Western Animation / Duck Dodgers

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Duck Dodgers is a 2003-2005 animated TV series based off the classic 1953 Looney Tunes short, Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century, by Chuck Jones. The series aired on Cartoon Network.

It was especially notable among Looney Tunes properties as the main star was not Bugs Bunny, but Daffy Duck, as Captain Duck Dodgers: a Small Name, Big Ego now forced into full-on Genius Ditz 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 The Hero and The Millstone, as nearly half the situations to be resolved were directly Dodgers' fault to begin with.

He is paired with Porky Pig, who reprises his role as the sensible competent and Eager Young Space Cadet. The show also stars returning opponent Marvin the Martian as Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain Commander X-2.

Duck Dodgers also had several cameos by established Looney Tunes stars with appropriate science-fiction trappings (Wile E. Coyote plays a very obvious 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 Green Lantern characters from DC Comics 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 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 Looney Tunes could not: conveying their distinctive brand of, well, looniness into an entirely different genre.

The first two seasons have finally been released on DVD compilations.

Duck Dodgers provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Abusive Parents: 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...
  • Achievements in Ignorance: In 'Enemy Yours', Dodgers (Becoming the Mask 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!?
  • Adaptational Badass: Duck Dodgers in this show has had more triumphs, combat skill, and even moments of competences compared to the original shorts.
  • Affectionate Parody: Of sci-fi as a whole, and with shout outs to specific franchises. The show's name is a parody of the sci-fi character Buck Rogers.
  • Almost Kiss: In the RPG Episode, Dodgers nearly kissed the beautiful princess when the connection was terminated.
  • Arch-Enemy: Dodgers is shocked to learn that X-2 doesn't even consider him as his archenemy, as he isn't even on his 10 top list. X-2 then leave to confront his longtime enemy, Dr. Woe. Dodgers spend the whole episode trying to upstage Dr. woe and be on X-2 top 10 list. In the end, it pays off as later in the series, X-2 do acknowledge Dodgers as his arch-nemesis.
  • Art Shift: The Samurai Quack Mushroom Samba segment is done in a different style, taken straight from Samurai Jack.
  • Argument of Contradictions: In "Of Course You Know This Means War and Peace", between Dodgers and Commanders X-2 and Z-9 after their Mistaken for Gay moments.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: "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.)
  • Animated Actors: 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.
  • As Himself: Just a few at first, but more as the show progressed.
    • Brian Wilson
    • The members of Megadeth
    • Also "TV's Ed McMahon!"
    • Tom Jones 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.
  • Ass Kicking Pose: Dish make karate-like movements to intimidate Commander X-2's and his Instant Martians. However, the Instant Martians also show off their martial arts skills and are outnumbering her at least 7 to 1. Unfortunately for Commander X-2 and the Instant Martians, Dish end being the superior combatant.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: Pork...er, Eager Young Space Cadet, especially in "Duck Deception".
    • Averted by Dodgers himself, who has to resort to bribing the guards instead.
    • X-2 in "Of Course You Know This Means War and Peace" - according to the Centurions, anyway.
  • Audience? What Audience?: 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.
  • Ax-Crazy: The Cadet, under the influence of moognesium in "Pig of Action", is fearless.
  • Back for the Finale: Several season 3 characters make a come back for the finale: Cpt. Soleil, Dr. Maniac, Big Foot, Steve and Jamie, Dave Mustaine, Rona Vipra and Happy Cat.
  • Badass In Charge: Duck Dodgers, being the main leader.
  • Bad Boss: While Dodgers has a fondness and do care for Cadet, he truly is a horrible boss. Dodgers not only mistreat the Cadet, he do little work as possible and gives everything to the poor little guy.
  • Baleful Polymorph: "Pig of Action" — the effect of elephantanium.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Tyr'ahnee, in her standard outfit.
  • Beard of Evil: Long John Silver, the space pirate, sport a long red beard.
  • Beauty Contest: The series finale revealed that Queen Tyrah'nee was a former Miss Mars.
  • Berserk Button: Bounty Hunter Rona Vipra hate to be reminded of being a former wrestler. Best to mention it to her if you don't want to get shot.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: When Cadet is betrayed by Dodgers and sent to prison for life, he snapped. Cadet overrule all the inmates into submission and they are all dead afraid of him. Even Star Johnson is freaked out.
  • Big Bad: Martian Commander X-2/Marvin.
  • Big "NO!": Space Cadet's reaction to Duck idiotically exposing himself to the incredibly dangerous pollen of the ferocious octogerius blossom in "Duck Codgers." And again when Duck idiotically consumes the extremely toxic Telosian puffer-fish in "Samurai Quack."
  • Bilingual Bonus: 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.
  • Black-Skinned Space Babe: Queen Tyr'ahnee.
  • Brain Bleach: 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 than granted.
  • Brainy Baby: The episode "Where's Baby Smartypants?" has a baby philosopher who is considered the only person that could mediate peace talks between the most warlike races in the galaxy. Dodgers actually stands in for him and does quite well ... then the real philosopher gets them all riled up again.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: 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 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 Bugs Bunny turned this cameo down".
    • When Dodgers and the Cadet are being chased by the Monster of the Week:
      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?
  • Bring It: After Dish kicked all the Instant Martians asses, she goads Commander X-2 into fighting her. He wisely decided to run away.
  • Call Back: 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?!"
  • Captain Space, Defender of Earth!: Dodgers is one of a number of Protectorate Captains, though.
  • Cats Are Mean: There are many kittens in the series and they all end up clawing Dodgers.
  • Chainmail Bikini: 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.
  • Clip Show: 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.
    • Dr. Maniac. He can't say a single coherent thing and isn't even a doctor.
  • Conspicuous CG: 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.
  • Courtroom Episode: 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.)
  • Crazy-Prepared: According to "Talent Show A Go Go", Dodgers carries exploding brownies and cheese danishes in his pockets at all times.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Dodgers may be the king of this trope, but it only starts there.
  • Cute Kitten: The show has many cute adorable little kittens. Unfortunately for Dodgers, they all hate his guts.
  • Deadline News: In the episode "The Fudd", a news anchor reporting on the Fudd apocalypse is transformed mid-sentence.
  • Deadpan Snarker: 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?
  • Deface of the Moon: "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.
  • Disapproving Look: 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.
  • Disguised in Drag
    • 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. 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 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".
  • Ditto Aliens: 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  As a counterweight, outside of the military, civilian Martians clearly dress individually.
  • Dope Slap: Royal slap his Roy's back of the head whenever he say or do something stupid.
  • The Dog Is an Alien: Commander K-9.
  • Duck Popsicle: Dodgers' backstory, as fitting for a Buck Rogers parody.
  • Enemy Mine: 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.)
  • Enfant Terrible: Baby-Faced Moonbeam.
  • Epic Fail: 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!
  • Even Evil Has Standards
    • 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.
  • Evil Laugh: Parodied on many occasions.
    Party goer: (Shriek)
    Long John Silver: (sinister laugh)
    Party goer: Were you laughing at me?
    Long John Silver: Um...
    Party goer: Were you?!
    Long John Silver: Well, you see, um, I didn't meant nothin' by. It's just a pirate thing I knew.
    • When the Legion of Duck Doom debated on how to get revenge on Dodgers, Roboto says he has a plan and start laughing maniacally, followed by every villain in the room laughing... until Sa'am wonders what the hell were they laughing about.
  • The Faceless: The Martians; much like Marvin himself, the Queen lacks a mouth. The Centurion Mecha-Mook forces have no face at all, just a single eye.
  • Face Palm: The Cadet does it a handful of time when Dodgers' antics are too much to handle.
  • Face-Revealing Turn: During "The Fudd", Dodgers comes to I.Q. High to talk, only for the doctor to turn, revealing a Fudd face.
  • Fake Static: Cpt. Soleil called Dodgers and challenged his claims that he captured Camonan. Dodgers realized that his lies were a inch from being uncovered, so he made some fake static noises with his mouth and terminated the transmission with her.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: Dodgers, to the point that the Martian Queen believes all actions of Dodgers are 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 moments of astounding competence at times.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Dodgers is assigned to guard duty and must lookout for the Serpenti gang. When the Serpenti showed up, he fail to recognize them despite the fact that he had a very good photo of them.
  • 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.)
  • Femme Fatale: Tyr'ahnee, Queen of Mars.
  • Fictional Currency: The astro dollars. Oddly, Martians don't seem to have their own currency and also use astro dollars.
  • Fighting with Chucks: Dodgers' favorite melee weapon seems to be a glowing nunchaku. Maybe supposed to be a Laser Blade version of them, although he has no trouble holding the glowing parts.
  • Forever War: The war between Earth and Mars has been ongoing for more than 200 years. In the season 2 finale, it looks like peace will be brokered between the two, at least until Dodgers sabotaged the peace process. They settled for a truce that lasted for months and it returned to full-fldeged war at the end of the season 3 opener.
  • Four-Fingered Hands: Even lampshaded in "The Mark of Xero".
  • Frankenstein's Monster: Dodgers created one using I.Q's lab. He goes on a rampage at the end of the episode. Nearly all the tropes on that page are found in the episode.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: The standard energy weapon of the universe.
  • Friendly Enemy: 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.
  • Funny Background Event: While interviewing the Cadet, a monkey in a cage is mocking him and show a sign to be set free. In the very same episode, while X-2 is being interviewed, the Centurion robots are trying to get all the attention by showing signs and waving.
  • Gender-Blender Name: A Drill Sergeant Nasty named Emily Dickinson. In the 24½th Century, there's apparently no such thing as gender-specific naming... which doesn't stop Dodgers from laughing hysterically at the guy.
  • Genre Savvy: The Space Cadet almost continuously. Other characters do get flashes of it, even Dodgers.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • "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 Methane Farms of Uranus.
    • 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 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."
    • "Green Loontern" has this line: "They gave me the wrong suit! Black vinyl and latex, and a freaky little mask. 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!?"
  • Glory Seeker: Duck Dodgers wants nothing more than increasing his prestige and will do anything for it, even if it means doing something wrong or against regulations.
  • The Guards Must Be Crazy: On the Space Pirates' ship, one sentinel guarding the door leading to the disappearo device was sleeping on the job. Dodgers then use an axe to break down the door. The awoken sentinel complained that the door was stuck again. He promptly snatched the axe from Dodgers' hands, tore down the door and then went back to sleep.
  • Grand Finale: "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.
  • Green Rocks: Seem to be common on the Klunkin homeworld, with the appearance of moognesium (turns the holder into an Ax-Crazy musclebound berserker) and elephantanium.
  • Happy Ending Override: Season 2 ended with a truce between Earth and Mars as well as the beginning of a romantic relationship between Commander X-2 and Tyrah'nee. Because a new season was ordered, Earth and Mars went back to war and Commander X-2 and Tyrah'nee split up.
  • Hidden Depths: X-2 is a novice gourmet chef, sculpt clay unicorns and loves singing.
  • How We Got Here: The whole episode Castle High is this. I.Q. Hi assigned Dodgers to guard his family castle, minus the Cadet. As he walks down the Castle's path to a taxi, he realized he forgot his notes and return to fetch them. To his shock, he found his castle in ruins and demanded answers from Dodgers who recount the whole episode.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Eager Young Space Cadet, and everyone knows it. Dodgers may even admit it sometimes.
  • Hypocritical Humor: At the beginning of "The Spy Who Didn't Love Me", Dodgers shows up two hours late for a meeting, claiming that he was at his grandmother's funeral (who has already been dead for 200 years). Later in the episode, when Dodgers discovers that his secret agent is late, he is furious and asks, "What kind of a jerk shows up two hours late?!" and refers to the agent as a "knucklehead" (until Dodgers finds out she looks like).
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: Dodgers readily admits that he learned most of his "hard sciences" from comic books.
  • If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten: Used literally in "Pig of Action". It was the ceremonial appetizer of the Klunkins.
  • Inexplicably Tailless: The Cadet doesn't have his curly tail sticking out, unless when he's showering in one episode, and a couple episodes have him getting a wedgie, prompting his tail to show.
  • Intercontinuity Crossover: One episode involves Dodgers accidentally joining the Green Lantern Corps. Luckily for Dodgers, the Corps, and the very fabric of the universe, he's having one of his competent periods at the time.
  • Is This Thing Still On?: During the end credits of the series finale, Tyr'ahnee say to herself that she still loves Dodgers, but add that he'll never find out. She then notice the camera and wonder if it's on.
  • I Will Show You X: Cadet's response to Dodgers ordering him to check his bathroom for "what's giving off that funky smell" in "The Trial of Duck Dodgers".
    Cadet: (walking off) I'll give him a funky smell...
  • Jerkass: Dodgers, though he occasionally strays into Pet the Dog territory, such as in "The Love of a Father", where he actually cares for the criminal resembling a child he adopts as his son and is even distraught when he loses him. He sometimes even veers into Nominal Hero territory. What kind of hero disrupts peace talks to end a 200-year-long war just to keep his 'space hero' job from becoming unnecessary?
  • Jumping on a Grenade: Cadet attempts this in "Duck Codgers". It never occurs to either him or Dodgers to simply throw the grenade elsewhere.
  • Kavorka Man: Played for laughs. The Girl of the Week is never interested in Duck Dodgers, but the Space Cadet tends to attract the ladies.
  • Knight of Cerebus: 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.
  • Lampshade Hanging: when Dodgers becomes a Green Lantern, he is amazed to be granted the power of flight. Cue a flock of regular black ducks flying behind him quacking.
  • Laser Blade: Many energy blades weapons are used with laser sabers and laser scimitars being the most common.
  • Like a Duck Takes to Water: Dodgers, Dodgers, Dodgers. IQ High is Wrong Genre Savvy 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 no one else in the 2250's is stupid enough to attempt some pretty crazy stunts. And some of those stunts actually work. Some.
  • Legion of Doom: 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 Seaman.
  • Lord Error-Prone: Dodgers, possibly a trope namer (in the episode "MMORPD - Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Duck").
  • Mad Scientist: Dr. Woe. Dodgers also became one he mess around I.Q. Hi's castle and created a Frankenstein's monster.
  • Meaningful Name: 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 Shout-Out to R.A. Salvatore's Drizzt series, since she's got the 'dark elf look' and Salvatore is mighty fond of combining apostrophes with a Meaningful Name.
  • Mecha-Mooks: Martian Centurions, though they all seem to have independent personalities.
  • Metaphor is My Middle Name: Lampshaded in "The Wrath of Canasta":
    Dodgers: "Danger" is my middle name!
    Cadet: I th-th-thought your middle name was Edgar.
    Dodgers: I was speaking metaphorically!
    Cadet: Oh, m-m-metaphorically.
  • Midair Bobbing: The Centurions.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Dodgers mishears "loathe" as "love" when Marvin and Commander Z-9 say that about him.
  • Mister Big: K'Chutha Sa'am is the leader of the Klunkins and is smallest individual of their race.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Dr. Woe and Dr. Maniac. The latter isn't a real doctor, but actually a circus clown.
  • Mr. Exposition: The Captain in "The Mark of Xero".
  • Ms. Fanservice: 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!
  • Mushroom Samba: In the episode "Samurai Quack", Dodgers eats an unprepared blow fish, which results in this.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: 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 Fluffy the Terrible.
  • Negative Continuity: "Invictus Interruptus" ends with Dodgers and Cadet dying and becoming ghosts, but they're alive in the very next episode.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: 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.
  • Nominal Hero: Duck Dodgers himself on occasion. The most glaring example would be in the second season finale "Of Course You Know This Means War and Peace", where he attempts to sabotage the signing of the peace treaty between Mars and Earth so that he can continue fighting Martians and keep his job.
  • Noodle Incident: While infiltrating X-2's ship, Dodgers accidentally released a space gorilla who savagely beat him. Two scenes later, Dodgers mysteriously quieted him down and they parted ways amicably.
  • Not Distracted by the Sexy: 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.
  • Not Now, We're Too Busy Crying over You:
    • In "Duck Codgers", Dodgers loses track of Cadet for a few minutes while they're searching for the antidote to their Rapid Aging and then comes upon a pile of dust with his glasses on top. Thinking that he aged to death, Dodgers cradles the glasses and laments that he never said goodbye. Then the Cadet shows up and offers Dodgers a handkerchief. Dodgers quickly realizes the implications.
    • In "I'm Gonna Get You, Fat Sucka", Dodgers awakens from being brainwashed by Count Muerte and yells for Cadet, but gets no response. He tearfully assumes that Muerte killed him, only to be surprised by Cadet asking him if they hadn't better get a move on.
  • Not So Different: Duck Dodgers and X-2.
  • Oblivious to Love: 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?"
  • Only Sane Man
    • 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 Friendly Rivalry.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: They feed on fat instead of blood.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: The Cadet pass up as one of the Catapoid vixen despite the fact that he look just like a Distaff Counterpart of himself. Dodgers is fooled and it takes a while before he realize "she" was the Cadet, well sort of.
  • Post-Kiss Catatonia: 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.
  • The Power of Rock: 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.
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: Now I remember...
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: K'Chutha Sa'am (Yosemite Sam as a cameo) and the Klunkins (a very transparent homage to the Klingons).
    Motto: No surrender, no prisoners, no kiddin'.
  • Public Domain Character: Long John Silver XXIII (a fact actually lampshaded in the episode).
  • Punny Name: Counselor Dish. "Dish" used to be a term to describe an attractive woman, and as a fembot, she certainly qualifies.
  • Raised by Wolves: Averted in the episode "In Space, No One Can Hear You Rock", where Dave Mustaine denies being raised by wolverines.
  • Raw Eggs Make You Stronger: 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.
  • Refuge in Audacity: The Pig Planet episode. The whole Planet of Hats is modeled after Arabian Nights (Aladdin to be precise) and all of its inhabitants are anthropomorphic pigs.
  • A Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery Inside an Enigma: 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.
  • The Rival: Star Johnson is this for Duck Dodgers. They compete for the best captaincy and for the ladies.
  • RPG Episode: The episode "MMORPD"
  • Rubber-Forehead Aliens: 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.
  • Running Joke:
    • Prawns, although nobody seems to remember the real word for "them big shrimp."
    • The Mars Centurion Robots going on strike.
    • Kittens attacking Dodgers.
  • Sensual Spandex: Another of Tyr'ahnee's outfits, certainly no less hot.
  • Serious Business: The Dophinites prefer classical music while the Sharkarians prefer rock music, which they haven't listen for quite some time. When Dodgers expose them to rock, this lead to civil war between the Dophinites and the Sharkarians.
  • Shark Man: The Sharkarians, living on the Aquarium planet.
  • She's Got Legs: Tyr'ahnee; and the sheer skirt allows us to see them at all times.
  • Shout-Out
    • The second-to-last scene of "The Fowl Friend" is nearly a word-for-word copy of the second-to-last scene of The Iron Giant. It's then repeated in a later episode just to rub it in.
    • Porky's nephews and niece in "Pig Planet" are Expys of 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 MMORPG episode, Daffy transforms into Beaky Buzzard, Axle Gator, and Muttley.
    • The skins of some classic Hanna-Barbera characters are among Wile E. Coyote's trophies. Also a Take That.
    • And we can't forget: "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 Mortal Kombat's Raiden (which becomes hilarity in hindsight after Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universenote ).
    • There's also 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, "The Wizard of Oz."
      • In the same episode, there's a reference to the original short, where Dodgers and X-2 argue over who's claiming an asteroid for their planet.
    • 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 Predator suit. His trophy room is also filled with various Hanna-Barbera cartoon characters.
    • The Martian Commander shares a voice actor with 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: 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 Bugs Bunny 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 Zorro and Daffy's previous role as The Scarlet Pumpernickel.
    • The intro began with the famous Looney Tunes rings.
      • And the ship-chase at the end of the intro is very similar to the chase at the end of the intro to Blake's 7.
    • 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 Super Friends.
    • Queen Tyr'ahnee, in appearance and in name both, is suspiciously Drow-like.
    • The nebula battle in "The Queen is Wild" has moments that are taken shot for shot from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
    • In another episode, we have a rapidly aging Dodgers and Cadet walking around to a tune that sounds like a dead ringer for The Odd Couple 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!
    • The exchange between X-2 and Dish in "Of Course You Know This Means War And Peace pt. 2" is taken from Kill Bill.
      • In addition, Quentin Tarantino guest stars in one episode, essentially playing Pai Mei from the same movie.
    • The segments from season 1 episode 8 are named for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "Spock's Brain."
    • When Z-9 orders Counselor Dish to eliminate Marvin, she replies with "By your command.", mirroring the inflections of the Cylon Lucifer from the original Battlestar Galactica.
    • In one episode, when Dodgers is on a 'villain' kick, the Space Cadet is saddled with the name "Chaos Boy" and his Fan Disservice uniform consists mostly of a hood with 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 "we'll always have Paris".
    • In one episode, Kelly Ripa stars as a Stalker with a Crush and then a scene from Fatal Attraction 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 small ship to evade defenses built around a full scale assault. Lampshaded 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, "What, again?"
    • The episode "Deathmatch Duck" is a Whole Plot Reference to the episode "Arena" from Star Trek: The Original Series. You know... Kirk and a man in a rubber suit in a fight to the death... that one.
      • Also, Dodgers being promoted to Admiral in "Of Course You Know This Means War and Peace", only to end up demoted back to captain, is exactly what happened to Kirk.
  • Show Within a Show: Dodgers and Cadet are filmed as part of a reality TV show called Bonafide Heroes. Dodgers take advantage of this to inflate his ego and indulge in loads of Bad "Bad Acting".
  • Side Bet: In "The Fast & The Feathery", Duck Dodgers enters a race against X-2. During the race, Cadet and the Martian Queen make a bet over who'll win. Dodgers wins the race and Cadet makes a big profit.
  • Space Pirates: Long John Silver XXIII.
  • Space Sailing
  • Spot the Imposter: Parodied when it comes up.
  • Stalker with a Crush: A female cadet who "replaces" the real cadet and has a rather unhealthy obsession with Dodgers himself.
  • Stealth in Space: The disappearo device used to cloak the Space Pirates' ship.
  • Stripperiffic: The Martian Queen wears a metal bra, an incredibly sheer skirt, slit up the side to show off her gams, and absolutely no evidence of the standard bikini bottoms that usually accompany such a sci-fi outfit.
  • Stripping the Scarecrow: In "The Wrath of Kanasta", the eponymous villain finds himself in an old west style resort, so to blend in, he takes a cowboy outfit from a mannequin. ("Just my size!" he quips.)
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Lampshaded 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.
  • Taught by Television: Perhaps the only reason Dodgers knows anything at all.
  • Teens Are Monsters: Dodgers and the Cadet are being assigned to an undercover mission in a high school. Cadet shivered at the thought of going back to school as he was bullied in his youth while Dodgers was confident of blending in perfectly. In reality however, Cadet was labeled as the cool one and Dodgers as the outcast. The poor duck was savagely beaten by teens for just showing his face.
  • That Poor Cat: When Dodgers and Cadet caught Camoman in a fight, a poor cat is heard screeching.
  • Theme Tune: It's hard to argue with the collision of Looney Tunes and Tom Jones. Especially when the latter is backed by the Flaming Lips.
  • Third-Person Person: Roboto. Often in conjunction with That Makes Me Feel Angry.
  • Throwing Your Gun Always Works
  • Token Good Teammate: Roboto from the Legion of Doom episode is the only one who has a legit reason to hate Dodgers and turn against him, since Dodgers antagonised him first and was the villain in his first episode. All the others were villains who wanted revenge against Dodgers for daring to stop their crimes during his Nominal Hero moments.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: The Cadet's nephews are very noisy and somewhat reckless children. They took Dodgers' ship for a ride and blew up IQ's vacation house. Then they wrecked the bridge's controls and started a Food Fight.
  • Twist Ending: 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. It turns out he was actually pro-war.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: 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...
    • In Season 3, Commander X-2 becomes less and less competent compared to previous seasons.
  • Undying Loyalty:
    • K9 to the Commander. He's willing to take shots, endure pain and even dying to save his master.
    • While the Centurion robots secretly mock Commander X-2 to no end, but they are willing to die to protect their Queen.
  • Unexplained Recovery: 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.
  • Universal-Adaptor Cast
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Duck Dodgers as usual.
  • Villainesses Want Heroes: Tyr'ahnee, the Martian Queen to Dodgers. The degree of her villainous crush varies according to Rule of Funny, of course.
  • The Virus: In a parody of 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 INVADE THE SUN! Yeah, there are obvious problems with this plan.
  • Visual Pun: In the theme song, the line, "Duck Dodgers, he's fighting tyranny," is timed with an image of the Martian Queen Tyr'ahnee.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: 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.
  • We Can Rule Together
    • "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: 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. You see, most heroes aren't so easily swayed.
      Dodgers: Then sway me, Jackson. Sway me.
    • "Samurai Quack" also goes for a Star Wars Shout-Out. ("We can rule the galaxy as father and son.")
  • Wedding Smashers: Commander X-2 and Tyrah'nee wedding was nothing but a disaster. Dodgers' sworn enemies went after him and started shooting everything in sight. The presents and food were ruined. To cap it off, Tyrah'nee called off her marriage with x-2 and declared war on Earth. Dodgers ate all the cakes. And on a sidenote, Black Eel and Seaman resume their feud.
  • We Want Our Jerk Back: "A Clean Bill of Health" is almost entirely about this.
  • Whole Plot Reference: Season 1's K-9 "Kaddy", in which Marvin the Martian plays golf while K-9 is terrorized by (Martian) gophers is a pretty direct riff on the Mickey Mouse cartoon Canine Caddy, where Mickey plays golf as Pluto is terrorized by gophers. X-2's even wearing Mickey shorts.
  • Wimp Fight: 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 
  • Wire Dilemma: 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, did it instead.
  • Woman Scorned: 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.
  • Worthy Opponent: 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.
  • Would Hurt a Child: 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.
  • Writing Around Trademarks: Steve Boston and Jamie Winters, Captain Ersatzes of Steve Austin and Jaime Sommers.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: All Martians have white hair regardless of their age.

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