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Touché Turtle and Dum Dum

Part of The New Hanna-Barbera Cartoon Series of the 1970’s, Touché Turtle (Bill Thompson) and his sheepdog sidekick Dum Dum (Alan Reed) were a pair of heroic fencers who battle villains and heroically saves Kings, Queens, maidens and others in distress.

Touché was the brave and dashing leader, whereas Dum Dum was more of a simple minded follower. Brandishing his trusty sword and exclaiming his catchphrase “Touché away!”

During the run of the show, Touché Turtle used a standard fencing foil as a weapon. But in the opening title sequence, Touché Turtle uses a firehose against a firebreathing dragon, ties up an octopus with its own tentacles and uses a fencing foil made of a nonconductive material against a sentient lightning bolt.

Though not especially bright, he was an accomplished fencer and could hold his own against other sword-fighting opponents.

The series did not follow any lasting timeline or continuity. Touché would have adventures in the Old West and even in medieval eras, as well as battling villains during the modern era of the 1960’s. One episode featured Touché ad Dum-Dum attempting to assist Napoleon Bonaparte after his defeat at Waterloo, but ultimately he was unsuccessful.

A running gag in nearly every episode showed him keeping a telephone inside his shell, and it would ring at inopportune moments when someone called for help. Touché would politely excuse himself, duck into his shell, and take the call regardless of where he was at the time.

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