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Gizmoduck

Gizmoduck as seen in Disney's Ducktales

Gizmoduck, Fenton Crackshell when presenting as a civilian and out of the Gizmosuit, 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 McQuack's "old pal from Duckburg," Fenton Crackshell. He was voiced by the late Hamilton Camp.

History

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, Ms. Crackshell. 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 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.

Fiction

Cartoon

Tiff of the Titans Up, Up and Awry Just Us Justice Ducks (Part 1) Just Us Justice Ducks (Part 2) Darkwing Doubloon Let's Get Respectable (trophy cameo) Paint Misbehavin' (mention)

Disney Comics comics

Just Us Justice Ducks Part One Just Us Justice Ducks Part Two

Disney Adventures comics

The Legend of the Chaos God

Boom! Studios comics

Dangerous Currency, Part 1 Dangerous Currency, Part 2 Dangerous Currency, Part 3 Dangerous Currency, Part 4

Notes

  • Gizmoduck (along with Bubba and an unused character named Space Duck) were created by Tad Stones for DuckTales. GizmoDuck was preliminary called Roboduck, which remains his name in Japan and the Netherlands, and also explains the "R"-shaped insignia on his chest.[1] In Portugal and Brazil, his original name was directly translated to "Robopato". In Italy, his name was changed to "Robopap", with "pap" standing as a pseudo-English-sounding abbreviation of "papero", the italian word for "duck".
  • In the character design stages, Gizmoduck was an artificially intelligent robot. This design origin was worked into Gizmoduck's fictional origin, as Scrooge McDuck at first wanted a security robot until he realized "it didn't have a brain" — it was so mechanistic it wouldn't even let Scrooge himself into his money bin.
  • Gizmoduck was proposed as one of the protagonists of the unproduced Justice Ducks series.

References

  1. The Tad Stones Interview at Animation World Network

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