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PKNA's first issue. Bet you didn’t think Donald could be this cool, eh?

Paperinik New Adventures is perhaps one of the strangest (at least to non-Italians) but most interesting titles produced by Italian Disney comics.

The main character? Paperinik (known in anglophone countries as Duck Avenger, Superduck, Phantom Duck, and a lot of other names), a small-time superhero who has been defending the city of Duckburg against its criminals for years in the Duck comics universe. You probably know him better as his civilian personality, Donald Duck.

In an obvious case of Italians Love Donald Duck, the character of Paperinik was created way back in 1969 as a Gentleman Thief Secret Identity to make Donald Duck less of a loser and capitalize upon the success this kind of stories was having in the country at the time (see Diabolik, which also inspired Paperinik's name — "Paperino" is Donald Duck's Italian name), but he quickly switched from avenging the wrongs he suffered in his Donald Duck persona to generally fighting crime, thanks to the various super-gadgets built for him by Gyro Gearloose. For more than a quarter century many stories about him were written, most of them totally out of continuity, and some even contradicting previously established facts, with the popularity of the character waxing and waning in cycles, though he was always well-received.

In the mid-1990s, the italian Disney Comics experimented a rapid diversification with a wave of new talents (Paolo Mottura, Tito Faraci, Alberto Lavoradori, Casty...) eager to experiment beyond the established formulas of the past decades and to tackle more adult themes. During a phase of lack of inspiration for the "classic" Paperinik stories, PKNA came in as an attempt to write single-issue adventures that would fit into an over-arching continuity; a "disruptive" project commissioned to a group of mostly young talents, who had no problem admitting that they were "trying to play Marvel". This was the first comic book that Disney Italy published in the American comic book form factor, further emphasizing the attempt to compete with them on their own ground. (In a twist of irony, Disney now owns Marvel.)

It all starts when, while patrolling the city, Paperinik runs into a TV star being attacked by aliens, and all his weapons prove to be useless against them; he's only saved by the intervention of the police. Soon afterwards, Donald Duck gets a job as the caretaker of his uncle's new purchase, a 150-floor-tall skyscraper called Ducklair Tower, built and previously owned by the genius inventor and eccentric billionaire, Everett Ducklair, who retired from the public eye some time ago. Donald accidentally discovers that the building actually has 151 floors: the "secret floor" is home to an AI called One, by Ducklair, the original owner of the building, who decides to assist Paperinik in his new battles against time-pirates, mad scientists and alien invaders where his old gear would be of no help. And Paperinik is going to need all the help he can get, because he is soon facing major disasters, and even battles for the very future of planet Earth.

Paperinik New Adventures ran for 52 issues (March, 1996 - January, 2001) plus four special issues detailing various elements of the Back Story and focusing on minor characters. It was followed by another series in the same continuity, PK2, which subjected the premise to somewhat of a Retooling; this sequel saw Everett Ducklair return to reassume ownership of Ducklair Tower, whereupon he deactivated One, and politely, but firmly informed Paperinik that he was cutting off his access to the 151th floor, leaving the hero without his Home Base, most of his technology, and even his main helper and confidant, forcing Donald to having to content with almost starting over from scratch and look for a new hideout. PK2, however, was not quite as successful as its predecessor, and ended after 18 issues and one special. It was, in turn, followed by an Ultimate Universe continuity reboot, called simply PK or Pikappa, which lasted 32 issues, but was overall even less successful. The first series, considered one of the finest things Disney ever made by a very loyal fan community, has been re-printed several times.

The series also reignited interest in the classic Paperinik, who has gotten many new stories since, and even a monthly magazine publishing both old and new stories, called "Paperinik Appgrade" and then simply "Paperinik", since 2012; meanwhile, rumors of a new PKNA series proved to be just that for many years. This changed in late 2013: series creators Francesco Artibani and Tito Faraci announced a return of the series, as a direct sequel to PKNA and PK2, thanks to the interest of the new Italian publisher of Disney comics (which, in a further twist of irony, is the same that's been publishing Marvel comics in Italy for years).

Since 2014, the franchise has been relaunched in several directions.

  • PK Universe, published on Paperinik Appgrade, stars the classic Paperinik along with characters from PKNA, and explicitly without One and the advanced gadgetry, counting on Gyro Gearloose's inventions and with economic support from Scrooge McDuck. It started with a five-part miniseries, written by Faraci, where the hero has to deal with the Evronians. Following stories in the same magazine are set in this new continuity, but after little more than a year of publication, it's been put on hold.
  • A large-format reprint of the original series called "PK Giant - 3K Edition", with new covers by the original artists, a return of the beloved fan mail section and new extras. Publication was suspended at issue #43, but has later resumed in 128-page double issues to finish the series within 2019. The 1997 and 1998 Specials have been reprinted into a single big issue; the 1999 Special, however, has been reprinted alone.
  • PK Tube is a series of short stories that were published in the Mickey Mouse magazine starting in March 2016, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of issue #0 of PKNA. Some are centered on memories of One through time, while others expand on episodes of both the older and newer stories.
  • The proper return of PK, informally called Paperinik New Era (PKNE) started with the four-part storyline Might and Power in 2014. Published in the weekly Italian Mickey Mouse magazine (Topolino) and are set an unspecified amount of time after the end of PK2. Further PKNE storylines were published in the same magazine aperiodically, just like Double Duck; six more have been made between 2015 and 2018, with Collector's Editions published a few months after the magazine's. This also included a crossover with Double Duck, with Donald having to deal with both identities. The series left Topolino in 2019 and moved into a new series of hardcover books called Topolino Fuoriserie alongside an also relaunched Wizards of Mickey, with 11 further PKNE storylines having been published as of 2023.

For a long time, the original series has had no official translation into English; only part of the reboot, Pikappa, had been made available in English with the title Superduck. In August 2016, PKNA began getting an official English release as Duck Avenger through IDW Publishing... only for it to be suspended after six issues due to low sales, leaving once again scanlations as the only way for English speakers to read PKNA, PK2 and the rest of Pikappa.

A video game based on the comics, Disney's PK: Out of the Shadows, was made and released in English in 2002, but failed to attract a substantial audience and was only loosely related to the comics. A second video game, The Duckforce Rises, was released for mobile phones in 2015. It features a mix of the classic Paperinik with the DuckTales universe.

Compare Darkwing Duck, another Disney series about a superheroic waterfowl.

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  • 2D Visuals, 3D Effects: Used on several covers of PK2, with less than stellar results. Also in #10 of the same series, to depict metal and glass melted by the rays of the mini-bots.
  • 20 Minutes into the Future: At least judging by the tech level of the series. While commercial tech appears to be on par with the time the comic was released, with a few exceptions like camera suits and holograms (which are recent enough to be considered high-tech and shown of at expos), the military employs mechs, and there are manned missions being undertaken to Saturn.
  • Actually a Doombot:
    • In PKNA #22 "Fragments of Autumn" Lyla is put on trial for shooting a human member of the Time Police. He was actually a robot-replica used in a plan to destroy both the droids and the Time Police.
    • In PKNE #7 "Droids" Paperinik himself is revealed to be one at the end, a copy of his personality put into a robotic body. Tyrell Duckard wanted to use it to lure out some other droids he was hunting (PK is well regarded among droids in the 23rd century) for a corrupt client; unfortunately for him, the copy is still a hero and ultimately unravels his plan.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: While he is nowhere near as smart as Xadhoom or One (he even jokingly said he got out of elementary school only because of seniority), in this series Paperinik/Donald Duck is very intuitive, clever and able to make plans on the spot.
  • An Aesop:
  • Affectionate Parody: Angus, of J. Jonah Jameson. To clarify: Angus usually tries to ruin Paperinik's reputation for no apparent reason, but he's also a surprisingly capable journalist, who apparently became famous for exposing a traffic of NUCLEAR WEAPONS, exposing a member of the Congress in the process, and is hellbent on exposing the crimes of a Corrupt Corporate Executive.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot:
    • Two, and a band of XXIII century Time Police droids in one issue.
    • A rogue AI is revealed to be behind all at the end of PK2 #13.
  • Air-Vent Passageway: Subverted in PKNA #4 "Earthquake": Paperinik enters one to go over a closed door (even remarking "This always works in movies") but while it's big enough for him, his large shield gets stuck.
    Paperinik: "Oooff! This never happens!"
  • Alien Blood: Xerbians have black-ink blood, as shown in a flashback. If this still applies to Xadhoom, after her transformation, is up for debate.
  • Alien Invasion: The Evronians, a hostile species aliens, that plan the invasion of the Earth..
  • Aliens Speaking Italian: Handwaved once, when an alien explains his training includes cosmic languages. Played straight most of the times, though. When asked about it, the authors hypothesized aliens may have learned it by watching subbed sci-fi movies.
  • All Just a Dream: All the adventures in PKNA issue 26 ("Time is Fleeting") turn out to be the demo of a futuristic TV show. And the closure of issue 43 ("All in Good Time") leaves some doubts...
  • All There in the Manual: The various issues had columns with more data about the month's story or the comic book in general. Doubled as foreshadowing in some cases — for instance, in #0/3, the column detailing the layout of the Ducklair Tower mentions Everett Ducklair's cryogenically frozen daughters in fine print.
  • Almighty Janitor: When he's not busy saving the world, Donald is an errand boy at the Ducklair Tower offices. Also Ziggy, the other errand boy, had brilliantly passed the exams to become an intelligence agent before he decided it wasn't the life he wanted. In the second series our hero finds aid in Lyo, who is the custodian of an abandoned factory, but in his day he was the tech supervisor of a superhero named Astrongman.
  • Alternate Continuity: PKNA started as a sequel to the then-stagnating classic Paperinik stories, and even with an all-new cast beside Donald Duck, it never forgets the origins of Paperinik; this was further stressed by no classic Paperinik stories being made from 1996 to 2000. Over time, however, the series has evolved into this, and it's officially recognized as such by Disney.
  • Alternate Universe:
    • Where Urk comes from, a world where the Americas are ruled by a confederation of the Natives of North America, the Empire of the Plumed Serpent and the Incan Empire, while the Vikings are the dominant power of Europe and are trying to conquer the New World, failing because their opponent were given high technology and the knowledge on how to use it in accord with nature by aliens (that are the local version of the Evronians). PK ends up visiting it briefly.
    • The Day of the Cold Sun: the Raider has a prototype device to reach other dimensions and attempts to power it up (adequate power sources in the future are too well-guarded), not knowing it's incomplete and would make himself stuck into all realities at once until the Time Police managed to get him out; he accidentally brings Urk to our universe and by the end of that story, One has the technology needed to travel safely among the multiverse.
    • Ancient Future, where PK accidentally ends in a The Lord of the Rings-like world ruled by an alternate and dimension-hopping Raider, who finally brought an end to the incessant wars and rules benevolently.
    • The End?, the finale of the Ultimate Universe reboot, where the Paperinik of the original series shows up just in time to aid Donald in defeating the last Evronian fleet.
    • PK Universe firmly establishes itself as another Alternate Universe. Not only it's a What If? where there's no Ducklair Towernote  and PK is the regular Paperinik, but Gyro Gearloose has a special monitor that allows looking at other universes; he and Paperinik turn away from it and then turn it off exactly when PK shows off, leading them into thinking that there is no Paperinik whatsoever in that universe - which seemed to be the Pikappa one however, since the Evronians were attacking Duckburg openly.note  Some time later, Paperinik and the Raider must team up against another alternate Raider with a functioning Othership, and they see the PKNA Raider in Gyro's monitor.
  • Always Chaotic Evil: The Evronians are Emotion Eaters that need to attack other races to drain them of the emotions that feed both them and some of their technologies, and cause untold and unneeded destruction for no other reason they can. It's subverted by both a few individual members (especially Gorthan) and the fact that, before Xadhoom exterminated most of them, they were trying to solve the energetic problem (in fact one possible alternative power source was Xadhoom herself, had they managed to keep her captured long enough), and after that a group of survivors prove themselves relatively peaceful when they ask Earth for help, but is later Double Subverted when that same group of survivors use the chance to insert a shape-shifting spy on Earth to prepare a future invasion.
    • In the Pikappa reboot it's shown the Evronians had not always been like that, and imply that they had become that way due a combination of the emotion-powered technology and the war with the Guardians of the Galaxy (in fact, when Zondag changes the timeline to prevent the birth of the Guardians it results in the Evronians becoming peaceful, not using emotion-powered technology anymore and using their dietary needs to free people from bad emotions).
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: The Xerbians are basically green-skinned humans.
  • An Ass-Kicking Christmas: In PKNA #13, "The Darkest Night", Paperinik has to fight the Evronians on Christmas's Eve to rescue the people of a small village near Duckburg.
  • Ancient Astronauts: There are few examples. In order of appearance, we have:
  • Angst Nuke: Xadhoom. According to what she says, if she ever lost control of her powers she would GO NOVA, and then she would become a black hole and swallow the entire solar system she's in. Fortunately enough, she approached that level of fury only three times and every time she calmed herself.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: Korinna and Jupiter Ducklair, in PK2, have a deep hatred for their father because they feel robbed them of their destiny to become rulers of the planet Corona, and they don't get any better after Juniper becomes queen. Only by the end of PKNE #6 has some reconciliation between Juniper and Everett been reached.
  • Anyone Can Die: Really gives off this vibe, as among the named cast, no less than six characters have died over the course of the series: Xadhoom, The Raider, Zoster, Raghor, Geena and Grrodon, two of which have committed suicide.
    • There are also some characters who, with no confirmation of their death and no further appearances, are to be presumed dead. There's, for example, Leonard Vertighel from PKNA #22: no trace is found of him but it's stated he apparently turned off the sprinkler system, and his depression made a suicide quite likely. Baron Hastings from #24 is seen recovering data that may allow the Vikings to travel to other dimensions... and an explosion engulfs him. Then his entire fortress explodes. Kronin is lost in the timeless void at the end of #33, although it was all undone by the following issue, so he's probably still frozen in Time 0.
    • In the last issue of Pikappa, aboard Zondag's ship, Lyla self-destructs to clear the way from Elite Mooks, Vulnus Vendor is hit by a ray weapon, Juniper is coolflamized, Zondag is devolved into a spore, and Kronin was imprisoned there. Then the ship explodes. Donald and Angus are the only ones to flee in time and return to Duckburg.
    • And if you consider One and Two's fates of being permanently deactivated and regressed into nothingness, and subsequent assimilation, to be a form of death, then we're up to 9.
    • All of the main characters have died at some point in the series, but their deaths are either from an alternate timeline or they're just brought back to life later on. Yes, even Donald Duck has died.
  • Applied Phlebotinum: Lots.
  • Arms Dealer: A few examples. The first to appears are, surprisingly, the Evronians: as part of their plan to catch Earth by surprise with their invasion they gave some of their weapons to a Banana Republic in exchange of the ability to take a few of their peasants (PK and La Résistance don't appreciate, of course). The second to appear is a former Gangland Gun Runner specialized in thermonuclear weapons and the member of the Congress that provided him with the goods (both have been locked up after Angus Fangus exposed them). The third is Everett Ducklair, who, in the second series, sells Disintegrator Ray weapons to the US Army, and shows zero tolerance for any use of those weapons by unsanctioned users. Finally there's the guy who's supposed to deliver Ducklair's weapons to the Army but sold them to gangs (and received a visit from the military police after Everett's assistant tracked him down).
  • Artificial Gravity: Usually goes unnoticed, but was involved in the plot twice:
  • Artistic License: In a Bad Future Angus Fangus becomes governor of Calisota and starts running for the White House. The problem is that Angus is a Maori born in New Zealand, therefore he can't become President of the United States.
  • Ascended Meme: The first three issues were "trial" issues and were numbered 0, 0/2 and 0/3 respectively. One reader asked about issue 0/1, and this developed in a full blown Memetic Mutation. A year later, in the '98 special, the authors put among the summaries of past issues an entry on issue 0/1, complete with nonsensical plot, a mostly white cover with the title logo, the title, and barely anything else, and the actual title was "Zero Slash One". Another year later, they actually published it as the '99 special.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses:
    • PK and Xadhoom are often portrayed like this. The 2012 trade paperback Compilation Rerelease comes full-circle about this, as the back cover of the first volume features this artwork.
    • Also PK and Morgoth in PK2 #13.
  • Bad Future:
    • PKNA #34. PK has been accused of terrorism, his secret identity revealed by Angus (who now is a governor), his layout was bombed down and his family has left the town out of shame. Plus, Lyla has been deactivated, and the Organization is stronger than ever. And why all of this? Because of the Raider's death, his son Trip was raised by the Organization, named himself the Gryphon, and singlehandedly caused the Bad Future.
    • A different type of Bad Future is featured in Pikappa #27, as revealed by a PK from the future who looks apparently identical to the present one. He comes from a thousand years in the future, where the Evronians are still attacking Earth regularly, his mind transferred to artificial bodies long since - when one is destroyed, another one replaces it immediately. His friends and relatives long gone, all the future PK has left is the certainty he can fight with no worries about his own safety.
    • PKNE Might and Power features another Bad Future: Time Travel is possible again but, upon returning to the 23rd century, PK finds Duckburg in ruins after the Evronians have conquered Earth long before. And as he soon discovers, their conquest had started after first removing the biggest obstacle: they killed him.
    • Happens once again in the storyline started by A New Hero, even though technically it'a a Bad Present. After changing some events in the distant past to prevent the origin of the Evronians, Paperinik goes back to his time only to find things even worse, as Duckburg is in ruins under an Evronain attack.
  • Badass and Child Duo: Paperinik and Trip, the Raider's son, in PKNA #34.
  • Badass Boast:
    • Subverted in the very first issue.
    Paperinik(while defending a woman from the Coolflames): Don't worry! When the game gets tough... I wish I was somewhere else.
    • Played straight with the narration monologue in issue 10:
    By day, this is my city. By night, this city is mine.
    • The villains aren't exempt from this:
    Paperinik: The Organization? That's it? What, were the good names taken when you applied for the supervillain register?
    Organization Leader: The purpose of a name is distinguishing things, Paperinik. We have no need for that. We are unique!
  • Badass Normal: Donald. He must use his wits and courage to fight aliens, cyborgs and the like.
  • Bavarian Fire Drill: One of Paperinik's usual tricks is this: walking in whatever place he's infiltrating while wearing some disguise, issue orders or demands, and wait for everyone to fall for it. His greatest hit so far comes from the PKNE story "Chronicle of a Return", where he used the fact the new group of Evronians had lost all their officers and was led by the only surviving sergeant to take over command of their Planet Spaceship by telling them he was an ally and that the emperor would be pissed if they bothered him just for that.
  • Benevolent Alien Invasion: Urk's Alternate Universe, where America has been invaded by the local counterpart of the Evrons in the far past: the invaders gave the local humans advanced technology with little impact on the environment, united them in three nations and then left.
  • Between My Legs: Between Xadhoom's legs in "Shadows On Venus".
  • BFG: The Evronians create one able to absorb the power of a SUN. Granted, only for a fraction of second, but still...
  • Big Damn Heroes: Xadhoom is introduced this way. See Establishing Character Moment below.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: Where do we even begin with the Ducklairs? First off, the father: Everett is one of the smartest minds on the planet but his Science-Related Memetic Disorder caused him to turn everything he touched in a superweapon. It took him several years of meditation far away from civilization to resolve that. He is also an alien escaped from planet Corona. He brought his daughters with him, to save them from becoming the queens of said planet. Unfortunately, due to a series of accidents upon their arrival on Earth, he left them when they were children and found them again as adults. He still has regrets over this. His daughters, Korinna and Juniper, are basically two kids trapped in adult bodies, and they refuse to forgive him. They also plan to turn Earth into a new Corona. And then there is Serifa, Everett's wife and Korinna and Juniper's mother, who is just interested in using her children to obtain the title she never got. Man, is this enough for everybody?
  • Big "NO!": ...and immediately after it, Trauma meets his first defeat.
    • Everett in PK2 #11, at the climax of a very important flashback.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Surprisingly happens a lot, especially in PK New Era. Special shout out to The Event Horizon where PK, Raider, and Everett save Corona, but Everett & Juniper lose Korinna. And Serifa's whereabouts are still unknown.
  • Blood Knight: Oberon De Spair is implied to be this, craving wars to bring "chaos and destruction". He even saves PK's life after he has thwarted his plans because, in his words, such enemies are rare to come about.
    • The new character introduced in PKNE Might and Power. The Omega Chamber AI accuses PK of having been too soft in the past, and wants the hero to become more ruthless. When PK is trapped inside Nebula's base and decides to supercharge its weapons to punch a hole and escape through the walls rather than kill the Evronian soldiers, the AI calls him out on it. As of ''Chronicle of a Return", however, he's decidedly softening.
  • Body Horror: The most important members of the Evronian Imperial Council and the Emperor have two heads, one on their shoulders, and an eyeless one on the tip of their tail. Not horrified yet? Very well. Did I mention that the eyeless tail-head is the one that does the talking? The other has a Breath Weapon.
    • What happens to the Evronian supersoldiers created using Angus as a guinea pig (they appear in the last issue of the first series) that can't get nourishment fast enough.
    • The Predator is a cyborg appearing in PK2 #14. He has been made from a special ops soldier who blew himself up to save his companion (Tempest Gale) and barely survived. A computer screen in his control room tells that only 20% of his original body was salvaged.
  • Brains and Brawn:
    • Paperinik and Xadhoom, with a very interesting twist: while Xadhoom is a Genius Bruiser, her preferred tactics are almost Alucard-like in their complexity, meaning that PK is the one who must calm her down and formulate a plan.
    • And of course, Paperinik and One.
    • PKNA #25 "Crossfire" shows that the whole population of the planet Vanium was like this before the Evronian invasion, since every member of the Nimoids (the smarter race) lived in symbiosis with a member of the Mastonts (the stronger race).
  • Brain Uploading: The Ultimate Universe Continuity Reboot has this trope when Lyonard D'Aq uploads his brain as a side result of him exploring a virtual world. Then this trope becomes a Chekhov's Gun when after Lyonard gets Killed Off for Real (or, more precisely, turned into the monstrous Lyozard and then killed off) and One downloads the data version of his brain into a (superpowered, of course) bionic body.
  • Brick Joke: The Extransformer shield's "Function 78 bis". The first time it's used, it does nothing. Two years later, the Villain of the Week uses it and... still nothing. Stomping on the shield in anger manages to activate it, blasting him to Hawaii.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer:
    • Eugene Photomas, widely considered one of the best lawyers of the 23th century... now, if only he could remember which case they were discussing...
    • Sam Plot, writer for the soap opera "Anxieties". Before being partially coolflamed, he changed the main actor since the previous one was temporarily missing (kidnapped). Later in the series, after the first actor resurfaces, he rewrites this as the two actors being two different main characters, long lost twins who were Separated at Birth and are now reunited. And have the exact same name.
    • The full plot, explained in issue #15's data columns, is a bit more complicated (to the point most readers failed to understand it after multiple re-reading of said column). And includes an Alien Invasion (inspired by Sam's second run-in with the Evronians). In a soap opera! Also, he apparently became a better writer after his first run-in with the Evronians resulted in him getting most of his emotions and intellectual capacity sucked away.
  • Call-Back:
    • PK2 #13, "Everything and Nothing", to PKNA #10, "Trauma". Both issues were made by the same writer and artist, and the former was in fact advertised as "from the creators of Trauma". In both stories PK has to confront a large and very powerful enemy, resorting to a Mini-Mecha at some point, reflecting on himself in the meanwhile.
    • The first episode of the PK Universe mini-series, "Monsters are coming!" is filled with reminders to PKNA #0, "Evronians": for example, the first encounter between the hero and Coolflames has them attacking someone who's in a black car crashed into a wall.
    • The second episode, "Hard is the night!" begins with Paperinik having a nightmare, just like the second issue of PKNA.
    • The sixth episode, the first following the mini-series, has references to PKNA #3, since the Othership device is involved: the characters, thanks to an invention of Gyro, can briefly see an alternate Raider whose Othership didn't function - he's the original one, obviously.
  • The Cameo:
    • In PKNA #12, third panel of page 19, one of the screens depicting recordings of the timeline has Mickey Mouse from Steamboat Willie.
    • Some characters of PKNA and PK2 do not have roles in Pikappa's rebooted universe but get small appearances in it, like Rupert Potomac and Anymore Boring in the first issue, and Mary Ann Flagstarr, Wisecube and Westcock in the last one.
  • Canon Discontinuity: The only Disney series with a link with Paperinik New Adventures is the Italian continuity on the Junior Woodchucks, whose best known story, the multi-episode Threat From Outer Space, is alluded to in Xadhoom, with Huey, Dewey e Louie appearing in that issue just long enough to explain their uncle they have to leave Duckburg for a long JW mission and briefly allude to the events of the most recent episodes of their story. No other Disney series, board game or whatever is even loosely connected to either Paperinik New Adventures or the Italian Junior Woodchucks continuity.
    • A 2012 Double Duck storyline has Belgravia prominently involved, with Nestor and Grigorij Grimka explicitly mentioned and the latter having succeeded his father as President. Since at times the series mentioned Donald already having the Paperinik identity (which also explained his abilities as a secret agent), it led many to think that Donald may have become Double Duck after PK2, but the writer said it was only intended as a big nod to PKNA fans... until the crossover in early 2016 confirmed that the stories are set in the same universe.
  • Catapult Nightmare: Donald has one coupled with a Big "NO!" after a nightmare featuring some bullies he had to deal with in school.
  • Catchphrase: Xadhoom is fond of saying "Let's dance" or a variant of this, especially before wiping out some Evrons.
    • Dancing is apparently the first thing she thinks of when happy, as evidenced by how she once revealed that a group of Xerbians she had just met, were in truth Evronians in disguise: she requested a specific dance that was very popular on Xerba, and they didn't know it.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: The series was already darker than your average Disney comic, then the sequel series, PK2 came along.
    • And then comes PK New Era. Despite being published in child-friendly Topolino, it has some of the darkest PK stories. Notably, the first story starts with Donald's murder and it only gets darker from there. Also, most of the stories have a Bittersweet Ending at best.
  • Chekhov's Gun: A few apparently insignificant things get an expanded role later on: the horrible tie PK got from Newton (no, not that one, nor the other one) was instrumental in saving the whole temporal continuum, the gizmo containing Xadhoom's memories was the MacGuffin of two later stories, Everett Ducklair's cryogenically frozen daughters had been mentioned in the fine print of the blocking of a column about the layout of the Ducklair Tower in issue 0/3 of the first series (they would only appear in PK2), etc.
    • The cronal unit. You know, the one that almost destroyed time itself if it wasn't for Newton's tie. One kept it, just in case...
  • Christmas Episode: PKNA #13, The Darkest Night, although the Christmas theme is not prominent. It is more, however, in Pikappa #30.
  • Chronic Villainy: Agenore Brazoff tried to change life, but kept on getting bitten by radioactive animals and challenge Paperinik with a new bizarre gimmick.
  • Comic-Book Time: Averted, as the series seemingly progresses in real time. In PKNA #30, Two remarks that it has been about two years since his last battle with One (which happened in #8), and in issue #37 Paperinik explains that a few years had passed since he first met Xadhoom.
    • By the New Era stories, however, even if the Evronian conquest of Earth is explicitly said to happen in late 2014, time is probably going to be relative, or Donald would be as aged as he appeared in the Bad Future of PKNA #34, and his nephews in their mid-twenties. The opening narration of the storyline even lampshades this:
    "A lot of time has passed. Years. Months. Or maybe just a night."
  • Coming of Age Story: One's transition into Odin Eidolon.
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu:
    • Averted. Paperinik can easily enough dispatch a dozen or so Evronians, but when there are to many of them he'll either need to be rescued or retreat. Even the new and incredibly powerful suit he's gotten in 2014 isn't enough against large groups of Evronians, who now have a new breed of Super-Soldier.
    • Defied by Xadhoom, since it doesn't really matters if you attack her with one or one hundred soldiers.
  • Conspicuous Trenchcoat: In the first issue of PK2 Everett sends one of his robots after Paperinik. To blend in, he dresses it up like this. Donald, having seen the robot before, recognizes it immediately but everybody else is fooled.
    • Must be a thing for robots because later in the series, a corrupt lawyer disguises his one hundred mini-bots assembled in humanoid form in the same way.
  • Continuity Cavalcade: PKNE "Might and Power" features several characters and hanging subplots from the old series, even some that weren't originally related to the Evronians, like the Raider or Morgan Fairfax.
  • Continuity Lockout:
    • A very rare example from Disney, connected only to a specific sub-continuity of the Junior Woodchucks (itself locked out from the rest) that is alluded to in "Xadhoom" and, later, Double Duck and a sub-series of spy stories (mentioned in passing by Paperinik during the crossover).
    • The New Era stories can be hard to follow for who has come in contact with the franchise starting with Might and Power and the PK Giant reprints, on top of giving them massive spoilers for the original series. For example, whoever read The Mark of Moldrock at the time of first publication in May 2017 would be familiar with the returning Trauma, but completely baffled at the mentions of Juniper and Corona, especially with no confirmation that a reprint of PK2 will follow the original series' reprint.
  • Convection, Schmonvection: Featured heavily in PKNA #45 "Operation Hephaestus". The most jarring moment is probably when Paperinik is flying just a few centimetres above the lava.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: Two Evronians were once threatened with assignment to hunt Xadhoom if they failed their given task.
    • It was cool and unusual, but it was also a death sentence; every single time the Evronians try to ambush her, she would fall right into the trap note  and then blast it open with her sheer power before killing every single Evronian and blow everything up.
  • Cool Car: The Pi-Kar, the hero's flying car, equipped with any kind of gadgets and weapons, just like the Batmobile. It comes with a Cool Garage with a lot of secret exits (and full of other Cool Cars, but One does not allow Donald Duck to use them instead of his 313). In PK2 the hero is given a new model as a parting gift from One, before Everett deactivated him: it can shapeshift to be Hidden in Plain Sight (a necessity since PK was booted out from Ducklair Tower.
    • Speaking of Donald's old 313 car, it begins the series on all of its old and awesome glory (among other things, it could fly) but it's destroyed by Xadhoom during a confusing first impression, hence why Donald is now driving a new car.
    • The 313 with the X plate is officially known as the "313-X". It's basically the same car as ever, plus some additions built by Gyro Gearloose in the more traditional - and milder - Paperinik stories. Said additions give Donald the possibility to switch between the 313 and the 313-X at will, whenever he needs to do so; and given Paperinik has no superpowers, like Batman, the 313-X can be similarly compared to a downgraded Batmobile.
  • Cool Plane: The PK-Jet is rarely used (and kind of goofy-looking), but it's Paperinik's fastest means of travel on Earth, can go on autopilot, has some neat gadgets and can turn invisible.
    • The new vehicle in Might and Power is multi-purpose, so it can become this, a three-wheeled ground vehicle or a submarine.
  • Cosmic Horror Story: Surprisingly has shades of this. To elaborate: Across the galaxy, the Evronian race are pursued by a godlike and implacable alien being. Already, thousands upon thousands have died in battle with this alien, and many ships have been lost because of this creature. Its name? Xadhoom.
  • Costume-Test Montage: In a Pikappa short story, Lyla Lay goes through this, with the help of Lyonard D'Aq.
  • Covers Always Lie: The cover for A New Hero shows Paperinik dramatically bursting out of the ground with a drill on his X-Transformer. In the story proper, he just checks the drill out on a single panel on what is essentially a non sequitur and at a point the hero is still looking for the X-Transformer.
  • Crack Pairing: In-Universe: Angus Fangus once went on a date with Xadhoom.
  • Crapsaccharine World
    • Corona, homeworld of Everett Ducklair. Under the facade of a realized utopia where advanced technology and nature have achieved a perfect coexistence, overseen by an illuminate matriarchal government that elects a queen, lies an absurdly strict and competitive society. After a scandal involving a previous queen, who defied the celibacy required with the role, a new system to select future queens was created, consisting in having little girls grow into adulthood inside capsules, to avoid the influence of "useless" emotions. Beside the inherent wrongness of the system, which can only end up creating very emotionally stunted individuals, it's evident that even before, under the apparent harmony lied strong rivalries for the title of queen. A woman who didn't manage to get elected, accepted her boyfriend's marriage proposal only to have daughters and make them fulfill her dream. We are speaking of Serifa, Everett's wife.
    • Through the New Era stories, new menaces are piling up in the universe - a resurrected Evronian threat (which in truth never really got away, since there are multiple Evronian empires), mechanical beings that can absorb stars, multiple energy beings as powerful as Xadhoom if not even more, Corona turned into a dystopia with tech that can now threaten the multiverse. The cosmos outside Earth is increasingly looking like a bad place to be.
  • Crossover:
    • Happens in Xadhoom, where Huey, Dewey e Louie allude to a multi-episode Junior Woodchucks story then being published in Italy. Given it's barely two pages and you needed to follow both series to notice, it completely flew over most people's heads.
    • The story "Time Crime", a crossover between Donald's superhero identity Paperinik and Donald's secret agent identity Double Duck.
  • Cryo-Prison: The Time Police incarcerates this way some criminals, and keep them in a jail out of time. Justified because the Time Police apply this only to those criminals that are so dangerous they're not concerned with punishment or rehabilitation but protect the world from them, and that's the only way to do it besides death penalty (that in the future they apparently don't have anymore)... And even that could fail: the Raider has the nasty habit to break out before they can place him in the cryo cell (he did it at least twice, and in one occasion even stole a prototype device to move between dimensions), and the one time they did get him in the Time Police found out they only placed his frozen image in the cryo cell.
  • Cut the Juice:
    • Paperinik tries this against One when he believes he shows signs of going insane. Actually the "evidence" was planted by Two, who wanted his twin to be shut down while he has plenty of backup generators, as he gleefully informs Paperinik.
    • Also done with the Evronians in issue #0/3: they have trapped Paperinik and Xadhoom in an inescapable force field, but as the force field is fueled by Duckburg's power plant One is able to free them by hacking that and cutting the juice of the generator.
  • Cyberspace: Apparently, Everett Ducklair built an entrance to cyberspace in his basement to analyze his own programs from within. Paperinik uses it for some hands-on hacking, when necessary.

  • Darker and Edgier: Unquestionably so, if compared to the not-quite-Marvel-like Paperinik stories from the more family-friendly Topolino (Italian for Mickey Mouse) weekly comic book.note  To clarify, the first volume of the trade paperback Compilation Rerelease features a behind-the-scenes about how the series came to be: it includes such stuff as "Duckburg becoming a big metropolis like the Gotham City seen in the movies, although obviously not as dark", and some ideas go as far as having "dream fights in A Nightmare on Elm Street-like situations (within Disney-level limits!)". The fact that characters are actually Killed Off for Real is only a natural consequence.
    • If anything, PK2 is even darker: complex familiar relationships, dramatic focus on abusive love interests, an ally turned into an ambiguous figure willing to manipulate the minds of others with chips planted in their brains... the list goes on.
    • Despite being published on the same weekly magazine that periodically hosts the classic Paperinik stories, New Era storylines haven't become lighter in the slightest. Since Might and Power, where he's been thrusted back into action to prevent an especially bleak Bad Future that started with his assassination, the hero has faced new or renewed threats that make the ones from PKNA and PK2 pale in comparison.
  • Darkest Hour: PK lives it in Might and Power: thrusted back into action after a prolonged inactivity, against a resurrected Evronian threat that not even his powerful new gear seems able to stop, and a new ally that constantly doubts his abilities and moral code, he suffers a string of failures that end up with the apparent destruction of Ducklair Tower, himself escaping it narrowly. Things get better after that.
  • Deadpan Snarker: One, Paperinik and Xadhoom all tend to use sarcasm.
  • Death Ray: The Evronians have their standard sidearms, the Evronguns. They normally drain someone's emotions, but Grrodon explains they can be set to drain someone's life energy, thus fulfilling the trope.
  • Death World:
    • Armadha, Colonel Neopard's homeworld, is a minor example: its mostly covered by its four deserts (two hot, two cold), and it'd have barely breathable air if it weren't for the air factories. Main export: its inhabitants.
    • The Well in the Ultimate-like reboot PK was retooled to be this: it's a small planetoid that has only one day of sunlight per year. Its wildlife is usually in hibernation, only waking up during that day - and it's absolutely vicious, making the Well an extremely dangerous place. The Evronians use it as a testing ground for mutated soldiers: if a model survives, it's considered good enough to be mass-produced.
  • Deep-Immersion Gaming: The Ducklair Tower has a room that basically amounts to a holodeck, used to explore computer programs from the inside. Downside: the projections are very realistic and there are no security measures — meaning that if someone is injured they get hurt for real.
  • Delayed Ripple Effect: Present in one particular instance, where an event in the future would cause a Time Crash if not stopped.
  • Demoted to Extra: Scrooge McDuck is the only member of the regular Disney Ducks apart from Donald who gets any amount of screen-time in PKNA (even Huey, Dewey and Louie are Put on a Bus), but he has a very minor role and barely gets involved in the plots. Similarly, Donald's nephews are the only classic characters to be seen in PK2, and always briefly.
  • Depending on the Artist: With over twenty artist that have worked on the project, it's inevitable.
  • Diabolus ex Nihilo: Morgoth from PK2 #13, a giant humanoid lizard with an armor and a weapon made of morphing metal. When we are introduced to him, it's implied that he and Paperinik have been clashing for some time already. Justified because he's not real, he's part of the virtual reality where Paperinik is trapped.
  • Disney Death: Averted. In a Disney comic. That is not from Marvel.
  • Dissimile: In PKNA #4 "Earthquake" Paperinik has to use a little submarine to investigate after a... well, earthquake. He complains that he doesn't know how to drive something like this.
    One: Do you know how to ride a bike?
    Paperinik: Yes.
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: Urk. In one issue, overjoyed because he has finally returned to his own dimension, he hugs Paperinik. Cue crunching sound.
    Urk: "Uh... Sorry. Did that hurt?"
    Paperinik: "Just a couple of ribs. Don't worry, I have more."
  • Didn't Think This Through:
  • Domestic Abuser: Two pop out in PK2.
    • One is Tyrrel Duckard, a droid from the XXIII century who was in a relationship with Lyla. When he reappears, he's gone crazy because the microcontration stopped time travel and trapped him in a jail where he had infiltrated on a mission. So he escapes and tries to force Lyla to go back to the future using a device that would have erased the whole continuity, and savagely attacks her when she refuses.
      • Tyrrel is this even in the Pikappa reboot, despite the completely different origins. Like Lyla, he was built by a genius in the XIX Century but he went insane and set their mansion on fire, leaving even Lyla (who was trying to save their creator) behind. When he finds her more than a century later, she has lost her memories and he transmits her some fake ones; when she recovers her true memories, she is enraged.
    • The second is Lucas, the former boyfriend of Stella Nice. He forces her to hide him in her house while his gang is fighting a war with another gang to gain control of the streets of Duckburg.
  • Driven to Suicide: Yes, you read that right: Grrodon the last Evronian, who remained on Earth alone for three centuries after Paperinik destroyed the Evronian Empire, tries to transform the hero into a Coolflame in the future. However, thanks to a gun created by Odin Eidolon, he fails. Desperate, Grrodon steals a flying car and heads for the space, knowing that the car will explode. Can count as an Alas, Poor Villain.
  • Doppelgänger: One of the Raider, coming from an Alternate Universe, has appeared in the PK Universe continuity. He can be distinguished from the original because his left eye is bionic instead of the right one, and has a perfectly functioning Othership he stole in his original universe. The device is damaged by Paperinik causing this Raider to disappear, but the action seems to have caused strange consequences...
  • Dub Name Change: The Swedish version changed a lot of names into Swedish ones.
    • The American IDW version changed a lot of names into English ones, including some Engrish examples from the original comic (e.g. giving the attractive/sexy Lyla the surname "Lay"; at IDW, she was named Lyla Lee). Ironically, IDW missed the Engrish of Everett Ducklair (the breed of duck his surname refers to is actually spelled Duclair).
  • Dude Magnet: Paperinik says Lyla would be a very pretty duck... If she weren't a Robot Girl. Urk sends her a love letter. Her designer Leonard Vertighel loves her and thinks she's the perfect woman.
  • Dystopia: How Corona's society is depicted seems to vary somewhat between different issues, but it is always some flavor of this. Some versions tend more toward the softer end of the spectrum, whereas the last issue of PK2 unmasks it as a full-blown techno-dystopia with Sinister Surveillance, robotic police enforcers and a psychic State Sec.
  • The End of the World as We Know It: What the Evronians want to do to Earth, and have already done to many other worlds.
    • Might and Power shows a Bad Future where this actually happened and Earth isn't even in the Solar System anymore, having been turned into a Worldship.
  • Earth All Along: Paperinik ends up on the "Lady Elenthari", the ship of space mercenary Neopard, who forces him to fight with him in a war on "a distant, periferic planet" in exchange of returning him to Earth. At the end of the issue, PK is enraged to find out that the planet is Earth, as they had simply ended up in the Sahara desert.
  • Easy Amnesia: Inverted: After a bad hit on the head, the usually prone to forgetting things Photomas is able to remember names and dates. It is explained that it won't last, however.
  • Elevator Floor Announcement: One does this in the first issue:
    One: "Ding! 151° floor! Home, sporting goods, amazing devices and artificial intelligences.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Paperinik himself in PKNA #40.
  • Enemy Mine: Paperinik and the Evronians have teamed up on at least three occasions, and Paperinik and the Raider have teamed up on at least five occasions.
  • Engrish: The Italian originals tried to have some English-sounding names, but some were clumsy ("Paperilla Starry" for a movie star) or unintentionally rude (the gorgeous Lyla being given the surname "Lay"). Everett Ducklair remains spelled as such in most localizations (including English), but likely because translators didn't realize his surname is supposed to be the duck breed Duclair, here misspelled.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Xadhoom's debut. PK is cornered, with his back literally leaning on the wall, surrounded by Evronians... and then Xadhoom breaks out of the wall with a punch, singlehandedly turning the tables, and hands the Evronians their asses. Then she mistakes PK for an Evronian and tries to kill him.
  • Evil Versus Oblivion: In one issue there is a bubble of nothing that will eventually erase time. The Organization won't have any of it.
    Paperinik: Doing all this is generous of you!
    Organization Leader: We're only defending our workplace. We plunder time! And without it, you see...
  • Family-Friendly Firearms: Averted. While the hero, the aliens and the people from the future use lasers, almost every human is depicted with regular guns.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Zoster's death. It's unclear if the body melts or disintegrates.
  • Fanboy: Private Janson sees Paperinik as a role model, something his old friend and mentor Miller slightly likes to tease him for. He was overjoyed to be able to help him in PKNA #6 "Spores".
    • Trip, The Raider's son becomes one after spending some time with Paperinik. His father is not pleased with his project to become an Ascended Fanboy.
  • Fantastic Racism: Many human timepolicemen in PKNA consider their droid "coworkers" as disposable machines despite them being as intelligent and able to feel emotions as them. Also in #36 two Evronians soldiers joke about the biological inferiority of Xerbians.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Not quite so bad as the trope makes it sound, but certainly And I Must Scream. If PK and the Raider were to survive their mission to the future, the Organization did not intend to let him go. Rather, they'd kill him or drop him into a Limbo, "So boring you'll long for your worst schooldays".
  • Flatline Plotline: In a bonus story, Xadhoom pretends to flatline in order to get inside an Evronian ship equipped with a regenerating armor that made it impossible to destroy... from the outside.
  • Fling a Light into the Future: Played straight and subverted with Xadhoom. Before becoming a sun (and thus effectively killing herself for her people's survival), Xadhoom recorded a copy of her mind and immense knowledge. At first it seems subverted, as she also asked her storyteller father to send one last Evronian to steal the recording, so her recorded mind would kill him by handing him the key of her power but not the key to SURVIVE such power. But then is played straight by the fact the surviving Evronians will know she's still around in a way, thus getting a good reason to steer away from her people. Add that Paperinik has the recording and wants to give Xadhoom's mind a new body... Maybe that's why in the future the last Evronian says it was Paperinik to destroy his people.
    • The Xerbians love this trope: the first thing their colony ship Antra did after escaping their fallen homeworld was to search for inhabitated worlds and warn them of the Evron threat, starting with Earth. Sadly, the Antra was intercepted near Saturn.
  • Freudian Trio: Though it varies who's the Id and the Ego.
    • When it's Paperinik, Xadhoom and One, Xadhoom's always Id, and PK tends to be Ego.
    • When it's PK, Lyla and One, However, it's PK who's Id, and Lyla the Ego.
  • Frothy Mugs of Water: Played With. Alcohol is discussed, but not shown, in one issue:
    Mackerel: "But it's herbal tea!"
    Kaplan: "Nothing better to end the day!"
    Mackerel: "To tell the truth I was hoping in something stronger!"
    Kaplan: "Not on my ship! It's a little bet I did with my crew... we'll drink our special reserve when we find the Achiever!"
  • Four-Star Badass: General Wisecube.
    • Also his successor, General Westcock.
  • Future Me Scares Me: Happens in issue #34, where Trip meets his corrupted future self, the Gryphon.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: One replaces the classic Gadgeteer Genius of Disney comics, Gyro Gearloose.
  • Generic Doomsday Villain: Justified and deconstructed with Morgoth in PK2.
  • Genius Bruiser: Xadhoom aside, Evronian scientist Gorthan also qualifies. His job is to genetically enhance Evronian soldiers, and did the same with himself while at it. At one point, Paperinik humorously comments "So, did you fall in your own test tubes?"
  • Genius Loci: The Ducklair Tower is, for all purposes and intents, One's body. In one issue, after Paperinik gets spirited away to another dimension, One keeps a group of robbers, a squad of federal agents and Angus running in circles inside the Tower for several hours, by constantly reconfiguring the interiors.
  • Genocide Backfire: The Evronians are feared across the galaxy for their destruction and enslavement of many different species. This backfired on them when they destroyed the planet Xerba, where a scientist had performed experiments on herself so she could acquire the power of a star. So to their terror the Evronians were suddenly confronted with a virtually instoppable superbeing gunning after them to avenge her people.
  • Giant Spider / Big Creepy-Crawlies: The Last Haga from "In The Shadow" that is completely undetectable by any kind of tracking device (One himself couldn't localize it despite being the Genius Loci of the Ducklair Tower), can reproduce extremely quickly asexually and it's stated to be able to consume entire planets.
  • A Glitch in the Matrix: In the second series, Paperinik is unwittingly placed in a virtual reality environment. He notices something is amiss when the same background characters begin appearing in very different roles, and his suspicions are confirmed when he finds out that several different packets of potato chips contain the exact same chips, down to the one weirdly shaped like a fish.
  • A God Am I: When one of the Evronians (the scientist Zoster) manages to acquire Xadhoom's powers, and to a degree Leonard Vertighel, the greatest android designer of the 23rd century, (who goes crazy trying to create the perfect woman).
  • God Guise: After taking control of a droid of the Time Police, Two accidently trasports himself in the past where he is workshipped as a god by a group of Native Americans.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: Doctor Yamato in PKNA #14, after his experiment has caused an anomaly that will eventually erase time:
    It's useless, governor. It's over. There is no escape for anyone. We opened an immense nothing, an emptiness without end. (smiles) Please tell me, governor... what is like to exit history?
  • Gone Horribly Right: In PKNE #6 PK, the Raider and Everett go to Corona and free Moldrock, imprisoned by Korinna, to avoid him being used as an energy source for a superweapon. However, just after being freed, Moldrock starts rampaging and intends once again to reclaim his dominion over Corona.
  • Good Is Not Dumb: A running theme in the series; it's to be expected with a Genre Savvy protagonist, a Hypercompetent Sidekick with Super-Intelligence and an ally who is a Genius Bruiser.
  • Government Conspiracy: The US Army even held negotiates with Evronian emissaries for some time, and actively works to keep the public at large from knowing of the Evronians and their attempts at invasion. They are not completely wrong, since widespread panic could be even worse. The first confrontations between them and Paperinik are obviously not friendly, but they are able to find a commond ground after PK saves a base from an Evronian attack.
    • Unless the Government manages a huge cover-up, the Evronian attack on the Ducklair Tower in the last part of PKNE Might and Power should have made the existence of the Evronians public. Even more considering they'll have to explain the sudden disapperance of the tower.
  • Guilt-Free Extermination War: Xadhoom's war against the Evronians: they are an imperialistic Always Chaotic Evil species who destroyed her homeworld and exterminated almost all of her people, so she's going to exterminate them in return. It's deliciously karmic to see the Big Bad of the comic so scared out of their minds by a problem they themselves created.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Angus (and later other reporters') distorted views have made Paperinik less than popular in Duckburg. In a bit of subversion, however, he is held in high regard, or at least respected, in the rest of the world.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Xadhoom and the Raider, although the latter gets undone by way of Time Travel Reset Button.
  • Hidden Depths: Camera 9's, which are very hidden.
  • The Faceless:
  • Hope Bringer: Discussed: Gorthan is afraid Paperinik might become one for the other planets under the attack of Evron.
  • Houseboat Hero: Tempest Gale in PK2 lives on a small, crappy boat.
  • Humanity Is Infectious: Xadhoom references Earth games such as Bowling and Pingpong, and Gorthan develops a fondness for Shakespeare.
  • Humans Are Special: Zigzagged. As described in one of Zoster's reports, the people of Earth have more emotional energy than normal... which for Evron means "more food". However, not only they are The Determinator, their energy is so much that it can't be completely drained in a single shot, allowing a recovery.
  • Humongous Mecha: Yes, in a Disney comic. The fact Japanese mecha are very popular in Italy (thanks to a boom of imported anime in the late 1970s - early 1980s) contributed.
  • Hurricane of Puns: Xadhoom and the Raider love to make puns about fire and time (respectively), especially during a brawl.
  • I Die Free: In the original series, Geena. Proud to having defied orders until the end.
    • PK says this to Gorthan when faced with imminent defeat in Pikappa. It's what ultimately triggers Gorthan's Heel Realization.
  • Idiot Ball: Once in a while a character does something they know they shouldn't do. The cake goes to Xadhoom, who can sniff Evronian traps very easily and by now knows that they bother fighting her only when they have something new that could hurt her, but she still charges head-on to kill a few more Evronians.
    • PK's inability to remember how Xari looks like, even after seeing an alien who resembled him so much that Xadhoom herself thought it was him.
    • Xadhoom once thought she could make the Emperor of Evron believe she wasn't a Xerbian in spite of the Evronians having first met her on Xerba, her use of "Remember Xerba the Blue!" as a battlecry, her name being a Xerbian word, and the Evronians having actually masked as Xerbians for a trap (and they actually fooled her for a while, at least until they failed to recognize the name of a very popular dance). The Emperor immediately lampshaded it.
    • When Paperinik ends up in a The Lord of the Rings-esque world, he never notices that there's something wrong with Lyla's unusual attitude until the truth is showed right on his face, namely that it isn't Lyla but a shape-shifting droid sent by the Organization to kill the future version of the Raider who has become the ruler of that world. After finding out, however, he's so pissed he utterly trashes the droid.
    • In PKNE Might and Power both hero and villains get the ball in a scene. Using the metamorphic power of his new suit, PK disguises himself to infiltrate the Evronian base in New Zealand and decides to take the appearance of a general, despite being conspicously shorter than any Evronian. Yet no one, from soldiers who salute him to Nebula Faraday inviting him to join a meeting with several other generals, notices it - except a single general, who in that scene appears to be the only intelligent character around.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Lyonard D'Aq in Pikappa: when he was younger, he neglected his studies to become a superhero.
  • I Know What You Fear: Trauma (first series), Profunda (second series), and PK himself (in the reboot); the latter with a particular device, the others with psychic powers. Played with in the sense that they don't know the details of what their victims are experiencing.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Whether or not the Evronians are affected by this depends if Paperinik is carring his shield or if they are shooting to aliens or earthlings.
  • Impostor Forgot One Detail: In a story from the first summer special, a Group of Evronians disguise themself as Xerbians to trap Xadhoom. She however doesn't fall for it since they don't know what a Xarghon (the dance of welcome) is, something every Xerbian learns as a child.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: In more comedic issues, the Evronians tend to fit this trope. Angus may qualify, but probably Paperinik doesn't even consider him a villain, more like a nuisance.
    • Agenore Brazoff, who challenged Paperinik four times (the first two when he was still the "regular" Paperinik): he is so pathetic, he manages to convince people that Paperinik should let him win.
  • Informed Flaw: We are told that among Evronians, the lower the rank the lower the intelligence and personality, with the lower castes being practically hive minds. Yet, we often see Evronian grunts show a surprising amount of personality, both in serious and comedic moments.
  • Insane Troll Logic: After Paperinik defeats Lord Walrus (who is now a lobster-themed supervillain) once again in the 2000 Summer Special, the villain objects that, since Paperinik is a superhero and the job of superheroes is to make people happy, he should let him win. The people around him quickly agree.
  • Insignificant Little Blue Planet: The Evronians, who are currently trying to invade Earth, view it as so insignificant that the members of the Imperial Council have problem recalling its name. And the only reason they even bothered learning it is a combination of Earth being scheduled to have its oceans being used to cool off the engines of their Planet Spaceship and Earthling being relatively tough to conquer (enough they can't just bulldoze in).
    • Later Subverted: the Evronians are Emotion Eaters who fuel most of their technology with stolen emotions with a process that drains the victim completely and forever, but Earthlings are so emotionally rich that a single shot of their Evronguns often isn't enough and they can recover...meaning that humanity is an unending banquet and the possible solution to Evron's impending energy crisis. The Imperial Council still has trouble remembering the name.
    Council member n°1: Like the... the... help me out, please!
    Council member n°2: Eaaaarghh, I think!
  • Insistent Terminology: For Italian fans, the English name of Paperinik is not Duck Avenger or Superduck, but "Phantom Duck the Devilish Avenger" (the 'phantom' based on Fantomius, the in-universe inspiraton for Paperinik, and "Devilish Avenger" being the title Paperinik uses).
  • Ironic Echo: During PKNA #5, Paperinik notes to the android Geena, "You're different from Lyla. You're just an obedient machine." Come the end of PKNA #12, Geena's last words to Paperinik are " ignoring your order, I have proved one thing... that I am not an obedient machine!"
  • It Only Works Once: The gun Odin Eidolon gives to Paperinik in PKNA #5.
  • It's Personal: The reason Angus is bent on exposing Fenimore Cook is that Cook once hid toxic waste where Angus's Maori clan lives, before he blackmailed him into stopping (but, on the other hand, he was forced to leave New Zealand).

  • Jerkass Has a Point: Angus always calls Paperinik a criminal and tries to expose him as such. In his first stories, Paperinik was treated as a thief and a criminal, and it was implied the police stopped trying to arrest him because they had realized they had no chance.
    • Angus' fake interview to a CGI Paperinik in PKNA #1 "Shadows on Venus" states that Paperinik was a nobody who took his costumed identity to get respect. Even though Angus doesn't know it, Donald's original motive to become Paperinik was to get even with those who treated him like a nobody.
  • Just a Machine:
    • It's... tricky: Paperinik respects artificial intelligence as much as he does with human intelligence (after all, two of his closest friends and allies are an A.I. and a droid) but he has no qualms about destroying robots if they are threatening someone; in PK2 another A.I. calls him an "enemy of my species".
    • Played straight by the human members of the Time Police, who have no problems sending Lyla to secure destruction so they can replace her and treat her as a simple object (even after droids get civil rights).
  • Killed Off for Real: Surprisingly, for a Disney comic book. Most of the violence is family-friendly, but there are some characters who really die, like Xadhoom.
  • Kinda Busy Here: Subverted in PK2: when Paperinik's phone starts ringing in the middle of a fight, it distracts the droid that was about to shoot him, saving his life.
    • Deconstructed in the reboot, where the phone distracts Pikappa and almost get him killed by a monster.
  • Kiss Me, I'm Virtual Lyla designer, Leonard Vertighel, loves her and thinks she's the perfect woman.
  • Kneel Before Zod: Taken to extreme. Zoster does this to the whole universe after obtaining the powers of Xadhoom:
    "On your knees, worlds! Kneel now! Or I'll erase you with a single gesture!".
  • Know When to Fold Them: Two henchmen of the Organization are smart enough to quit when Paperinik threatens their boss.
    Gottfresh:"Stop him! Do something!"
    Mantis:"You made him angry! See ya!"
    • Also, Colonel Neopard.
    "The mercenary who knows when to quit is good for another time!" He was going to complete his mission anyway.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Paperinik has pills that erase the last few hours (or more) from a character's memory. They are actually one of the few special creations of Gyro Gearloose he keeps troughout all his appearances, and Gyro uses the last one on himself in order to forget about Donald being Paperinik in PKNA, thus severing the last tie to his old life and allowing him to protect Earth as a full-time superhero. In an interesting case of Character Development, Paperinik decided to not use them anymore after losing memory himself, because he now knows how that makes people feel.
  • Lawful Stupid: The Time Police veers into this at times, trying to make sure the timeline runs its course as it's supposed to no matter what. Case in point, in Issue #3 (The Day of the Cold Sun), when Paperinik and the Raider team up to stop an experimental cold fusion power plant from exploding and taking out a majority of Duckburg along with it, Time Police agents show up to make sure the explosion happens anyway.
  • Left Hanging: Another 50-issue series would be needed to give a follow-up to all the loose ends.
    • Issue #20, "Mekkano": the eponymous machine, which can break down any other machine for parts and add it to itself, is picked up in Earth Orbit by an alien spaceship, which takes it back to their base. Never seen or mentioned again.
    • Issue #24, "Twilight": the issue's Big Bad is offed in a No One Could Survive That! way, just after proclaiming that with the data from his analysis of Paperinik's Swiss-Army Weapon, he will proceed to Take Over the World. Moreover, before leaving to go back to his dimension, Paperinik gives Urk a device which can transmit across dimensions, "In case you need help or something comes up." Neither plot points come up again.
    • Issue #25, "Crossfire": Paperinik meets up with what is, essentially, La Résistance within the Evron Empire. They never show up again.
    • Issue #40, "A Single Breath": it's pretty much stated outright in the ending that the issue's Big Bad, a Straw Nihilist with almost unlimited Psychic Powers, has survived being swept away by the wave caused by the collapse of a dam. Where did he end up? No one knows.
    • Although it has a definite ending, PK2 was severely shortened over the original plans, so the conclusion is quite hasty and leaves no certainty about the future of Everett and his daughters, although one of the last issues of PKNA can be considered a Distant Finale to both series.
    • Might and Power includes many of the plot threads left hanging to continue the story, leading to Continuity Porn.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Subverted in the hero's first encounter with Xadhoom: Paperinik honestly wants to thank her for saving him from the Evronians, but she mistakes him for an Evronian and tries to kill him. The second time he still wants to forge an alliance with her, but to have a chance to talk he traps Xadhoom in a containment cage. She can easily escape from it, but after seeing Paperinik fight some Evronians she understands they are on the same side.
    • Played straight when Paperinik met Urk.
  • Lighter and Softer:
    • The rebooted series Pikappa. It's not without darker moments on the level of the first two, however: examples are #9, centered around that universe's version of Tyrrell Duckard, and #12 where one main character is Killed Off for Real (and then resurrected by putting his mind in a robotic body), and PK is seriously ready to throw away his moral code and kill someone for revenge, among other things.
    • PK Universe, being the original Paperinik with some characters from PKNA. Jokes abound (to the point of upsetting some fans), Xadhoom is much less rough both in characterization and in design, and while the hero has to get upgraded tech from Gyro to fight the Evronians, they appear less powerful and menacing.
  • Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!: While nothing new when it comes to Donald Duck or other Disney Mouse and Duck Comics, PKNA takes it to new heights by including not just the usual ducks, pigs and beagle people that have come to be expected, but also realistic looking humans, walruses, actual lions and tigers and even the occasional fish person.
  • Literal-Minded:
    One: Can you answer a question?
    Paperinik: Sure, shoot. *Paperinik is surrounded by lots of guns* Halt! You AIs are a bit too literal minded, aren't you?
  • Lower-Deck Episode: The '97 special, Missing, in which PK goes missing and the others spend the issue looking for him.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: The Extransformer isn't just extremely durable and capable of deflecting bullets and lasers alike, but is also just as useful as an offensive weapon.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Laurie Brick, from "Anxieties". A Shrinking Violet who continually apologizes, playing what's essentially an evil Ada Wong.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • "Xadhoom", in Xerbian, means "Creditor", as the Evrons "owe her her race".
    • Odin Eidolon: "odin" means "one" in Russian, "eidolon" means "image" or "mirror" in Greek. In fact, Odin Eidolon is a mirror image of One.
    • Angus Fangus, fango meaning mud in Italian, and his less-than-immaculate deontological ethics.
    • The Well. You get thrown in, you can't get out. But you can be dragged up if the Evrons think you are able to do a hard job.
    • And its good counterpart, Time Ø, a prison for timecriminals which is literally outside of time. The letter Ø is only used in Norwegian, Danish, Faroese and some Sami dialects. Thus, it technically exists "Outside" the Latin alphabet used in English and Italian.
  • Meanwhile, in the Future…: Used painfully straight in one instance.
  • Mechanical Evolution: In an issue, we know an alien race of robots. Their origin is unknown, but they're theorized either to descend from the computers of a ship who crashed on their planet, or to have evolved like every other race "only starting from microcircuits instead of microorganisms". Makes no sense, but who cares as far as it sounds so cool?
  • Mechanical Lifeform: The alien race of Soma-Syntex. Scientist are still baffled as how a completely mechanical species developed on its own. The two most credited versions are that they have evolved for some computers left on the planet by another race or evolved just like other species, only that at their beginning there were microcircuits instead of microorganisms.
  • Me's a Crowd: PK's new suit in Might and Power can generate "trididensomorphic holograms", which are in fact solid and can act on their own. The downside is that it consumes a lot of energy. And this becomes a big problem when depleting your energy also shuts down the shielding from DNA trackers...
  • Mind Screw: The ending of "Time To Time" will keep you wondering for years.
  • Mini-Mecha:
    • Paperinik uses one to fight Trauma, and another against Morgoth.
    • The US army has them.
    • So does the army of the Princedom of Stahlburg, as well as Powered Armor and one Humongous Mecha.
  • Missing Floor: The Ducklair building has 150 floors, officially. In reality, there is a 151st.
  • Mobile Maze: The entire Ducklair Tower can became one, much to One's fun.
  • Monochromatic Eyes: Xadhoom and most of the Evronians.
  • Mook Horror Show: Evronian soldiers VS Xadhoom.
  • Morph Weapon:
    • PK's Extransformer, which can — among other cool functions — change its shape from square to circular and transform into a boomerang, a drill, a suitcase, and a robotic puppy.
    • Morgoth in PK2 uses such a weapon.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Paperinik saves the whole temporal continuum using (a tie)). Only in this comic could that make sense.
  • My Future Self and Me: Trip and the Gryphon in PKNA #34.
  • My God, You Are Serious!: Played straight by agent Mary Ann Flagstarr in issue #4, Earthquake.
    Flagstarr: If I were you I wouldn't let (Paperinik) escape, Cooper, unless you wish to wait for your retirement while working in a radar station in Alaska.
    (Later, to a completely different subordinate for a completely different failure): Start packing, boy, and leave your bermudas at home. You won't need them in Alaska.
  • Mythology Gag: Several.
    • The Final Battle between Paperinik and Trauma in PKNA #10 takes place at the Cathedral of Notre Duck, which appeared in a Carl Barks story.
    • In #13 Bravestone, the village attacked by the Evronians, has the same name as a village in another Barks story, and two old citizens speak about a young Scrooge McDuck.
    • From the very first issue of Paperinik Appgrade, references to the PKNA universe often appeared in the magazine. Portraits of PKNA characters could be seen in the extra pages; one of the new stories made for the magazine has Paperinik use a device almost identical to the Extransformer shield, in another Donald's nephews are playing a videogame where an Evronian is seen; the December 2013 issue even features Ducklair Tower on the cover. This would turn out to be the biggest foreshadowing, as PK Universe has started publication on the following issue.
  • Necessarily Evil: Destroying the Evronian spores, one-meter large vegetal-like blobs that are the Evronian mean of reproduction and that they lay on the worlds they conquer. The spores, while gifted with formidable defenses against natural predators, are nothing more than defenseless fetuses against anyone equipped with ranged weapons. On the other hand, leaving a field of spores intact means that, in two months and half, hundreds of trained and indoctrinated Evronian warriors will pop out...
    • The 2014 relaunch story Might and Power shows that the Evronians laid a number of unfertilized spore fields on Earth with the means to fertilize them, and the consequences of not wiping them out: while nobody was looking, Grrodon got to them and had them fertilized, laid other spores to have more warriors plus officers and scientists, and, with the help of Morgan Fairfax's genius and Nebula Faraday's money, put together an army that overran Earth in one month. So, yeah, better wipe them out as soon as they're laid.
  • Never Say "Die": Zig-zagged.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero:
    • Ducklair escaped with his daughters to Earth in order to give them a normal life, rather than allow them to potentially become Queens at the cost of their emotions. Turns out, they don't like having lost years of their lives in a coma and seeing a future as rulers denied... so they pull a Face–Heel Turn and try to become Earth's rulers.
    • In PK Universe #6, Paperinik defeats an alternate Raider who has a functioning Othership, but the consequences may have been catastrophic. He does it by hitting the device, which starts malfunctioning. Alt-Raider observes he has damaged the "quantum limiter", before yelling "Realities are about to..." and disappearing. Soon after, Paperinik seemingly starts to have memories of PK, while Gyro's device to observe parallel realities doesn't detect them anymore. No definitive anwer is given on whether the machine is just broken or not, but in the worst scenario, all other realities may have collapsed or merged!
    • In Might and Power, PK decides to use the solid holograms function of the new suit to its fullest potential but the Evronians are still too many. Not only he's forced to flee and leave the people he promised to save, but having depleted the suit's energy, he's also lost the shielding from the Evronian DNA trackers, leading them to a massive attack on Ducklair Tower.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Trauma is this In-Universe, thanks to his mental powers.
  • Noble Demon: The Raider is a thief working for an organization with the goal of changing history to make them the rulers of the world, but he always keeps his word, his son is the most important thing in the universe for him and he willingly risks his life more than once to save the world. (While still trying to make a profit, of course... the trope still contains the word "demon", after all).
  • Nonlethal Warfare: Some alien wars in the setting are this. Most combatants are non-sentient mechas, with a few living commanders directing them - and you aren't allowed to actually kill anyone except in specific circumstances.
  • Non-Mammal Mammaries: Nearly all the female duck characters, especially Lyla (although she's not an actual anthropomorphic duck, but a droid designed to look like one). The actress Paperilla Starry, a minor character, show to be very busty in PKNA #15.
  • Not Quite Dead: Several, including professor Fairfax, Two and Paperinik himself.
  • "Not So Different" Remark: Xadhoom describes Prophioolon as such, as they both feel responsible for those who should be their people while being too different to fully integrate.
  • Not What It Looks Like: In PK2 #8, Rupert is going to visit Stella Nice, when outside her house, he sees the silohuettes of her and Donald Duck, apparently kissing. He's furious at first, only to later discover that it was Paperinik and she was just embracing him, after he discovered about Lucas and promised her to end it all.
  • Nuclear Mutant: Spoofed: Agenore Brazoff is a criminal who's first bitten by a radioactive walrus (thus becoming Lord Walrus) and then by a radioactive lobster (becoming Evil Lobster). Paperinik still defeats him with little trouble.
  • Nuclear Option: The US' nuclear arsenal is what keeps the Evronians from attacking in force: they know they can shoot down a small barrage but have no idea how big the salvo would be, and since they know how devastating even a single one could be they refrain from attacking until they have at least set up a beachead.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: In Fragments of Autumn, Odin Eidolon has apparently succeeded in a political campaign to give droids equal rights.
  • Off the Rails: in Pikappa #10 No Return, Pk derails his exam's scenario beyond any repair by destroying the (fake) black hole that trapped the ship, and proving that the instructor officer faked his own death in order to test all the examined Guardians in a high-stress situation. Unlike the average examples of this trope, the instructor praises Pk, and awards him a full score.
  • Oh, Crap!: this. Also Trauma and Morgoth. The last page of PKNA #6 ("Spores").
    • Xadhoom is quite excited to see that Evronian battlecruiser.
    • The usual Evronian reaction to Xadhoom.
    • PK at the end of the third episode of Might and Power. Forced to flee from the Evronian base in the island of Grimsey because his suit ran out of power, he returns to the Ducklair Tower, and only there he realizes that no power to the suit means also the shielding from the Evronian DNA trackers are down. Cue an entire army of Evronians approaching.
  • Old Hero, New Pals: The series only keeps Paperinik and Uncle Scrooge (albeit Demoted to Extra), while the rest of the characters are new ones.
  • Omniscient Morality License: The Time Police see themselves as having this, since they monitor the entire timeline, but it's deconstructed in "Day of the Cold Sun" where they want to let an explosion that will kill millions happen because it's how the timeline is meant to go. When Paperinik stops it, they try to cause it themselves.
  • Only Six Faces: Invoked and used as a plot point in PK2 #13, Everything and Nothing.
  • Or My Name Isn't...: Eugene Photomas couldn't finish this sentence because he forgot his name.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: The Evronians. They are Emotion Eaters, but only for "positive" emotions (though they add apathy and terror to the list); they get no nourishment from "negative" emotions, and in fact these are the only emotions they are able to display. They feed themselves in small but frequent meals, which is why they have shoulder fuel tanks.
    • One mutated version in a What If? issue is able to absorb negative emotions, and without any Evrongun or technological drainers; in fact, they have a much higher metabolism that gives them a lot more strength... if they are able to feed themselves. If they can't, they quickly collapse.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: The coolflames are a not-dead version whose intelligence and emotion were drained out and now are slaves of their conquerors.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Paperinik admitted to sometimes feeling this compared to One's intelligence and Xadhoom's powers.
    One:"While we were talking,my devices were already working!"
    Donald:"Fantastic!My inferior complex thanks you!"
  • Papa Wolf: The Raider and the President of Belgravia. Funnily they are both villains.
  • PG Rated Opening: While probably not as merciless as an actual R-Rated Opening, the cold opening to the first issue isn't exactly family friendly either. It starts with the Evrons raiding a planet, and with what appears to be a young Xadhoom letting out a Big "NO!". Another example of Disney getting dangerous.
  • Phlebotinum Breakdown: "Someone will have to explain me what's advanced technology for, if batteries are out!" (Paperinik in PKNA #32). Not to mention when One gets infected by a virus in PKNA #23.
  • Planet Looters: The Evrons use weapons that drain all emotions from a sentient victim and convert them into energy (the will-less victims are then used for menial labor). However, since their whole infrastructure is built on using this emotional energy, and you can only ever drain one victim once, they are forced to conquer new planets constantly. Their own scientists know this is unsustainable, but few dare voice that opinion.
  • Planet of Hats:
    • The Xerbian racial hat is holding doctorates.
    • The inhabitants of Armadha, Neopard's home planet, are all mercenaries like him or work in related services like weapon selling and manufacturing. The planet has a very harsh climate (with the upside that they are very tough, since they have to live in such an environment) and is poor on natural resources, so they themselves are the only resource they can export.
  • Planet Spaceship: The Homeworld of the Evrons turns into a spaceship.
    • Earth in the Bad Future of Might and Power has been turned into one.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Donald and Lyla. She clearly trusts Donald more than anybody else (after all, he is one of the few that know her secret to not think she is just a machine, while the hero is worried that Daisy might become jealous of all the time they spend together.
  • Play-Along Prisoner: After a...difficult first encounter, Paperinik traps Xadhoom in a energy cage built specifically for her. Before he can explain that he doesn't want to fight her, some Evronians arrive and try to take both,only for Paperinik to kick their asses. Seeing this, Xadhoom is finally convinced they are on the same side... and then breaks the cage, explaining she only stayed inside it because she wanted to see if he was an ally or an enemy.
  • [Popular Saying], But...: In the very first issue, when the titular hero is having a hard time defending a woman from the coolflames: "Don't worry! When the game gets tough... I wish I was somewhere else."
  • Power Trio: Paperinik, Lyla and Urk when they are together.
  • Prison Episode: Except for a couple of flashbacks, the whole issue 36, "The Day That Will Come", is set in Time Zero, the prison of the Time Police, since Paperinik was Arrested for Heroism... just in time for a jailbreak. It is one of the darkest issues of the series.
  • Private Military Contractors:
    • Colonel Neopard, at your service... if you have enough cash.
    • The second series reveals that his entire species is this.
  • Punny Name: Oberon De Spair. Bonus points for him behaving like an expy of Doctor Doom, and coming from an expy of Ruritania, Belgravia.

  • Rank Scales with Asskicking:
    • True for Evronians with military power. With the exception of the occasional Giant Mook, low-ranking troopers are as strong as the average human being; officers haven't been shown in physical combat, but are more muscular than the troopers; all known generals but two (an unknown high ranking political general and pre-Super-Soldier Trauma) are tall, muscular and one even survived a direct hit from Xadhoom; members of the Imperial Senate are like the generals, only bigger; finally the Imperial caste have the ability to fire lethal beams from the non-talking head, with the Emperor having serious muscles too and proving he can handily defend himself.
    • Averted with the scientific caste; Zoster is puny, compared to Zondag, though they are considered equal. Played straight again with Gorthan, which went toe-to-toe with a giant robot.
  • Retool: Beside the Continuity Reboot, Pikappa also brought changes in the structure of the monthly publication: main stories became shorter while back-up stories were longer.
  • Read the Freaking Manual: Apparently, the Extransformer Shield has one... and it's several hundred pages long. As PK puts it, "when I'll finish reading it, I'll be too old to carry this shield".
  • Redemption Equals Death: Geena.
  • Red Shirt Army: Averted. Quite unusually for a superhero comic, the US Army has proved to be able to hold its ground against the Evronians. At least when they're not attacking in force, but after Might and Power their forces are more even, since the Army now have guns that can devolve the Evronians into spores.
  • Refuge in Audacity: After the Evronians attempt to abduct an entire town outside of Duckburg but are stopped by the US militar, Paperinik asks how general Westcock is going to cover up this. Westcock responds by pulling out a megaphone and loudly thanking the people who were floating up into a spaceship less than an hour earlier for having participated in a military drill, and that all they will all be generously compensated for lost or destroyed property. The townsfolk quickly accept this, though it's implied to be more because no one wants to object and risk losing the payout.
  • Remember the New Guy?: While this is averted for the most part (Paperinik meets his new enemies and allies when we do) there is the case of Agenore Brazoff, who apparently fought Paperinik twice before the beginning of the series.
  • Ridiculously Human Robots: Every droid created in the XXIII century looks and feels exactly as a human. Despite that they are just treated as tools. This is later deconstructed when Geena, a Well-Intentioned Extremist droid tries to change history to make droids equal to humans. Later, with the "Droids Chart", they finally obtain rights.
  • Running Gag: A minor one brought up surprisingly often is various people joking about PK becoming leader of Evron.
    • In "Phase Two", an Evronian commander is interrupted by his superior while pondering if one of his subordinates is planning on usurping Zotnam. When the superior asks what he was talking about, the commander claims he was talking about PK, causing his superior to laugh at the prospect of PK making a career in the Evronian hierarchy.
    • In "Under a new sun", Xari tells PK to stay in that room... Onboard an Evronian planetoid. PK assures him that he has no plans to have tea with the Evronian leadership.
    • Eventually, in PKNE, Paperinik menages to convince a group of Evronians that lost their Emperor, generals and high scientists that he is an ally of Evron and that they must obey him.
  • Ruritania: Belgravia, Oberon De Spair's home country.
  • Scaled Up: In the reboot Vendor creates a gas that turns people into dinosaur-like creatures. If they can be reached fast enough, the effect can be reversed. Unfortunately they didn't reach Lyo fast enough...
  • Scenery Porn: Most of the covers.
  • School Bullying Is Harmless: Averted. PKNA #10 shows that Donald still has nightmares about being bullied as a kid.
  • Science Fantasy: In PKNA #18 ("Ancient Future"), Paperinik is transported to a LOTR-like Fantasy world where hi-tech Cyber-Elves fight against Techno-Orcs. The same issue also features other classic fantasy tropes, sometimes subverted: e.g. members of La Résistance are orcs, and the Evil Overlord turns out to be not-so-evil after all.
  • Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale: Averted: as One warns Paperinik about, even going to somewhere as close as Venus requires FTL to do so in reasonable times. And interstellar distances are so great that Xerbian colony ships, who are equipped with FTL drives and can make the ride from Xerba to Saturn in hours, have cryogenic chambers just in case.
  • Secret-Identity Identity: Lampshaded when Donald is about to get into a fight with a man over a packet of potato chips (long story):
    Donald: Over the years I've fought alien vampires, cyborgs, supercriminals. I've beaten enemies this idiot couldn't hope to even come close to. I could put him in his place in two seconds flat. But that would mean erasing the distinction between Donald and Paperinik. And I can't allow that.
    Donald: "...alright, you can keep it."
    Man: "Wise decision."
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: In PKNA #3 The Day of the Cold Sun Paperinik teams up with the Raider to prevent his city from being nuked by a nuclear fusion experiment gone horribly wrong.
    • Also in #14 Carpe Diem, where PK and the Raider team up again to set right what went wrong in the future and prevent the creation of a bubble that would erase the whole space-time continuum. In a subversion, their actions pratically start the anomaly in advance. Luckily, they manage to stop it just in the nick of time.
    • PKNA #34 is not only this, but PK points out that the villain, who is a criminal time traveller, could have invoked this trope instead of being obsessed with revenge, effectively dismantling his Freudian Excuse.
  • Ship Tease:
    • Paperinik/Xadhoom, One/Xadhoom, Paperinik/Lyla, One/Lyla (and, by association, Odin/Lyla), among others....
    • And in PK2 Donald Duck/Tempest. That's right, Donald, not Paperinik.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: A non-permanent version. Usually, if Donald/PK isn't the focus or is sidelined, the issue is bound to be more dramatic than your usual PK story.
  • Shout-Out: Has its own page.
  • Show Within a Show: Several with the soap "Anxieties" as first example.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Paperinik is really good at those: especially seen in his confrontations with The Gryphon and Ahrimadz.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism: Being Darker and Edgier, it is less idealistic than the usual Disney comics: this doesn't stop it from being genuinely entertaining and well written, or cause it to be depressing.
  • Sliding Scale Of Silliness Vs Seriousness: It can be sad, awesome or heartwarming... but is a comic starring Donald Duck, you have to accept some goofiness.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: Donald with many characters, from his Uncle Scrooge to villains like the Raider.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Parodied in "Just a Little Sigh": everybody present assumes Paperinik just did that... instead he's simply fallen out of a window.
  • The Stinger: Half of the time the very last page/panel of the comic story acts as this.
  • Story-Breaker Power: Even downplayed, Xadhoom's control over matter and energy qualifies as this.
  • Super-Soldier: The Evronians have a few different kinds of these.
    • Grrodon is basically a weaker warrior capable of changing his looks (warriors like him resurface in the Ultimate Universe Continuity Reboot, and are implied to have gone rogue and murdered the last Emperor before Gorthan got their loyalty).
    • Kravenn is the perfected version, having both the shape shifting ability, slightly superior strength and magnificent tracking abilities (he managed to track Xarion across the entire planet of Xerba, and it took throwing him into space twice to get rid of him).
There's Trauma, with Super-Strength and psychic powers enabling him to amplify fear into utter terror and subsequently feed from it.
  • A group of Half-Evronian Hybrids based on the genes of the Beasts of Rhaghor and the data of the never-seen Project Abominion, stronger, faster and with superior smell than standard warriors but indisciplined and apparently much stupider (they mutinied and closed the normal warriors of their ship in a cell guarded from the outside; somehow, the standard Evronians evaded and made short work of the guards).
  • In an alternate universe, Evronian-Angus hybrids with Super-Strength superior to Trauma and the ability to feed from negative emotions — on the downside, they need constant feeding or they'll collapse, and they are quickly dispatched when Paperinik and the US Army stop fighting and start thinking about nice things.
  • In PK2 we have The Predator, an ex-Seaduck (a Navy seal expy) who gets trasformed into an 80% mechanical being with enough firepower to be a match for the Extransformer.
  • Superpower Meltdown: If Xadhoom loses control, she turns into a supernova. No, really.
  • Surprisingly Creepy Moment:
    • It's a Disney series, that features Donald Duck as it's protagonist. So far so good... And then you learn that the main plot is derived from a genocide event. To say nothing of the extensive casualties, and assorted Apocalypse How incidents.
    • Fethry Duck turned into a Coolflame, although only in an hallucination, must be ridiculous, right? Think again.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome:
    • Paperinik started out as an outright criminal and avenger of himself, one feared by the entire city. Thus the people of Duckburg are already predisposed to believe anyone claiming he's a villain and has semi-convincing evidence, he'd just be back to his old games.
      • This is also why many in the police don't like him and would arrest him if they could, they remember the humiliations they suffered while chasing the Devilish Avenger. That, and he has no authority to go after criminals, he only gets away with it because in every instance he's technically executing a citizen arrest.
      • On the same reasoning the Time Police doesn't trust Paperinik much, as they expect him to screw up the timeline in order to do what he believe is right... And, as it turns out, they're entirely correct.
    • The Time Police has to surveil the entire timeline... But the timeline is vast, forcing them to place their agents at specific "nexus" points that are particularly sensible for alteration. Even then they don't have enough manpower, hence their reliance on droids.
      • Speaking of the Time Police, their job is to preserve the timeline. In order to do so they have to allow all sort of atrocities and catastrophes to happen in the past, and if an alteration prevents them they're willing to cause the event themselves.
    • Time criminals are wary of altering the timeline, as any change could have unforeseen effects and they know that perfectly. When the Organization actually tries to do it there's always something that doesn't go as expected... Or they had sent the Raider to use a device that could change the timeline exactly as they wanted it, with the Raider's cyborg eye allowing him to recognize the desired timeline when it appeared.
    • Lyla's trial in Fragments of Autumn shows some surprising subversions of Artistic License – Law.
      • When PK raises an objection in court (after being sent out, no less), he is dismissed from the trial and not allowed to witness, since he's not a lawyer and therefore can't raise objections.
      • PK later forces a confession out of the issue's villain that the event for which Lyla is on trial was orchestrated by the Organization. PK is promptly arrested, since he just broke into a respected politician's estate, and the Governor informs him that the confession won't be of use in court, since it was given under threat of force.
    • The aging Evronian battlecruiser Centurian has the antimatter alternator that once in a while starts making an annoying noise, at least until the technician punches it. The alternator breaks down very quickly once the ship enters battle and it's called to actually supply a large amount of energy, crippling the ship and forcing the technician in the time-consuming process to dismantle it and replace every broken part... That is what he should have done from the start.
    • When Everett Ducklair invented what would become the PKar he made it run on monomethylhydrazine, the same fuel as the Space Shuttle. When Paperinik has to leave the Ducklair Tower and loses One's support, usage of the P Kar diminishes because he can't make the fuel at home and doesn't have the kind of support network to buy it. Ultimately Paperinik switches back to the 313-X in the PKNE revival stories, as that one runs on gas.
      • Speaking of monomethylhydrazine, in "Trauma" his inner dialogue mentioned it as the PKar's fuel, but by the second series he had forgot what the PKar runs on as One had always dealt with the refueling. He had at least the sense of keeping around the user's manual... But since he doesn't work with rockets he was stumped when he read what the fuel was and had to look monomethylhydrazine up on the web.
  • Take Over the World: What Two tries to do.
    • At one point a toy factory decides to try it by manufacturing killer robots. Angus is given the evidence, and obviously doesn't believe it... Until he recognizes the killer robot that broke into his home and demands "Give-to-me" looks like one of the toys from that factory.
    • Defied in PKNA #22: Paperinik thinks that Lyla's designer, Leonard Vertighel altered robots to take over the world, but he mocks him on hearing this ("Be frank with me: you read a lot of comic books, do you?"). In fact, he "just" wanted to create the perfect woman.
    • Also lampshaded in the Omake chapter in #10, starring Angus:
      Fang-Ho: That nice gadget, placed on the back of your neck, will turn you into a faithful servant, whose only will will be... mine! Each new servant will make new devices that, in turn, will make new servants, until I have an endless army at my command! Do you know what I'll do then?
      Angus: You'll Take Over the World?
      Fang-Ho: There must have been an information leak!
  • Talking Is a Free Action: A part of the 2000 summer special was used to lampshade and parody this trope... while Paperinik explained it to the readers.
  • The Good Guys Always Win: Parodied mercilessy in one summer special, where a master from another dimension tries to make Paperinik his protege.
    The Master: "See? You won."
    Paperinik:: "Yeah, a three months hospitalization!"
    The Master: "Young apprentice, The Good Guys Always Win, But There Is No Guarantee They Won't Get Hurt."
    • And what the bad guy and his master have to say about it?
    Bad Guy: "Maybe I should try cinema!"
    Master: "Are you kidding? Good guys always win in there, too. But I know a place called Real Life..."
  • Theme Naming:
    • One and Two.
    • In PKNA #39 there are three siblings named Alpha, Bravo and Charlie. And their surname is Delta. Charlie Delta's buddy is named... Gamma.
      • When Gamma lampshaded it, Charlie explained that their parents are in the military intelligence, and picked their names from the NATO phonetic alphabet, in alphabetical order. He then added that if they had younger siblings they would be Delta Delta, Echo Delta and Foxtrot Delta.
    • Two twin robbers named Castor and Pollux in PKNA #18.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Played for Laughs in one short story featuring the Evronians:
    Officer: "So?"
    Soldier 1:"Everything is done, sir. We burned the villages, destroyed the harvest, poisoned the wells..."
    Soldier 2:"...blown up the bridges, looted the lootable, imprisoned the population and mined the planet, sir."
    Officer:"Incompetents! I said no mercy!"
  • There Was a Door: A Running Gag with Xadhoom.
  • The Omniscient Council of Vagueness: The tibetan monks with whom Everett Ducklair trains.
  • They Call Me MISTER Tibbs!: In PKNA #1:
    Evronian soldier and Angus: "Paperinik!"
    Paperinik: "That's right. My friends call me PK, but you may call me Mr. Paperinik."
    Angus: "I've never been so glad to see you, Paperinik! Save me!"
    Paperinik: "I was talking to you too, Angus."
  • Those Two Guys: Two sets of them — a pair of soldiers serving under Wisecube / Westcock and an Odd Couple of Organization henchmen.
  • Thou Shall Not Kill: Averted entirely: while everyone, save Xadhoom, doesn't go looking to kill, no one shows reservations about doing so either, should they deem it necessary. Might and Power, however, shows that PK always wants to avoid doing it unless the situation's really desperate, which constatly puts him at odds with his new ally (who openly wants the hero to be more ruthless), and he's visibly sad when Grrodon, who was already defeated but didn't want to surrender, falls to his apparent death.
  • Time Bomb: It doesn't need to be a bomb. In PKNA #4 ("Earthquake") it's an earthquake machine — of course, it's disarmed Just in Time. And when the bomb cannot be disarmed, it can be thrown towards an enemy (#7, "Invasion").
    • Sometimes it's a Self-Destruct Mechanism; e.g. in PKNA #12 (the countdown cannot be stopped, of course; someone will have to self-sacrifice and take the damage) and #15.
    • Subverted in PKNA #31: the bad guy just clicks his remote, and one hundred bombs go off.
  • Time Police: Literally and actually referred to as such. They got around the many possible time-travel loopholes by building their HQ outside time itself: whoever is in the HQ isn't affected by any changes to the timeline, and can thus work to restore it.
    • The series also shows the darker aspect of this trope: the issue "The Day of the Cold Sun" has our hero forced to ally with the time pirate the Raider to prevent the destruction of Duckburg due an experiment on cold fusion going horribly wrong and nuking the city. And when the explosion doesn't happen at the allotted time the Time Police agents show up to cause it themselves!. At least, until their fight with Paperinik and the Raider's plan backfiring on him cause so much trouble that making the experiment fail in a non-explosive way is the better option.
  • Time Travel: Naturally. One of the protagonists (Lyla) is a member of the time police, and one of the major enemies (the Raider) is a thief who steals in the past.
  • Title Drop: Several with the title of specific issues.
  • Token Minority: While most "brown" characters count as Ambiguously Brown due to being birdfaces, Angus and his mother are explicitly identified as a Maori.
  • Took a Level in Badass: The series revolves around PK, the supporting characters and the villains taking one.
    • And in ''Pikappa'', PK is pissed. Saying why would be a spoiler, but let's just say that what happened is enough to make him actually consider killing someone.note  Now, in all continuities Paperinik has little issues about killing people... If it's absolutely necessary and/or the enemy is actively trying to kill him. Murder of a defenseless enemy, however, it's something else... In the above part of the entry, he was charging a small laser cannon aimed at the head of a now defenseless Mad Scientist.
  • Tranquil Fury: This comic series has the weirdest example of all in Xadhoom, of all people. It's not apparent due the fact she's always killing Evronians in the most painful way she knows while thinking how to make their deaths more humiliating, but then a short story showed her allowing a tiny bit of hatred and rage flow free for a single instant, and kill by indigestion an Evronian cyborg capable to harness the energy of the emotions of everyone in the area. That's how we know she's in Tranquil Fury, that and the fact she ever went in Unstoppable Rage for a single instant she'd become a nova and destroy a solar system.
  • Two Aliases, One Character: One and Odin Eidolon.
  • Ultimate Universe: The continuity reboot called PK or Pikappa. Here Donald has never been Paperinik before, he is just recruited by One as a Guardian of the Galaxy (no, not those Guardians), fighting the Evrovian army commanded by Gorthan (more evil than his original version) and Zondag. Other characters have different origins and personalities: for example, Lyla is again a robot girl, but not part of the Time Police, and Lyo is an adoptive father of sorts to her (they never met in the original continuity).
  • United Nations Is a Superpower: In Lyla's time, the UN apparently can enforce the international equal rights of droids, whereas in reality, they merely declare human rights, and encourage nations to follow them, but nations like Russia, China and the US routinely break them with no consequence.
  • Villain Decay: In his first appearance, Visionary Villain Professor Fairfax was a ruthless but brilliant evil genius whose patiently planned cataclysmic conspiracy had been decades in the works with no one the wiser, as well as sufficiently badass to credibly go toe-to-toe with PK with a fire axe inside a crashing airplane. Despite multiple interruptions and a premature launch, his scheme almost succeeded due to well-laid contingency plans and his skill at Xanatos Speed Chess. He was also a suave and charismatic figure, as well as physically imposing, tall and handsome. In other words, one of the comic's most memorable magnificent bastards. And then when he returned as a consulting Mad Scientist for Belgravia, he inexplicably became a petty and spiteful Insufferable Genius with absolutely no self-control. He also physically turned into a ridiculous dwarf. In his final appearance in the original series, he was tall again, but still more neurotic than ever, and had also become seriously overweight. As of Might and Power, he's back in physical shape but he has even thrown away his original goal of causing a disaster that would however result in new inhabitable lands, and has become an ally of the Evronians just to get back at the world for not "appreciating" his efforts.
    • The Evronians also decayed over time, from (relatively) genuinely intimidating and alien monstrosities in the early issues to borderline comic-relief villains with Chronic Backstabbing Disorder. This trend probably reached its apogee in "Phase Two" and then reversed somewhat.
  • Villain Episode: PKNA #30, "Phase Two", centers much more around the Evronians and Two than around the heroes.
  • Villain Team-Up: Two forms an alliance with Evron in PKNA #30. It doesn't last for long.
  • Villains Want Mercy: Trauma in Issue #10 actually begs Paperinik for mercy after the duck valiantly fights off the villain's fear inducing abilities (see trope icon above) and Paperinik spares his life... AFTER noting how pathetic Trauma's acting.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Paperinik and Xadhoom are a type 1, with Xadhoom as the offender. However, this is already a good thing, considering she seems always angry at the rest of the universe.
  • We Come in Peace — Shoot to Kill:
    • The Evronians did it with Xerba, as the Xerbian orbital defenses were too powerful for a frontal assault.
    • They did it again with Earth, though it was for the opposite reason: no orbital defences, but earthlings are far too determined to be defeated by a small scout fleet, and assembling a bigger fleet would be impractical.
  • We Have Reserves: The Evronian Emperor and officials are more than happy to send their soldiers to die against Xadhoom to buy time and prepare their traps for her.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist:
    • Fairfax, in his original appearance. Fighting overpopulation with the creation of a new continent... and the destruction of the West Coast in the process. However, he later loses that trait in a case of Motive Decay.
    • Geena is a deconstruction. She wants to change history to make droids equal to humans, even going as far as destroying the only safe way to keep an eye on history. After seeing the actual results, though, (in the future she created, machines think of themselves as superior, and a war is about to explode), she sacrifices herself to stop it.
  • Wham Episode
    • "The Xadhoom Trilogy": we learn that Xari, Xadhoom's boyfriend, has been working with the Evronians to capture her; find the missing ship of the surviving Xerbians, who found a way to invert the effects of coolflamization; the Evronian homeworld is destroyed; and Xadhoom transforms herself into a sun to save her people.
    • The first issue of PK2: Everett returns from Dhasam-bul, deactivates One, kicks Paperinik out of Ducklair Tower, learns his secret identity and reveals his daughter is in suspended animation.
    • From the Ultimate Universe reboot, issues 25 "Frontal Assault" and 26 "The Warrior King". The Evronians pull out all the stops and launch a massive attack on Earth, forcing the Guardians to send all the agents they can.
    • PKNE #4 Chronicle of a Return: Xadhoom is revealed to be alive, we learn that Evronians are far from finished and there are actually multiple Empires throghout the universe, there are other alien races which are as dangerously destructive as the Evronians if not even more, and finally the Xerbians have disappeared once again.
  • Wham Line: "The Emperor will respect his promise! You can count on it, Doctor Xari!"
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: There was an Evronian invasion fleet hidden in the asteroid belt, yet by the time we last see the Evronians nobody speaks of it anymore. Stories after Might and Power may change this however, since the authors have stated that while Grrodon's menace on Earth has been defused, those were far from being that last Evronians that may pose a threat.
    • At the end of PKNA #9 The Springs of The Moon, it is revealed that Evronian general Zargon is Not Quite Dead. Unfortunately, we'll never hear about him again.
    • In The End of the World (a special issue telling the Evronian invasion of Xerba) it's shown counsellor Xarion, the last survivor of the Xerbian evacuation ship Antra, managed to arrive on Earth with a database of the ships of the Evronian fleet. At the end of the issue he discovered that PK had accidentally ruined the support of his database, so he announced his intention to repair his shuttle and return on the Antra to recover another copy, but he never appeared again.
    • There was also the fanatical Nebula Faraday from PKNA #7. The end of the story hinted at a future appearance but she was never seen again... Until 2014's Might and Power, where we learn that she's been a main player in the Evronian resurgence. At the end of the storyline, however, the trope happens again with her! She flees from the base at Cape Dominion and we see the air force is attacking the fleeing Evronian ships. It takes PKNE #5 to know she managed to escape.
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: Gorthan shows a growing interest for human emotions and culture, to the point he develops an autonomous personality (and studies Shakespeare). This gets him in trouble with his hive-minded, militaristic kin.
  • What If?:
    • The last issue of the first series, which is in fact titled "If..." Using Everett with a magic book as a Deus ex Machina, it explores the consequences of the events of #1, #2 and #3 had things gone differently.
      • ...the Evronians managed to kidnap Angus? Evron/Angus hybrids. Really.
      • ...PK still trusted One despite Two's meddling? PK goes in the Cyberspace, but Two attempts a Grand Theft Me on him.
      • ...the Cold Sun experiment was allowed to happen? Duckburg gets destroyed, PK becomes evil, Tear Jerker ensues.
    • The miniseries PK Universe answers the question: "What if Paperinik had to fight the Evronians without One's assistance?"
  • Who's Laughing Now?: The character of Paperinik was originally created as Donald's way to get back at everyone who laughed at him, and committed various acts over the boundaries of legality (starting with stealing Scrooge's money-filled mattress while he was sleeping on it) to humiliate Donald's foes. While toned down in this series, remnants of that characterization are still present, especially in his dealings with Angus (like casually framing Angus for breaking in a bank as payback for letting himself being used by the Raider).
  • Winged Unicorn: Shows up in PKNA #5 as part of the attractions of Odin Eidolon's park in 23rd Century Duckburg.
  • Women Are Wiser: With the possible exception of Lyla Lay (and even that is debatable) this comic is mostly an inversion of this trope: Paperinik and One must act as rationable and level-headed yins to Xadhoom's brash, angry and irreverent yang, while Everett is way more in control than his daughters and an infinitely better parent than his wife.
  • World of Action Girls: Perhaps to make up for the less than stellar female protagonists of Disney comics before, this series goes all out: Xadhoom, Lyla Lay, Mary Ann Flagstarr, Tempest Gale, Birgit Q, Korinna...
  • Worst News Judgment Ever: Angus, because of the above mentioned parodying. The big difference is that basically no one believes his farfetched theories about Paperinik being the bad guy.
    Angus: "No wonder. Even an idiot would've noticed a connection between Paperinik's actions and the crime escalation!"
    Newscopter pilot: "Yeah! YOU were the first to say that."
  • Writers Suck: PKNA #15, Camera/Action: thanks to Sam Plot they make fun of the whole category.
  • The Worf Effect:
    • The Humongous Mecha of the Stalhburg army is destroyed in a single shot by the Evronian Centurion cruiser.
    • In PKNE #5, Trauma is subjected to this twice, although the second time is more justified since his opponent is Moldrock, proving so strong he breaks out of Trauma's fear-inducing powers.
  • Yandere: Tyrrel Duckard will do anything to get back together with Lyla. If that includes deleting the time-space continuity or brutally forcing her, he will do it.
  • You Fight Like a Cow: PK is good at this when it comes to quipping during combat.
  • You Have Failed Me: Frequently employed by the Evronian Emperor or Evronian generals.
  • You Don't Look Like You: When she reappears in PKNA #15, actress Paperilla Starry looks like this, completely different from her first appearance in PKNA #0.
  • Your Mom: Or, at least, One-Of-Your-Close-Female-Relatives:
    The Raider:"I didn't know there were mutants in this period!"
    Paperinik:"Your aunt is a mutant, big guy!"

Alternative Title(s): Duck Avenger