Gizmoduck, unlike Darkwing Duck, is a popular and well-liked hero. Because of this, Darkwing Duck sees him as a rival of sorts. Gizmoduck is Launchpad's "old pal from Duckburg," Fenton Crackshell. He was voiced by the late Hamilton Camp.
Gizmoduck first appeared on DuckTales as a bean counter (literally) named Fenton Crackshell, but he quit that job to work for Scrooge McDuck as his accountant. Although he is not stupid, Fenton's ambitious ideas and hasty decision-making create serious problems for his boss. He is doggedly determined to make amends each time by any means necessary, which can create even more complications until he ultimately succeeds, although this requires a large amount of patience with him.Later on, Fenton finds a robot suit called GizmoDuck made by Gyro Gearloose. The code word to activate it is "Blatherskite", a word which Gyro assumes no normal person would use. (Unbeknownst to him, one of Fenton's most frequently used sayings was "blathering blatherskite".) As fate would have it, Fenton wanders too close to the suit and utters his favorite expression, thus gaining a secret identity as a superhero. From then on, Fenton always uses "blathering blatherskite" to become Gizmoduck, despite only needing the second word — it is possible that Fenton failed to realize he does not have to say the entire phrase, since Gyro was the only one present when he activated the phrase. This was further reinforced when his mother's remote control caused all the Gizmoduck armor to fall off Fenton, and attach itself to her when she mentioned the word blatherskite as part of her phrase "blathering blatherskite". Fenton's self discovery as how to attach and detach the armor served to show another of his savant abilities; he realized one of the words his mother spoke acted as a key code and repeated her last few sentences verbatim to find it; his memorization skills are outstanding.
The only characters privileged to know that Fenton is GizmoDuck are Scrooge McDuck and Fenton's mother, whom he refers to as M'ma. His mother usually wears a bathrobe and watches television in a rundown trailer, where she lives with her son (and sometimes serves as GizmoDuck as she has the same favorite exclamation as her son). Fenton is in love with Gandra Dee, Scrooge's beautiful bean factory receptionist. As Fenton, he is Scrooge's accountant, but as GizmoDuck, he is chief security guard for the money bin and Scrooge's personal bodyguard. Gyro Gearloose, creator of the Gizmosuit, does not even know who wears the suit.
Concept and creationEdit
Originally, GizmoDuck was intended to be an artificially intelligent robot (and indeed in the series Scrooge originally intended to use a security robot designed by Gyro until he realized "it didn't have a brain" — it was so mechanistic it wouldn't even let Scrooge himself into his money bin), but the idea was later changed to the current one, akin to Iron Man or RoboCop.
GizmoDuck (along with Bubba and an unused character named Space Duck) were created by Tad Stones around the same time Chip 'N' Dale were added to Rescue Rangers. GizmoDuck was originally called Robo Duck, which coincidentally is his name in Japan, and the Netherlands, and also explains the "R" shaped insignia on his chest. In Portugal and Brazil, his original name was directly translated to "Robopato", as he is known in those two countries.
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Iron Man parallelsEdit
He stores his suit in a briefcase, just like Iron Man. In another parallel to Iron Man, he serves as a body guard to a wealthy man. Unlike Iron Man/Tony Stark however, this charade is actually true.
- Fenton/Gizmoduck establishes that by the start of Darkwing Duck, Launchpad McQuack has left the employ of Scrooge McDuck to work for Darkwing full time. "Fenton and I used to work for the same guy!"
- Darkwing and Gizmo's interactions parody the interactions of other superhero archetypes, noteably Superman/Batman and IronMan/Captain America.
Giz's design changes slightly between DuckTales and Darkwing Duck. In Ducktales, the Gizmosuit is very large, (making Gizmo one of the largest characters there and probably the size of Agent Grizlikof) and has black-colored upper arms and accents. In Darkwing Duck, the gizmosuit has shrunk down somewhat, and has lost it's black upper-arms.
One fan theory is that after Flintheart Glomgold's metal mites consumed the Gizmosuit, that Gyro Gearloose designed a second, sleeker model, which is the one seen in Darkwing Duck (which is set after the run of Ducktales, allowing Launchpad, Magica Dispell, and others to inhabit both series without breaking continuity).A third iteration of the Gizmosuit surfaces in Boom Studios comics The Duck Knight Returns where the size and black arms are restored, as well as adding a slightly rounded look, and ports which allow Gosalyn Mallard's trademark pigtails to poke through the helmet. This suit was stolen by Taurus Bulba from Gyro Gearloose, and eventually acquired by Gosalyn when it reacts to her key phrase of "Keen Gear!", thus transforming the ten year old into Gosmoduck. Like the first generation suit, this suit is eventually destroyed in the line of duty, returning Gos to her "normal" life.
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