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When your fur is bright green, you've already gone where no ordinary rabbit would dare.

In another dimension, another time and space,
a parallel universe has fallen on its face!
When out of the chaos, who else could it be?
Funky animal adventurers from S-P-A-C-E!

A very short-lived (5 issues) but well remembered comic book series created by Larry Hama, with help from Michael Golden and Neal Adams, about Captain Bucky O'Hare, a green humanoid hare who fights to protect his Universe from the scourge of the evil Toad Empire. Bucky is assisted by the intrepid crew of his space frigate, the Righteous Indignation, which is joined by a human Child Prodigy named Willy DuWitt, who entered his universe through a Portal Door that he accidentally helped create via simultaneous Photon Accelerator malfunction, and is trapped until the event can be recreated.

The original comic debuted in 1986, originally appearing as entries in the comics anthology series Echo of Futurepast, published by Continuity Comics — the first issue debuted to the public in Echo of Futurepast #1 in May 1984. In 1991, a 13-episode animated television series (and a tie-in line of action figures by Hasbro) debuted, running from September to December 1991.

Konami would also release two video games based on the animated series, one for the NES and the arcade game Bucky O'Hare in 1992. The cartoon would inspire a UK comics company to produce a second Bucky O'Hare comic series in 1992; it reprinted the original five issues, and then created 15 new issues that expanded on the comics story.

Thanks to Pragmatic Adaptation, Willy DuWitt can go freely back and forth between Earth and the other universe - renamed the "Aniverse" - at will in the cartoon.

Bucky O'Hare and the Trope Wars:

  • Abusive Parents: Willy's parents are of the "neglectful, selfish parents" variety. See Adults Are Useless below for an example. Willy's mother has an Establishing Character Moment where she balks at Willy devoting himself to the school science project, referring to the idea of the reward as "selfish and elitist"...rather rich, coming from someone who neglects her own son's aspirations and desires while attempting to force her lifestyle onto him.
  • Adults Are Useless: Willy's parents in both the comic and the cartoon are completely worthless.
    • In the comic, they are Strawman Political hippy-types, who actually strand their son in another dimension through their carelessness and their indifference in listening to him.
    • In the cartoon, they are more reasonable and responsible, but they can't seem to understand that their son is going through a hard time at school because of bullies.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: The main villain, KOMPLEX, is a sentient computer program that the toads designed to run their planet. It turned evil and sent them on the warpath for no readily apparent reason. By contrast, AFC Blinky is a totally friendly and humble and religious robot.
  • All There in the Manual: The name of Bucky's mysterious mentor, Damaron Jabok, is given in a promotional booklet for an abandoned second season and further toyline.
  • All There in the Script: The names of several characters and things, particularly:
    • Jeff and Mark (the other two bullies with Doug)
    • Bob (the gray hare in "Home, Swampy, Home")
    • Digger the mole's surname, McSquint.
    • Willy's mother's first name, "Sunshine."
    • The Iron Vulture (the Corsair Canards' pirate ship)
    • Dr. Wartimer and Dr. Croakley (the other two toad scientists who created Komplex)
  • All Women Are Lustful: All of the women in this show are very direct about their affections, Jenny and Mimi LaFloo in particular.
  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: Bucky has green fur.
  • Amphibian Assault: The toads serve as the main villains of the series, with their goal being to conquer the galaxy.
  • Artificial Limbs: Kamikaze Kamo's lower arms are both cybernetic. This is also heavily implied to be one of the ways some toads disguised as the Corsair Canards from Dead-Eye's species (four-armed ducks) managed to make their disguise convincing despite having only two arms of their own.
  • Artistic License – Biology: While there's some question of how exactly ordinary biology applies to anthropomorphic species like those in the Aniverse, Bucky O'Hare's people—while explicitly stated to be hares—share some of the distinct traits of both hares and rabbits: like rabbits, they can burrow into the ground (as Bucky does in "Bye Bye Berserker Baboon") and their planet Warren is named after the underground burrows in which rabbits typically live with up to about twenty other members of their extended families; yet, like hares (which dig shallow nests into the moors where they live), Bucky's people live above ground mostly in nuclear family units. A lyric from one of the toads' pop singers in the background in "On The Blink" ("As a smoother-skinned toad, you're just a frog!") also implies that the toads are somehow actually hybridized with frogs (and that this is why some of them have more warts—which they consider to be sexually appealing—than others).
  • Awesome, but Impractical: The toy version of the Toad Croaker. While in the show, games, and comic it was presented as more or less a one man recon vehicle, the toy was altered slightly to look like a left shoe, complete with treads on its bottom. The reason was so that kids would use it to smash it down onto Toad Trooper action figures, "stepping" on themnote ... Needless to say the Toads' own Double Bubble didn't come anywhere close to this level of awesome.
  • Badass Boast: This is BRUISER, the Betelgeusian Berserker Baboon speaking! I'm unstoppable, unbeatable, and uncontrollable!
  • Bad Boss: In one episode, Toad Air Marshal threaten to blow up the factory where Bucky and his friends are located unless they surrender. Frix protests, saying that Frax, their troops and workers are still stationed in the factory. Toad Air Marshal calls it "a small sacrifice" to pay for victory.
  • Badass Crew: The crew of the Righteous Indignation. To wit:
    • Bucky is an adept tactician and planner, as well as a highly skilled tumbler and acrobat.
    • Jenny uses her (secretnote ) psychic abilities to devastating effect, and is an excellent pilot and perfectly capable personal combatant.
    • Deadeye is a lethal marksman with any gun (hence his name).
    • Willy, in spite of being a young child without military training, still fights effectively alongside the crew of the Righteous. He is skilled enough with a frisbee to hit a thrown knife in flight.
    • Blinky has shown excellent skills in infiltration and cyberwarfare.
    • Bruiser is Bruiser. He caused the toads to evacuate an entire planet by making a Badass Boast on TV. Twice.
  • Batman Gambit:
    • Toadborg uses one on Jenny in "The Artificers of Aldebaran". He kidnaps Jenny's student Felicia and takes her into a nebula that he couldn't possibly navigate himself, knowing Jenny would use her powers to navigate the nebula for him. He does this to get to the source of the Articifers' power; while he's able to access it, it proves too great for him to handle and he's knocked out. He wakes up with no recollection of the source or its location.
    • Another one was used by the good guys in "The Taking of Pilot Jenny" which succeeded in freeing the captured planet Warren.
  • Battle Cry: The characteristic HI-YOU-GAH! of the Betelgeusian marines.
    • "Let's croak (us some) toads!"
  • Berserk Button: Don't insinuate that Toadborg was just a worker before being converted into a Cyborg, rather than a warrior.
  • Berserker Tears: Shed by Bruiser after Bruce vanishes for the second time.
    That's the second time the toads cost me MY BROTHER!
  • Beware the Silly Ones: When Bucky threatened the Air Marshal with the might of United Animals Space Fleet (which at that moment consisted of only one frigate, albeit toads did not know that), the Air Marshal actually saw this as opportunity to finally lure the main enemy force into open battle... which is quite reasonable course of action.
  • Big Bad: Komplex, the evil AI who enslaved the Toads and has designs on the rest of the Aniverse.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • This kicks off the revelation of the Batman Gambit in "The Taking of Pilot Jenny" when, with the Righteous Crew seemingly at the mercy of KOMPLEX and Toadborg, the ship they're all in is rocked by gunfire as the Indefatigable cuts through their stagnate defenses like a hot knife through butter.
    • Another one occurs in "Bye Bye Berserker Baboon." The Total Terror Toad, a monstrous amphibian warrior, has the heroes cornered. To make matters worse, unlike his brethren, he is not afraid of Berserker Baboons and looks like he could eat them like popcorn. Bucky O'Hare, injured in a failed attack on the monster, suddenly dives down and burrows through the ground away, escaping. Unable to believe they've been abandoned by their leader, the others are treated to the sight of their ship suddenly launching and flying away. The monster gets closer and closer as the Air Marshal cackles that he's finally beaten even the "Great Bucky O'Hare." Suddenly, the sound of rockets firing is heard and Bucky returns on the Toad Croaker. Turns out he just went out to the next planet over to snag several jars of the Aniverse's best tasting flies, with which he proceeds to lure the Total Terror Toad back to the Toad Mothership where it proceeds to tear the place apart.
  • Big Sister Instinct: After the initial few episodes played with the idea of Jenny having romantic feelings for Willy, the show eventually established her as having more of a sibling bond with him, looking out for his wellbeing and at one point admonishing him for disobeying her order to stay behind.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy:
    • When Blinky was captured by the toads and reprogrammed, this was the result on him when he was rescued by the Righteous.
    • In the NES Video Game, you have to defeat Jenny, Willy, and Deadeye to free them from the Toads' brainwashing.
    • KOMPLEX did this to all the toads, setting off the war in the first place.
  • Briar Patching: Bucky, disguised as an old man, begs the toads who have just arrested him not to send him to the slave factory. Bucky wanted to be taken there so he can free the imprisoned hares at the factory.
  • Zerg Rush: The toad soldiers have training and hardware that's - for the most part - inferior to what Bucky's crew and lone ship can bring to bear in a fight. The main reason they're still dangerous is they're the only side to have an actual fleet and armies. To keep the amphibian menace from engulfing the Aniverse, by the end of the show S.P.A.C.E. has managed to assemble a grand total of three ships, each with a crew of about six members.

Alternative Title(s): Bucky O Hare And The Toad Wars