* ActorAllusion: While maybe a coincidence, [=NegaDuck=] has [[WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM a fondness of pollution]].
* CreatorBacklash: Aaron Sparrow, who started the comic book with the storyline for "The Duck Knight Returns" hasn't really been satisfied with the direction Ian Brill eventually took the series, culminating with the issues within ''Dangerous Currency'', with him and artist James Silvani having written [[http://www.negaverse.net/oldhaunt/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=2006&start=10 their own ending]] for said crossover.
* CrossDressingVoices: KatieLeigh as Honker Muddlefoot.
** Also, Honker's brother Tank, who was voiced by the late Dana Hill.
* GeniusBonus: Taurus Bulba is a reference to the character (and eponymous short story) Taras Bulba written by Creator/NikolaiGogol.
* HeyItsThatVoice:
** [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Krusty]] [[Creator/DanCastellaneta the Clown]] (and Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Groundskeeper Willie, Hans Moleman, Arnie Pie, Pedro the Bumblebee Man, Mayor Quimby, Barney Gumbel, and that pathetic teenager who works at the Krusty Burger, the movie theater, and Phineas Q. Butterfat's Ice Cream Parlor) as Megavolt (also Edna Krabappel [Marcia Wallace] as Taurus Bulba's secretary).
** Darkwing Duck himself is [[Disney/TheManyAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh Pooh, Tigger]], [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} Razoul]], [[BaldursGate Minsc]], and... well, he's JimCummings.
** Heck, just listen to half the voice actors on this show, and you'll hear several familiar ones.
** Hey, that ram sounds like [[WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory Mandark]].
** What the hell is [[TimCurry Dr. Frank N. Furter]] doing as Taurus Bulba (and more importantly, why didn't I recognize his voice before)?!
** Honker Muddlefoot is voiced by KatieLeigh from ''Radio/AdventuresInOdyssey'', ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears'', and ''[[WesternAnimation/DungeonsAndDragons Dungeons & Dragons]]''.
** Boy, Creator/RobPaulsen gets around. He's Flex the dog ("You Sweat Your Life"), and Steelbeak.
** Honker's brother Tank was voiced by the late Dana Hill who was Max from ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop''
** Gosalyn is voiced by Creator/ChristineCavanaugh, who was [[WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory Dexter]], Chuckie Finster from '' WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' (before Creator/NancyCartwright took over), and ''Film/{{Babe}}'' the Gallant Pig.
** Tuskernini is [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid King Triton]].
** Bushroot is [[WesternAnimation/BobbysWorld Uncle Ted]] and [[WesternAnimation/PepperAnn Uncle Jojo]] (the voice actor's name is Tino Insana).
** Quackerjack is Creator/MichaelBell.
** Morgana is Creator/KathSoucie.
** In Mexican Spanish Darkwing (as well as Bushroot) is [[WesternAnimation/DuckTales Scrooge McDuck]], of all people. You could close your eyes in his conversations with Launchpad (who maintained his voice) and often you felt back in ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales''!
*** In both Spanish dubs (Mexico and Barcelona), Darkwing sometimes lapses into [[Disney/TheLionKing Simba]].
** You might remember Paddywhack from such roles as being on ''SaturdayNightLive'' from 1986 to 1994, being on ''NewsRadio'', and being on ''The Simpsons'' as crooked lawyer Lionel Hutz and washed-up B-movie star with an alleged fish fetish Troy [=McClure=]. That's right, folks. Paddywhack was the late Creator/PhilHartman.
** Steggmutt was voiced by Joey Camen, who [[VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice Sam & Max]] fans might recognize as Bosco (coincidentally, Launchpad's voice actor also voices Santa in the games too).
** Dr. Fossil is [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 Donatello]].
** The Japanese dub has some interesting casting choices:
*** Darkwing Duck [[RyuseiNakao is]] [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Mayuri Kurotsuchi]] and [[Anime/DragonBallZ Frieza]] (And brutally PlayingAgainstType along the way)
*** Gosalyn [[Creator/YurikoFuchizaki is]] [[VideoGame/SakuraWars Li Kouran]] and [[Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena Anthy Himemiya]].
*** Honker [[Creator/AiOrikasa is]] [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Quattre Raberba Winner]], [[TenchiMuyo Ryoko]] and [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration Mai Kobayashi]] and his [[ToshiharuSakurai dad]] is [[OtakuNoVideo Naoe Tanaka]].
*** Launchpad [[AkioOhtsuka is]] [[Franchise/MetalGear Solid Snake]] and [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam0083StardustMemory Anavel Gato]].
*** Quackjoker [[KanetaKimotsuki is]] [[{{Doraemon}} Suneo]].
*** Ammonia Pine [[HisakoKyoda is]] [[{{Vandread}} Magno Vivan]].
*** Tuskerninni [[JunpeiTakiguchi was]] [[MazingerZ Count Brocken]].
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: The final 37 episodes (that is, everything starting from "Inside Binkie's Brain") are not on DVD, and are unlikely to get an official release anytime soon. However, three of said episodes ("Negaduck", "Tiff of the Titans", and "A Brush With Oblivion") have previously been released on VHS.
* MissingEpisode: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUIaZgnbJ3I Hot Spells]]".
** [[MoralGuardians After you watch it, this really shouldn't be a surprise that this episode's missing.]]
* NamesTheSame: [[EvilTwin NegaDuck]] and [[EvilCounterpart NegaDuck]].
** Interestingly enough there was a episode that didn't make it to television that would have featured Darkwing and the yellow suited [=NegaDuck=] joining forces to combat the first [=NegaDuck=].
** Also in the episode "Aduckyphobia", the spider's name is [[PunnyName Webby]], just like another famous little girl named [[WesternAnimation/DuckTales Webby]].
** And Sara Bellum has the same name as the Mayor's assistant in ''WesternAnimation/PowerpuffGirls''.
* ScrewedByTheNetwork: The comic book. Due to various factors, including the licenses returning to Marvel.
** In Poland, it was aired in 1994 on TVP1 (the first channel of TVP, Poland's equivalment of TheBBC), but they aired only 7 episodes. When they aired the 7th episode, TVP took the series off air and replaced it with ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'', because according to [=KRRiT=] (Poland's {{Media Watchdog}}s) this cartoon couldn't be watched by kids.
* TalkingToHimself: Creator/JimCummings was Darkwing, Negaduck, Herb, and Moliarty.
** In most dubs Darkwing and Negaduck share a voice actor.
*** In Mexico, Arturo Mercado is Darkwing, Negaduck, and Bushroot. Diana Santos is Honker, Binkie ''and'' Tank.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: As mentioned in {{Shout Out}} entry on the main page, the original pitch for the show was very different. It was originally going to be a Film/JamesBond spoof called ''Double-O Duck'', with Drake Mallard as a globe-trotting spy working for SHUSH. All the villains were going to be agents of FOWL (Fiendish Organization of World Larceny) with Steelbeak overseeing them as the show's {{big bad}}. Eventually the concept was combined with ideas from a superhero-based ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' episode and became ''Darkwing Duck''. DW sometimes does missions for SHUSH as a freelance agent, so some of the spy elements survive. FOWL occasionally pops up but only two of the show's dozen or so recurring villains actually work for the organization, and it's run by [[{{TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness}} three unknown shadowy figures.]]
** Disney's merchandising division never got the full memo about the change, so most of the show's merchandise portrays all the villains as FOWL agents with Steelbeak as their leader. The Darkwing Duck NES game famously bases its whole plot around this concept.
*** "Double-O-Duck"? That was the name of an episode of ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' where Launchpad went undercover as a spy. Heck, Launchpad's TuxedoAndMartini was the basis of Derek Blunt's costume. "Double-O-Duck"/Double Duck latyer became Donald Duck's spy name in Donald Duck comics.
*** FOWL was ''in that episode,'' and its leader at the time was apparently KilledOffForReal, letting "High Command" take over by the time of Darkwing Duck.
*** The writers came up with the idea of a spin-off set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, featuring Gosalyn as either a teenager or young adult, and featuring her own superhero alter-ego, Quiverwing Quack (who had previously appeared on Darkwing, and was a GreenArrow parody, right down to the trick arrows). It never got past the planning stages.
*** There were also several episodes planned that never got produced, due to Creator/{{ABC}} and Creator/{{Disney}} cancelling after season 3, but before season 4 made it past planning including the return of such baddies as Paddywhack and the original [=NegaDuck=]. [[spoiler: The cyborged Taurus Bulba has made a reappearance at the end of comic #3.]]
*** With the series undergoing a {{revival}} by way of a return to the comic book medium, it's possible that most of these plans will be given a second chance.
*** [[spoiler: Indeed, it looks like Paddywhack is coming back around issue #8...]]
** Also, [[spoiler: [[WordOfGod Darkwing and Morgana were eventually going to get married and have kids together down the line if the show had continued.]]]]
** There were plans for an episode where DW and Evil Twin Negaduck had to team up to defeat a somehow revived Manifest Dark Side Negaduck.
** One of the storylines pitched for the comic book series had Darkwing and Mickey teaming up to battle the Phantom Blot.
** There were originally plans for a Crossover with ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' on the show. Thought it ended up not happening, Chip & Monty's voices can be heard in "Twitching Channels", as a ShoutOut.
** The show almost never came to be! In fact, [[http://michaelperaza.blogspot.com/2010/08/bullwinkled.html If Disney had only owned the full rights to Rocky & Bullwinkle, and not just video distribution rights,]] they would have produced a new Bullwinkle series instead. When it was learned they didn't have the rights, the animator brushed off his ''Double-O Duck'' proposal because they needed a replacement pitch in a hurry.
* WriteWhoYouKnow: Gosalyn, who was based on one of the writer's daughters.
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