Tuskernini is a recurring villain from Darkwing Duck. An anthropomorphic walrus, his schemes always revolve around films and film-making. He also has a gang of penguin minions who follow him and do his bidding. One interesting characteristic of his is that he usually plays dumb, pretending he is either reformed or nothing doing anything wrong, only to reveal his scheme when the heroes are out of his way.
He is voiced by Kenneth Mars.
Tuskernini began his career as a law-abiding actor, but whether justified or not, he wasn't getting any recognition or roles. This brought him in financial troubles and for most of this period he went hungry. Then he got his big acting break and a plentiful paycheck, which he used to treat himself on good food, leading to the corpulent form he possesses these days. And with his weight gain, he lost the prospect for more roles. Unwilling to leave the world of the silver screen and seek a job elsewhere, he became a criminal director creating schemes for himself to star in. One way or another, he gained the loyalty of three penguins who are now his felonious assistants.
Steelbeak. Tuskernini is one of the villains terrorized out of St. Canard when Darkwing, out of grief, drastically improves his strategies to make the city crime-free. Though because Gosalyn went back in time to undo her disappearance, this never happened.When Gosalyn announces that she has a case for him, Darkwing happily enquires which of his enemies it is this time, specifying Tuskernini and
Disney Adventures comics
Disney Afternoon comics
Boom! Studios comics
Taurus Bulba has his biopic, Cyber Like Me: The Ballad of Taurus Bulba, made by Tuskernini Productions. Darkwarrior Duck uses the invasion of Darkwings to go after the criminals of St. Canard. Tuskernini and Moliarty are his final victims before Quiverwing Duck stops him. Steelbeak calls the walrus robot made by F.O.W.L. a Tuskernini knockoff. Suff-Rage selects Tuskernini for her League of Barely-Remembered Supervillains, an illusion for Darkwing Duck and Launchpad McQuack to fight and either be defeated or distracted by. The illusion of Tuskernini uses a laser-camera against Darkwing during a one-on-one round. As with the others, Tuskernini is defeated when the group is caught in a curtain. Just as Darkwing gloats, Suff-Rage reveals they were only an illusion.
- Tuskernini is named after the conductor Arturo Toscanini.
- The franchise is 50/50 on whether the name is spelled "Tuskernini" or "Tuskerninni". The article uses "Tuskernini" because that was the spelling used in "Adopt-a-Con". Examples of uses of "Tuskerninni" include the TurboGrafx-16 game and the Playmates Toys figurine, which makes it likely "Tuskerninni" was the name originally intended.