YMMV / Mallard Fillmore

  • Anvilicious: It's rare to find a strip that doesn't fit this trope.
  • Bile Fascination: Why some liberals read it. There are actually a few blogs devoted to reading Tinsley's strips just so they can mock them.
  • Confirmation Bias: A standard of political strips.
  • Don't Shoot the Message: To some conservatives (and even some centrists), Tinsley's viewpoints are actually quite reasonable, but his method of delivery tends to distort them so horribly that they despise the strip anyway.
  • Informed Real Life Fame: Tinsley did a week-long series of strips promoting the drafting of conservative economist Walter E. Williams as the 2008 Republican presidential nominee. In the strips, he depicted the groundswell of popular support for Williams' drafting as being so huge that it causes a frightened Howard Dean (who was Chairman of the DNC at the time) to throw a tantrum out of frustration. In reality, Williams was little-known other than by hardcore listeners of the Rush Limbaugh Show where he sometimes guest-hosted when Limbaugh was on vacation.
  • Never Live It Down: After Bruce Tinsley's DUI arrest in 2006, many people started nicknaming his character as "Drunk Duck" or worse. It's still going on today, nearly a decade later.
    • It doesn't help that Tinsley spent years making fun of Ted Kennedy for his drunken antics. He only stopped after the news of his DUI came out. Even worse, he did a take that on the judge who sentenced him. Regardless of what you think about the strip, that's incredibly petty.
  • Snark Bait: Like many newspaper strips of late, even this comic has a snark blog.
    • The Comics Curmudgeon said of Mallard Fillmore: "I think papers carry this strip for 'balance', i.e., to shut up the Doonesbury critics so they can keep it on the comics page. A nice little irony for Mallard's author."
    • There's been so much negativity and vitriol whenever the comic is discussed on The Comics Curmudgeon that it is now taboo to talk about it — one of the few strips to have a blanket ban.
  • Unfortunate Implications: Tinsley did not take kindly to a parody strip done for Jon Stewart's America (The Book). He responded by dedicating several actual strips to complaining about Stewart "stealing" his work, culminating with a rather disturbing Jewish caricature of Stewart proclaiming himself a pedophile, with a "Just Joking" Justification disclaimer. Tinsley (who apparently does not grasp the idea of "satire") did not get the overall joke, as the strip was on a page with other comic parodies, including a similar mocking of rival strip Doonesbury (along the same lines as too political and unfunny) and even Peanuts (which, of course, was never a political strip). Incidentally, the Fillmore parody wasn't drawn or written by Stewart himself, but by Maria Schneider (a cartoonist who also writes for The Onion).
    • Tinsley's response to the controversy? "Honestly, I didn't even know Jon Stewart was Jewish."
    • Tinsley's issue wasn't so much that his comic was parodied by Stewart but rather that Stewart didn't subsequently invite him on The Daily Show like other famous conservatives. Which naturally justifies insinuating him to be a pedophile.
    • Stephen Colbert responded to Tinsley's attack of Stewart by joking that the caricature may have been "clip art from ''The Protocols of the Elders of Zion".