->''"What the hell are YOU starin' at?!"''

''Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man'' (1994-1997) is an AnimatedSeries that aired on Creator/USANetwork starring Creator/JasonAlexander as Duckman. Duckman is the cheapest, sleaziest, most incompetent private investigator in the world; he's also a lousy father, a small-time crook, and... a duck. He and his family are all walking, talking, tax-paying [[note]]Well, Duckman never pays his taxes, but you get the idea.[[/note]] ducks, and Duckman's hyper-efficient (and humorless) assistant Cornfed is a pig, despite the fact that this is not a ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales''-type animal world. While Duckman himself walks around naked in the tradition of WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck, everyone else wears clothes.

Very crude (right down to the deliberately ugly character designs), very cynical and very, very surreal -- sort of like if Creator/LuisBunuel had made ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead'' -- it freely mixed low-brow riffs with the abstract and the intellectual. The show has an ardent cult following, and a lot of its fans are still stewing over the final episode's {{cliffhanger}}.

!! What the hell are YOU starin' at?! Go look at some tropes, you jerks!


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* TheAce: Cornfed, if it's possible to be one in a deadpan low-key sort of way.
--> '''Cornfed''': From the inflection in your voice this morning I deduced that you and your family were being held hostage by a Grand-ma-ma lookalike.
* AccidentalMisnaming: A RunningGag where Duckman forgets Mambo's name and calls him something else.
** In "Cellar Beware", there's a rapid fire batch of these:
--> '''Kent''': I'll have a Manhattan straight up, bartender.\\
'''Duckman''': I ''live'' here!\\
'''Kent''': Ah. Kent.\\
'''Duckman''': Han.\\
'''Cathy''': Cathy.\\
'''Duckman''': Elaine.\\
'''Gene''': Gene.\\
'''Duckman''': Ronny.\\
'''Edna''': Edna.\\
'''Duckman''': Dorothy.\\
'''Glen''': Glen.\\
'''Duckman''': Phil.\\
'''Beth''': Beth.\\
'''Duckman''': Rochelle.\\
'''Dave''': Dave.\\
'''Duckman''': Jeff.\\
'''Jenny''': Jenny.\\
'''Duckman''': Susan.
* AcronymAndAbbreviationOverload; In "They Craved Duckman's Brain:"
-->'''Bernice''': I'm going to call our congressman and get that S.O.B. to rouse the F.D.A, H.E.W., D.O.J., and every other V.I.P. in D.C. ASAP!
* AdvertisedExtra: Although not all episodes feature opening credits, those that do always list the characters of Fluffy and Uranus (who don't appear in many episodes) and Grand-ma-ma (who is often absent even in episodes set primarily in the family home - [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse despite being largely immobile]]).
* AdvertisingCampaigns: In-between the third and fourth seasons, USA Network ran a series of commercials asking, "Where is Duckman?", and showing Duckman at various locations like at a political rally and on the moon.
* AnAesop: Tends to get dropped now and then, particularly in regards to censorship.
** "The Once and Future Duck" highlights just how much of a minefield trying to control the future would be, through liberal use of chaos theory (e.g. Duckman going outside leads to his getting an I-beam through his skull, but staying inside leads to his becoming a SassyBlackWoman), leading to his becoming paralyzed by indecision.
* TheAhnold:
** In the episode "In the Nam of the Father," Cornfed takes off his shirt to reveal bulging muscles. Before he goes off to shoot the place up Rambo-style, he says, "Thank you, Nordic Track."
** In "Dammit Hollywood," one of the celebrities that wants Duckman killed is an obvious Schwarzenegger caricature.
* AlanSmithee: In "The One with Lisa Kudrow in a Small Role," a director slate reads Raymie Muzquiz (the actual director of the episode), with the name crossed out and "Alan Smithee" underneath it.
* AlliterativeList; Subverted in "Ride the High School:" Duckman is proud Ajax is going to a university, because he can get back to the three "R's:" "Reading, running, and uh, the other thing."
* AmbiguousGender:
** Fluffy and Uranus. Lampshaded when they're made the guards at the wall dividing the men and women in "Exile in Guyville" because they're "gender confused."
** In one episode, it's implied Ajax is a hermaphrodite.
* AmbiguousSyntax: In "Clip Job":
--> '''Harvey''': But now, I and the rest of the world, have been pushed over the edge by one series: ''Duckman''.\\
'''Duckman''': Yes?\\
'''Harvey''': ''Duckman''!\\
'''Duckman''': Yes?\\
'''Harvey''': ''Duckman''! The ''series'' is called ''Duckman''!
* AmusingInjuries: While chasing down a dollar bill in the opening of "Not So Easy Riders", Duckman gets hit by no less than ''four'' cars. He's later seen on crutches at work.
* AnachronismStew: During "Pig Amok," Cornfed shows a documentary explaining the inherited gene that requires him to lose his virginity or die. During the documentary, one of those [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar Civil War]] letters by UsefulNotes/UlyssesSGrant is read, only it's revealed that it wasn't an actual letter, but an e-mail. To really hammer the point home, the President's email provider is "@anachronism.com"
* AndIMustScream: King Chicken initially decides to let Duckman go at the start of "Inherit the Judgment: The Dope's Trial." When Duckman suspicious asks why he would let him go, Chicken replies with:
-->'''King Chicken''': So that one day, when you least expect it, I will trap you in an elaborately-woven web of diabolical deceit, craven cruelty, and evil so terrible, that it will turn your life into an unending torturous Hell on Earth, where you'll be too frightened to die, and too damned to scream!
* AndStarring: Even though the opening credits list the ''characters'' instead of the actors voicing them, Cornfed still gets the "And" before his name. (Gregg Berger, who voiced Cornfed, was generally listed third in the end credits, behind Jason Alexander and Nancy Travis.)
* AndThatWouldBeWrong: In "Ajax and Ajaxer", after Duckman [[AntiRoleModel encourages]] [[NoFourthWall any viewing kids]] to steal soda from vending machines, Cornfed gets handed some Censor Notes which require him to invoke this trope.
* AnimatedActors; In "The One with Lisa Kudrow in a Small Role:" Duckman, Cornfed, and Bernice are sitting on the couch after the second commercial break. They're casually chatting about various subjects until they're told by the off-screen director to get into places. When he says "Action," they get into character and continue the plot of trying to find the missing Ajax.
* AnimatedAdaptation: Based on an [[UndergroundComics underground comic book]] by Everett Peck, who also helped develop the show.
* AntiRoleModel: Duckman. Explicitly lampshaded on at least one occasion.
-->'''Duckman''': "Role model?" Hey, I'm a water fowl! ''I'm not a TV show!'' Even if I were, any halfway intelligent audience would know I'm not somebody to imitate. Who'd aspire to imitate someone who's gotten the stuffing kicked out of him so many times, the only reason he gets up in the morning is because either he's ''really stupid'', or somewhere, deep down inside, beats the heart of a disappointed, yet still hopeful, idealist. A yellow, [[BrickJoke ''YES YELLOW!'']], teller of truth, who's a spokesperson for the silent masses who'd love to tell it like it is, who's an idol to be emulated, nay, a ''GOD'', to be bowed down to!... But, heh, I'm... I'm not a ''role model''.
** "Das Sub": Duckman is a substitute teacher for a class that's surprisingly well-behaved and smart, but turns them into delinquents.
* AppealToWorseProblems: In "Das Sub", when Duckman is on trial:
--> '''Duckman''': In a world of psycho zombies and pumpkinheads and killer puppets who drill your eyeballs with their little screw hats, am I ''really'' such a bad guy?
* ArtifactTitle: The episode "Aged Heat 2: Women in Heat" is ''not'' a follow-up to the first "Aged Heat", about criminal Agnes Delrooney posing as Grandma-ma, but is instead a parody of women's prison movies.
* ArtisticLicenseOrnithology: In a case of the show trying to make a nod to realism but missing the mark by being too clever by half, in "Papa Oom M.O.W. M.O.W.", Duckman, who seems to be hitting it off with two very beautiful (and very stupid) comments in an aside that he wishes he had a penis. Now it's true that most birds don't have penises[[note]]Most birds, male and female, have one opening, called the ''cloaca'', for all of their digestive and reproductive output[[/note]] but among the small handful of birds that do? ''Ducks.''
* ArtShift; In "I, Duckman:" Duckman watches various home movies to hopefully get a clue about his past. All the home movies have a different art style: WesternAnimation/SteamboatWillie for his childhood years, ComicStrip/{{Popeye}} for another time, WesternAnimation/YogiBear for high school years, and WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons for adult years when he and Beatrice were still married.
* AsYouKnow: Parodied in "Color of Naught" after Duckman sees Angela. Charles and Mambo proceed to remind him of her backstory.
-->'''Duckman:''' Don't you think I know all that?\\
'''Mambo:''' That wasn't for you. That was exposition for the 99.9% of the audience who are usually out having a life on Saturday nights instead of staying home and flipping through obscure cable channels in the hopes they'll catch a little soft-core pornography.
* AstronomicZoom: Demonstrated at the beginning of "Days of Whining and Neurosis."
** Also done in "The Gripes of Wrath"; the end of act two zooms out on an Earth with a happy face, and the start of act three zooms back in on Earth, which is now sporting a frowny face.
* AttackOfThe50FtWhatever: More than once.
** One episode had Duckman continually growing every time he swears. Though also averted since his condition shrinks him when isolated from other people.
** "Apocalypse Not" opens with a Godzilla-style parody culminating in soldiers destroying Duckman's sex doll, which grew to enormous proportions when he left it plugged into the air compressor.
* AuthorTract: To such a degree in "America the Beautiful" that the following disclaimer appears at the start of the episode.
-->'''Warning''': ''The following program contains [[{{Anvilicious}} heavy-handed and over-obvious allegory]] and is not recommended for [[HarmfulToMinors small children]] or [[MoralGuardians certain congressmen from the South]].''
* BackForTheFinale: Various guest characters make cameo appearances at the finale's triple wedding.
* BadLiar: In "The Gripes of Wrath," Bernice discovers Duckman has tickets to Busty Bikini Babe Fest.
-->'''Duckman''': It's not like it sounds! First prize is a scholarship, or, uh... something.
* BaitAndSwitch: The start of act two of "Gland of Opportunity" has Bernice, Charles, Mambo, and Ajax mourning that "he's" gone. Given that Duckman had gone under the gas for surgery at the end of act one, you think they're talking about Duckman. But Duckman walks through the door and announces he's okay. Bernice snaps that they were mourning about Vile Kyle's death, not Duckman's.
* {{Beat}}: In "Das Sub," there's a really long one after one of the arrested students asks if Duckman will take the rap for the crime, and Cornfed just stares blankly.
* BedTrick: Duckman once had a relationship with a Series/{{Seinfeld}}-obsessed blind woman, who thought he was [[ActorAllusion Jason Alexander]] in a duck suit.
* BeleagueredAssistant: Cornfed.
* BigBad: King Chicken, although he and Duckman had a truce near the end.
* BiggerBad: Parodied in "The Mallardian Candidate," where the episode ends with Duckman and Cornfed solving the case and being observed by a group of villains, who are also watched over by an endless chain of other criminal masterminds, until the final level, which is [[spoiler:a family of couch potatoes watching television]].
* BigDamnHero: [[spoiler:Agnes Delrooney and Tony Randall in "You've Come a Long Way, Baby!"]].
* BigNo: In "Clip Job," Duckman delivers three of these in a row when shown footage of himself by Harry Medfly.
-->'''Harry''': Horrible, isn't it?
-->'''Duckman''': [[BrickJoke Yeah, I -am- yellow!]]
* BillBillJunkBill:
-->'''Bernice''': Let's see: Junk, junk, junk, summons...
* BitingTheHandHumor: USA was a frequent target of the series.
** In "Papa Oom M.O.W. M.O.W.", Duckman cuts a deal with USA to air the movie about his life story.
--->'''Bernice''': USA? Are they on at night?\\
'''Duckman''': Dozens of people watch USA!
** "Color of Naught" has several jokes poking fun at USA for airing them on Saturday nights alongside [[Series/WeirdScience a show]] with an incompatible audience. King Chicken even says USA is okay with him killing the casts of both shows, as they can save money by just rerunning ''Silk Stalkings''.
* BlahBlahBlah: Played with in "Bonfire of the Panties" when Duckman's on a date with Courtney Thorne-Smith:
--> '''Duckman''': What I want to hear about is you.\\
'''Courtney''': Me? Well, my hometown was founded in... sex, sex, fondle, lick, lick, sex, breasts, sex, lick, sex, sex, restraints, oils, sex, velour, sex, sex. But all kids get picked on, you know?
* BlatantLies: Cornfed resorts to using one on Duckman to get him to go on his own son's field trip.
* BorrowedCatchphrase: Throughout "The Longest Weekend," many residents of Duckman's neighborhood utter his iconic "DWAAAAAAAH!" scream as things get more chaotic. He eventually gets annoyed by it, [[LampshadeHanging stating that the "DWAAAAAAAH!" is his thing]].
* BrainBleach: In "Ride the High School," Duckman opens Bernice's door to say good night, and Bernice screams. Duckman quickly shuts her door, shudders, and says, "Yech! It'll be a long time before I eat broccoli again!"
* BreakingTheFourthWall; The series as a whole has multiple moments of this occurrence. Some of the more notable ones include:
** In "Ajax and Ajaxer," Duckman eggs on any potential children in the audience to steal soda to "stick it to the man."
** "Clip Job" in its entirety does this.
** In "Exile In Guyville" the narrator says "maybe it was just the cheap and barely believable device of a desperate writer."
** In "The Road to Dendron:"
-->'''Cornfed''': We've got to get to that banquet and stop that toast.\\
'''Ajax''': But I ''like'' toast. It's the muffins that must be stopped!\\
'''Duckman''': Eh, okay, son, now you're starting to scare the viewers.
** "The One With Lisa Kudrow In a Small Role", Duckman, Cornfed and Bernice are discussing their other projects between takes.
* BrickJoke: In "Bonfire of the Panties," there's a reference to a blind woman Duckman knew who's obsessed with ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''. At the end of the episode, the woman is revealed, and she's kidnapped Jason Alexander in a bit of ActorAllusion:
-->'''Jason''': I swear, I've never met you before! Tell you what, let me go and we'll forget the whole thing, okay, uh, Irma?\\
'''Irma''': Tonight, I'm not Irma. Tonight, call me... Vandalay. (sits on Jason's lap and puts his face between her breast) I wish you had brought that duck suit.\\
(''Film/{{Psycho}}'' strings as Jason turns and nervously stares at the camera)
* BrilliantButLazy: Duckman shows signs of actually being a competent detective when he properly applies himself, but he is usually so distracted by his various addictions, semi-psychotic anger, and depraved lusts that he barely knows where he is most of the time.
* BrokenRecord: More than one occasion.
** "Solve case, get out, solve case, get out, solve case, get out, solve case, get out..."
** "Kill Duckman, kill Duckman, kill Duckman, kill Duckman..."
** "When will we learn!? When will we we learn!? When will we learn!?" If Bernice is to be believed, Duckman kept saying this for ''three days.''
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: In "Clip Job":
--> '''Fluffy''': Aaah! Mr. Duckman, why did you eviscerate us with a hot curling iron?\\
'''Duckman''': It's Tuesday.
* TheButlerDidIt: Or more accurately, The Butler Was Also Involved in "Haunted Society Plumbers."
* ButtMonkey:
** Fluffy and Uranus, who are gruesomely mangled on a regular basis.
** Duckman himself also qualifies. The poor guy can hardly catch a break.
** Even Cornfed is subject to this on occasion, such as spending a big chunk of "Soft, Plush, and Deadly" with a thickly swollen head from bug bites and being left behind. Or being kidnapped in "A Trophied Duck" and left bound, gagged, and hanging upside down in a closet.
* CallBack:
** In "The Gripes of Wrath," a radio announcer talks about "midget throwing." In "Ride the High School," Duckman and Ajax participate in the "midget toss" event.
** In "Research and Destroy," Duckman accidentally destroys a supercomputer that gathers focus group data. Duckman remarks: "Me and supercomputers, huh?", which is a callback to "The Gripes of Wrath."
* CannotTellAJoke: Iggy Catalpa.
* CartoonBomb: When a Robin-Leach-type shows him one claiming it was sent by someone trying to kill him, Duckman tells him he gets such bombs every day.
* CasanovaWannabe: If you were electing a president of this trope, it would be Duckman.
* CatapultNightmare: Seen in "Noir Gang" after Cornfed has a dream that ends with Duckman with dynamite saying, "You're my best friend!"
* CatchPhrase: "DWAH!", "What the hell are ''you'' starin' at!?", "Hommina hommina howah!" and others.
* CharacterFilibuster:
** Duckman used a rant as a filibuster in "Inherit the Judgment: The Dope's Trial" to irritate King Chicken into revealing his plot to the court.
** We see the ending of one at the start of "Das Sub," as Duckman stands trial for land fraud. According to the judge, Duckman had already "acted out five ''Film/{{Leprechaun}}'' movies, six ''Film/PuppetMaster'' movies and nine ''Film/ManiacCop'' movies."
** And of course his epic rant on the human condition that gets him committed to an asylum in "Room with a Bellevue."
* ChessmasterSidekick: Cornfed.
* TheChewToy: Fluffy and Uranus.
* ChirpingCrickets: Heard at the end of "Gland of Opportunity" when Charles, Mambo, and Ajax have an extended awkward silence after Duckman says his kids are still proud of him even though he didn't perform the death-defying stunt.
** Also in "Not So Easy Riders" when Duckman and Cornfed are camping out in the desert while on the run from the IRS, but subverted when it turns out Cornfed was making the noise himself to 'add atmosphere'.
* ChivalrousPervert: Duckman is implied to have been this while married to Beatrice. He also behaves this way while dating Angela and later Honey.
* CliffHanger: The last episode of the fourth season ended with one that was [[LeftHanging never resolved]]. Making that episode a cliffhanger was intentional. [[TheResolutionWillNotBeTelevised Never resolving it was not.]]
* ClipShow: Both played straight and parodied in "Clip Job," complete with some concluding SelfDeprecation at the producers' own expense.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Ajax. Also, Cornfed in "Ajax and Ajaxer."
* ClumsyCopyrightCensorship: Unfortunately, the DVD releases had to remove a few of the licensed songs; in one instance, an entire scene was spliced out because of this. On the plus side, none of the removed songs were the ones by Music/FrankZappa.
* ClusterBleepBomb:
** Duckman gives one to Fluffy and Uranus at the beginning of "American Dicks." He is caught on camera.
-->'''Duckman:''' Oh... ''(chuckles)'' ... T''(bleep)''. ''({{beat}})'' Guess you'll cut that...
** In "Forbidden Fruit," Fluffy and Uranus give one to Duckman after he behaves like a bad guest in their home.
* ColdOpening:
** "Bev Takes a Holiday."
** "Clip Job" as well.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Demonstrated in "They Craved Duckman's Brain!", when bystanders overhear that Duckman has a cure for cancer in his brain. Once they start to riot when trying to grab Duckman, the doctor from the episode appeals to the crowd with AnAesop:
-->'''Doctor''': It's like the goose that laid the golden eggs. When the greedy king decided to cut him open to get all the eggs at once, it killed the goose.\\
'''Man 1''': Hey, he lays golden eggs, too!\\
'''Man 2''': Let's cut him open and get all the eggs at once! (crowd riots again)
** In "Cellar Beware," after the family is robbed, Ajax mentions that he went downstairs in the middle of the night to get some butter from the fridge, and didn't think anything of the burglars.
-->'''Duckman''': Ajax! I can't believe you're so oblivious to the world around you!\\
'''Ajax''': Sorry, dod.\\
'''Duckman''': Next time, try to remember: There are ''other'' people in this house who would've liked a little butter too!
** Duckman bemoans how it appears he's the last person alive in "Apocalypse Not," only to then state the advantages include things like shorter lines at the post office, and being able to watch the games whenever he wanted to.
** During their pursuit of Ajax and the Vice Principal to stop them from getting married, Duckman and Bernice pose as a couple, and have drunken sex. The next morning, they discover what happened and freak out. And then Ajax walks in on them and states that he's appalled... that they would leave their clothes wrinkled and discarded on the floor after years of chiding him for doing so.
** "I don't know what feces are ''but they smell like crap!!''
** In "Dammit Hollywood" Duckman is enraged by a family-oriented film he expected to be pornographic. He rants against what he perceives to be the wussification of media.
-->'''Duckman''': Where's all the sex and violence [[MoralGuardians Bob Dole]] promised!?"
* ComicRolePlay: Done in "Role with It."
* CommercialBreakCliffhanger:
** Lampshaded in "Hamlet 2: This Time, It's Personal."
** Also lampshaded in "Clip Job" when Harry Medfly tells Duckman he's going to die and laughs diabolically. Right before it cuts to black, he says to the camera: "Doncha hate it when they do that right before a commercial?"
** Yet again in "All About Elliott" when Elliott is rewriting Cornfed's appointment book, he chuckles evilly before [[BreakingTheFourthWall 'noticing' the people still watching]] and says "What are you people still doing here? Don't you have a little ''Psychic Friends'' commercial to watch or something?"
* ConfessionCam: Used in "American Dicks" when various characters tell the camera what they think about Duckman.
* ContentWarnings: Parodied in "American Dicks": The text states that the show has been edited for content, but for the sake of ratings, they've let a few titillating lines slide.
* ContinuityNod: Every succeeding Terry Duke Tetzlov appearance would have Duckman recap the different jobs and situations he's caused.
* ConvenientlyEmptyBuilding: See the EvenEvilHasStandards example below.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: Coupled with an IronicEcho at the end of "The Once and Future Duck", when Duckman rigs the time-machine he'd accidentally made to bring the [[ParentalSubstitute surrogate father]]'s future selves back instead.
-->'''Duckman''': Don't worry - it's physically impossible.
* CorruptPolitician: Senator Stark in "Days of Whining and Neurosis", who, by his own admission, likes to "smoke, drink, lie, steal, and fondle anyone within reach."
* CourtroomAntic: Performed by Duckman in "Inherit the Judgment: The Dope's Trial", as well as "Das Sub".
* CoverVersion: Cornfed sings "Mack the Knife" in "Married Alive".
* CrapsackWorld: Evident in many episodes, but perhaps most prominently in the third act of "The Gripes of Wrath" where the world becomes a hellhole.
** Also seen in "A Room With a Bellevue", whose first act is entirely devoted to pissing off Duckman until he loses it.
** "The One With Lisa Kudrow in a Small Role": The planet Betamax devolves into this after the aliens follow Duckman's self-centered, misogynist ideology.
* CrazySurvivalist: Duckman's true father Red Crocker is revealed to be this. With heavy doses of RightWingMilitiaFanatic.
-->'''Red Crocker''': "You Freemasons must believe I'm soft in the head! What do you think I am?! Some kind gullible mamby-pamby John Bircher?!"
* CrazyPrepared: King Chicken sometimes starts plots against Duckman in the middle of another plot. Lampshaded in "Color of Naught."
* CreatureOfHabit: In "Clip Job", Cornfed asked Charles and Mambo what Duckman was doing before he was kidnapped:
--> '''Charles''': Well, when he got home Friday, he watched TV.\\
'''Mambo''': Then he went to the bathroom.\\
'''Charles''': Then he got something to eat.\\
'''Mambo''': Then he went to the bathroom.\\
'''Charles''': First thing Saturday, he watched TV.\\
'''Mambo''': After going to the bathroom.\\
'''Cornfed''': Thanks, I'm beginning to sense a pattern.
* CreditsGag: Listen carefully to the voice beneath the loud tribal chanting in "Pig Amok": He's reading off the names in the credits.
** In "The Road to Dendron", a reprise of "We're Off on the Road to Dendron" plays, with Duckman and Cornfed singing "We don't know what we'll find in Dendron, buddy, but we know it's gotta be twenty-three minutes and nineteen seconds long!" The word "long" is appropriately cut off.
* CreditsJukebox: Most episodes used the traditional ending tune (a faster remix of the opening theme), but many episodes featured different music during the end credits: "Apocalypse Not", "The Mallardian Candidate", "The Road to Dendron" (a reprise of "We're Off on the Road to Dendron"), "My Feral Lady", "The Tami Show", "All About Elliott", "A Room With a Bellevue", "The Once and Future Duck", "The Girls of Route Canal", "Bonfire of the Panties" (Duckman and Courtney trying to sing "Jim Slade, Big Black Dick"), "The Longest Weekend", "Where No Duckman Has Gone Before" (''Star Trek'' fight music), "Crime, Punishment, War, Peace, and the Idiot", "With Friends Like These" (the in-show theme song played backwards, with SubliminalAdvertising from Satan), "A Star is Abhorred" (one of Bernice's songs), and "They Craved Duckman's Brain!" (BGM from the video about people who profit from cancer).
* CreepyMonotone:
** Cornfed's ''Franchise/{{Dragnet}}''-Joe Friday voice.
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Stein Dr. Stein]].
* CriminalDoppelganger: Agnes Delrooney is one for Grandma-ma.
* {{Crossdresser}}:
** During the musical number in "The Road to Dendron", Cornfed and Duckman sing that if they want to get to syndication, one of them is gonna end up in drag.
** "Not So Easy Riders" has Duckman and Cornfed trying to evade the IRS in Las Vegas by donning showgirl outfits.
** "Aged Heat 2: Women in Heat" Has Duckman as this for the entire episode.
* {{Crossover}}: The end of "Haunted Society Plumbers" reveals a supposed ghost to be [[TheSimpsons Homer Simpson]] under a sheet.
* CueTheFlyingPigs: In "Days of Whining and Neurosis", Cornfed asks Duckman to do something. Duckman bitterly replies, "When pigs can fly!" Immediately after, Cornfed flaps his arms, lifting himself off the ground.
* CurseCutShort: In both "Apocalypse Not" and "Dammit Hollywood", a character is cut off before they can fully say "shit". And in "The Girls of Route Canal", Duckman in the flashback is cut short of saying "bumfuck" when he notices Beatrice.
* CutShort: The final episode of the 4th Season was not planned to be the final episode.
* CutawayGag: Arguably more common in the first season than the other three. Examples:
** In "Ride the High School", Bernice wonders how the public schools could've gone downhill so horribly. Cut to Duckman protesting in front of the White House, shouting "No new taxes!"
** In "Cellar Beware", the two criminals who robbed Duckman's house get their comeuppance by testing Charles and Mambo's invention, which causes the nearby cars on the freeway to fly onto theirs like magnets. In the same episode, we see a cutaway to Duke Tetsloff at a Congressional hearing on unsafe products, defending that the security system he sold Duckman is only dangerous to someone irresponsible enough to try to open the console and fix it themselves.
* ADateWithRosiePalms:
** From "Psyche":
--> '''Therapist''': Are you sexually active?
--> '''Duckman''': I'm very sexually active!
--> '''Therapist''': I mean, with another person.
--> '''Duckman''': Oh, uh, no.
** Duckman's schedule in "The Once and Future Duck" has "Touch myself" written as the only thing on every page.
** Of all people, Beverley is alluded to do this as well. In "Love! Anger! Kvetching!", Beverley says it would be hypocritical to throw out Duckman's porno mags, because then she'd have to throw out hers. Then she goes to her bedroom, which is lampshaded by Duckman and Cornfed's chuckles.
* DealWithTheDevil: Defied
-->'''Duckman''': If I need money, I'll sell something like, uh...my immortal soul!
-->''Cut to Satan watching Duckman in a raging fire.''
-->'''Satan''': {''disinterested''} Eh, I'll pass.
-->'''Duckman''': {''annoyed''} Damn, worked for Cybil Shepherd.
* DeadpanSnarker: The theater manager in "Dammit, Hollywood":
--> '''Duckman''': Are you the manager?\\
'''Manager''': No, I beat him senseless with my bare hands then dumped his cement-laden body into a nearby lake just so I could wear his name tag.\\
'''Duckman''': [[{{Touche}} You're an odd little man, but you got a way with a witty retort.]]
** Cornfed may fall under this as well, though it can be hard to tell given his monotone speaking habit.
* DeathByIrony: In "They Craved Duckman's Brain", Roland Thompson, a corrupt businessman who doesn't want the cure for cancer to get to the public because full hospitals are big business, dies after he crashes into a semi full of lit cigarettes, which causes him to inhale cigarette smoke at such a rapid rate that he develops cancer in ''seconds''.
* DecadeDissonance: The episode "America the Beautiful" had Duckman and Cornfed venturing to different cities, all of which are a different stereotype of a certain period of time.
** TheFifties: Their first stop is in a suburban neighborhood literally in black and white and which is mentally stuck in the 1950's, right down to one of the people accusing Duckman and Cornfed of being communists.
** TheSixties: Their second trip was to a college campus in a 60s-ish town. Everyone who's not a cop is a hippie.
** TheSeventies: Their third stop was a disco club.
** TheEighties: Their fourth stop is to a businessman's office, who represents the stereotypes of TheEighties: obsessed with making money on Wall Street, heartless, and only concerned with material goods and trophy wives.
--> '''Man''': Pedi''greed'' is good.
* DemotedToExtra: Many characters; notably, Cornfed gains increasing prominence at all of their expense.
* DeepSouth: "Inherit the Judgment-The Dope's Trial". Also "You've Come a Wrong Way, Baby".
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: "Noir Gang".
* DescriptionCut: In "Apocalypse Not", Duckman's not present at the disaster drill. Bernice says that Duckman's probably stumbling around town with a bondage mask on his face. Cue said scene.
* DesertedIsland: Duckman is placed on one by Cornfed in "The Amazing Colossal Duckman" so Duckman is able to keep his temper under control. His temper causes him to grow in size, so being isolated on an island means nothing or nobody can piss him off. Of course, this leads him to start shrinking.
* DidTheyOrDidntThey: The last act of "It's the Thing of the Principal" has Duckman and Bernice freaked out at the possibility that they slept together after getting drunk in the hotel room's hot tub.
* DisproportionateRetribution: In "The Road to Dendron", Dr. Ben Stein threatens to rip out Duckman's heart and feed it to his dingo if he doesn't quit making noise on the bus.
* DistantPrologue:
** "Ride the High School" begins in "Africa, A Long Time Ago", where a father is teaching his son how to kill animals for food. It then cuts to "Austria, A Little Later", where a father is teaching his son how to play the harpsichord. It then cuts to "Virginia, A Little Later Still", where George Washington cut down the cherry tree. Finally, it cuts to the present: "Duckman's House, Tuesday", where Duckman is watching static on TV in the vain hopes that the Bouncing Naked Flesh Channel will be temporarily unscrambled.
** Also utilized in "Joking the Chicken", for a [[Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey 2001]] parody that starts in prehistoric times and then cuts to the present.
* DistractedByTheSexy: Duckman, OncePerEpisode, if not more.
* DontExplainTheJoke:
** In "Joking the Chicken":
--> '''Iggy Catalpa''': My name is... (checks wallet) Iggy Catalpa. I was checking my wallet, like I forgot. (silence from the crowd)
** Jokes often have to be explained to Ajax due to his stupidity. One time, Bernice began to explain a joke about Duckman, but gave up and said, "Oh just laugh; we're belittling your father!" At which point, Ajax guffawed.
* DoubleEntendre: Duckman often uses euphemisms for sexual acts. Examples:
--> '''Duckman''': You know, like those really ugly broads who are always yellin' about equal rights when all they ''really'' need is a little... (clicks) honey in their hives.
--> '''Duckman''': Hey nurse, I've got a thermometer that'll make you bed-ridden for a week!
* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale: [[ZigZaggedTrope Zig-zagged]], as Duckman often deliberately antagonizes Bernice and merits an asskicking or two to keep him in line. But Bernice also does go a little overboard with her abuse at times, especially when she's doing it solely to screw Duckman over or get him killed.
* DownerEnding:
** "About Face", which ends with Duckman deciding to not go on a date with Angela because he feels that he's holding her back.
** In the same vein, the ending to "Bonfire of the Panties": Courtney Thorne-Smith dumps Duckman for the simple reason that as a celebrity, she makes dumb decisions and so because it would be a good decision to stay with someone she enjoys, she has to break up with him.
** In the season 3 finale "Cock Tales For Four", Duckman, with a renewed hatred for King Chicken, [[StarCrossedLovers refuses to let Ajax see Chicken's daughter anymore]]. Ajax just sadly stares out the rear car window as the Executive Producer credit appears.
** "The One With Lisa Kudrow in a Small Role" ends with the distant planet of Betamax ''exploding'', a result of its citizens adopting Duckman's bad advice and (presumably) going to war with each other. Luckily Ajax had returned to Earth by the time the explosion occurred.
* DrinkOrder: Duckman takes a bunch of them in "Cellar Beware".
--> '''Duckman''': "Flaming" this, "blend-and-brew" that... whatever happened to the manly drinks? The kind that made you go blind, puke 'til you drop, then wake up six days later married to the daughter of some over-protective father who would pay you to get it annulled?
* DrivenToMadness: In "Ride the High School", Duckman approaches a man in a school and asks where Ajax's classroom is. The man shouts at him, "YOU DON'T HAVE A HALL PASS EITHER, DO YOU?!" Then the man laughs maniacally and hops in a trash can.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Duckman in "Aged Heat", where he inadvertently destroys an entire city block with his reckless driving. Though in his defense, he was under great mental stress at the time, due to Agnes threatening him to go about his normal daily routine, even though Agnes had his whole family held hostage.
* DrosteImage: There's one in "Days of Whining and Neurosis" when Cornfed makes an exact model of the crime scene... which includes himself and Duckman looking at his model.
* DysfunctionalFamily
* EitherWorldDominationOrSomethingAboutBananas: In "The Gripes of Wrath", after Duckman sees some naked women:
--> '''Duckman''': Humina humina how-WA!
--> '''Cornfed''': Either you're babbling, or you just told me in Cherokee that my scrotum is many colored.
** Later in the same episode:
--> '''Bernice''': I didn't know you spoke Cherokee!
* EmbarrassingFirstName:
** [[spoiler:Willibald Fievel]] Cornfed.
** It was revealed Duckman has one too(to him anyways). [[spoiler:Eric]] Duckman.
** King Chicken clearly doesn't appreciate the time his name is revealed to be [[spoiler: [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush George Herbert Walker]]]].
* EnemyMine: [[spoiler:Agnes Delrooney and Duckman in "You've Come a Long Way, Baby!"]].
* EpisodeTitleCard: Done traditionally in "The Road to Dendron", complete with theme music. Every other episode merely had the episode title superimposed over the action, though.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: In "Dammit Hollywood", the Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger, Creator/SylvesterStallone, and Creator/BruceWillis caricatures try to kill Duckman from their plane. In the process, they inadvertently destroy several buildings, but make sure to remind the audience that they radioed ahead for everyone to evacuate the buildings so no innocent bystanders would be harmed.
--> '''Bruno''': We may destroy, but it ''doesn't'' mean we don't care.
** Even Duckman himself has standards, he's visibly disgusted when he catches one of the teachers at Ajax's school making out with a teenage student in one of the lockers.
--> '''Male Teacher''': [[MoralEventHorizon Hey, I aint in it for the salary]]
* EverybodysDeadDave: The ending to "The Longest Weekend", where Duckman is the last one standing in his warring neighborhood. A narrator explains:
--> '''Narrator''': The following story ''could'' have happened. Only by treating everyone with dignity and respect [[SpoofAesop can we hope to maintain that element of surprise on that inevitable day when we wipe our enemies from the face of the earth.]]
* EvilLaugh:
** King Chicken is known for this but his VerbalTic has his evil laughs end with a "Bawk Bawk Bawk". Bonus Points for being voiced by Tim Freakin' Curry!
** The scientist from "Ajax and Ajaxer" was more than a little happy when Duckman and Cornfed took on his "case". Duckman and Cornfed eventually joined in his laughter.
** Harry Medfly from "Clip Job". See CommercialBreakCliffhanger above.
** Also the various individuals in the BiggerBad example.
* EvilTwin: Wanted criminal Agnes Delrooney is almost an exact duplicate of Grandma-ma, except that Agnes isn't comatose and has a gravelly voice, courtesy of Creator/BrianDoyleMurray.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: In "Days of Whining and Neurosis" Duckman meets [[MeaningfulName Cyrus]] [[RedHerring Red Herring]], who works for MacGuffin Security.
* ExpansionPackPast: Cornfed has seen it all, done it all. Although, come to think of it, almost every character gets one of these at one point. Even Duckman's list of acquired sex fetishes gets longer and longer.
* {{Exposition}}:
** In the first episode, "I, Duckman", Duckman delivers a bit of exposition about how Beatrice died and Bernice moved in to help care for the boys when he's irritated that the family is ignoring him.
** Lampshaded brilliantly in "The Color of Naught" when Charles and Mambo tell Duckman that Angela has returned, and proceed to explain (in great detail) their relationship from season 1's "About Face". Duckman snaps: "Don't you think I ''know'' that?!" The twins reply that they were spouting exposition for the benefit of the many non-regular viewers who stumbled upon this while trying to find softcore porn.
** In "Short, Plush and Deadly", Bernice reminds everyone why they're going camping, stating that she's not repeating it to deliver clunky exposition, but because it feels so good.
** King Chicken always felt the need to explain his vendetta against Duckman was because of being made fun of when they were kids. After his first appearance, though, this tended to be done more for parody - with other characters clearly bored/irritated by repeat utterances. The crowning example was "The Color of Naught," in which a news reporter claims Creator/TimCurry has gone into hiding because he doesn't want to be forced to say those lines anymore.
* EyeGlasses: Somehow, Duckman's eyes are his glasses. He will pull them off his face to clean them, leaving his face unnervingly lacking features. At one point Cornfed also notices that Duckman doesn't have ears on which to put them.
* FakeOutOpening: Occurs all the time; much in the tradition of ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' (another Creator/KlaskyCsupo show), many episodes open with something puzzling, only for the camera to zoom out and reveal what it actually is. Alternatively, the episode will open on a show or movie that one of the characters is watching. Example from "America the Beautiful": A bunch of beauty contestants fighting (with one eventually pulling out a machine gun and wasting everyone). It turns out it's just a video game Ajax is playing.
* FanonDiscontinuity: Invoked in "Das Sub" when Duckman is filibustering to the judge.
--> '''Judge''': (wearily) Mr. Duckman, you've now acted out five ''Film/{{Leprechaun}}'' movies, six ''Film/{{Puppetmaster}}'' movies, and nine ''Film/ManiacCop'' movies.\\
'''Duckman''': Yeah, I know, there were ''ten'' ''Maniac Cop'' flicks. But real ''M-Cop'' fans don't count #8, which ''totally'' violated the integrity of the series!
* AFoolForAClient: Cornfed warns Duckman about representing himself in "Inherit the Judgement: The Dope's Trial", especially since Duckman had already won his case at that point. In a twist, he actually not only manages to retain his win, he enrages King Chicken to the point of blabbing his entire plan and turning the entire case on its head.
* ForegoneConclusion:
** Character voiced by Tim Curry? It's King Chicken in disguise. One exception to this rule: "Vuuck, as in Duck".
** After the credits in that episode, the audio clip over the Reno & Osborn logo is Tim Curry's voice saying "I didn't get to peel off my head," so it can be reasonably assumed it was King Chicken.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Lampshaded in "The Gripes of Wrath" when half of a background sign's letters blank out, leaving only the letters spelling "Foreshadowing" lit. This is due to Charles and Mambo debating with Duckman about whether computers are better or worse for the world, which is the whole theme of the episode.
* ForInconveniencePressOne: In "They Craved Duckman's Brain", Bernice calls Washington about rescuing Duckman. She waits a really long time on the automated phone system:
--> '''Voice''': Thank you for calling the United States of America. We are open from 8:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. weekdays, and are located between Canada and Mexico in the western hemisphere. If you would like to make a declaration of war, press one. Trade treaties and tariffs, press two.\\
'''Voice''': To become a U.S. ally and enjoy all ally benefits like free trade, U.N. forces and complimentary upgrades at Avis locations worldwide, press 34. If you've taken or plan to take American hostages, press 35.
* FreezeFrameBonus: Some of the background imagery in the intro sequence.
* FreudianExcuse: Duckman has a lot of baggage - most notably a dead father (who was not unlike himself) and a widowed mother who ignored him while looking for a replacement husband.
* King Chicken developed a hatred for Duckman because Duckman used to bully him in High School... at least according to the Topps Comics adaptation.
* FreudianSlip: In "Psyche", when two big-breasted women enter his office, Duckman says "Come in, come in, I'm Duckman, and this is Hooters! I mean, Cornfed."
* FrothyMugsOfWater: Despite his constant allusions to hard partying, we never actually see Duckman consume any alcohol.
* TheFunInFuneral: In "The Girls of Route Canal", Duckman unknowingly knocks over a tombstone, which rolls down the hill, hits Richard's casket, sending the corpse flying through the air and getting his leg caught in a tree, causing him to hang upside down.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Happens often.
** The 'Medieval Dentist' in "Gland of Opportunity"
** The woman getting (what appears to be) breast augmentation in "Psyche"
* FurryConfusion: Real, non-talking birds have been in the same scene with Duckman.
* FutureMeScaresMe: The premise of "The Once and Future Duck": Multiple future versions of Duckman keep popping up in the present to warn Duckman that if he does something, he'll end up like them. Duckman eventually becomes so paranoid that anything he does will have negative consequences that he remains perfectly still in a chair.

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* GainaxEnding: In "Haunted Society Plumbers" Duckman & Cornfed are pretending to be plumbers working at a classy soiree. They end up trying to find a thief who had stolen a supposedly cursed diamond. Cornfed eventually saves the day by projecting a special-effects ghost to scare the thief into confessing. The owner of the diamond offers the duo a box of donuts as reward. A second ghost comes into the scene and scares everyone away. The ghost is revealed to be Homer Simpson wearing a sheet, who begins eating the donuts before saying into the camera Duckman's trademark phrase "what the hell are you staring at?!" Cue credits.
* GagBoobs: Seen in many episodes, but perhaps most pronounced in "All About Elliott" when Elliott's final ingredient to make Duckman overload on pleasure is a stripper with boobs that are practically as long as she is tall. And that's not all; she's one of identical sextuplets!
* {{Gasshole}}: Grandma-ma
* GeniusDitz: Ajax shows shades of this on occasion, usually for the sake of a joke. At a funeral, he gives a profound speech about how life is fleeting, only to be met with blank stares. He then says something you'd expect him to say, prompting the audience to laugh (which he sums up as giving them what they want). Also lampshaded in another episode when Ajax proves to be quite capable with a harp, remarking that he'd become an idiot savant with a few years' more practice.
* GeorgeLucasAlteredVersion: Invoked in-universe in an episode where older films with smoking are altered to remove the cigarettes and replace them with less offensive objects. See also Film/ThankYouForSmoking, which uses the same joke at the end of the film.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Examples so numerous that a list of moments when the show is ''not'' GettingCrapPastTheRadar would be shorter. [[Radar/{{Duckman}} Now has its own page.]]
* GilliganCut:
** Seen in "Psyche" when Duckman says he and Cornfed aren't going on the date with the two women... and the next scene is the two on a date with the women.
** In "I, Duckman", Duckman pulls out a reel of his old home movies. Cornfed hastily tries to make excuses and leave. Cut to the projector running with Cornfed strapped down and his [[Film/AClockworkOrange eyelids clamped open.]]
* GiveMeAReason: In "Not So Easy Riders", the IRS agent says this to Duckman while pointing a gun in his face.
--> '''Agent''': Give me a reason! I work and slave to protect John Q. Public from scam artists like you, and what does it get me? Do I get any satisfaction at all? Oh, sure, occasionally, I get a little peppy in my questioning, but then it's "civil rights" this, and "cruel and unusual" that!
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: Bernice does this when she realizes that sperm donor she used to conceive is likely Duckman.
--> '''Bernice''': {reading the sperm donor's list of qualities} "...like's watersports?"
--> '''Duckman''': {dressed in waterwings and a snorkel} "in fact I'm late for a date right now!"
* GodlySidestep: Finding himself in Heaven, Duckman gets an Etch-A-Sketch from God. He asks why and God tells him that it has the Meaning of Life written on it, but by then it has been erased from Duckman moving it around.
* GrandeDame: There's one in "Haunted Society Plumbers".
* GreenEyedMonster: The premise of "A Civil War": Duckman being jealous of Cornfed's limitless abilities in virtually every category.
* GroinAttack: Happens to Duckman on occasion.
--> ''A newspaper is thrown right next to Duckman's head.''
--> '''Duckman''': Heh, ha, [[TemptingFate you missed]]!
--> ''Another newspaper strikes him a little lower.''
--> '''Duckman''': {''wheezing''} Forgot the ads.
* HairTriggerTemper: Duckman, but especially in the beginning of "Bonfire of the Panties".
--> '''Duckman''': DAMN... STUPID... ''OXYGEN''!!!
* HandWave:
** Utilized in "The Road to Dendron" when the villain explains why he performed his evil plan. The instant he begins to explain, a cow walks in front of the camera and munches so loudly you can't hear him. A few seconds later, the cow walks away, only to hear the villain concluding, "And that's why I did it!"
** In "Westward No!", Big Jack [=McBastard=] comes back at the end of the episode, alive and well. When Duckman and Cornfed are baffled how he could've survived being trampled and eaten by vultures, [=McBastard=] simply says, "Long story."
* HangingJudge: In "Das Sub", after the judge carries out Duckman's community service sentence:
--> '''Judge''': Bailiff! If he's not gone in fifteen seconds, ''kill'' him!
* HappyDance: Duckman has one that involves pelvic thrusts.
* HarmlessElectrocution: Sometimes occurs, such as when Duckman sends Ajax down to connect a pirated cable with exposed wires. Cue the bright shock lights from behind Duckman.
* TheHedonist: Oh, and HOW! Duckman's life more or less revolves around his desperate attempts to fulfill various borderline-illegal lusts and gorging himself on any junk food that the FDA hasn't had the sound mind to ban yet.
* HenpeckedHusband: John, to Roxanne.
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: Tammy from "Cock Tales For Four" is never seen or heard; we only have a vague idea of what she and Ajax are doing on their date by what Ajax comes downstairs to get.
* HiddenDepths: Deep beneath the surface, Duckman really does care for his family, friends, and even Bernice. He can also solve cases if motivated to actually try.
** In "Bonfire of the Panties", Duckman's friends and family give him an aphrodisiac that would allow one woman to become infatuated with him, and warn him that he is not to throw it away on some easy trick. Duckman manages to reverse engineer it and make all the aphrodisiac he wants. His Shoulder Angel admonishes him by pointing out his potential and how he is wasting his talents. His Shoulder Devil counters with how it doesn't matter because he's going to get all the tail he wants. His Shoulder Angel reluctantly agrees.
** "The One With Lisa Kudrow in a Small Role" reveals that Ajax is saving money to go to college. (Not that he can spell "college," given the six Qs, but still...) However, his savings are all [=IOUs=]... to himself. Turns out he has been secretly slipping money into his father's wallet to help him out.
** It's hinted at in the show, and ''strongly'' hinted in the comics, that Duckman and Bernice are actually attracted to each other, because, well, Bernice looks ''exactly'' like Duckman's dead wife, and Bernice actually sees what her sister saw in him. This causes them to lash out even more than they normally would.
* HilariousOuttakes: The end credits to "Haunted Society Plumbers" parody this, with audio of [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Homer's]] inept efforts to say Duckman's catch phrase correctly.
* HumiliationConga: Happens to Duckman at least OncePerEpisode.
* HurricaneOfEuphemisms: Duckman lets loose a flurry upon realizing that Bev and Cornfed hadn't consummated their relationship.
-->'''Duckman''': Bev, what're you sayin'? That he's never foamed your runway? He's never Jacked your Valenti? Woolied your mammoth? Sha-na'd your Na? [[Film/SilenceOfTheLambs Silenced your lamb]]? John'd your 3:16? Pardoned your Nixon?
* HypercompetentSidekick: A mainstay of Cornfed's characterisation.
* HypocrisyNod: Played with at the end of "Apocalypse Not"; Cornfed stops the town from killing Duckman by saying he and the rest of the town (who had spent all day in the sewer practicing a drill) acted no better than Duckman did on the surface. But throughout his speech, Cornfed keeps admitting that what Duckman did was ''indeed'' probably worse. Finally, Cornfed admits that he can't even convince himself that he was no better than Duckman, and rallies the town to chase after Duckman.
* HypocriticalHumor: Used all the time, often demonstrated by Duckman.
** In "Inherit the Judgement: The Dope's Trial":
--> '''Mambo''': You get the sense the gene pool around here could use a little more chlorine?\\
'''Bernice''': Now, now don't be snobs. This is the heartland, the soul of our country, the moral center of our national identity.\\
'''Hillbilly''': ''(bleeding)'' Does this look infected?\\
'''Bernice''': Let's blow this hellhole!
* ICommaNoun: "I, Duckman".
* IgnoredEpiphany: At the end of "Days of Whining and Neurosis", Bernice notices that Duckman is healthier after his week in the clinic:
--> '''Duckman''': Well this changes everything! From now on, it's pinto beans every day! Sex, without a prosthesis! I've turned myself around. It's time to meet the new and improved Duckman! (a guy with a cigarette cuts him off) AGH! Hey you, Bob-Noxious! Haven't you heard the statistics on second hand smoke? Ahhh, a whole new world... (sniffs, but inhales the smoke; instantly his muscles drop, he regains his belly, and his eyes become bloodshot) And how better way to start that world than with a pound of bacon and some curly fries? And coffee filters, USED! I'll wear 'em around my face like a surgeon's mask! (sees a hot woman) HEY NURSE! I've got a thermometer that'll make you bed-ridden for a week! Where are ya goin'? It's time for my exam, see? I'm turnin' my head and coughin'! (coughs; runs after her) Now it's YOUR turn! Nurse! Nursey!
* ImADoctorNotAPlaceholder: Parodied in "Where No Duckman Has Gone Before".
-->'''Duckman:''' Is he dead?\\
'''Art:''' Dammit, Jim! I'm a doctor, not a rodeo clown! ''(beat)'' Well, I'm not a rodeo clown.\\
'''Duckman:''' Who's Jim?\\
'''Art:''' All right, fine! I'm a rodeo clown, and you're not Jim!
* ImageSong: "The Funky Duckman"
* ImNotADoctorButIPlayOneOnTV:
** Parodied in "A Civil War":
--> '''Actor''': Hi, I'm not an actor, but I play one on TV.
** Also used in "Pig Amok" where actors from ChicagoHope are brought in to provide medical statements for a documentary.
* InJoke: One episode has Confed explaining in great detail how a murder was carried out by [[spoiler: a group of celebrities in detox]]. One step involves [[Creator/KlaskyCsupo klasky soup]].
** And [[Creator/KlaskyCsupo potatoes Csupo]].
* InkblotTest:
** Administered to Duckman in "A Room With a Bellevue". His answer disturbs the psychiatrists. Cornfed later "correctly" identifies the image in the inkblot test.
** In "A Civil War", Duckman accidentally spills ink on his chest. Numerous people guess what the image on his chest is.
* InnerMonologue: In "The Road to Dendron", after seeing Princess Fallopia:
--> '''Cornfed''': (thinking) I'm deeply, deeply in love. I'd better not tell Duckman.\\
'''Duckman''': (thinking) Nookie! Royal nookie! I got everything I want in the palm of my hand, and it's not even me! I'd better not tell Duckman.
* InnocentlyInsensitive: Unfortunately, Duckman often ends up being this when he makes an effort to be nice and considerate-especially notable in the episode parodying ''Series/{{Friends}}''.
* InsanityDefense: In "A Room With a Bellevue", Duckman is arrested for ranting in public without a starched collar. During Duckman's trial, his lawyer advises him to plead insanity. Duckman does so, but is instantly sentenced to a mental institution. The lawyer remarks, "Guess I should've seen that coming..."
* InkSuitActor: Duckman's neighbor IS BenStein. Same goes for Art De Salvo AKA Creator/GilbertGottfried.
* InstantCostumeChange: In "Inherit the Judgment: The Dope's Trial", Duckman laments that he has no lawyer for his case, so Cornfed ducks down and is suddenly in a lawyer's suit.
* IntimidatingRevenueService: As seen in "Not So Easy Riders". The IRS guy even ''points a gun'' at Duckman during his appointment.
* InstrumentalThemeTune
* IrisOut: "Inherit the Judgment: The Dope's Trial" ends this way.
* IronButtMonkey: Fluffy and Uranus, who always get eviscerated in some terrible way but are fine a few scenes later, though the effects sometimes last longer than others -- for instance in the episode where they get eaten.
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne:
** This one from "Clip Job":
--> '''Medfly''': You stupid clumsy idiotic brain-dead yellow imbecile!
--> '''Duckman''': Hey, wait, hold on there buddy! (beat) You really think I'm yellow? I've always seen myself as more a sallow ochre. Here, check the butt feathers.
** In "Noir Gang," Duckman and Cornfed exchange insults through the narration, until finally:
--->'''Cornfed:''' [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Simpsons]] wannabe!\\
'''Duckman:''' ''(out loud)'' That's it!
* ItsPersonal: In "Dammit Hollywood", when Duckman trashes Minehard on TV:
--> '''Minehard''': This time, it's personal. Not that the other times I said that weren't personal too. They ''were'' personal, but ''this'' time, it's just more personal compared to those other times, which were ''also'' personal.
* IUhYouToo: In "Cellar Beware", Duckman and the family are seemingly about to be killed by their own security system, so Duckman takes the last few moments to say he loves the whole family, even... B... B... Buh, BURRR!!! (Bernice stares before bursting into tears with everyone else)
** In "Clip Job":
--> '''Bernice''': Hey, Mr. Demented, bug-eyed but strangely compelling in that off-beat kind of way, kidnapper: We're no TV show! We're real! We're flawed! Just because we're not a 27-inch picture perfect family doesn't mean we don't... (looks at Duckman) llll.... lo-lo-love- (shudders)
* IWantThemAlive: When Agnes and Duckman escape the chain gang in "You've Come a Wrong Way, Baby", Walt Evergreen initially orders his minions to bring them back alive. But then he changes his mind:
--> '''Walt Evergreen''': Aw heck, this is the DeepSouth. Let's bring 'em back ''dead''!
* {{Jerkass}}:
** Yes, it's Duckman. It's a core driver of the show's plots and comedy.
** If you think Duckman is bad, his Uncle Mo is even worse, to the point where he inflicts psychological torment on Duckman and even Cornfed defines him as just plain evil.
* JerkassHasAPoint: During most of his rants, Duckman is actually capable of making some pretty valid points about other characters or society in general.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: ''Deep'' beneath his {{Jerkass}} exterior, Duckman genuinely loves his family.
* JewelersEyeLoupe: In the episode "Pig Amok" Cornfed offers Bernice a diamond ring. Bernice accepts it and immediately checks it with a loupe.
* JitterCam: Done in "American Dicks" to simulate the ''Series/{{COPS}}'' feel.
* JokerJury: In "Inherit the Judgment: The Dope's Trial", King Chicken requests that, instead of going through the usual jury selection process, they just use whoever is currently (and unknowingly) sitting in the jury box. The motion is granted.
* JugglingLoadedGuns:
--> '''Duckman:''' Did I ever tell you my Dad's last words to me?\\
'''Cornfed:''' "Careful, son, I don't think the safety is on."\\
'''Duckman:''' Before that!
* JustBetweenYouAndMe: "They never just kill ya. There's always a lecture."
* KangarooCourt: "Inherit the Judgment: The Dope's Trial".
--> '''King Chicken''': Ladies and gentlemen of the jury: Think of an innocent child pickin' a daisy on a sunny Sunday afternoon. ''Now'', imagine Duckman roaring out of nowhere, driving a large truck! He hits her, and kills her, then he backs up and he runs over her ''again'' and ''again'' and ''again'', a sadistic beast, with a deranged, savage lust for blood!\\
'''Cornfed''': Objection! What's this fantasy got to do with the case before the court?\\
'''Judge''': Sustained! [[ComicallyMissingThePoint The jury will disregard the fact that the defendant wantonly, brutally, and carelessly killed a little girl.]]\\
'''Duckman:''' Ha! Won that one!
** Additionally, the judge is King Chicken's father, there was no jury selection process and the townspeople aren't too bright anyhow.
* KarmaHoudini: Subverted in "I, Duckman." Wolfgang Cracker was [[ImAHumanitarian a horrible cannibal]] that Duckman inadvertently caught some time earlier. Cracker considers it the best thing to ever happen to him, as (thanks to an agent) he went on to become a rich celebrity. He even mocks Duckman for it - saying revenge against a nobody would be a waste of time. Then he gets a package that turns out to be from the Mad Bomber...
* KarmicDeath:
** The two burglars in "Cellar Beware"; they stole, among many things, Charles and Mambo's solar-powered magnet invention. When one of the burglars tells the other to open the sunroof, a ton of metal objects instantly are sucked onto their car, presumably crushing them to death.
** In "They Craved Duckman's Brain", Roland Thompson tries to kill Duckman to prevent the cure for cancer from being issued to the piblic because it would cut into his profits from healthcare. He crashes into a truck appropriately labeled "Poetic Justice" full of cigarettes that burn up and cause him to contract and die from cancer within ''seconds'' from the smoke.
* KarmicTransformation: At the climax of "You've Come a Long Way, Baby!", Tony Randall transforms the corrupt tobacco magnate Walt Evergreen and his goons into tobacco-eating locusts.
* TheKenBurnsEffect: Seen in "Pig Amok" during the Ken Burns-esque documentary.
* LampshadeHanging: Done quite frequently.
** In "The Road to Dendron", Cornfed asks why he's asking so unlike himself. A voice from off-screen says: "The password is: Bad writing."
** In "Clip Job", Duckman asks what kind of people would lower themselves to create a lazily written and morally bankrupt clip show, at which point he looks at the camera when the "Executive Producer" credits appear.
** In "TV or Not To Be", God says, "I hate message shows," after Duckman delivers some social commentary.
** Done by Cornfed in "Gland of Opportunity"
--> '''Cornfed''': You realize of course science would frown at the idea that a glandular transplant could manifest in a behavioural change.
** Another one from the same episode: Voices from earlier in the episode play in Duckman's mind ("Chickenman"; "He is a less-than-ideal role model."), and ends with Duckman thinking, "Why do you hear these voices in your head every week?"
* LampshadeTheObscureReference: At the end of "Clip Job", Cornfed arrests Harry Medfly and says, [[Series/HawaiiFiveO "Book 'em, Danno."]] He then tells the audience that while he could've gone with a [[Series/{{Dragnet}} Jack Webb]] reference, he decided to go for something different.
** In "The Gripes of Wrath", Bernice says "[[Theatre/WhosAfraidOfVirginiaWoolf What. A. Dump.]] What's that from, Duckman?" Duckman refuses to play along any longer:
--> '''Duckman''': I'm tired of it, Bernice! Tired of all of it! Especially this pretentious roleplaying from a movie nobody remembers!
* LastKiss: In "Inherit the Judgment: A Dope's Trial", King Chicken asks Bernice for one last kiss before he's hanged. Duckman, in turn, winces.
* LastNameBasis: Duckman, Cornfed, and King Chicken, although eventually their full names are revealed. Duckman is ashamed of his, and Duckman makes fun of Cornfed's name the first time it comes up.
* {{Leitmotif}}: King Chicken has one, as does Agnes Delrooney. Beatrice has one as well.
* LetsGetDangerous: Duckman can do this, rarely, when it comes to saving his or his family's ass. Even more rarely, he can do it when it comes to social situations. In certain circumstances, he can actually successfully charm women.
* LionsAndTigersAndHumansOhMy
* LogoJoke: In "Inherit the Judgment: The Dope's Trial," after Duckman is acquitted he mentions he had faith in a higher power, looks up towards the sky... the camera follows his gaze as it goes through the clouds... and stops on a mountain surrounded by stars with the word "Paramount" above the peak. [[Creator/{{Paramount}} Three guesses as to which company made this.]]
* LongList:
** In "You've Come a Wrong Way, Baby", there's a parody of the scene from ''Film/TheFugitive'' when a long list of places to search for the getaway is given.
-->'''Walt Evergreen''': OK people, listen up. I want a hard target search of every outhouse, beach house, warehouse, boat house, smoke house, clubhouse, ice house, hot house, White House, crack house, bath house, dog house, cat house, reptile house, halfway house, slaughter house, haunted house, gingerbread house, and [[{{Pun}} Joe Eszterhas]] in the tri-swamp area.
** In "Papa Oom M.O.W. M.O.W.", Cornfed rattled off the merchandise created when Duckman had his fifteen minutes of fame.
--> '''Cornfed''': There's Duckman T-shirts, Happy Meals, condoms, tequila suppositories, aluminum siding, there are Duckman pajamas with peek-a-boo butt flaps, there's Duckman cereal with strawberry Duckman pinch toasted wheat women, there's Duckman [[{{Pun}} Dairy-erre]] frozen yogurt, Simply Duckman-scented love oils, Duckman tartar control tuckus toothpaste with its pinch-able butt-shaped dispenser, and Duckman kung-fu action figures with the plier-like grip for that extra inch of pinch.
** In "The Mallardian Candidate", Cornfed listed all the so-called "necessary" items Duckman purchased for the surveillance job.
--> '''Duckman''': Hey. Name ''one thing'' I bought that wasn't essential for this case.\\
'''Cornfed''': The closet full of Sansabelt Armanis, the Avian waterbed, the 350 pounds of Mallomars, the surround sound CD system you listened to while checking out the Music/SherylCrow album cover for visible panty lines...\\
'''Duckman''': [[ExactWords I said ONE thing!]]
** In the same episode, Iggy reveals that his organization was behind all sorts of conspiracies, and lists them all:
--> '''Iggy''': Welcome to the World Domination League, the secret force behind every conspiracy: The death of Music/{{Elvis|Presley}}, what really happened to Creator/{{M|arilynMonroe}}onroe, [[Music/JimiHendrix Hendrix]], [[Music/TheDoors Morrison]].\\
'''Duckman''': And [[UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy President Kennedy]]?\\
'''Iggy''': No, [[WhoShotJFK actually that was a lone gunman]]. But everything else was us: The rise of Communism, the fall of Communism, getting prayers out of schools, getting sex on TV, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking the way pens don't work in the post office]], [[Creator/MaryKateAndAshleyOlsen the Olsen twins]].
** In "Clip Job":
--> '''Duckman''': Maybe I ''am'' a little rough around the edges. Maybe I could be a little more tactful when it comes to dealing with women, co-workers, service route handlers, census takers, the sheet metal workers union, people who bought Kathie Lee CD of Christmas songs, small, high-strung, butt-ugly dogs, kids with really funny birthmarks on their faces, peppers, Trekkers, boomers, buppies, slackers...
** In "They Craved Duckman's Brain!", the villain plays a video which lists all the people who profit from cancer (see StrawCharacter below for the transcript).
** In "A Room With a Bellevue", when Duckman finally snaps:
--> '''Duckman''': I just want to get home for my kids' birthday, but this whole leaf-blowing, false-advertising, traffic-stopping, tax-dollar-squandering, workers-on-permanent-coffee-break, upper-class-money-dodging, stolen-car-parts-dealing, sign-changing society won't let me!
** In "A Civil War", after Duckman is kicked out of open mic comedy night:
--> '''Duckman''': Bunch of thin-skinned, no-humor pansies. You tell them an ice-breaker or two about women's libbers, gays, environmentalists, several minorities, the homeless, couple of religions, anorexics, obese people, the handicapped, old farts, baldness and people who walk real goofy 'cause they just had a vasectomy and suddenly, they get all sensitive, like I'd offended one of them or something!
** In "Cellar Beware", the list of everything Duckman borrowed and never gave back to his neighbors: A lawnmower, a weed whacker, a "Dave and Jenny Farber" welcome mat, the TV, the dining room chairs, a framed picture of someone else's children at Sea World, and a dialysis machine.
--> '''Duckman''': ''(nervously, to the neighbors)'' Well, well, well, should have guessed it. You move into the same neighborhood, you're bound to have similar tastes.
* LongLostRelative:
** Beverly, as introduced in "Bev Takes a Holiday". Also Cornfed's "son" in "In the Nam of the Father" (though he's eventually revealed to be an imposter trying to scam Cornfed out of money).
** Duckman's real biological father is revealed in "Kidney, Popsicle, and Nuts", [[{{Retcon}} thereby meaning that the man seen in flashbacks from previous episodes wasn't his real father.]]
* LopsidedDichotomy: In "Apocalypse Not":
--> '''Cornfed''': That's either thousands of pounds of destructive flood water, or Rush Limbaugh on rollerblades.
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* MagicalSecurityCam: In "Clip Job", Harry Medfly shows Duckman numerous clips from the ''Duckman'' series. Duckman's shocked how he managed to get that footage, surmising that Medfly [[LampshadeHanging must have had hidden cameras everywhere.]] But Medfly rebukes that, saying he merely taped the clips off television, and telling Duckman that he's a TV series.
* MamaBear: Bernice.
* MandatoryLine: In "Sperms of Endearment" Cornfed suddenly appears at Duckman's door. Duckman says [[ItMakesSenseInContext it's a bad time right now]] but Cornfed states that he's required to appear in every episode for at least 10 seconds.
* MattressTagGag: After Duckman gets an adrenal gland transplant in the "Gland of Opportunity" episode, he gets a huge confidence boost and starts taking all manner of risks.
-->'''Duckman''': The point is I'm ready to attack life with a new abandon. I've got thrills to seek, deaths to defy, mattress tags to tear off.
* TheMeaningOfLife: In one episode, Duckman dies and meets God, who before sending him back to Earth gives him an Etch-A-Sketch. Duckman is angry about getting such a lame gift, until God tells him that it has the Meaning of Life written on it. By then, however, Duckman's angry gesticulating had erased it completely.
* MediumBlending: The episode "My Feral Lady" features a sequence where Duckman and his wife-to-be appear on the live action daytime talk show "Leeza".
* MenCantKeepHouse: Demonstrated by Duckman in "Married Alive" when Bernice is away for the weekend. The house becomes a dump in short order.
* MessianicArchetype: Ajax is one in "The One With Lisa Kudrow in a Small Role", as he is worshiped by the citizens of Betamax, a far-off planet. Ajax even plays them a videotape of "advice" Duckman (whom he calls "dod") gave him, and they treat it like divine wisdom. Towards the end of the episode, Ajax escapes the planet and returns to Earth, and one of the Betamaxians says, "Truly, he was the son of dod."
* MissingMom: Duckman's wife, Beatrice, is thought to be dead the whole series... that is, until we're thrown a curve ball in "Four Weddings Inconceivable".
* {{Mondegreen}}: In-universe: In "Grandma-ma's Flatulent Adventure", Duckman mishears a long speech by Grandma-ma (in a nutshell, that she accepts him as part of the family) as "Eat more cheese."
* MoodSwinger: In "The Gripes of Wrath":
--> '''Ajax''': It's over. Paradise is lost. The utopian dream forever shattered and never to be regained!.... But I ''could'' use a new stereo.
* MoralGuardians: One of them kidnaps Duckman in "Clip Job".
* MotiveRant: King Chicken would frequently point out how it was Duckman's childhood teasing that drove him to a life of crime. It became a RunningGag that other characters would be bored at the mere mention of that.
* MotorMouth: Duckman himself, though more in the first half of the series.
** The Creator/RobinWilliams [[Film/GoodMorningVietnam parody]] in "In the Nam of the Father".
* TheMovie: Parodied in "Papa Oom M.O.W. M.O.W." when a live action made-for-TV movie is made about Duckman. Cornfed is portrayed as an incompetent drunk (by [[CastingGag his voice actor]] Gregg Berger at that).
* MrExposition: In "The Road to Dendron", a simple question to a stranger leads to this, but Duckman shoots him down before he can ramble too much:
--> '''Duckman''': Who's tall, dark and creepy?\\
'''Man''': Beware. Beware. That is the sultan's fakir, Achmed al-Wazir, an evil man full of tricks and tortures and torments. It is said that when the moon is full, he-\\
'''Duckman''': ALL RIGHT THANK YOU, we'll be in touch.
* MultipleHeadCase: Charles and Mambo
* MusicalEpisode: Subverted: "The Road to Dendron" started out looking like a musical episode, with a catchy song to explain the plot. But there is no more singing for the rest of the episode, until the finale, which is muted anyway because [[LampshadeHanging the show used up its budget on the opening song]].
* MusicalisInterruptus: In "Haunted Society Plumbers", the song "That's Us" is briefly interrupted by Cornfed, reacting to one of Duckman's lyrics ("Opp and Heimer!").
* NeckSnap: In "Dammit Hollywood", [[Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger Minehard Braunbusser]] [[DisproportionateRetribution snaps a guy's neck when he tries to leave the movie set.]]
* NegativeContinuity: Although sometimes events did carry over to later episodes. One of the bigger examples is how Duckman and Cornfed first met. In "Civil War," the two are shown as meeting as adults when Cornfed worked as a baker. ("The Girls of Route Canal" showed the two actually meeting well-before "Civil War," but Duckman was typically pre-occupied with himself and crass, so he would obviously not remember.) But in "From Brad to Worse," the two are shown as old high school pals - played straight and not as a joke as in "The Girls of Route Canal."
** One notable aversion was in "You've Come a Wrong Way, Baby" with Grandma-ma [[spoiler: being revealed to still be Agnes from several months earlier and even waking up and participating in the plot. This is an interesting example, since in "Crime, Punishment, War, Peace, and the Idiot" before this episode we'd seen a flashback inside Grandma-ma's mind implying she was still Grandma-ma and suggesting the show was going to have no continuity with respect to Agnes replacing her, only for Agnes to show up in a later episode. It's possible however that the episode order was changed.]]
* NeverMyFault: In "You've Come a Wrong Way, Baby", after Bernice catches Charles and Mambo smoking:
--> '''Bernice''': When children pick up bad habits, it's time to take a good, hard look at ourselves and place the blame where it obviously belongs: On the cigarette companies!
* NewJobAsThePlotDemands: [[Creator/GilbertGottfried Art De Salvo]] and Terry Duke Tetzlov, two recurring characters who usually fill in when a plot requires a sleazy agent, unqualified doctor, human trafficker or similar scumbag. Justified in that both men are scummy sleazebags who probably aren't legally allowed to perform a certain job for very long.
** Taken to a hilarious extreme in "Grandma-ma's Flatulent Adventure" where Duckman is delivering a eulogy at a funeral parlour owned by Tetzlov. He looks up when he is done speaking to see the funeral parlour is now a video game arcade.
--> '''Tetslov''': "Turn's out you need a license to operate a funeral home! So I set up this video arcade instead. You'll have to leave now you're scaring the children."
* NicheNetwork: In "TV Or not To Be" Duckman flips past "The All Potato Cakes Network", "The Mismatched Buddy Comedy Network", "The Lets Talk in Pig Latin Network", "The Skin Disease Network" and "The Roadkill Identification Network".
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed:
** "Dammit Hollywood" features parodies of Creator/SylvesterStallone, Creator/BruceWillis and Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger.
** "Papa Oom M.O.W. M.O.W." features a parody of Geraldo Rivera, named Geofredo.
** "Days Of Whining and Neuroses" and a few others features comedians "Roulette" (Creator/AndrewDiceClay) and "Roxanne" (Creator/RoseanneBarr)
** In "Das Sub", Duckman lists off some of his favorite "school movie" actors, like Jeff Belushi, Goose Gossett Jr., and [[Film/TheSubstitute Tom Berenstain]].
* NoEnding: The series' 4th season final episode ended with a CliffHanger involving [[spoiler: Duckman's wife Beatrice, whose death aggravated most of Duckman's self-destructive tendencies, being revealed to be alive]]. Naturally, the first time the show's creators were confident of the show being picked up for another season, it wasn't.
* NoIndoorVoice: Duckman's default voice.
* NoirEpisode: Specifically, "Noir Gang", which is rendered entirely in black and white except for the final few seconds when the sun comes out. There are Noir motifs right through the series, and in Duckman's own mind he's a pulp detective hero.
* NonhumansLackAttributes: Duckman makes an aside to Cornfed in "Papa Oom M.O.W. M.O.W." when some hot babes enter his office: "It's times like this, I wish I had a penis," lampshading that he wears no clothes and yet has no visible genitalia.
* NoodleIncident: Numerous examples, usually involving Duckman doing something horrific.
--> '''Duckman''': It's hard to get [Ripley's] to come out, they're still mad about "the bee thing"...
* NoFourthWall: Frequent asides to the audience, digs at the Creator/USANetwork, and so forth.
* NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity: Invoked in "Papa Oom M.O.W. M.O.W.": Duckman is revealed to be a fraud when footage of Duckman grabbing women's butts was shown on Geofredo's show; Duckman complains about this, but Art De Salvo (who's representing him) tells Duckman not to sweat it; in a week, nobody will remember ''why'' he was famous, but the fame will remain anyway.
* NoSympathy: In "America the Beautiful", the '80s businessman is annoyed that his secretary took time off for "an operation":
--> '''Businessman''': ...On her colon. They found some sort of... "tumor", or something. Jeez.
* NoteToSelf: In "A Room With a Bellevue", a bunch of insects envelop Duckman's face when he opens his car window. He remarks, "Note to self: No more meat-flavored cologne."
* NotHelpingYourCase: In "Clip Job", Harry Medfly tries to make a connection between what's aired on TV and social problems:
--> '''Harry''': Did you know there were 500 murders in America the week after ''Film/TheTerminator'' aired?\\
'''Duckman''': How many the week before?\\
'''Harry''': 500. But that's not the point.
* NoThemeTune / TitleOnlyOpening: In "Das Sub", the typical opening sequence is not used. Instead, the ''Duckman'' title appears on a black background while the narrator from ''Series/LawAndOrder'' describes the criminal justice system (see OpeningNarration below).
* NotSoDifferent: In "Cock Tales For Four", King Chicken blames Duckman for his life being a failure, due to Duckman ridiculing him to the other children when they were kids. However, after King Chicken says that Duckman couldn't possibly know what it's like to be an outcast, Duckman snaps: "I know ''exactly'' what that's like! (long pause) After you ran home, they made fun of me, too." This revelation causes the two to realize they have a lot in common, and temporarily become friends... until King Chicken's wife comes onto Duckman and King Chicken blames Duckman for it, thereby reinstating the long-standing feud between the two.
** Bernice often demonstrates that she's just as crude, lewd, and temperamental as Duckman, although usually with more restraint.
* OffOnATechnicality: In "Inherit the Judgment: The Dope's Trial," Cornfed looks over every possible technicality to save Duckman from going to trial [[ItMakesSenseInContext over saying "egg" in the town]]. Nothing pans out and at the trial, Duckman is about to be pronounced guilty and sentenced to death. Fortunately, Charles and Mambo come up with the most unlikely technicality of all - Duckman didn't know what he did was against the law.
-->'''King Chicken:''' Ignorance of the law is no excuse.\\
'''Cornfed:''' ''(reading the boys' paper)'' Actually, this is the one town where ignorance ''is'' a legal excuse.\\
'''Judge:''' I didn't know that.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: During the time that Grandmama spent in Agnes Delrooneys place in prison, she has somehow managed to become the head mobster for the gangs inside the jail, despite being unable to move an inch or talk.
* OncePerEpisode: Duckman doing something horrible to his living plush-animal office assistants Fluffy and Uranus.
* TheOneWith: A third season episode is titled "The One With Lisa Kudrow in a Small Role".
* OnlyFriend: Duckman and Cornfed are this to each other. Cornfed's loyalty to Duckman is incomprehensible, but ultimately unshakable.
* OpeningNarration: The episode "Das Sub" opens with a ''Series/LawAndOrder'' parody:
--> '''Narrator''': In the criminal justice system, there are two separate but equally important groups: The police and prosecutors, who apprehend and try the offenders, and the idiotic defendants who take up the court's time with their self-serving blather. These are their stories.
* OrSoIHeard: Demonstrated in "The Germ Turns" by Cornfed, of all people.
* OrgyOfEvidence: In "A Civil War," Duckman's lust for Val de Ree, the hot widow of a murdered business executive, leads him to ignoring multiple clues, including a bloody knife, an actual SmokingGun, a recording of the murder, [[NotInFrontOfTheParrot a parrot yelling "Stop it Val! You're killing me!"]], and the victim's still-warm body. [[spoiler: It was actually the factory's burly foreman in a [[LatexPerfection disturbingly form-fitting Val costume]].]]
* OtherStockPhrases: In "Gripes of Wrath", after Bernice shows affection for Duckman, he replies: "Who ARE you, and what have you done with Bernice?!"
* OutOfCharacterMoment:
** Parodied in "The Road to Dendron." After Duckman is taken away by the guards (presumably to his death), Cornfed just dances around in a circle, repeatedly gloating, "The princess loves me!" When he finally exhausts himself and falls over:
-->'''Cornfed:''' What am I doing?! Dancing for four days, forgetting about Ajax and Duckman. Why would I behave so callously, so unlike myself?\\
'''Narrator:''' The password is: Bad Writing.
** Also Lampshaded in "America The Beautiful" when Duckman yells at the Gordon Gecko expy that money isnt enough to make a person happy, and immediatly realizes what he has said. Cornfed points out that an obsession with another person can often bring about out-of-character behavior.
* OutrunTheFireball: Parodied in "The Mallardian Candidate".
* OverlyLongGag: The "AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA-1 Plumbing" scene. {{Lampshaded}} when during the umpteenth instance of this gag, Duckman [[NoFourthWall interrupts to note]] they haven't even started the episode plot yet.
* PapaWolf: The one way to light a fire under Duckman's ass is to mess with his family. Even Bernice.
* ParallelPornTitles: Some of the porno movies Bernice gives Duckman in "Gripes of Wrath" episode include "[[Literature/ARoomWithAView A Room With a Spew]]", "[[Franchise/JurassicPark Bareassic Park]]", "[[Film/HannahAndHerSisters Hannah Does Her Sisters]]" and "Literature/HowardsEnd"
* ParentWithNewParamour: Duckman somehow had girlfriends occasionally.
* ParentalNeglect: Duckman, who learned all too well from his own mother.
* ParodyEpisode:
** "The Road to Dendron" is a parody of all those Bing Crosby/Bob Hope "Road To" movies.
** "The Mallardian Candidate" is a parody of ''Literature/TheManchurianCandidate''.
** "Where No Duckman Has Gone Before"... [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries like you need to ask]].
** "My Feral Lady" is a parody of ''Theatre/MyFairLady'', obviously.
** "The Girls of Route Canal" parodies Literature/TheBridgesOfMadisonCounty.
** "Ebony, Baby" parodies {{Blaxploitation}} films in general.
* PelvicThrust: Duckman's HappyDance "The Funky Duckman" consists entirely of this.
* ThePerfectionist: Cornfed. One example from "A Civil War" is when Cornfed performed a complicated basketball slam dunk (complete with stopping in mid-air to paint a signature), and afterwards made the basket from the other end of the court using only a mirror as a guide. After the second shot, he complained that he caught some rim.
* PersonOfMassDestruction: During his time alone on the surface in "Apocalypse Not", Duckman manages to completely wreck the entire city in his hedonistic daze.
* PetTheDog: Deliberately avoided, if not quite often subverted. Usually thanks to Duckman acting like a jerk again once the tender moment's over, or being too oblivious or apathetic.
** The trope is played straight at the end of the first episode, however. After spending most of the episode in a slump due to his family disrespecting him and finding out his attempted murderer wanted another duck detective dead, Duckman is consoled by his worried sons. Ajax even gives him a chunk of his sandwich.
* PhoneTraceRace: Utilized in "Not So Easy Riders" when some IRS agents are tracing Duckman's phone call: Bernice keeps Duckman on the line by asking him if he's read any good books lately.
--> ''Bernice'': What's that one about? (listens) ...With her own ''sisters''? Oh my God.
* {{Pilot}}: There was one that was done as a pitch for the series. It was included on the DVD sets, but unfortunately with commentary enabled as the only audio track so you couldn't hear the dialogue.
* PlaygroundSong: In "The Road to Dendron":
--> '''Duckman''': ''(singing)'' 99 bottles of scotch on the wall, 99 bottles of scotch, if one of those bottles gets puked on the floor...
* PoisonedChaliceSwitcheroo: Performed repeatedly in "The Road to Dendron".
* PoliceBrutality: In "America the Beautiful":
--> '''Cop''': ''(to hippies)'' It's Thursday; time for your weekly confrontation with oppressive authority figures.
* PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad:
** Parodied in "Joking the Chicken".
** In "It's the Thing of the Principal", Duckman and Cornfed try to get into the vice principal's office of Ajax's school, all to no avail. But the second Duckman mentions God in passing, a school cop confronts Duckman and says he won't stand for prayer in public school, and that he has to go to the vice principal's office.
** In "Forbidden Fruit", an episode about sexism, Hebrew will now be known as "We-brew" and a sewer worker was charged with sexual misconduct for referring to his "manhole".
** Fluffy and Uranus's entire schtick, but at least they have the decency to get eviscerated for it.
* PoorMansPorn: Duckman has used these many times, which is odd because he has countless porno mags and videos.
* PopGoesTheHuman: A grotesque murder (by lactose intolerance) in "Days of Whining and Neurosis".
* PornStash: Duckman has a notable one, of which was threatened with destruction in "Forbidden Fruit" to keep him in line.
* {{Postmodernism}}: The series dabbles in this kind of humor, usually with its references and jabs at the Creator/USANetwork. Two episodes stand in particular. "[[ClipShow Clip Job]]" features an irate viewer criticizes Duckman's terrible character using footage of the show as evidence. And "How to Suck in Business Without Really Trying" has "[[Creator/{{Viacom}} Variecom]]" capitalizing on Duckman being a character to represent the Creator/USANetwork, but has to con Duckman out of his name due to Duckman actually existing in a universe that also features a fictional character named Duckman. Complete with Duckman having to dress up in a costume of himself to make money.
--> '''Duckman''': Ah what the hell. If I can't be the real-real me, maybe I'll make some dough impersonating an imitation of the imitation of the real-real me.
* PrecisionFStrike:
** In "Research and Destroy", Bernice lets loose on a snooty bouncer who keeps her and the family waiting in line for Ajax's performance, despite being family: After the bouncer makes a remark about fog, Bernice keeps saying "fogging" while yelling at the bouncer. So while not the actual "f" word, "fogging" sounds close enough. This could also be considered a GettingCrapPastTheRadar moment, really.
** In "Inherit the Judgment: The Dope's Trial", Cornfed asks Duckman: "Are you out of your (beep)ing mind?!"
** In "American Dicks", the cameraman's first introduction to Duckman is him swearing repeatedly, with each instance bleeped out. Even though bleeped, it's pretty obvious what words he's saying, given the context.
** Demonstrated many times when Fluffy and Uranus snap at Duckman in "Forbidden Fruit".
* ProductPlacement: In "Days of Whining and Neurosis" when the killers ask Cornfed how he put the clues together:
--> '''Cornfed''': As fate would have it, my own addiction: ''Series/MurderSheWrote'' reruns on USA. ''(holds up TV Guide)'' Check local listings for showtimes.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: On two occasions, Cornfed said in his typical monotone: "Oh. My. God."
* PunishmentBox: In "You've Come a Wrong Way, Baby", for back-talking, Duckman has to spend a week... in the box. In a subversion, he comes out after the week is up feeling refreshed.
* PunnyName: The third suspect's name in "America the Beautiful" is Saul... Saul Monella.
* RageAgainstTheReflection: In "Noir Gang", Cornfed punches out his reflection in Tamara's room after he tells Duckman that the two are in love, leaving no room for him.
--> '''Cornfed''': ...Ow.
* RapidFireInterrupting: In "The Longest Weekend", Tad Venom (the president of the competing neighborhood block association) repeatedly interrupts Duckman, as he just wants him out of his house.
--> '''Venom''': I'm sorry, may I interrupt you for a moment? (pause) Thanks. Please, go on.\\
'''Duckman''': You-\\
'''Venom''': Please, call me Tad. Look, Mr. Duckman, [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial I promise you there's no neighborhood block association, and I'm not president]]. No, "promise" is the wrong word. "Pretend". (pushes Duckman out the door) I can't thank you enough for stopping by, please come back soon, although I will be out of town for the next thirty years.\\
'''Duckman''': I-\\
'''Venom''': Oooh, you silver-tongued devil. Bye! (slams door)
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: In "Role With It," during a group therapy session involving role playing, Duckman winds up taking a lot of abuse from everyone else in the cast. When he gets his nerve back, though, he very calmly gives it back - doing a little role playing of his own and pointing out all of their faults.
** In "The Gripes of Wrath", Bernice discovers that Duckman would rather go to Busty Bikini Babe Fest instead of taking his kids to the science/technology exhibit. She then launches into a tirade on how he'd rather ogle women than help his children develop their intellect.
--> '''Duckman''': [[InsultBackfire What's the bad part?]]
* RedShirt:
** The waiter in "Apocalypse Not", who even protests that he's not going to perform a dangerous task instead of the main characters, because he's a one-shot and nobody will care if he dies. Bernice says that's nonsense, and after the waiter predictably dies, she half-heartedly mourns his loss, but screws it when she can't remember the waiter's name.
** And in "Where No Duckman Has Gone Before", Fluffy and Uranus appropriately play the "red shirt" characters from Franchise/StarTrek.
* ReinventingTheTelephone: A smoke signal--{{lampshaded}} when they use a telephone after it doesn't work.
* RhetoricalQuestionBlunder: In "Clip Job", when Harry Medfly calls out Duckman on his lust for women:
--> '''Duckman''': Who says lusting and plotting 10, 12 hours a day to brush up against them's a crime?\\
'''Harry''': The Supreme Court.\\
'''Duckman''': (sarcastic chuckle) Yeah. Like they're in charge of interpreting the law for the whole country.
* RightThroughTheWall:
** Bernice and King Chicken have very loud sex in the next room in "Cock Tales For Four", to the point where everything they say can be heard clearly. Duckman knows what's going on but Honey Chicken is too drunk to notice.
** Bernice and Cornfed do the same in "Pig Amok". It's so loud and destructive the walls start to crack. Duckman is too busy with his own thoughts to realize it, though.
* RiskyBusinessDance: In "Apocalypse Not".
* RoommateCom: An episode has Duckman run away from his family and live in an apartment with a group of friends called "The Gang", a parody of Roommate Com (young people living together in a city), complete with studio-audience laughter every time they say something.
* RuleOfThree: While investigating a murder threat, Duckman and Cornfed talk to a trio of suspicious characters in "Noir Gang", with Duckman convinced that the third one is guilty because of this trope. He is of course [[SubvertedTrope immediately proven wrong]] when the suspect is gunned down seconds later.
--> '''Cornfed''': So much for the rule of threes.
* RunningGag:
** Duckman always doing something horribly violent to Fluffy and Uranus in every episode.
** Duckman screwing up Mambo's name.
** From "Inherit the Judgment: The Dope's Trial", the sunglasses-wearing cop.
--> '''Cop''': "You folks lost?"
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* SecondPersonAttack: At the end of "American Dicks":
-->'''Duckman:''' ''(to cameraman, angrily)'' Well, I've about had it with you! Ever since you got here, you've been trying to make me look bad. Well, here! How do I look '''now?!''' ''(punches the camera)''
* SeinfeldianConversation: In "They Craved Duckman's Brain", Cornfed tells Duckman that a wise man once said, "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few." This leads into a lengthy discussion about ''Franchise/StarTrek'', eventually derailing into ''Time After Time'' and ''Film/AClockworkOrange'' before the doctor finally tells everyone to shut up.
* ShoutOut:
** Duckman's middle name, Tiberius, is a reference to the middle name of [[Franchise/StarTrek Captain James Kirk]].
** In "The Road to Dendron", Duckman is forced into a metal cage and lowered towards lava. This is definitely a reference to ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom''.
*** "The Road To Dendron" and "Haunted Society Plumbers" are whole-episode references to the BingCrosby/BobHope movies from the 40's and 50's.
** In "Das Sub," a parody of 1995's ''Nixon'' sees Duckman re-enact the part where Nixon looks at a picture of JFK. As Duckman is filling the Nixon role, [[WesternAnimation/DrKatzProfessionalTherapist Dr. Katz]] is in the picture.
--->"They look at you and see what they wanna watch. They look at me and know it's the wrong channel."
** The series finale shows Ajax reciting the same marriage speech as [[Film/TheGodfather Luca Brasi]].
** Duckman and Cornfed's plumbing business' theme song in "Haunted Society Plumbers" has the same melody as the ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' theme.
** The episode "The Mallardian Candidate" is itself a [[Literature/TheManchurianCandidate shout out]]. The evil organization in the episode also has a [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour Room 101]] in their HQ.
* SingleMindedTwins: Sharing a body, Charles and Mambo displayed this sometimes, although they were also known to argue with each other. They've been known to ''headbutt'' each other!
* SitcomArchNemesis: King Chicken.
* SixDegreesOfKevinBacon: Parodied in "Four Weddings Inconceivable".
* SkewedPriorities: In "Days of Whining and Neurosis":
--> '''Duckman''': Almost there, my cloved-foot comrade. Time to mingle with the millionaires, gallivant with the glitterati, hobnob with the hoi polloi.\\
'''Cornfed''': And with any luck, of course, keep a man from being killed.\\
'''Duckman''': Right right, there's always the side benefits.
** Surprisingly happens to Cornfed in "Clip Job":
--> '''Cornfed''': Given that police organizations are woefully overburdened and that every minute counts in the first 24 hours of a victim's disappearance, I suggest we undertake our own demanding and difficult investigation, beginning with interviews of anyone who's spoken to or seen your father during the past two years combined with a systematic survey of all emergency care facilities within a 50-mile radius and a door-to-door canvassing of the city.\\
'''Bernice''': We have nachos...\\
'''Cornfed''': It can wait.
* SlippingAMickey: In "The Road to Dendron", Duckman is rescued by Princess Fallopia, but doesn't want to sleep with her because [[{{Squick}} she looks virtually identical to Ajax and it would be weird]]. So he asks an aide to slip Fallopia a mickey every night, and the next morning he tells her a tall tale about how good he was in bed with her.
* SlowClap: Played straight at first in "Das Sub", but devolves into parody when the clapping group follows Duckman home, still clapping.
--> '''Duckman''': Would you shut the hell up and go home? I've called the cops! Freakin' hoodlums.
* SlowMotion: In "The Girls of Route Canal", Duckman and Beatrice run towards each other in slow motion when they first meet. In a subversion, the two also speak in slow motion.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Duckman, of course.
* SmokingIsCool: Demonstrated by Duckman in "Gland of Opportunity" when he becomes famous. Interestingly, though, the show mostly averts this trope; Duckman is reluctantly trying to quit smoking right at the start of the series and we're shown the negative side effects of his former addiction.
* SoundEffectBleep: Duckman is bleeped a number of times in succession at the start of "American Dicks".
** In "Exile in Guyville", futuristic society (including little kids) freely says the F-word, which is bleeped.
* SoundtrackDissonance: The end credits music to "Apocalypse Not" features some mellow music with destruction sounds and crowd screams heard underneath it.
* SpikedWheels: Used by Roland Thompson against Duckman and Dr. Craig in "They Craved Duckman's Brain!"
* SpinningPaper: In "The Gripes of Wrath", Duckman has a vision of what will happen if he drinks the tomato juice: He happens upon a gun-toting thug, and accidentally drops the tomato juice. The thug sees the color red and goes nuts, shooting into the air. One of the bullets hits a scientist, who drops a volatile chemical, causing a giant mushroom cloud. Then a newspaper spins towards the screen, reading: "World destroyed; Duckman to blame."
* StayInTheKitchen: America's ex-husband in "America the Beautiful".
-->'''Mr. Nelson''': But then she started ''asking'' me things like "What time I'd be home" or "Why she couldn't have a say in decisions". ''(Laughs)'' Imagine a woman questioning my authority.
-->'''Mrs. Nelson''': ''(Wearing an apron and shackles [[StepfordSmiler calling pleasantly from the doorway]])'' Dear, will the gentlemen be staying for dinner? I fixed a roast.
-->'''Mr. Nelson''': Speak only when spoken to, kitten!
* StealingTheHandicappedSpot: In "Papa Oom M.O.W. M.O.W.", Duckman complains about getting ticketed for doing this. He argues that the only people who would even notice are handicapped drivers - and he can outrun them easily.
* {{Sting}}: In "The Mallardian Candidate", every time "a conspiracy!" is said, a three note, dramatic sting is played. Eventually, Duckman gets irritated at it, especially when the sting interrupts his sentences and, in one instance, plays upon showing him merely walking into a building.
* TheStinger: Later episodes began to feature audio clips played over the Reno & Osborn logo. Sometimes they were a repeat from the episode a la [=MST3K=], other times they were all new.
* StrawCharacter: In "They Craved Duckmanís Brain," Duckman has a cure for cancer in his brain, so the CorruptCorporateExecutive Roland Thompson who is WithholdingTheCure tries to kill Duckman...after a really long JustBetweenYouAndMe:
-->'''A video presentation:''' ''Ladies and Gentlemans, here are your cancer profiteers: doctors, lab workers, pharmaceutical manufactures, probate lawyers, obituaries writers, coffin makers, New Yorkers who need apartments, [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers The Republican Party]]...''
-->'''Duckman:''' ''What's [[FridgeLogic the Republican Party have to do with cancer]]?''
-->'''Roland Thompson''' ''Nothing, really: [[RefugeInAudacity they just go where evil is]].''
* StrawFeminist: One episode features a band of militants who go around getting things changed such as "mailman" to "person person" and "Hebrew" to "Webrew".
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: When Harry Medfly kidnaps Duckman in "Clip Job":
--> '''Harry''': I know what you're thinking, but this has nothing to do with the fact that my column just got dropped, and my wife left me, taking my Franklin Mint clown plate collection.
* TakeThat:
** In "Clip Job", Ajax basically equates ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger'' with sewage.
** King Chicken's full name is [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush George Herbert Walker]] Chicken.
** In "Inherit the Judgement: The Dope's Trial", Charles and Mambo wander into a trailer park, where one of the residents throws a box out his window and almost hits the duo. Charles asks what the box is, and the man says, "Nielsen Box. Whole trailer park's got 'em."
** In "Apocalypse Not", Duckman throws a brick at the building of Creator/TheWB "for sucking" while trashing the vacant city.
* TakeThatCritics: "And to think, Entertainment Weekly panned us."
* TakingTheBullet: A flashback in "A Civil War" showed that Cornfed protected Duckman from bullets shot by a gunman. ''Twice''.
* TastesLikeDiabetes: This is essentially Fluffy and Uranus' entire schtick. Duckman hates it. [[invoked]]
* TemptingFate: Fluffy and Uranus tell house-crasher Duckman about some of their prized possessions in "Forbidden Fruit". The next morning, said items are ruined by Duckman.
* ThatCameOutWrong: In "Inherit the Judgment: The Dope's Trial" when Cornfed wants to be Duckman's lawyer:
--> '''Cornfed''': Relax, Duckman, I'll get you off. Uh, I mean, I'll see that you're found not guilty.
* ThatsAllFolks: The end of "Inherit the Judgment: The Dope's Trial" featured a WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes parody, with Cornfed taking Porky's place:
--> '''Cornfed''': Abadeaabadeaabadea, that's everything we've got, people.
* ThemeParkLandscape: The underground cavern in "The Road to Dendron" features a water passage which Duckman, Cornfed, and Ajax use to escape, though in a subversion, the Fakir laments: "Why did I put in that water slide?! After them!"
* TheyKilledKennyAgain: Fluffy and Uranus die in just about every episode. Usually due to TastesLikeDiabetes.
* ThisIsMySide: Done to an extreme in "Exile in Guyville", when an argument between Bernice and Duckman eventually causes a separation between the males and females of society, separated by a tall wall.
* ToiletHumour:
** In "In the Nam of the Father", Charles says that he's thirsty, and Mambo adds that he has to pee. Duckman says that both of their problems are solved.
** In "Inherit the Judgment: The Dope's Trial", after the family drinks a bunch of water, Duckman says, "No time for bathrooms; we'll sweat it out in the car."
** In "Where No Duckman Has Gone Before", Duckman says he has to go to the bathroom to give new meaning to the term "Captain's Log".
* TongueTied: In "Cock Tales For Four", King Chicken and Duckman get drunk together, leading to this great line:
--> '''King Chicken''': You're... Dickman, private duck!
* TookALevelInBadass: Fluffy and Uranus, of all people, when they're finally fed up with how Duckman is treating them in their own home and demand his respect by screwing over their usual [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad PC-obsessive schtick]] and actually [[ClusterFBomb cussing him out]]. Duckman's sole response is to walk out in silent shock and awe.
* ToothyBird: Just look at the page image.
* TruncatedThemeTune: Certain episodes later in the show's run featured a 12-second version of the theme music.
* UndyingLoyalty: For some reason, Cornfed, Fluffy and Uranus are consistently loyal to Duckman.
* UnreliableNarrator: In "The Girls of Route Canal", when Duckman tells of how he was able to win Beatrice over her husband, Richard:
--> '''Richard''': Duckman, what a wonderful surprise.\\
'''Duckman''': Richard, I'm in love with your wife. In fact, I have been since the first moment I laid eyes on her. I'm sorry, Richard, but my love for Beatrice is like the strong prairie winds, which blow unchecked by man or beast, the mighty oak that grows stronger with each passing rain, the snow-capped peaks that tower above all else since time immemorial.\\
'''Richard''': Duckman, your eloquence has moved me. I'll leave.\\
'''Charles''': ''(voiceover)'' Dad, are you ''sure'' that's the way it happened?\\
'''Duckman''': ''(voiceover)'' Well, I may have changed a few details.\\
''(take two)''\\
'''Richard''': Duckman, what a wonderful surprise.\\
'''Duckman''': Richard, I'm in love with your wife.\\
'''Richard''': ''(grips his chest in pain)''\\
'''Duckman''': Huh. He did say it would kill him. Don't die! You can't die! I loved Beatrice even ''before'' I slept with her.\\
'''Richard''': My heart! ''(gasping)''\\
'''Duckman''': Wait, damn you! I haven't finished! I rehearsed and everything. Come on. It's not like we used your bed. Just your floor, dining room table, workbench, hayloft-\\
'''Richard''': ''(groans)''\\
'''Duckman''': Wait! No! I got to share this with someone! Clear! ''(puts defribulator to his chest)'' She said I was the best she ever had!\\
''(Richard dies; Charles and Mambo are speechless)''
* TheUnreveal: Parodied at the end of "The Road to Dendron," where Cornfed asks why the Fakir had Ajax kidnapped in the first place. Just as he's about to explain, a camel chewing on hay walks by. Once the camel is gone, the Fakir finishes explaining, with Duckman and Cornfed nodding along.
** [[spoiler:The fact that in the Series Finale, Duckman's wife Beatrice was alive this whole time and Cornfed knew about this all along, but the episode ends on a never resolved cliffhanger that as of now remains to be unresolved.]]
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist
* UnwantedRescue: In "Papa Oom M.O.W. M.O.W.", Duckman inadvertently saves the president from a terrorist. However, instead of being hailed as a hero, he's ridiculed by the press for getting in the way of a bigger story, that is, a presidential assassination.
* UnitConfusion: In "Das Sub", after Duckman gets a sentence of 5,000 hours of community service:
--> '''Duckman''': 5,000 hours? That's 45 minutes!
--> '''Cornfed''': Actually, it's about six months.
--> '''Duckman''': What? Damn metric system.
* {{Utopia}}: The city briefly became one in "The Gripes of Wrath." When Duckman made an off-hand complaint about short-lasting deodorant, a supercomputer used his criticism to change society for the better. Something happened between acts two and three to cause [[{{Dystopia}} a complete reversal of this scenario, though]].
* VerbalTic: King Chicken ends his EvilLaugh with "Bawk Bawk Bawk".
* VillainOverForDinner: Played with; in "Cock Tales For Four", Duckman and Bernice drive Ajax to his date's house, but the two haven't met her parents. Duckman is shocked when the girl's father turns out to be his arch-nemesis King Chicken.
* VillainousBreakdown: In "All About Elliot" the eponymous character suffers one after his plan to [[ItMakesSenseInContext kill Duckman with pleasure]] fails.
* TheVoiceless:
** Grandma-ma, who can't speak due to her coma. She makes up for it by farting instead, and using morse code on one occasion.
** In a couple episodes, though, we do hear her speak: In "Grandma-ma's Flatulent Adventure", she's heard in a flashback and her interior voice is heard at the end of the episode: "I really ''hate'' that guy." (referring to Duckman, of course). And she also speaks in the flashback episode "Crime, Punishment, War, Peace, and the Idiot".
* VomitDiscretionShot: Art De Salvo vomits into a paper bag in "Papa Oom M.O.W. M.O.W.", but we never see the vomit itself.
* WaxingLyrical: In "America the Beautiful", Saul Monella tells Duckman, "For some reason, you make me feel like dancin'."
* WeddingDay: In the final ep, "Four Weddings Inconceivable", which ended with a CliffHanger that was [[LeftHanging never resolved]].
* WeirdnessCensor: {{Invoked}} and exploited by Cornfed when he and Duckman dress up as a monster and [[Film/GoneWithTheWind Scarlet O'Hara]] in order to escape from an insane asylum, as the staff would pay them no notice.
* WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong: Cornfed, from the episode "Clear and Presidente Danger": "For a complete list, please send $12 to Journal Graphics, Washington, DC, 20300."
* WhereNoParodyHasGoneBefore: "Where No Duckman Has Gone Before".
* WholeEpisodeFlashback:
** "The Girls of Route Canal", which is about Duckman telling Charles and Mambo how he and Beatrice met.
** "Crime, Punishment, War, Peace, and the Idiot", about Grandma-ma's early days.
** "Exile in Guyville", which uses the wraparounds of a future society where a mother tells her son bedtime stories of Duckman.
* WholePlotReference:
** "Theatre/{{Hamlet}} 2: This Time, It's Personal".
** [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries "Where No Duckman Has Gone Before"]]
* WraparoundBackground: Used during the WesternAnimation/YogiBear parody in "I, Duckman".
* XDaysSince: Duckman gets committed to a mental hospital in the "A Room With a Bellevue" episode with a "It has been 3 days since our last ''Series/SixtyMinutes'' expose" sign out front.
* {{Yandere}}: Tami from "The Tami Show".
* YouAreFat: In "Apocalypse Not", Cornfed responds to Bernice telling him to shut up: "Everyone thinks your butt is ''huge''."