YMMV: The Mighty Ducks

The films:

  • Counterpart Comparison: Subverted. Russ goes from arguing with Jesse in the second movie to using his term "cake eater" in the third. No one makes light of this, although the issue of roster slots had come up before. This might explain Jesse's absence.
    • Fulton, the tough guy with the nearly-unbeatable slapshot, is also the first one to exclaim over Russ' knucklepuck.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Queen's "We Are the Champions" at the end of D2.
  • Even Better Sequel: Specifically, D2. It's more engrained into pop culture than the original — especially considering its popular new characters that replaced the old ones — to the point that when the cast of kids reunited to celebrate a 20th anniversary, it was in regards to the sequel's anniversary.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Bombay stealing Adam from the Hawks seems like a real jerkass move that goes against the spirit of the film. However if you look at the apparent similarities between Adam and young Gordon (sensitive, upper class, a Hawk, very talented, Reilly's protegee,) it looks like Gordon may really be trying to protect Adam from Reilly. He feels that his old coach ruined him and may be starting to do the same thing to Adam.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Emilio Estevez's character is obsessed with winning in the first film. Nearly twenty years later, his brother Charlie Sheen began using "Winning" as one of his catch phrases.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Riley, the Hawks' Coach having one of his players check Adam Banks (who had been playing for him until a few weeks ago and was only a Duck because Bombay took advantage of a Change in the District boundaries to have him play for his team) into the net so hard that he had to leave the game due to injury.
    • He drove the kid's neck into the post! He could've been paralyzed, for cripe's sake. It's amazing Gordon didn't try and sue Riley for that. Oh yeah, and apparently the Hawk player has a name for this maneuver. What the hell, adults?
      • The fact that the coach was never seen nor heard from since the first movie is a sign that he faced some kind of repercussion for his actions in the first movie.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Charlie was played by Joshua Jackson, who went on to Dawson's Creek and Fringe.
    • Elden Henson has had a very respectable career as a character actor, popping up in everything from She's All That to Daredevil.
    • Russ Tyler was played by Kenan Thompson — the same one who was on All That, Kenan & Kel, and is currently a cast member on Saturday Night Live (notable as the first one to be born after SNL premiered in 1975 and the first one to be a child star and perform in more family-friendly fare [specifically this movie and the two aforementioned Nickelodeon shows] before moving on to fare that's more adult).
  • Sequelitis: D3.
  • Toy Ship: Connie and Guy.
  • The Woobie: Bombay, believe it or not. Missing a penalty shot to lose the district championships as a child costs him his passion for the game, although he's very skilled. He makes a comeback as an adult, tears up the minors and seems to be on the fast track to the NHL when a cheap shot to the knee by a frustrated opponent ends his career for good.

The animated series:

  • Chaotic Good Is Not Nice: Mallory has no trouble with collateral damage during a mission as long she completes it.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: That theme song. Dear God, that theme song.
    Here come the Mighty Ducks, burnin' up the ice!
    Just try and stop the Mighty Ducks, and you're gonna pay the price!
    Here come the Mighty Ducks, fightin' for the gold!
    Let's hear it for the Mighty Ducks: Time to rock n' roll!
  • Ear Worm: The Theme Song.
    • Its resemblance to a sports team anthem doesn't help.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Ask the fanbase about their favorite character. Duke, Nosedive and Mallory are the usual answers.
    • Evil Is Sexy: Lucretia Decoy also has a nice fanbase for this very reason.
  • Ham and Cheese: You have Tim Curry as the Big Bad and Tony Jay as one of his henchmen. What more needs to be said?
  • Hatedom: Many seem to loathe the show outright, and enjoy making fun of it simply for starring anthropomorphic ducks from space.
  • Narm / Narm Charm
  • So Bad, It's Good: In a weird way, you can't not love that premise.
  • Tear Jerker: The Disney Death of Canard Thunderbeak was very shocking for the little kids of the '90s who weren't used to that sort of thing from a Saturday Morning cartoon.
    • Also the fact that Chameleon took advantage of it being a Disney Death to trick Wildwing later on, pretending to be Canard. Ouch.