Richard Asquith Dastardly

Villain #3 – Dick Dastardly.

Dick Dastardly

Dick Dastardly is bad to the bone. Through-out two separate series – Wacky Races and Dastardly and Muttley in their Flying Machines (mistakenly known as Catch that pigeon,) Dastardly would twirl his magnificent tache as he hatched another fiendish plan.

And yet, however, his schemes were rubbish. Not once did he actually win the Wacky Race. He nearly did on a couple of occasions – stupidly stopping to be photographed as winner before crossing the line and, strangely, once being disqualified for cheating! Surely, he always cheated? They all cheated! The Creepy Coupe had a blooming dragon! If he would get disqualified for cheating, then why did he always cheat?

I don’t remember him ever catching the pigeon either. Although, does anyone know why he was trying to catch it in the first place? I think it was a carrier pigeon with a message and not that Dastardly liked pigeon pie. There was an unseen General demanding results, so we can assume some kind of cartoony war was going on. With their appearances in both cartoon series, we can see Dastardly (and Muttley) as inhabiting some ongoing and abiding animated meta-universe. They exist in this world outside of the two series, continuing to aid the fight (presumably on the side of evil) in this comic strip cold-war and, in breaks of attrition, unsuccesfully race forever for an unknown prize, against other inhabitants of this meta-continuity – Penelope Pitstop and the Anthill Mob both appearing in other series as well.

So villainous, but at the same time tragically pathetic. Dastardly becomes as Tantalus, continually striving for that which is just outside his grasp.

Published in: on September 25, 2006 at 12:25 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. I remember quite fancying Penelope Pitstop. Is that wrong?

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