"By day, this is my city. By night, this city is mine."
Donald Duck, the classic cartoon character who originated in the 1930s, has now become the superhero Paperinik (the origin is different in older Italian stories and the reboot of this series), protector of Duckburg and in this series pretty much protector of Earth, going up against alien invaders among many of his adversaries, which also include time pirates, mad scientists, terrorists, corrupt businessmen and evil machines.For more tropes about Donald outside this series, see Donald Duck.First appearance:Paperinik New Adventures #0 "Evronians" (in this series)
Bruce Wayne Held Hostage: In PK2 #3, the brainwashed Hobey Robson held a group of people in Duckmall hostage, demanding to speak to Paperinik. The problem was that Donald was one of the hostages.
Clark Kenting: It should be easy to tell who Paperinik is, but apparently you need science to figure it out. Justified by him being a Master of Disguise with Latex Perfection (two of the characters who did figure it out have the technology to see through that. The third has Psychic Powers and just read Paperinik's mind). There's also the fact that, even in pre-PKNA stories, many people think Donald is too much unlike PK to possibly be him. It's implied that Donald managed to shape out an effective alter ego in PK, showing parts of himself he normally wouldn't in his civilian identity.
Face-Heel Turn: In the What If? story in the last issue of PKNA, Paperinik becomes an agent of The Organization after the destruction of Duckburg, striking against the Time Police that did nothing to prevent it.
Grand Theft Me: In ''PK2 #12, the virtual copy of scientist Cormack Trentor takes over Paperinik's body and leaves his mind in the virtual world. Paperinik finds a way to escape the virtual world by taking over the now empty body of Cormack.
Happens in one of the What If? stories of the last issue of PKNA.
Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: His civilian persona's always half dressed. Becomes more unnatural when nearly everyone in this series is fully clothed. Subverted when he puts on the superhero costume.
Hero with Bad Publicity: Downplayed. He's viewed negatively by some people in the city, thanks to Angus Fangus, and later other reporters, but most people think he's a hero.
"Driver, follow that mass of water. I've always wanted to say that."
Line-of-Sight Name: In the rebooted series, when debuting as a superhero and asked who he is, Donald comes up with the name "Pikappa" after seeing the letters P and K on his new Extransformer shield.
Master of Disguise: Though he doesn't do it as often as in other stories, he can put on some very convincing masks to resemble others. His Extransformer shield also has a function that lets him disguise himself into whatever he wants, including inanimate objects.
Morph Weapon: His Extransformer shield is capable of all kinds of transformations.
Secret Identity Identity: Donald has to make a conscious effort to not act as Paperinik while in civilian identity, even letting go bullies that, as Paperinik, he'd normally handle without even using his gadgets.
Ship Tease: Mostly with Xadhoom, but happens with Lyla too sometimes.
Paperinik: My friends call me PK! You can however simply call me Mr. Paperinik!
Angus Fangus: You're a godsend! Save me, Paperinik! Savemesavemesaveme!
Paperinik: That goes for you too, Fangus!
Throw the Dog a Bone: Life usually doesn't go well for Donald, especially when it comes to getting a job. Though in PK2, all his years of working for Uncle Scrooge finally pay off as he earns a position in the city's biggest security company Starcorp.
Took a Level in Badass: At the beginning of the series, Paperinik finds that his usual kit of goofy weapons and tools are largely useless against an invading armada of inter-stellar aliens. When he stumbles on the 151st floor of Ducklair Tower, he finds that the resident AI, One, is more than willing to supply him with the necessary weapons and gear necessary to combat not only aliens, but also rogue time-travelers, high-level space-time anomalies, malevolent AIs, suicide terrorists... in short, his competence level goes up significantly.
Took a Level in Kindness: Donald Duck is usually portrayed as an overly aggressive jerk, though that's not the case in this series.
The Unintelligible: This is naturally averted in the comics, though it's also subverted in the video game based on the series. Donald still has his classic voice at the start of the game, but once he puts on the costume, his voices changes to something far more understandable.
The Raider: I didn't think there were any mutants in this period!
Paperinik: Your aunt's a mutant, big guy!
Friends and Allies
"I dream. I hope. I suffer. And that means only one thing... I am alive."
An artificial intelligence created by Everett Ducklair (the reason for his creation varies in Paperinik New Adventures and Pikappa) who resides in Ducklair Tower. Becomes the partner of Donald Duck's superhero persona, Paperinik, aiding him on his heroic missions.First appearance:Paperinik New Adventures #0 "Evronians"
Arbitrary Scepticism: Alien vampires, a scientist turned into a humanoid star and time-traveling thieves? Sure, why not. Magic? That's ridiculous.
The person who One becomes in the future. Odin Eidolon is one of the most powerful and richest men of the 23rd century, and the owner of the biggest droid manufacturing factory; it's unknown to everyone that he himself is a droid. Can be regarded as a separate character from One, seeing as he's got a bit of Two in him.First appearance:Paperinik New Adventures #5 "Portrait of the Young Hero"
In the Hood: Disguises himself with a hooded robe in PKNA #12 and #34.
Meaningful Name: Odin is Russian for "one", while Eidolon has several meanings that are fitting to him.
Two Siblings In One: In order to become Odin Eidolon, One absorbed what was left of the dying Two, as a complete individual must consist of both good and evil. Downplayed with the fact that there was so little left of Two that One's 100% in control.
Uncle Pennybags: He used the space where the Ducklair tower used to be to create a park with special effects for all the citizens.
A journalist working for Channel 00, who in Paperinik New Adventures is secretly a droid from the 23rd century and an agent of the Time Police, deployed in the century the series takes place in. In Pikappa she's still a droid, but not from the future. The closest ally to Paperinik after One, and the female lead of the series.First appearance:Paperinik New Adventures #0 "Evronians"
Dude Magnet: Two humans and a fellow droid fall in love with her, and many others (including Paperinik and One) admit she is rather attractive.
Gadgeteer Genius: It isn't shown very often, since One and Lyo would make it kinda redundant, but she built a gun able to deactivate other droids (and later easily modify it to erase Two) and a deflector shield to stop Korinna's Psychic Power.
Time Machine: Like all the droids of the time police, she has one.
Time Police: She is their agent for the end of the XX / beginning of the XXI century.
Camera 9 / Stefan Vladuck
"Once I was very curious..."
One of the cameramen of Channel 00, often ridiculed for how he comes off as a robot. Nobody knows that his real identity is Stefan Vladuck, who used to be a famous photographer back in the day.First appearance:Paperinik New Adventures #0 "Evronians"
An Iroquois warrior from an alternate dimension where the red people are more technologically advanced. Ends up trapped in Paperinik's dimension and afterwards he becomes an ally to the hero, though they fought each other in the beginning. In Pikappa, however, Urk is an alien and a Guardian of the Galaxy.First appearance:Paperinik New Adventures 1997 Special "Missing"
Animorphism: In Pikappa, Urk is able to transform into a bear made out of energy.
The Big Guy: He considers that Lyla might be as strong as him, but he is much more physical.
Does Not Know His Own Strength: In one issue he's overjoyed because he has finally returned to his own dimension, thus he hugs Paperinik. Cue crunching sound.
Early-Bird Cameo: He was planned from the very beginning, with a sketch of him in the extra pages of #0. He made a brief, silent apparition in the 1997 Special, and was introduced in the series proper a few months later.
What Could Have Been: According to the notes on his sketch in PKNA #0, he should have come from prehistory. When he was finally introduced, his origin had become completely different, which may explain why it took more than a year before its proper introduction.
"Argh! I did it again!"
Genius inventor and billionaire industrialist with an unknown past. Due to his nasty habit of creating weapons of mass destruction, he left Duckburg and became a monk at the monastery of Dhasam-Bul to rid himself of his habit, though he'd return to his city should certain trouble arise. He is also a martial artist. And practically a magician. And an alien with psychic powers.First appearance:Paperinik New Adventures #0 "Evronians"
Adaptational Wimp: In Pikappa he doesn't have any of his mystical abilities or martial skills. Or his psychic powers.
All Monks Know Kung-Fu: He retired in a monastery to find again the "best part of him". There he also learned martial arts.
Big "NO!": When he returned to his crashed ship, discovering what had happened to his daughters.
But Now I Must Go: Twice; first when he went to Dhasam-bul, and second, when his daughters became too much of a threat to him and the world, since they planned to conquer it and trasform Earth into a new Corona.
"Doesn't matter what happens, I'll never allow for the drop of our orbital defenses"
Xadhoom's boyfriend and, just like her, one of the political leaders of planet Xerba. Tried to warn Xado of not trusting the Evronians, but the young woman refused to listen to him. He then elaborated a plan to save as many Xerbians as possible, and stayed behind to allow them to flee. He was spared and later the Evronians asked him to find a way to stop a certain Physical Goddess... He accepted, not realizing whom he was tracking down, in order to use his influence over the Evronians to keep them away from the survivors of his people.First appearance:Paperinik New Adventures #0/3 "Xadhoom!"
A Day in the Limelight: We get to see a bit more of him in the issue about the fall of Xerba. And even more in the "Xadhoom Trilogy".
Authority Equals Asskicking: One of the highest political figures of his planet (and therefore one of the smartest), he has no problems with defending himself when the Evronians attack.
Batman Gambit: He accepted to work for the Evronians only to keep them far away from the remaining Xerbians.
Cassandra Truth: Xari's misgivings about shutting down Xerba's orbital defences were ignored — much to the planet's detriment.
Dramatic Irony: He declares that the "mysterious creature [Xadhoom] didn't mean nothing to me!" If only he knew...
Early-Installment Weirdness: at the end of PKNA #35, he briefly appears looking as a Coolflame. This is due to a scrapped idea from an early draft of the issue, which would have introduced aliens subjected to a special coolflamization process that preserved their intelligence but left them obedient to the Evronians.
Genre Savvy: He understood that maybe there was something suspicious about those aliens that wanted Xerba to shut down their orbital defenses.
Heroic Sacrifice: He led a handful of soldiers to defend three ships with the last group of Xerbians still free and gets captured. He surprisingly wasn't killed or reduced to a Coolflame, since Gorthan realized his intellect could be useful to the empire.
Identical Stranger: Paperinik and Xadhoom once met a Coolflame that looked exactly like him. He was actually from another planet, but the process of coolflamization modified his face enough to fool them for a while.
Oh Crap: When he realizes the Evronians are heading for the planet where the few last Xerbians found a new home.
Only Sane Man: Subverted. At first it seemed he was the only one opposing Xado's idea to welcome the Evronians, but in the issue regarding the fall of Xerba we see others politicians were on his side.
Reverse Mole: Working for the Evronians while actually defending his people.
Shallow Love Interest: Averted; as flashbacks informs us, he was very much his own person and more than capable to be in disaccord with Xadhoom. And then there is what he did after the fall of Xerba...
Walking Spoiler: If all that blank space wasn't a good enough hint for you.
Wham Line: That let us know he is alive, well and working for Evron.
"There is no end, if the memories live. And some hurt more than others."
One of Donald's friendly Starcorp colleagues at Duckmall Center. She has a fair amount of experience when it comes to combat and weapons from her days in the private paramilitary force Seaducks.First appearance:PK2 #1 "Ducklair"
Break the Cutie: Her backstory as a member of Seaducks. She was sent on a mission, betrayed by her commander and lost her best friend. Becomes completely broken down when her past comes back to haunt her.
Goofy Suit: Once had to go to work in a giraffe costume instead of the regular security guard uniform.
Pint-Sized Powerhouse / Little Miss Bad Ass: One of the shortest female characters in the series (usually, depends on the artist). She's highly skilled both in close combat and weapons, and was once a member of Seaducks, a Navy Seals expy.
An old-timer who used to assist a different superhero in the old days, today assisting Paperinik. Lives in the old abandoned factory Century. Takes the role of One in PK2 to some extent, by providing the hero with gadgetry and a refuge.First appearance:PK2 #2 "Just a Little Fear"
Almighty Janitor: He is the janitor of the Century dismissed factory. He was also the sidekick of another superhero, Astrongman (Destroyer Duck in the Pikappa reboot).
Ziggy works as an errand boy for Channel 00. He was originally going to join the PBI along with his sister Mary Ann, but left before taking the final exam because he didn't like all the secrecy.First appearance:Paperinik New Adventures #3 "Day of the Cold Sun"
Furry Baldness: It's rarely seen, however, since he is almost always drawn with his hat on.
Goofy Suit: Once had to go to work in a kangaroo costume instead of the regular security guard uniform.
"There doesn't exist a universe as big as remorse."
Once she was a scientist from the planet Xerba named Xado. Today, after an experiment she performed on herself, she is the super-powered being Xadhoom, who seeks vengeance on the Evronian Empire for having conquered her planet and enslaved her people. Becomes an ally to Paperinik, despite their first hostile encounter.First appearance:Paperinik New Adventures #0 "Evronians"
Beware the Superman: For the Evronians; she is possibly the most powerful being in the Universe and has a personal vendetta against them. Even Paperinik had to face this a couple of times, such as during their first encounter, or the time she was hallucinating.
Evronian: "This time Paperinik is not here to save you!"
Xadhoom: "Actually, it's usually the other way around!"
Big "NO!": When she returns to Xerba after the experiment. Also when she thought Paperinik had become a Coolflame.
Blood Knight: She greatly enjoys fighting Evronians and at times complains that it's almost too easy.
Book Ends: The beginning of Xadhoom involved a dying sun, and her end involved a new-born sun. It ended the way it began...
Break the Cutie: From what we have seen in flashbacks, she used to be a nice and somewhat shy woman who loved dancing and the stars, and wished nothing more than avert the impending loss of energy of Xerba, with her slight arrogance justified by her being the greatest astrophysicist in Xerba's history (it's mentioned she beat the greatest achievement of her predecessor when she was much younger than him). Then, as she successfully completed an experiment to obtain an eternal power source (and becoming that power source), Xerba was invaded by the same aliens she had just signed a trading treaty with...
Brought Down to Badass: Happens in PKNA #28 due to the sight of a Coolflame that looked identical to Xari. At the end of the issue it's revealed she never lost her powers: it was the result of her wish the Evronian invasion of Xerba and her powers had never happened, and subconsciously acted on it when she saw that Coolflame. The Evronian Super Soldier convinced of having killed her was disintegrated shortly thereafter.
Shapeshifting: Downplayed, as she's only able to change her skin color, and open a hole in her body. Mystique and Beast Boy level feats are beyond her.
Super Speed: Sufficient to traverse galactic distances, in an unknown amount of time, though considerably less than two years, in-universe.
Nigh-Invulnerability: To an extreme extent; physical injuries don't particularly faze her, no matter how severe; now disrupting or siphoning her energy could prove lethal... Were she to allow her opponent an hour or two for either method.
Depending on the Writer: it's inconsistent in-between issues whether Xadhoom is composed of Pure Energy, a Mutant, or a mixture of matter and energy: Word of God says it's the latter, in-story Xadhoom claims to be the former, and the middle option is unlikely, as she's only referred to as that once, by an Evronian.
The Dreaded: The Evronians have a well-motivated fear of Xadhoom, considering she is an indestructible being with the power of a star inside her, and she's hell-bent on eradicating every last one of them.
Distracted by My Own Sexy: during "Metamorphosis", she spends a moment looking at at her reflection. Arguably Justified in that she had reverted to her pre-mutated state at the time.
Establishing Character Moment: Xadhoom's introduction: she bursts through that wall and stars taking down the Evronians who got Paperinik cornered.
Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Xadhoom is Xerbian for 'creditor', and the Evronians owe her her homeworld and entire species (when told about the meaning of her name, PK admits that it explained everything, given his own issues with creditors). Notable because she acts like a creditor until the end, ceasing her hunt for every Evronians after blowing up their Worldship with their Emperor, the Imperial Senate and many of their best and brightest generals and scientists on it, and saving the survivors of her people.
Faking the Dead: In a short story, Xadhoom pretended to be dead by reducing her vital functions in order to get inside a spaceship she couldn't destroy from the outside.
Genius Bruiser: Xerba is a Planet of Hats where everybody is a kind of scientist, and she was the best astrophysicist in Xerba's whole history.
Genre Savvy: Xadhoom is aware that the Evronians only bother fighting her when they think they have a weapon or trap that can affect her. She is also well aware that it doesn't matter what the Evronians do; they just can't do anything to her, nor can anyone else, hero or villain, for that matter.
Go Out with a Smile: Musters one up when she's about to transform herself into a sun for her people.
Hallucinations: at the beginning of Shooting Star she is wounded by an Evronian superweapon: this causes her to mistake ordinary people (and Paperinik) for Evronians for most of the issue. Thankfully the kind of energy she uses to kill the Evronians is not lethal for earthlings.
Heroic Willpower: In Under a New Sun the Emperor of Evron had managed to capture her by holding the Xerbian survivors hostage, and his scientist were trying to torture her into exploding to use her as a perpetual energy source, but she resisted everything they tried with a smile. It even gets lampshaded by the Emperor when he realizes it...
Hot Scientist: Before her mutation. Also after it, though then we're also talking another kind of Hot entirely...
Human Alien: Subverted a bit; Xerbians have green skin, but are otherwise physically indistinguishable from humans. Played Straight after her mutation.
Killed Off for Real: Subverted; while the original Xadhoom is dead, prior to that, she made a virtual backup of her mind, containing every bit of knowledge and every memory she has, leaving that venue possible for a resurrection.
Let's Dance: While she was still Xerbian, Xadhoom loved dancing. After her transformation, "Let's dance!" became one of her battle cries.
Let's You and Him Fight: A one sided case the first time she meets Paperinik: he wants to thank her for saving him from the Evronians; she wants to kill him because she thinks he is an Evronian.
Literal-Minded: On one occasion she was on Earth masked as a human, and Angus, after taking her sunglasses, cried "Blow me down!". Xadhoom delivered a Megaton Punch.
Xadhoom: I'm not here to defend anyone! I just want to purge that Evronian scum from the universe.
One Woman Army: On one occasion she fought three Evronian battlefleets, using everything they had from warriors with personal weapons to the most powerful guns of the Empire and the one weapon that had ever left Xadhoom helpless. Five pages later, the half-dozen survivors are running like they were pursued by an angry goddess (they were, in a way) as soon as they're given the order to retreat. And that weapon capable of defeating Xadhoom missed due to her altering her body, and she disintegrated it soon afterwards.
Outside-Context Villain: For the most part, Paperinik either faces human-level opponents, or low-level superhumans. The change in the status quo that motivates the existence of Paperinik New Adventures is the sudden invasion of Earth by a highly advanced galactic empire — and with them, a super-powered alien named Xadhoom hell-bent on their destruction.
Physical Goddess: She is one of the most powerful beings in Paperinik's universe. She is not entirely physical, though: it's frequently implied, and sometimes outright shown, that the wild-haired, green-eyed vaguely-human, er, Xerbian-looking body is only a temporary and redundant shell, that Xadhoom can easily alter and reconstruct as she sees fit.
Tranquil Fury: It's not apparent due the fact she's always killing Evronians in the most painful way she knows while thinking how to make their deaths more humiliating, but a short story showed her allowing a tiny bit of hatred and rage flow free for a single instant, and kill by indigestion an Evronian cyborg capable to harness the energy of the emotions of everyone in the area. That's how we know she's in Tranquil Fury, that and the fact she ever went in Unstoppable Rage for a single instant she'd become a nova and destroy a solar system.
Walking the Earth: Xadhoom can go pretty much wherever she wants in the Universe, and spends most of the time just flying around and blowing up Evronians wherever she finds them.
Was Once a Man: Xadhoom used to be a Xerbian before an experiment turned her into the embodiment of a sun.
When She Smiles: Xadhoom is depicted as quite beautiful when she smiles in a genuinely amused way.
Willfully Weak: While she's frequently portrayed as invincible, as Zoster demonstrates, she is more than capable of manipulating matter and energy on a near-cosmic scale. However, this is Justified; as Zoster also demonstrates, this comes with a dangerous loss of self-control, which they need, in order to remain coherent.
"Might and power!"
The main enemies in Paperinik New Adventures and Pikappa. And the video game. The Evronian Empire is out to conquer other planets and collect energy, particularly the emotional energy from the inhabitants, turning them into their mindless slaves in the process. Now Earth is on the verge of being invaded by these aliens (they vary in being portrayed seriously and jokingly), and Paperinik's there to stop them.First appearance:Paperinik New Adventures #0 "Evronians"
Always Chaotic Evil: Double Subverted; although depicted as rotten through-and-through (except in the humorous, non-canonical side stories), after the destruction of the Imperial Worldship by Xadhoom, some Evronians sue for peace with Earth. After negotiating peace, those same Evronians leave a spy to prepare the terrain for the next attack. As this spy was introduced in a story set in the future as the last Evronian, we can guess it ended badly.
Back from the Dead: As long as you don't find the body every single Evronian has a chance of being brought back to life.
Big Dumb Object: Their motherships are about 500 kilometers long and tall, and the Imperial Worldship is described as the size of a small planet.
Easily Thwarted Alien Invasion: Subverted: at first it seems that Pk is thwarting them single-handedly, but Xadhoom's debut and level of power implies they have bigger fish to fry, and with time it's made clear that Xadhoom and multiple revolts are the indirect cause of this, leaving the Evronians so overstretched the Earther armed forces can beat back an attack with Paperinik thwarting their attempts at softening up the defences and establishing a foothold.
Clearing things up, a brief summary of Xadhoom's war against the Evronians before the Xadhoom Trilogy. Right before the Evronians moved troops to invade Earth, Xado, now with her godlike powers and little experience on how to use them, returned to Xerba and found out the invasion, and caused large enough losses the Evronians redeployed most of the forces slated for Earth to counter the unknown mutant that had caused them so many losses (she left at least one witness around). While they redeployed, Xadhoom moved to Earth killing all Evronians she encountered without leaving any witness (hence explaining why nobody in the invasion force knew of her when she showed up), blew up a cruiser, and, between that and her return to Earth in issue #6, destroyed a whole planet (possibly the original Evronian homeworld. A member of the Imperial Senate implies this), a blow so big it both caused the cold war between the Scientific and Warrior Castes to escalate and indirectly fomented revolts along the whole empire, while at the same time establishing herself as The Dreaded (an Evronian officer used a possible assignment to the Xadhoom Termination Squad as a threat so terrifying two of his soldiers started feeling emotions of fear). After this, and making sure the Evronians couldn't attack Earth from the inside by hatching an army in the Calisota desert, New Zealand and near the sources of the Nile, Xadhoom started intentionally fomenting revolts and thwarting Evronian invasions of other worlds, while showing up on Earth whenever she feels like to visit. During this, the Evronians started recruiting the enslaved Xerbians for help (they had preserved their best and brightest just in case they needed them), kickstarting the Xadhoom Trilogy when Xari, of all people, found a way to neutralize her.
Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: More actually emotions: due their rather limited emotive spectrum, most Evronians fails to fully understand the power of emotions, leading to a few defeats that could have been avoided had they known of them. Averted by the Emperor: as an Evronian of the highest caste he has a full emotional spectrum and can comprehend emotions. Thanks to this, he is the only one in the universe to best Xadhoom, and would have made that permanent had he been just a little faster in realizing how great her self-control was and ordering to turn maximum power to the device supposed to make her explode and transform her into a perpetual energy source.
Enemy Civil War: In PKNA #30 Phase Two, Two starts spreading distrust on the ship he has been uploaded to, causing everyone on it to start usurping each other.
Foregone Conclusion: Thanks to the words of Grrodon from the future in PKNA #5, we know the fate of the Evronian Empire.
Hive Caste System: The nourishment the spore gets determines the strength of the individual (or the intelligence, for the scientific branch).
Knight of Cerebus: Their backstory is considerably darker than you would expect from a Disney comic, especially the Paperinik stories from the time. While Paperinik's villains could be somewhat powerful, they tended to be just out for money (or more bizarre goals, like Inquinator) and the most dangerous situations they got Paperinik into were Adam West-style traps. With Evronians, things get serious.
In PKNA #0/3 a group of Evronian warriors managed to capture Xadhoom and make her completely helpless by improvising a forcefield that could resist her power. It didn't stick long (they had to dismantle their ship's reactor to build the projector, so they had to power it with energy from the local powerplant and One cut the supply), but they had still defeated a physical goddess and made it look easy.
One-Hit Kill: Their evron-guns are capable of this, though it's more like "one-hit turn into obedient zombie". One extra, hovever, reveals that earthlings are so full of emotional energy one shot may not be enough.
Only One Name: This goes for almost every single Evronian character.
The Evronian Emperor himself, the head of the Evronian Empire. He's Evron, the Emperor. Of the Evronian Empire.First appearance:Paperinik New Adventures #36 "Far, Far Away" (first confirmed appearance)
A Head At Each End: Evron has a second head at the end of his tail, which is actually the dominant one.
Badass Cape: Evron in PKNA #36 "Far, Far Away" features this.
Big Bad: He is after all the leader of the major enemy force trying to take over Earth in Paperinik New Adventures.
Big Red Devil: he is portrayed as this in PKNA #36, very imposing, stading on a throne that looks like a rock, holding a trident-like spear. The artist of the following issue, however, drew him far less menacing.
Legacy Character: The character who presently appears in the series isn't the first in the Evron line.
"Since when does Evron respect close pacts with weaklings?"
The commander of the invasion force of Earth, and one of the few Evronians of the same subtype as the Emperor. He's rather frustrated by his underlings.First appearance:Paperinik New Adventures #0/3 "Xadhoom!"
A Head At Each End: Like the emperor he has a second dominant head at the end of his tail.
Badass Boast: Of The Chessmaster variant: "Do you think there's anything happening on this ship that I don't know of?!". Later in the same issue he proves it when he reveals that he manipulated Two for two years as part of a plan to neuter or kill Paperinik, and Two believed he was the one manipulating him and Zotnam didn't know of him the whole time.
The greatest scientist of the Evronian Empire, and the most sophisticated one. He specializes in creating super soldiers and strengthening Evronians, which he's also done to himself. Becomes incresingly interested in the culture of Earth, ending up being cast out by his Evronian brethren for being too different. Gorthan has a more prominent role in Pikappa.First appearance:Paperinik New Adventures #10 "Trauma"
Big Bad: In Pikappa, Gorthan is the one in charge of the invasion of Earth.
Enemy Mine: Has at times worked together with Paperinik in some form.
Humanity Is Infectious: By studying our culture he develops individualism, which is a big "no-no" between his race.
My Species Doth Protest Too Much: In the Ultimate-like remake, he realizes that destroying everything is pointless. Even though he tries to justify it via Pragmatic Villainy (read: "Since living beings can recover from coolflaming, why don't we reap them periodically instead of destroying their worlds?". It's implied it will backfire on him and/or will bring the Empire to its knees via civil war.
Not So Different: While he admits he and Paperinik are nothing alike, he thinks that of their races.
"Didn't you study your history? The only difference is that we finish our wars much faster!"
He's however similar to his experiment, Trauma. Both have a more developed personality than the rest of their species (Gorthan is Wicked Cultured, while Trauma displays a sense of humor and prefers to play cat and mice), and both end up rejected as a result.
We Can Rule Together: In the rebooted series, Gorthan offers PK to join the Evronian Empire as a general.
Wicked Cultured: Becomes this by studying humans culture. It backfires on him.
Physical God: Much more bombastic about it than Xadhoom was... for about five seconds.
Phlebotinum Overload: He received an incomplete version of the process to obtain Xadhoom's powers. As such, his body couldn't handle it and disintegrated.
Took a Level in Dumbass: After surviving the events of PKNA #1, he returns in #15 considerably less smart, but since the entire issue was Denser And Wackier than the average of the series, it was inevitable. In his final appearance a whole 31 issues later, however, he's back to being smart and menacing.
Unfortunate Names: It may be just a coincidence but he's got the same name as a form of herpes.
Dark Is Evil: The general of a empire that wants to enslave the universe and he is pitch black, so yes.
Didn't Think This Through: In the final issue of the Pikappa reboot, Zondag goes back in time, altering a certain event to make sure the Guardians of the Galaxy are never formed. However, this causes the Evronian people to become peaceful, which Zondag clearly didn't have in mind.
Dragon Ascendant: While Gorthan doesn't die or anything, the Big Bad of the reboot does give up his attempts to invade Earth, thus Zondag comes back into the picture in the final issue to finish what Gorthan started.
Final Boss: Zondag is the final boss of the Paperinik video game.
Not Quite Dead: In Pikappa, he's seemingly Killed Off for Real in #17 when the entire asteroid where a battle takes place explodes. In the back-up story of #27, however, his spore is recovered and kept in storage by his successor, and finally regenerated by the troops loyal to him in #32.
What the Hell, Hero?: In the reboot he gets the chance to call out PK on the Guardians' use of clone soldiers who murdered billions of Evronian spores (their fetuses. To be fair, PK had no idea of it and actually agreed with him when he found out, and after the latter event the Guardians had killed all the clones, the ones featured in that issue were just a group that had accidentally got lost before the recall order was given.
An Evronian General transformed into a super soldier by Ghortan, with tremendous strength and capable of traumatizing his opponents with fear through psychic powers.First appearance:Paperinik New Adventures #10 "Trauma"
Blood Knight: After he trashed an army of robots sent to capture him, he thanks the Senate for giving him so much fun.
The Reveal: His true identity in PKNA #5, having been disguised as an earthling. Also, it turned out at the end of PKNA #44 that an U.S. Army Lieutenant was truly the much younger version of Grrodon.
Revenge: Grrodon's primary motivation in PKNA #5 is to get revenge on Paperinik for doing his part in destroying the Evronian Empire.
Sue Donym: In the 23rd century, disguised and all, he went by the name Gordon.
An experimental new breed of Evronian, he quickly proves himself... shall we say, 'loyally deficient'?First appearance:Paperinik New Adventures #28 "Metamorphosis"
Arm Cannon: Originally he had one on each arm, but Paperinik wrecked one.
Benevolent Boss: He cares about his soldiers and congratulates them when they do something right.
Faux Affably Evil: Speaks politely, calmly and eloquently to Xadhoom... About committing explicit murder on one of his coolflames.
Genre Blind: To an extreme degree: he writes off an escapee from a hostage situation as harmless, and even tells Zortag in no uncertain terms that he intends to gloat over his victory, once he's defeated a so far invincible enemy. The escapee was Paperinik, and not killing Zortag immediately ended up with his soldiers brainwashed to desert him, and Zortag holding him at gunpoint as soon as he had apparently killed Xadhoom (Zortag doesn't shoot him only because Xadhoom called dibs).
Also, he tried to convince Xadhoom (you know, the woman who sweared to destroy all the Evronians) to join him.
A warrant officer working for Zotnam, both as his assistant and target of his venting.First appearance:Paperinik New Adventures #30 "Phase Two"
The Chew Toy: Zotnam has the habit of discharging his Breath Weapon on his face every time he says something stupid or uncalled for (pretty much all the time).
The Cuckoolander Was Right: He's a moron... But he's the only one apart from Zotnam to spot the thread of Two's machinations (even if he doesn't realize what's happening, differently from Zotnam), and can recognize Two.
Nepotism: Word of God explained why he's Zotnam's assistant: he's the second cousin of a schoolmate of the Emperor's spore-in-law (on a lateral line), and the Emperor found him a job in Zotnam's staff.
One-Shot Character: Only appared in "Phase Two": some fans joked it was because Zotnam killed him in frustation.
Punny Name: His name is very close to "sputo" ("spittle" in Italian), which may be fitting for the consideration he receives from his superior.
The mindless minions of the Evronians, having been transformed after having their emotions sucked out.First appearance:Paperinik New Adventures #0 "Evronians"
Cold Flames: Having this on their heads indicates having been coolflamed.
Empty Shell: They can no longer feel emotions or have independent thoughts.
The Speechless: The process of coolflamization leave the victims incapable of speak.
Tragic Villain: They are people whose planets were invaded and conquered, had their intelligence and emotions drained out of them, and are now forced to work for the race who invaded and conquered their homes.
"We are the true masters of this world. We are the Organization!"
The most powerful criminal organization of the 23rd century, consisting of unauthorized chrononauts traveling in time to steal items of historical value.First appearance:Paperinik New Adventures #14 "Carpe Diem"
Evil Versus Oblivion: In their introduction, the Organization do what they can to stop an expanding bubble of nothing from annihilating absolutely everything.
Name's the Same: In another Italian Disney work about Donald Duck, namely Double Duck, there's a criminal organization called "The Organization".
No Name Given: The three leaders of the Organization. The Organization itself is also nameless; its member do not consider it to have a name, and "The Organization" is just how they refer to it. As the tall member of the triumvirate says:
Tall triumvirate member: Names are needed to distinguish things, Paperinik. We have no need of them. We are unique!
The Syndicate: A well structured organization bent down on changing history and becoming richer.
"Raider" is a title used by the greatest time pirate of the Organization, and he is the current one in Paperinik New Adventures. A time traveling thief who steals valuables from the past, and sometimes attempts to change history. Over the course of time he becomes more of an ally to Paperinik.First appearance: Paperinik New Adventures #0/2 "The Winds of Time"
Informed Flaw: Lyla and his bio declare him not too smart, yet he's very competent in what he does. Either it's due him being more Book Dumb than he appears (explaining his Early-Installment Weirdness), or he pulled off some stupid thing that he'll never live down.
Know When to Fold 'Em: The main reason he's nearly impossible to arrest: whenever you have half a chance to arrest him, he'll fight only long enough to run. On the other hand, those rare times there are too many people to fight and you block his escape he'll surrender, only asking how did you do it out of genuine curiosity.
Legacy Character: While he is the first Raider who appears in the comic, issue #33 reveals the existence of Kronin, his predecessor as the Raider.
Papa Wolf: He might have some disagreement with his son Trip, but in the Raider's list of important things the safety of the boy comes before EVERYTHING.
Punch Clock Villain: The Raider is consistently portrayed as a sympathetic, honourableAnti-Villain, who works for The Organization only because he has a son to feed. Near the end of the series, when Time Travel stops working, he betrays The Organization in exchange for a hefty sum of money because, in his own words, "With Time Travel gone, it's time to think about retirement."
The evil future version of Trip, the Raider's son. Following the death of the Raider, the Organization adopts Trip and convinces him that Paperinik is responsible for his father's death. Becomes the greatest time pirate the Organization has ever had.First appearance: Paperinik New Adventures #34 "Nothing Personal"
Cyborg: Probably, but it's never officially stated.
Evil Feels Good: Paperinik confronts him with this, asking why he never used his time powers to save his father, then concluding that the Gryphon likes the life of a criminal and wouldn't give it up for anything in the world.
Failure-to-Save Murder: An interesting variation, as the Gryphon could just use his time powers to save the Raider whenever he wanted to. IF he truly wanted to. His younger self isn't happy about hearing this, screaming out how he hates him for this.
Meaningless Villain Victory: The Gryphon had actually already won before you start reading the first page of PKNA #34, having managed to utterly destroy Donald's life. The rest of the issue is about him trying to maintain that victory by assuring that his younger self will grow up to be him. However, everything was rendered moot when Odin Eidolon's actions caused the Raider to stay alive, thus Trip would never become the Gryphon and the whole timeline was changed.
Motive Decay: Convinced that PK caused the death of his father, he was raised and trained by the Organization for revenge. However, when he got the ability to travel through time, he had grown so content with his criminal lifestyle that he'd rather maintain it - even if it meant to not save his father. His younger and still innocent self is disgusted.
One's "twin", the backup created for the former artificial intelligence. Due to being trapped deep inside Ducklair Tower for years, he's grown a desire to conquer virtual reality... and reality.First appearance: Paperinik New Adventures #2 "Two"
Bald of Evil: But he could change this, since it's just an hologram.
Body Backup Drive: Whenever it would appear Two had met his end, it would turn out that he had himself transferred somewhere else.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: Despite having a whole Evronian army at his service, he is smart enough to leave a way to escape should things backfire. They do but his plan fails due to Zotnamoutgambiting him. Also, after being almost deleted by Ducklair's vocal password in his first appearance, he programmed his auditory sensors to not hear it.
A 5Y droid who in her first appearance served as Paperinik's "housemaid" when he first visited the 23rd century. The way the hero considered droids equal to humans encouraged her to rebel against humanity.First appearance: Paperinik New Adventures #5 "Portrait of the Young Hero"
Gadgeteer Genius: Mere days after waking up, she has already figured out all of Everett's guard bots weaknesses. Also shown when she saves PK from drowning by activating and controlling his shield. Quite different from Juniper, who has serious problems handling gadgets.
Gamer Chick: Korinna and Juniper were both shown to play them as toddlers.
Line-of-Sight Name: When she first appears, Korinna starts going by the name of Profunda, after seeing it written on a pipe.
Ms. Fanservice: Far more so than Lyla. Her wardrobe mostly consists of skintight jumpsuits, and she spends quite a bit of her time only half clothed, and the few times she wears a full set of clothes, the artist go out of their way to show she's wearing a thong.
Olympic Swimmer: Korinna swims at an incredible pace and seems to be able to hold her breath for incredible amounts of time.
Psychopathic Manchild: Due to their isolation from all other people, the two sisters are essentially children in adult bodies.
Tranquil Fury: Even at the worst moment she isn't going to angrily shout or something like that.
You Don't Look Like You: The Juniper who appears in Pikappa has a quite different design, and even her personality doesn't seem to be the same.
"If somebody is threatening my projects, I am forced to defend myself. Because I will allow no one to stop me. No one."
The head of the Department of Environment, who plans to make the west coast sink into the ocean so that new earth will be raised to the surface. Would side with the Republic of Belgravia after his first failure.First appearance: Paperink New Adventures #4 "Earthquake"
Big Eater: Becomes one after the events of PKNA #21 "Tyrannic".
Dangerously Genre Savvy: He separates the two keys that activate the computer that could turn off his machines (but keeps them close enough if he needs to use them) and, even if someone manages to use them, they will still need a code.
"Peace! Order! International balance... All of that I work against! In the name of disorder I plot! Corrode! Devastate... Because it is in disorder and on disorder that Belgravia prospers! And I with it!"
A loyal servant of Belgravia, a country of international terror. Oberon refers to himself as an agent of chaos, wanting to destroy the order of the world.First appearance: Paperink New Adventures #21 "Tyrannic"
Cut Lex Luthor a Check: He's a great genius who could make incredible inventions, if he wasn't also criminally insane. In the final issue of Pikappa, after the entirety of history is rewritten, he's good and his inventions have made him an incredibly rich and respected man.
Dropped a Bridge on Him: Just when the reset of the timeline had made him into a good guy, he's killed unceremoniously. His weapon, however, is decisive in the defeat of Zondag.
Hoist by His Own Petard: In the final issue of Pikappa. He falls victim of his own gas and turns into a giant blob.
Theme Naming: Not only are they Charlie and Gamma, but also Charlie's siblings are named Alpha and Bravo. When Gamma lampshaded it, Charlie explained that their parents are in the military intelligence, and picked their names from the NATO phonetic alphabet, in alphabetical order. He then added that if they had younger siblings they would be Delta Delta, Echo Delta and Foxtrot Delta.
A journalist working for Channel 00, always trying to make a specific target look like a villain to the public. Naturally, it's Paperinik himself in PKNA, and Everett Ducklair PK2. He's more of a jerk than a villain though: there's been plenty of times where he's worked with Paperinik and even played the hero.First appearance: Paperinik New Adventures #0 "Evronians"
Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He seems to be just an overweight journalist... Who became famous for exposing a traffic of nuclear weapons, has blackmailed a Corrupt Corporate Executive into stopping polluting his clan's home, and only regrets not being able to finish the job with the Executive.
He can also hold his own in a fight against a much bigger opponent by stomping on his foot and going for the eyes. He learned it in school rumbles...
Intrepid Reporter: Angus may be a jerk and hate PK for no apparent reason, but remains a Pulitzer-worthy reporter (he would have already won one if a fellow journalist didn't literally steal his award-winning report) who has blackmailed into submission the Corrupt Corporate Executive who owns New Zealand (and only regrets not having succeeded in getting him arrested. Not that it will stop him from accusing him of his crime on live television) and became famous for foiling a trade of thermonuclear weapons. Plus, Paperinik is well known in Duckburg for humiliating and beating the crap out of everyone who pisses him off and making a fool of the whole police department in multiple occasions, yet Angus still tries and accuses him of everything.
To the point that the Evronians have tried to weaponize his tendencies in PKNA #1. Really. #49/50 shows what would have happened if they were successful. It's not pretty.
Jerk Ass Has A Point: He believes Paperinik started out outing in costume because everyone he knew laughed at him and underestimated his abilities. Donald's motivation to become Paperinik in his first story is exactly that.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Although reserved even when the situation calls for him to display a bit of empathy, Angus isn't a complete jerk. His heart of gold really shows when it's about his Maori village. For example, he organized a charity basketball game between the news team and the soap actors to get free TV sets with satellite antennaes for his mother and everyone else in the village. The same story implies that this care doesn't extend to anyone else, as Angus hates charity events in general.
Writer of the soap opera "Anxieties" ("Patemi"). He was turned into a coolflame by the Evronians, which actually improved his writing skills.First appearance: Paperinik New Adventures #0 "Evronians"
Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Before being partially coolflamed, he changed the main actor since the previous one was temporarily missing (kidnapped). After, among other things, he rewrites this as the two actors being two different main characters, Long Lost Twins who were Separated at Birth and are now reunited. And have the exact same name.
Cursed with Awesome: Being partially coolflamed reduced both his attention span (making him a Cloud Cuckoo Lander and improving his writing) and made him emotionally subdued (making him really good at poker).
Writers Suck: A great way for the writers to make fun of the category.
A gangster who lived in the same building as Angus back in New Zealand, and possibly his only friend. He only appears in short stories.First Appearance: Paperinik New Adventures #9 Short Story "Angus Tales - Background Noise"
Goofy Suit: Once had to go to work in a crocodile costume instead of the regular security guard uniform.
Grumpy Old Man: The oldest of the security guards next to Mortimer Bloom, he's often seen grumbling about seniority and all his years working as a guard.
Hoist by His Own Petard: After Tempest Gale goes on a rampage and nearly disqualifies herself from the possibility to take over command after Bloom will retire, Fitzroy shows him a tape that he feels will clinch it (one where she talks about her past as a Seaduck). It backfires, as Bloom himself knows how high Seaducks standards are, having once applied himself but gotten rejected. Bloom puts her back on the list of candidates.
Jerk Ass: He treats everyone antagonistically (with the exception of Mortimer, and it may be just to look good in his eyes), creates conflict in the workplace and spies on coworkers to gain an advantage in getting promoted.
Dick Dastardly Stops to Cheat: Trip manages to win a hockey game by changing the events with his cronosail, but then he decides to do it again to win with his eyes closed. His father makes the probabilities change to teach him a lesson.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He is a pest and more than a little mischievous, but he isn't trying to make things worse for anybody.
Only One Name: Which unfortunately means we can't learn The Raider's surname.
Time Machine: Has a chronosail, but with a limit of 15 minutes.
White Sheep: He wants to grow into a superhero. His dad doesn't want to hear anything of it.
Write Who You Know: Taken to the next level when his character - a "superhero" - turns out to have his same temper and refuses to listen to him.
Everett Ducklair's personal assistant in PK2, who often goes out into the field herself. In Pikappa, she is the head of Robolab.First appearance:PK2 #2 "Just a Little Fear"
Action Girl: A great shooter that leads her own SWAT team.
Adaptational Villainy: She is a ruthless criminal in the Pikappa reboot, with no problems in killing people. Curiously, when the timeline is rebooted in the last issue, she is Vendor's chief of security, so she's back to her old role.
Anime Hair: Although not drawn consistently between issues, her hairdo seems inspired by Konoko from Oni.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: His methods are... questionable, and he forced Camera 9 to work on Christmas Eve (while the latter was on vacation, no less), but he saved Angus' life from the Evronians and stayed in the hospital until he woke up.
Throw the Dog a Bone: He is often overshadowed by Angus, and was humiliated in the Christmas Episode, but he won the prize as the best journalist of Duckburg. He also eventually became Everett Ducklair's press secretary.
Everett Ducklair's right hand man.First appearance:PK2 #2 "Just a Little Fear"
Obfuscating Stupidity: He seems to be just a really boring person with a word fetish. He can also find out who steals Ducklair-made chips for energy weapons and sick the US Army on them by just checking the expedition records and reporting his findings to the authorities, and play Birgit and Paperinik like violins. Oh, and he can exchange important secret communications with Everett in presence of other without them realizing exactly because of his word fetish. There's a good reason he and not Birgit is Everett's second in command...
The Cameo: His only appearance in the Pikappa universe is in the back-up story of the first issue.
The prior of Dhasam-Bul, who would mostly appear in short stories.First appearance: Paperinik New Adventures #2 "Two"