YMMV: Duck Dodgers

  • Awesome Music
  • Cult Classic: Is considered by many purist Looney Tunes fans as one of the only good post-Termite Terrace uses of the characters and a sadly unrecognized example of exactly how to modernize them. Having Paul Dini onboard certainly helped.
  • Designated Villain: Melvin. The episode where he appeared suggested people should hate him for opening a rival restaurant next to I.M. Neighborly's and take Neighborly's customers away by offering them free sodas and also suggested it was okay for Dodgers and Neighborly for sabotaging Melvin's in a way that, in real life, would get them arrested for not only damaging private property but also endangering the lives of everyone inside.
  • Evil Is Sexy: The Martian Queen.
  • Foe Yay
    • Dodgers and the Martian Commander. The episode "Enemy Yours" goes out of its way to make them act like disgruntled lovers, what with Dodgers panicking when he finds out that Marvin has other archenemies and Marvin making excuses to his current archenemy as if Dodgers is some Psycho Ex-Girlfriend who is trying to sabotage their current relationship.
    • Canon example: Dodgers and the Martian Queen. Seriously, the woman veers between wanting to destroy him and wanting to marry him. However, it seems a bit one-sided, as when confronted with the Queen's feelings, Dodgers usually either exploits them to his own advantage, or outright rebuffs them. If he manages to remember that they were ever engaged in the first place. When they really did get married, he had no problem with it, until Marvin tricked him into leaving her. When Dodgers found out he was duped, he seemed pretty mad. Even after I.Q. High reveals to her that Dodgers is an idiot she still finds herself strangely attracted to him.
  • Genius Bonus: When there's a throwaway joke about Busby Berkeley, you know you're in for a lot of these.
    Space Cadet: D-don't w-w-worry, kids. I h-have no i-idea wh-who that is either.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: There are two jokes that became a lot funnier few years later.
    • Dodgers' crossover with Green Lantern has a short appearance of a Raiden-like figure among the Green Lantern Corps. Fast-foward to 2008 and we have Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe.
    • Another episode, "Menace of Maninsuit", which parodied Godzilla and few popular '70s Anime has Dodgers and Cadet piloting giant robots, clearly modeled after Mazinger Z and Great Mazinger, that could turn into a giant gun and a giant fist. And then we got Shin Mazinger, in which Mazinger actually turns into a giant fist.
    • And now we have another bit of "The Green Loontern" to make us chuckle retroactively, as Dodgers tells Sinestro to "forget the pony" he'd been requesting. Then you remember who was voicing Sinestro and what role he would later get many accolades for (not Q).
      • To say nothing of Sinestro going up against a purple-skinned character voiced by a Tara Strong.
    • In "The Green Loontern," Dodgers' "Oath" (which he makes up on the spot) starts out with "In blackest day and brightest night," which seems to be just a humorous reversal of the normal script. A few years later, this is how the Sinestro Corps' oath starts.
    • In one episode, Dodgers comments on EYSC's upcoming engagement that wives start out "sweet and innocent", and then "You wake up in an empty house handcuffed to a radiator." A few years later, this is exactly what happens to the Eleventh Doctor on his first outing.
  • Tear Jerker: The ending to "The Love of a Father."
  • What an Idiot: In the episode "The Fudd", the Fudd brainwashes pretty much everybody outside of Dodgers, Cadet, and Marvin, all for his master plan of the invasion of the SUN. Then again, this IS Elmer Fudd we're talking about.
  • The Woobie: Dodgers in "The Love of a Father".