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  • The Danza: Marguerite Moreau playing Connie Moreau.
  • Defictionalization: The NHL franchise. Though when they ditched the uniforms from D2 and the "Mighty" part, they became a respectable franchise and even won The Stanley Cup.
    • Amusingly, given the theme of the movies, the cup-winning Ducks team in 2007 was known for being relentlessly physical. They led the league in fighting majors that season.
    • In 2015, the Ducks got Emilio Estevez channeling Gordon Bombay on their support.
    • Ice Hockey events were part of the first ever Youth Olympic Games in 2012, as the Goodwill Games were essentially a lower-grade version of the Olympics after the Cold War ended.
  • Deleted Scenes: At least two in the first sequel. The first took place after Team USA follows Bombay on the golf cart roller blading. Portman and Fulton begin to bond, Coach Bombay and Ms. McKay get to know each other, and the scene ends with Fulton, Guy, and Jesse crashing the golf cart. The second involved the team members who didn't go to Rodeo Drive getting into a brawl with the Iceland team while hanging out at the beach.
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  • Follow the Leader: The success of The Mighty Ducks led to a slew of 90s movies with underdog kids as players or managers in all sorts of sports: The Sandlot, Little Giants, Little Big League, Rookie of the Year, and The Big Green. Word of God says that The Mighty Ducks was intentionally this to The Bad News Bears. note 
  • One for the Money; One for the Art: Emilio Estevez agreed to reprise his role in the third film in exchange for a directorial job he had been angling for.
  • Real-Life Relative: Elden Henson (Fulton) and Garette Ratliff Henson (Guy) are brothers. Elden had to dye his hair black and use a stage name (he's credited as Elden Ryan Ratliff) so he could play Fulton.
  • Star-Derailing Role: Subverted with Jussie Smollett, even though he followed The Mighty Ducks with North, which got the "hated" review from Roger Ebert and tanked heavily. He would rebound in 2015 when he was cast as Jamal Lyon in the TV show Empire.
  • Uncredited Role: Brian Hohlfeld did an uncredited re-write.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: "Good Vibrations" by Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch is enough to solidly anchor the first film to The '90s.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The original script was much darker and adult themed. Once Disney picked it up, it was revised to tone down the overtly adult elements and add more comedic scenes revolving around the kids.
    • Charlie Sheen was offered for the role of Gordon Bombay, but turned it down and later on his brother, Emilio Estevez, took the role. Bill Murray was deemed too old for the role, while Chevy Chase, Tom Cruise, Michael J. Fox and Tom Hanks were candidates. Steven Brill, who wrote all three films, wanted to play Bombay and was turned down, he was given the role of prosecutor Frank Huddy as a consolation.
    • Leonardo DiCaprio auditioned for Charlie and Juliette Lewis auditioned for Connie.
    • Jake Gyllenhaal was the first choice for Charlie, but his parents wouldn't let him move to Minneapolis for filming so the creators cast Joshua Jackson instead.
    • Vincent Larusso was originally considered for McGill and Lawson in the first film, but then the original actor cast as Banks was fired for bullying another cast member and they gave him the role.
  • Working Title: Bombay.
  • You Look Familiar:
    • Actor Jack White appears in all three films, in two different roles. In the first two films, he was a referee. In D3, he played Coach Wilson, the Varsity team's head coach. White has been involved in many films where hockey was the main focus or part of the story, including this trilogy, mostly as what IMDb calls a "hockey technical advisor".
    • Scott Whyte played Gunner Stahl in D2 then came back for D3 as Scooter Holland.
    • Steven Brill plays a different role in each film.


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