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* TitleDrop: the narrator of the comic book story "The Secret Weapon" (Golden Comics Digest #10):
-->Yankee Doodle Pigeon would love his messenger job of not for one thing...correction, ''two'' things...the enemies, Dastardly and Muttley in their flying machines...


* HonestJohnsDealership: The episode "A Plain Shortage Of Planes" has the Squadron getting a beat-up run-down plane at Bargain Bill's Used Plane Lot. Dastardly offers to pony up $10 for it (Bargain Bill asked for $1000, but he took the sawbuck if Dastardly threw in Muttley's medal).

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* HonestJohnsDealership: The episode "A Plain Shortage Of Planes" has the Squadron getting a beat-up run-down plane at Bargain Bill's Used Plane Lot. Dastardly offers to pony up $10 for it (Bargain Bill asked for $1000, $3000, but he took the sawbuck if Dastardly threw in Muttley's medal).

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* TheAllegedCar: Or plane in this case. The dilapidated aircraft the Squadron buys from Bargain Bill's used plane lot is guaranteed "to go three miles or three minutes, whichever occurs first." $3000 for ''that??'' (Dastardly ponied up $10 and Muttley's medal to get it.)

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** Muttley [[https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/muttley.jpg suddenly grows a fifth digit]] in "Fly-By-Knights" when he tells Dastardly that the ground to which they're headed is five hundred feet away.

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* MedalOfDishonor: Dastardly gave Muttley two such medals for being a total screw-up--the Doghouse Medal ("Have Plane, Will Travel") and the Order of Sour Grapes ("Fly-By-Knights"). Needless to say, those were medals Muttley didn't appreciate.

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* SpinOff: As noted, of ''Wacky Races.'' In March 1970, CBS created what was essentially the Dick Dastardly Hour when they swapped ''The Perils of Penelope Pitstop'' (which followed ''Dastardly & Muttley'') with ''Wacky Races'' (which aired at 12:30 Eastern).


** Klunk--Optimist. He has faith in his inventions working each time.

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** Klunk--Optimist. He has faith in his inventions working each time. Arguably, it's a blind faith.


%%* FourPhilosophyEnsemble: Dick Dastardly (Cynic), Muttley (Conflicted), Klunk (Optimist), Zilly (Realist).
%%* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Muttley (Sanguine), Dick Dastardly (Choleric), Zilly (Melancholic), and Klunk (Phlegmatic).

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%%* FourPhilosophyEnsemble: * FourPhilosophyEnsemble:
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Dick Dastardly--Cynic. He doubts some of Klunk's outrageous inventions would actually work, but once in awhile he'll think they're crazy enough to actually work. [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption In largest part, they don't.]]
** Muttley--Conflicted. Muttley has to flip a virtual coin in order to either perform a task to earn a medal and other times wonder why he's in this conflict to start with.
** Klunk--Optimist. He has faith in his inventions working each time.
** Zilly--Realist. He ''doesn't.'' It's not through any calculations or any flaw in the blueprint--it's his gut feeling and it hasn't failed him yet.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble:
** Muttley--Sanguine. He's not afraid to bite someone to get his way or protect his medals, even if it's his commanding officer (although he's been known to be a suck-up as well).
** Dick Dastardly--Choleric. Carried over from ''Wacky Races'' in that he does not suffer incompetence well (even though he's been known to screw up just as bad).
** Zilly--Melancholic. General Patton would have slapped him silly for his cowardice. He's hestitant to engage for understandable reasons. He knows it won't succeed.
** Klunk--Phlegmatic. Unflappable, enigmatic and determined as well as verbally not understandable. Klunk is not so much of a suck-up to
Dastardly (Cynic), Muttley (Conflicted), Klunk (Optimist), Zilly (Realist).
%%* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Muttley (Sanguine), Dick Dastardly (Choleric), Zilly (Melancholic), and Klunk (Phlegmatic).
as he knows what his job is.



%%* OnlySaneMan: Zilly in Vulture Squadron.

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%%* * OnlySaneMan: Zilly Zilly's patent cowardice is well founded in Vulture Squadron.that he knows that every plan the Squadron thinks up to stop Yankee Doodle Pigeon will end in EpicFail. He even gets tasked with coming up with a plan himself--a giant mailbox--and to say it tanked is an understatement.



* OperationBlank: Many of the Squardon's schemes are prefaced such as (for example) Operation Pick-A-Pigeon (from "Go South, Young Pigeon") where they try to select out Yankee Doodle from a flock of ducks being directed into a giant funnel). Two episode titles--"Operation Anvil" and "Operation Birdbrain" (the episode where Dastardly forces the Squadron to think like a pigeon to catch Yankee Doodle Pigeon). and one comic book story ("Operation No-No" from Gold Key's ''Hanna-Barbera Fun-In'' #9) effect this as well.

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* OperationBlank: Many of the Squardon's schemes are prefaced such as (for example) Operation Pick-A-Pigeon (from "Go South, Young Pigeon") where they try to select out Yankee Doodle from a flock of ducks being directed into a giant funnel). Two episode titles--"Operation Anvil" and "Operation Birdbrain" (the episode where Dastardly forces the Squadron to think like a pigeon to catch Yankee Doodle Pigeon). Pigeon) and one comic book story ("Operation No-No" from Gold Key's ''Hanna-Barbera Fun-In'' #9) effect this as well.


* OperationBlank: Many of the Squardon's schemes are prefaced such as (for example) Operation Pick-A-Pigeon (from "Go South, Young Pigeon") where they try to select out Yankee Doodle from a flock of ducks from a feeding box). Two episode titles--"Operation Anvil" and "Operation Birdbrain" (the episode where Dastardly forces the Squadron to think like a pigeon to catch Yankee Doodle Pigeon). and one comic book story ("Operation No-No" from Gold Key's ''Hanna-Barbera Fun-In'' #9) effect this as well.

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* OperationBlank: Many of the Squardon's schemes are prefaced such as (for example) Operation Pick-A-Pigeon (from "Go South, Young Pigeon") where they try to select out Yankee Doodle from a flock of ducks from being directed into a feeding box).giant funnel). Two episode titles--"Operation Anvil" and "Operation Birdbrain" (the episode where Dastardly forces the Squadron to think like a pigeon to catch Yankee Doodle Pigeon). and one comic book story ("Operation No-No" from Gold Key's ''Hanna-Barbera Fun-In'' #9) effect this as well.


* ThreeShorts: With the addition of the "Wing Dings" blackouts, every episode consisted of two regular shorts and one ''Magnificent Muttley'' short.

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* ThreeShorts: With the addition of the "Wing Dings" blackouts, every episode consisted of two regular shorts and one ''Magnificent Muttley'' short. The first six weeks followed the ABCA pattern; the other eleven followed AABC.


%%* AbhorrentAdmirer: The Swedish farm maiden who takes a shining to Zilly in "Barnstormers."

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%%* * AbhorrentAdmirer: The Swedish farm maiden who takes a shining to Zilly in "Barnstormers."" After Zilly ditches her by pretending he has the measles, the farm maiden turns her attention to Dick Dastardly.



* OperationBlank: Many of the Squardon's schemes are prefaced such as (for example) Operation Pick-A-Pigeon (from "Go South, Young Pigeon") where they try to select out Yankee Doodle from a flock of ducks from a feeding box). Two episode titles have this--"Operation Anvil" and "Operation Birdbrain" (the episode where Dastardly forces the Squadron to think like a pigeon to catch Yankee Doodle Pigeon). and one comic book story ("Operation No-No" from Gold Key's ''Hanna-Barbera Fun-In'' #9) effect this as well.

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* OperationBlank: Many of the Squardon's schemes are prefaced such as (for example) Operation Pick-A-Pigeon (from "Go South, Young Pigeon") where they try to select out Yankee Doodle from a flock of ducks from a feeding box). Two episode titles have this--"Operation titles--"Operation Anvil" and "Operation Birdbrain" (the episode where Dastardly forces the Squadron to think like a pigeon to catch Yankee Doodle Pigeon). and one comic book story ("Operation No-No" from Gold Key's ''Hanna-Barbera Fun-In'' #9) effect this as well.

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* OperationBlank: Many of the Squardon's schemes are prefaced such as (for example) Operation Pick-A-Pigeon (from "Go South, Young Pigeon") where they try to select out Yankee Doodle from a flock of ducks from a feeding box). Two episode titles have this--"Operation Anvil" and "Operation Birdbrain" (the episode where Dastardly forces the Squadron to think like a pigeon to catch Yankee Doodle Pigeon). and one comic book story ("Operation No-No" from Gold Key's ''Hanna-Barbera Fun-In'' #9) effect this as well.


* HeelFaceTurn: Zig-zagged as Muttley is more heroic and altruistic in the ''Magnificent Muttley'' segment while on the D&M show itself he's still categorically a villain.

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* HeelFaceTurn: Zig-zagged as Muttley is more heroic and altruistic in the ''Magnificent Muttley'' segment during his daydream fantasies while on the D&M show itself he's still categorically a villain.

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* HeelFaceTurn: Zig-zagged as Muttley is more heroic and altruistic in the ''Magnificent Muttley'' segment while on the D&M show itself he's still categorically a villain.


*** Answer: Simple solutions are simply overthought. They try to use a birdcage and a cannon in the opening titles and look where ''that'' got them. Muttley did use a machine gun in a comic book story [[quoteright:350:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/d&mcomic_1.jpg but he was going so fast he actually caught up with the bullets and got his propeller Swiss-cheesed.]] Also, if the Squadron ''had'' stopped the pigeon at anytime, the show is over and the Squadron will either collect their pensions or file for unemployment.

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*** Answer: Simple solutions are simply overthought. They try to use a birdcage and a cannon in the opening titles and look where ''that'' got them. Muttley did use a machine gun in a comic book story [[quoteright:350:https://static.[[https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/d&mcomic_1.jpg but he was going so fast he actually caught up with the bullets and got his propeller Swiss-cheesed.]] Also, if the Squadron ''had'' stopped the pigeon at anytime, the show is over and the Squadron will either collect their pensions or file for unemployment.



%%* EyebrowWaggle: Muttley.

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