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Comic Book: Bucky O'Hare and the Toad Wars
When your fur is bright green, you've already gone where no ordinary rabbit would dare.

A comic, television series and video game about a green rabbit (well, a hare) who fights to protect the Aniverse from the scourge of the evil Toad Empire. Created by Larry Hama, with help from Michael Golden and Neal Adams. It should not be confused with Jazz Jackrabbit or Star Fox.

This franchise contains examples of:

  • Action Girl: Jenny and, to a lesser extent if only due to lack of screen time, Mimi LaFloo
  • Action-Hogging Opening: The series, of course.
  • Adorkable: Willy and Felicia.
  • Arch-Enemy: The Toad Air Marshal sees himself as Bucky's, though really Bucky and Toadborg are a closer fit.
  • Adaptation Distillation: First a comic book, then the cartoon, then one video game, and finally a second one meant to end the series.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: The main villain, Komplex, is a sentient computer program that the toads designed to run their planet. Naturally it turned evil, brainwashed them, and sent them on the warpath. All for no readily apparent reason other than "AI is evil." Even the benevolent android Blinky is reprogrammed by Toadborg in one episode to sabotage the ship, but Bucky and the gang keep him on anyway. Blinky's central programming fought back against Toadborg's control and actually managed to break free.
  • All There in the Manual: The name of Bucky's mysterious mentor, Damaron Jabok, is given in a promotional booklet for an abandoned second season and further toyline.
  • All There in the Script: The names of several characters and things, particularly:
    • Jeff and Mark (the other two bullies with Doug)
    • Bob (the gray hare in "Home, Swampy, Home")
    • Digger the mole's surname, McSquint.
    • Willy's mother's first name, "Sunshine."
    • The Iron Vulture (the Corsair Canards' pirate ship)
    • Dr. Wartimer and Dr. Croakley (the other two toad scientists who created Komplex)
  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: Bucky has green fur.
  • Artificial Limbs: Kamikaze Kamo's lower arms are both cybernetic.
  • Awesome but Impractical: The toy version of the Toad Croaker. While in the show, games, and comic it was presented as more or less a one man recon vehicle, the toy was altered slightly to look like a left shoe, complete with treads on its bottom. The reason was so that kids would use it to smash it down onto Toad Trooper action figures, "stepping" on them... Needless to say the toads' own Double Bubble didn't come anywhere close to this level of awesome.
  • Awesome Mc Cool Name: Many characters had these but Rumble Bee stands out.
  • Badass Boast: This is BRUISER, the Betelgeusian Berserker Baboon speaking! I'm unstoppable, unbeatable, and uncontrollable!
  • Badass Crew: The crews of the Righteous Indignation and Indefatigable. To wit:
    • Bucky is an adept tactician and planner, as well as a highly skilled tumbler and acrobat.
    • Jenny uses her psychic abilities to devastating effect, and is an excellent pilot and perfectly capable personal combatant.
    • Deadeye is a lethal marksman with any gun.
    • Willy, in spite of being a young child without military training, still fights alongside the crew of the Righteous. He is skilled enough with a frisbee to hit a thrown knife in flight.
    • Blinky has shown excellent skills in infiltration and cyberwarfare.
    • Bruiser is Bruiser. He caused the toads to evacuate an entire planet by making a Badass Boast on TV. Twice.
  • Batman Gambit: A beautiful one was used by the good guys in "The Taking of Pilot Jenny" which succeeded in freeing the captured planet Warren.
  • Battle Cry: The characteristic HI-YOU-GAH! of the Betelgeusian marines.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Call Toadborg a robot. Double dare ya. Watch what happens. Oh, and don't insinuate that he was just a worker before being converted into a cyborg, rather than a warrior.
    • Interfere with Bruiser's brother Bruce's attempts to return home and learn why they're called BERSERKER Baboons.
  • Big Bad: Komplex.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • This kicks off the revelation of the Batman Gambit in "The Taking of Pilot Jenny" when, with the Righteous Crew seemingly at the mercy of K.O.M.P.L.E.X. and Toadborg, the ship they're all in is rocked by gunfire as the Indefatigable cuts through their stagnate defenses like a hot knife through butter.
    • Another one occurs in "Bye Bye Berserker Baboon." The Terror Toad, a monstrous amphibian warrior, has the heroes cornered. To make matters worse, unlike his brethren, he is not afraid of Berserker Baboons and looks like he could eat them like popcorn. Bucky O'Hare, injured in a failed attack on the monster, suddenly dives down and burrows through the ground away, escaping. Unable to believe they've been abandoned by their leader, the others are treated to the sight of their ship suddenly launching and flying away. The monster gets closer and closer as the Air Marshal cackles that he's finally beaten even the "Great Bucky O'Hare." Suddenly, the sound of rockets firing is heard and Bucky returns on the Toad Croaker. Turns out he just went out to the next planet over to snag several jars of the Aniverse's best tasting flies, with which he proceeds to lure the Terror Toad back to the Toad Mothership where it proceeds to tear the place apart.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy:
    • Ostensibly the reason (most of) the toads are so willing to fight for Komplex.
    • When Blinky was captured by the toads and reprogrammed, this was the result on him when he was rescued by the Righteous.
  • The Big Guy: Big, lovable Bruiser.
  • Camp Gay: Captain Smada. The scary part is this may be unintentional.
  • Canon Foreigner: Bruiser, Commander Dogstar, Mimi LaFloo, Toadborg, Frix and Frax, and Al Negator from the cartoon.
  • Cat Folk: Jenny and the residents of her home planet Aldebaran.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Actually, Willy's water gun, which is "confiscated" (read pilfered) by Deadeye in the second episode. It becomes VERY important to the crew when they're making their escape from the Toad Mothership. It's lampshaded later when the same tactic doesn't work a second time.
  • Chick Magnet: Bucky and Willy.
  • Child Prodigy: If Willy were not one of these, it's doubtful the show would have gotten past the first episode.
  • Cool Ship: At least Bucky's ship's name is easily the coolest in Western TV animation, the Righteous Indignation.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: When Jenny tried to use her psychic powers to defeat Toadborg, she quickly learned the hard way that machines aren't nearly as susceptible to her abilities as those who are completely organic.
  • Cute but Cacophonic: Felicia.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Felicia.
  • Cyber Cyclops: The one-eyed android Blinky.
  • Darker and Edgier: The webseries continuing this show most definitely dove into this area, for the better some would say.
    • The cartoon was only slightly darker than the comics, the characters (especially Bucky himself) are far less silly and the Toads are treated as an actual threat. They even manage to enslave the inhabitants of Bucky's homeworld, Warren.
  • Day in the Limelight: After "War of the Warts" every crew member of the Righteous Indignation got a least one episode in which to shine, sometimes two.
  • Demoted to Extra: While he is still a boss character in the NES game, Toadborg is only the boss of the relatively easy Green Planet, and one of the easiest bosses to beat himself. This is in contrast to his status as The Dragon and Knight of Cerebus in the show.
  • The Dragon: Toadborg, to Komplex.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Bruiser falls into the role (or at least a kid-friendly version of it) quite easily, when he is a guest instructor at the Betelgeusian military academy. His mother is very proud of him.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: In the first three episodes, Frix and Frax have deep, gruff voices that actually make them sound somewhat tough. This is sharp contrast to all their other appearances where they have high, squeaky, whiny voices.
  • Empathy Doll Shot: In the Theme Song opening. Also used in a flashback in the second episode.
  • The Empire: And one populated by amphibians no less.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Bruiser's not evil, but he is a badass. And he loves his mother very much.
  • Everyone Calls Him Bar Keep: The Toad Air Marshal, even after Komplex fires him in one episode.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: Bruiser.
  • The Faceless: All of the human adults are shown from the neck down. The only humans whose faces we see are kids.
  • Faceless Goons: Pretty much all of the toads except for the Toad Air Marshal.
  • Fantastic Racism: Komplex has a deep hatred against all non-Toad beings.
  • The Federation: The United Animal Security Council and its strong arm, S.P.A.C.E. (Such as it is, being made up of three ships and probably a little more than a dozen active crewmen).
  • First Girl Wins: It seems that Jenny is probably closer to Bucky than Mimi is.
    • First Guy Wins: This is averted with Deadeye's old girlfriend who chose to remain with her new boyfriend. Deadeye doesn't really mind this in the end.
  • Five-Bad Band:
  • Five-Man Band:
  • Five-Episode Pilot: Okay a three episode one, but who's counting.
  • Flash of Pain: In the arcade game, bosses gain seizure times of turning orange whenever they're dead soon.
  • Friend or Idol Decision: Toadborg wants the defense codes or he'll jettison Bucky, Jenny and Deadeye into space. Willy faces a moral dilemma. Does he destroy the disks containing the codes, or give them up to save his friends? At Bucky's insistence he smashes them, to Toadborg's fury.... until Al Negator turns up with a copy of the codes. Oops.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Before Komplex corrupted them, the toads were a lazy, decadent race with a penchant for shoddily-made consumer products.
  • Frothy Mugs of Water: Former pirate Gunner Deadeye Duck's favored drink? Swamp Grass.
  • Fully Dressed Cartoon Animals: All the furry characters.
  • Fun with Acronyms: S.P.A.C.E.: Sentient Protoplasm Against Colonial Encroachment
  • Gaia's Vengeance: Subverted. The toads have a machine which can completely change the climate and ecology of a conquered planet into a swamp. Given what we see of the cities on such converted worlds, this cannot be a pleasant experience for anything currently on the surface when this happens.
  • Genius Bruiser: Toadborg.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: Bucky's aviator cap has a pair of large goggles that he never pulls down over his eyes.
  • Groin Attack: Jenny kicks a toad in the family jewels in the first episode.
  • Handicapped Badass: Deadeye.
  • Hero of Another Story: Commander Dogstar and the crew of the Indefatigable in the TV-series.
  • Hello, Nurse!: Jenny. It's the voice that helps A LOT with this.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Felicia to Jenny.
  • Holding Out for a Hero: The enslaved hares put to work building a new climate converter are waiting to be rescued by Bucky O'Hare, which irritates Mimi LaFloo who is trying to organize a resistance movement to free themselves.
  • Hot Teacher: Jenny to Felicia.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: The Toad Air Marshal. He sees himself as Bucky's arch-nemesis but Bucky seems to view him as little more than an annoyance.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: And with a flying disk no less. Also some of the shots Deadeye pulls off seem fairly unlikely even given his background.
  • Informed Ability: The Toad Air Marshal is forever talking about his accomplishments and skills, but for the run of the series he's much more of joke character than anything else. Of course, considering the only guy in the entire Empire who seems remotely competent is in a higher position than him and above that is a super-computer, maybe he really is the best Komplex could get for the job.
  • Interspecies Romance: Implied between Bucky and Jenny, and also Mimi to a certain degree.
  • Invisible Advertising: Probably the biggest reason this franchise is so obscure. Seriously, did anyone see any advertising for any aspect of it?
  • Jerk Ass:
    • Vice-Chairman Grebb.
    • Toad Air Marshal also.
    • And Al Negator.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Toadborg
  • Lady Land: Jenny's home planet Aldeberan seems to be this.
  • Large Ham: In-universe example: Bruiser's TV appearances are GLORIOUSLY hammy.
  • Lovable Nerd: Willy.
  • Magitek: Depending on how you view the powers of the Artificers of Aldebaran, this describes the sensors of the Righteous Indignation.
  • Married to the Job: Bucky and Deadeye.
  • Meaningful Name: Most of the characters had these.
  • The Mole: Chairman Harman turns out to be a tiny newt controlling a robot body.
  • Momma's Boy: Bruiser.
  • Mook Lieutenants: Frix and Frax.
  • Morally Ambiguous Ducktorate: Deadeye.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Deadeye. Again.
  • The Napoleon: The Toad Air Marshal, swagger stick and all. Bucky also to a certain degree.
  • Never Say "Die": Bucky and his crew think of Bruce (their original chief engineer before Willy came) as having "attained oneness with the Aniverse".
  • Nintendo Hard: The NES game. Surprisingly, it wasn't bad programming gave the game this distinction, it was the requirement for skill. And then there was the REAL hard setting for the game.
  • Non-Mammal Mammaries: The female toads had these.
  • No Problem with Licensed Games: The tie-in NES game was popular among many of those who played it. The arcade game, which allows Bucky to defeat the toads once and for all, is without a doubt awesome.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: According to Blinky, the reason the Toads' initial push was so unprepared for was that everyone thought they were completely harmlessnote ... Silly Mammals.
  • Not Quite Dead: In the cartoon, Bruce gets zapped by the photon accelerator and everyone thinks he's dead (or rather, had "attained oneness with the Aniverse") as a result. He actually got teleported across the Aniverse. In the comic, however, Bruce actually had attained oneness with the Aniverse.
  • Oblivious to Love: Jenny and Mimi LaFloo are quite obviously attracted to Bucky but, based on his reactions to their advances, this would probably be news to him. Somewhat justified as the former has a policy of secrecy about her, while the latter spent the better part of her introductory episode expounding on how little she liked Bucky. That he was in disguise when she said this doesn't seem to register.
  • The Obi-Wan: Bucky actually has one in the form of the mysterious Mentor, a rabbit who taught him how to be a warrior. Given how young he's portrayed as, one wonders when he had time to do that AND go through the Academy on Genus.
  • Oh, Crap: Nearly all the toads are terrified of Berzerker Baboons and they have this reaction whenever one shows up.
  • Psychic Powers: Jenny and all of the Aldebarans had these.
  • Punny Name: Come on...Al Negator?
    • The toad scientists who built Komplex are named Hopkins, Wartimer and Croakley.
    • "Willy Dewitt". Just say his full name and think about it.
  • Recycled In Space: Buck Rogers with anthropomorphic animals.
  • Reformed Criminal: Deadeye straddles the line between this and Recruiting the Criminal. He used to be a member of the notorious pirate band the Corsair Canards, but seems to have left on good terms. He is well-known and respected among the Corsairs (though some consider him a sell-out) and keeps in touch with his old shipmates. He is also the master gunner of the Righteous Indignation and a loyal and trustworthy member of Bucky's crew.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Al Negator is a two-timing scuzzball only out for profit, willing even to betray the toads. Likewise, Samurai lizard Sly Leezard is quite the bastard. Note that this is subverted when Sly's boss, the supreme commander of the Samurai lizards, has him punished for breaking the Samurai's code of honor, and lets the heroes go free (so long as they never return).
  • Restraining Bolt: K.O.M.P.L.E.X. had at least one programmed into him, he cannot hurt his designers, so when he took over the toads, he sent them into deep space.
  • Scott McNeil: Deadeye Duck and various other characters, it's one of his early gigs.
  • Secret Keeper: Willy regarding Jenny. In point of fact he gets let in on a number of secrets from all the crew over the course of the series.
  • Sexy Mentor: Jenny to Felicia.
  • Short Runner: The TV series was gone after 13 episodes.
  • Space Pirates: The Corsair Canards, Deadeye's old outfit.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Jenny is the only female in Bucky's crew.
  • Sufficiently Advanced Alien: Encountered in the comic book in the form of a white mouse. Apparently anything he creates that travels outside his "sphere of influence" ceases to be, which the toads found out to their detriment when the magma they stole from his planet disappeared when they got far enough away. He proved to be something of a benevolent version of this trope, using his powers to rescue the toads on the ship (though he later admitted the place he'd sent them to was known for its high property taxes).
  • Theme Naming: Frix and Frax.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Frix and Frax, again.
  • Token Human: Willy.
  • Too Dumb to Live:
    • While the toads that recklessly fly into the Deadeye's general area might count, they're Brainwashed and Crazy as an excuse. The United Animal Security Council, on the other hand, seems almost actively trying to get wiped out by the Toad Empire.
    • Frix and Frax, to an insane level.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Many characters, but Jenny and Willy stand out the most.
  • Trigger Happy: Deadeye solves every problem by shooting at it.
  • The Twindividual Frix and Frax. They're only distinguishable from one another due to the Frix's larger chin and jawline compared to Frax. Otherwise they're essentially identically and never appear separately.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: The Void-Droid — very powerful, but not waterproof (initially).
    Air Marshal: I don't believe it! It was ray shielded and missile shielded!
    Frax: But not waterproof!
  • What Measure Is a Non-Cute?: The toads and pretty much every non-mammalian species in the show, apart from birds of course.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Toads, with the exception of Toadborg, fears the berserker baboons.
    • Though initially upon meeting Willy...
    Willy: Stay back or I'll zap you!
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Jenny's apprentice Felicia has this.
  • Zerg Rush: The toad soldiers have training and hardware that's usually shown as being inferior to what Bucky's crew and lone ship can bring to bear in a fight. The main reason they're still dangerous is they're the only side to have an actual fleet and armies. To keep the amphibian menace from engulfing the Aniverse, by the end of the show SPACE has managed to assemble a grand total of three ships, each with a crew of about six members.

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