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This article is on the classic series version of the character; for the version from DuckTales (2017), see Fenton Crackshell-Cabrera.

Fenton Crackshell is a character from the latter season of DuckTales and a secondary character in the series spin-off, Darkwing Duck.

History

Fenton was originally a worker at a bean factory where he counted beans (thinking this is what a "bean-counter" was. He was dissatisfied with the job because there was not future in it and wanted status, recognition and to be able to impress the love of his life, Gandra Dee, a beautiful, young and slender co-worker. He later quit this job after being told that he broke the all-time bean counting record but the boss couldn't remember his name. And he is also known as good-tempered, intelligent, zany, mild-mannered, optimistic, daring, understanding, courageous, kind, friendly, encouraging, noble, trustworthy, outgoing, nice, courteous, responsible, astute, confident, knowledgeable, selfless, heroic, even-tempered, likable and loyal. He left the factory and saw a help-wanted sign for McDuck Enterprises, saying that Scrooge McDuck needed an accountant. Scrooge brushed him off several times, going so far as to nearly inflict bodily harm on Fenton, seeing as he had no real-world experience in the world of finance, save for being a near grad of the Banana Brazlate's Bucks for Ducks business brochure course (he would get his diploma with two more box tops). He was hired mainly for an extremely rare skill that he possessed: being able to count any amount of anything accurately down to the smallest iota in a matter of seconds, which Scrooge found out when he fired his shotgun at Fenton and the latter was able to count the number of pellets fired (465) and then a small amount of change flipped in the air ($1.78).

Fenton had a habit of rushing into things and making hasty choices which causes problems. He still tries to make it up to his boss. A running gag with Fenton is that he is a literalist as far as metaphors go. For instance, when Scrooge told him he wanted to keep his assets "liquid" Fenton had all 3 cubic acres of money in Scrooge's bin thrown into a lake (specifically, Lake Dough-be-Gone, near the Beagles' hideout) and got it back with "frozen assets" as freezing the lake with dry ice

He lives with his slovenly and lazy mother in a trailer park. Poor Fenton's successes are a lesser priority to her than her soap operas and shows (Ducks of Our Lives and the Ducks of Hazard). At this point in time, Gyro had made a robot to guard Scrooge's Money Bin, but it goes out of control. The scientist heads back to his plan to make a new "weapon" to stop the malfunctioning menace, threatened by Scrooge to do so with it having a brain this time. Gyro had finished making a new mechanical suit as a solution to the sentience problem, and the only way to wear it was to say a word he thought no one said after suggesting to Gyro that any old "nonsense" will do. Gyro looked it up in a thesaurus and chose the third synonym listed: "Blatherskite."

Birth of Gizmoduck

Gizmoduck

Fenton in his Gizmoduck suit.

Full article: Gizmoduck

After the beagle boys rob a bank that had Scrooge's number one dime, which Fenton accidentally put in a phone to call scrooge after thawing out the money from Lake Dough-be-gone, Fenton attempted every trick in the book to get it back, posing as a candy machine, long-lost son Bermuda Beagle, and the reverse-tooth fairy (teeth for dimes). Desperate, Fenton is outside of Gyro's house and finds out about the suit and sets off Gyro's popcorn fireworks display (ironically calling Gyro the wacko, despite the crazy look in Fenton's eyes). As stated above, being unable to put the suit on, he says his catchphrase, "Blabberin' Blatherskite", being entombed by the suit, Gyro comes in and meets the man in the suit and gives him the instruction book. After finding out the basic functions of the suit, he pursues the Beagles throughout Duckburg and eventually tricks Burger into giving him the bag of dimes.

The next day, with Scrooges' number one dime in tow, Gizmoduck arrives to confront the metal monster, known as the G.I.C.U2, that was supposed to guard the money bin, but took it over. After a few failed attempts (a lady's wig, glasses, and bluster), he did what would be the most painful action and becomes a last resort in the future: Pushing all his buttons. Blowing up like a balloon and flying like one popped, he crashes into the G.I.C.U2 and blows it up.Ma Beagle got a hold of Gizmoduck's instruction book by accident and bailed out her genius son, Megabyte, to find a way to control him. Unwillingly, Fenton was forced to steal everything they wanted, and were able to gain power over the rest of Duckburg, ousting Scrooge and his family. Scrooge and Mrs. Beakly were locked up by the corrupt local government and it wasn't until Huey, Dewey and Louie were able to get the remote from the Beagles that Fenton was given control back. After Scrooge's bin was abducted by robotic aliens searching for metal to produce more robots, He, Launchpad and Gizmoduck launched themselves into space to retrieve it on the U.S.S. Jumpstart. It was there that the Master Electronic Le-le-leader (M.E.L.) unmasked Gizmoduck as Fenton and sent them to be processeed into axle grease. Fenton escaped and challenged M.E.L. to a counting contest of Ball bearings, and the latter exploded when he lost. After that, Fenton rescued Scrooge, Launchpad and the money bin. After landing back on Earth, Fenton finally is able to stand up to his mother and had the nerve to ask out Gandra Dee on a date. Ever since then, he has become Scrooge's security guard even after his identity get's revealed to his boss. He even posed as Scrooge when he disappeared and had amnesia, it got to the point where Fenton actually believed he WAS Scrooge.

Trivia

  • Fenton was voiced by Hamilton Camp, the voice of Greedy Smurf from the NBC Hanna Barbara series, The Smurfs.

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