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Plucky
Plucky Duck
Background information
Species: Duck
Gender: Male
Debut appearance: The Looney Beginning
Created by: Steven Spielberg
Tom Ruegger
Portrayed by: Joe Alaskey

Plucky Duck is a green duck, who appeared in Tiny Toon Adventures.

Personality

Plucky, a teenager, was portrayed on the series as a greedy, egotistical, and a hyper-active young duck, who'd often engage in various schemes with the goal of either personal glory or satisfying some personal whim, very similar to Daffy Duck, his mentor. These schemes ranged from inventing a time machine to delay doing his own homework to traveling to Hollywood, California in an ill-fated attempt at selling his life story as a movie.

In spite of his many faults, Plucky does have genuine goodwill. He can be heroic when there is no personal gain to be had or If the environment is threatened.


Like the other characters in the series, Plucky attended Acme Looniversity, where his mentor and favorite teacher was Daffy Duck. Plucky's personality resembled Daffy's so much that he was nearly a clone (it is also implied in one episode that Daffy Duck is his father in "real life"). Similar to Daffy's relationship with Bugs Bunny, Plucky also sometimes found himself at odds with the two main stars of Tiny Toon Adventures, Buster and Babs Bunny, though the three managed to remain friends nevertheless.

Plucky's best friend was Hamton J. Pig, a mild-mannered pig and Plucky's opposite, of whom Plucky often takes advantage. His romantic interest was Shirley the Loon, a young psychic female duck.
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Plucky Duck(Left) And Hampton J Pig(Right)

Some episodes featured Plucky fighting the highly-pollutive Montana Max industries as The Toxic Revenger, a pun on the B-movie character, The Toxic Avenger.

Another episode parodied Kon Tiki.

Plucky's end tag was the Romeo and Juliet line, "Parting is such sweet sorrow!"

Baby Plucky

Among the more notable of the Plucky-centric Tiny Toons shorts featured "Baby Plucky", a look back at Plucky's diaper-clad toddler days (with rare cameos by other "Baby" Tiny Toons characters, such as Babs Bunny). Baby Plucky was characterized by a higher-pitched voice and stilted "baby-talk" diction ("Is no your turn to push the button, is my turn to push the button!"), and even said, "Yes, sir," when his answer to a question is affirmative, whether he said it to a male (like his father) or a female (like his mother), and wore nothing except a diaper. He was also full of the wholly (or at least mostly) innocent mischief that toddlers are known for. Baby Plucky could easily be considered a not-so-subtle parody of the genre of re-imagining established characters as younger versions of themselves; Tiny Toons was often accused by critics of jumping on the bandwagon of that genre. Baby Plucky was voiced by Nathan Ruegger (the son of screenwriter/producer/director Tom Ruegger and the future voice of Skippy Squirrel on Animaniacs).

Baby Plucky

Baby Plucky

In one short, Baby Plucky discovers that items in the toilet bowl disappear when the toilet is flushed ("Water go down the hoooOOolle."), and proceeds to flush various items simply to watch them vanish, not realizing until far too late that he was clogging the plumbing. In another, Baby Plucky and his mother (who was heard but only shown from the shoulders down, similar to the appearances of Nanny on the animated series Muppet Babies and all adults in the Peanuts comic strips and animated cartoons) visit a shopping mall and Plucky's obsession with an elevator ("Wanna go on the el-a-lator. Wanna push the button.") leads him to cross paths with and eventually foil a criminal trying to make a getaway.

Oddly enough, Baby Plucky had several guest appearances in Animaniacs (normally as a background cameo), whereas when other Tiny Toons characters cameoed they would be shown in their proper age.

Gallery

Pictures of Plucky as a Baby

Pictures Of Plucky Wearing Suits

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