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|“||This has gone too far. The ducks almost cost us the world today. And without the world, who would we larceny against? The pieces are finally in place. Time to come out of the shadows, take control and end Clan McDuck. If the McDuck family wants an adventure... we'll give them their last.||„|
|~ Bradford to F.O.W.L about their plan to destroy the McDuck family in the 2017 reboot.|
The Fiendish Organization for World Larceny, better known as FOWL (sometimes spelled "F.O.W.L."), is a supporting antagonistic faction in DuckTales, the overall secondary antagonistic faction in Darkwing Duck, and the main antagonistic faction of the third season of the DuckTales reboot. It is a global criminal organization bent on world domination.
FOWL was created by Dr. Nogood, but after his demise it was led by the High Command. The organization is the biggest headache of SHUSH and Darkwing Duck has several of its agents in his rogue gallery for either his intended target or agents he helped arresting.
F.O.W.L.'s leadership lies in the hands of the shadowy High Command, a trinity whose identities are carefully kept secret. They run the organization mercilessly in regards to any victims of their schemes as well as their own agents if their boasts and paycheck outdo their deeds.
- Dr. Nogood: The former head of FOWL, and also it's founder. After a plan to render all the money in the world worthless, he dies when falling in a vat of chemicals.
- The High Command: They take the command of FOWL after Nogood's demise. Nobody knows who or where they are, as they are always lurking in the shadows. They send missions to his agents by video. In the 2017 DuckTales reboot, the High Command is comprised of the Buzzard Brothers (Bently, Bradford and an unnamed brother), Scrooge McDuck's Board of Directors.
- Steelbeak: FOWL's top agent. He has liberty to do whathever he wants, even having his own personal henchmen known as Eggmen. His past is unknown, as well as how he got his beak of steel.
- Ammonia Pine: A janitor from a research lab, after smelling a experimental disinfectant became over-obsessed with cleaning. Has a huge cleaning machine created by herself.
- Ample Grime: Sister of Ammonia, and the complete opposite of her, as she loves dirt.
- Major Synapse: Was demoted by the High Command after sending troops into a volcano, and put in charge of the psychic division, with two stupid hippies under him as a punishment. After stealing the Norma Ray, he turned the two hippies into supervillains, and he himself became a giant floating brain.
- Oddduck: Dr. Nogood's personal henchman. Can catch bullets in the air with his beak.
- Bruno Von Beak and Feathers Galore: Couple of agents hired to kill Launchpad McQuack. Feathers ended up betraying FOWL.
- Gandra Dee
- Black Heron
- The Phantom Blot
- John D. Rockerduck and Jeeves
- F.O.W.L. is another in a long fiction tradition of secret organizations with names that are acronyms designed for the word that the letters form rather than acronyms that form naturally.
- The name refers to Fowl, which is a term for specific birds such as chickens or ducks (the latter of which both shows F.O.W.L. is involved in are based on). But it can also refer to foul, which can either mean bad or evil.
- Specific inspiration sources for F.O.W.L. may have been SPECTRE and KAOS.
- F.O.W.L. is also incredibly similar to HYDRA. In addition to being secret criminal organizations with ominous acronym names, they both act from the shadows, having infiltrated a large heroic organization (F.O.W.L. infiltrated McDuck Enterprises, HYDRA infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D. and the World Security Council). The revelation that characters who were previously presented as heroic (or at least, neutral) are really F.O.W.L. agents is similar to the revelation that several MCU characters who were presented as heroic or neutral (Jasper Sitwell, Grant Ward, Senator Stern) were really HYDRA agents all along. F.O.W.L.'s declaration of "without the world, who would we larceny against?" mirrors how HYDRA helped saved the Earth from Loki and the Kree because they were threats to the Earth that HYDRA larcenies against.
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