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Comic Book: Double Duck

A parking ticket leads Donald Duck to realise he's actually a former sleeper agent for Cloak & Dagger Government Agency of Fiction, The Agency. However, one of their agents has become a Double Agent and taken a MacGuffin; the world isn't going to save itself, so he's back on the job as Agent Double Duck!

This storyline was introduced in April, 2008. Scripted by Marco Bosco and Fausto Vitaliano. It has proven popular enough to become its own separate canon. All created in Italy.

Double Duck contains examples of:

  • Adventure Duo: Donald and Kay K are this, except technically Donald's The Hero and Kay K's The Lancer.
  • Agents Dating: In the story "Hong Island", while in Bangkok, Thailand, Donald and Kay K, before going to search for their Gadgeteer Genius, Gizmo, have dinner. At the end of the dinner, they get the restaurant check, which includes an envelope with two plane tickets to go to Krabi, in the southern part of Thailand.
  • Alliterative Name: Everyone in The Agency has one. Well, except for the secretary Liz Zago, Gizmo, The Agency's resident Gadgeteer Genius, and Bruce Wong, the hand-to-hand combat instructor.
    • Two agents also have them with their real names: Double Duck (alias Donald Duck) and Kay K (whose first and middle name are Arianna Adelaide).
  • Bruce Lee Clone: The Agency's hand-to-hand combat instructor Bruce Wong. Like the original, he's a Combat Pragmatist, and will teach his victims-er, apprentices the same mindset (the first time we see him he announces Donald he'll fake hitting him with a punch and then kicks him across the gym. He then gives him the first lesson: never trust an enemy).
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Marlo Burke, who even in his public guise is considered a "notorious financier". Turns out his private life is even worse, as he likes to indulge himself in a spot of theft in order to get access to secret organisations, so he can blackmail his way to get even more access to other secret organisations.
  • Continuity Cameo: Kind of: Double Duck and Kay K are saved by Wilson, an agent of SHUSH Except he's actually working for Marlo Burke.
  • Double Agent: Agent B-Berry is this until it turns out he's a Fake Defector, as well as Agent B-Black, who were trying to flush out the real mole... Kay K. Turns out she'd been Stealing from the Till, as well as being Classy Cat-Burglar Red Primerose on the side.
    • Jay J also turns out to be this in a later story. Then it turns out that he too is a Fake Defector.
  • Double Standard: Sure, Daisy can throw Donald over and go to a fancy event with Gladstone Gander, but if she spots him spending time with another woman, then that's just wrong!
    • And Donald's remark about this?
    Donald: "Hey, I'm not the only one who has something to explain! You dumped me and ran off with Gladstone!"
  • Family-Friendly Firearms: averted. In a Disney comic. That is not from Marvel. Again.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Kay K eventually joins The Agency for real.
  • Large and in Charge: Both Jay J and Marlo Burke qualify. Jay J eventually steps down.
  • Latex Perfection: Done by Donald in one story, by assuming the identity of Axel Alpha, Agent Zero, a former member of the Agency and ex-boyfriend of Kay K.
  • MacGuffin: Quite a few of these, some of them playing with the trope itself; Donald's first mission involves obtaining a briefcase which contains Kay K's recipe for tuna salad. Later on, Marlo Burke is after what he thinks is the registry containing all the names of The Agency's operatives. It's actually the file which would allow him to bypass the encryption of the registry, which is in the basement of The Agency. His own Playful Hacker assumes it's all nonsense, so he calls the whole thing off.
  • Mind Screw: in the first story arc, there's quite a lot of twists. Not a bad thing per se, but considering the series' target audience are kids (albeit not necessarily), keeping track of the events might turn out to be harder than expected, especially considering the...
  • Incredibly Obvious Tail: Played very literally indeed: turns out following somebody in this car isn't such a great idea...
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Standard procedure for anyone wishing to retire from The Agency.
  • Master of Disguise: Kai K. Also, the former Agency member Agent Zero is said to be one, and actually proves it when he shows up Except it was actually Donald disguised as Agent Zero disguised as Donald.
  • The Mole/Mata Hari: Kay K. After all, she did say that all good spies lied and that Red Primerose wasn't necessarily a man...
  • Ms. Fanservice: Kay K.
  • Non-Mammal Mammaries: Kay K is pretty... forthright for a character in a Disney comic.
  • Punny Title: The latest story, concerning The Olympics, is titled Olimpici Code, an obvious Shout-Out to The Da Vinci Code. Sadly, it doesn't quite work in English.
  • Resignations Not Accepted: Subverted, in that Jay J was okay with Double Duck resigning, but things got too hot for The Agency to handle without him, so it had to turn into a Mandatory Unretirement.
  • The Rival: B-Black is this to Donald.
  • Sarcastic Confession: In the "Agent Zero" storyline Donald confesses being Paperinik to Daisy in Kay K presence. Doesn't count for Daisy, who gets her memory wiped immediately after, but for Kay K and the Agency...
  • Ship Tease: Kay K often seems very affectionate to Donald, and some would argue she's a better trade-in than Daisy... Too bad she's a traitor. As she's being taken away, she tells Donald they "could've been good together". His response? "Sorry Red! There's only one girl for me!"
    • The Portuguese translation doesn't feature those two lines, but the feeling (or end of it) is still there.
  • Shout-Out: This has quite a few shout-outs to James Bond films:
    • The password the bouncer of the bar where B-Black entered reveals to Donald (even though he shouldn't have) is Goldfinger.
    • The Hong Island scene features an underwater lair/laboratory that is located under a volcano, which might remind you of Blofeld's lair in You Only Live Twice.
    • And, of course, one of stories (and the prologue to one of the story arcs) features the films of James Tond. Whose actor got replaced by an enemy spy.
    • There's also a lot of shoutouts to Paperinik New Adventures, which makes sense considering the team making Double Duck is mostly composed by people who previously worked on that.
      • The most blatant one is the country of Belgravia, which first appeared in PKNA(with a map to show it's location), then returned in Double Duck (with an identical map). Both the issue that introduced it in PKNA and the Double Duck story that features is created by the same guy, Francesco Artibani.
      • A less blatant one is Bruce Wong's training- in function, it's essentially identical to a similar scene in PKNA, but it differs in that Lyla Lay gets thrown by her instructor(rather than kicked) who tells her never to trust anyone(essentially the same message, but phrased differently).
  • Spy Catsuit: Kay K wears one of these in one of the stories.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Kay K is very good at these.
  • Sweet Tooth: It turns out B-Black is one. Donald takes advantage of this by giving him a bugged licorice dispenser as a gift
  • The Trouble With Tickets: Donald finds his 313 has been given a ticket, he's pretty ticked off - after all, he's never even been to that part of town before! Turns out he was there, retiring from The Agency. Throughout the first story arc, he tries to get out of paying it, but the Vast Bureaucracy stumps him and he finally pays the fine.
  • Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?: Very much subverted: When Gadgeteer Genius Gizmo equips Donald for his first mission back with The Agency, he takes Donald on a quick tour of his lab, showing him all the recent developments, including "laser pens, radar pencils and sonar markers" (Donald asks if they can write), but as Donald's taking minimal equipment with him on this mission he gets... a cell phone. It doesn't even get great reception...
  • Why Didnt You Just Say So: Daisy asks this when Donald tells her Kay K is a jewellery maker, and the only reason she was in his car was that she had a breakdown, and he was giving her a lift. Of course, it's Donald, so Kay K shows up in Donald's house immediately after Daisy leaves, and when she comes back to apologise some more, she finds them in a perfectly innocent embrace.