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The Bucky O'Hare Web Series is a fanmade continuation of Bucky O'Hare and the Toad Wars. Begun in 1998, it lasted for five "seasons" consisting of episodes in screenplay format which told the continuing adventures of the heroic Captain Bucky O'Hare and his intrepid crew as they battled against the evil forces of Komplex.

It is was somewhat unusual for a fan fiction in that it had multiple authors all working in concert to create a continuing, consistent story, as opposed to being wholly the project of one writer.

Character guide can be found here.

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This fan fic provides examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: Amarus, the Toad Air Marshal, had an emotionally and verbally abusive father... who murdered Amarus' little sister when she was a tadpole after being fired from his job due to being partially blinded in an industrial accident.
  • Adaptation Name Change: Due to the series having been begun before the show's DVD release provided the original episode scripts, many characters have different names or have their names spelled differently. For example, the hare named Larry from "Home, Swampy, Home" is named "Harry" here, while U.A.F. councilman Grebb from "Corsair Canards" is called "Griff."
  • Anyone Can Die: Often, the original show's recurring characters are killed off to show just how dangerous a situation is, such as when Dogstar gets assassinated by a toad spy after becoming chairman. And Bruiser himself gets killed in the fifth season episode "Overrun", the second last episode of the series.
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  • Big Bad: Komplex, as usual.
  • Big Guy Fatality Syndrome: Bruiser is the only member of the Righteous Indignation to be killed off.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: One story arc had Willy DuWitt brainwashed to faithfully serve the toads.
  • Brother–Sister Team: Jenny and Tommy. It's Teeth-Clenched Teamwork at first, though.
  • Church Militant: The Aldeberan Thought Order.
  • Darker and Edgier: The Web Series as a whole was more violent than the TV series.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Al Negator, who in canon is simply a sleazy but high priced mercenary, here engages in his work as a means to support his extended family, particularly his hero worshipping nephew Dile O'Croc. Sadly, when the heroic Dile discovers his uncle's activities, and how often he works for the Toad Empire, Al finds himself cut off from his relatives, with them even throwing his financial assistance back at him rather than accept blood money. This actually has a hand in Al starting to consider the moral alignment of the people who hire him.
  • Expy: Fritz Warner and Kaddafi "Kadaf" Warner (no relation) are blatant expies of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck.
  • The Determinator: Willy is put through an absolute crucible throughout the Web Series run, but still manages to come out on top by the end.
  • Explosive Decompression: What'd we say about Darker and Edgier? We weren't kidding, were we? Happens to a toad pilot when Dallion punctures his cockpit bubble in "Ronin Steel." Splat!
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Rare good guy example. Bucky was originally The Unfavorite of his family, a runty, stoner artist who's biggest dream was to study at Warren's Art Institute, in direct contrast to his more military minded father and brothers. During their initial push to conquer the Aniverse, the Toads specifically allowed him to survive the massacre of his family so he could spread word of their invincibility. They'd actually gotten a psyche profile on him that concluded without a doubt Bucky lacked the will or fortitude to come back as a problem. This bit them in the tails spectacularly.
  • Furry Reminder: Toads are born as limbless tadpoles, which are kept in water until they physically grow limbs as part of their maturation process.
  • Lady Land: Aldeberan society is an incredibly horrific example. And it's gradually revealed to be All According to Plan.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Willy and Jenny were rewritten as this in order to ship Bucky and Jenny. note  She treats Willy hell of a lot better than her biological twin brother, Tommy.
  • Mad Scientist: Several, Cravis and Professor Glutgrave in particular. Dr. Polidori may count but he's more or a Well-Intentioned Extremist.
  • Magic Plastic Surgery: The "species reassignment therapy" process, which involves turning toad spies into mammals. Renfield and the fake Bucky O'Hare who kills Dogstar were created this way.
  • The Mole: Thanks to Rule of Drama, the overall narrative thrives on this trope. Chairman Pigton (a.k.a. the Secretary General from the series), his associate Barton, Renfield, Councilman O'Neil and his niece Shira, and a host of others have all gradually been revealed as spies for the toads.
    • This cuts both ways, with a handful of good guys spying on the toads, and even a few "reverse moles" (such as Renfield after he's outed as a spy by the mammals).
  • Rebel Prince: Tommy is revealed to be Aldeberan Queen Katrina's secret son...and Jenny's twin brother.
  • Named by the Adaptation: The Air Marshal is given the name "Amarus", when Air Marshal is just what he was called in the original series.
  • Whole Plot Reference: "The Polidori Experiment" was essentially Island of Terror Recycled IN SPACE!.

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