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The Shadow of Courage

After the death of a selfish old man, his shadow leaves him to be free, causing chaos across Nowhere. Eventually, he decides to stay at the Bagge household and mess with its residents for the night.

Dr. Le Quack Amnesia Specialist

Eustace attempts to fix the roof, but accidentally sends a wooden plank flying through the air and onto Muriel's head, giving her amnesia. Rather than trying to fix this, Eustace convinces her that she's a slave woman, but Courage seeks help from Dr. le Quack, self proclaimed amnesia specialist, who turns out to be a fraud and tries to steal their valuables.

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Note: The episode title was too long to fit on the title, so it was shortened.


This episode provides examples of the following Tropes:

  • Asshole Victim: The previous owner of the shadow was a cruel, wealthy old man. He was so mean and miserly that when he died, even his butler, who overheard him dying of a heart attack, just walked off feeling free as a bird.
  • Blatant Lies: Muriel wonders if it was a bit cruel to make Courage sleep in the attic.
    Eustace: Seemed pretty happy to me.
  • Comically Missing the Point: "Did you break that door?"
  • Deus ex Machina: Charlie the giant mouse makes his first appearance in the series out of nowhere. He suddenly appears in the room, punches Le Quack across the room and eats the stinky cheese Le Quack was torturing Muriel with. Courage thanks him for his help and pays him before he leaves.
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  • Early Installment Weirdness: Courage has a much bigger speaking role here than he'd have in near-future episodes, where his dialogue is scaled back to near-nothingless.
  • Easy Amnesia: Muriel loses all her memories when she is hit on the head by a wooden plank and later gets them back when hit on the head by a giant mallet. Eustace also loses all his memories when he his hit on the head.
  • Hammer Space: Used several times in both episodes.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Eustace sends Courage to sleep up in the attic, but after the shadow tricks Muriel into thinking Eustace was strangling Courage, she makes him sleep in the attic.
    • Also Eustace takes advantage of Muriel's amnesia by making her work as a slave woman, but by the end of the episode he's locked in a closet unable to remember who he is.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: After accidentally hitting Muriel on the head, Euestace seems genuinely concerned and helps her back inside and offers her tea. But once it's revealed that she lost her memory, he exploits the hell out of it by making her a Housewife and kicking Courage out of the house.
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  • Living Shadow: The main creature of "The Shadow of Courage".
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Courage says this when he realized that having Dr. Le Quack around to cure Muriel of amnesia is not a good idea since he witnessed him knocking Eustace down.
  • My Instincts Are Showing: Courage often howls when he's scared.
    Courage: I'd better stop that. I think I'm beginning to like it.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Courage was the one who asked for an amnesia specialist to begin with.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Before Le Quack chases Courage the last time he knocks Muriel out with Euestace's giant mallet. This actually got Muriel her memories back.
  • Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: The Shadow in "The Shadow of Courage" doesn't really want to be evil, he just wants to be a star.
  • Pie in the Face: Used as a torture method by Le Quack.
  • Police Are Useless: "You poor thing. What do you want from us?"
    • Of course, they come eventually, but Le Quack still escapes.
  • "Take That!" Kiss: Before Le Quack chases Courage again he knocks out Muriel with Euestace's mallet and gives her a quick kiss where he hit her.
    Le Quack: My daring I must leave you for a moment, but only for a moment. (bonks Muriel with the mallet and then kisses her forehead) Mwah!
  • Villainous Breakdown: Played for laughs in "Shadow of Courage"—the titular shadow starts out showing Courage terrifying visions that change as he turns his flashlight on and off. After a while, the images go from scary to silly and eventually the poor shadow just starts begging Courage to stop.

Eustace: Where am I? Who are you? Who am I?
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