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''Darna'' is a {{superhero}} from [[UsefulNotes/{{Philippines}} Philippine]] comic books, created in 1950 for ''Pilipino Komiks'' by writer Mars Ravelo and illustrator Nestor Redondo. One of the most popular Filipino superheroes, she has appeared in many movies and several television series through the decades [[AdaptationDisplacement which have far overshadowed]] her actual comics tenure.

After an ordinary girl named Narda swallows a magic white stone, she [[HenshinHero transforms into]] the mighty warrior Darna by [[ByThePowerOfGreyskull shouting "DARNA!"]]. As Darna, she stands up for those who cannot fend for themselves. She fights against both common criminals as well as greater forces of evil, most famously the snake-haired woman Valentina. She is often accompanied by her younger brother, Ding.

Darna has inspired ''Ang Kagila-gilalas na Pakikipagsapalaran ni Comicbook/ZsazsaZaturnnah'' (The Spectacular Adventures of Zsazsa Zaturnnah), a transsexual superhero.

!!Tropes associated with Darna include:

* ActionGirl
* AdaptationExpansion: The Darna movies introduced the [[RetCanon now-standard elements]] of Narda being as old as Darna, Narda actually becoming Darna, and the magic stone not staying in Narda's body once she changes back.
* AffectionateParody:
** The 1979 film ''Darna, Kuno?'' (literally "Darna, For Real?", "Darna, Pretender?", "Pretending as Darna?", "Playing Darna's Role?", or "Acting as Darna?") starred the comedian Dolphy as a male substitute Darna when the real one went on maternity leave.
** The graphic novel ''Zsazsa Zaturnnah'' is a more recent one, first published in 2002. Whereas ''Darna'' is about a woman who gains superpowers, it is about a gay man who transforms into a superpowered woman.
* AgeLift: Narda is a child in the original comics, while she's a young woman in all the live-action versions.
* AlternateContinuity: Tons.
** Not counting parodies and [[{{Crossover}} cameo or guest]] appearances, there have been ''12'' Darna theatrical films since 1951, with the latest coming in 2018, with different actresses in the role - many playing the role multiple times in presumably their own continuities, with NegativeContinuity sometimes affecting films starring the same lead actress. As for television, there have been Darna shows in 1977, 2005 and 2009, all on different networks with each having a different lead actress as well.
** Ravelo wrote Darna from the 1950s to the 1960s and other writers took over for later stories. After the once-flourishing Filipino comic book industry had all but died out in the 1990s, Darna received a short-lived revival in 2003 (the source of the page image).
* ArchEnemy: Valentina, the [[SnakesAreEvil Queen of Snakes.]]
* AuthorAvatar: Ding.
* BareYourMidriff: Except for the few movies where her costume is a one-piece suit.
* BroadStrokes: The 1991 film started with Narda and Ding finding the stone as children like the original comic, but then has a TimeSkip to when Narda is an adult and Ding is a high schooler. Ding mentions the past adventures they've had, naming several classic Darna foes.
* BroughtDownToNormal: In some adaptations, but she gets better.
* ByThePowerOfGreyskull: "'''DARNA!'''" To transform back, "'''NARDA!'''"
* ClarkKenting: Her real name is Narda, seriously.
* {{Crossover}}: Sometimes appears in films that aren't mainly about her.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Valentina]] in the original comics.
* {{Expy}}: Of "Varga", created and drawn by Ravelo in 1947 for ''Bulaklak Magazine'' until he left due to differences with editors. The name Varga was owned by the magazine. Like Darna, Varga's civilian identity is a girl named Narda.
* FlyingBrick
* GorgeousGorgon: Valentina has snakes for hair. She was originally a {{Mutant}} through implied supernatural causes, but becomes a RubberForeheadAlien in some later depictions.
* HeartwarmingOrphan: In the original comics, Narda and Ding lived in poverty with their grandmother in a small rural village. They only got by through the kindness of their neighbors. More recent adaptations don't tend to put them in such dire financial straits (and set the story in the suburbs).
* HenshinHero: In the original comics, Narda and Darna are separate beings and Narda "channels" her. Later versions simply have Narda become Darna.
* {{Homage}}: Basically Franchise/{{Wonder Woman}} meets [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]].
** In the 1991 movie, the adult Narda is employed as a reporter, is courted by another reporter, and has a comedy-relief photographer friend. [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Um...]]
* HumanAliens: Darna's race in the original comics and some versions; in other versions she is just called a "warrior of light". In the original story, her planet was called Marte, which is just the Spanish name for UsefulNotes/{{Mars}}. Later versions have kept the name Marte but clearly established it as another planet.
* InCaseYouForgotWhoWroteIt: Recent adaptations have used "Mars Ravelo's Darna" as part of the title and/or logo. This also appears in later comics even after Ravelo stopped working on Darna. Naturally and unfortunately this means that Darna's original illustrator Nestor Redondo has been overshadowed by Ravelo.
* KidSidekick: Ding.
* LawOfChromaticSuperiority
* LegacyCharacter: In the 2009 TV series.
* LiveActionAdaptation: From comic books. It also has numerous films and two television series in the last decade.
* MagicMeteor: The source of her powers.
* MagicalGirlWarrior: [[OlderThanTheyThink Predates the Japanese trope namers by about 30 years]].
* MostCommonSuperpower
* ParentalAbandonment
* ParentalSubstitute: Her grandmother.
* RoguesGallery: Including:
** Valentina, the snake woman (''Valentina, ang babaeng ahas'')
** The tree (stump) woman (''Ang babaeng tuod'')
** The hawk woman (''Ang babaeng lawin'')
** The ghoul woman (''Ang babaeng impakta'')
* SelfMadeOrphan: Valentina in the original comics, but later depictions had her parents murdered by fearful village people.
* StatusQuoIsGod: The 1991 movie ages up Ding to high school age, but also introduces a much younger second brother named Dong, so that Darna will always have a kid brother for a sidekick.
* {{Stripperific}}
* SuperHeroOrigin
* SuperpowerLottery: Has {{Flight}}, SuperSpeed, SuperStrength, and NighInvulnerability. Retconned to be caused by her psionic background in the 2003 comic release.
* TagalongKid: Ding.
* TransformationTrinket: The white stone. In the original comics it remains in her body, but in later versions she regurgitates it every time she changes back to Narda, so Narda has to swallow it to transform to Darna every time.
* UnderwearOfPower