My Favorite (April) Fools

Image from Flickr User: Zariah Caleb
Image from Flickr User: Zariah Caleb

April Fool’s Day may have already come and gone, but that’s not going to stop me from writing a post for this rather silly holiday, and it’s not going to stop me from asking a question. Who is your favorite video game fool? You know, an idiotic character that you can’t help but love. The character I have in mind is the bumbling, idiotic, and suspiciously muscular fake superhero, Captain Copernicus Leslie Qwark from the Ratchet and Clank series. His birthday, as stated in the 2010 calendar, is April Fool’s Day, making this a great month to commemorate this lovable fool.

To be honest, I wasn’t a fan of the guy at first because he actually played a more villainous role in the first two games from the original trilogy on the PlayStation 2, and I still firmly believe that Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal is the best game of the series, partly because it is the game where Qwark turned hero again. Nevertheless, he is a pretty cruddy hero. Qwark may not be lacking in muscles, but he is sorely missing anything and everything related to, well, intelligence, or humility, or really any desire to risk himself for others. And so it is no surprise that Ratchet doesn’t have the fondest feelings for him, when Qwark takes credit for victories he played no part in or runs away from danger, even going so far as to fake his own death.

And yet, few can deny that Qwark is one of the funniest characters in an already goofy series, from his knack for disguising himself as women, including “Nurse Shannon”, which no one falls for, or devising ill thought-out plans presented in crayon (or, in one case, a view master), in which all the dangerous parts are assigned to Ratchet. Captain Qwark never fails to make me laugh, with his antics and his silly dialogue, and that is why he is the fool to end all fools. Happy late April Fool’s, everyone! And before I go, I leave you with a quote and a video. In no particular order.

Video from Youtube User: Fraser W

Captain Qwark:-“Space, it’s huge. So huge in fact, that if you lost your car keys in it, they would be almost impossible to find.”

The Duck Wishes You a Qwarktastic Day!


  1. Hatm0nster says:

    I would love to see Qwark bumble into actually be a hero someday. He knows he’s not a hero, but that doesn’t stop him from trying to bask in the glory. If he ever actually did something, I don’t think he’d ever let the others forget about it! 😀


    1. duckofindeed says:

      Heh heh, that’s so true that Qwark would never let anyone forget if he ever actually accomplished something important. For the sake of the galaxy, let’s hope Qwark never does manage to do anything truly heroic.


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