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'''''Duck Dodgers''''' is a 2003-2005 animated TV series based off the classic 1953 WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes short, ''WesternAnimation/DuckDodgersInTheTwentyFourthAndAHalfCentury'', by Creator/ChuckJones. The series aired on Creator/CartoonNetwork.

It was especially notable among WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes properties as the main star was not WesternAnimation/BugsBunny, but WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck, as Captain Duck Dodgers: a SmallNameBigEgo now forced into full-on GeniusDitz mode as the noble defender of the Galactic Protectorate... while still being kind of a {{jerkass}}. All of which led to the unusual situation of the main character filling the role of both TheHero and TheMillstone, as nearly half the situations to be resolved were directly Dodgers' fault to begin with.

He is paired with WesternAnimation/PorkyPig, who reprises his role as the sensible competent and [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Eager Young Space Cadet]]. The show also stars returning opponent Marvin the Martian as IneffectualSympatheticVillain Commander X-2.

''Duck Dodgers'' also had several cameos by established Looney Tunes stars with appropriate science-fiction trappings ([[WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteAndTheRoadRunner Wile E. Coyote]] plays a very obvious ''Franchise/{{Predator}}'' {{homage}} in one episode), often using them to lampoon or satirize the very genre they were portraying in classic Looney Tunes style. The episode "The Green Loontern" is notable for featuring the Franchise/GreenLantern characters from Creator/DCComics after Duck Dodgers accidentally gets Hal Jordan's outfit at the cleaners. Notably, this episode turned out so popular that Daffy as the Green Loontern is a playable character in ''[[VideoGame/LegoAdaptationGame LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham]]'', with Joe Alaskey reprising his role as the duck.

Despite its short shelf life, this show managed to gain a widespread and devoted fanbase, largely for pulling off exactly what more ambitious attempts at modernizing the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes could not: Convey their distinctive brand of, well, looniness into an entirely different genre.

The first two seasons have finally been released on DVD compilations.
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!!''Duck Dodgers'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* AbusiveParents: Implied with X-2 in a couple of episodes, bizarrely. His dad apparently used to dangle him off balconies for the sake of publicity. This appears to be the source of his fear of heights.
-->'''Ozmo:''' A father is worth one hundred schoolmasters.\\
'''X-2:''' (''wipes away tear'') Oh, father...
* AchievementsInIgnorance: In 'Enemy Yours', Dodgers (BecomingTheMask of 'the benevolent Lord Destructocon') saves the day by shooting lasers from his eyes. Seconds later, he doesn't remember any such ability.
--> '''Queen Tyrah'nee:''' I didn't know you could shoot laser beams from your eyes.
--> '''Dodgers:''' Shoot ''what'' beams from my ''where!?''
* AffectionateParody: Of sci-fi as a whole, and with [[ShoutOut shout outs]] to specific franchises. The show's name is a parody of the sci-fi character ComicStrip/BuckRogers.
* ArgumentOfContradictions: In "Of Course You Know This Means War and Peace", between Dodgers and Commanders X-2 and Z-9 after their MistakenForGay moments.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: "Let me tell you a story, Commander. A story of betrayal and lies, and a woman's heart torn asunder. Let me tell you of a consort's throne left vacant, a bridal chamber left barren, and a reception hall left filled with them big shrimp." (The Martian Queen, after Dodgers dropped her like a hot potato ''on their wedding day''.)
* AnimatedActors: Kind of. The opening credits establish that Daffy, Porky and Marvin are "playing" Dodgers, the Cadet, and the Martian Commander. It gets weirder in the final clip of the show, where Dodgers and Cadet meet their very own real-life voice actors.
* AsHimself: Just a few at first, but more as the show progressed.
** [[Music/TheBeachBoys Brian Wilson]]
** The members of Music/{{Megadeth}}
** Also "TV's Ed [=McMahon=]!"
** Music/TomJones shows up as himself in one episode so that Dodgers can "borrow" his voice for a talent show.
** A variant for Riders in the Sky, who appear in the show as... animatronic robots built in imitation of Riders in the Sky.
* AttractiveBentGender: Pork...er, Eager Young Space Cadet, especially in "Duck Deception".
** Averted by Dodgers himself, who has to resort to bribing the guards instead.
* AudienceWhatAudience: In one episode, after X-2 engages in some exposition, the Centurions ask who he's talking to. When X-2 says the audience is watching them, the Centurions think he's crazy and mock him.
* AxCrazy: The Cadet, under the influence of [[GreenRocks moognesium]] in "Pig of Action", is fearless.
* BadassInCharge: Duck Dodgers, being the main leader.
* BalefulPolymorph: "Pig of Action" -- the effect of [[GreenRocks elephantanium]].
* BareYourMidriff: Tyr'ahnee, in her standard outfit.
* BigBad: Martian Commander X-2/Marvin.
* BigNo: Space Cadet's reaction to Duck idiotically exposing himself to the incredibly dangerous pollen of the ''ferocious octogerius'' blossom in "Duck Codgers."
* BilingualBonus: The planet "The Menace of Maninsuit" takes place on is called "Ipponno", Pig Latin for "Nippon" (itself Japanese for, well, ''Japan'').
** "Captain Soleil" which means "Captain Sun" is French.
* [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe Black-Skinned Space Babe]]: Queen Tyr'ahnee.
* BrainBleach: Requested by I.Q. Hi twice in "Lame Duck Mind". He first asks Manobrain if he can erase their memory of the contents of Dodger's mind. Manobrain assures him that he can wipe their memories the second they leave Dodger's brain. The second occurs when they achieve their objective of rescuing the President of Space, only to find that he'd passed the time trapped in his closet dressing in his wife's clothing. In that instance, it is no sooner asked then granted.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Lots.
** Including this gem from "Invictus Interruptus":
-->(''Dodgers has just been sat on by [=EYSC=]'')\\
'''Dodgers:''' I knew I should've cast Speedy Gonzales as my sidekick.
** And:
-->'''X-2:''' Ah, another delusional fan trying to emulate the famous [[Film/ANewHope trench scene]]. How many lives must that accursed film claim?
** In Marvin's second solo cartoon, Dodgers explained Marvin was entitled to one per season. However, while the series had more than two seasons, Marvin never gained a third solo cartoon. Also, a Martian rabbit Marvin was hunting stated he now knew "why WesternAnimation/BugsBunny turned this cameo down".
** When Dodgers and the Cadet are being chased by the MonsterOfTheWeek:
-->'''Cadet:''' But I'm sure he's going after the core!
-->'''Duck Dodgers:''' No, he's not.
-->'''Cadet:''' You don't even watch this show, do you?
* CallBack: In the very first episode, we have the Eager Young Space Cadet exiting the bathroom, gasping for air, "What DOES he do in that bathroom?" Now cut to the season two finale, as Queen Tyr'ahnee exits the same bathroom, also gasping for breath, "What DOES Dodgers do in that bathroom?!"
* CaptainSpaceDefenderOfEarth: Dodgers is one of a number of Protectorate Captains, though.
* ChainmailBikini: While the Queen of Mars evokes this trope with her ''court'' apparel, when she actually gears up for war (or... duck hunting) she dons full armor.
* ClipShow: Averted in "Deconstructing Dodgers", where incidents from previous episodes are clearly alluded to, but the events shown are actually "outtakes" from the mentioned episodes... plus a few other scenes with no context whatsoever.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Dodgers. In one episode we get to see inside his mind and he still makes no more sense than before.
* ConspicuousCG: The ships, Martian robots, the car chase scenes, and (of course) the ''Iron Giant'' parody moments. Conspicuous or not, the space dogfights are actually pretty impressive uses of CG.
* CourtroomEpisode: Dodgers has to stand trial in the very first episode. He surprisingly displays a considerable knowledge of law by invoking a treaty to allow him to summon the Queen of Mars to testify and bring video evidence to prove his innocence. (Revisited much later, when it's the Eager Young Space Cadet on trial.)
* CrazyPrepared: According to "Talent Show A Go Go", Dodgers carries exploding brownies and cheese danishes in his pockets at all times.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Dodgers may be the king of this trope, but it only '''starts''' there.
* DeadlineNews: In the episode "The Fudd", a news anchor reporting on the [[ZombieApocalypse Fudd apocalypse]] is [[KilledMidSentence transformed mid-sentence.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Carrying on from the original cartoon, this is the Eager Young Space Cadet's duty.
--> '''Space Cadet:''' D-don't you want y-your soul enriched? Or at least l-l-located?
* DefaceOfTheMoon: "Duck Deception" starts with Dodgers draining his ship's energy core after using his lasers to write "Duck Dodgers rules!" on a random natural satellite.
* DisapprovingLook: I.Q. gets this from both the Cadet and Dodgers in "I See Duck People" when the latter two see him eating a banana while looking for ghosts.
* DisguisedInDrag
** In classic ''Looney Tunes'' style, Dodgers does this in an attempt to seduce a few guards. It doesn't work anywhere near as well as it did in the old shorts, though. [[spoiler:He gets through anyway by bribing the guards.]]
** Also, the Cadet's disguises in "Big Bug Mamas" and "Duck Deception", which do work. And in the latter case, he [[BecomingTheMask gets into his role a bit too much]].
** X-2 has a moment of this with the Centurion robots in "Of Course You Know This Means War and Peace pt. 2".
* DittoAliens: Partially averted. There are at least ''six'' different and distinct types of Martians seen: tall humanoids (Tyr'ahnee and Z-9), short humanoids (X-2), canine (K-9), avian (Instant Martians), cyborg (Dish) and droid (Centurions). However, when multiple Martian commanders of the 'tall' type are seen, they do all, in fact, look alike. [[note]]While both the Instant Martians and Centurions ''also'' all look alike, this is {{justified|Trope}} due to obvious genetic engineering for the former and mass production for the latter.[[/note]] As a counterweight, outside of the military, civilian Martians clearly dress individually.
* TheDogIsAnAlien: Commander K-9.
* [[HumanPopsicle Duck Popsicle]]: Dodgers' backstory, as fitting for a ComicStrip/BuckRogers parody.
* EnemyMine: Despite generally hating each other, Dodgers and X-2 sometimes team-up against a common foe. (X-2 and Eager Young Space Cadet are a better fit personality-wise.)
* EnfantTerrible: Baby-Faced Moonbeam.
* EpicFail: If Dodgers succeeds, he does so stupendously: if he fails...
--> '''Space Cadet:''' He's w-wearing a personal flotation device and the wu-water's only a foot deep! How can he s-sink?
--> '''Ancient Master:''' He sink because he ''poor student!''
* EvenEvilHasStandards
** [[CriminalDoppelganger Drake Darkstar]] says that Dodgers selling Cadet's sister to the sausage factory is "cold". Drake himself was openly threatening the Cadet with ''cannibalism'' earlier in the episode, but even ''he'' won't let some things slide.
** The Martian Queen may suggest stealing cybernetic technology. She may even allow the kidnapping of citizens. But when Doctor Maniac demonstrates questionable levels of competence prior to the operation on Jamie Winters, she considers it an ethical line a bit too far.
-->'''Martian Queen:''' Perhaps we should rethink this.\\
'''Jamie Winters:''' I'm with her.
* TheFaceless: The Martians; much like Marvin himself, the Queen lacks a mouth. The Centurion MechaMook forces have no face at all, just a single eye.
* FaceRevealingTurn: During "The Fudd", Dodgers comes to I.Q. High to talk, only for the doctor to turn, revealing a Fudd face.
* FakeUltimateHero: Dodgers, to the point that the Martian Queen believes all actions of Dodgers are [[ObfuscatingStupidity part of a cunning ploy]] and has since developed romantic feelings for him based on his reputation. Helped by the fact that he does actually have [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass moments of astounding competence]] at times.
* {{Fanservice}}: Queen Tyr'ahnee is an homage to the pulp trope, "hostile space queen succumbing to the manly Earthling's charms." (Except the Earthling isn't manly and has no charm.)
** The fanservice was turned up for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zr0Lm_Q-oj8 her performance of "Blues in the Night" in a strapless dress and arm-length gloves]], parodying Jessica Rabbit's performance in ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit''. The whistling and catcalling from the audience members parody ''RedHotRidingHood''.
** Then there is the meeting with the assassins, which took place in a sauna for no reason other than to see the queen wearing a form fitting towel.
* FemmeFatale: Tyr'ahnee, Queen of Mars.
* FightingWithChucks: Dodgers' favorite melee weapon seems to be a glowing nunchaku. Maybe supposed to be a LaserBlade version of them, although he has no trouble holding the glowing parts.
* FourFingeredHands: Even {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in "[[Film/TheMaskOfZorro The Mark of Xero]]".
* FriendlyEnemy: Dodgers and Commander X-2 seem to have this relationship at certain times: X-2 because his courtesy and helpfulness sometimes outweigh his hatred, and Dodgers because he keeps forgetting that what's-his-name over there hates him.
** Also Ignatious "I.Q" High and Queen Tyr'ahnee, who have a civil, sociable chat at a spaceport while their respective flights are delayed.
* GenderBlenderName: A DrillSergeantNasty named Creator/EmilyDickinson. In the 24½th Century, there's apparently no such thing as gender-specific naming... which doesn't stop [[FishOutOfTemporalWater Dodgers]] from laughing hysterically at the guy.
* GenreSavvy: The Space Cadet almost continuously. Other characters do get flashes of it, even Dodgers.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar
** "There is nothing I enjoy more than frolicking in a room full of hollow plastic balls." The line is spoken by Marvin to an in-drag Porky.
** The [[{{Gasshole}} Methane Farms]] of {{Uranus|IsShowing}}.
** From "Duck Deception", this comment where Dodgers says "Just have fun with this and let nature take its course" (considering the Cadet is in drag by this point) reaches a new level of "How'd that get through?"
** In "The Wrath of Canasta", when the saloon mistress introduces herself to Dodgers and Cadet, Cadet's drinking straw [[SomethingElseAlsoRises immediately gets upright.]]
** '''X-2:''' "I do hope he shoots me before he mounts me..."
** When K-9 is acting as caddy for X-2, he's told "Very good! You didn't even gag on the ball this time."
** "[[ComicBook/GreenLantern Green Loontern]]" has this line: "They gave me the wrong suit! Black vinyl and latex, and a freaky little mask. [[UsefulNotes/{{BDSM}} Who knows what this weirdo is into?]]"
** In another episode, after dodging a laser blast, Dodgers yells at his attacker: "Watch it, mohel. That was a near bris."
** From ''The Queen is Wild,'' Dodgers finds a holographic projector in the Cadet's bunk which suddenly switches on to reveal the Queen. "What are ''you'' doing in the Cadet's bed!?"
* GrandFinale: "Of Course You Know This Means War and Peace" was written as one. After a third season was green-lighted, "Bonafide Hero: Duck Dodgers" became the real one.
* GreenRocks: Seem to be common on the Klunkin homeworld, with the appearance of moognesium (turns the holder into an AxCrazy musclebound berserker) and [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin elephant]][[BalefulPolymorph anium]].
* HypercompetentSidekick: Eager Young Space Cadet, and everyone knows it. Dodgers may even admit it sometimes.
* IKnowMortalKombat: Dodgers readily admits that he learned most of his "hard sciences" from comic books.
* IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten: Used literally in "Pig of Action". It was the ceremonial appetizer of the Klunkins.
* IntercontinuityCrossover: One episode involves Dodgers accidentally joining the Franchise/GreenLantern Corps. Luckily for Dodgers, the Corps, and the very fabric of the universe, he's having one of his competent periods at the time.
* {{Jerkass}}: Dodgers, though he occasionally strays into PetTheDog territory, such as in "The Love of a Father". He sometimes even veers into VillainProtagonist. What kind of hero disrupts peace talks to end a 200-year-long war just to keep his 'space hero' job from becoming unnecessary?
* JumpingOnAGrenade: Cadet attempts this in "Duck Codgers". It never occurs to either him or Dodgers to simply throw the grenade elsewhere.
* KavorkaMan: Played for laughs. The GirlOfTheWeek is ''never'' interested in Duck Dodgers, but the Space Cadet tends to attract the ladies.
* KnightOfCerebus: Subverted with Sinestro. He initially looks like he'll be played as a serious villain, but when Dodgers meets him proves just as goofy as every other character in the show.
--> '''Dodgers:''' Wow! Up close, you really ''do'' look like the Devil.
--> '''Sinestro''' ''(glumly):'' I know. I get that a lot.
* LampshadeHanging: when Dodgers becomes a GreenLantern, he is amazed to be granted the power of flight. Cue a flock of regular black ducks flying behind him quacking.
* LegionOfDoom: Roboto, angry over Dodger's callous treatment of him, forms "The Legion of Duck Doom" in "Til Doom Do Us Part" consisting of several villains from past episodes... and Black Eel, who joined because he thought they were going to help defeat his nemesis [[CaptainErsatz Seaman]].
* LordErrorProne: Dodgers, possibly a trope namer (in the episode "MMORPD - Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Duck").
* MeaningfulName: Queen Tyr'ahnee. Though, to be fair, she's never shown doing anything especially tyrannical, and is actually quite popular with her subjects. Aside from the {{pun}}, the name may well be a ShoutOut to [[Literature/TheDarkElfTrilogy R.A. Salvatore's]] ''Drizzt'' series, since she's got the 'dark elf look' and Salvatore is mighty fond of combining apostrophes with a MeaningfulName.
* MechaMooks: Martian Centurions, though they all seem to have independent personalities.
* MetaphorIsMyMiddleName: Lampshaded in "The Wrath of Canasta":
-->'''Dodgers:''' "Danger" is my middle name!\\
'''Cadet:''' I th-th-thought your last name was Eugene.\\
'''Dodgers:''' I was speaking metaphorically!\\
'''Cadet:''' Oh, m-m-metaphorically.
* MidairBobbing: The Centurions.
* MistakenForGay: Dodgers mishears "loathe" as "love" when Marvin and Commander Z-9 say that about him.
* MrExposition: The Captain in [[Film/TheMaskOfZorro "The Mark of Xero"]].
* MsFanservice: Queen Tyr'ahnee. Ebony skin, silken white hair, a brass bikini top, see-through skirt, and frequent episodes of nightgowns and other fetishistic costumes? Yes, please!
* MushroomSamba: In the episode "[[ShoutOut Samurai Quack]]", Dodgers eats an unprepared [[PufferFish blow fish]], which results in this.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Tyr'ahnee (and Sinestro, during his guest episode). In keeping with the fifties sci-fi feel of the show, most secret projects, space battleships and such qualify either for this... or for FluffyTheTerrible.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: X-2 travels back in time to try and prevent Dodgers from going on the path to becoming the thorn in the Martians' side he is during the show, but his frustration with the idea he was wrong about Dodgers' past causing him to set him the path himself. Tyr'ahnee is less than amused when she learns this.
* NotDistractedByTheSexy: The Queen of Mars tends to reduce males to gaping buffoons, especially in the "Blues in the Night" sequence, but Duck Dodgers simply isn't interested.
* NotNowWereTooBusyCryingOverYou: In "Duck Codgers" and "I'm Gonna Get You, Fat Sucka". Played with in that Dodgers recognizes the Cadet the instant he turns up.
* NotSoDifferent: Duck Dodgers and X-2.
* ObliviousToLove: Played straight with X-2's feelings toward the Queen. Subverted for laughs in regards to the Queen's feelings toward Dodgers - when the Space Cadet spells out that she's fallen for him, Dodgers' only response is, "How can I use this as a tactical advantage?"
* OnlySaneMan
** I.Q. High sometimes gives off this vibe. Whereas most of the Protectorate is comically incompetent in some way, he's usually the beacon of reason.
** The Queen serves this role for the Martians, which is why most decisions and negotiations are made between the two of them, establishing a sort of FriendlyRivalry.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: They feed on fat instead of blood.
* PostKissCatatonia: Commander X-2 gets this twice in "Of Course You Know This Means War and Peace". After Tyr'ahnee kisses him, he's reduced to stumbling in a circle, making odd sounds.
* ThePowerOfRock: Dave Mustaine and Megadeth defeat the Martian Force in "In Space No-One Can Hear You Rock" at the rhythm of "Back in the Day", which is every bit as awesome as it sounds. Hell, even the Centurions look ready to throw up some horns if they could actually do so.
* PreAsskickingOneLiner: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JeGnQTQOURY Now I remember...]]
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: K'Chutha Sa'am (Yosemite Sam as a cameo) and the Klunkins (a very transparent homage to [[Franchise/StarTrek the Klingons]]).
-->'''Motto:''' ''No surrender, no prisoners, no kiddin'.''
* PublicDomainCharacter: Long John Silver XXIII (a fact actually {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in the episode).
* PunnyName: Counselor Dish. "Dish" used to be a term to describe an attractive woman, and as a {{fembot}}, she [[BuxomIsBetter certainly qualifies]].
* RaisedByWolves: Averted in the episode "In Space, No One Can Hear You Rock", where [[Music/{{Megadeth}} Dave Mustaine]] denies being raised by wolverines.
* RawEggsMakeYouStronger: In one flashback, Marvin tries to invoke this trope, but finds out that Dodgers loves raw eggs and that the way he drinks it is too disgusting for poor Martian eyes.
* ARiddleWrappedInAMysteryInsideAnEnigma: The Eager Young Space Cadet describes Duck Dodgers this way.
-->'''Cadet:''' He's so complicated, l-l-l-like a mystery wrapped in a r-r-r-riddle inside an enigma.\\
'''Manobrain:''' I'd say he's more like a halfwit wrapped in a hot dog bun inside a coloring book.
* RPGEpisode: The episode "MMORPD"
* RubberForeheadAliens: Used hilariously often, given that the animated medium makes this trope completely unnecessary. The best example of which is in the depictions of Martian wildlife, which is basically Earth wildlife with a green tint and some goofy antennae... sometimes an extra arm or two. "Goofy" is the word: apart from Agent K-9, who's a holdover from the original Marvin/Bugs cartoons, the most prominent examples are Martian gophers. Who are, of course, just the Goofy Gophers with the above alterations.
* RunningJoke: Prawns, although nobody seems to remember the real word for "them big shrimp."
* SensualSpandex: Another of Tyr'ahnee's outfits, certainly no less hot.
* ShesGotLegs: Tyr'ahnee; and the sheer skirt allows us to see them at all times.
* ShoutOut
** The second-to-last scene of "The Fowl Friend" is nearly a word-for-word copy of the second-to-last scene of ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant''. It's then repeated in a later episode just to rub it in.
** Porky's nephews and niece in "Pig Planet" are {{Expy}}s of [[WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}} Yakko, Wakko and Dot]]. Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell and Tress Macneille (the same voice actors) were brought in to provide voices for Porko, Puerco and Sow.
** In the [[RPGEpisode MMORPG episode,]] Daffy transforms into [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Beaky Buzzard,]] [[WesternAnimation/TazMania Axle Gator]], and [[WesternAnimation/WackyRaces Muttley]].
** The skins of some classic Creator/HannaBarbera characters are among Wile E. Coyote's trophies. Also a TakeThat.
** And we can't forget: "[[WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack Samurai Quack]]"
*** Including the main villain being a near-perfect expy of Aku, down to the same voice actor, the now-late Iwamatsu Mako.
*** ''Samurai Jack'' creator, Genndy Tartakovsky, also provided a short cameo for that episode.
** In the episode "Green Loontern", itself a shout out, a shot of the captured members of Green Lantern Corps has a brief cameo of what appears to be ''Franchise/MortalKombat'''s Raiden (which becomes [[HilariousInHindsight hilarity in hindsight]] after ''VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse''[[note]]although in the epilogue to that game it was Sonya who got the Green Lantern ring...[[/note]]).
** There's also [[Franchise/{{Halo}} The Fudd.]]
*** From the eponymous episode, the Cadet gets the idea to sneak them in by disguising themselves as the guards. When asked by X-2 if this plan will work, the Cadet answers that he's seen it work before. When asked by Dodgers where he's seen it work, he answers, "Film/TheWizardOfOz."
** In "K-9 Quarry" Marvin and K-9 are on a hunting trip and end up being hunted down by Wile E Coyote in a [[Film/{{Predator}} Predator]] suit. His trophy room is also filled with various Creator/HannaBarbera cartoon characters.
** The Martian Commander shares a voice actor with [[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} Zapp Brannigan]].
** In "The Trial of Duck Dodgers", Dodgers is about to bombard a Martian ship and "has only one pass at this." The Cadet tells him:
-->'''Cadet:''' [[Franchise/StarWars T-t-trust your feelings, Captain.]]\\
'''Dodgers:''' Nah, I'm pretty sure I'm gonna use this expensive targeting computer.
** One episode has a space prison called "Wantannaguannamo Bay".
** The end of one episode has a spurned Martian Queen shooting up mechanical dummies that look like Duck Dodgers, and drops the line: "So they're mechanical!" (with a connotation of "So what?") This is a reference to the end of the WesternAnimation/BugsBunny episode "Hair Raising Hare", where Bugs says this about a mechanical female rabbit.
** The episode "The Mark of Xero" is a shout out to both Franchise/{{Zorro}} and Daffy's previous role as ''WesternAnimation/TheScarletPumpernickel''.
** The intro began with the famous ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' rings.
*** And the ship-chase at the end of the intro is ''very'' similar to the chase at the end of the intro to ''Series/BlakesSeven''.
** In "Til Doom Do Us Part" the introduction of the Legion of Duck Doom is an exact copy of the opening credits to ''Challenge of the WesternAnimation/SuperFriends''.
** Queen Tyr'ahnee, in appearance and in name both, is [[Literature/TheDarkElfTrilogy suspiciously Drow-like]].
** The nebula battle in "The Queen is Wild" has moments that are taken shot for shot from ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan''.
** In another episode, we have a rapidly aging Dodgers and Cadet walking around to a tune that sounds like a dead ringer for ''Theatre/TheOddCouple'' theme.
** Another famous Loony Tune is referenced in "Of Course You Know This Means War And Peace pt. 1":
-->'''Queen Tyr'ahnee:''' Of course you know...this means war!
-->'''Dodgers:''' [[WesternAnimation/BugsBunny Eeeeeeeeeh... where have I heard]] ''[[WesternAnimation/BugsBunny that]]'' [[WesternAnimation/BugsBunny line before?]]
** The exchange between X-2 and Dish in "Of Course You Know This Means War And Peace pt. 2" is taken from ''Film/KillBill''.
*** In addition, Creator/QuentinTarantino guest stars in one episode, essentially playing Pai Mei from the same movie.
** The segments from season 1 episode 8 are named for ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'' and the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "Spock's Brain."
** When Z-9 orders [[{{Fembot}} Counselor Dish]] to eliminate Marvin, she replies with "By your command.", mirroring the inflections of the Cylon Lucifer from the original ''Series/BattlestarGalactica''.
** In one episode, when Dodgers is on a 'villain' kick, the Space Cadet is saddled with the name "Chaos Boy" and his FanDisservice uniform consists mostly of a hood with [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} the Chaos Star]] on it.
** When Dodgers runs out on the Martian Queen in "To Love a Duck", he says that it wasn't meant to be, but "[[Film/{{Casablanca}} we'll always have Paris]]".
** In one episode, Kelly Ripa stars as a StalkerWithACrush and then a scene from ''Film/FatalAttraction'' is referenced when a frightened Dodgers and Cadet find a pot full of rabbit stew simmering in the kitchen.
** Dodgers and Cadet are trying to use a [[Franchise/StarWars small ship to evade defenses built around a full scale assault]]. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by Commander X-2, "How many lives must that accursed movie claim?" Evidently, it wasn't the first time someone tried it either, as a Martian Centurion told the Commander what Dodgers was attempting, his response was, "[[OhNoNotAgain What, again?]]"
** The episode "Deathmatch Duck" is a WholePlotReference to the episode "Arena" from ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''. You know... Kirk and a man in a rubber suit in a fight to the death... that one.
* SpacePirates: Long John Silver XXIII.
* SpaceSailing
* SpotTheImposter: Parodied when it comes up.
* StalkerWithACrush: A female cadet who "replaces" the real cadet and has a rather [[{{Yandere}} unhealthy obsession]] with Dodgers himself.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: The Martian Queen wears a metal bra, an incredibly sheer skirt, slit up the side to [[ShesGotLegs show off her gams]], and absolutely no evidence of the standard bikini bottoms that usually accompany such a sci-fi outfit.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d at the end of the episode "Duck Departure":
-->'''Cadet:''' I was hoping to invite you back to the Protectorate. It hasn't been the same without you.\\
'''Dodgers:''' And it hasn't been the same without ''you''. Although, it's been eerily similar.
* TaughtByTelevision: Perhaps the only reason Dodgers knows ''anything'' at all.
* ThemeTune: It's hard to argue with the collision of Looney Tunes and ''Tom Jones''. Especially when the latter is backed by the Music/FlamingLips.
* ThirdPersonPerson: Roboto. Often in conjunction with ThatMakesMeFeelAngry.
* [[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks Throwing Your Gun Always Works]]
* TwistEnding: In "Where's Baby Smartypants", Dodgers was on a mission to protect and deliver Baby Ozmo because it was believed he would give a powerful peace speech at the council. [[spoiler:It turns out he was actually pro-war.]]
* TookALevelInDumbass: Duck Dodgers. While much of the humor in the original ''Duck Dodgers'' shorts relied on Dodgers thinking he's a great hero but in fact being a total failure, he wasn't a total {{Cloudcuckoolander}}. In this show, though...
* UnexplainedRecovery: Count Muerte has an unexplained recovery when he comes back for "Til Doom Do Us Part." Even he's baffled.
--> '''Count Muerte:''' Actually, the last thing I remember before this meeting was being turned into dust.
* TheUnfrozenCavemanLawyer. Dodgers, Dodgers, ''Dodgers.'' IQ High is WrongGenreSavvy when he unfreezes him, thinking he's found a 20th-century hero and expects him to be better at everything because he's from the past. He wises up pretty quick, but Dodgers still has his uses as [[NoOneElseIsThatDumb no one else in the 2250's is stupid enough]] to attempt some pretty crazy stunts. And [[CrazyEnoughToWork some of those stunts actually work]]. ''[[LoserProtagonist Some.]]''
* UniversalAdaptorCast
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: Duck Dodgers as usual.
* VillainessesWantHeroes: Tyr'ahnee, the Martian Queen to Dodgers. The degree of her villainous crush varies according to Rule of Funny, of course.
* VillainProtagonist: In some episodes Dodgers is this.
* TheVirus: In a parody of [[Franchise/{{Halo}} The Flood]], The Fudd turns people into stuttering, balding versions of themselves similar to Elmer Fudd. It turns out that alien technology merged with Elmer Fudd, so they could amass an army to [[LargeHam INVADE THE SUN!]] Yeah, there are obvious problems with this plan.
* VisualPun: In the theme song, the line, "Duck Dodgers, he's fighting tyranny," is timed with an image of the Martian Queen Tyr'ahnee.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Apparently, X-2. The promo image above doesn't do justice to what we see on TV, where the red shirt is ''not'' part of the uniform.
* WeCanRuleTogether
** "The Green Loontern" explores a certain direction the trope doesn't ordinarily cover.
-->'''Sinestro:''' There may even be a place for someone like you in my new reality. Join forces with me... or be obliterated.\\
'''Dodgers:''' [[SubvertedTrope Okay.]]\\
'''Sinestro:''' Don't be such a sanctimonious fool! You don't realise the -- did you say "okay"?\\
'''Dodgers:''' Yeah, sounds good to me. Ground floor of the new cosmic order, baby!\\
'''Sinestro:''' Really?\\
'''Dodgers:''' Oh, wait, you had the whole hero-villain seduction speech worked up, didn't'cha?\\
'''Sinestro:''' No, no! Well, maybe. A little.
** "Samurai Quack" also goes for a ''Franchise/StarWars'' ShoutOut. ("We can rule the galaxy as father and son.")
* WeWantOurJerkBack: "A Clean Bill of Health" is almost entirely about this.
* WholePlotReference: Season 1's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSTYjsejsVk K-9 "Kaddy"]], in which Marvin the Martian [[VillainsOutShopping plays golf]] while K-9 is terrorized by (Martian) gophers is a pretty direct riff on the WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse cartoon ''[[WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts Canine Caddy]]'', where Mickey plays golf as Pluto is terrorized by gophers. X-2's even wearing Mickey shorts.
* WimpFight: Dodgers and X-2 get into a slap fight at the peace conference when Dodgers keeps thinking X-2 is saying he loves him.[[note]]He ''loathed'' him...[[/note]]
* WireDilemma: Dodgers once had to disarm a bomb set by someone who, believing Dodgers would follow the cliché of cutting the red wire, set it to explode once it was cut. Dodgers, not knowing the red wire custom, cut the blue one, disarming the bomb. His would-be killer, furious Dodgers wouldn't cut the red wire as per tradition, [[WhatAnIdiot did it instead.]]
* WomanScorned: After Dodgers dumped her on the eve of their wedding, the Martian Queen didn't initially take it very well.
-->'''Martian Queen:''' But now, I will have my richly deserved revenge. I will humiliate Duck Dodgers, as he humiliated me. And when the wretch begs for mercy, he will receive naught but the heel of my foot, and my laugh of bitter contempt.
* WorthyOpponent: X-2 considers Eager Young Space Cadet to be this (and vice-versa) - they actually work together very well when something comes up to make them cooperate.
* WouldHurtAChild: Subverted. X-2 will threaten to harm a child, but the moment said child begins crying, he'll reassure them that it's just an empty threat.
* WritingAroundTrademarks: Steve Boston and Jamie Winters, {{Captain Ersatz}}es of [[Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan Steve Austin]] and [[Series/TheBionicWoman Jaime Sommers]].
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