Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz
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|Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz|
|Phineas and Ferb character|
|Created by||Dan Povenmire
Jeff "Swampy" Marsh
|Voiced by||Dan Povenmire|
|Family||Roger Doofenshmirtz (brother)|
|Spouse(s)||Charlene Doofenshmirtz (divorced)|
|Affiliation||LOVEMUFFIN (League of Villainous Evildoers Maniacally United for Frightening Investments in Naughtiness)|
Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz (often called "Doofenshmirtz", or occasionally "Doof") is a fictional character and the antagonist from the television show Phineas and Ferb. He was created by Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh, and is voiced by Povenmire. The character first appeared in the pilot episode of the series and appears in the majority of episodes. He is described as an incompetent and forgetful evil scientist intent on conquering the local "tri-state area" by creating obscure inventions. Dr. Doofenshmirtz speaks with a caricature of a German accent and comes from the fictional European country, Drusselstein.
Role in Phineas and Ferb
Doofenshmirtz is portrayed as a bumbling evil genius, who is in fact dimwitted. He strives to take over the "entire tri-state area"[epnote 1] by using peculiar contraptions made up of "strange items [he] purchases off the internet".[epnote 2] His nemesis is Perry the Platypus, a skilled anthropomorphic platypus secret agent who disguises himself as the mindless pet of the series' main characters.
A typical episode features Doofenshmirtz hatching an evil scheme or invention that he often links to a "back story" from his youth. The stories explore his mentally abusive childhood in the fictional village of Gimmelshtump, Drusselstein, where his brother, Roger, is favored over him. Doofenshmirtz usually monologues and displays acts of "cartoonish" physical violence[epnote 2] towards Perry the Platypus.
In Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension, an alternate reality (yet more intelligent and successful) version of Dr. Doofenshmirtz appears as the main antagonist, with the regular Doctor Doofenshmirtz serving as a supporting character.
Despite nearly failing in almost all of his schemes, there were a few times when Doofenshmirtz actually succeeded. One example was in the episode "Candace Disconnected", where he built an -inator to successfully pick up his daughter from her school to her home in a couple of seconds. Another time was in the TV film, when he built an -inator that involves traveling to alternate dimensions, which was done with the help from Phineas and Ferb. Another time was in the episode "Cranius Maximus", when he built an -inator to successfully steal the Key to the City. Another example, which is perhaps the most famous, was in the 2014 special "Phineas and Ferb Save Summer", when Doofenshmirtz built an -inator that involves using the mass of the planet of Jupiter to move the Earth away from the Sun to an early autumn, and despite being beaten by Perry with a mop, Doofenshmirtz managed to succeed in moving the Earth away anyway, much to Perry's dismay.
Dr. Doofenshmirtz is a part of various running gags in the show. One is his redundant naming of inventions, which consistently end with the suffix "inator".[epnote 3] Furthermore, Dr. Doofenshmirtz only recognizes the hat-wearing version of Perry. During every introduction of Dr. Doofenshmirtz in the episodes, a song is played, with the lyrics "Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated", performed by a quartet,.[epnote 4] Habitually, Doofenshmirtz's daily encounters with Perry follow a basic chain of events that routinely begin with a back-story told by Doofenshmirtz[epnote 5][epnote 6] and end with Doofenshmirtz yelling his catch phrase, "Curse you, Perry the Platypus!"
Creation and design
When Jeff "Swampy" Marsh and Dan Povenmire worked on the Nickelodeon animated series Rocko's Modern Life, they always included a song/musical number and an action/chase scene. They wanted to incorporate this trait in "Phineas and Ferb", and used a platypus secret agent, due to its interesting appearance  and role as a continuous nemesis that viewers could become familiar with. "Dr. Meddleshmirtz," which later changed to Doofenshmirtz, was created in the same vein.
Every main character of the series was designed using the geometric shapes of Tex Avery's Looney Tunes graphic style in mind - Doofenshmirtz appearing to be an oval. The simplicity of the drawings were intended to let child viewers copy them easily. Each one was designed to be recognizable from a distance or, as Povenmire notes as a reference to Matt Groening and The Simpsons, by silhouette.
Co-creator and executive producer Dan Povenmire voices Doofenshmirtz. He describes the voice he uses as " Eastern European" and is one he used at fifteen years old when having pillow fights with his five year old sister. To this day, his sister recognizes the voice and asks him to do it frequently. During recording sessions, Povenmire is easily able to ad-lib and improvise; the writers can change his lines without throwing him off. Povenmire sometimes even adds his own lines or alter his enunciation, and is usually asked to perform the voice in interviews.
Despite a negative review of the Phineas and Ferb series on Toon Zone, Maxie Zeus notes that Povenmire's performance as Doofenshmirtz is a strong point of the series. Zeus states that "Dan Povenmire voices him with such energy, and with such perfect timing, that you'll laugh out loud even at the stuff that isn't even supposed to be funny." Zeus as well says that the Doofenshmirtz subplot would have made a "fine bit of sketch writing" if trimmed down.
In 2009, Josh Jackson, editor-in-chief for Paste Magazine, wrote in a blog that Phineas and Ferb was "the best kids show on TV" and gave Doofenshmirtz a large amount of praise. He calls his inventions "awesomely designated devices of pure evil" and his complex relationship with his nemesis Perry the Platypus as "pitch-perfect."
Doof's Daily Dirt
In January 2013, Doofenshmirtz "launched [his] own YouTube channel and weekly videocast" titled Doof's Daily Dirt.[note 1] He comments on various Internet memes and pop culture trends, usually long after the subject is no longer of interest or relevant. Subjects have included: Internet Acronyms, Lolcatz, Bacon infused products, PSY's "Gangnam Style", One Direction, Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe", Honey Boo-Boo, the Kardashians and the Mayan apocalypse. He also started a Twitter account where he posts more frequently. The webisode series had an original run of 13 episodes.
- In one of the videocasts, Doofenshmirtz admits that he chose Daily because of the title's alliteration.
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