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Quackerjack

Quackerjack is a fictional character from the Disney television series Darkwing Duck, and a major rival of a popular video game star, Whiffle Boy.

He is voiced by Michael Bell.

Character

Background

He was once a toymaker who was run out of business after the "Whiffle Boy" video game market expanded. Understandably, he has a particular hatred of Whiffle Boy videogames and merchandise. He became a supervillain who robbed banks to get money to fund his toymaking ventures and uses his toys to aid him for his crimes in most episodes. However, he's a genius who has built many successful toys. His catchphrase is "It's PLAYTIME!"

Darkwing has a doll named Mr. Banana Brain, whom he carries around and talks to. Generally, he adapts a high pitched voice to have the puppet talk back in rhyming form. Other dangerous toys used by Quackerjack are a Giant teddy bear robot which destroyed a "Whiffle Boy" warehouse before self-destructing; a giant "Crying Crissie" doll with which he tried to unsuccessfully flood "Whiffle Boy" town, a pair of robot chattering teeth, an apathy causing toy called Mr. Relaxatron and his most fiendish torture device--a talking trivia doll which repeats useless historic facts endlessly over and over!

Most times Quackerjack works alone, but he has been known to team up with Megavolt, and was a member of the Fearsome Five.

Like Negaduck, Quackerjack possess no superhuman abilities, though that makes him no less dangerous than any other villain. Quackerjack is incredibly athletic, capable of performing perfect backflips and impressive leaps. In fact, his acrobatic affinity and use of lethal gadgets makes him a top tier villain, also, his madness makes him highly unpredictable.

Personality

Mad as a hatter, tailor, shoemaker and blacksmith put together. Childish, petty, delusional and prone to mood swings, Quackerjack is unstable and though usually in a jolly mood, this can quickly change if properly provoked. Despite this madness he is in possession of a keen intellect, though his jester like behavior contradicts this he is able to form semi-coherent plans and set them in motion.

Fiction

Cartoon

His debut was in "Whiffle While You Work," in which he first met Darkwing (though he seemed to know him from somewhere, Darkwing didn't know him) and their rivalry was established.

In "Days of Blunder," he drove Darkwing Duck into losing his confidence by impersonating a psychiatric by the name of "Dr. Leopold Loon" with a German accent and switching his and Meekles's tests results.

In "Toys Czar Us," he forced the manager of a toy store to stock shelves with his personal brand of fun, despite protest.

As a member of the Fearsome Five, Quackerjack appeared in the episode "Just Us Justice Ducks." In a fight with Gizmoduck, it is revealed Quackerjack has false teeth (though this may have likely been a gag).

A friendly, more gentle Quackerjack is seen as one of the members of the "Friendly Four" in "Life, the Negaverse and Everything." He's still insane but more docile and actually has somewhat of a conscience, being he still makes toy weaponry but only to use against Negaduck while he gives normal toys to children.

In "Quack of Ages", he went back in time using his Time Top to eliminate the very first yo-yo. This ended in his accidental aiding of the invention of the yo-yo, thanks to Darkwing.

In "Stressed to Kill," Quackerjack teamed up with Megavolt again, and, using a toy called Mr. Relaxatron, the two had the city in an apathetic daze as they robbed it blind and caused mass mayhem. Throughout the episode, he constantly annoys Megavolt by calling him "Sparky".

In "Time and Punishment," he used the top to travel into the future with Megavolt to discover more advanced toys. Thanks to an accidental kidnapping of Gosalyn, he turned Darkwing into the revenge-crazed DarkWarrior Duck.

In "The Haunting of Mr. Banana Brain," he stole a haunted jack-in-the-box that contained a demonic entity named Paddywhack, who possessed his doll for a little while, and feeds on the emotion of suffering that he causes others. Quackerjack noticed a change in the voice of his doll, but was unsurprised that the doll was moving and talking under its own power. In the episode, he was forced to team up with Darkwing Duck in order to get rid of Paddywhack, or submit to eternal torment specifically designed by Paddywhack with Quackerjack in mind: Paddywhack would force Quackerjack to adopt "normal" modes of behavior. This was raucously characterized by the depiction of Quackerjack dressed in a business suit.

He briefly appeared as a Fearsome Five member again in the episode "Jail Bird." When Negaduck stole the powers of the other four members, he took Quackerjack's wackiness because he has no powers.

Quackerjack is among the villains Darkwing dreams up during a period of low crime. In the dream, he is defeated by a giant Morgana Macawber. Ghoul of My Dreams

While trying to teach Comet Guy to be a villain, Darkwing brings up Quackerjack as an example of what he should strive to be like. Planet of the Capes

Disney Adventures comics

The Kitty Kat Kaper Vogue's Gallery

Disney Afternoon comics

Kitchen Clean-Up

Boom! Studios comics

The Duck Knight Returns, Part 1 The Duck Knight Returns, Part 2 The Duck Knight Returns, Part 3 The Duck Knight Returns, Part 4 Crisis on Infinite Darkwings, Part 4 Toy with Me Dangerous Currency, Part 2 Dangerous Currency, Part 3 Dangerous Currency, Part 4

Video games

Darkwing Duck/Darkwing Duck

Notes

  • Quackerjack stands out among the Darkwing Duck cast as being the character whose written version is the farthest apart from its concept version. He was intended to be a darker character, but he ended up being written as a more silly, eccentric type villain, which Tad Stones was disappointed with.[1] Quackerjack's concept idea was a mixture of comic book characters like Batman villain Joker and Superman villain Toyman, but the end result was more akin to a mixture of the Toyman and Harley Quinn, who'd be introduced to the Batman rogue gallery a year later.

References

  1. Flapping Terror's Exclusive Tad Stones Interview

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