Bet you've never seen Donald Duck in a superhero costume, piloting a giant mecha, fighting an enormous, mutated alien before.
"The darkness suits you, Mr. Paperinik."Paperinik New Adventures
—Leonard Vertighel, PKNA #22: "Fragments of Autumn"
is perhaps one of the strangest (at least to outsiders) but most interesting titles produced by Italian Disney
The main character? Paperinik (sometimes known in the English-speaking parts of the world as Superduck, The Duck Avenger, or a whole slew of other names that never really seemed to stick), a small-time superhero who has been defending the city of Duckburg against its criminals for years.
You probably know him better as his civilian personality, Donald Duck
In an obvious case of Italians Love Donald Duck
, the character of Paperinik was created way back in the late 1960s
as a Gentleman Thief Secret Identity
to make Donald Duck less of a loser and capitalize upon the success these kinds of stories were having in the country at the time (see Diabolik
, which also inspired Paperinik's name — "Paperino" is Donald Duck's italian name), but he quickly switched from avenging the wrongs he suffered in his Donald Duck persona to generally fighting crime
, thanks to the various super-gadgets built for him by Gyro Gearloose
. For more than thirty years, many stories about him were written, most of them totally out of continuity, and some even contradicting previously established facts, with the popularity of the character waxing and waning in cycles, though he was always well-received.
In the mid 1990s
, during a phase of lack of inspiration for the "classic" Paperinik stories, PKNA came in as an attempt to write single-issue adventures that would fit into an over-arching continuity; a "disruptive" project commissioned to a group of mostly young talents, who had no problem admitting that they were "trying to play Marvel
". This was the first comic book that Disney Italy published in the American comic book form factor, further emphasizing the attempt to compete with them on their own ground. In a twist of irony, Disney now owns Marvel.
It all starts when, while patrolling the city, Paperinik runs into a TV star being attacked by aliens, and all his weapons prove to be useless against them; he's only saved by the intervention of the police. Soon afterwards, Donald Duck gets a job as the caretaker of his uncle's new purchase, a 150-floor-tall skyscraper called Ducklair Tower, and accidentally discovers that the building actually has 151 floors: the "secret floor
" is home to an AI called One, created by the original owner of the building, who decides to assist Paperinik in his new battles against time-pirates, mad scientists and alien invaders where his old gear would be of no help. And Paperinik is going to need all the help he can get, because he is soon facing major disasters, and even a battle for the very future of planet Earth.Paperinik New Adventures
ran for 52 issues (March, 1996 - January, 2001) plus four special issues detailing various elements of the Back Story
and focusing on minor characters. It was followed by another series in the same continuity, PK2
, which was not quite as successful, and ended after 18 issues and one special. It was, in turn, followed by an Ultimate Universe
continuity reboot, called simply PK
, which lasted 32 issues but was even less successful. The first series, considered one of the best things Disney ever did by a very loyal fan community, has been re-printed several times.
The series also reignited interest in the classic Paperinik, who has gotten many new stories since, and even a monthly magazine (publishing both old and new stories) called "Paperinik Appgrade" since 2012; meanwhile, rumors of a new PKNA series proved to be just that
for many years. This changed in late 2013: series creators Francesco Artibani and Tito Faraci released interviews where they announced that a return of the series, as a direct sequel to PKNA and PK2
, was being planned thanks to the interest of the new Italian publisher of Disney comics (which, in a further twist of irony, is the same that's been publishing Marvel comics in Italy for years).
2014 has seen a relaunch of the franchise in several directions.
- PK Universe, published on Paperinik Appgrade, stars the classic Paperinik along with characters from PKNA, and explicitly without One and the advanced gadgetry, counting on Gyro Gearloose's inventions and with economic support from Scrooge McDuck. It started with a five-part miniseries, written by Faraci, where the hero has to deal with the Evronians. Following stories on the same magazine are set in this new continuity.
- The return of the "proper" PK has started with the four-part storyline Might and Power, written by Artibani, published on the weekly Italian Mickey Mouse magazine in July 2014, and set an unspecified amount of time after the end of PK2. Future stories are going to be published on the same magazine aperiodically for now, just like Double Duck; two more multi-parters have been announced for 2015, and there are rumors of a collector's edition of Might and Power.
- A large-format reprint of the original series called "PK Giant - 3K Edition" has began in November, promising a return of the beloved fan mail section and new extras.
The original series has been never officially translated into English, but the series reboot, Pikappa
, is currently available for iPhone, iPod Touch, and PSP. Hopefully, if these comics are a success, the classic series will get a translation as well.
Till then, a scanlation project of PKNA, which can be found here
, has finished the original series and PK2
, with plans to release Pikappa
as well, but only the issues that aren't already available through legal channels.
A video game, Disney's PK: Out of the Shadows
, was made and even released in English, but it wasn't very successful. Nor related with the original comic books in any substantial way
.A second video game, this time for mobile phones, was also released. It features a mix of the classic Paperinik with the DuckTales
universe and it's much, much better than the other game.
Compare Darkwing Duck
, another Disney series about a superheroic waterfowl.
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- Actually a Doombot: In "Fragments of Autumn" Lyla is put on trial for shooting a human member of the Time Police. He was actually a robot-replica used in a plan to destroy both the droids and the Time Police.
- Affectionate Parody: Angus, of J. Jonah Jameson.
- To clarify: Angus usually tries to ruin Paperinik's reputation for no apparent reason, but he's also a surprisingly capable journalist, who apparently became famous for exposing a traffic of NUCLEAR WEAPONS, exposing a member of the Congress in the process, and is hellbent on exposing the crimes of a Corrupt Corporate Executive.
- A God Am I: when one of the Evronians (the scientist Zoster) manages to acquire Xadhoom's powers, and to a degree Leonard Vertighel, the greatest android designer of the 23rd century, (who goes crazy trying to create the perfect woman).
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Two, and a band of XXIII century Time Police droids in one issue.
- A rogue AI is revealed to be behind all at the end of PK2 #13.
- Air-Vent Passageway: Subverted in PKNA #4 "Earthquake": Paperinik enters one to go around a closed door (even remarking "This always works in movies") but while it's big enough for him, his large shield gets stuck.
Paperinik: "Oooff! This instead never happens!"
- Aliens Speaking Italian: handwaved once, when an alien explains his training includes cosmic languages. Played straight most of the times, though. When asked about it, the authors hypothesized aliens may have learned it by watching subbed sci-fi movies.
- All Just a Dream: All the adventures in PKNA issue 26 ("Time is Fleeting") turn out to be the demo of a futuristic TV show. And the closure of issue 43 ("All in Good Time") leaves some doubts...
- All There in the Manual: The various issues had columns with more data about the month's story or the comic book in general. Doubled as foreshadowing in some cases — for instance, in #0/3, the column detailing the layout of the Ducklair Tower mentions Everett Ducklair's cryogenically frozen daughters in fine print.
- Almighty Janitor: When he's not busy saving the world, Donald is an errand boy at the Ducklair Tower offices. Also Ziggy, the other errand boy, had brilliantly passed the exams to become an intelligence agent before he decided it wasn't the life he wanted. In the second series our hero finds aid in Lyo, who is the custodian of an abandoned factory, but in his day he was the tech supervisor of a superhero named Astrongman.
- Alternate Continuity: PKNA started as a sequel to the then-stagnating classic Paperinik stories, and even with an all-new cast beside Donald Duck, it never forgets the origins of Paperinik; this was further stressed by no classic Paperinik stories being made from 1996 to 2000. Over time, however, the series has evolved into this, and it's officially recognized as such by Disney.
- Alternate Universe: Where Urk comes from, a world where the Americas are ruled by a confederation of the Natives of North America, the Empire of the Plumed Serpent and the Incan Empire, while the Vikings are the dominant power of Europe and are trying to conquer the New World, failing because their opponent were given high technology and the knowledge on how to use it in accord with nature by aliens (that are the local version of the Evronians). PK ends up visiting it briefly.
- Three stories without Urk in PKNA have traveling to an Alternate Universe as a plot point. The first is The Day of the Cold Sun: the Raider has a prototype device to reach other dimensions and attempts to power it up (adequate power sources in the future are too well-guarded), not knowing it's incomplete and would make himself stuck into all realities at once until the Time Police managed to get him out; he accidentally brings Urk to our universe and by the end of that story, One has the technology needed to travel safely among the multiverse. The second is Ancient Future, where PK accidentally ends in a Lord of the Rings-like world ruled by an alternate and dimension-hopping Raider, who finally brought an end to the incessant wars and rules benevolently. The third is The End?, the finale of the Ultimate Universe reboot, where the Paperinik of the original series shows up just in time to aid Donald in defeating the last Evronian fleet.
- PK Universe firmly estabilishes itself as another Alternate Universe. Not only it's a What If? where there's no Ducklair Towernote and PK is the regular Paperinik, but Gyro Gearloose has a special monitor that allows looking at other universes; he and Paperinik turn away from it and then turn it off exactly when PK shows off, leading them into thinking that there is no Paperinik whatsoever in that universe - which seemed to be the Pikappa one however, since the Evronians were attacking Duckburg openly.note Some time later, Paperinik and the Raider must team up against another alternate Raider with a functioning Othership, and they see the PKNA Raider in Gyro's monitor.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: The Xerbians are basically green-skinned humans.
- Applied Phlebotinum: Lots.
- Artistic License: In a Bad Future Angus Fangus becomes governor and starts running for the White House. The problem is that Angus is a Maori born in New Zealand, therefore he can't become President of the United States.
- Ascended Meme: The first three issues were "trial" issues and were numbered 0, 0/2 and 0/3 respectively. One reader asked about issue 0/1, and this developed in a full blown Memetic Mutation. A year later, in the '98 special, the authors put among the summaries of past issues an entry on issue 0/1, complete with nonsensical plot, a mostly white cover with the title logo, the title, and barely anything else, and the actual title was "Zero Slash One". Another year later, they actually published it as the '99 special.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: True for Evronians with military power: with the exception of the occasional Giant Mook, low-ranking troopers are as strong as the average human being; officers haven't been shown in physical combat, but are more muscular than the troopers; all known generals but two (an unknown high ranking political general and pre-Super Soldier Trauma) are tall, muscular and one even survived a direct hit from Xadhoom; members of the Imperial Senate are like the generals, only bigger; finally the Imperial caste have the ability to fire lethal beams from the non-talking head, with the Emperor having serious muscles too and proving he can handily defend himself.
- Averted with the scientific caste; Zoster is puny, compared to Zondag, though they are considered equal. Played straight again with Gorthan, which went toe-to-toe with a giant robot.
- The Xerbians have a variant, as the authority depends from the IQ: the higher it is, the greatest is your authority. That came to bite them back in the ass: pre-superpowered Xadhoom may have been the most intelligent Xerbian in history, but became the president when she was still too young and naive, and was the main force behind Xerba signing a commercial treaty with Evron.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: PK and Xadhoom are often portrayed like this.
- Bad Future: PKNA #34. PK has been accused of terrorism, his secret identity revealed by Angus (who now is a governor), his layout was bombed down and his family has left the town out of shame. Plus, Lyla has been deactivated, and the Organization is stronger than ever. And why all of this? Because of the Raider's death, Trip, his son, was raised by the Organization, named himself the Gryphon, and singlehandedly caused the Bad Future.
- A different type of Bad Future is featured in Pikappa #27, as revealed by a PK from the future who looks apparently identical to the present one. He comes from a thousand years in the future, where the Evronians are still attacking Earth regularly, his mind transferred to artificial bodies long since - when one is destroyed, another one replaces it immediately. His friends and relatives long gone, all the future PK has left is the certainty he can fight with no worries about his own safety.
- Might and Power features another Bad Future: Time Travel is possible again but, upon returning to the 23rd century, PK finds Duckburg in ruins after the Evronians have conquered Earth long before. And as he soon discovers, their conquest had started after first removing the biggest obstacle: they killed him.
- Badass and Child Duo: Paperinik and Trip, the Raider's son, in PKNA #34.
- Badass Boast: Hilariously subverted in the very first issue.
(while defending a woman from the Coolflames
): Don't worry! When the game gets tough... I wish I was somewhere else.
- Played straight with the narration monologue in issue 10:
By day, this is my city. By night, this city is mine.
- The villains aren't exempt from this:
: The Organization
? That's it? What, were the good names taken when you applied for the supervillain register?
Organization Leader: The purpose of a name is distinguishing things, Paperinik. We have no need for that. We are unique!
- Badass Normal: Several.
- Bastard Boyfriend: Two pop out in PK2. One is Tyrrel Duckard, a droid from the XXIII century who was in a relationship with Lyla. When he reappears, he's gone crazy because the microcontration stopped time travel and trapped him in a jail where he had infiltrated on a mission. So he escapes and tries to force Lyla to go back to the future using a device that would have erased the whole continuity, and savagely attacks her when she refuses. The second is Lucas, the former boyfriend of Stella Nice. He forces her to hide him in her house while his gang is fighting a war with another gang to gain control of the streets of Duckburg.
- Tyrrel is this even in the reboot, despite the completely different origins. Like Lyla, he was built by a genius in the XIX Century but he went insane and set their mansion on fire, leaving even Lyla (who was trying to save their creator) behind. When he finds her more than a century later, she has lost her memories and he transmits her some fake ones; when she recovers her true memories, she is enraged.
- Between My Legs: Between Xadhoom's legs in "Shadow On Venus".
- BFG: The Evrons create one able to absorb the power of a SUN. Granted, only for a fraction of second, but still...
- Big Damn Heroes: Xadhoom is introduced this way. See Establishing Character Moment below.
- Big Screwed-Up Family: Where do we even begin with the Ducklairs? First off, the father: Everett is one of the smartest minds on the planet but his Science-Related Memetic Disorder caused him to turn everything he touched in a superweapon: it took him several years of meditation far away from civilization to resolve that. He is also an alien escaped from planet Corona. He brought his daughters with him, to save them from becoming the queens of said planet. Unfortunately, due to a series of accidents upon their arrival on Earth, he left them when they were children and found them again as adults. He still has regrets over this. His daughters, Korinna and Juniper, are basically two kids trapped in adult bodies, and they refuse to forgive him. They also plan to turn Earth into a new Corona. And then there is Serifa, Everett's wife and Korinna and Juniper's mother, who is just interested in using her children to obtain the title she never got. Man, is this enough for everybody?
- Big "NO!": ...and immediately after it, Trauma meets his first defeat.
- Everett in PK2 #11, at the climax of a very important flashback.
- Blood Knight: Oberon De Spair is implied to be this, craving wars to bring "chaos and destruction". He even saves PK's life after he has thwarted his plans because, in his words, such enemies are rare to come about.
- The new character introduced in 2014's Might and Power. The Omega Chamber AI accuses PK of having been too soft in the past, and wants the hero to become more ruthless. When PK is trapped inside Nebula's base and decides to supercharge its weapons to punch a hole to escape through the walls rather than kill the Evronian soldiers, the AI calls him out on it.
- Body Horror: The most important members of the Evronian Imperial Council and the Emperor have two heads: one on their shoulders, and an eyeless one on the tip of their tail. Not horrified yet? Very well. Did I mention that the eyeless tail-head is the one that does the talking? The other has a Breath Weapon.
- What happens to the Evronian supersoldiers created using Angus as a guinea pig (they appear in the last issue of the first series) that can't get nourishment fast enough.
- Brains and Brawn: Paperinik and Xadhoom, with a very interesting twist: while Xadhoom is a Genius Bruiser, her preferred tactics are almost Alucard-like in their complexity, meaning that PK is the one who must calm her down and formulate a plan.
- And of course, Paperinik and One.
- PKNA #25 "Crossfire" shows that the whole population of the planet Vanium was like this before the Evronian invasion, since every member of the Nimoids (the smarter race) lived in symbiosis with a member of the Mastonts (the stronger race).
- Brain Uploading: The Ultimate Universe Continuity Reboot had this trope when Lyonard D'Aq uploaded his brain as a side result of him exploring a virtual world. Then this trope became a Chekhov's Gun when after Lyonard got Killed Off for Real (or, more precisely, turned into the monstrous Lyozard and then killed off) and One downloaded the data version of his brain into a (superpowered, of course) bionic body.
- Brick Joke: the Extransformer shield's "Function 78 bis". The first time it's used, it does nothing. Two years later, the Villain of the Week uses it and... still nothing. Stomping on the shield in anger manages to activate it, blasting him to Hawaii.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Eugene Photomas, widely considered one of the best lawyer of the 23th century... now, if only he could remember which case they were discussing...
- Sam Plot, writer for the soap opera "Anxieties". Before being partially coolflamed, he changed the main actor since the previous one was temporarily missing (kidnapped). Later in the series, after the first actor resurfaces, 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.
- The full plot, explained in issue #15's data columns, is a bit more complicated (to the point most readers failed to understand it after multiple re-reading of said column). And includes an Alien Invasion (inspired by Sam's second run-in with the Evronians). In a soap opera! Also, he apparently became a better writer after his first run-in with the Evronians resulted in him getting most of his emotions and intellectual capacity sucked away.
- Call Back: PK2 #13, "Everything and Nothing", to PKNA #10, "Trauma". Both issues were made by the same writer and artist, and the former was in fact advertised as "from the creators of Trauma". In both stories PK has to confront a large and very powerful enemy, resorting to a Mini-Mecha at some point, reflecting on himself in the meanwhile.
- The first episode of the PK Universe mini-series, "Monsters are coming!" is filled with reminders to PKNA #0, "Evronians": for example, the first encounter between the hero and Coolflames has them attacking someone who's in a black car crashed into a wall.
- The second episode, "Hard is the night!" begins with Paperinik having a nightmare, just like the second issue of PKNA.
- The sixth episode, the first following the mini-series, has references to PKNA #3, since the Othership device is involved: the characters, thanks to an invention of Gyro, can briefly see an alternate Raider whose Othership didn't function - he's the original one, obviously.
- The Cameo: In PKNA #12, third panel of page 19, one of the screens depicting recordings of the timeline has Mickey Mouse from Steamboat Willie.
- Some characters of PKNA and PK2 do not have roles in Pikappa's rebooted universe but get small appearances in it, like Rupert Potomac and Anymore Boring in the first issue, and Mary Ann Flagstarr, Wisecube and Westcock in the last one.
- Canon Discontinuity: The only Disney series with a link with Paperinik New Adventures is the Italian continuity on the Junior Woodchucks, whose best known story, the multi-episode Threat From Outer Space, is alluded to in Xadhoom, with Huey, Dewey e Louie appearing in that issue just long enough to explain their uncle they have to leave Duckburg for a long JW mission and briefly allude to the events of the most recent episodes of their story. No other Disney series, board game or whatever is even loosely connected to either Paperinik New Adventures or the Italian Junior Woodchucks continuity.
- A 2012 Double Duck storyline has Belgravia prominently involved, with Nestor and Grigorij Grimka explicitly mentioned and the latter having succeeded his father as President. Since at times the series mentioned Donald already having the Paperinik identity (which also explained his abilities as a secret agent), it led many to think that Donald may have become Double Duck after PK2, but the writer said it was only intended as a big nod to PKNA fans.
- Catapult Nightmare: Donald has one coupled with a Big "NO!" after a nightmare featuring some bullies he had to deal with in school.
- Catchphrase: Xadhoom is fond of saying "Let's dance" or a variant of this, especially before wiping out some Evrons.
- Dancing is apparently the first thing she thinks of when happy, as evidenced by how she once revealed that a group of Xerbians she had just met, were in truth Evronians in disguise: she requested a specific dance that was very popular on Xerba, and they didn't know it.
- Chekhov's Gun: A few apparently insignificant things get an expanded role later on: the horrible tie PK got from Newton (no, not that one, nor the other one) was instrumental in saving the whole temporal continuum, the gizmo containing Xadhoom's memories was the McGuffin of two later stories, Everett Ducklair's cryogenically frozen daughters had been mentioned in the fine print of the blocking of a column about the layout of the Ducklair Tower in issue 0/3 of the first series (they would only appear in PK2), etc.
- The cronal unit. You know, the one that almost destroyed time itself if it wasn't for Newton's tie. One kept it, just in case...
- Christmas Episode: PKNA #13, The Darkest Night, although the Christmas theme is not prominent. It is more, however, in Pikappa #30.
- Chronic Villainy: Agenore Brazoff tried to change life, but kept on getting bitten by radioactive animals and challenge Paperinik with a new bizarre gimmick.
- Comic-Book Time: Averted, as the series seemingly progresses in real time. In PKNA #30, Two remarks that it has been about two years since his last battle with One (which happened in #8), and in issue #37 Paperinik explains that a few years had passed since he first met Xadhoom.
- By Might and Power, however, even if the Evronian conquest of Earth is explicitly said to happen in late 2014, time is probably going to be relative, or Donald would be as aged has he appeared in the Bad Future of PKNA #34, and his nephews in their mid-twenties. The opening narration of the storyline even lampshades this:
"A lot of time has passed. Years. Months. Or maybe just a night."
- Coming-of-Age Story: One's transition into Odin Eidolon.
- Conservation of Ninjutsu: Averted. Paperinik can easily enough dispatch a dozen or so Evronians, but when there are to many of them he'll either need to be rescued or retreat. Even the new and incredibly powerful suit he's gotten in 2014 isn't enough against large groups of Evronians, who now have a new breed of Super Soldier. Defied by Xadhoom, since it doesn't really matters if you attack her with one or one hundred soldiers.
- Conspicuous CG: Used on several covers of PK2, with less than stellar results. Also in #10 of the same series, to depict metal and glass melted by the rays of the mini-bots.
- Conspicuous Trenchcoat: In the first issue of PK2 Everett sends one of his robots after Paperinik. To blend in, he dresses it up like this. Donald, having seen the robot before, recognizes it immediately but everybody else is fooled.
- Must be a thing for robots because later in the series, a corrupt lawyer disguises his one hundred mini-bots assembled in humanoid form in the same way.
- Continuity Cavalcade: "Might and Power" features several characters and hanging subplots from the old series, even some that weren't originally related to the Evronians, like the Raider or Morgan Fairfax.
- Continuity Lockout: A very rare example from Disney, connected only to a specific sub-continuity of the Junior Woodchucks (itself locked out from the rest).
- Convection Schmonvection: Featured heavily in PKNA #45 "Operation Hephaestus". The most jarring moment is probably when Paperinik is flying just a few centimetres above the lava.
- Cool and Unusual Punishment: Two Evronians were once threatened with assignment to hunt Xadhoom if they failed their given task.
- It was cool and unusual, but it was also a death sentence; every single time the Evrons tried to ambush her, she would fall right into the trap note and then blast it open with her sheer power before killing every single Evronian and blow everything up.
- Cool Car: The Pi-Kar, the hero's flying car, equipped with any kind of gadgets and weapons, just like the Batmobile. It comes with a Cool Garage with a lot of secret exits (and full of other Cool Cars, but One does not allow Paperinik to use them). In PK2 the hero is given a new model as a parting gift from One, before Everett deactivated him: it can shapeshift to be Hidden in Plain Sight (a necessity since PK was booted out from Ducklair Tower.
- A correction: One doesn't allow Donald Duck to use them, as they would draw too much attention and people would start making questions and pondering things if they suddenly saw Donald driving a superfancy car instead of his old 313.
- Speaking of Donald's old 313 car, it begins the series on all of its old and awesome glory (among other things, it could fly) but it's destroyed by Xadhoom during a confusing first impression, hence why Donald is now driving a new car.
- The 313 with the X plate is officially known as the "313-X". It's basically the same car as ever, plus some additions built by Gyro Gearloose in the more traditional - and milder - Paperinik stories. Said additions give Donald the possibility to switch between the 313◊ and the 313-X◊ at will, whenever he needs to do so; and given Paperinik has no superpowers, like Batman, the 313-X can be similarly compared to a downgraded Batmobile.
- Cool Plane: The PK-Jet is rarely used (and kind of goofy-looking), but it's Paperinik's fastest mean of travel on Earth, can go on autopilot, has some neat gadgets and can turn invisible.
- The new vehicle in Might and Power is multi-purpose, so it can become this, a three-wheeled ground vehicle or a submarine.
- Cosmic Horror Story: Surprisingly has shades of this. To elaborate: Across the galaxy, the Evronian race are pursued by a godlike and implacable alien being. Already, thousands upon thousands have died in battle with this alien, and many ships have been lost because of this creature. Its name? Xadhoom.
- Costume Test Montage: In a Pikappa short story, Lyla Lay goes through this, with the help of Lyonard D'Aq.
- Crack Pairing: In-Universe: Angus Fangus once went on a date with Xadhoom.
- Crapsaccharine World: Corona, homeworld of Everett Ducklair. Under the facade of a realized utopia where advanced technology and nature have achieved a perfect coexistence, overseen by an illuminate matriarchal government that elects a queen, lies an absurdly strict and competitive society. After a scandal involving a previous queen, who defied the celibacy required with the role, a new system to select future queens was created, consisting in having little girls grow into adulthood inside capsules, to avoid the influence of "useless" emotions. Beside the inherent wrongness of the system, which can only end up creating very emotionally stunted individuals, it's evident that even before, under the apparent harmony lied strong rivalries for the title of queen. A woman who didn't manage to get elected, accepted her boyfriend's marriage proposal only to have daughters and make them fulfill her dream. We are speaking of Serifa, Everett's wife.
- Cross Over: Happens in Xadhoom, where Huey, Dewey e Louie allude to a multi-episode Junior Woodchucks story then being published in Italy. Given it's barely two pages and you needed to follow both series to notice, it completely flew over most people's heads.
- Cuffs Off, Rub Wrists: Done by the true President of Belgravia after Paperinik frees him from chains.
- Darker and Edgier: Unquestionably so, if compared to the not-quite-Marvel-like Paperinik stories from the more family-friendly Topolino (Italian for Mickey Mouse) weekly comic book.note To clarify, the first volume of the trade paperback Compilation Re-release features a behind-the-scenes about how the series came to be: it includes such stuff as "Duckburg becoming a big metropolis like the Gotham City seen in the movies, although obviously not as dark", and some ideas go as far as having "dream fights in A Nightmare on Elm Street-like situations (within Disney-level limits!)". The fact that characters are actually Killed Off for Real is only a natural consequence.
- If anything, PK2 is even darker: complex familiar relationships, dramatic focus on abusive love interests, an ally turned into an ambiguous figure willing to manipulate the minds of others with chips planted in their brains... the list goes on.
- Darkest Hour: PK lives it in Might and Power: thrusted back into action after a prolonged inactivity, against a resurrected Evronian threat that not even his powerful new gear seems capable to stop, and a new ally that constantly doubts his abilities and moral code, he suffers a string of failures that end up with the destruction of Ducklair Tower, himself escaping it narrowly. Things get better after that.
- Deadpan Snarker: One, Paperinik and Xadhoom all tend to use sarcasm.
- Deep-Immersion Gaming / Unusual User Interface: The Ducklair Tower has a room that basically amounts to a holodeck, used to explore computer programs from the inside. Downside: the projections are very realistic and there are no security measures — meaning that if someone is injured they get hurt for real.
- Demoted to Extra: Scrooge McDuck is the only member of the regular Disney Ducks apart from Donald who gets any amount of screen-time in PKNA, (even Huey, Dewey and Louie are Put on a Bus), but he has a very minor role and barely gets involved in the plots. Similarly, Donald's nephews are the only classic characters to be seen in PK2, and always briefly.
- Depending on the Artist: With over twenty artist that have worked on the project, it's inevitable.
- Disney Death: Averted. In a Disney comic. That is not from Marvel.
- Dissimile: In PKNA #4 "Earthquake" Paperinik has to use a little submarine to investigate after a... well, earthquake. He complains that he doesn't know how to drive something like this.
One: Do you know how to ride a bike?
- Does Not Know His Own Strength: Urk. In one issue, overjoyed because he has finally returned to his own dimension, he hugs Paperinik. Cue crunching sound.
Urk: "Uh... Sorry. Did that hurt?"
Paperinik: "Just a couple of ribs. Don't worry, I have more."
- Didn't Think This Through: According to the Raider, the Organization planned to dispose of Paperinik after they saved time. But Paperinik still had to defeat the Evronian Empire and get rid of that Evronian invasion fleet sitting in the asteroid belt...
- Driven to Suicide: Yes, you read that right: Grrodon the last Evrononian, who remained on Earth alone for three centuries after Paperinik destroyed the Evronian Empire, tries to transform the hero into a Coolflame in the future. However, thanks to a gun created by Odin Eidolon, he fails. Desperate, Grrodon steals a flying car and heads for the space, knowing that the car will explode. Can count as an Alas, Poor Villain.
- Doppelgänger: One of the Raider, coming from an Alternate Universe, has appeared in the PK Universe continuity. He can be distinguished from the original because his left eye is bionic instead of the right one, and has a perfectly functioning Othership he stole in his original universe. The device is damaged by Paperinik causing this Raider to disappear, but the action seems to have caused strange consequences...
- The End of the World as We Know It: What the Evrons want to do to Earth, and have already done to many other worlds.
- Might and Power shows a Bad Future where this actually happened and Earth isn't even in the Solar System anymore, having been turned into a Worldship.
- Earth All Along: Paperinik ends up on the "Lady Elenthari", the ship of space mercenary Neopard, who forces him to fight with him in a war on "a distant, periferic planet" in exchange of returning him to Earth. At the end of the issue, PK is enraged to find out that the planet is Earth, as they had simply ended up in the Sahara desert.
- Easy Amnesia: Inverted: After a bad hit on the head, the usually prone to forgetting things Photomas is able to remember names and dates. It is explained that it won't last, however.
- Elevator Floor Announcement: One does this in the first issue:
One: "Ding! 151° floor! Home, sporting goods, amazing devices and artificial intelligences.
- Empowered Badass Normal: Paperinik himself in PKNA #40.
- Establishing Character Moment: Xadhoom's debut. PK is cornered, with his back literally leaning on the wall, surrounded by Evrons... and then◊ Xadhoom breaks out of the wall with a punch, singlehandedly turning the tables, and hands the Evrons their asses. Then she mistakes PK for an Evron and tries to kill him.
- Evil Versus Oblivion: In one issue there is a bubble of nothing that will eventually erase time. The Organization won't have any of it. Lampshaded:
Paperinik: Doing all this is generous of you!
We're only defending our workplace. We plunder time! And without it, you see...
- Executive Meddling: The reason why PK2 is so short: while it's true that it wasn't being as successful as the first series, the production of the PK video game prompted Disney to push for a reboot that, ditching the classic origins of Paperinik completely, could have been sold more easily abroad. Original creator Francesco Artibani quitting to pursue other projects (like Monster Allergy) didn't help.
- Expy: Paperinik started as the Disney version of Diabolik before evolving in a different direction. Recent Paperinik stories outside Paperinik New Adventures pay homage to this by having Lord Quackett aka Fantomius (the Gentleman Thief who was the in-universe inspiration of Paperinik) look like the Duckified version of Diabolik◊.
- Family-Friendly Firearms: Averted. While the hero, the aliens and the people from the future use lasers, almost every human is depicted with regular guns.
- Fanboy: Private Janson sees Paperinik as a role model, something his old friend and mentor Miller slightly likes to tease him for. He was overjoyed to be able to help him in "Spores".
- Trip, The Raider's son becomes one after spending some time with Paperinik. His father is not pleased with his project to become an Ascended Fanboy.
- Fandom Nod: In "Shooting Star" there is a man taking a shower in a phone boot. It was one of the things the comic asked to fans to obtain the "PK-Card".
- Fan Nickname: A new character introduced in Might and Power has quickly gained one. The Omega Chamber AI doesn't have a name for now, so it was all too natural to call him "Three". note . Other nicknames used by readers are "the Guardian" and "Omega".
- Five-Bad Band: The five bandits from issue #18:
- Family-Unfriendly Death: Zoster's death. It's unclear if the body melts or disintegrates.
- Fantastic Racism: Many human timepolicemen in PKNA consider their droid "coworkers" as disposable machines despite them being as intelligent and able to feel emotions as them. Also in #36 two Evronians soldiers joke about the biological inferiority of Xerbians.
- Flatline Plotline:
- In a bonus story, Xadhoom pretends to flatline in order to get inside an Evronian ship equipped with a regenerating armor that made it impossible to destroy... from the outside.
- Fling a Light into the Future: Played straight and subverted with Xadhoom. Before becoming a sun (and thus effectively killing herself for her people's survival), Xadhoom recorded a copy of her mind and immense knowledge. At first it seems subverted, as she also asked her storyteller father to send one last Evronian to steal the recording, so her recorded mind would kill him by handing him the key of her power but not the key to SURVIVE such power. But then is played straight by the fact the surviving Evronians will know she's still around in a way, thus getting a good reason to steer away from her people. Add that Paperinik has the recording and wants to give Xadhoom's mind a new body... Maybe that's why in the future the last Evronian says it was Paperinik to destroy his people.
- The Xerbians love this trope: the first thing their colony ship Antra did after escaping their fallen homeworld was to search for inhabitated worlds and warn them of the Evron threat, starting with Earth. Sadly, the Antra was intercepted near Saturn.
- Freudian Trio: though it varies who's the Id and the Ego.
- when it's Paperinik, Xadhoom and One, Xadhoom's always Id, and PK tends to be Ego.
- when it's PK, Lyla and One, However, it's PK who's Id, and Lyla the Ego.
- Frothy Mugs of Water: Played With. Alcohol is discussed, but not shown, in one issue:
Mackerel: "But it's herbal tea!"
Kaplan: "Nothing better to end the day!"
Mackerel: "To tell the truth I was hoping in something stronger!"
Kaplan: "Not on my ship! It's a little bet I did with my crew... we'll drink our special reserve when we find the Achiever!"
- Four-Star Badass: General Wisecube.
- Also his successor, General Westcock.
- Future Me Scares Me: Happens in issue #34, where Trip meets his corrupted future self, the Gryphon.
- Gadgeteer Genius: One replaces the classic Gadgeteer Genius of Disney comics, Gyro Gearloose.
- Generic Doomsday Villain: Justified and deconstructed with Morgoth in PK2
- Genius Bruiser: Xadhoom aside, Evronian scientist Gorthan also qualifies. His job is to genetically enhance Evronian soldiers, and did the same with himself while at it. At one point, Paperinik humorously comments "So, did you fall in your own test tubes?"
- Genius Loci: The Ducklair Tower is, for all purposes and intents, One's body. In one issue, after Paperinik gets spirited away to another dimension, One keeps a group of robbers, a squad of federal agents and Angus running in circles inside the Tower for several hours.
- Genre Savvy: A member of the Evronian Senate shows a notewhorty amount of savvyness when he is told they are heading towards a field of "annihilons".
"First: There is time to verify the information. Second: the information comes from an enemy. Third: where the enemy says to not go, you go. Fourth: in any case, when in doubt, consult the Emperor.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Basically describes the entire comic. (Also probably contains the only Disney character uttering the word 'bastard' uncensored.)
- And to Scandinavian readers "PK" sounds... yeah...
- Grrodon and Xadhoom basically commit suicide. Pretty heavy for a Disney comic, eh?
- In PKNA #1 "Shadows On Venus" there is a photo of a woman clearly topless and barely hiding it behind a towel.
- In PKNA #35 we see how the Evronians consume the emotions they absorb: it really looks like a drug addict getting his fix.
- In PKNA #43 "Time to Time" we have Lyla complimenting a fellow droid for his "nice bodywork". Paperinik's reaction also makes this a Crowning Moment of Funny.
- Space mercenary Neopard spouts alien expletives all throughout the two issues he appears in. When in the last two pages of the first issue Donald asks him what do they even mean, Neopard whispers something in his ear, and he freaks out saying "You can't say that kind of stuff in a teen-rated comic!!" In a milder example from the same issues, Neopard's Robot Buddy is The Unintelligible only apparently, while in truth he speaks a cleverly disguised dialect from the Lumbardy region. He never swears but he's ruder than the translation ballons say.
- In PK2 #4, Everett is watching over his daughter Juniper through a fake mirror while she's changing clothes, commenting on how much she's grown up and she having eyes like her mother. Nothing is seen (Everett himself acts as Scenery Censor), but it's still a bit creepy for a Disney comic.
- The back-up story of Pikappa #17 seems made only to cram in as much fanservice of Birgit Q as they could. She's first seen working with a very tight and short dress, then she undresses on-panel (the Toplessness from the Back trope is used), comes out of the shower in a towel, and finally dresses in a very form-fitting uniform for a special training.
- The main story of Pikappa #20 is even worse: she undresses in front of Donald and some men (Toplessness from the Back is used again) to put on an armor and fight a robot. Clearly she is not shown while naked, but still...
- The opening episode of Might and Power shows the event from which the Bad Future began: We first see a wrecked 313 car, then a shot of Donald Duck on the ground, with a clear look of helplessness on his face, and five laser pointers on his body. It's too easy to guess what happened a moment later. It's the representation of a cold-blooded assault and execution.
- Later in the story, PK gets a new ally who openly encourages him to kill his enemies, gets angry when he doesn't, and does not hide his opinion that the Evronians are a menace again because the hero wasn't ruthless enough in the past.
- Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: Morgoth from PK2 #13, a giant humanoid lizard with an armor and a weapon made of morphing metal. When we are introduced to him, it's implied that he and Paperinik have been clashing for some time already. Justified because he's not real, he's part of the virtual reality where Paperinik is trapped.
- Giant Spider / Big Creepy-Crawlies: The Last Haga from "In The Shadow" that is completely undetectable by any kind of tracking device (One himself couldn't localize it despite being the Genius Loci of the Ducklair Tower), can reproduce extremely quickly asexually and it's stated to be able to consume entire planets.
- God Guise: After taking control of a droid of the Time Police, Two accidently trasports himself in the past where he is workshipped as a god by a group of Native Americans.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: Doctor Yamato in PKNA #14, after his experiment has caused an anomaly that will eventually erase time:
- Good Is Not Dumb: A running theme in the series; it's to be expected with a Genre Savvy protagonist, a Hypercompetent Sidekick with Super Intelligence and an ally who is a Genius Bruiser.
- Government Conspiracy: The US Army even held negotiates with Evronian emissaries for some time, and actively works to keep the public at large from knowing of the Evronians and their attempts at invasion. They are not completely wrong, since widespread panic could be even worse. The first confrontations between them and Paperinik are obviously not friendly, but they are able to find a commond ground after PK saves a base from an Evronian attack.
- Unless the Government manages a huge cover-up, the Evronian attack on the Ducklair Tower in the last episode of Might and Power should have made the existence of the Evronians public. Even more considering they'll have to explain the sudden disapperance of the tower.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: Angus (and later other reporters') distorted views have made Paperinik less than popular in Duckburg. In a bit of subversion, however, he is held in high regard, or at least respected, in the rest of the world.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Xadhoom and the Raider, although the latter gets undone by way of Time Travel Reset Button.
- Hidden Depths: Camera 9's, which are very hidden.
- The Faceless:
- Hope Bringer: Discussed: Gorthan is afraid Paperinik might become one for the other planets under the attack of Evron.
- Humanity Is Infectious: Xadhoom references Earth games such as Bowling and Pingpong, and Gorthan develops a fondness for Shakespeare.
- Humans Are Special: Zigzagged. As described in one of Zoster's reports, the people of Earth have more emotional energy than normal... which for Evron means "more food". However, not only they are The Determinator, their energy is so much that it can't be completely drained in a single shot, allowing a recovery.
- Humongous Mecha: Yes, in a Disney comic. The fact Japanese mecha are very popular in Italy (thanks to a boom of imported anime in the late 1970s-early1980s) contributed.
- Hurricane of Puns: Xadhoom and the Raider love to make puns about fire and time (respectively), especially during a brawl.
- I Die Free: in the original series, Geena. Proud to having defied orders until the end.
- PK says this to Gorthan when faced with imminent defeat in the Ultimate-like reboot. It's what ultimately triggers Gorthan's Heel Realization.
- Idiot Ball: once in a while a character does something they know they shouldn't do. The cake goes to Xadhoom, who can sniff Evronian traps very easily and by now knows that they bother fighting her only when they have something new that could hurt her, but she still charges head-on to kill a few more Evrons.
- PK's inability to remember how Xari looks like, even after seeing an alien who resembled him so much that Xadhoom herself thought it was him.
- Xadhoom once thought she could make the Emperor of Evron believe she wasn't a Xerbian in spite of the Evronians having first met her on Xerba, her use of "Remember Xerba the Blue!" as a battlecry, her name being a Xerbian word, and the Evrons having actually masked as Xerbians for a trap (and they actually fooled her for a while, at least until they failed to recognize the name of a very popular dance). The Emperor immediately lampshaded it.
- When Paperinik ends up in a Lord of the Rings-esque world, he never notices that there's something wrong with Lyla's unusual attitude until the truth is showed right on his face, namely that it isn't Lyla but a shape-shifting droid sent by the Organization to kill the future version of the Raider who has become the ruler of that world. After finding out, however, he's so pissed he utterly trashes the droid.
- In Might and Power both hero and villains get the ball in a scene. Using the metamorphic power of his new suit, PK disguises himself to infiltrate the Evronian base in New Zealand and decides to take the appearance of a general, despite being conspicously shorter than any Evronian. Yet no one, from soldiers who salute him to Nebula Faraday inviting him to join a meeting with several other generals, notices it - except a single general, who in that scene appears to be the only intelligent character around.
- I Just Want to Be Special: Lyonard D'Aq in Pikappa: when he was younger, he neglected his studies to become a superhero.
- I Know What You Fear: Trauma (first series), Profunda (second series), and PK himself (in the reboot); the latter with a particular device, the others with psychic powers. Played with in the sense that they don't know the details of what their victims are experiencing.
- I Love Nuclear Power: Spoofed: Agenore Brazoff is a criminal who's first bitten by a radioactive walrus (thus becoming Lord Walrus) and then by a radioactive lobster (becoming Evil Lobster). Paperinik still defeats him with little trouble.
- Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Whether or not the Evronians are affected by this depends if Paperinik is carring his shield or if they are shooting to aliens or earthlings.
- Impostor Forgot One Detail: In a story from the first summer special, a Group of Evronians disguised themself as Xerbians to trap Xadhoom. She however didn't fall for it since they didn't know what a Xarghon (the dance of welcome) was, something every Xerbian learns as a child.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: In more comedic issues, the Evronians tend to fit this trope. Angus may qualify, but probably Paperinik doesn't even consider him a villain, more like a nuisance.
- Agenore Brazoff, who challenged Paperinik four times (the first two when he was still the "regular Paperinik"): he is so patetic, he manages to convince people that Paperinik should let him win.
- Informed Flaw: We are told that among Evronians, the lower the rank the lower the intelligence and personality, with the lower castes being practically hive minds. Yet, we often see Evronian grunts show a surprising amount of personality, both in serious and comedic moments.
- Insane Troll Logic: After Paperinik defeats Lord Walrus (who is now a lobster-themed supervillain) once again in the 2000 Summer Special, the villain objects that, since Paperinik is a superhero and the job of superheroes is to make people happy, he should let him win. The people around him quickly agree.
- Insignificant Little Blue Planet: Well... sort of: there is an invading force hidden in the asteroid belt that plans on conquering Earth, so the Evronians do have interest in our planet. That said, the higher-ups on Evron can't ever remember its name.
Council member n°1: "Like the... the... help me out, please!"
Council member n°2: "Eaaaarghh, I think!"
- Ironic Echo: During PKNA #5, Paperinik notes to the android Geena, "You're different from Lyla. You're just an obedient machine." Come the end of PKNA #12, Geena's last words to Paperinik are "...by ignoring your order, I have proved one thing... that I am not an obedient machine!"
- It Only Works Once: The gun Odin Eidolon gives to Paperinik in PKNA #5.
- It's Personal: The reason Angus is bent on exposing Fenimore Cook is that Cook once hid toxic waste where Angus's Maori clan lives, before he blackmailed him into stopping (but, on the other hand, he was forced to leave New Zealand).
- Jerkass Has a Point: Angus always calls Paperinik a criminal and tries to expose him as such. In his first stories, Paperinik was treated as a thief and a criminal, and it was implied the police stopped trying to arrest him because they had realized they had no chance.
- Angus' fake interview to a CGI Paperinik in PKNA #1 "Shadows on Venus" states that Paperinik was a nobody who took his costumed identity to get respect. Even though Angus doesn't know it, Donald's original motive to become Paperinik was to get even with those who treated him like a nobody.
- Just a Machine: It's... tricky: Paperinik respects artificial intelligence as much as he does with human intelligence (after all, two of his closest friends and allies are an A.I. and a droid) but he has no qualms about destroying robots if they are threatening someone; in PK2 another A.I. calls him an "enemy of my species".
- Played straight by the human members of the Time Police, who have no problems sending Lyla to secure destruction so they can replace her and treat her as a simple object (even after droids get civil rights).
- Killed Off for Real: Surprisingly, for a Disney comic book. Most of the violence is family-friendly, but there are some characters who really die, like Xadhoom.
- Kinda Busy Here: Subverted in PK2: when Paperinik's phone starts ringing in the middle of a fight, it distracts the droid that was about to shoot him, saving his life.
- Deconstructed in the reboot, where the phone distracts Pikappa and almost get him killed by a monster.
- Kiss Me, I'm Virtual / Robot Girl: Paperinik says Lyla would be a very pretty duck... If she weren't a robot. Urk sends her a love letter. Her designer, Leonard Vertighel, loves her and thinks she's the perfect woman.
- Even One tried to search for her telephone number.
- Well, as One half-jokingly says, she could be a very good mate for a "cultured and handsome artificial intelligence" :)
- Know When To Fold Them: Two henchmen of the Organization are smart enough to quit when Paperinik threatens their boss.
Gottfresh:"Stop him! Do something!"
Mantis:"You made him angry! See ya!"
"The mercenary who knows when to quit is good for another time!" He was going to complete his mission anyway.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Paperinik has pills that erase the last few hours (or more) from a character's memory. They are actually one of the few special creations of Gyro Gearloose he keeps troughout all his appearances, and Gyro uses the last one on himself in order to forget about Donald being Paperinik in PKNA, thus severing the last tie to his old life and allowing him to protect Earth as a full-time superhero.
- In an interesting case of Character Development, Paperinik decided to not use them anymore after losing memory himself, because he now knows how that makes people feel.
- Left Hanging: Another 50-issue series would be needed to give a follow-up to all the loose ends.
- Although it has a definite ending, PK2 was severely shortened over the original plans, so the conclusion is quite hasty and leaves no certainty about the future of Everett and his daughters, although one of the last issues of PKNA can be considered a Distant Finale to both series.
- Might and Power includes many of the plot threads left hanging to continue the story, leading to Continuity Porn.
- Let's You and Him Fight: Subverted in the hero's first encounter with Xadhoom: Paperinik honestly wants to thank her for saving him from the Evronians, but she mistakes him for an Evronian and tries to kill him. The second time he still wants to forge an alliance with her, but to have a chance to talk he traps Xadhoom in a containment cage. She can easily escape from it, but after seeing Paperinik fight some Evronians she understands they are on the same side.
- Played straight when Paperinik met Urk.
- Lighter and Softer: The rebooted series Pikappa. It's not without darker moments on the level of the first two, however: examples are #9, centered around that universe's version of Tyrrell Duckard, and #12 where one main character is Killed Off for Real (and then resurrected by putting his mind in a robotic body), and PK is seriously ready to throw away his moral code and kill someone for revenge, among other things.
- PK Universe, being the original Paperinik with some characters from PKNA. Jokes abound (to the point of upsetting some fans), Xadhoom is much less rough both in characterization and in design, and while the hero has to get upgraded tech from Gyro to fight the Evronians, they appear less powerful and menacing.
- Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!: While nothing new when it comes to Donald Duck or other Disney Mouse and Duck comics, PKNA takes it to new heights by including not just the usual ducks, pigs and beagle people that have come to be expected, but also realistic looking humans, walruses, actual lions and tigers and even the occasional fish person.
One: Can you answer a question?
Paperinik: Sure, shoot. *Paperinik is surrounded by lots of guns* Halt! You AIs are a bit too literal minded, aren't you?
- Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me: The Extransformer isn't just extremely durable and capable of deflecting bullets and lasers alike, but is also just as useful as an offensive weapon.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: Laurie Brick, from "Anxieties". A Shrinking Violet who continually apologizes, playing what's essentially an evil Ada Wong.
- Meaningful Name:
- "Xadhoom", in Xerbian, means "Creditor", as the Evrons "owe her her race".
- Odin Eidolon: "odin" means "one" in Russian, "eidolon" means "image" or "mirror" in Greek. In fact, Odin Eidolon is a mirror image of One.
- Angus Fangus, fango meaning mud in Italian, and his less-than-immaculate deontological ethics.
- The Well. You get thrown in, you can't get out. But you can be dragged up if the Evrons think you are able to do a hard job.
- And its good counterpart, Time Ø, a prison for timecriminals which is literally outside of time.
- Meanwhile, in the Future: Used painfully straight in one instance.
- Mechanical Evolution / Mechanical Lifeform: The alien race of Soma-Syntex: scientist are still baffled as how a completely mechanical species developed on its own. The two most credited versions are that they have evolved for some computers left on the planet by another race or evolved just like other species, only that at their beginning there were microcircuits instead of microorganisms.
- Me's a Crowd: PK's new suit in Might and Power can generate "trididensomorphic holograms", which are in fact solid and can act on their own. The downside is that it consumes a lot of energy. And this becomes a big problem when depleting your energy also shuts down the shielding from DNA trackers...
- Mind Screw: The ending of "Time To Time" will keep you wondering for years.
- Mini-Mecha: Paperinik uses one to fight Trauma, and another against Morgoth.
- Mobile Maze: The entire Ducklair Tower can became one, much to One's fun.
- Monochromatic Eyes: Xadhoom and most of the Evronians.
- Mook Horror Show: Evronian soldiers VS Xadhoom.
- Morph Weapon: PK's Extransformer, which can - among other cool functions - change its shape from square to circular and transform into a boomerang, a drill, a suitcase, and a robotic puppy.
- Morgoth in PK2 uses such a weapon.
- Mundane Made Awesome: Paperinik saves the whole temporal continuum using (a tie)). Only in this comic could that make sense.
- My Future Self and Me: Trip and the Gryphon in PKNA #34.
- My God, You Are Serious: Played straight by agent Mary Ann Flagstarr in issue #4, Earthquake.
Flagstarr: If I were you I wouldn't let (Paperinik) escape, Cooper, unless you wish to wait for your retirement while working in a radar station in Alaska.
(Later, to a completely different subordinate for a completely different failure): Start packing, boy, and leave your bermudas at home. You won't need them in Alaska.
- Mythology Gag: The Final Battle between Paperinik and Trauma in PKNA #10 takes place at the Cathedral of Notre Duck, which appeared in a Carl Barks story. Also in #13 Bravestone, the village attacked by the Evronians, has the same name as a village in another Barks story, and two old citizens speak about a young Scrooge McDuck.
- From the very first issue of Paperinik Appgrade, references to the PKNA universe often appeared in the magazine. Portraits of PKNA characters could be seen in the extra pages; one of the new stories made for the magazine has Paperinik use a device almost identical to the Extransformer shield, in another Donald's nephews are playing a videogame where an Evronian is seen; the December 2013 issue even features Ducklair Tower on the cover. This would turn out to be the biggest foreshadowing, as PK Universe has started publication on the following issue.
- Necessary Evil: Destroying the Evronian spores, one-meter large vegetal-like blobs that are the Evronian mean of reproduction and that they lay on the worlds they conquer. The spores, while gifted with formidable defenses against natural predators, are nothing more than defenseless fetuses against anyone equipped with ranged weapons. On the other hand, leaving a field of spores intact means that, in two months and half, hundreds of trained and indoctrinated Evronian warriors will pop out...
- The 2014 relaunch story Might and Power shows that the Evronians laid a number of unfertilized spore fields on Earth with the means to fertilize them, and the consequences of not wiping them out: while nobody was looking, Grrodon got to them and had them fertilized, laid other spores to have more warriors plus officers and scientists, and, with the help of Morgan Fairfax's genius and Nebula Faraday's money, put together an army that overran Earth in one month. So, yeah, better wipe them out as soon as they're laid.
- Never Say "Die": Zig-zagged.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Ducklair escaped with his daughters to Earth in order to give them a normal life, rather than allow them to potentially become Queens at the cost of their emotions. Turns out, they don't like having lost years of their lives in a coma and seeing a future as rulers denied... so they pull a Face-Heel Turn and try to become Earth's rulers.
- In PK Universe #6, Paperinik defeats an alternate Raider who has a functioning Othership, but the consequences may have been catastrophic. He does it by hitting the device, which starts malfunctioning. Alt-Raider observes he has damaged the "quantum limiter", before yelling "Realities are about to..." and disappearing. Soon after, Paperinik seemingly starts to have memories of PK, while Gyro's device to observe parallel realities doesn't detect them anymore. No definitive anwer is given on whether the machine is just broken or not, but in the worst scenario, all other realities may have collapsed or merged!
- In Might and Power, PK decides to use the solid holograms function of the new suit to its fullest potential but the Evronians are still too many. Not only he's forced to flee and leave the people he promised to save, but having depleted the suit's energy, he's also lost the shielding from the Evronian DNA trackers, leading them to a massive attack on Ducklair Tower.
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Trauma is this In-Universe, thanks to his mental powers.
- No Export for You: Paperinik (or the Duck Avenger as he was called in the few stories published) never really took off in the States, although this may change as the new distributor for Disney Comics specifically wants to focus on more action-based stories.
- Noble Demon: The Raider is a thief working for an organization with the goal of changing history to make them the rulers of the world, but he always keeps his word, his son is the most important thing in the universe for him and he willingly risks his life more than once to save the world. (While still trying to make a profit, of course... the trope still contains the word "demon", after all).
- Not Quite Dead: Several, including professor Fairfax, Two and Paperinik himself.
- Not What It Looks Like: In PK2 #8, Rupert is going to visit Stella Nice, when outside her house, he sees the silohuettes of her and Donald Duck, apparently kissing. He's furious at first, only to later discover that it was Paperinik and she was just embracing him, after he discovered about Lucas and promised her to end it all.
- Oh, Crap: this.◊ Also Trauma and Morgoth. The last page of PKNA #6 ("Spores").
- Xadhoom is quite excited to see that Evronian battlecruiser.
- The usual Evronian reaction to Xadhoom.
- PK at the end of the third episode of Might and Power. Forced to flee from the Evronian base in the island of Grimsey because his suit ran out of power, he returns to the Ducklair Tower, and only there he realizes that no power to the suit means also the shielding from the Evronian DNA trackers are down. Cue an entire army of Evronians approaching.
- Old Hero, New Pals: The series only keeps Paperinik and Uncle Scrooge (albeit Demoted to Extra), while the rest of the characters are new ones.
- Omniscient Morality License: The Time Police, to an extent, since they already know what is supposed to happen.
- Only Six Faces: Invoked and used as a plot point in PK2 #13, Everything and Nothing.
- Or My Name Isn't...: Eugene Photomas couldn't finish this sentence because he forgot his name.
- Our Elves Are Different / Our Orcs Are Different / Science Fantasy: in PKNA #18 ("Ancient Future"), Paperinik is transported to a LOTR-like Fantasy world where hi-tech Cyber-Elves fight against Techno-Orcs.
- The same issue also features other classic fantasy tropes, sometimes subverted: e.g. members of La Résistance are orcs, and the Evil Overlord turns out to be not-so-evil after all.
- Our Vampires Are Different: The Evronians. They are Emotion Eaters, but only for "positive" emotions (though they add apathy and terror to the list); they get no nourishment from "negative" emotions, and in fact these are the only emotions they are able to display. They feed themselves in small but frequent meals, which is why they have shoulder fuel tanks.
- One mutated version in a What If? issue is able to absorb negative emotions, and without any Evrongun or technological drainers; in fact, they have a much higher metabolism that gives them a lot more strength... if they are able to feed themselves. If they can't, they quickly collapse.
- Our Zombies Are Different: The coolflames are a not-dead version whose intelligence and emotion were drained out and now are slaves of their conquerors.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: Paperinik admitted to sometimes feeling this compared to One's intelligence and Xadhoom's powers.
One:"While we were talking,my devices were already working!"
Donald:"Fantastic!My inferior complex thanks you!"
- Papa Wolf: The Raider and the President of Belgravia. Funnily they are both villains.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: And despite it, the only one who guesses that Paperinik =
Donald Duck Paperino is artificially-enhanced Lyla Lay. Seriously, how hard is it?◊
- PG Rated Opening: While probably not as merciless as an actual R-Rated Opening, the cold opening to the first issue isn't exactly family friendly either. It starts with the Evrons raiding a planet, and with what appears to be a young Xadhoom letting out a Big "NO!". Another example of Disney getting dangerous.
- Phlebotinum Breakdown: "Someone will have to explain me what's advanced technology for, if batteries are out!" (Paperinik in PKNA #32). Not to mention when One gets infected by a virus in PKNA #23.
- Planet Looters: The Evrons.
- Planet of Hats: the Xerbian racial hat is holding doctorates. Also a subversion of the associated trope as some of them ARE that kind of doctor.
- The inhabitants of Armadha, Neopard's home planet, are all mercenaries like him or work in related services like weapon selling and manufacturing. The planet has a very harsh climate (with the upside that they are very tough, since they have to live in such an environment) and is poor on natural resources, so they themselves are the only resource they can export.
- Planet Spaceship: The Homeworld of the Evrons turns into a spaceship.
- Earth in the Bad Future of Might and Power has been turned into one.
- Platonic Life Partners: Donald and Lyla. She clearly trusts Donald more than anybody else (after all, he is one of the few that know her secret to not think she is just a machine, while the hero is worried that Daisy might become jealous of all the time they spend together.
- Popular Saying But: When the game gets tough... PK wishes he was somewhere else.
- Power Trio: Paperinik, Lyla and Urk when they are together.
- Prison Episode: The Day That Will Come, set inside the chronostatic prison Time Ø.
- Private Military Contractors: Colonel Neopard, at your service... if you have enough cash.
- Punny Name: Oberon De Spair. Bonus points for him behaving like an expy of Doctor Doom, and coming from an expy of Ruritania, Belgravia.
- Ruritania: as said above, Belgravia, Oberon De Spair's home country.
- Read the Freaking Manual: apparently, the Extransformer Shield has one... and it's several hundred pages long. As PK puts it, "when I'll finish reading it, I'll be too old to carry this shield".
- Redemption Equals Death: Geena.
- Red Shirt Army: Averted: quite unusually for a superhero comic, the US Army has proved to be able to hold its ground against the Evronians. At least when they're not attacking in force, but after Might and Power they forces are more even, since the Army now have guns tha can devolve the Evronians into spores.
- Remember the New Guy: While this is averted for the most part (Paperinik meets his new enemies and allies when we do) there is the case of Agenore Brazoff, who apparently fought Paperinik twice before the beginning of the series.
- Re Tool: Beside the Continuity Reboot, Pikappa also brought changes in the structure of the monthly publication: main stories became shorter while back-up stories were longer.
- Scaled Up: In the reboot Vendor creates a gas that turns people into dinosaur-like creatures. If they can be reached fast enough, the effect can be reversed. Unfortunately they didn't reach Lyo fast enough...
- Scenery Porn: Most of the covers.
- School Bullying Is Harmless: Averted. PKNA #10 shows that Donald still has nightmares about being bullied as a kid.
- Secret Identity Identity: Lampshaded when Donald is about to get into a fight with a man over a packet of potato chips (long story):
Donald: Over the years I've fought alien vampires, cyborgs, supercriminals. I've beaten enemies this idiot couldn't hope to even come close to. I could put him in his place in two seconds flat. But that would mean erasing the distinction between Donald and Paperinik. And I can't allow that.
Donald: "...alright, you can keep it."
Man: "Wise decision."
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong: In PKNA #3 The Day of the Cold Sun Paperinik teams up with the Raider to prevent his city from being nuked by a nuclear fusion experiment gone horribly wrong.
- Also in #14 Carpe Diem, where PK and the Raider team up again to set right what went wrong in the future and prevent the creation of a bubble that would erase the whole space-time continuum. In a subversion, their actions pratically start the anomaly in advance. Luckily, they manage to stop it just in the nick of time.
- PKNA #34 is not only this, but PK points out that the villain, who is a criminal time traveller, could have invoked this trope instead of being obsessed with revenge, effectively dismantling his Freudian Excuse.
- Ship Tease: Paperinik/Xadhoom, One/Xadhoom, Paperinik/Lyla, One/Lyla (and, by association, Odin/Lyla), among others....
- And in PK2 Donald Duck/Tempest. That's right, Donald Duck, not Paperinik.
- Shout-Out: Has its own page.
- Show Within a Show: Several.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: Paperinik is really good at those: especially seen in his confrontations with The Gryphon and Ahrimadz.
- Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism: Being Darker and Edgier, it is less idealistic than the usual Disney comics: this doesn't stop it from being genuinely entertaining and well written, or causes it to be depressing.
- Sliding Scale Of Silliness Vs Seriousness: It can be sad, awesome or heartwarming... but is a comic starring Donald Duck: you have to accept some goofiness.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: Parodied in "Just a Little Sigh": everybody present assumes Paperinik just did that... instead he's simply fallen out of a window.
- The Stinger: Half of the time the very last page/panel of the comic story acts as this.
- Story-Breaker Power: Even downplayed, Xadhoom's control over matter and energy qualifies as this.
- Strange Bedfellows: Paperinik and the Evronians, on at least two occasions, and Paperinik and the Raider, on at least five occasions.
- Super Soldier: One-off Evronian character Trauma willingly chose to become one.
- The Evronians have a few different kinds of these. Grrodon is basically a weaker warrior capable of changing his looks (warriors like him resurface in the Ultimate Universe Continuity Reboot, and are implied to have gone rogue and murdered the last Emperor before Gorthan got their loyalty); Kravenn is the perfected version, having both the shape shifting ability, slightly superior strength and magnificent tracking abilities (he managed to track Xarion across the entire planet of Xerba, and it took throwing him into space twice to get rid of him); the already mentioned Trauma, with Super Strength, psychic powers enabling him to amplify fear into utter terror and the ability to feed from it; a group of Half-Evronian Hybrids based on the genes of the Beasts of Rhaghor and the data of the never-seen Project Abominion, stronger, faster and with superior smell than standard warriors but indisciplined and apparently much stupider (they mutinied and closed the normal warriors of their ship in a cell guarded from the outside; somehow, the standard Evronians evaded and made short work of the guards); finally, in an alternate universe, Evronian-Angus hybrids with Super Strength superior to Trauma and the ability to feed from negative emotions - on the downside, they need constant feeding or they'll collapse, and they are quickly dispatched when Paperinik and the US Army stop fighting and start thinking about nice things.
- In PK2 we have The Predator, an ex-Seaduck (a Navy seal expy) who gets trasformed into an 80% mechanical being with enough firepower to be a match for the Extransformer.
- Superpower Meltdown: If Xadhoom loses control, she turns into a supernova. No, really.
- Becomes both Fridge Horror and Fridge Logic when you think about how exactly she knows that. After all, the only time she turned nova on-panel, it killed her.
- She is a Genius Bruiser who managed to personally control thermonuclear processings. She probably knows a thing or two.
- Take Over the World: What Two tries to do.
- Defied in PKNA #22: Paperinik thinks that Lyla's designer, Leonard Vertighel altered robots to take over the world, but he mocks him on hearing this ("Be frank with me: you read a lot of comic books, do you?"): in fact, he "just" wanted to create the perfect woman.
- Also lampshaded in the Omake chapter in #10, starring Angus:
: "That nice gadget, placed on the back of your neck, will turn you into a faithful servant
, whose only will will be... mine! Each new servant will make new devices that, in turn, will make new servants, until I have an endless army at my command! Do you know what I'll do then?" Angus
: "You'll Take Over the World
?" (Beat) Fang-Ho
: "There must have been an information leak!"
- Talking Is a Free Action: A part of the 2000 summer special was used to lampshade and parody this trope... while Paperinik explained it to the readers.
- The Good Guys Always Win: Parodied mercilessy in one summer special, where a master from another dimension tries to make Paperinik his protege.
The Master: "See? You won."
Paperinik:: "Yeah, a three months hospitalization!"
The Master: "Young apprentice, The Good Guys Always Win, But There Is No Guarantee They Won't Get Hurt."
- And what the bad guy and his master have to say about it?
Bad Guy: "Maybe I should try cinema!"
- Theme Naming:
- One and Two.
- In PKNA #39 there are three siblings named Alpha, Bravo and Charlie. And their surname is Delta. Charlie Delta's buddy is named... Gamma.
- 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.
- Two twin robbers named Castor and Pollux in PKNA #18.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Played for Laughs in one short story featuring the Evronians:
Soldier 1:"Everything is done, sir. We burned the villages, destroyed the harvest, poisoned the wells...
Officer:"Incompetents! I said no mercy!"
- There Was a Door: A Running Gag with Xadhoom.
- The Omniscient Council of Vagueness: The tibetan monks with whom Everett Ducklair trains.
- They Call Me Mister Tibbs: In PKNA #1:
Evronian soldier and Angus: "Paperinik!"
Paperinik: "That's right. My friends call me PK, but you may call me Mr. Paperinik."
Angus: "I've never been so glad to see you, Paperinik! Save me!"
Paperinik: "I was talking to you too, Angus."
- Those Two Guys: Two sets of them — a pair of soldiers serving under Wisecube / Westcock and an Odd Couple of Organization henchmen.
- Thou Shall Not Kill: Averted entirely: while everyone, save Xadhoom, doesn't go looking to kill, no one shows reservations about doing so either, should they deem it necessary. Might and Power, however, shows that PK always wants to avoid doing it unless the situation's really desperate, which constatly puts him at odds with his new ally (who openly wants the hero to be more ruthless), and he's visibly sad when Grrodon, who was already defeated but didn't want to surrender, falls to his apparent death.
- Time Bomb: It doesn't need to be a bomb: in PKNA #4 ("Earthquake") it's an earthquake machine - of course, it's disarmed Just in Time. And when the bomb cannot be disarmed, it can be thrown towards an enemy (#7, "Invasion").
- Sometimes it's a Self-Destruct Mechanism: e.g. in PKNA #12 (the countdown cannot be stopped, of course: someone will have to self-sacrifice and take the damage) and #15.
- Subverted in PKNA #31: the bad guy just clicks his remote, and one hundred bombs go off.
- Time Police: Literally and actually referred to as such.
- Time Travel: Naturally: one of the protagonists is a member of the time polic, and one of the major enemies is a thief who steals in the past.
- Title Drop: Several with the title of specific issues.
- Token Minority: While most "brown" characters count as Ambiguously Brown due to being birdfaces, Angus is explicitly identified as a Maori.
- Took a Level in Badass: The series revolves around him, the supporting characters and the villains, taking one.
- And in ''Pikappa'', PK is pissed. Saying why would be a spoiler, but let's just say that what happened is enough to make him actually consider killing someone.note
- In all continuities Paperinik has little issues about killing people... If it's absolutely necessary and/or the enemy is actively trying to kill him. Murder of a defenseless enemy, however, it's something else... And in the above part of the entry, he was charging a small laser cannon aimed at the head of a now defenseless Mad Scientist.
- Took a Level in Dumbass: Inverted: while he is nowhere near as smart as Xadhoom or One (he even jokingly said he got out of elementary school only because of seniority), in this series Paperinik/Donald Duck is very intuitive, clever and able to make plans on the spot.
- Torch the Franchise and Run: Apparently the creative staff was really dissatisfied with how Pikappa had turned out to be (the entire reboot idea was mostly due to Executive Meddling), so the book got a final issue where the timeline is rewritten and the events of the entire rebooted series never happened. To top it off, the day is saved by the holographic appearance of a PK who seems to be the one from the first two series, and who disappears hoping his adventures will not be forgotten. It then took almost a decade for the original series to be back.
- Tranquil Fury: This comic series has the weirdest example of all in Xadhoom, of all people. 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 then a short story showed her allowing a tiny bit of hatred and rage flow free for a single istant, 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.
- Twenty Minutes into the Future: At least judging by the tech level of the series. The US military, for instance, has both projectile and beam weapons and both tanks and combat robots.
- Two Aliases, One Character: One and Odin Eidolon.
- Villain Decay: In his first appearance, Visionary Villain Professor Fairfax was a ruthless but brilliant evil genius whose patietly planned cataclysmic conspiracy had been decades in the works with none the wiser, as well as sufficiently Bad Ass to credibly go toe-to-toe with PK with a fire axe inside a crashing airplane. Despite multiple interruptions and a premature launch, his scheme almost succeeded due to well-laid contingency plans and his skill at Xanatos Speed Chess. He was also a suave and charismatic figure, as well as physically imposing, tall and handsome. In other words, very arguably one of the comic's most memorable magnificent bastards. And then when he returned as a consulting Mad Scientist for Belgravia, he inexplicably became a petty and spiteful Insufferable Genius with absolutely no self-control. He also physically turned into a ridiculous dwarf.
- In his final appearance in the original series, he was tall again, but still more neurotic than ever, and had also become seriously overweight.
- The Evronians also decayed over time, from (relatively) genuinely intimidating and alien monstrosities in the early issues to borderline comic-relief villains with Chronic Backstabbing Disorder. This trend probably reached its apogee in "Phase Two" and then reversed somewhat.
- Villain Episode: PKNA #30, "Phase Two", centers much more around the Evronians and Two than the heroes.
- Villain Team-Up: Two forms an alliance with Evron in PKNA #30. It doesn't last for long.
- Villains Want Mercy: Trauma in Issue #10 actually begs Paperinik for mercy◊ after the duck valiantly fights off the villain's fear inducing abilities (see trope icon above) and Paperinik spares his life... AFTER noting how pathetic Trauma's acting.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Paperinik and Xadhoom are a type 1, with Xadhoom as the offender. However, this is already a good thing, considering she seems always angry at the rest of the universe.
- We Come in Peace — Shoot to Kill: The Evronians did it with Xerba, as the Xerbian orbital defenses were too powerful for a frontal assault.
- They did it again with Earth, though it was for the opposite reason: no orbital defences, but earthlings are far too determined to be defeated by a small scout fleet, and assembling a bigger fleet would be impratical.
- We Have Reserves: The Evronian Emperor and officials are more than happy to send their soldiers to die against Xadhoom to buy time and prepare their traps for her.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Fairfax, kinda. Fighting overpopulation with the creation of a new continent... and the destruction of the West Coast in the process. By Might and Power, however, he's entered Motive Decay, as he collaborates with the Evronians and lays the foundation for the transformation of Earth into a Worldship.
- Geena is a deconstruction: she wants to (change history to made droids equal to humans, even going as far as destroying the only safe way to keep an eye on history). However, after seeing the actual results (in the future she created, machines think of themselves as superior, and a war is about to explode), she sacrifices herself to stop it.
- Wham Episode: "The Xadhoom Trilogy": we learn that Xari, Xadhoom's boyfriend, has been working with the Evronians to capture her; find the missing ship of the surviving Xerbians, who found a way to invert the effects of coolflamization; the Evronian homeworld is destroyed and Xadhoom transforms herself into a sun to save her people.
- The first issue of PK2: Everett returns from Dhasam-bul, deactivates One, kicks Paperinik out of Ducklair Tower, learns his secret identity and reveals his daughter is in suspended animation.
- From the Ultimate Universe reboot, issues 25 "Frontal Assault" and 26 "The Warrior King". The Evronians pull out all the stops and launch a massive attack on Earth, forcing the Guardians to send all the agents they can.
- Wham Line: "The Emperor will respect his promise! You can count on it, Doctor Xari!"
- What Happened to the Mouse?: there was an Evronian invasion fleet hidden in the asteroid belt, yet by the time we last see the Evronians nobody speaks of it anymore. Stories after Might and Power may change this however, since the authors have stated that while Grrodon's menace on Earth has been defused, those were far from being that last Evronians that may pose a threat.
- At the end of PKNA #9 The Springs of The Moon, it is revealed that Evronian general Zargon is Not Quite Dead. Unfortunately, we'll never hear about him again.
- In The End of the World (a special issue telling the Evronian invasion of Xerba) it's shown counsellor Xarion, the last survivor of the Xerbian evacuation ship Antra, managed to arrive on Earth with a database of the ships of the Evronian fleet. At the end of the issue he discovered that PK had accidentally ruined the support of his database, so he announced his intention to repair his shuttle and return on the Antra to recover another copy, but he never appeared again.
- There was also the fanatical Nebula Faraday from PKNA #7. The end of the story hinted at a future appearance but she was never seen again... Until 2014's Might and Power, where we learn that she's been a main player in the Evronian resurgence. At the end of the storyline, however, the trope happens again with her! She flees from the base at Cape Dominion and we see the air force is attacking the fleeing Evronian ships, but we don't get to know how it ended there.
- What Is This Thing You Call Love?: Gorthan shows a growing interest for human emotions and culture, to the point he develops an autonomous personality (and studies Shakespeare). This gets him in trouble with his hive-minded, militaristic kin.
- What If?: The last issue of the first series, which is in fact titled "If..." Using Everett with a magic book as a Deus ex Machina, it explores the consequences of the events of #1, 2 and 3 had things gone differently.
- The miniseries PK Universe, started in January 2014, answers the question: "What if Paperinik had to fight the Evronians without One's assistance?"
- What the Hell, Hero?: Evronians reproduce by depositing 'spores' (actually 1-meter large vegetal-like blobs) on the worlds they conquer (or are attacking), and said spores, while gifted with formidable defenses against natural predators, are nothing more than defenseless fetuses against anyone equipped with ranged weapons. Yet, Paperinik, Xadhoom and the US Army have burned them down in more than one occasion.
- This was actually called out by Zondag in the Alternate Universe Ultimate Continuity, when he denounces a slaughter of billions of defenseless spores as the worse crime of the super soldiers created by the Guardians of the Galaxy.
- This is actually a Necessary Evil: due how fast Evronians go from being spores to be fully functional, indoctrinated and trained warriors (about a couple months as spores, and then a week before the warriors are adults), Paperinik and the US Army consider leaving those spores alone akin to having a sizeable enemy contingent behind the lines ready to attack at the worst possible moment, as it actually happened twice. Xadhoom, on the other hand, considers it payback.
- Might and Power shows exactly what happens when you leave the spores unattended and an Evronian with general-level smarts get to them: the Evronian conquest of Earth. So yeah...
- Who's Laughing Now?: The character of Paperinik was originally created as Donald's way to get back at everyone who laughed at him, and committed various acts over the boundaries of legality (starting with stealing Scrooge's money-filled mattress while he was sleeping on it) to humiliate Donald's foes. While toned down in this series, remnants of that characterization are still present, especially in his dealings with Angus (like casually framing Angus for breaking in a bank as payback for letting himself being used by the Raider).
- Winged Unicorn: Show up in PKNA #5 as part of the attractions of Odin Eidolon's park in 23rd Century Duckburg.
- Women Are Wiser: With the possible exception of Lyla Lay (and even that is debatable) this comic is mostly an inversion of this trope: Paperinik and One must act as rationable and level-headed yins to Xadhoom's brash, angry and irruent yang, while Everett is way more in control than his daughters and an infinitely better parent than his wife.
- World of Action Girls: Perhaps to make up for the less than stellar female protagonists of Disney comics before, but this series goes all out: Xadhoom, Lyla Lay, Mary Ann Flagstarr, Tempest Gale, Birgit Q, Korinna...
- Worst News Judgment Ever: Angus, because of the above mentioned parodying. The big difference is that basically no one believes his farfetched theories about Paperinik being the bad guy.
Angus: "No wonder. Even an idiot would've noticed a connection between Paperinik's actions and the crime escalation!"
Newscopter pilot: "Yeah! YOU were the first to say that."
- Writers Suck: PKNA #15, Camera/Action: thanks to Sam Plot they make fun of the whole category.
- The Worf Effect: The Humongous Mecha of the Stalhburg army is destroyed in a single shot by the Centurion cruiser.
- Yandere: Tyrrel Duckard will do anything to get back together with Lyla: if that includes deleting the time-space continuity or brutally forcing her, he will do it.
- You Fight Like a Cow: PK is good at this when it comes to quipping during combat.
- You Have Failed Me: Frequently employed by the Evronian Emperor or Evronian generals.
- Your Mom: Or, at least, One-Of-Your-Close-Female-Relatives:
The Raider:"I didn't know there were mutants in this period!"
Paperinik:"Your aunt is a mutant, big guy!"