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Recap / Darkwing Duck S 1 E 54 The Haunting Of Mr Banana Brain

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Darkwing and Gosalyn recount Darkwing's encounter with a horrible, powerful entity called Paddywhack.

This episode contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Cassandra Truth:
    • Gosalyn repeatedly denies being behind most of the pranks, but because she was behind the first one, Darkwing refuses to believe her, until he sees Paddywhack.
    • Darkwing thinks Launchpad is just panicking when he says that Paddywhack's jack-in-the-box "ate" Quackerjack. Guess who's right.
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  • Clingy MacGuffin: Gosalyn tries to get rid of Paddywhack's jack-in-the-box by throwing it into a safe and slamming the door, only for it to reappear on the table.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Lampshaded and mocked. Darkwing and Quackerjack have teamed up against Paddywhack and are on the verge of beating him. The two discard the idea of giving him any leeway.
    Quackerjack (as Mr. Banana Brain): Say fellas, maybe this is where we show him love and kindness and he vows to mend his evil ways!
    Quackerjack and Darkwing: Eh...nah! (taser the bad guy)
  • Deteriorates Into Gibberish: Launchpad begins stuttering uncontrollably after seeing Paddywhack's jack-in-the-box pull in Quackerjack. He only manages to break himself out of it to yell at Darkwing and Gosalyn not to touch the box.
  • Electric Joybuzzer: Darkwing gets sneaked up on from behind and buzzed on the keister with an electric joy buzzer twice, first by Gosalyn, later by a possessed Mr. Banana Brain.
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  • Emotion Eater: Paddywhack, who feeds on humiliation and misery. Darkwing and Quackerjack beat him by laughing at the demon.
  • The End... Or Is It?: At the end, Launchpad expresses relief that the case is over...and then they heard Paddywhack's laugh and see a laughing, talking fish in the harbor.
  • Enemy Mine: D.W. was forced to team up with Quackerjack.
  • Hand in the Hole: Darkwing puts his hand in Paddywhack's box. Nothing happens, but he decides to rib Launchpad by pretending something is happening.
    Launchpad: Don't touch it [the jack-in-the-box]! That — that thing ate Quackerjack!
    Darkwing: (hand in box) Fascinating. Then we're dealing with a powerful evil force that could — aah! aaah! Launchpad, get a grip. It's just a toy.
  • Hypocritical Humor: After jumping into Launchpad's arms upon realizing that there's something weird about the jack-in-the-box, Gosalyn tells him to "keep calm". Granted, he was clearly unnerved as well, but she acted like Launchpad was panicking and she wasn't scared at all.
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  • Mad Libs Catch Phrase:
    Darkwing: "Let's get ridiculous!" (teaming up with Quackerjack against Paddywhack)
  • Monster Clown: Paddywack has beady red eyes, long grasping limbs, fangs and a bottom of the well voice. He is an otherworldly evil entity that feeds on humiliation and misery and has poltergeist powers galore.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Gosalyn woke up Paddywhack by playing a practical joke on her father.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Gosalyn wants to hear the story of Darkwing's encounter with Paddywhack.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Paddywhack is confined to a jack-in-the-box, although the toy itself isn't quite powerful enough to permanently contain him.
  • Security Cling: After she tries (and fails) to throw Paddywhack's jack-in-the-box into a safe, Gosalyn screams and jumps into Launchpad's arms. He hugs her, looking visibly unnerved himself.
  • Supernatural-Proof Father: An unusual case in that (given that Darkwing is a single parent) there is no mother to whom to compare him. However, both Launchpad and Gosalyn recognize that the bizarre events surrounding the box are supernatural before Darkwing admits that it isn't just Gosalyn playing pranks and Launchpad freaking out.
  • Taking the Bullet: When Paddywhack tries to suck Gosalyn inside the box with him, Darkwing lets himself get pulled in instead.
  • Toothy Bird: Paddywhack, who looks like a duck, has a huge, fanged beak.
  • Whole Episode Flashback: Most of the episode is Darkwing, Gosalyn, and Launchpad remembering the incident.

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