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Recap / Darkwing Duck S 2 E 8 Calm A Chameleon

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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!
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  • 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.
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  • 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".
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