The shape-changing villainess known as the Chameleon plots to take control of the Howl publishing empire so she can print her own money. Honker undergoes a personality transformation when he is bullied at school.
This episode contains examples of the following tropes:
- An Aesop: Be Yourself. Partly mocked at the end.Darkwing: The only way to really be happy is to be who you are! And nobody else!Gosalyn: This from a man in a cape and mask.Darkwing: Ah? Oh! Well, I- I have to do this... For professional reasons! Ah, I mean, it's not like I'm maladjusted or anything! It can't be that, can it? Ugh, don't answer!
- Chained to a Railway: Camille does this to Darkwing and Launchpad.Darkwing: Tying us down to a railroad track, excuse me? Not very original! [Sound of incoming train] Effective, yes, but not original.
- Counterfeit Cash: Camille's Evil Plan was to use stolen $100 plates to become rich by making all the money she wanted. Unfortunately, due to working out of a cave, she had inferior ink and a makeshift printing press. She solved this problem by impersonating a millionairess who owned a newspaper.
- A Day in the Limelight: For Honker.
- Freudian Excuse: Lampshaded.Camille Chameleon: I didn't always look like this. In high school I was a beautiful girl, but... I wasn't popular...Darkwing: Oh boy, this is it, the "How I became a villain" story.
- Furry Confusion: At the end of her Shapeshifter Swan Song, Camille transforms into a non-anthropomorphic chameleon.
- Morphic Resonance: No matter which form Camille takes, she always has her yellow eyes and hissing speech impediment.
- Not Himself: After standing up for himself, Honker starts acting like a Badass Biker, complete with leather jacket.
- Pop-Culture Pun Episode Title: The title alludes Culture Club's song "Karma Chameleon".
- Shapeshifter Swan Song: Camille Chameleon gets a spectacular one when Honker realizes that chameleons are very sensitive to temperature changes.
- Waxing Lyrical: Honker says that he's "b-b-b-bad to the b-b-b-bone", quoting from George Thorogood's "Bad To The Bone".