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* ATrueHero: In "Where No Duck has Gone Before", the triplets and their friend Doofus are major fans of a sci-fi show called ''Courage of the Cosmos''. Circumstances lead to them meeting the main actor, and they're ecstatic, fawning over and hero-worshipping him despite Launchpad's objections that his derring-do isn't real and that legitimate heroes do their thing without cameras. Then Gyro's revamped sets for the show accidentally send the boys, Courage, and Launchpad on a trip through outer space. "Courage" reveals himself as a coward and Launchpad shows himself a hero in real life, not just in acting.


* GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave: Even Scrooge's nephews admitted that Goldie was attractive despite her age.


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* SilverVixen: Even Scrooge's nephews admitted that Goldie was attractive despite her age.


The show was considered a great risk at a time when big budgets simply were not devoted to made-for-tv animation. It was also Treasure Hunting High Adventure with nary a gun in sight, at a time when violent series like ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' were the top syndicated cartoons. Investing in high-quality animation and music and planning on a future in syndication, with almost no violence? Hah, ItWillNeverCatchOn! Of course, Disney has a tradition of [[Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs crazy projects becoming huge successes]], and ''[=DuckTales=]'' proved to be no exception. It's considered a breakthrough in the industry, paving the way for the higher-quality, higher-budgeted shows in western animation. With 100 episodes over three seasons, ''[=DuckTales=]'' was notably one of the longest-lived of Disney's television cartoons (its predecessor, ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears'', lasted for twice as many seasons, but only 65 episodes total). It spun off [[TheMovie a theatrical film]] in 1990, titled ''WesternAnimation/DuckTalesTheMovieTreasureOfTheLostLamp''. Also, the show's two video game adaptation on the Creator/{{Nintendo}} Entertainment System, like many other Disney-based games developed by Capcom, were examples of [[SugarWiki/NoProblemWithLicensedGames truly good licensed games]]. See ''VideoGame.DuckTales'' for the tropes they give examples to. A remake of the original was developed by Creator/WayForward Games and released in 2013.

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The show was considered a great risk at a time when big budgets simply were not devoted to made-for-tv animation. It was also Treasure Hunting High Adventure with nary a gun in sight, at a time when violent series like ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' were the top syndicated cartoons. Investing in high-quality animation and music and planning on a future in syndication, with almost no violence? Hah, ItWillNeverCatchOn! Of course, Disney has a tradition of [[Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs crazy projects becoming huge successes]], and ''[=DuckTales=]'' proved to be no exception. It's considered a breakthrough in the industry, paving the way for the higher-quality, higher-budgeted shows in western animation. With 100 episodes over three four seasons, ''[=DuckTales=]'' was notably one of the longest-lived of Disney's television cartoons (its predecessor, ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears'', lasted for twice as many seasons, but only 65 episodes total). It spun off [[TheMovie a theatrical film]] in 1990, titled ''WesternAnimation/DuckTalesTheMovieTreasureOfTheLostLamp''. Also, the show's two video game adaptation on the Creator/{{Nintendo}} Entertainment System, like many other Disney-based games developed by Capcom, were examples of [[SugarWiki/NoProblemWithLicensedGames truly good licensed games]]. See ''VideoGame.DuckTales'' for the tropes they give examples to. A remake of the original was developed by Creator/WayForward Games and released in 2013.


''[=DuckTales=]'' is the series that jumpstarted the trend of Disney television cartoons.[[note]]Although both ''WesternAnimation/TheWuzzles'' and ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears'' preceded it.[[/note]] {{Inspired by}} Creator/CarlBarks' classic comics (and loosely adapting a few of his stories), the series centers on Scrooge [=McDuck=], the billionaire uncle of famous Disney rage-a-holic WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck and Donald's triplet nephews: Huey, Dewey, and Louie.

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''[=DuckTales=]'' is the series that jumpstarted the trend of Disney television cartoons.[[note]]Although both ''WesternAnimation/TheWuzzles'' and ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears'' preceded it.[[/note]] {{Inspired by}} Creator/CarlBarks' classic comics (and loosely adapting a few of his stories), the series centers on Scrooge [=McDuck=], the billionaire uncle of famous Disney rage-a-holic WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck and Donald's triplet nephews: Huey, Dewey, and Louie. \n The series ran from September 18, 1987 to November 28, 1990.


* {{Determinator}}: Scrooge and the Beagle Boys qualified for this and also El Capitan [[spoiler:who refuses to die until he finds more treasure.]]

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* {{Determinator}}: Scrooge and the Beagle Boys qualified for this and also El Capitan [[spoiler:who refuses to die until he finds more treasure.]]treasure]].
* DirtyCoward: Major Courage.


** To a lesser degree some dubs such as the original French and German airings maintained the original theme but utilised [[RearrangeTheSong a synth rearrangement of the backing instrumental]]. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVwcs_ChxiQ This version made its way into some audiobooks as well.]]

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** To a lesser degree some dubs such as the original French Finnish and German airings maintained the original theme but utilised [[RearrangeTheSong a synth rearrangement of the backing instrumental]]. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVwcs_ChxiQ This version made its way into some audiobooks as well.]]


* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: The Korean dub changes the melody from one to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpEFfM8qtQM another]].

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The Korean dub changes the melody from one to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpEFfM8qtQM another]].another]].
** To a lesser degree some dubs such as the original French and German airings maintained the original theme but utilised [[RearrangeTheSong a synth rearrangement of the backing instrumental]]. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVwcs_ChxiQ This version made its way into some audiobooks as well.]]


** The {{iron|y}}ically named leader of the Beagle Boys, Big Time, is also the shortest.
*** Despite being short in stature, he is big on ideas and plans.

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** The {{iron|y}}ically named leader of the Beagle Boys, Big Time, is also the shortest.
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shortest. Despite being short in stature, he is big on ideas and plans.


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* NecktieLeash: A non-romantic example appears in "Time is Money"; Scrooge grabs Launchpad's scarf and uses it to drag him into the house when he's trying to talk him into watching Bubba.


* VillainOfAnotherStory: The episode [[SuperheroEpisode "Superdoo"]] centers around Doofus, [[ImportedAlienPhlebotinum who's just found a crystal]] that gives him [[FlyingBrick superpowers which he uses to save the day from disasters like a forest fire and a burst dam,]] and to [[SuperDickery easily attain Woodchuck badges.]] When he realizes his new condescending attitude led to the rest of the woodchucks to shun him, Doofus throws away the Crystal. The subplot reveals that the crystal was stolen by two alien criminals who were on the lam from [[SpacePolice the law]] when they crashed landed on earth. The disasters Doofus saved everyone from were inadvertently caused by the aliens who were trying to get the crystal back in order to use its power to take over the galaxy.

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* VillainOfAnotherStory: The episode [[SuperheroEpisode "Superdoo"]] centers around Doofus, [[ImportedAlienPhlebotinum who's just found a crystal]] that gives him [[FlyingBrick superpowers which he uses to save the day from disasters like a forest fire and a burst dam,]] and to [[SuperDickery easily attain Woodchuck badges.]] When he realizes his new condescending attitude led to the rest of the woodchucks to shun him, Doofus throws away the Crystal. The subplot reveals that the crystal was stolen by two alien criminals who were on the lam from [[SpacePolice the law]] when they crashed landed crash-landed on earth. The disasters Doofus saved everyone from were inadvertently caused by the aliens who were trying to get the crystal back in order to use its power to take over the galaxy.


* {{Fair Weather Friend}}s: "Down and Out in Duckburg". After the group walks out of the mansion, fed up with Fritter O'Way, the triplets propose that they should ask Launchpad or Gyro if they can stay with them. Scrooge refuses, saying that Launchpad and Gyro will treat him like he treated the regular citizens of Duckburg when he was wealthy. Naturally, given either's [[NiceGuy personalities]], this is [[InformedFlaw never demonstrated to have any basis in fact.]

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* {{Fair Weather Friend}}s: "Down and Out in Duckburg". After the group walks out of the mansion, fed up with Fritter O'Way, the triplets propose that they should ask Launchpad or Gyro if they can stay with them. Scrooge refuses, saying that Launchpad and Gyro will treat him like he treated the regular citizens of Duckburg when he was wealthy. Naturally, given either's [[NiceGuy personalities]], this is [[InformedFlaw never demonstrated to have any basis in fact.]]]


Oh yeah, one more thing: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34Sb0hGUNIQ the theme song]] [[EarWorm will never leave your head]]. '''''{{E|arWorm}}ver.'''''

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Oh yeah, one more thing: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34Sb0hGUNIQ the theme song]] [[EarWorm will never leave your head]]. '''''{{E|arWorm}}ver.'''''
'''''[[note]]It's says a lot that the 2017 version's theme song is just a cover, with no notes or lyrics changed. Which is almost unheard of.[[/note]]

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* ContinuitySnarl: In Season 1, Gyro creates a time machine known as the Time Tub, which shows up in a few episodes. Come "Time is Money" in Season 2, Scrooge is amazed to find out that Gyro has discovered time travel, and it's as though the Time Tub had never been built. Interestingly enough, a key plot point in "Time is Money" is that Gyro's "new" time machine, the Millenium Shortcut, requires a rare element known as [[AppliedPhlebotinum bombastium]] in order to work, something that presumably was not an issue for the Time Tub.


* BunnyEarsLawyer: Quirky but talented individuals seem to be a running theme in the [=McDuck=] workplace.
** Fenton Crackshell is a MamasBoy with a bad habit of taking things too literally and a tendency to overdo or underthink plans which sometimes creates or exacerbates the problem of the week. However, his determination and mad counting skills are unquestionable. During Fenton's job interview, Scrooge tried to dismiss him and fired a gun to scare him away when he persisted. When Fenton reeled off the entire number of bullets (and the change Scrooge tossed into the air as a second test), he hired him on the spot.
** Gyro Gearloose, despite his extreme intelligence, shares Fenton's tendency for literal interpretations and has never yet learned to secure his inventions properly against criminals who would put them to bad use. That said, his scientific prowess ranks years ahead of its time; the guy can invent sapient robots, time machines, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking levitation-capable bubble gum]] without breaking a sweat.
** Launchpad [=McQuack=] has a goofy personality and loves to crash any vehicle he can get his hands on. However, under pressure, he shows tons of courage and a fair amount of resourcefulness, and he ''can'' control any method of transportation (one episode had him driving an alien spacecraft, and another a HumongousMecha, both without practice). Scrooge blatantly declares at one point that Launchpad is [[WeDoTheImpossible the only pilot he knows capable of consistently pulling off the impossible things necessary in his adventures]].



** Mrs. Beakley earns some points for being able to keep Huey, Dewey, and Louie in line.
** Glittering Goldie will '''end''' whoever tries to get between her and Scrooge.

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** Mrs. Beakley earns some points for being able to keep Huey, Dewey, and Louie in line.
line, not to mention the things she's done when she's come along on (or been dragged into) an adventure.
** Glittering Goldie will '''end''' whoever tries to get between her and Scrooge.Scrooge, and even in her old age still keeps busy doing difficult jobs like gold mining.



* {{Fair Weather Friend}}s: "Down and Out in Duckburg". After the group walks out of the mansion, fed up with Fritter O'Way, the triplets propose that they should ask Launchpad or Gyro if they can stay with them. Scrooge refuses, saying that Launchpad and Gyro will treat him like he treated the regular citizens of Duckburg when he was wealthy.

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* {{Fair Weather Friend}}s: "Down and Out in Duckburg". After the group walks out of the mansion, fed up with Fritter O'Way, the triplets propose that they should ask Launchpad or Gyro if they can stay with them. Scrooge refuses, saying that Launchpad and Gyro will treat him like he treated the regular citizens of Duckburg when he was wealthy. Naturally, given either's [[NiceGuy personalities]], this is [[InformedFlaw never demonstrated to have any basis in fact.]



** El Capitan in his obsession over the Treasure of the Lost Suns, to the point he remembers every single individual piece of gold. This is his underdoing in each of his attempts, since he refuses to lose so much as a ''single'' dime of treasure, leading him to be duped by the heroes or attempt to double cross his team mate who is intent on getting a share (see VillainTeamUp).

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** El Capitan in his obsession over the Treasure of the Lost Suns, to the point he remembers every single individual piece of gold. This is his underdoing undoing in each of his attempts, since he refuses to lose so much as a ''single'' dime of treasure, leading him to be duped by the heroes or attempt to double cross his team mate who is intent on getting a share (see VillainTeamUp).



* ThemeNaming: On many occasions. Aside from Huey, Dewey, and Louie's names rhyming and the Beagle Boys all having names beginning with letter B, another example is a one-shot character named Joaquin Slowly (a pun on "walking slowly"), whose ancestor was a Conquistador named Marchin Slowly.

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On many occasions. Aside from Huey, Dewey, and Louie's names rhyming and the Beagle Boys all having names beginning with letter B, another example is a one-shot character named Joaquin Slowly (a pun on "walking slowly"), whose ancestor was a Conquistador named Marchin Slowly.

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* CompanyCrossReferences: In the first episode, Scrooge [=McDuck=] tells a worker "there'll be no [[Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarves whistling while you work]]!"


* BadassBoast: Played with with Launchpad: If it's got wings, [[CaptainCrash I can crash it"]].

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* BadassBoast: Played with with Launchpad: If "If it's got wings, [[CaptainCrash I can crash it"]].

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