Taurus Bulba is a villain from Darkwing Duck. He is first introduced as a criminal mastermind serving a 99 year sentence. Even though Taurus Bulba only appears in 3 episodes, Darkwing Duck regards him as one of his deadliest enemies. He is the main antagonist in the hour-long pilot episode Darkly Dawns the Duck. He was voiced by Tim Curry.
Not much is know about Taurus Bulba's background. In "Darkly Dawns the Duck," Taurus is shown serving a 99 year jail sentence yet still involved in criminal affairs from the prison. In fact, he seems to find being incarcarated to only be a minor inconvenience, seeing his prison cell as the perfect hideout and cover for his activities.
After his henchmen stole the Waddlemeyer Ram Rod (an experimental weapon that seems to envelop its targets in an anti-gravity field, destroying buildings and the most heavily-guarded banks) Bulba escaped and gave orders to kidnap Gosalyn because he believed, as she was Professor Waddlemeyer's only living relative, that she knew the secret code to active the Ramrod. At the end of "Darkly Dawns the Duck," Bulba forced Darkwing to give him the arming code by threatening to drop Gosalyn to her death. ("She'll make a rather nasty stain on the pavement.") Darkwing fought Bulba and ended up destroying the Ram Rod, as well Canard Tower. Though heavily injured, Darkwing survived, but Taurus was presumed killed in the explosion. Thanks to the efforts of F.O.W.L, Bulba managed to survive and was made into a cyborg.
F.O.W.L. subsequently assumed that Bulba would accept their offer of employment following their restoration of him. Bulba...pointedly declined the offer and elected to attempt to gain revenge on Darkwing and Gosalyn. After being once again defeated by Darkwing and Gosalyn, he manages to flee, swearing that he would get his revenge.
In Boom! Studios current Darkwing Duck comic, Taurus Bulba returns in the first story arc, "The Duck Knight Returns", as the CEO and mastermind behind the mega-corporation Quackwerks, in an attempt to get revenge on Darkwing Duck and his companions, but more importantly, to give St. Canard a new kind of villain, as he considers the other villains unprofessional. He also contacted Gyro Gearloose in order to posses his gizmo-duck suit. He threatened to blow up Gyro's little friend if he didn't give him the password. He gave him the password but the suit didn't recognize him as person due to being a cyborg. So, Bulba took over St. Canard to net him the gizmo duck suit and have all his prisoners say the entire english language to get the password. Later, Gosalyn defeated Bulba once and for all after saving St. Canard and registring the gizmo-duck suit.
Bulba was later seen in the episode Steerminator where he was rebuilt into a cyborg by F.O.W.L.. F.O.W.L equipped him with an impressive arsenal of weapons throughout his body, including lasers mounted on his horns. F.O.W.L. had hopes that Bulba would replace Steelbeak as their chief agent but The Steerminator refused and destroyed F.O.W.L.'s headquarters leaving the entire organization in shambles, and its high command in terror of his rampage.
Apart from some comedic moments, Taurus Bulba is considered to be a dark and menacing character, and probably the most dark and sadistic villain ever to appear in the series. In Darkly Dawns the Duck it is strongly implied his henchmen murdered Gosalyn's grandfather, by claiming it was an "Accident", and his men and pet condor Tantalus also nearly kill Gosalyn as well.
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- Bulba in his original form seems to be modeled after the Kingpin from Marvel comics.
Heroes and Allies: Darkwing Duck | Launchpad McQuack | Gosalyn Mallard | Honker Muddlefoot | Herb and Binkie Muddlefoot | Morgana McCawber | Gizmoduck | Neptunia | Stegmutt | J. Gander Hooter | Derek Blunt | Vladimir Goudenov Grizzlikof | Comet Guy
Villains: Negaduck | Megavolt | Liquidator | Bushroot | Quackerjack | Steelbeak | Taurus Bulba | Hoof and Mouth | Tuskernini | Hammerhead Hannigan | Phineas Sharp | Professor Moliarty | Ammonia Pine | Paddywhack | Lilliput Gooney | Jambalaya Jake | Gumbo | The Bug Master | The High Command | Major Synapse | Splatter Phoenix | Fluffy
Locations: St. Canard