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Recap / Duck Tales S 1 E 45 Superdoo

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Doofus' luck in the Junior Woodchucks changes when he finds a diamond-like, donut-shaped rock which gives him special powers.

This episode includes examples of the following tropes:

  • Absentee Actor: Scrooge notably does not appear at all in this episode. The in-universe reason is that the story tells what happened on a Junior Woodchuck campout; the only adult around is Launchpad, the scoutmaster.
  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: Doofus, ordinarily a Nice Guy, takes great pleasure in rubbing his new capability in the others' faces after getting special powers.
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  • Adults Are Useless: Launchpad encourages Doofus, but he doesn't say anything to the other Woodchucks who are teasing him. This trope is especially noticeable given that Launchpad is the only adult in the episode (except the aliens who are the antagonists).
  • Animal Superhero: When Doofus gets rid of the rock, it lands around the neck of a squirrel. Said squirrel is last seen inside the aliens' spaceship, making trouble for them.
  • Asteroid Thicket: The incoming alien ship flies through one of these.
  • Broken Aesop: The other Junior Woodchucks turn against Doofus when he becomes a Smug Super for making fun of them while he's doing better than they are. But earlier, before Doofus gained his powers, they were all making fun of Doofus for not doing as well as them, making the Junior Woodchucks a bunch of hypocrites.
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  • Flight: One of the powers the rock gives Doofus is the ability to fly.
  • "Flowers for Algernon" Syndrome: Doofus finds an energy crystal from outer space that gives him super-abilities. Through his new powers he becomes the all-time Junior Woodchuck merit-badge-earning champion, but others dislike him even more than old laughable, clumsy and slow Doofus. He throws away the crystal, gives back his merit badges and later saves the camp without any superpowers, winning respect of others. Everyone is happy to have the old Doofus back, including Doofus himself.
  • Ghost Story: Launchpad is telling a spooky story at the end of the episode. Doofus provides a "what was that noise?" moment when he trips while carrying some pans for popcorn.
  • Had the Silly Thing in Reverse: Two alien criminals are scheming to recover their stolen power crystal. One of their plots involves destroying the summer camp with an alien bazooka; unfortunately, the one holding the bazooka is holding it backwards, and it ends up blasting the forest behind them instead.
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  • Kids Are Cruel: Even Huey, Dewey, and Louie aren't above making snide comments about Doofus' slowness or weight, and the other Junior Woodchucks barely wait any time in the episode before doing so.
  • Lonely at the Top: Doofus realizes that while he has amazing superpowers, none of the other campers want to be friends with him anymore. So he gets rid of the rock.
  • Montage: We get a sequence of Doofus gaining all the merit badges.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Subverted. The Junior Woodchucks may not have treated Doofus very well, but his mocking and messing with them in return after getting his powers is portrayed as a bad thing.
  • Power Glows: The "diamond donut" which gives Doofus his powers glows.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Of course, Doofus' career as a superhero is heavily influenced by Superman.
    • When he throws away the crystal, Doofus comments about it being the end of "the short, unhappy career of Superdoo", probably referencing "The Short, Happy Life of Francis Macomber."
  • Sleepwalking: Doofus' first brush with the rock's unusual abilities happens when he accidentally flies out of the cabin while asleep and wakes up flying over the countryside.
  • Smug Super: After becoming empowered, Doofus takes great pleasure in showing off how much better he is at various activities than the other Junior Woodchucks, snickering at and mocking them. One of the nephews calls him on "acting like you're so much better than the rest of us." Doofus responds, "I am."
  • Strange-Syntax Speaker: The aliens speak like Yoda. "When find energy crystal we do, powerful we will become."
  • Supering in Your Sleep: Doofus' first brush with the strange powers granted by an alien rock he found occurs while he's asleep. He flies out of the cabin while asleep and wakes up flying over the countryside.
  • They Call Me Mister Tibbs: When Doofus' secret identity is blown, he decides he'll just discard it and be his superhero self all the time. He accordingly asks to be addressed by "Superdoo" rather than "Doofus."
  • Wolves Always Howl at the Moon: A pair of wolves are shown howling at a full moon the night Doofus discovers his powers.

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