Cagney Carnation, like his last name implies, is a tall carnation flower. His thorn-covered stem is a dark green color, while his petals are two different shades of orange. His face is yellow, with a long, pointy nose and black eyes, and he is usually seen grinning in an evil way. He has long arms that can shift into leaves that a flower would normally have. There are small green leaves surrounding his stem as well. In his final phase, Cagney will have his hands planted into the ground, and his usually round teeth and petals will have a sharper shape.
Cagney seems to delight in catching his enemies off guard with his appearance, posing as a harmless and adorable flower before roaring loudly and showing his true colors. His constant maniacal smile during battle also implies that he's either too overconfident about winning or enjoying the fight more than he should, considering that his soul is on the line.
"Fools who attempt to fight this will leave with allergic rhinitis!"
—Cagney Carnation, Phase 1 Death Screen
At the start of the battle, Cagney is capable of extending both his face and his arms to lash out and cause damage. To avoid this attack, players must either jump on the platforms or get off of them, depending on which section Cagney is aiming for. (See the picture below the info for an example.)
Another attack involves Cagney cupping his hands together and shooting either two things: conjointed winged maple seeds with eyes that will fly like a boomerang across the screen then fly back to the lower area, or flying turnips/acorns that will home in on Cuphead or Mugman. In Regular mode, there will be three, and in Expert there will be four, and they fly much faster. There is a glitch with this attack if the player dashes into the acorns as soon as Cagney opens his hands. If this is done correctly, Cagney will be frozen in that position for the rest of the battle. At some points, Cagney will form his petals into a fist and then hit at the lower or upper area.
- Seed Gatling Gun - Cagney will shoot different colored seeds on the air. Each seed has different abilities.
- Blue Seed - This seed grows a vine and then releases a Green Baby Toothy Terror that acts like a homing missile.
- Purple Seed - This seed grows a stationary Baby Toothy Terror on the ground that can damage the player.
- Pink Seed - This seed grows a vine, and then a Flying Orange Baby Toothy Terror will fly above. It then opens its mouth and shoots a seed at either Cuphead or Mugman. The seed itself and the flower's bullets can be parried.
In Expert mode, the first section of this phase only has seed-based attacks. When the player damages him enough, Cagney then starts to use regular attacks.
"Extreme pollination and total domination!"
—Cagney Carnation, Final Phase Death Screen
After taking enough damage, Cagney will pull on his petals in frustration and then partially bury his hands, spreading his thorny vines and making the lower ground untouchable, forcing Cuphead and Mugman to stay on the three flying platforms. Cagney will start releasing dandelions from his mouth that fly across the screen. (The pink ones can be parried.) At the same time, vines will grow below 1-2 of the flying platforms and then shoot upwards, briefly encasing them and making them unable to be stepped on.
After taking enough damage, Cagney will be defeated.
In simple mode, this phase is not playable; Cagney will pull on his petals without spreading his thorny vines.
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- The original track for "Floral Fury" is the only soundtrack that doesn't have a '30s jazz style. Instead, it has a samba-like style.
- Cagney's name could reference James Cagney, a '30s American actor who was typecast as a thug in most movies he was in.
- Cagney's cute face in the intro along with the background may have been inspired by the 1932 Silly Symphony cartoon Flowers and Trees.
- Interestingly, when using his "magic hands" technique, his stem splits into a pair of legs.
- Cagney's old death phrase was "Looks like you're pushing up daisies!"
- His first death phrase is referring to some people's common allergy to flowers.
- Cagney's final form resembles a lion, which may be a pun for his dandelion attack.
- Cagney's idle animation in his first phase is a reference to the dancing style of a ghost in the 1930 Talkartoon Swing You Sinners!, who is in turn a reference to Monroe Silver, a popular Jewish vaudeville comedian from the 1930's who frequently incorporated a similar dance into his routines.
- In Cagney's Phase 1 death screen, his face is the same color as his petals. This appears to be an error.
- If the player dashes into Cagney's acorns right before he is about to fire them, there is a chance that he will glitch and become stuck in his firing animation, allowing the player to easily defeat him without any opposition. The same can occur with King Dice.
- Cagney Carnation originally had Shootin 'n' Lootin as his battle theme before this was changed to his current battle theme Floral Fury.