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Splatter Phoenix is a minor villain in Darkwing Duck, and notably the only recurring villain on the series to be killed off (albeit temporarily).

Background

A rejected artist known for her pompous speech (in "Paint Misbehavin'", she proclaims herself a "daringly innovative pseudo anti-neo post-modern deconstructionist"!), her chief weapon is a brush covered with paint that can allow her to enter paintings, animate them, or even to paint wholly new (and usually surreal-looking) creatures that help her.

Role in the series

Splatter Phoenix first appears in the episode "A Brush With Oblivion," in which Darkwing Duck and his sidekicks attempt to stop her from stealing the Mona Lisa's smile. This episode features a number of clever parodies of works by famous artists, such as Grant Wood, Salvador Dalí, and Pablo Picasso.

Her second appearance was in the episode "Paint Misbehavin'," where it was revealed that she, like her creations, is actually painted, possibly by herself. In this episode, she was melted when splashed with turpentine. It is implied by Launchpad that she is actually aware that she herself, along with the entire universe of the TV series, is actually animated/painted by "some higher being."

Splatter Pheonix's revival

Splatter Phoenix is revived in Darkwing Duck #6.

Splatter Phoenix's popularity with the viewers eventually led to her being brought back in Joe Books' Darkwing Duck comic book. In issue #6's story, an in-universe comic book artist (who resembles the comic's artist, James Silvani) is asked by a fan to draw Splatter Phoenix, which he does use a new supply of ink provided to him by a mysterious benefactor. When he does, though, Splatter Pheonix rises from the drawing, and upon seeing that she's at a comic book convention, begins wreaking havoc. Darkwing and Honker spot her and chase her into several comic books (fittingly, with the art style changing with each one), along the way finding out that she is bound by the logic of the comic worlds they go into. They eventually manage to put her in an ad for Mostess™ Veggie Pies (a parody of Hostess Fruit Pies), and then closing the comic while she's distracted eating the snacks.

In issue #8, the comic book in which Splatter Phoenix is sealed is shown being brought to St. Canard's new maximum-security prison while a curious Negaduck watches, implying that he has plans for her.

Trivia

  • Phoenix is one of the few characters in the series to die onscreen, the other being Major Synapse.
  • Phoenix's death in the show is closely similar to the Wicked Witch of the West's in the 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz (The Witch is melted by water; Phoenix is melted by turpentine).

Gallery

References

  1. Splatter Phoenix's profile in Darkwing Duck (Joe Books) #5


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Media
Darkwing DuckVideographyWalt Disney's World on Ice: Double Feature... Live!NES gameBoom! Studios comicJoe Books comic
Books
High Wave RobberyThe Silly Canine CaperThe Darkest Night
Characters
Heroes and Allies: Darkwing DuckLaunchpad McQuackGosalyn MallardHonker MuddlefootTank MuddlefootHerb and Binkie Muddlefoot • Mrs. Cavanaugh • GizmoduckMorgana McCawberNeptuniaStegmuttJ. Gander HooterDerek BluntVladimir Goudenov GrizzlikofSara BellumRhoda DendronGloria SwansongPrincess of OilrabiaGoose LeeComet Guy

Villains: Negaduck/NegatronBushrootMegavoltLiquidatorQuackerjackSteelbeakTaurus BulbaHammerhead HanniganHoof and MouthTantalusClovisTuskerniniDr. FossilPhineas SharpProfessor MoliartyAmmonia PineAmple GrimePaddywhackLilliput GooneyJambalaya JakeGumboBug MasterHigh CommandMajor SynapseHotshot and FlygirlDr. SlugSplatter PhoenixCamille ChameleonAnna MatronicIsis VanderchillJohnny T. RexFluffyDark Warrior DuckNodoffBrainteasers

Episodes
Season One: "Darkly Dawns the Duck" • "That Sinking Feeling" • "Beauty and the Beet" • "Getting Antsy" • "Night of the Living Spud" • "Apes of Wrath" • "Dirty Money" • "Film Flam" • "Duck Blind" • "Comic Book Capers" • "Water Way to Go" • "Paraducks" • "Easy Come, Easy Grows" • "Negaduck" • "A Revolution in Home Appliances" • "Trading Faces" • "Hush, Hush Sweet Charlatan" • "Can't Bayou Love" • "Bearskin Thug" • "Fungus Amongus" • "You Sweat Your Life" • "Days of Blunder" • "Just Us Justice Ducks" • "Double Darkwings" • "Slaves to Fashion" • "Aduckyphobia" • "When Aliens Collide" • "Jurassic Jumble" • "Something Fishy" • "Cleanliness is Next to Badliness" • "Smarter Than a Speeding Bullet" • "Tiff of the Titans" • "All's Fahrenheit in Love and War" • "Whiffle While You Work" • "Calm a Chameleon" • "Ghoul of My Dreams" • "Battle of the Brainteasers" • "Adopt-a-Con" • "Bad Tidings" • "Toys Czar Us" • "The Secret Origins of Darkwing Duck" • "Up, Up and Awry" • "Going Nowhere Fast" • "Life, the Negaverse, and Everything" • "Dry Hard" • "Heavy Mental" • "A Brush with Oblivion" • "Disguise the Limit" • "Planet of the Capes" • "The Merchant of Menace" • "Darkwing Doubloon" • "It's a Wonderful Leaf" • "Twitching Channels" • "Dances with Bigfoot" • "Twin Beaks" • "The Incredible Bulk" • "My Valentine Ghoul" • "Dead Duck" • "A Duck By Any Other Name" • "Let's Get Respectable" • "In Like Blunt" • "Quack of Ages" • "Time and Punishment" • "Stressed to Kill" • "The Darkwing Squad" • "Inside Binkie's Brain" • "The Haunting of Mr. Banana Brain" • "Slime Okay, You're Okay" • "Whirled History" • "U.F.Foe" • "A Star is Scorned" • "The Quiverwing Quack" • "Jail Bird" • "Dirtysomething" • "Kung Fooled" • "Bad Luck Duck"

Season Two: "Monsters R Us" • "Inherit the Wimp" • "The Revenge of the Return of the Brainteasers, Too!" • "Star Crossed Circuits" • "Steerminator" • "The Frequency Fiends" • "Paint Misbehavin'" • "Hot Spells" • "Fraudcast News" • "Clash Reunion" • "Mutantcy on the Bouncy" • "Malice's Restaurant" • "Extinct Possibility"

Vehicles and Gadgets
RatcatcherThunderquackDarkwing Duck's gas gunRamrodSuper Sensitive Darkwing Duck-tectorTronsplitter
Locations
St. CanardNegaverse
Songs
Darkwing Duck Theme SongLittle Girl BlueKickin' in the GrooveI'm Darkwing Duck
See also
DuckTalesThe Disney AfternoonDisney XD (Netherlands)Justice DucksFearsome FiveF.O.W.L.S.H.U.S.H.