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[[caption-width-right:350:Left to right: Grin, Duke L'Orange, Wildwing, Nosedive, Mallory and Tanya.]]

->''"See if you can keep up with this string of complete illogical nonsense: In 1992, Disney released a slobs vs. snobs comedy about a pee wee hockey league called ''Film/TheMightyDucks'', in which [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits a group of rag-tag kids]] came together under the guidance of Emilio Estevez.''
->''"Then in 1993, Disney founded an actual professional hockey team that [[CashCowFranchise they also named the Mighty Ducks]], and while you'd think they would've filled out the roster with a team of good-hearted but clumsy and disadvantaged youths, they went with the usual professional athletes.''
->''"'''Then''' -- and this is where any kind of logic breaks down -- they made an animated series in 1996 called The Mighty Ducks, and despite the fact that they were still making live-action movies, the animated series was about a group of hockey-playing, crime-fighting anthropomorphic ducks that were led by a duck named [[AwesomeMcCoolname WILDWING FLASHBLADE]]. Wildwing. F---ing. Flashblade. And for bonus points, he was voiced by Ian Zeiring."''
-->--Comics Alliance, in a review of [[http://www.comicsalliance.com/2011/02/01/the-ten-most-insane-characters-from-stan-lees-nhl-guardians/ a totally different series about hockey-playing superheroes]]

->''"[[TotallyRadical Ducks]] [[WereStillRelevantDammit Rock!]]''"
-->-- Intro for the cartoon.
The Mighty Ducks animated series was, to put it gently, [[ShockingSwerve rather a surprise for viewers expecting a comedy series about misfit kids playing hockey]]. This animated series lasted from September, 1996 to January, 1997.

It was instead about (sit down for this) a team of [[AnimalSuperheroes super-powered]] [[PettingZooPeople anthropomorphic]] '''ducks''' who fight aliens with hockey-themed gadgets. Yes; somewhere in space there were two dinosaur-derived races. Interestingly, the race descended from Ceratopsians, led by [[BigBad Lord Dragaunus]], were evil and the Therapod (well, more specifically, duck) descended race was good. By an incredible coincidence, the Ducks' entire culture was based upon hockey.

When the Ducks pursue Lord Dragaunus to Earth, the Ducks form an NHL team where they can [[HiddenInPlainSight hide in plain sight]]. Their arena, known only as "The Pond", has a hockey rink that doubles as a landing pad for the [[CoolPlane Aerowing]] above and has an HQ below. The Ducks and Dragaunus continue their fight, although there are [[MonsterOfTheWeek other villains]] that sometimes challenge the Ducks.

Compare ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Dinosaucers}}''.

Despite being ducks created by Disney, they are not [[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse part of the Disney Duck Canon]]. One would be intrigued to see Scrooge's reaction to these guys...
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!!This series contains examples of:

* AbnormalAmmo: ''Explosive'' hockey pucks.
* TheAce: The Ducks' original leader, Canard, to some extent; though even he can't get a puck past Wildwing the goalie.
* AliensSpeakingEnglish
* AllPlanetsAreEarthLike: Puckworld is much like Earth, only much colder.
* AllThereInTheManual: Save for Mallory and Duke, none of the Ducks' last names are ever mentioned in the show itself. So how are they all around and 100% canon? They were provided by [[WordOfGod the writer, David Wise]], specifically for the fanbase to use.
* AmbiguouslyJewish: Tai Quack Do, Grim's mentor.
* AnimalSuperheroes
* AnimatedAdaptation: Though it seems to be more an adaptation of the ''name'', with the only other tie to the original movies being the hockey theme.
* AnotherDimension: The HeroicFantasy-ish version of Anaheim seen in "Dungeons and Ducks" and "The Return of Astroth".
** Technically, the ducks and the bad guys and such ''also'' came from another dimension. ''Another'' another dimension.
* {{Atlantis}}: Plays a part in the episode "The Final Face Off".
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: Dragaunus loves using his DNA Accelerator to create giant-sized monsters.
* BadassBookworm: Tanya. How many [[GadgeteerGenius tech experts]] do you know that can also hold their own in a hockey ring and on the battlefield?
** Or pick up a fellow duck with only one hand? See "Monster Rally".
* BadFuture: In "[[IncrediblyLamePun Beak]] [[Film/BackToTheFuture to the Future]]".
* BigBrotherWorship: Nosedive displays this on occasion towards his older brother, Wildwing.
* BilingualBonus: "Klang" being German for "sound".
* BondVillainStupidity: Draganuns has proven himself more than a match for most of the ducks in hand-to-hand combat, yet on many occasions he puts them in over the top [[DeathTrap Death Traps]] that they'll be able to escape fairly easily. And he's not the only villian guilty of this either.
* BrattyHalfPint: Buzz Blitzman, though in all fairness, he's a ChildProdigy without a family who's pretty much [[FosteringForProfit forced to invent stuff for people who won't even let him see hockey games when he wants]].
* ByTheBookCop: Captain Klegghorn, a police officer for Anaheim who initially doesn't trust the ducks.
* CityOfAdventure: The city of Anaheim.
* CityOfWeirdos: Almost everything that happens to the ducks, happens in Anaheim. Justified in the fact that Lord Dragaunus landed there first, and is hiding out.
* ClearMyName: This happened to the ducks in "Puck Fiction". It was up to Nosedive and Grin to save the others in jail.
* CoolOldGuy: Hockey Master, Tai Quack Do.
* CommLinks: The ducks use wrist communicators.
* CompetitiveBalance
** FragileSpeedster: Nosedive, fast and hits hard, but usually the easiest to knock out.
** GlassCannon: Tanya usually has some good gadgests and can shot well, but really isn't a major combatant like the others.
** LightningBruiser: Duke and Mallory, fitting their pasts as a master theif and soldier, respectively.
** MightyGlacier: Grin, the strongest.
** StoneWall: [=WildWing=], fitting his role as a goalie.
* ConspicuousCG
* CyberneticsEatYourSoul: Inverted in the case of Dr. Droid, who is implied to have been mentally unbalanced ''before'' he started replacing his body parts with machinery.
* DonutMessWithACop: During "Duck Hard", Klegghorn is knocked out. As the villains take out the ducks, a box of doughnuts falls to the floor, with one rolling right past Klegghorn's nose. Klegghorn quickly revives, and holds the baddies at gun point.
* DinosaursAreDragons: Writ large (look at the {{Big Bad}}'s name), at least for all the dinosaurs who aren't hockey playing ducks.
* DoesntLikeGuns: Grin.
* TheDogBitesBack: Happens to Dragaunus in "Brining Down Baby" and "Jurassic Puck".
* ElaborateUndergroundBase: The Ducks' contract allowed them to build a headquarters under the hockey rink. You shoulda seen the fine print on that one.
* FakeDefector: Duke in "To Catch A Duck"
* FamilyFriendlyFirearms: For some reason, the local [[DonutMessWithACop donut-loving]] CowboyCop Klegghorn also has a blaster pistol.
* FemmeFatale: Lucretia [=DeCoy=] in "A Traitor Among Us".
* TheFinalTemptation: Dragaunus eventually gets tired of the Ducks constantly thwarting his schemes and offers them the means to go back to Puckworld, leaving Earth to him. Subverted slightly since his henchmen were ready with a bazooka in case they refused the offer. [[spoiler: The BadFuture seen in that episode is the result of the Ducks accepting the offer]].
* [[FiveBadBand Four Bad Band]]: The villains.
* FiveManBand: In this case, a Six Anthropomorphic Duck Band.
** TheLeader: Wildwing
** TheLancer: Duke
** TheSmartGuy: Tanya
** TheBigGuy: Grin
** TheChick: Mallory [[note]]Of the ActionGirl variety.[[/note]]
** KidAppealCharacter: Nosedive
* TheGenieKnowsJackNicholson: Chameleon frequently makes references to Earth pop culture.
* GretzkyHasTheBall: Although hockey is accurately portrayed, the Ducks don't respect a few prerequisites for a team...
** Almost {{Lampshaded}} in an episode when Wildwing [[TenMinuteRetirement temporarily leaves the team]], and their manager hires a professional hockey player in a mascot costume.
* HardHead: Nosedive in "Phil in the Blank". Guy gets a concussion but wakes up and proceeds to drive to the rocket and then later jumps out of it to land in Wildwing's borrowed jet, all with no side effects.
** Though he ''is'' an alien from another planet; that ''may'' be a factor.
* HeelFaceTurn: Duke L'Orange started out as a GentlemanThief before using his skills for good.
* HelloNurse: This was pretty much the reaction Lucretia [=DeCoy=] got when she showed up. Even Phil seemed to think she was hot (of course, he also planned on making money off said hotness).
** Mallory also got this same reaction at the end of the same episode.
* HeroicSacrifice: In the pilot, the Ducks' original leader throws himself into an interdimensional vortex to save the rest of the team.
** The fact that it was a DisneyDeath is relevant in at least one episode, where the idea of said leader returning was toyed with.
* [[HeroWithBadPublicity Heroes With Bad Publicity]]: Klegghorn would always tell the ducks they were a menace, regardless of the evidence to the contrary.
* HuntingTheMostDangerousGame: "The Most Dangerous Duck Hunt"
* InNameOnly: This series might be called ''Film/TheMightyDucks'', but don't expect any connection at all to the live action films.
* IKnowMaddenKombat: The ducks and their hockey based combat.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: Dragaunus's troops almost never hit what they aim at.
* IncredibleShrinkingMan: "Microducks"
* ItIsPronouncedTropay: The unscrupulous scientist, Dr. Swindle, insists that his name is pronounced "Swin-''del''."
* {{Jerkass}}: Phil Palmfeather, the Ducks' money-grubbing manager.
** [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Not the worst guy in the world, mind]]. He also has terrible fashion sense.
** Captain Klegghorn is a much straighter example.
* MagicVersusScience: Wraith the warlock doesn't think too highly of the technology that Dragaunus has embraced, even if it did free them from the dimensional limbo and allow them to conquer Puckworld.
* MaskOfPower: The mask of [=Drake DuCaine=], with the power to see through [[InvisibilityCloak invisibility cloaks]] and possed [[XRayVision X-ray vision]], which can see through any kind of [[GlamourFailure disguise]].
* MechaMooks: Dragaunus's basic foot soldiers.
* MindControl: "Phil in the Blank"
* NoFourthWall
* NonMammalMammaries: One of the most ridiculous examples yet.
* OffModel: This is a mid-Nineties Disney Cartoon after all. And five of the animation studios [[note]]Creator/AnimalYa, {{Sunwoo}}, [[Creator/WaltDisneyAnimationUnits Walt Disney Animation Japan]], WangFilmProductions and Creator/KokoEnterprises[[/note]] used to work on ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' too. This was also Creator/PlusOneAnimation's first Disney series as well.
* OutOfOrder: Many of the series episodes were originally aired out of order, including the series finale.
* PettingZooPeople: The Ducks are basically bulky humans - complete with hair and breasts - with variants of DonaldDuck's face slapped on.
* PoliceCodeForEverything:
-->'''Mallory:''' I don't know what bothers me more: the fact that we're being ''attacked'' by a dinosaur or the fact that you've got a ''category'' for it.
* PunnyName: "Duke L'Orange".
* RedOniBlueOni: Two sets in the team.
** Nosedive and Grin
** Mallory and Tanya
* LaResistance: The Mighty Ducks, after Dragaunus took over Puckworld and before everyone came to Earth.
* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler:Canard Thunderbeak]]
* SeriousBusiness: Puckworld's entire culture is based around hockey, if it wasn't obvious from the name. Though the Ducks don't have much trouble fitting in on Earth after a while.
** Just in case any of the viewers missed it from the premise and name, there is a field of puck-shaped asteroids near it, along with ''a nebula shaped like a hockey mask''.
** Apparently it is in our universe too; one episode has the Ducks captured to participate in an intergalactic bloodsport version of hockey.
* ShoutOut: "Puck Fiction" is an AffectionateParody of ''Film/PulpFiction''.
** Puckworld... [[Comicbook/HowardTheDuck Duckworld]]..?
** When a [[HeroicBSOD disillusioned]] Wildwing [[TenMinuteRetirement temporarily leaves the team]], Nosedive gets to wear the leader's mask and tells his worried comrades "[[Disney/TheLionKing Hakuna Matata]]" (which, as you know, means no worries for the rest of your days).
* SpeechImpediment: Tanya stutters pretty badly, and tries to switch from {{Technobabble}} to LaymansTerms mid-sentence. It's said she does so because her brain moves faster than she speaks.
* SquishyWizard: One of Dragaunus' ''two'' Squishy minions is a conventional version of this. The other is a tiny ShapeShifting creature who, of course, [[OneWingedAngel turns into a big scary guy]] during combat. Rounding out the Four Bad Band is... another [[TheBrute Big Scary Guy]].
* SurroundedByIdiots: Dragaunus says so in no uncertain terms ''very'' often.
* TakeUpMySword: Right before he lets himself fall into dimensional Limbo, [[spoiler: Canard tells Wildwing to take the mask of [=Drake DuCaine=] and with it the position of resistance leader]]. Wildwing only does so at the end of the pilot after overcoming his feelings of guilt and inadequacy.
* TakenForGranite: Once happened to Phil in "Return of Asteroth". Mallory thought he'd make a good lawn ornament.
* TeenageMutantSamuraiWombats
* ThemeNaming: The ducks are, of course, named after birds and duck related foods. The most obvious being Duke's name. Which is, of course a pun on the dish "Duck L'orange".
* TheyFightCrime
* ToothyBird: Comes with the PettingZooPeople territory. It's not that noticeable, but it briefly shows up on a few episodes. ''Dungeons and Ducks'', however, goes totally nuts with it; throughout the episode, many characters' facial expressions pretty much explode, giving us more than a couple clear views at the Ducks' teeth.
* TownWithADarkSecret ("The Human Factor")
* ToylessToylineCharacter: Here's another cartoon that was affected by TheSmurfettePrinciple. There were 5 lines of action figures. How many lines did Mallory make it into? Just two. Also, her action figures are extremely rare. Why? There was only '''one''' of her per case. And Tanya? ''She never had an action figure at all''.
** In a case that doesn't involve the principle, Canard and Wraith were never made into action figures either.
* TravelCool: As the [[TeenageMutantSamuraiWombats demands]]:
** CoolCar: The Migrator, borderline BaseOnWheels.
** CoolPlane: [[LastOfHisKind The last of the military's]] Aerowings.
** CoolBike: Enough for each Duck.
* VillainExitStageLeft: See VillainTeleportation.
* VillainTeleportation: Done to ridiculous extremes; the villains tend to teleport away when things go bad.
* WeaponOfChoice: Each Duck (and each of the villains) has their own personal weapon. Wildwing has his [[IKnowMaddenKombat explosive puck]] launcher (essentially a grenade launcher), Duke L'Orange uses a [[LaserBlade laser sword]], Tanya has various gadgets on her wrist device including a [[ChainsawGood small chainsaw]], Grin [[BarefistedMonk fights with his fists]], and the rest of the ducks mostly use pistols.
** As for the villains, [[BigBad Dragaunus]] prefers his [[PlayingWithFire fireballs]], Wraith has a FlamingSword in the pilot and uses various FunctionalMagic, shapeshifter Chameleon likes to go OneWingedAngel and Siege likes the heavy weapons.
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