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Herb and Binkie Muddlefoot
Herbbinkie
The Muddlefoots
Vital statistics
Gender Male (Herb); Female (Binkie)
Species Goose and Canary
Age 30 somethings
Occupation Herb (Quackerware Salesman)

Binkie (Housewife)

Parents Unknown
Siblings Trudi (Binkie's twin sister)
Children Tank Muddlefoot
Honker Muddlefoot
Allies Their children, Drake Mallard/Darkwing Duck
Voice by Herb (Jim Cummings)
Binkie (Susan Tolsky)
First appearance Night of the Living Spud

Herb and Binkie Muddlefoot are the neighbors and friends of Drake Mallard/Darkwing Duck. They are happy and truly good-natured (and slow-witted) honest people; which drives the perpetually suspicious Drake Mallard crazy. They are unaware that their older son Tank is a violent and mysginistic bully, and are overly protective of their younger son Honker. Their favorite activities include gardening, backyard barbecue with friends and neighbors, and watching the sitcom "Pelican's Island" on TV. Herb is a rotund door-to-door salesman and Binkie is an oblivious yet beautiful and sexy stereotype of a WASP housewife and mother.

Herbert MuddlefootEdit

Herb

Herb Muddlefoot, Salesman of the Decade

Herb is a thick, slow whitted, and gregarious suburbanite goose. Despite his annoying personality traits, he is a wildly successful Quackerware salesman; having won salesperson of both the Year and Decade and having a cadre of groupies (all described in"The Merchant of Menace"). He's a member of local social groups like the local Men's lodge, an avid barbecue master, and constant bane to Drake Mallard with his easy suburban sophistication. "I hate the Muddlefoots" "Anything to shut Herb Muddlefoot up!"

Herb is a caring, if oblivious father, and tries his best to raise and educate his two disparate sons, "Tank" and "Honker" in the ways of the world. He also demonstraits the typical male suburban dramas of hair loss, dieting, and camping expeditions taken to excess.

Herb is an excitable sort, and considers Darkwing Duck not only his personal hero, but best friend after Drake Mallard; "I seen him once in person." As Darkwing has twice saved Herb's life and career, this opinion is only reinforced, and the masked mallard eventually builds a grudging respect for the hard working suburbanite father of two. He usually wears a green shirt with buttons and watermelons and bananas on it and red-brown sandals.

Binkie Muddlefoot (sometimes Binky)Edit

Much like her husband, Binkie is  a trope'ish example of suburban bliss. The cheery canary is a perfect parody of
Binkie

Binkie Muddlefoot, citizen activist

fifties housewives, active throughout her community; and fretting over Gosalyn Mallard, who is never ladylike enough for her liking. While she means well, her oblivious observations can be cuttingly cruel when misdirected, such as when she insists Gos be a part of the school's cotillion and forces her into a ladylike mold in "Slaves to Fashion". 

"Inside Binkie's Brain" shows us that she cares deeply about her community's wellfare, as does "Adopt-a-con," even though her actions are not only oblivious, but outright dangerous and destructive to her family and her person.

One odd facet of Binkie is her love of exotic cooking, so much so that she doesn't bat an eye at the morbid fare served by Morgana Macawber and takes joy in learning the tricks of the ghoulish trade. Perhaps she feels Morganna is the feminine influence Drake and Gosalyn need in their lives.

Trudi

Aunt Trudi

Binkie has an identical twin sister, Trudi, who lives in Twin Beaks. Even though they are identical in appearence (save for an eye patch on Trudi and red dress) Drake Mallard fails to notice Binkie's looks, while being gobsmacked by the sexy appearence of her sister Trudi. Binkie wears a blue dress with a white apron and blue-black shoes.

The Muddlefoot HouseholdEdit

The Muddefoots Household is loosly based on the Cleaver household of "Leave It To Beaver". The parents are unaware that their older son Tank is little better than a caveman or "man-ape" who is violent, mysoginistic, bullying, and coniving. Herb and Binkie, on catching their older son in various escapades, will typically write off his behavior as "boys will be boys."

They dote on and smother their younger son as much as they justify the older. Honker's allergies and phobias may well be a direct result of his mother's hovering and his father's oblivious indulgences. While they often feel that tomboy Gosalyn is a poor influence on their boy, they have no problems with their escapades, or the opposite-sexed children having sleep-overs and overnight adventures constantly.

They also seem blisfully unaware that Honker is a frequent accomplice to Darkwing Duck's escapades, and never question how or even that he knows the mighty masked mallard.

All of this leads Darkwing Duck to question just how it is that the genius Honker could have been born from Muddlefoot stock. "Normal is relative; and after all, your relatives are Muddlefoots."

The NegaverseEdit

As with most denizens of the Negaverse, the Nega-Muddlefoots are polar opposite to their counterparts in Darkwing's world. While still indulgent of their children, they are utterly psychotic and violent. Binkie is a criminal enabler and quite capable of directing her children to nefarious tasks; obviously inteilligent and self-aware, and treating her son Honker as little more than a weapon to be pointed at her enemies.

Nega-Herb is every bit as violent and self-serving as his counterpart is gregarious and generous, wielding a heavy tow-chain and hook as his weapon of choice and eagerly engaging in wanton violence and the infliction of pain.

If the parents are scary, then Nega-Honker is downright horrifying. An utter sociopath, he gleefully and excitedly follows the commands of Lord Negaduck when told to "shoot Darkwing Duck on sight, Rip him apart, Burn him to firey ash!" his only loyalty it seems is to his mother.

Nega-Tankard is the odd goose out of this scenario being eloquent, polite, and perhaps even more well-versed in the sciences than his cross-universe little brother. It's he, not Honker, who watches over Nega-Gosalyn's wellbeing.

TriviaEdit

  • Herb is a salesman of "Quackerware," a parody of the Tupperware home sales system.
  • Herb's favorite show is "Pelican's Island," a parody of Gilligan's Island.
  • Herb and Binkie first appeared in episode 5 "Night of the Living Spud."
  • In "A Star Is Scorned," Herb and Binkie are shown to be actors who have to play out of characther roles as ruthless business tycoons-due to a hidden clause in their acting contracts that "The Studio is always Right." That role is a parody of the then-current "Captain Planet" cartoon villains.
  • In "Quack of Ages," Herb and Binkie's ancestors were King and Queen of St. Canard,indicating that Binkie and Herb may be distant cousins.
  • Herb's voice is supplied by Jim Cummings doing an impersonation of the late Andy Devine.
  • They also have demon counterparts as seen In "Hot Spells," and they had red feathers and horns and Demon Herb's shirt has devil faces on it instead a watermelons and bananas; in this epsiode the Devil tortures Darkwing Duck into insanity by forcing D.W. to watch "Pelican's Island" with the Muddlefoots for all of eternity!

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