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[[caption-width-right:350:Always do right, Dudley Do-Right!]]

Originally a supporting character on ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'', '''Dudley Do-Right''' was an endearingly (to the audience, at least) incompetent officer of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, spoofing silent-movie melodramas. Apparently the only officer in his regiment, Dudley took orders from Inspector Ray Fenwick while protecting the inspector's daughter, Nell, as well as the rest of Canada, from the schemes of the wicked Snidely Whiplash. Or so he thinks. Truth is Dudley mostly saves the day by sheer luck or the competence of his horse, but he nevertheless takes credit just the same.

In the late 1960s, Dudley headlined his own half-hour AnimatedAnthology series, which also included cartoons from Total Television, the creators of ''King Leonardo and His Short Subjects'' (TTV and Jay Ward both used the services of Gamma Productions). In 1999, Creator/{{Universal}} released an abysmal live-action ''Dudley Do-Right'' movie directed by Hugh Wilson and starring Creator/BrendanFraser, SarahJessicaParker and Creator/AlfredMolina.
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!!''Dudley Do-Right'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Dudley fond of Nell, Nell is fond of... his horse.
* AnimatedSeries
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Inspector Fenwick instructed Dudley to get himself kicked out of the service in order to investigate Snidely Whiplash's fur-smuggling operation while in disguise. Dudley's attempts had initially backfired, as the building he burned down was condemned anyways and blowing up the dam solved an irrigation crisis. When instructed by Fenwick to not try, Dudley actually succeeded in the step by eating peas with a knife, something no mountie should ever do.
* BadassMustache Snidely Whiplash.
* BoundAndGagged: Happens to Nell a lot, naturally.
* BrideAndSwitch: One episode had Dudley pull this trick on Snidely Whiplash, who was trying to marry Nell, by replacing Nell with his horse. (It worked!)
* CanadaEh: We know, you're shocked.
** Though, amusingly enough to the trope name, the trailing "eh?" is one of the few stereotypes NOT on full display.
* CantGetInTroubleForNuthin
* ChainedToARailway: The very opening sequence of the show.
** One episode portrayed it as a addiction for Snidely. He not just ties women to railroad tracks, but Nell, Horse, Inspector Fenwick, and even ''himself''.
* ClothesMakeTheManiac: used for a PersonalitySwap episode.
* ComedicHero
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: In an episode where Whiplash steals Do-Right's clothes (making him too ashamed to show his face, ''not'' because he's naked, but because he's ''out of uniform'', which to him, if ''far'' worse), Do-Right comes up with a clever way of getting even later: He swipes ''Whiplash's'' clothes.
* DamselInDistress: Nell.
* DarkerAndEdgier: While the film was a box office failure, it somewhat retains the style of comedy we all know and love in Dudley Do-Right. However a chunk of the film focuses on Dudley being the bad guy in order to ruin Whiplash's reputation as the Bad guy doing good. What does Dudley do in his first act of evil? He takes Snidely's best henchmen and tortures him with a sawmill. [[spoiler: It's really paper mache, but he didn't know that.]]
* DastardlyWhiplash: Partial {{Trope Namer|s}}.
* ADogNamedDog: Horse, [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Dudley's horse]].
** And as a once-removed example, Dudley's recurring pet wolf, Faithful Dog (named after... it's a long story).
* DudleyDoRightStopsToHelp: The {{Trope Namer|s}}, of course
* FieryRedhead: Nell.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: In "Trading Places", Nell captures Snidely's gang by ''stripping down to her undergarments'' to distract them.
* GodivaHair: Dudley in one episode. Though in this case, it was a beard.
* GoneHorriblyWrong: Played for laughs as Snidely kidnaps Dudley with intent of replacing him with {{robot|Me}} [[EvilKnockoff duplicate]]. This backfires as the robot is better at being a Mountie then Dudley!
* GoodIsDumb
* HeyItsThatVoice: Snidely Whiplash is played by HansConried, who's best known for voicing [[Disney/PeterPan Captain Hook]].
* HollywoodLaw: In the episode when they finally capture Snidely, ''Nell'' is his defending attorney, and ''Dudley'' is the judge. Even if one goes along with the Narrator's statement that Nell had developed a first-rate legal mind from reading all the law books in the Mounty Post (For lack of anything else to do), she hadn't taken the Bar, and Dudley, as the arresting officer, had no business trying that case, even if he was legally entitled to serve as a judge at all (Which he wasn't). That doesn't even take into account Dudley overruling all of Nell's objections purely because he could, or Nell getting Snidely off the hook for numerous counts of attempted murder with a SocietyIsToBlame speech in her closing statement.
* IdiotHero: Yeah. One memorable incident involved Dudley discovering his commanding officer BoundAndGagged, but simply thinks he's bundled up against the cold, and decides to throw another log on the fire. However...
-->'''Narrator''': ''In the dim light that dim-wit threw in the fireplace not firewood but '''firearms!'''''
** Fortunately for them both, the fire cooked off the ammunition, which scared off the criminals that had taken over the post.
** TheMovie gives us an example when Dudley decides to test whether or not the woman at the door who claims to be Nell is a vampire ([[ItMakesSenseInContext Snidely put the idea in his head that vampires were about]]) by asking her a question any true Canadian would know: What is Wayne Gretzky's middle name? Nell points out that she doesn't know and then asks if ''he'' knows. Dudley realizes he doesn't, and then realizes something worse:
-->'''''I''' am a vampire!''
* InsigniaRipOffRitual: Spoofed in the episode: The Disloyal Canadians. In order to infiltrate Snidely Whiplash's crew and expose him as a fur smuggler, Inspector Fenwick ordered Dudley to dirty his own record and get kicked out of the Mounties. After two [[SpringtimeforHitler failures]] at getting thrown out, Dudley stopped trying and ate peas with a knife, something no Mountie would ever do, and got drummed out, allowing phase 2 of his mission to go through.
* InterspeciesRomance: Nell and Horse.
* LanternJawOfJustice
* LawfulStupid: Dudley. In one notable episode, Snidely kidnaps Nell at her wedding. A couple days later, Dudley receives a letter from his abducted bride delivered from Snidely's sawmill. He refuses to open it because it isn't stamped. So he rides to the sawmill, gets Nell (Who is tied to a log being fed into the sawblades) to stamp the letter, then rides back to the Mountie post before opening it. An hour and a half later, after finally receiving coherent orders to rescue Nell (Inspector Fenwick flubbed a line), he rides back to the sawmill (Thankfully, the sawmill was seriously in need of maintenance or else Nell would have been in pieces by this point). After saving Nell, he then proceeds to arrest her for mail fraud since what she put on the envelope wasn't a legal stamp.
* MalevolentMugshot
* TheMovie: A LiveActionAdaptation
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Not only did Snidely Whiplash fit this Trope when the show aired, but as the DastardlyWhiplash Trope proves, his name has become synonymous with villains like him in modern culture.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Dudley is (to some extent, at least) a caricature of Nelson Eddy's Mountie character in Rudolf Friml's ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jPiWKodOZ4 Rose-Marie]]'', and has a tendency to break into Eddy's signature melody, "Shortnin' Bread."
* NonFatalExplosions
* RockBeatsLaser: In TheMovie, at one point, in order to combat Snidely's [[ItMakesSenseInContext encroaching army]], Dudley and his gang of natives start an avalanche. Snidely laments:
-->''That's not fair! They've got giant rocks -- all we've got are these machine-guns!''
* TrueBlueFemininity: Nell

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