1953]] Creator/ChuckJones short featuring WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck as the eponymous Duck Dodgers, a cocky, spectacularly inept space hero who, with the help of an Eager Young Space Cadet played by WesternAnimation/PorkyPig, battles Marvin the Martian for control of Planet X, only known location of "Illudium Phosdex," the shaving cream atom.

Also an obvious send-up of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, with Earth representing the [[UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks United States]] and Mars ("the [[DoubleMeaning Red]] Planet") the [[UsefulNotes/RedswithRockets Soviet Union]]. The escalation of their conflict is a perfect illustration of the doctrine of Mutual Assured Destruction.

The popularity of this short led to a number of subsequent Duck Dodgers adventures, including a ''WesternAnimation/DuckDodgers'' cartoon series fifty years later. The cartoon is also listed as #4 on Main/The50GreatestCartoons list, and is one of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.

!!''Duck Dodgers in the 24½[-[[superscript:th]]-] Century'' provide examples of:

* TwoDSpace: Subverted. When plotting a course to Planet X, Dodgers demonstrates that while you navigate space with North, South, East and West, you also use Up and Down (and relative terms such as Downeast), just as you would when navigating in three dimensions.
* The50GreatestCartoons: #4.
* AnAesop: Whether obvious or not, the creative team behind this short stated that it is an allegory for the Cold War. This can be read in the 50 Greatest Cartoons book.
* ArmorIsUseless: The Disintegration Proof Vest works perfectly. Too bad it doesn't cover the whole body. Or even protect what it ''does'' cover, for that matter; only the Vest itself is Disintegration Proof.
* BANGFlagGun: The Ultimatum Dispatcher.
* BeleagueredAssistant: The Eager Young Space Cadet.
* BulletproofVest: The disintegration-proof vest ''is'' disintegration-proof...but not the guy inside it.
* CaptainSpaceDefenderOfEarth: Or, to be more specific... DUCK DODGERS, IN THE TWENTY-FOURTH AND A HALF CENTURY!
-->[[spoiler:'''Cadet:''' B-b-big deal.]]
* ComicallyLopsidedRivalry: Given Marvin was designed to give ''Bugs Bunny'' a hard time, Daffy for the large part is completely at his mercy until he enforces a PyrrhicVictory. Eager Young Space Cadet helps him get in a small CurbstompCushion with an explosive "birthday gift," however.
* DisintegratorRay: Too bad it disintegrates itself rather than the target.
-->'''Dodgers:''' And brother, when it disintegrates, it ''[[AmbiguousSyntax disintegrates]].''
-->(the gun dissolves into dust)
-->'''Dodgers:''' Well, what do you know? [[ExactWords It disintegrated]].
** That was because it was a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin disintegrat]]''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin ing]]'' [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin pistol]], not a disintegrat''or'' pistol.
* EarthShatteringKaboom: Or rather, Planet-X-Shattering-Kaboom, the result of Dodgers and Marvin using their {{Secret Weapon}}s against each other.
* EscalatingWar: Between Dodgers and Marvin the Martian.
* EverythingExplodesEnding: The cartoon ends with Dodgers and Marvin blowing up Planet X.
* ExactWords: Dodgers' Disintegrating Pistol ''and'' his Disintegration-Proof Vest. Also, by the end, "This planet ain't big enough for the two of us."
* GladIThoughtOfIt: Finding the way to Planet X. Gad, how ''does'' he do it?
* HadTheSillyThingInReverse: The TropeNamer.
* HypercompetentSidekick: Porky Pig as the Eager Young Space Cadet.
* InstantPeopleJustAddWater: The Integrating Pistol.
* IronicEcho: "[[NotBigEnoughForTheTwoOfUs There ain't enough room on this planet for the two of us!]]"
* LaymansTerms: Dodgers explaining how they will navigate to Planet X.
* MineralMacGuffin: Illudium Phosdex -- the Shaving Cream Atom.
* NeverMyFault: Dodgers blames Cadet for Marvin disintegrating him even though it was clearly Dodgers' own fault.
* NoBloodForPhlebotinum: The other {{Aesop}}.
* NotBigEnoughForTheTwoOfUs: Dodgers delivers this line to Marvin the Martian. After the two blow up the planet during their EscalatingWar, it becomes [[NotHyperbole quite literal]].
* NotHyperbole: As noted, by the end, Dodgers is literally right that there's not enough room on what's left of Planet X for both him and Marvin.
* OnlySaneMan: The Eager Young Space Cadet.
* PyrrhicVictory: Dodgers ''technically'' wins in the end, but destroys Planet X in the process. Lampshaded by the Eager Young Space Cadet: "B-b-b-b-big deal."
* PyrrhicVillainy: By the ''hero'', yet, since between the two of them Dodgers and Marvin end up blowing up Planet X, the very thing they were fighting over (including the supply of illudium phosdex Dodgers was sent to retrieve). Not that Dodgers realizes it at the time, as focused as he is on winning.
* RetroRocket: Both Dodgers' and Marvin's.
* ScrewYourUltimatum: Marvin's "Ultimatum Responder" simply [[TalkToTheFist fires a bullet within a bullet]] at Dodgers.
* SeriousBusiness: High I.Q sends Dodgers on his mission because the world is almost out of ''shaving cream''.
* ShapedLikeItself: See DisintegratorRay, above.
* ShapeshiftingExcludesClothing: The disintegration-proof vest is all that is left after Dodgers is disintegrated.
* SpaceCadet: As in, Eager Young.
* StatingTheSimpleSolution: Instead of the [[ComplexityAddiction ridiculously complex route]] that Dodgers draws up to reach Planet X, Space Cadet suggests simply following a series of conveniently alphabetized planets. Dodgers first laughs at the notion, then [[GladIThoughtOfIt takes it as his own]].
* TheTelevisionTalksBack: Marvin shoots Dodgers from the screen on which Dodgers is watching him.
* ThisMeansWar: "That's the last straw! Now I use my SecretWeapon!"
* TitleDrop: Duck Dodgers himself is prone to this.
* TrickBullet: Dodgers fires an Ultimatum Gun at Marvin, which shoots a bullet that stops in mid-air, opens and out pops a written ultimatum. Marvin responds with an Ultimatum Responder, which fires a bullet that stops and shoots a bullet of its own. Dodgers fires the Ultimatum gun again, and this time the bullet's message reads "Ouch!"
* UngratefulBastard: After the Cadet reintegrates Dodgers, the latter accuses him of butting in just when he had Marvin beat.
* VisualPun: Planet X's name. The unknown zone has all the planet by letters and begins with Planet A. And have the letter printed in them.