Tropes pertaining to multiple characters:
- Not So Above It All: While Dodgers is rightfully looked down upon for blatant incompetence, among other flaws, all of the cast members have noticeable quirks that can often interfere with the mission at hand.
- We Want Our Jerk Back:
- The episode "Clean Bill of Health" has IQ Hi used a "detoxifier" on Duck Dodgers, purging him of all of his bodily imperfections. The result? A fit, intelligent, well-groomed, muscular and diligent Duck Dodgers. However, he grows to sour on everyone as his proactive and focused nature means he's pretty unrelatable to everyone and budges in on them: The Cadet is bothered DD doesn't enjoy the simple fancies of life, Star Johnson is bothered by DD showing him up, IQ Hi for DD being so good that he begins overtaking his job and the Martians because well, he's a much larger threat to them. They work to "retoxifiy" him after Dodgers begins forcefully going to wake people at dawn out of concern for a "laziness" epidemic. As such, he became so ideal that he was unable to relate to the normalcy of others.
- Also, in the episode where Dodgers quits The Protectorate to work at a fast food joint, after his constant harassment from his Rogues Gallery, among other annoyances drives him away, The Cadet shows up at the end of the episode to invite him back into the fold with no explanation for why The Protectorate would want him back beyond it's just not the same without him.
- After The Martians replace Dodgers' brain with an artificial one that ends up making the duck more competent. The Cadet eventually puts two-and-two together by the end of the episode, after they have recovered Dodgers' brain, and realizes the artificial brain has made his captain a better hero... but neglects to bring this up, in favor of having Dodgers return to his old self.
The titular "hero" of the series, Dodgers is a captain in the protectorate who was revived by I.Q. Hi after being frozen for four and a half centuries. Despite I.Q.'s hopes for Dodgers to be a useful asset, he's at best a wild card for the protectorate; Generally Dodgers is highly incompetent, unprofessional, self absorbed, and amoral but he does have the occasional moment of genuine competence. Occasional being the key word.
- Absurd Phobia: Apparently Duck Dodgers fears pillow shams, home decor in general, fruit, vegetables, exercising, taxes and mathematics.
- Adaptational Badass: Duck Dodgers in this show has had more triumphs, combat skill, and even moments of competences compared to the original shorts.
- Adaptational Dumbass: However, he's also lost a good number of IQ points. While Dodgers in the original short did tend to miss a few vital details, he wasn't actually stupid. In this show he's a certified Cloudcuckoolander who, depending on the episode, swings between being a Genius Ditz and a straight-up Ditz.
- Adaptational Heroism: However, despite the traditional Daffy Duck selfishness and narcissism, he does have a nobler side to his character. His Jerkass moments stem from his tendency to get carried away by his base desires, or forgetting that he's not the only actual person in the universe. On the occasions when he manages to overcome these tendencies he can be downright heroic.
- Arch-Enemy: With The Martian Commander X-2. Fully played as a relationship in "Enemy Yours" where Dr. Woe supplants Dodgers and Dodgers doing everything to get X-2 "back." So much so he proceeds to save him and the Queen from Woe since only he gets to defeat the Martians.
- Attractive Bent-Gender: Subverted when he tries to get past a guard using this, only for him to not go for it, at which point he just bribes the guard. Though The Cadet is a bit more successful.
- Bad Boss: Its not as bad as the usual example, but while Dodgers does care about the Cadet, he doesn't treat him well for the most part. Not only does he constantly shirk all his duties and make the Cadet do all the work, but he also has a tendency to insult and belittle him, not to mention hog all the glory for himself when the Cadet has saved the day.
- Big Eater: When he's not sleeping around, he's generally stuffing his face.
- Blue Is Heroic: His suit color is blue and while he is usually a jerk, he is shown to maintain a heroic side.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Dodgers' laziness, idiocy, greed, and general ineptness are often very much a liability to The Protectorate. But, he does end up coming through in the end just often enough for them to keep him around. Like in the first episode, where he manages to stop a Martian attack on Earth, by firing cargo load of potatoes into their canons, clogging them... after he had put The Earth in danger by overloading its defense shields.
- Captain Space, Defender of Earth!: He did start out as a parody of Buck Rogers after all.
- Casanova Wannabe: He tries to get with every beautiful woman he meets, to no success. Ironically, the two beautiful women who are ready to throw themselves at him, Tyr'ahnee and the New Cadet Soren, he completely disregards.
- Character Development: In the season two finale You Know This Means War and Peace, Dodgers possibly the first time in the series, starts to feel genuine guilt after throwing The Cadet under the bus to save himself and eventually realizes how much The Cadet actually means to him, eventually leading to being willing to perform a Heroic Sacrifice and orders The Cadet to leave to save himself.Dodgers: I'll raise this crate or die trying!Cadet: N-n-no, we will.Dodgers: I gave you an order, Mister!Cadet: C-cheerfully disobeyed, Captain.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: In one episode we get to see inside his mind and he still makes no more sense than before.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Despite normally being an incompetent idiot, Dodgers does have occasional moments of cleverness and badassery. Most notably in "The Spy That Didn't Love Me", where he's so focused on hooking up with the titular sexy spy, he apparently forgets to screw up, because his part of the plan (blowing up the tower controlling a robot army) goes along seamlessly.
- Dirty Coward: Often, Dodgers' first response to trouble is to seek an escape, most notably in the beginning of "You Know This Means War and Peace," where he readily agrees to have the Cadet be his scapegoat. That said, he does have the occasional moment of genuine bravery, most notably Of Course You Know This Means War and Peace.
- Fake Ultimate Hero: The Martian Queen (initially) believes Dodgers less than heroic attributes and general idiocy are part of a cunning ploy and he's really a brilliant hero, causing her to fall for him... and become disappointed when I.Q. informs her how wrong she is. Though that said, she still has feelings for the duck, and considering how often he ends up saving the day her initial impression may not have been entirely wrong.
- Foil: To the Martian Commander, X-2. Captain Dodgers is a self-serving, highly in-professional, incompetent, and shamelessly lazy leader, that none the less has the Undying Loyalty of his sole subordinate, while X-2 is a very loyal, professional, (comparably) competent, and hardworking leader, that none the less get no respect from the army of robots under his command.
- Friendly Enemies: With the Martian Commander X-2. In one episode, convinced that they're both about to die, the Martian admits that Dodgers is his best friend. Dodgers, of course, responds "Ha! What a loser!" However, in another, when Dodgers learns that the Martian considers the Mad Scientist Dr Woe to be his archenemy, he reacts with jealousy like X-2 is cheating on him. It has even been shown that under right circumstances, Dodgers and X-2 (plus The Cadet) make a pretty good team, like when they were both coincidentally trying to infiltrate the same crew of Space Pirates, where they even make their getaway together and seem to have actually enjoyed fighting their way out together.
- Heavy Sleeper: He can sleep for days.
- Hidden Depths:
- Dodgers is well-versed in law and can be surprisingly competent at doing missions at times (I.E. The Spy Who Didn't Love Me).
- Also, while he doesn't show it often, he does genuinely care about The Cadet.
- Human Popsicle: This is part of his backstory, as befitting a Buck Rodgers parody. Though this doesn't seem too affected by this and the exact reasons behind how this ended up happening to him are never really touched on.
- It's All About Me: Generally, he's not interested in doing heroics, unless it benefits himself in some fashion.
- Jerkass Realization: Part of his character development in "You Know This Means War And Peace". See above.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While Duck Dodgers usually fit the jerk portion of the trope more than anything, it is occasionally shown that he does care about The Cadet and others.
- The Load: After being forced into an Enemy Mine with X-2, after they end of stranded on an island together, Dodgers turns out to be such a liability,(at one point using their fresh water supply to take a bath) X-2 eventually pretty much says screw it and takes off to try to survive on his own.
- Made of Iron: Like Daffy Duck and many other Looney Tunes before him, Duck Dodgers can take a lot of abuse and keep on going.
- Manchild: Dodgers is immature, foul tempered, short sighted, and so lazy, it seems like The Cadet's his caretaker half the time.
- The Millstone: Dodger Zigzags this. While he often causes the trouble of that particular episode (or makes it worse), he's also usually the one who saves the day in the end, and can be quite competent when he's not screwing up.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: He sabotages a peace treaty between Earth and Mars because he doesn't want to be out of a job, which gives Z-9 the chance to enact his Evil Plan to rule both planets.
- Nominal Hero: Hes generally this, being a self serving and amoral jerk and all. Though he can also vary from this, jerk with a heart of gold on a good day, and outright Villain Protagonist on a bad day.
- Not So Different: To X-2.
- Pet the Dog: In "Duck Codgers" when he and Cadet are aging into dust, and X-2 is aging in reverse, he saves both of them by taking them to the spring that undoes the effects rather than just walking in himself.
- Small Name, Big Ego: While he is pretty well known among both the Earth and Martian militarizes, most people understandably don't have nearly as high an opinion of him as he has of himself.
- Too Dumb to Live: Shown to be this on numerous occasions, such as in Big Bug Mamas when he willingly goes along with what the alien invaders are doing without question, after seeing that they are (seemingly) a race of beautiful tribal women, despite both the planet's natives (who he was supposed to liberating from them) and The Cadet trying to warn him how dangerous they are. And while he and X-2 were stranded on an island together and almost die of starvation, it's revealed he had a cell phone the whole time, didn't think to use it.
Captain Duck Dodgers' loyal right hand pig and the only other crewmen of the ship. Despite being of lower rank, The Cadet is more often than not the far more competent and hardworking of the two, as well the more noble. Though he is for most part, very loyal to his captain, The Cadet is far from unaware of Dodgers' flaws and does enjoy poking fun at the duck from time to time.
- Attractive Bent-Gender: Or at least X-2 thinks so. "She" also speaks with a southern accent.
- Beleaguered Assistant: To Captain Dodgers, who would likely not be able to function, if not for The Cadet having to take care of him.
- Deadpan Snarker: Similar to the original short, one of the Eager Young Space Cadet's duties seems to act as this to his captain.Space Cadet: D-don't you want y-your soul enriched? Or at least l-l-located?
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Presuming his name isn't really The Eager Young Space Cadet, he's this. Though it's also possible that his name Porky Pig, given Porky's his "actor", but it isn't confirmed either way.
- Hyper-Competent Sidekick: He's basically the only reason the ship remains functional and why his captain hasn't gotten himself killed yet.
- Kavorka Man: In contrast to his Casanova wannabe captain, The Cadet has managed to smitten many a Girl of the Week without even trying.
- Morality Pet: He acts as this to Dodgers to an extent... mostly for not.
- Porky Pig Pronunciation: Fittingly he has this.
- Undying Loyalty: Again, to Captain Dodger, who he loyally follows despite usually being mistreated and given no respect, despite having to do most of the work around the ship. This finally wavers in You Know This Means War and Peace, after Dodgers allows The Cadet to go to prison for something he did, after they swore they would stick together no matter what. After this, The Cadet finally loses all respect for his former captain and only agrees to work with him, because Earth and Mars are in-danger. Though luckily by the end of it all, Dodgers finally learns how important The Cadet is to him and redeems himself, at which point The Cadet happily goes back to him.
The scientist who revived Duck Dodgers from his frozen stasis, afterwards recruiting the duck into The Protectorate. He also serves as Dodgers' and possibly the rest of The Protectorate's de facto boss.
- Big Good: He's the one that unfroze Duck Dodgers and is the closest thing we're shown to a leader for The Protectorate.
- Ditzy Genius: Dr. Hi has his moments, like when he ventured into Dodgers' mind to get MacGuffin hidden within it and ends up in a bait shop within Dodgers' mind (It Makes Sense in Context... kinda of), he insists on buying something that serves no practical purpose in the bait shop that only exists within Dodgers' mind and there go, would cease to exist once they live anyway.
- Friendly Enemies: With The Martian Queen.
- Meaningful Name: Being a scientist, it only makes sense for him to have a high I.Q.
- Science Hero: He's the leader of the good guys and a scientist.
A fellow Captain of The Protectorate and rival to Duck Dodgers.
A popstar that Dodgers falls head over heels for.
- Everyone Loves Blondes: Or at least Dodgers likes her. Probably because of her face, not her hair.
- Expy: If this wasn't Warner Bros, you could say she's Jem. see for yourself.
- Head-Turning Beauty: What Dodgers thinks when he first sees her.
- Magic Idol Singer: While it's not clarified if she's an idol singer, she must be magical because she floats.
- Only One Name: Just goes by "Cassiopeia".
- Pink Heroine: She wears a pink outfit.
- Pink Means Feminine: As stated above, she wears a pink outfit. Also, there is a pink aura that surrounds her during her show.
- Rapunzel Hair: She has this.
- Tame His Anger: When Dodgers accidentally dumps leeches on her head... after setting her hair on fire... because he was to busy trying to seduce her.
Another Love Interest of Dodgers.
A southern belle that Dodgers falls for. She owns a restauraunt.
The primary commander of The Martian forces and Duck Dodgers' biggest rival.
- A Day in the Limelight: He has a couple of these. Lamp Shaded by Dodgers, who says he's entitled to one a season. Though sadly, he doesn't get one in season three.
- Affably Evil: He's a Friendly Enemy with Dodgers and is polite with everyone else. Despite mistaking K-9's attempts to safe him in both of his days in the limelight, he still loves his dog regardless.
- Arch-Enemy: To Duck Dodgers. Though he tries to deny it early on, claiming that Dodgers is one of his lesser enemies, (To Dodgers' charging) he does later acknowledged the duck as his biggest enemy.
- Bad People Abuse Animals: Averted. He loves K-9, inspite of moments where he thinks his dog is an idiot.
- Big Bad: He and Queen Tyr'ahnee are the closest things we get to this.
- The Dragon: To the Queen. Though he is briefly upstaged by Z-9 in ''You Know This Means War and Peace", he's back to being second-in-command after the latter's betrayal is revealed.
- Even Evil Has Standards: In "Where's Baby Smarty Pants" he threatens to drop the baby philosopher he and The Cadet over into a grinder, until the baby starts crying and X-2 calms him down while admitting he was bluffing. Right afterwords when The Cadet demands he hand the baby back over, X-2 reminds him the baby is asleep so he doesn't make too much noise.
- In the finale of the second season, X-2 is in full support of Mars making peace and is horrified at Z-9's plot.
- Evil Brit: They all speak with British accents.
- Foe Romance Subtext: In the finale of the first season he denies that Dodgers is his Arch-Enemy, much to Dodgers' frustration. When Dodgers defeats the villain X-2 sees as his real greatest enemy, and talks about being the Arch-Enemy to Tyr'ahnee, X-2 gets mad saying he thought he and Dodgers were sworn enemies.
- Foil: To Captain Duck Dodgers. Captain Dodgers is a self-serving, highly in-professional, incompetent, and shamelessly lazy leader, that none the less has the Undying Loyalty of his sole subordinate, while X-2 is a very loyal, professional, (comparably) competent, and hardworking leader, that none the less get no respect from the army of robots under his command.
- Friendly Enemies: Him and Dodgers are this when they aren't trying to kill each other at the moment. At one point, while they thought they were going to die together on a seemingly deserted island, X-2 admits that he considers Dodgers his best friend.
- Hidden Depths: X-2 is a novice gourmet chef, sculpts clay unicorns and loves singing.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Is prone to this, like when he went back in time to sabotage Dodgers' College Football career, because he believed it was the point in his life that lead to him becoming the enemy he knows, but upon learning he was wrong about Dodgers' having a successful football career and the duck was in-fact, just the water boy, X-2 goes out of his way to make Dodgers a great football player rather than suck up his pride and admit he was wrong.
- No Respect Guy: To the robots under his command.
- Not So Different: To Dodgers.
- Real Men Wear Pink: See Hidden Depths above. He also often ends up doing the cleaning around his ship.
- The Rival: To Dodgers, both on the battlefield and for the queen's heart.
Commander X-2's martian dog.
The ruler of Mars.
- Action Girl / Dark Action Girl: While she generally leaves combat to her military and ended up serving as a Damsel in Distress at least once, she is shown to be a formidable fighter in in both hand to hand and vehicular combat from time to time.
- Affably Evil: She's a Reasonable Authority Figure to Mars, her obsession with Dodgers notwithstanding, and is on friendly terms with I.Q. Hi despite being enemies.
- Bare Your Midriff: Her default outfit has this.
- Benevolent Boss: She treats her subordinates well and is forgiving to X-2 despite his repeated failures. The only time she's gotten mad with him was when she found he responsible for the moment where Dodgers became their greatest enemy, or when she wanted to propose to Dodgers and got angry at X-2 for hurting him. Even though she told him to kidnap Dodgers in the first place and didn't bother explaining that she wanted to marry Dodgers.
- Big Bad: She's ostensibly this.
- Black Skinned Space Babe: She is one.
- Chainmail Bikini: Subverted. Despite her skimpy default outfit, when she is prepared for a battle, she dons much more practical armor.
- Curbstomp Battle: On the winning end of one against Counsellor Dish.
- Even Evil Has Standards: While he was trying to overthrow her, she is also opposed to Z-9's plot to conquer Earth after she had made peace with the Galactic Protecterate
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": In almost all of her appearances she simply called referred to as "The Queen of Mars" when introduced and is almost never referred to by her actual name. We don't actually hear her name spoken on screen until mid way through season 2.
- Femme Fatale: She's not afraid to use her feminine wiles, when it suits her.
- Friendly Enemies: With I.Q. Hi. Despite being on opposite sides of an intersolar war, they get along very well.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: Averted. Despite her name being a play on the word tyranny and being her being the leader of the main enemies to Earth and the heroes, Queen Tyr'ahnee is nothing but loved on her home planet.
- Meaningful Name: Her name is a pun on "tyranny". Though ironically, other then being on the side opposing Earth and our heroes, she's not shown to be particularly villainous and there's no evidence that The Martians are even unhappy under her rule.
- Ms. Fanservice: Ebony skin, silken white hair, a brass bikini top, see-through skirt, and frequent episodes of nightgowns and other fetishistic costumes?
- Orcus on His Throne: Most of her appearances have her giving orders to X-2. She's only gotten involved herself when trying to get revenge on Dodgers for dumping her or when she's personally threatened.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Barring her bizarre fixation on Dodgers, she's generally one of the more level-headed characters and seems to genuinely want what's best for her planet, even if she has to band together with sworn enemies.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: She's not only an effective politician, but is absolutely brutal in hand-to-hand combat.
- The Smurfette Principle: She's the only recurring female character in the cast.
- Villainous Crush: On Duck Dodgers.
- Women Are Wiser: Obsession with Dodgers aside, Tyr'ahnee is one of, if not the sanest and most levelheaded characters in the cast, as well as the only prominent female character in the series.
An army of robots and the backbone of The Martian Military. Generally they are just an army of faceless minions, but they are shown to be capable independent thought, at least to an extent. One or more of them are often used when the show needs more Martian characters to play off of than just X-2 and Queen Tyr'ahnee.
- Affably Evil: Being jerks with to X-2 aside, they are shown to be Punch Clock Villains who are nice to be around.
- Friendly Enemies: Similar to their respective superiors, the Centurions are shown to be this with The Cadet on at least one occasion.
- Jerkass: They can be real jerks to their commander.
- Manipulative Bastard: At one point, they give their commander fake orders, so they can go on vacation and leave X-2 with all the work. And it's implied that this is far from the first time they pulled something like this.
- Mecha-Mooks: They are this. Though they do seem to have independent personalities.
- Undying Loyalty: To the Martian Queen.
General Z-9 is a member of the Martian High Command and the main antagonist in Season 2.
- Ambition Is Evil: Unlike the typical Punch-Clock Villain on Mars, he has ambitions to rule the planet, on top of conquering Earth.
- Asshole Victim: After he's defeated he's put in prison with a huge prisoner who decides to play "Toy Soldier" with him. He's last seen getting beat up.
- Big Bad: Of the Season 2 finale Of Course You Know This Means War And Peace.
- Eating the Enemy: When he has Dodgers cornered, he makes a comment on how he plans to eat him.Z-9: "I think I'll make a special addition to my victory banquet: one duck, extra crispy."
- Jerkass: He comes off as cordial in public, but he's mean to everyone else behind the negotiation table, especially towards X-2.
- Knight of Cerebus: He usurps the throne of Mars from Queen Tyr'ahnee, brands X-2 as a criminal to be killed on sight, and manipulates the peace treaty signing to get the codes to Earth's defense satellites. When he can't get through, he is willing and happy to sacrifice his own troops to attack the Earth.
- Remember the New Guy?: Despite being a main drive of the Season 2 finale and a high-ranking officer in the Martian militia, he only appears in the finale.
- The Starscream: Tries to take over Mars from Queen Tyr'ahnee.
- Viler New Villain: In sharp contrast to the Affably Evil X-2 and Queen Tyr'ahnee he is truely evil, plotting to end any chance for peace between Earth and Mars so he can conquer both planets.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: As Looney Tunes villains go, he's pretty dark.
- Curbstomp Battle: Is on both ends in one episode. First, she easily beats several of Marvin the Martian's minions in hand to hand combat. Later, she's quickly beaten by Tyr'ahnee during the climax.
- Dark Action Girl: She isn't afraid to get her hands dirty, and can easily defeat several of Marvin's bird henchmen.
- However, she is no match for Queen Tyr'ahnee.
- The Dragon: To Z-9.
- Fem Bot: She has a very feminine design.
A trio of vampire sisters who want to suck Dodgers' fat.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Or in their case: Black, black and green.
- Beautyis Bad: Hella is more cute, but Ramona and Angelica are definitely beautiful.
- Dracula: They are parodies of Dracula's brides.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Ramona and Angelica, especially Angelica. See this video.
- Vampire Vords: They speak with heavy Romanian accents.
The host of a TV channel showing footage of a narcissistic star in the episode Villainstruck.
A parody of the Bride of Frankenstein created by Duck Dodgers.
A woman who "replaces" Porky as the new cadet. Has an obsession towards Dodgers (who hates her). In Til Doom Do Us Part, she joins the Villain Union◊.