History WesternAnimation / DarkwingDuck

22nd Jul '17 8:27:23 PM ProfessorGrimm
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In July 2017, it was announced that Darkwing Duck would be part of the ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales2017'' revival in some capacity!
20th Jul '17 10:24:07 PM Ohiotomboy101
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''Darkwing Duck'' was a superhero cartoon produced by Creator/{{Disney}} that ran from 1991 to 1995. It followed the adventures of a masked duck, who was somewhere between Franchise/{{Batman}}, ComicBook/{{Sandman|MysteryTheatre}}, Franchise/TheGreenHornet and Radio/TheShadow, parodying many superheroic tropes and characters along the way. Nevertheless, it was one of Disney's DarkerAndEdgier series (not as much as ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', but it did go places that most of Disney's works wouldn't dream of going), fondly remembered for things like total aversion of NeverSayDie and an episode featuring ''{{Satan}}'' (albeit a comical version) as the MonsterOfTheWeek (though, sadly, that episode ended up getting banned from syndication).

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''Darkwing Duck'' was a superhero cartoon produced by Creator/{{Disney}} that ran from 1991 to 1995. It followed the adventures of a masked duck, who was somewhere between Franchise/{{Batman}}, ComicBook/{{Sandman|MysteryTheatre}}, Franchise/TheGreenHornet and Radio/TheShadow, parodying many superheroic tropes and characters along the way. Nevertheless, it was one of Disney's DarkerAndEdgier series (not as much as ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', but it did go places that most of Disney's works wouldn't dream of going), fondly remembered for things like total aversion of NeverSayDie and an episode featuring ''{{Satan}}'' (albeit a comical version) as the MonsterOfTheWeek (though, sadly, that (though,that episode ended up getting banned from syndication).
13th Jul '17 9:41:06 AM Julia1984
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%%* MrViceGuy

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%%* MrViceGuy* MostDefinitelyNotAccompanyingUs: Every episode, darkwing tries to get Gosalyn to stay safe at home while he goes after the bad guy... and every episode, he fails.
* MrViceGuy: Darkwing's {{pride}} is a major part of his character, source of conflict, and theme of the show.
29th Jun '17 8:53:13 AM Silverblade2
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* CaptainErsatz: Most of D.W.'s RoguesGallery were obvious villain archetypes, but Dr. Reginald Bushroot's name and powers both evoke Dr. Jason Woodrue, the "Floronic Man" from Franchise/TheDCU. Liquidator's powers are similar to those of the Spider-Man villain Hydro-Man and his origin is suspiciously similar to how Jack Napier became SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker. Megavolt, meanwhile, has much of the powers and personality of Creator/MarvelComics' Electro with just a dash of Magneto thrown in, and Darkwing himself heavily resembles Franchise/{{Batman}}, up to the point of having a gender-flipped Robin.

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* CaptainErsatz: Most of D.W.'s RoguesGallery were obvious villain archetypes, but Dr. Reginald Bushroot's name and powers both evoke Dr. Jason Woodrue, the "Floronic Man" from Franchise/TheDCU. Liquidator's powers are similar to those of the Spider-Man villain Hydro-Man and his origin is suspiciously similar to how Jack Napier became SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker.ComicBook/TheJoker. Megavolt, meanwhile, has much of the powers and personality of Creator/MarvelComics' Electro with just a dash of Magneto thrown in, and Darkwing himself heavily resembles Franchise/{{Batman}}, up to the point of having a gender-flipped Robin.
6th Jun '17 2:37:26 PM Shadowgazer
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* ForTheEvulz: Most villains don't have any real motives, but Bushroot is a strange example. The only reason he became a villain was to get revenge on those that mocked him, which he did. Most of the time he's doing solo missions it's an attempt to gain friendship/romance/comraderie through mad science. When he's with the Fearsome Five (and sometimes when he's on his own) he's just plain evil. He wants companionship and friends. So when he gets an invite to join a RoguesGallery, obviously he's going to try to fit in because he thinks it will make him popular.

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* ForTheEvulz: Most Many villains don't have any real motives, but Bushroot is a strange example.example and the biggest subversion. The only reason he became a villain was to get revenge on those that mocked him, which he did. Most of the time he's doing solo missions it's an attempt to gain friendship/romance/comraderie through mad science. When he's with the Fearsome Five (and sometimes when he's on his own) he's just plain evil. He That's because he wants companionship and friends. So when he gets an invite invitation to join a RoguesGallery, obviously he's going to try to fit in because he thinks it will make him popular.popular.
** The biggest one by far in the show and one of the biggest ones in fiction in general has to be Negaduck. He is wantonly sadistic to an absurd degree and he even considers non-violent but profitable crimes such as smuggling as below his level and justifies it by claiming that weapons of mass destruction that he can use at random people such as nuclear warheads are too expensive.



%%* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: J. Gander Hooter.
%%* RedEyesTakeWarning: [[IAmTheNoun Dark Warrior Duck completely embodies this trope.]]

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%%* * ReasonableAuthorityFigure: J. Gander Hooter.
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Hooter is a very level-headed and calm leader of the secret crime-fighting organisation SHUSH who listens to everybody's opinion and chooses based on what he believes will help the most in protecting the world from criminals.
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RedEyesTakeWarning: [[IAmTheNoun Dark Warrior Duck completely embodies this trope.]]]] He gradually started having them after he became obsessed with his idea of a new World Order.



%%* ThereAreNoTherapists: At least, none that can be trusted.

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%%* * ThereAreNoTherapists: At least, none that can be trusted.trusted. [[spoiler: The only ones that were seen approaching DW were actually Quackerjack's disguises.]]



%%* TookALevelInJerkass: Bushroot goes through this in "It's a Wonderful Leaf". While usually an AntiVillain and his motivation for the episode is having difficulty in his Christmas shopping, his actions in the episode are still rather assholish. For starters, ruining Christmas can't be any less cruel if one of your actions is ''making a little kid cry by taking her doll''.

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%%* * TookALevelInJerkass: Bushroot goes through this in "It's a Wonderful Leaf". While usually an AntiVillain and his motivation for the episode is good as he was having difficulty in his Christmas shopping, his actions in the episode are still rather assholish. For starters, ruining Christmas can't be any less cruel if one of your actions is ''making a little kid cry by taking her doll''.



* UnexpectedlyDarkEpisode: ''Darkwing Duck'' may have been DarkerAndEdgier by the standards of TheDisneyAfternoon, but it's a Disney show; even with the characters averting NeverSayDie it's still lighthearted by most shows' standards. Then we get "[[Recap/DarkwingDuckS1E50TimeAndPunishment Time and Punishment]]", an episode in which Gosalyn visits a BadFuture caused by Darkwing reinventing himself as a KnightTemplar after she disappeared. While Darkwarrior had a fairly humorous ideal (based largely on DisproportionateRetribution for crimes like jaywalking) the episode he was in, for the most part, took itself seriously.

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* UnexpectedlyDarkEpisode: ''Darkwing Duck'' may have been ''much'' DarkerAndEdgier by the standards of TheDisneyAfternoon, but it's a Disney show; even with the characters averting NeverSayDie and really dark things happening it's still lighthearted and comedic by most shows' standards. Then we get "[[Recap/DarkwingDuckS1E50TimeAndPunishment Time and Punishment]]", an episode in which Gosalyn visits a BadFuture caused by Darkwing reinventing himself as a KnightTemplar after she disappeared. While Darkwarrior had a fairly humorous ideal (based largely on DisproportionateRetribution for crimes like jaywalking) the episode he was in, for the most part, took itself seriously.seriously.
** The episode ''Beauty and the Beet'' has been called by Main/Wikipedia as the darkest episode of the show and for a good reason. It has elements of a Sci-Fi and a horror story with Bushroot mutating himself into a half plant half duck monstrosity and snapping after being emotionally abused and violently murdering his enemies. And apart from a few puns during an autopsy scene all this is played grimly straight.
2nd Jun '17 7:44:33 AM Shadowgazer
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** Bushroot and E. Thaddeus Rockwell experience one in the final act of "A Star is Scorned" after Darkwing replaces the film in the projector at their screening with [[Creator/WaltDisney Mr. Dizzy]] with the footage of how he actually defeated Bushroot by subjecting him to the same humiliations to which Darkwing himself has been subjected throughout the episode on, variously, a children's puppet show, a game show, and a talk show, culminating in Bushroot's attempt to lead an army of sentient trees on St. Canard being diluted to having the planned condominium complex built ''in'' the trees rather than over them. Mr. Dizzy tells Bushroot not to give up his day job, then invites Rockwell to discuss his expense account charges (the whole reason he was trying to replace Darkwing with Bushroot to begin with) with two literal devils from accounting.

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** Bushroot and E. Thaddeus Rockwell experience one in the final act of "A Star is Scorned" after Darkwing replaces the film in the projector at their screening with [[Creator/WaltDisney Mr. Dizzy]] with the footage of how he actually defeated Bushroot by subjecting him to the same humiliations to which Darkwing himself has been subjected throughout the episode on, variously, a children's puppet show, a game show, and a talk show, culminating in Bushroot's attempt to lead an army of sentient trees on St. Canard being diluted to having the planned condominium complex built ''in'' the trees rather than over them. Mr. Dizzy tells Bushroot not to give up his day job, then invites Rockwell to discuss his expense account charges (the whole reason he was trying to replace Darkwing with Bushroot to begin with) [[DraggedOffToHell with two literal devils from accounting.]]


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** The board of directors from "Fungus Amongus" reverted back to [[spoiler: mushrooms.]]
** Likewise the [[spoiler: alien cabbages were collected to be eaten by the alien cows]] in "Twin Beaks"
2nd Jun '17 7:19:37 AM Shadowgazer
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** Not used word for word but definitely felt by Gosalyn, Launchpad and Honker in "Duck Blind" where Megavolt has one of his worst KickTheDog moments by indirectly mocking Darkwing's blindness and alerting the gang at the same time that he is aware of it.
--> '''Megavolt''': Three blind mice, three blind mice, heheh sorry sort of an in-joke.
--> '''Gosalyn''': He knows you are blind!
4th May '17 12:35:28 PM Golondrina
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* * ADogNamedDog: One of Bushroot's plants was simply called Daisy. It was also refereed as "he" making it also a case of GenderBlenderName.

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* * ADogNamedDog: One of Bushroot's plants was simply called Daisy. It was also refereed as "he" making it also a case of GenderBlenderName.
2nd May '17 12:43:29 AM CaptainTedium
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%%* FalselyReformedVillain: Tuskernini has pulled this off a few times, most notably in "Adopt-a-Con".

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%%* * FalselyReformedVillain: Tuskernini has pulled this off the scheme of pretending to change his ways to throw off suspicion that he'd commit more crimes a few times, most notably in "Adopt-a-Con".
19th Apr '17 1:35:54 PM mariofan1000
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There was also a [[SugarWiki/NoProblemWithLicensedGames well-received]] video game adaptation released for the UsefulNotes/NintendoEntertainmentSystem and UsefulNotes/{{Gameboy}} by Creator/{{Capcom}}.

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There was also a [[SugarWiki/NoProblemWithLicensedGames well-received]] video game adaptation released for the UsefulNotes/NintendoEntertainmentSystem and UsefulNotes/{{Gameboy}} by Creator/{{Capcom}}.
Creator/{{Capcom}} that was effectively a shorter VideoGame/MegaManClassic clone. There was also a UsefulNotes/TurboGrafx16 game that was...[[TheProblemWithLicensedGames less well received.]]
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