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->''"Somewhere down there is this Darkwing Duck. I've watched him. I know his weakness. His posing, his flamboyance, the mask and cape! Ha, ha! That hat! It all indicates an [[SmallNameBigEgo ego the size of a small planet!]]"''
-->-- '''Taurus Bulba'''

->''"I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the winged scourge that pecks at your nightmares! I... am DARKWING DUCK!"''
-->-- '''Darkwing Duck'''

'''''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}}, [[SandmanMysteryTheatre Sandman]], Franchise/TheGreenHornet and Radio/{{The Shadow}}, parodying many superheroic tropes and characters along the way. Nevertheless, it was one of Disney's DarkerAndEdgier series, fondly remembered for things like total aversion of NeverSayDie and an episode featuring ''{{Satan}}'' (albeit a comical version) as the MonsterOfTheWeek.

Armed with only a gas gun and a massive ego, Darkwing battled a RoguesGallery of villains and defended the city of Saint Canard -- all while providing his own narration.

Darkwing was comedically inept, hampered by his vainglory, short-sightedness, bad temper, and general klutziness. He always came through in the end, usually after being brought to his senses, and uttering the phrase, [[LetsGetDangerous "Let's get dangerous,"]] after which he'd really show his [[BadassNormal true skills.]] His other catch phrase "I am the terror..." changed pretty much [[MadLibsCatchPhrase every time it was used]]. DW always tried to make it fit his current situation, but [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RJsjeoP8_w it didn't always work.]]

->''"I am the terror that flaps in the night, I am [[BatteriesNotIncluded the batteries that are not included]]. I am Darkwing Duck!"''

DW was assisted by his sidekick Launchpad [=McQuack=] (formerly of ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales''), his adopted daughter Gosalyn, and the youngest son of his next door neighbors, Honker Muddlefoot.

->''"I feel awful... stooping to such petty crimes. But you can't imagine how expensive thermonuclear warheads are these days."''
-->-- '''[=NegaDuck=]'''

Darkwing faced a variety of villains, including: the nefarious [=NegaDuck=], the comical-but-sort-of-deadly [[PsychoElectro electropath]] Megavolt, the plant/duck hybrid Bushroot, the smarmy salesman turned living liquid Liquidator, the [[MonsterClown insane clown]] Quackerjack, the more-than-competent Taurus Bulba, and the ruthless F.O.W.L. agent Steelbeak. Also, some [[PuppeteerParasite evil mind-controlling aliens]] that looked like ''hats''. Interestingly enough, though, the most fearsome opponent the series ever had was not faced by Darkwing...but ''was'' him: or rather, [[HeWhoFightsMonsters what he became]], in a BadFuture where he had lost the one that had meant the world to him.

He also ran into a number of other heroes, usually not starting off on the best foot. These included Gizmoduck from ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' (who Darkwing did not work well with), Stegmutt (a large, dim dinosaur), and Morgana [=MacCawber=] (a sorceress and former crook who reformed and became Darkwing's girlfriend).

This would normally be the end of the article, since the show and the license had sat dormant since the show ended... but then Disney revived the franchise with the announcement of a brand-new ongoing monthly comic series, starting with an arc entitled "[[TheDarkKnightReturns The Duck Knight Returns]]", which began in June 2010. The comic ended in November 2011, with a [[BatFamilyCrossover Bat Family]] CrisisCrossover with the ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' comic where Scrooge [=McDuck=] and Darkwing join forces against the combined might of their rogues gallery as well as search for the long-missing Gizmoduck.

Tropes associated with this comic go [[ComicBook/DarkwingDuck here]].

Has its own [[ShoutOut/DarkwingDuck Shout Out]] page.

If you want another Disney's duck superhero checks out ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures.


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!!''Darkwing Duck'' provides examples of:

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* AbnormalAmmo: DW's gas gun could actually shoot just about anything that could fit out the barrel.
** Or anything that could be compressed into a pellet and then fit in the barrel. (The most obvious example being an inflatable raft.)
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: Darkwing is a master at this. Some of the villains (e.g., Splatter Phoenix) also like to pepper some of their hammier speeches with alliteration.
* AdventureRebuff: Darkwing is always trying to keep Gosalyn out of trouble.
* AdventurerOutfit: Launchpad.
* AdultFear: In the second [[spoiler:Taurus Bulba]] episode, Darkwing had broken both his legs before the episode started and was confined to a wheelchair. Knowing that [[spoiler:his daughter]] is in danger and not being able to properly protect her...
* AesopAmnesia: PlayedForLaughs. Darkwing learns lessons about ego and not caring what others think all the time, but always shrugs them off when he comes through in the end.
** A more straightforward example, Honker learns the "believe in yourself" message at least twice during the course of the series. Though, granted, with an older brother like his...
** In the episode "Water Way to Go", Darkwing learns to treat Launchpad as a hero, only to demote him back to sidekick two seconds later by having him carry the luggage back to the plane.
*** And ultimately made good; he starts teaching some of his skills to Launchpad, including some of his martial arts. Granted, it's to enable him to be 'Darkwing Decoy', but still ...
** In every episode Gimzo Duck appears in, he and Darkwing Duck have to learn to work together despite their differences, sometimes with Darkwing's ego getting in the way, and once with Gizmo Duck's ego getting in the way.
* AffectionateParody: Of superhero cartoons.
** And of superheroes in general. Emphasis on the "affectionate" part, as it has more fun with playing with the conventions than ridiculing them.
* AIIsACrapshoot: D-2000 from the episode ''Star Crossed Circuits''.
* AlliterativeName: Darkwing Duck himself.
** Averted for most of the rest of the cast, which is noteworthy for Disney characters.
* AllJustADream: [[spoiler:[[OrWasItADream Subverted]] in "Dead Duck". After dying and spending the rest of the episode as a ghost, Darkwing wakes up in his bed at the end. Then Lucifer shows up in the real world in a pre-credits gag, and later on even has an entire episode dedicated to him.]]
* AllYourPowersCombined: [=NegaDuck=] once made a device that allowed him to siphon all of the various superpowers of Darkwing's RoguesGallery into himself: liquid body, plant control, electrical powers, etc. Unfortunately, he also got Quackerjack's wackiness in the deal too, which was...less useful.
* AlmightyJanitor: Ammonia Pine, an evil cleaning lady who works for F.O.W.L., and is surprisingly effective.
* AlternateUniverse: The Negaverse.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Negaduck is only the No. 2 enemy of St. Canard, right under Dr. Slug.
** Gizmoduck is this to Darkwing, always topping the superhero charts and leaving the [[HeroWithBadPublicity much maligned]] Darkwing dead last. (framed picture in screen corner switches to upside-down photo of Darkwing)
-->'''News announcer:''' And coming waaaaay down the chart is St. Canard's own Dark... worm... duck.
* AmusingInjuries: Darkwing ends up hurt a lot.
--> '''Liquidator:''' Let's pretend that Darkwing is on fire!
--> '''Bushroot:''' Yeah! Put out the Darkwing!
--> '''Darkwing:''' Nice try, but it won't work--
--> '''Stegmutt:''' *grabs Darkwing and starts [[MetronomicManMashing smacking him against the ground]]* Put out the Darkwing! Put out the Darkwing!
** And later in the same episode:
---> '''Darkwing:''' *smushed by a giant beanstalk* This is the second most painful moment of my life.
---> '''Stegmutt:''' What was the first most painful?
---> '''Darkwing:''' [[BrickJoke Put out the Darkwing! Put out the Darkwing!]]
* AndIMustScream: Honker describes the [[PlanetOfHats hat aliens]] as this.
** Darkwing waking up as a brain in a jar after the aliens hijacked his body to kidnap Launchpad who is about to be crowned emperor of the galaxy (ItMakesSenseInContext). He still manages to scream anyway despite having no mouth anymore.
* AndNowForSomethingCompletelyDifferent: Used word-for-word in an episode that [[UniversalAdaptorCast transplanted the main characters onto the high seas]] with the Fearsome Five as pirates.
* AngstComa: When she runs into the resurrected Taurus Bulba, Gosalyn goes catatonic for a minute, forcing Honker to take control of the vehicle they're both in. Considering what he did to her grandfather, it's perfectly understandable.
* AnIcePerson: [[MeaningfulName Isis "Icy" Vanderchill]], [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin literally.]]
** Also Hotshot, who can shoot both fire and ice.
* AnimatedShows
* AnimationBump: Most noticeably in "Darkly Dawns The Duck".
** Really, most of the episodes done by Walt Disney Japan, "In Like Blunt" by the France studio, or their Australia studio qualify. Especially "Life, The Negaverse and Everything", "Dead Duck" and "Comic Book Capers". Select sequences from Creator/HanhoHeungUp and Creator/KennedyCartoons' episodes too.
* AppliedPhlebotinum
* ArcWords: "Blathering blatherskites!" Overlaps with CatchPhrase, but since it causes whoever says it to transform into Gizmoduck there's a bit more to it.
* ArchEnemy: D.W. has a habit of calling every enemy of his his archenemy for the sake of being dramatic, but it's more or less between Negaduck: his evil counterpart who matches him in every insidious way possible, Megavolt: the villain with whom he shares an origin and with whom he has fought the longest (having had more appearances than any other), and Dr. Slug: ostensibly the most dangerous villain he has ever faced, [[TheGhost who has never shown up on camera for more than five seconds.]]
* AreYouPonderingWhatImPondering
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Quite common. One hilarious example comes from the episode "Duck Blind", where DW is temporarily blinded, but sure that he can still do his job.
-->'''Darkwing''': Would you quit fussing, I'm fine. Just...just find me a robbery, a...a jaywalker, *sounds pissed* '''''a stockbroker'''''. Any crook'll do.
** Also used in '[[BadFuture Time and Punishment]]', when [[KnightTemplar Darkwarrior Duck]] goes from arresting someone for jaywalking to arrest someone for having a really bad haircut, and anything that would qualify as a crime by normal standards, it's implied he executes them.
* ArtisticLicenseEconomics: Quackerjack's plan in "Toy Czar Us" involves making kids work in his factory, then paying them so they can buy his toys. Even the kids point out how roundabout and pointless the arrangement would be.
* AsideGlance: Used often.
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: Parodied with the tribal language in "Dances With Bigfoot," which consists of "Hummina-hummina-hummina "
* AnAssKickingChristmas: "It's a Wonderful Leaf".
* AssholeVictim: Doctors Gary and Larson in "Beauty and the Beet".
* AxCrazy: [=NegaDuck=].
** Also, Quackerjack.
*** This is even true with his good counterpart in the Negaverse, who makes a toy MonsterClown that has several axes pop out of it. I guess some things never change.
* BadassBoast:
** Darkwing's "I am the terror that flaps in the night..."
** [[MadeOfEvil NegaDuck I]], Darkwing's EnemyWithout has a much darker version:
-->''I am [[CardCarryingVillain the most fiendish terror]] [[OmnicidalManiac that blacks in the darkest night]]! I am [[WalkingWasteland the skunk that pollutes your air]]! I. Am. '''[=NegaDuck=]'''! [EvilLaugh]''
* BadassCrew: Darkwing and his team.
* BadassNormal:
** Darkwing was a parody of the concept, but often proved himself able to save the day when heroes with actual powers couldn't.
** Negaduck and Quackerjack also count for this considering they had no real superpowers and were able to be just as menacing, if not more so than the villains that had them.
** Several other villains qualify such as Amonia Pine who - gadgets aside - can go toe-to-toe with Darkwing. Steelbeak qualifies, even though he technically has a beak that can bite through anything, because in direct combat, he forgoes it to rely on his boxer training and large build.
** Tarus Bulba in his first appearance, he had no powers, technically, though he was still a huge guy.
* BalancingDeathsBooks: "Dead Duck"
** Averted. Death was only interested in Darkwing, and expressed hatred (or at least extreme dislike) for people who attempted to bribe him.
* BadFuture: 'Time and Punishment'.
** Also shown in the episode "Paraducks".
* BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork: They have been called in to save the day at various points.
* BananaPeel: In "The Quiverwing Quack", Gosalyn actually falls for this... while walking on a rope across buildings!
* BattleCouple: Darkwing and Morgana usually qualify for this.
* BerserkButton: Don't call Megavolt "Sparky." Or insult Quackerware around Herb Muddlefoot.
** Or remind Negaduck that he's only the No. 2 enemy of St. Canard, right under Dr. Slug.
** Never threaten Gosalyn. [[PapaWolf Darkwing]] [[LetsGetDangerous doesn't like it.]]
** Quackerjack flips out anytime anyone mentions wanting to play video games around him.
* BetterThanABareBulb: The show is incredibly self-aware and loves {{lampshading}} or [[DiscussedTrope discussing]] particularly implausible situations or hackneyed tropes.
* BigEntrance: Darkwing is a master of this.
* BigThinShortTrio: Hammerhead (big), Hoof (thin) and Mouth (short).
** Launchpad, Darkwing and Gosalyn also fit this trope.
* BlessedWithSuck: Some of the Rubber Chicken's friends in one episode have completely useless abilities.
* BookEnds: [[spoiler: Tauras Bulba is the first and last villain that Darkwing faces in the TV series.]]
** Also [[spoiler: the first proper villain he faces once he returns to fighting crime in the new comic series.]]
* BorrowedCatchphrase: Gosalyn borrows her father's catchphrases all the time - pretty much everything except "I am the terror..." (and even that she at least tried to borrow once). She even occasionally inherits the gags around them: for example, when she uses her dad's "yep, yep, yep," catchphrase she tends to get the TemptingFate gag the comes with it.
* BraggingThemeTune
* BrattyHalfPint: Gosalyn sometimes became this.
** Also Tank Muddlefoot, who was '''always''' this, despite his size.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: "Is it going to do that every time someone says 'the Library of Forbidden Spells'??"
* BroughtToYouByTheLetterS: Gosalyn as the Quiverwing Quack (her normal outfit has the number 1 on it).
* BusmansHoliday: Happens in one of the ''Magazine/DisneyAdventures'' comics, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin aptly named "Busman's Holiday"]]. In the end, the local Darkwing Duck {{Expy}}, Miztek Mallard, takes ''his own'' BusmansHoliday in St. Canard.
* ButtMonkey and ChewToy: Bad stuff tends to happen to Megavolt. It's hilarious.
** Bushroot takes it more on the chin than anyone else in the series. Even the other members of the Fearsome Five take cheap shots at him.
** This also applies to Darkwing most of the time.
** Steelbeak. Guaranteed that whenever Steelbeak is the baddie of the week he's going to take the lion's share of the abuse in that episode.
* {{Camp}}. UpToEleven. Which is what makes it so wonderful. In fact, it's so over-the-top that it could even be seen as a camp parody, from the moment that Bushroot claims to have a "telepathic link with plants" onward, or even before then.
* CampGay: The Liquidator bordered on (a non-sexual version of) this.
* CaptainCrash: Launchpad, from ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales''. Darkwing even muses how Launchpad would've been proud of a helicopter wreck he caused. Darkwing himself is NOT this, as he never even claims to be able to operate aircraft.
** However, Launchpad is a notably better pilot here than he ever was in ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales''. He only crashes if he's shot down and can otherwise land fine.
** Not quite. The first thirty or so episodes of the show (in production order) have crash landings be Launchpad's only method of landing. He *does* gets better as time goes on, though.
* CaptainErsatz: Most of DW'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 got his powers in a suspiciously similar manner to how Jack Napier became SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker. Darkwing himself heavily resembles Franchise/{{Batman}}, up to the point of having a gender-flipped Robin.
* CaptainObvious: Lauchpad. Especially in "A Brush With Oblivion".
-->(Darkwing runs into a fake door)\\
'''Launchpad''': That door's not real, DW.
* CardCarryingVillain:
** Negaduck just revels in his evilness, often notes what a rotten guy he is and his goal is to be Public Enemy #1. He was already the EvilOverlord dictator of the MirrorUniverse, but [[{{Pride}} "like death is never satisfied."]]
** The newly [[SuperMode galvanized]] Negaduck I introduces himself as "the most fiendish terror that blacks in the darkest knight". He is MadeOfEvil, after all.
* CatchPhrase: Start at the beginning...
** [[InTheNameOfTheMoon "I am the terror..."]]
** [[LetsGetDangerous "Let's get dangerous!"]]
*** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kIOM1JS7wI Now in 14 flavors!]]
** "Suck GAS, evildoer!"
** "[[SureLetsGoWithThat Hoookay-fine]]."
** "[[WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys Keen gear!]]"
** "Yeeeeeeep, yep, yep."
** Even Quackerjack has "It's ''playtime!''"
** Also Whiffleboy has "Whiffle Ho!"
*** and his enemy Weasel Kid has "Get him!"
* CatchphraseInterruptus: Happens every other time DW does his "I Am The Terror" schtick.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: In some early episodes, Gosalyn was part of a group of four friends with Honker, Tank, and a tall skinny chick (young chicken, not girl) with a black flat top. Tank was redone into Honker's bullying older brother and the tall chick came down with a case of ChuckCunninghamSyndrome.
* ChickMagnet: Darkwing managed to get kisses from Morgana, Neptunia, and the Princess of Oilrabia, along with charming other female characters so he definitely qualifies for this trope.
* ChristmasEpisode: "It's a Wonderful Leaf".
* ChildProdigy: Honker's brilliance easily qualifies him for this.
* ChocolateFrostedSugarBombs: Darkwing sometimes wonders if whatever-cereal-Gosalyn-eats is what fuels her occasional bouts of hyperactivity.
* CityOfAdventure: St. Canard.
* CivilianVillain: Tuskernini has pulled this off a few times, most notably in "Adopt-a-Con".
* ClaspYourHandsIfYouDeceive
* CloudCuckoolander: Launchpad and Stegmutt.
** [[IAmTheTrope Quackerjack practically embodies this trope.]]
** Also Hotshot and Flygirl.
* CoatHatMask: Darkwing considers one of the basics for a superhero to be 'a clean cape'.
* TheCommissionerGordon: J Gander Hooter of SHUSH. The actual cops have decidedly mixed opinions.
* ConservationOfNinjutsu: Pretty much the reason why most of the Liquidator's episodes had him relegated to the Fearsome Five. By himself, he's just too powerful and there are precious few ways to defeat him. Putting him in a group of other villains made him more manageable for the writers.
* ContinuityNod: Launchpad mentions he and Fenton used to to "work for the same guy", and in a flashback one episode his father is shown who also appeared in one episode of [=DuckTales=]. However it's never explained why Launchpad stopped working for Scrooge and ended up in St Canard.
* CoolBike: The Ratcatcher, complete with sidecar for sidekicks.
* CoolGarage: Darkwing's base was on one tower of a suspension bridge.
* CoolPlane: The Thunderquack.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Bud Fludd, aka the Liquidator, who maintained many CCE traits even after becoming a full time supervillain.
** And the two [[OnlySixFaces identical-looking]] managers Darkwing has had to deal with when they try to [[WelcomeToTheRealWorld cancel/overuse his show.]]
* TheCowl: Darkwing is a parody of this archetype.
* CrazyPrepared: He ''is'' a parody of Batman, after all.
--> '''Darkwing:''' Good thing I was wearing my [[AwesomeYetPractical buzzsaw cufflinks]]
** The comics take it a tad further; he can be crazy prepared ''by accident''. Once, the only reason he was able to fight through a flock of angry guard flamingos was because he had previously bought anti-flamingo gas simply "to qualify for the bulk rate".
* {{Crossover}}: In the mid-1990s, the [[ComicBook/TheLegendOfTheChaosGod Chaos God]] story arc within the comics pages of ''Magazine/DisneyAdventures'' linked Darkwing Duck to the continuities of ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'', ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'', ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'', and (unsurprisingly) ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'', all via a [[SealedEvilInACan possessed medallion]].
** The episode "In Like Blunt" featured cameos from several Duck Tales villains, including [=Magica DeSpell=].
* CrossoverShip: In-universe. In the comic series of a few years back, when the ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' characters met with DW, Huey, Dewey and Louie all fell for Gosalyn.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: You could probably say this about most of Darkwing's enemies. They all act extremely ridiculous, but the abilities they each possess, when they become focused on something, makes them all extremely dangerous to boot.
** Heck, Darkwing himself qualifies. Despite his ego and eccentricities he was such an effective superhero he had all but eliminated the need for a secret identity, only taking it up again to help give Gosalyn a normal life.
* CuteBruiser: Gosalyn and Neptunia.
* CutLexLuthorACheck: Could be said about more than one of DW's villains.
** Megavolt, with his ability to generate and control electricity, is probably the worst example (but then, he ''is'' noted in-universe as being insane.
** Quackerjack is a justified example since we see he wants to make money selling his toys, but they're so dangerous that he's the only one that thinks they're fun. Plus, well, he's also insane.
* DaddysGirl: Gosalyn.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy:
** Taurus Bulba demonstrates this trope a bit, knowing that the title character and Gosalyn aren't dead, knowing exactly how egotistical Darkwing is and how to use that against him, and when he knows that Darkwing has the code despite having no real proof, he essentially takes advantage of the attachment that Darkwing has of Gosalyn, threatening to drop her off a building if he doesn't spill anything about the code.
** Negaduck also frequently demonstrated this trope (which was part of what made him one of Darkwing's most dangerous villains). Most notably in the ''Just Us Justice Ducks'' two-parter. He even intentionally leaves behind an impossibly obscure piece of evidence to lead Darkwing to his hideout, because he knew Darkwing "wouldn't notice the enormous flag." Considering this came ''right after'' Darkwing missing the flag seemed like a throwaway joke, this makes the savviness all the more impactful (and hilarious).
* DarkerAndEdgier: Not on its own at all, but compared to ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' and ''WesternAnimation/QuackPack'', yeah, pretty much.
* DatingCatwoman: Darkwing and Morgana [=McCawber=].
** Although not so much, as she goes straight as they get more serious.
* DeadpanSnarker: Gosalyn and Darkwing.
** Also, [=NegaDuck=] (of course) and, surprisingly, Quackerjack at times.
** Taurus Bulba also qualifies at certain moments.
** Death gets a good one in "Dead Duck".
--> '''Darkwing''': ''See ya around, sucker!''
--> '''Death''': ''Yes, you will.''
* DeathCourse: Two, both ostensibly for training purposes. Darkwing had one of these as how he cooks breakfast in 'Darkly Dawns the Duck', though it's not really supposed to be dangerous (he does keep forgetting to adjust the spring that launches the fridge, though) and it's implied he dismantles it after moving into a home with Gosalyn instead of living in his lair 24/7. SHUSH seems to have one of these as well for its agents; the final exam seems to be designed to make sure agent recruiting stays low. The test? 'Survive'. As you're shot with increasingly inordinate ordnance.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Lampshaded and mocked in "The Haunting Of Mr. Banana Brain."
--> '''Mr. Banana Brain (Quackerjack):''' "Say fellas, [[GenreSavvy maybe this is part where we show him love and kindness and he vows to mend his evil ways!]]"
--> '''Quackerjack and Darkwing:''' "Eh... nah!" (tasers the bad guy)
* {{Descriptiveville}}: St. Canard.
* DetectiveAnimal: Darkwing does detective work from time to time.
* {{Determinator}}: Darkwing and Negaduck both share this trait.
* DisneyDeath: The pilot's climax and "Dead Duck", [[spoiler: the latter of which was AllJustADream.]]
* DisproportionateRetribution: [[HeWhoFightsMonsters Dark Warrior Duck]]'s "method" of dealing with jaywalkers, lawyers, and anyone else who makes him mad.
** His ideas for a new law system, by traveling back in time and rewriting it are even worse.
--> '''Dark Warrior Duck''': I'll go back to ancient Babylon where laws were first written down, then I can make sure to get off to a good start. For stealing an Ox, the penalty is '''death!''' Coveting Wives, '''death!''' Stealing Grain, '''death!''' Tracking mud through the kitchen, '''death!''' Being cranky in the morning, mmmm....'''death!'''
* DoubleSubversion: Happens occasionally. One example came when DW was cornered by Quakerjack's chattering teeth. "This calls for the latest in state-of-the-art crime fighting devices" Cue Darkwing pulling a bone out of hammerspace and throwing it. The teeth go after it, but it explodes when they bite it. DW looks towards the viewer and says "[[CaptainObvious That was no ]]''[[CaptainObvious ordinary ]]''[[CaptainObvious doggy-bone]]"
* DramaticSlip: Subverted; it was a killdeer ploy.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: A RunningGag has it that no matter how hard D.W. tries, and no matter how many times he saves St. Canard or the world, he barely has any fans, most people can't even remember what his name is, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and those who do think his hat is stupid]] - the worst thing possible for a hero with [[SmallNameBigEgo a planet sized ego.]] All attempts to rally the public behind him [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption are doomed to end in failure.]]
* DumbMuscle: Comet Guy and Stegmutt.
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[[folder:Tropes E-I]]
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: In "That Sinking Feeling" (the original, Disney Channel-aired pilot, as opposed to the syndicated produced "Darkly Dawns the Duck" 1-hour special) Darkwing's MadLibsCatchPhrase simply... wasn't. It was always stated as "I am the terror that flaps in the night, I am the winged scourge the pecks at your nightmares, I am Darkwing Duck!" The RunningGag of always changing up the second saying in his BadassBoast into something silly wasn't used until later episodes.
* TheElectricSlide: Megavolt uses this one.
* ElementalPowers: 3 out of 5 of the Fearsome Five have one.
** GreenThumb: Bushroot
** MakingASplash: The Liquidator.
** ShockAndAwe: Megavolt
* EmergencyTransformation: [[spoiler: Taurus Bulba. He wasn't too thrilled.]]
* EmotionEater: Paddywhack from "The Haunting of Mr. Banana Brain", who feeds on humiliation and misery. Darkwing and Quackerjack beat him by laughing at the demon.
* EnemyMine: DW has been forced to team up with one of his foes several times, including Bushroot ("Twin Beaks" and "Slime OK, You're OK"), Megavolt ("[=NegaDuck=]", "The Frequency Fiends", and "Twitching Channels"), Quackerjack ("The Haunting of Mr. Banana Brain"), and the non-[=NegaDuck=] members of the Fearsome Five ("Jail Bird" and Comic #4).
* EnemyWithout: The original [=NegaDuck=], who was literally DW's evil side given form. Also, the episode "The Frequency Fiends" centered around Gosalyn's worst personality traits (her temper, her ego, and her irresponsibility) being given form as energy beings.
* EpicFail: DW once tried to get rid of a fly by using explosives. His house became a mess and the fly survived.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Humorously subverted in "Trading Faces". Long story short, [[ItMakesSenseInContext Darkwing and Gosalyn and Lunchpad and Honker switched bodies]] and have to get past some FOWL agents guarding a gate. Darkwing (who is still inside Gosalyn's body) decide to use Gosalyn's and Honker's bodies to appeal to the guards' better nature. After running around, crying that Honker stole "her" ball, the two guards ''seem'' to be disgusted by "Honker's" actions...only to congratulate him for his nastiness, suggesting that he takes after themselves, and offer to beat up "Gosalyn" for him.
* EveryoneLovesBlondes:
** Herb Muddlefoot to Binkie Muddlefoot.
** Also Gosalyn to Honker.
* EvilCounterpart: [=NegaDuck=].
* EvilerThanThou: When the original Negaduck becomes supercharged as an energy-throwing, telekinetic PersonOfMassDestruction, his creator Megavolt is looking forward to all the crimes they'll commit together. Negaduck scoffs at him and says that committing crimes is small potatoes, but [[OmnicidalManiac complete destruction of everything]] is what he's really into.
* EvilLaugh: Most of the villains.
* EvilLawyerJoke: Delivered in "Dead Duck":
** '''Lucifer''': Open up or I'll sue! And I've got the best lawyers around!
* EvilRedhead: Subverted by Webby, who isn't actually evil as much as being led astray by Professor Moliarty.
** Played straight with Tank Muddlefoot
* EvilTwin: The other [=NegaDuck=].
* ExpandedUniverse: The comics in ''Magazine/DisneyAdventures'' had Darkwing up against memorable villains such as Fluffy, Mondo, and [[ComicBook/TheLegendOfTheChaosGod Solego]], none of whom were ever seen or mentioned on the show itself.
* ExpositoryThemeTune
* {{Expy}}: Whiffle Boy seems to be one to ''VideoGame/MegaMan''.
** [[FridgeLogic When you consider]] [[Creator/{{Capcom}} who was making Disney's videogames at the time]], it kinda makes sense...
** Darkwing himself briefly became an Expy for Franchise/SpiderMan when a mutated spider-bite resulted in his growing four extra arms and gaining the ability to climb walls and spit webbing from his beak. Once he learned to control his extra limbs, he temporarily changed his name to Arachno-Duck, resuming the name Darkwing when his spider-powers wore off.
* ExtremeDoormat: Honker Muddlefoot. A couple episodes deal with him getting over this, and it ''kind of'' takes. A little bit. Maybe.
* EyeScream: SHUSH had a pie-throwing bazooka developed... that if it hit your face, would apparently ''suck out your eyes'' and turn them so they stare at your face as you hold the pie.
* FatalFlaw: {{Pride}}.
* FatBastard: Tuskernini.
* FateWorseThanDeath: In "Hot Spells", "Beelzy" forces DW to be eternally trapped with demonic versions of the Muddlefoots and to watch endless reruns of ''[[Series/GilligansIsland Pelican's Island]]'' while he's trapped in {{hell}}.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Okay, most of the villains are pretty funny, but special mention goes to [=NegaDuck=], who unlike the others is legitimately nastily evil. Fortunately he's so [[LargeHam over-the-top]] in his AxeCrazy that he's still hysterical. A good example would be in "Just Us Justice Ducks" when he's impersonating Darkwing. How does our hero expose him? He points in a corner of the room and shouts "Look! A fuzzy-wuzzy bunny." [=NegaDuck=] promptly runs over, ''pulls out a shotgun'' and starts blasting away at the non-existent rabbit. Incredibly wrong? Check. Incredibly funny? Also check.
** See [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBt3C13VAQ0 here]] for more examples.
** And if you look in the background in comic #6, you'll see a boxing glove covered in spikes, as well as a double-barreled shotgun that fires [[AbnormalAmmo bear traps]]!
* FieryRedhead: Gosalyn.
** Also Hotshot, to a literal extent.
* FishPeople: Neptunia.
* FiveBadBand: The Fearsome Five.
** BigBad: [=NegaDuck=]
** TheDragon: Megavolt
** EvilGenius: Bushroot
** TheBrute: Liquidator
** DarkChick: Quackerjack
* FiveManBand: The Justice Ducks.
** TheLeader: Darkwing Duck
** TheLancer: Gizmo Duck
** TheSmartGuy: Neptunia
** TheBigGuy: Stegmutt
** TheChick: Morgana
* FluffyTheTerrible: Literally; the ''Magazine/DisneyAdventures'' comics featured a villainous super-intelligent kitten named Fluffy.
** In one episode, Darkwing wrestles an African tribesman named "he of Delicate Bone Structure" who is three times Darkwing's size.
* FlyingBrick: ''Comet Guy!'' (HO HO!!!) and many others from Comet Guy's superhero planet.
* FlyingCar: Steelbeak has one in the comics.
* FollowInMyFootsteps: reversed: Darkwing would prefer his daughter NOT do this. She disagrees.
* 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.
** [[FridgeBrilliance Makes perfect sense when you think about it]]. He wants companionship and friends. So when he gets an invite to join a RoguesGallery, obviously he's going to try and fit in because he thinks it will make him popular.
* FourFingeredHands
* FreakyFridayFlip: "Trading Faces". In fact, while they are switched, Darkwing and Gosalyn can be told apart physically by TertiarySexualCharacteristics, while Launchpad and Honker had [[BigEyesLittleEyes the size of their eyes]] switched around.
* FriendsRentControl: ''Finally'' explained in the comic.
* FromASingleCell: Bushroot could come back from from being shredded into leaves and vines. This was, of course, [[GoodThingYouCanHeal exploited constantly]].
* FullNameUltimatum: Gosalyn gives one to Honker in "Jurassic Jumble":
-->"Herbert Muddlefoot Junior, get to the point!
* FunWithAcronyms: FOWL (the Fiendish Organization for World Larceny), sort of the Disney version of [[Franchise/MarvelUniverse HYDRA]], and its counterpart SHUSH, which is so top-secret nobody knows what the acronym stands for.
* FutureBadass: Darkwarrior Duck. Unfortunately, [[TookALevelInBadass badassery]] wasn't the [[FutureMeScaresMe only thing he took to a higher level]].
* GarageBand: Gosalyn, Honker and Tank start one in "A Revolution in Home Appliances".
* GeniusBruiser: Agent Grizzlikoff is big, strong, and can come with good ideas if he needs to.
* GenreSavvy: The surprisingly aware Darkwing. At one point, he even takes advantage of CartoonPhysics. He increases the air pressure in a locked room, causing him to go flat as a pancake and allowing him to slide under a door.
--> '''Darkwing''': Oh boy, this is it, [[TroubledBackstoryFlashback the "How-I-Became-A-Villain" story]]
* GentleGiant: Launchpad and Stegmutt.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: In the episode "Duck Blind" Darkwing says that he sent Megavolt to the electric chair twice.
** Also in the episode "Ghoul Of My Dreams", when Darkwing is investigating Morgana and enamored by her beauty, he says "But you're the prime '''seduction'''....I mean suspect!"
** And in the episode "U.F.Foe", Launchpad puts his hands on Gosalyn's ears when he hears Launchpad is going to ''oompa'' with Tia, and warns them to watch their language. Launchpad quickly explains that the word means "marry".
** Also in the episode "Duck Blind", Megavolt tells Darkwing that he's tired of him [[UnusualEuphemism busting his bulbs]].
* TheGhost: There was a repeated mention that the city's most wanted criminal was someone named Dr. Slug, but the only time we see him was right before the episode [[SomethingCompletelyDifferent cut away to a narration about the human brain told by Darkwing directly to the audience]].
* GilliganCut: One episode had DW working for S.H.U.S.H. looking for an ape man. Gosalyn wanted to go but Drake wouldn't let her. So she holds her breath until she goes red in the face, with Drake saying that he is unmoved, unshaken, un-. We don't find out what the last one is because they cut to Gosalyn, DW, and Launchpad in the Quackjet flying over an island.
* GiveMeASword: In the episode "Quack of Ages" Darkwing calls out, "Men, a sword!" -- and is promptly buried under a mound of blades, from under which comes a feeble, "Men, a tourniquet."
* GladIThoughtOfIt: DW does this a lot. Usually it will be Launchpad's idea originally, but LP is too much of a fanboy to realize that it was the exact same plan he just suggested five seconds earlier.
--> '''Launchpad:''' We could follow this trail of latex that leaked out of the tank, DW.
--> '''Darkwing:''' Unless of course, we follow this trail of latex that leaked out of the tank!
--> '''Launchpad:''' Whoa! That guy's amazing!
* GloryHound: Darkwing of course! It usually takes a direct threat to Gosalyn to snap him out of it.
* GoneToTheFuture: Gosalyn (with Megavolt and Quackerjack) in "Time and Punishment".
* GPSEvidence: The sand on Sharp's note in "In Like Blunt".
** Also the crumb in "Justice Ducks Part 1".
*** Of course, [[GenreSavvy [=NegaDuck=] knew he would ignore the giant [=NegaDuck=] flag.]]
* GrapplingHookPistol
* GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe: Tia in "U.F.Foe" is a purple-skinned space babe.
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal: Only Launchpad, Grizzlikov, Binkie, and Dr Bellum wear anything leg-covering, and the latter two rely on skirts. Gosalyn is a somewhat unusual female example here.
** Gosalyn stands out even more when you realize her bottom half is normally uncovered, but when she wears a bikini, she still has her bottom half covered.
** Oddly enough, the villains were usually much better dressed. Quackerjack, Megavolt, Morgana, Ammonia Pine, Steelbeak, Jamabalaya Jake, Taurus Bulba and Splatter Phoenix were all fully clothed.
** Ummm...Jamabalaya Jake wore overalls and nothing else, so "fully clothed" doesn't apply.
*** [[WalkingShirtlessScene He had pants. That's good enough.]]
*** He's fully dressed as far as his DeepSouth theme is concerned.
* {{Hammerspace}}: The place around Darkwing's cape where he keeps his gadgets.
* HandicappedBadass: Darkwing in the episodes "Duck Blind" and "Steerminator".
* HappilyAdopted: Gosalyn never has "[[YoureNotMyFather you're not my real dad!]]" issues with Darkwing.
** Which may have had something to do with the fact she was already orphaned at the start of the series and living with her grandfather. Also, she was effectively a young female version of Darkwing/Drake, and he knows it.
* HappilyMarried: Herb and Binkie Muddlefoot.
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: Dr. Slug, mention several times as St. Canard's most wanted criminal, never makes an actual appearance.
* HeartIsAnAwesomePower: In Episode 85, it is revealed that Lauchpad's favourite superhero is a very cute furball called Franky Ferret, known for his Friend Power. Gosalyn and Darkwing scoff at the concept, but later learn that turning an enemy into a fried is in fact quite effective.
* HeelFaceTurn: Morgana and Neptunia.
* HeroesWantRedheads: Honker for Gosalyn.
* HeroicSacrifice: At the end of the episode "Aduckyphobia", [[spoiler: Webby the spider attempts this by shutting down the malfunctioning reactor that would have destroyed the city. Thankfully, he doesn't die and is reverted to his regular size as a side effect.]]
* HeroWithBadPublicity: Darkwing counts for this so much it's not even funny, though the reason varies depending on the episode, even when the villains aren't trying to smear him.
** [[FridgeBrilliance It makes perfect sense when you realize that Darkwing is an homage to Batman, after all.]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: DW and Launchpad.
* HighHeelFaceTurn: Morgana, as she chose to spare Darkwing's life, despite that the other mostly male members of her organization wanted her to finish him off.
* [[HerCodeNameWasMarySue His Code Name Was Mary Sue]]: Surprisingly averted in "Comic Book Capers". Despite DW being the writer of his comic, everyone tends to stay in-character.
* HollywoodCyborg: [[spoiler: Taurus Bulba.]]
* HotScientist: Dr. Sara Bellum
** Dr. Rhoda Dendron
* HotScoop: Bianca Beakley, [[spoiler: a.k.a. The Bugmaster.]]
* HotWitch: Morgana Macawber
* HumanKnot: While appearing in a charity wrestling event, Darkwing Duck faced a huge wrestler specializing in molding opponents' bodies like balloon sculptures. Darkwing falls to his grip, and gets reshaped into a show poodle. Launchpad and Goslyn call Darkwing away on a case just in time: The wrestler's next intended sculpture was octopus.
* HumiliationConga: [=NegaDuck=]'s defeat at the end of "Just Us Justice Ducks".
** [=NegaDuck=] generally gets [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFK0HmwHvaU&feature=related the most humiliating defeats.]] [[ButtMonkey Megavolt]] gets some pretty bad ones too.
* HuskyRusskie: Agent Grizzlikoff.
* HypocriticalHumor
--> '''Darkwing:''' Okay, so I don't practice what I preach. I'm a parent; I can get away with it.
** A rather amusing scene in "Jail Bird" has Megavolt lamenting how Quackerjack has gone completely insane from prison life... and then proceeds to start talking to a light bulb.
** Morgana in "Monsters R Us" said should teach Darkwing Duck and her father the value of resolving a situation peacefully even if she had to kill them.
* IAmTheTrope: Invoked often, usually by Darkwing Duck or Negaduck.
* IAlwaysWantedToSayThat: Negaduck
--> '''Negaduck:''' [[TodayXTomorrowTheWorld Today St. Canard, tomorrow the world]]! IAlwaysWantedToSayThat.
* ICallItVera: The King calls his guitar "Cecille".
* IdeaBulb: Parodied with Megavolt.
* IKnowKungFaux: Darkwing knows Quack Fu.
* IllogicalSafe: Darkwing's breakfast DeathCourse causes his fridge to launch into the air and land on top of him if he forgets the milk. He ends up inside the fridge; [[AmusingInjuries amusingly injured]], dazed, and holding a jug of milk.
* ImplacableMan: Darkwing and Negaduck share this trait.
* ImplausibleDeniability: Tuskernini claiming his innocence of a bank robbery in court. Darkwing presents security footage, a signed confession and dozens of eye witnesses. Tuskernini claims this is flimsy evidence, then upon the whispered advice of his [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins penguin lawyers]], he accuses Darkwing of framing him.
* IncredibleShrinkingMan: In "Getting Antsy", a crook shrinks buildings to use in his miniature golf course. Of course, Darkwing ends up shrunk to the size of an ant, [[spoiler:and then to microscopic size]].
* InTheNameOfTheMoon: "I am the terror..."
* InstantAwesomeJustAddMecha: On several occasions.
* InstrumentOfMurder: The King's guitar.
* InterspeciesRomance: Herb Muddlefoot is a duck and his wife Binkie Muddlefoot is a canary. Also Launchpad and Tia.
** Attempted by Bushroot when he wanted to marry Posey the vampire potato.
* IrisOut: Lampshaded at the end of "Hush Hush, Sweet Charlatan"; the group debates how to end the cartoon. Launchpad throws out an idea: He likes the cartoons that end with a circle getting smaller until everything is black.
* IWorkAlone: Darkwing. Mostly in "Darkly Dawns the Duck" and "Just Us Justice Ducks", where he actively refuses help so he can defeat Taurus Bulba and the Fearsome Five, respectively, alone. He eventually overcomes this attitude.
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* JailBake: Spoofed when a criminal on a literal PlanetOfHats is given a file that has a cake inside, which he uses to incapacitate the guard.
* JerkassGenie: Nodoff, so very much.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: DW is a mild example -- he may be vain, bad-tempered, and a gloryhog, but he's a hero to the core and deeply cares about his friends and family.
** Agent Grizzlikoff is another example. He hates Darkwing's showboating antics, sometimes with good reason, and tries to sabotage him whenever possible, but when the chips are down "Grizz" is an intensely loyal SHUSH agent.
* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: Tank shows a very rare PetTheDog moment with Honker when his younger brother gets grounded after being falsely accused of a crime and he helps him out to try and expose the real thief. As it turns out, he was just trying to get Honker out of the house so he could tattle on him to their parents and get him punished even further.
* JustBetweenYouAndMe: "Just Us Justice Ducks": [=NegaDuck=] plans to put an end to the heroes [[ToThePain in typical cartoon supervillain fashion]] as soon as he throws...[[RunningGag ''THE SWITCH!'']].
** Another villain averts this trope.
-->"What? Reveal my plan? [[ThisIsReality What do you think this is, a cheap cartoon?]]"
* KilledOffForReal: Quite a few characters, considering this was a Disney show.
** [[spoiler: Major Synapse in the episode "Heavy Mental.]]
** [[spoiler: Also Dr. Gary and Dr. Larson in the episode "Beauty And The Beet".]]
** [[spoiler: And Splatter Phoenix.]]
%%* KitchenSinkIncluded
* KnightOfCerebus: Although it's not a particularly extreme case, Taurus Bulba was not funny. At all. Although his episodes still had plenty of funny stuff in them, his involvement pretty much guaranteed that it would be darker in tone. Unlike [=NegaDuck=] he ''wasn't'' over the top, and to a kid could actually be a bit scary.
--> Taurus Bulba: "Tell me quickly, or she'll make quite an ugly stain on the street..." "Taurus Bulba works for NO ONE!"
** You KNOW Bulba was a frightening villain when Gosalyn went catatonic upon seeing him again, until Honker snapped her out of it. [[spoiler:Especially in Boom! comic #4, where he comes back in his cyborg body, AND TO BOOT, he's now a "consciousness that could travel through and possess electronics!"]]
** Dark Warrior Duck, while having a fairly humorous KnightTemplar ideal, had a somber backstory and the episode he was in, for the most part, took itself seriously.
** Paddywack, while still LaughablyEvil, is this due to RuleOfScary.
* KnightTemplar: [[FutureMeScaresMe Dark Warrior Duck]] from "Time and Punishment"
* KnockoutGas: Darkwing used a gun that could fire knock out gas (among other things). Due to the character being a little clumsy, he knocked himself out once or twice.
* LadyInRed: Morgana, of course.
* LargeHam: Let's see... Darkwing, [=NegaDuck=], the other [=NegaDuck=], Quackerjack, Megavolt, Gosalyn as Quiverwing Quack, [[WorldOfHam the list goes on, and on, and on]].
* LaughablyEvil: Pretty much all of the villains. [=NegaDuck=] because he's so [[LargeHam over-the-top evil]], Megavolt because he's such a CloudCuckooLander (and because everyone tends to screw with him), Quackerjack because he's so wacky, etc. Notably, the exceptions tend to be very, very serious, even if it is in a somehow lighthearted way.
** [[spoiler: Bulba]] flat-out tells the Fearsome [[strike: Five]] Four in the comic how absolutely pathetic they are at being villains.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Very rare: Steelbeak has one, and Negaduck as a tune on the tuba that is usually used with him but also occasionally shows up elsewhere. Also, there is a theme that occasionally plays when D.W. says "LetsGetDangerous."
* LetsGetDangerous: The TropeNamer.
** Darkwing is actually staggeringly competent as a superhero, it's just that his ego and inability to play well with others hold him back. Once he conquers those (however temporary), he almost always resolves whatever issue is facing him. Usually within mere moments.
* LetsYouAndHimFight: Most notably in "Tiff of the Titans", where Steelbeak sets DW and [=GizmoDuck=] against each other so he can continue his plans unhindered.
* LighterAndSofter: Compare the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2UFFzPsSsg original intro]] with the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=375ENQbru8s one used for all the following seasons and DVD release]]. Don't you miss some... [[MoreDakka dakka?]]
** In continuity, Darkwing takes this to it's illogical conclusion when he becomes even more PR obsessed than usual and attempts to change his image. It ends up making him ineffective.
* LimitedWardrobe: Launchpad's apparent lack of another outfit [[LampshadeHanging came up in passing]] more than once.
* LiteralSplitPersonality: The episode "Negaduck", which features Darkwing being split into Posiduck (all the good attributes) and Negaduck (all the bad attributes). Not to be confused with recurring villain [[MirrorUniverse Negaduck]].
* LittleMissBadass: Gosalyn, so very much.
* LittleMissSnarker: Gosalyn, coupled with LittleMissBadass in many episodes.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: Darkwarrior Duck when it comes to Gosalyn.
** A curious variant because it's not specifically keeping Gosalyn safe that was his motivation for turning into Darkwarrior Duck; when he thought he'd lost her, he snapped and decided the reason he'd lost his beloved daughter was that he'd been too soft on crime with all that "mercy" and "proper channels of the justice system" nonsense.
* LovePotion: "My Valentine Ghoul".
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: DW's cape in the Nintendo game.
* LuxuryPrisonSuite: One is featured in "Jurasic Jumble."
* MadLibsCatchPhrase
---> I AM THE '''[NOUN]''' THAT '''[VERBS]''' YOUR '''[NOUN!]'''
** Also, "Let's Get Dangerous" is often changed to fit the situation, usually PlayedForLaughs. Over the course of the series, we got versions like:
---> "Let's get ''[[GettingCrapPastTheRadar amorous]]"'' (with Morgana, complete with eyebrow waggle)
---> "Let's get respectable!"
---> Posi-Duck: "Let's get considerate!"
---> Gosalyn: "Let's get mischievous!"
* MadeOfEvil: WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck's evil side in "Negaduck" is both this and an EnemyWithout, and presumably has both a sort of normal physical structure as well as being made of evil, because it's created when Darkwing is split into his "good and evil elemental particles" that they made up for that episode. Galvanized Negaduck in that episode is even more so, as becoming supercharged immediately turns him into a destructive OmnicidalManiac and [[CardCarryingVillain frankly admits how evil he is]].
* MadeOfIron: Darkwing. He even says so in the episode "Dirty Money".
* MadScientist: Bushroot.
* {{Malaproper}}: Grizzlikof
* ManyQuestionsFallacy: Negaduck poses as a reporter and asks a bunch of "Have you stopped doing bad things yet?" questions to tank Darkwing's popularity.
* MediumAwareness: In addition to talking to the audience every once in a while, the character occasionally use the fact that they're in a tv show to their advantage: for example, D.W. once saved himself and Launchpad from being squished by Dr. Slug [[SomethingCompletelyDifferent by cutting away from the action in order to narrate the episode, which was about something else entirely.]]
* {{Metaphorgotten}}: Most of the variable phrases in his "I am the terror that flaps in the night" go more than a bit more into detail of the metaphor than is necessary.
* MindControlEyes: [[spoiler:All the Alternate-Dimension Darkwings]] have this under [[spoiler:Magica and Negaduck]]'s influence. Darkwarrior Duck has what ''look'' like these, except that he isn't under anyone's control, he's just a [[FutureMeScaresMe future]] KnightTemplar.
* MinionWithAnFInEvil: Stegmutt and Webby.
%%* MirrorUniverse
* MisfitMobilizationMoment: Darkwing overcoming his [[GloryHound solo glory greed]] to join the force of the ''Justice Ducks'' to beat the Fearsome Five.
** Also, Negaduck declaring the Fearsome Five a team to take down St-Canard. It triggers a two-part episode cliffhanger.
-->'''Negaduck:''' (as he stomps Darkwing repeatedly) This is for BUSHROOT! MEGAVOLT! QUACKER JACK! LIQUIDATOR! And NEGADUCK makes ''five.'' The ''Fearsome Five.''
* MonsterClown: Quakerjack to certain degree, and Paddywhack to a literal degree.
* MorallyAmbiguousDucktorate: [=NegaDuck=]
* MorphicResonance: In the episode "Disguise the Limit," Darkwing and [=NegaDuck=] keep their beaks whenever they transform.
%%* MrViceGuy
* MultipleChoicePast: Darkwing was either from another planet, raised in a martial arts temple in China, bullied into a life of crime as a kid, or picked on in high school until he donned the mask.
** Pretty sure his life in high school is essentially seen as true, however.
** The "born on another planet" story was quite obviously Darkwing make stuff up, and the other three aren't exactly exclusive. He was bullied as a kid, until his future self showed him how to stand up for himself. He then took up the Darkwing persona when Megavolt attacked his senior prom, and then he spent several years learning Quack Fu in China.
* MythologyGag: The WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck-style caps in "Water Way to Go."
** Fenton Crackshell visits Launchpad in one episode (since [=GizmoDuck=] is investigating in St. Canard), prompting this first and only allusion to Launchpad's past:
-->'''Launchpad:''' Fenton and I used to work for the same guy.
-->'''Drake:''' [[SarcasmMode That must have been fun]].
** One episode has Launchpad feeding some doggie treats to a chihuahua. He mentions the brand name as Canine Crunchies, which are from a commercial shown in Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians.
*** Another episode has Gosalyn offer Launchpad a Coo Coo Cola - a brand of soda from an episode of WesternAnimation/ChipAndDaleRescueRangers.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone:
** At the end of issue #11, just as [[spoiler:Duckthulhu comes to life after Steelbeak doublecrosses Darkwing again, NOW starting to regret it]]
-->'''Steelbeak''': What have I done?
** Darkwing himself, in "Justice Ducks", along with ItsAllMyFault. Followed by HeroicBSOD.
* TheNapoleon: Professor Moliarty.
** Also Darkwing to a certain degree, considering that next to Neptunia, he's the shortest member of the Justice Ducks.
* {{Narrator}}: Darkwing, a couple times. He's usually an InteractiveNarrator, as well - most prominently "Inside Binkie's Brain" and "The Haunting Of Mr. Banana Brain," which are both centered around narration having just as much going on (to the point of cutting away from the action at several points) as the plot.
* NegativeContinuity: WordOfGod says that continuity deliberately came second to RuleOfFunny, hence why there's not many episodes that reference each other and many that downright contradict each other. Hence why Darkwing Duck has multiple origin stories with completely different setups.
** Of course it was pretty easy to tell with 2 of the origin myths that said "origins" were merely DW making stuff up.
** Nevermind [=NegaDuck=]'s multiple origin stories.
** [=NegaDuck=] doesn't have multiple origins. It only seems that way because their were two separate characters with the name of [=NegaDuck=] (the one that split from DW's body in Negatron, negative energy that could destroy objects just from being around them with his galvanized negative energy appeared in one episode, and the other the recurring, chainsaw wielding, rabbit hating maniac from the Negaverse). Except that they were supposed to be explained to be the same character, somehow, apparently... but that was never done, so...
*** In "Life, The Negaverse, and Everything", we Negaduck "sucked into oblivion", and later, he's back.
** Also, several episodes act as thought Gosalyn has been with Drake for years (such as "Bearskin Thug"), once or twice even implying that he had raised her since she was a little girl as apposed to having been semi-recently adopted (like "Quiverwing Quack").
* NerdsAreSexy: Dr. Sara Bellum, Dr. Rhoda Dendron, and signs show that Gosalyn feels this way about Honker.
* NeverSayDie: Averted most of the time...and this is a Disney cartoon!
** In the first episode, seven times. In two seconds.
** Two episodes ("Stressed to Kill" and "Dead Duck") used death words in the episode title. Not to mention that the topic of murder was brought up in "In Like Blunt" and several characters getting KilledOffForReal.
&&* NiceHat
* NighInvulnerability: There are two of these characters. The Liquidator is a villain made out of water. And Dr. Bushroot, a mutant plant/duck, can regenerate after being run over by a running lawn mower.
* NonMammalMammaries: Despite her mutation, Neptunia has a pretty ample bust for a fish lady.
** Also many of the female bird characters in general.
* NoodleImplements: Spoken among the ruins of a bowling alley: "And they didn't ''rob'' us, they just wanted to try this new kind of bowling with--" "A jackhammer, some marmalade, and a pack of wild panthers."
* NoodleIncident: "Need I remind you of the time with the floor waxer, the jar of peanut butter, and my VCR?"
** "Yep, she's blacked out the whole city again."
** Gosalyn is responsible for quite a few of these. [[ImplausibleDeniability Although she has no idea how a pig got into the boys' bathroom.]]
* TheNotableNumeral: The Fearsome Five.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Agent Grizzlikoff.
* OfficialCouple: Darkwing and Morgana, [[spoiler: [[WordOfGod who were eventually going to get married and have kids together down the line if the show had continued.]]]]
** Well, they might have that chance in the comics.
* OffModel: The show fell victim to this every so often.
** The episode "Whiffle While You Work" is a particularly good example of this, as Whiffle Boy changes sizes pretty frequently like most of the characters.
* OhWaitThisIsMyGroceryList: "In Like Blunt" and in "Beauty and the Beet."
* OmnicidalManiac: The superpowered galvanized [=NegaDuck=] I.
-->'''[=NegaDuck=]:''' Crimes?! Who cares about crimes?! I'm into mindless wanton destruction!
* OnceAnEpisode: "Let's get dangerous!" and "I am the terror..." The latter often gets used ''more'' than once an episode.
* OneHeadTaller: Morgana to Darkwing.
* OneOfTheBoys: Gosalyn is an avid trekker, ice hockey player, and superhero comics reader. She also has next to no girly hobbies.
* OneSteveLimit: It's shown in Megavolt's origin story that he wanted to call himself ''Megawatt'' but settled on Megavolt when the school band protested that they picked the name first.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: According to Gosalyn in the episode "Jurassic Jumble", Honker's real name is [[spoiler: Herbert Muddlefoot Jr.]]
* OutOfOrder: Like most of the Disney cartoons of the time, the episodes weren't shown in the order they were written. But because of the superhero format of the series, villain origin stories were shown after episodes they appeared.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Morgana, Dr. Sara Bellum, Dr. Rhoda Dendron and Bianca Beakley [[spoiler: a.k.a. The Bugmaster.]]
* PapaWolf: Darkwing for Gosalyn. Generally, putting her in danger is an easy way to prompt him to show just how competent he really is.
* ParentalBonus: Waaaaay too many to list. See [[ShoutOut/DarkwingDuck the Shout Out page]] for just a few examples.
* PhotoDoodleRecognition: Once when Drake Mallard was flipping through his high school yearbook Gosalyn thought the science nerd in his class looked strangely familiar and started drawing on it. Drake was initially irate, until she showed him that [[EveryoneWentToSchoolTogether he'd actually gone to school with Megavolt]].
* PlanetOfHats: Comet Guy comes from a planet where everyone is a superhero. Then there's the Brainteasers who come from a literal planet of hats.
* {{Planimal}}: Dr. Bushroot, who turned himself into a half-plant, half-duck in a failed experiment.
* PlayingWithFire: Comet Guy can do this.
** Also Hotshot from the episode "Heavy Mental".
* PowerCreepPowerSeep: Liquidator lost his powers to change water temperature and create "hard water" after his only solo episode. His regular water powers seemed to get downgraded too, and in one Fearsome Five episode, he was shown being restrained by being tied to the other bad guys with a rope. Slightly subverted in the Boom! comics; apparently, he's picked up some new tricks while he was Quackwerks' water supply...
* PowerOfFriendship: Playing straight quite often, but highlighted in "Paint Misbehavin'", in the moment with Frankie Ferret, the superhero with Friend Power.
-->'''Darkwing:''' Wow! Friend Power really worked!
-->'''Gosalyn:''' Yeah, but it was so gross.
-->'''Launchpad:''' So, you two, have you learned the lesson from this?
-->'''Darkwing:''' Oh, I sure have. We got to join together, in friendship, and mercilessly crush our enemies into pieces!
* PreAssKickingOneLiner: Several of these, as fits the style of the show.
* ProjectileToast
* PstandardPsychicPstance: The episode "Heavy Mental" is full of this.
** Flygirl especially qualifies.
* PsychicPowers: The whole point of the episode "Heavy Mental".
* PsychoElectro: Megavolt.
* PunnyName: Dr Sarah Bellum ([[WesternAnimation/ThePowerPuffGirls no relation]]), Bud Flood (water salesman), Elmo Sputterspark (better known as the villain Megavolt), Morgana's family name as [=MacCawber=] (macabre and macaw), and Gosalyn (as in gosling).
* RealMenWearPink: Literally. Drake Mallard's typical outfit is a green sweater vest and pink collared shirt.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: J. Gander Hooter.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: [[IAmTheTrope Dark Warrior Duck completely embodies this trope.]]
* RedMage: Morgana, to a literal and figurative extent.
* RedOniBlueOni: Inverted for Darkwing, who wears dark clothes but is the Red Oni, and Launchpad who wears red clothes, but is the Blue Oni.
** Played straight with Gosalyn and Honker.
** Also Quakerjack and Megavolt.
** There's also Hotshot and Flygirl.
* TheRemnant
* RememberTheNewGuy: How Negaduck is introduced in "Just Us Justice Ducks". Everyone already knows who he is, and unlike the Liquidator, who also debuted in the episode, he's never given an episode explaining his origin.
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: Jumbalaya Jake's alligator sidekick Gumbo provides for this.
* TheReveal: Issue #3 of the Boom series is ''four'' reveals: why Darkwing and Launchpad "broke up," why Darkwing quit being a superhero, why Quackerjack hates [=NegaDuck=], and who the founder of Quackwerks is. The answer to the last: [[spoiler:why, it's Taurus Bulba, of course]]. Then Issue #4 [[spoiler:finally shows us where [=NegaDuck=]'s been hiding the whole time...]]
* TheRival: Duckburg's own hometown superhero, Gizmoduck. The irony being that his alter ego, Fenton Crackshell, more than likely wouldn't stand a chance against Drake one on one sans his robotic armor.
** Unless their confrontation somehow involved counting piles of stuff.
* RoguesGallery: [=NegaDuck=], Bushroot, Megavolt, the Liquidator, Taurus Bulba, Steel Beak, etc.
* RoleReprisal: As Launch Pad went from Duck Tales to Darkwing Duck, so did his voice actor Terence McGovern.
** And when Fenton Crackshell AKA GizmoDuck became a recurring character, Hamilton Camp returned to reprise his role of the character as well.
* RunningGag
** The episode "Comic Book Capers" went so far as to feature a caricatured Native American named Little Running Gag.
** In an argument between Darkwing/Drake and Gosalyn, they'll usually mention Gosalyn's dirty room, but retort that Gosayln ''never'' cleans her room.
** The gas gun almost never working when DW tries to use it on someone, usually backfiring in a hilarious way. [[TemptingFate "Suck gas, evil doer"]] is pretty much a cue that the gun will backfire and fail to harm anyone.
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* TheScottishTrope: An eerie music piece starts playing every time somebody says 'The Library of Forbidden Spells'. It’s [[DiscussedTrope discussed]] by Darkwing and Morgana's father.
* SecretIdentityIdentity: There's no evidence that Darkwing had a secret identity before his decision to adopt Gosalyn. It's entirely possible he made up Drake Mallard just to facilitate the adoption; he certainly seems unfamiliar with normal, day-to-day life.
** Except that the episode "Clash Reunion" specifically shows that his name was in fact Drake Mallard in high school. Which means he likely simply gave up the identity to be a hero, then took it back up to be Gosalyn's father.
* SelfDisposingVillain: {{Discussed}} in Episode 36 (''Dry Hard'')
--->The case is so much easier when the bad guy offs himself like that...
* ServileSnarker: Gumbo.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: For [[RuleOfFunny whatever reason]], one of the alternate Darkwings ("[[Film/CreatureFromTheBlackLagoon Gill-Duck]]" Darkwing) talks like this.
* {{Sexophone}}: For [[HotScientist Rhoda Dendron]], in ''Beauty and the Beet''.
* ShapeshifterSwanSong: Camille Chameleon gets a spectacular one when Darkwing figures that chameleons are very sensitive to temperature changes.
* SharpDressedMan: Steelbeak, Tuskernini, Taurus Bulba, and Professor Moliarty. Darkwing and Negaduck to a lesser extent.
* ShorterMeansSmarter: Honker is the shortest member of his family, and along with Gosalyn, one of the shortest members of the series, and he is easily one of the smartest.
** This is inverted with Dr. Sara Bellum, who is one of the taller members of the show, but still one of the most brilliant.
** Darkwing is one of the shortest adult characters in the show and is one of the smartest, certainly smarter than his towering sidekick, Launchpad.
* ShoutOut: So many, the series borders on ReferenceOverdosed. Go [[ShoutOut/DarkwingDuck here]] for specifics.
* ShowWithinAShow: "[[Series/GilligansIsland Pelican's Island]]", among others.
* SiblingYinYang: Ammonia Pine is a neat freak obsessed with cleaning while her sister Ample Grime is a slob who loves dirt.
* SlaveToPR: Darkwing, tired of his AntiHero persona, became a [[KnightInShiningArmor nice, public hero.]] [[EvilCounterpart Negaduck]], sick of Darkwing's newfound fame, realized Darkwing couldn't effectively fight crime like this and went on a rampage. Darkwing finally gives it up and [[LetsGetDangerous reverts to his unpopular, but badass self.]]
* SmallNameBigEgo: Darkwing's massive ego ("the size of a small planet") is usually what he needs to overcome in most episodes in order to save the day. Despite being an actually competent hero (once that particular obstacle is handled), he is largely ignored by the general public, and what notice he DOES garner is typically negative or disapproving (usually for comic effect). Funnily enough, only his RoguesGallery seems to give him any credit at all.
* SmoochOfVictory: Morgana gives Darkwing one every so often, and Gosalyn kisses Honker on the cheek when they are at the museum tracking down Stegmutt in "Jurassic Jumble".
* SmugSuper: [=GizmoDuck=], although Darkwing imagines this to be worse than it is.
** More like dueling Smug Supers. Darkwing's got a better record, [=GizmoDuck=] has better powers, and neither wants the other to forget it.
* SomedayThisWillComeInHandy: Invoked with transparent foreshadowing by Darkwing's mentors in his origin story ([[UnreliableNarrator as he tells it to Gosalyn anyhow]])
* SpeciesSurname: Nearly every character; a rather creative example is the civilian name of the main character: Drake Mallard. Obviously, it's the term for a male duck and a common breed, yet they're also real names. Still, most species surnames are variants: [=McQuack=], Mallard, Macawbre, Waddlemeyer, Hooter, Bulba, Moliarty, Tuskernini, Grizzlikov).
* [[strike:SpiritualSuccessor]] SpinOff: To ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales''.
** One of ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales''' secondary characters (Launchpad) is promoted to Main Character, and another (Fenton "Gizmoduck" Crackshell) becomes a recurring character.
* StableTimeLoop: Apparently, young Drakey Mallard was bullied as a boy, until a time-travelling hero came back and showed him how to stand up for himself. He eventually grew up to be Darkwing Duck, and one day, he got his hands on SHUSH's time [[strike: machine]] golf cart and ended up back in the days of his childhood. He then saw a robbery taking place and arrested the thugs, inspiring a nearby boy to stand up for himself. [[HelpYourselfInTheFuture Three guesses who the boy was?]]
* StatingTheSimpleSolution: In "Jurassic Jumble", Dr. Fossil bemoans all the stares and fear he gets from the public as a dinosaur person. Honker asks "Why don't you just change back?" Fossil brushes him off, calling him a "wisenheimer."
* SuperHero
* SuperHeroOrigin: [[MultipleChoicePast Several different mutually-conflicting ones]], actually, thanks to the NegativeContinuity. Or just UnreliableNarrator.
* SuperHeroesWearCapes
* SuperSpeed: "Going Nowhere Fast".
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: Gosalyn knows nothing about a pig, and was nowhere near the boys restroom at the time.
** Nor is the Mallard family involved in a criminal conspiracy (which is actually a subversion, seeing as they really weren't, but were trying to get Tuskernini to believe they were)
* SympatheticInspectorAntagonist: Agent Grizzlikoff, at times.
* TakeThat: "A Star Is Scorned" not just take shots at ExecutiveMeddling but also a vicious potshot at another cartoon that was on at the time. You see, the plot involved the guy in charge of the show [[ReTool retooling]] the show with Bushroot as the star. One idea was that Bushroot would be an [[GreenAesop environmental superhero]] with Herb & Binkie Muddlefoot now cast as a construction worker and a [[CorruptCorporateExecutive "high powered, money grubbing land developer]] [[CardCarryingVillain with no redeeming values whatsoever"]] respectively. [[WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers Does that sound familiar?]]
* TakingOverTheTown: "Just Us Justice Ducks".
* TemporaryBlindness: In the episode "Duck Blind".
* TemptingFate: A constant source of humor. Taken to a hilarious extreme in "Bad Luck Duck," where a disbelieving Darkwing is struck with a bad luck curse, and constantly practically dares the universe to prove it. [[ChewToy It does.]]
--> Darkwing (almost falling off the hideout): "You see? My luck isn't bad! I could have fallen a thousand feet to my demise!" (falls)
--> Darkwing: "You see? My luck isn't bad! I could have been hit by a car!" (gets hit by a car).
--> Darkwing: "You see? My luck isn't bad..." (etc)
* TenMinuteRetirement: Darkwing has done this. Multiple times.
* TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou:
** One episode had Gosalyn somehow create evil clones of herself with PersonalityPowers, who are eventually captured and [[SealedEvilInACan trapped somewhere]]. The villain, who had helped with the capture, warns the protagonists that the evil clones could come back if they wanted—all they'd need was a particular device. The screen fades to black, and then the clones appear onscreen, the leader saying "Hey, kid...we need you to get something for us." All three of them suddenly lean forward, giggling "Pretty pleeeaaase?" The device in question is a Particle Accelerator, which becomes doubly funny when you get older and realize that CRTs, found in every television set in the world back then, [[GeniusBonus are particle accelerators]].
** [=NegaDuck=] once threatens a news reporter by crawling through the TV he's displayed on into the studio.
* {{Thememobile}}: Thunderquack, Ratcatcher.
* ThemeNaming: Launchpad [=McQuack=].
* ThemeTuneCameo: Megavolt in "The Frequency Fiends". ("I just can't get that song out of my head!")
* ThereAreNoTherapists: At least, none that can be trusted.
* TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation
* TheScream
* TheTelevisionTalksBack: When [=NegaDuck=] I marches into a theater to watch an action movie, he gets annoyed when he realizes it's a TastesLikeDiabetes animated film about talking rabbits (one wonders how he missed the giant sign outside stating just that). He gets into an argument with the rabbits on the screen before dispersing them and the audience with a rifle. Then he proceeds to ''jump into the screen and roll out in a tank''.
* TimeSkip: The 2010 "Duck Knight Returns" series picks up the story about a year and a half after the last episode of the TV show, showing how the characters' lives have changed in the interim.
* TimeTravel
* TinyGuyHugeGirl: Morgana is significantly taller than Darkwing.
* TitleMontage: As with most ''[[WesternAnimation/TheDisneyAfternoon Disney Afternoon]]'' shows, the opening is (mostly) made up of clips from the series.
* ToTheBatpole: As noted above, the secret recliner entrance to his base.
* {{Tomboy}}: Gosalyn.
* TookALevelInBadass: Binkie Muddlefoot when she hits her head and temporarily becomes "The Canardian Guardian, Champion Of Safety".
* ToonPhysics: ''Hoo, boy.'' At least ten times an episode, Darkwing survives injuries and falls that would easily kill a real person.
** YMMV if this tends to work against the show's aversion to NeverSayDie, though they do play with it, like in the episode "Film Flam", when DW is trying to be a good father and get Gosalyn to watch more appropriate movies:
--> '''Drake:''' (watching a cartoon where a character gets squashed by an anvil) Now, Gosalyn... in real life, if you get hit with an anvil, you don't just pop back up like that.
--> (one minute later, after being [[MakesSenseInContext squashed by a space octopus]])
--> '''Drake:''' Here, Gosalyn, the perfect example of what we were talking about. If this happened to a cartoon character, he'd just say "iii-eee" or "yeah" and then resume his shape. I, on the other hand, am experiencing pain like you wouldn't believe.
* ToothyBird: Quackerjack is the most prominent example, even to the point that his teeth jump out of his bill (leaving it limp) at the threat of a dentist drill. However, other characters have been seen with teeth now and then. Steelbeak has teeth under his ''metal bill'', and one of the shadowy FOWL leaders is sometimes drawn with vampire-like fangs.
** Don't forget about [[MonsterClown Paddywhack and his huge fanged beak.]]
* {{Transplant}}: Launchpad and Gizmoduck, from ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales''.
* TravelingPipeBulge: In "Dry Hard", when The Liquidator is passing through the pipes of the city waterworks. ("Followwwww that piiiiipe!")
* {{Trick Arrow}}s: Quiverwing Quack/Gosalyn's arsenal.
* TripleShifter
* {{Troperiffic}}: The show intentionally crams as many superhero tropes as possible into a single episode.
* {{Tsundere}}: Morgana. Normally the calm, mysterious person you'd expect, but she's got a temper that can literally rain down lighting. [[spoiler: Then Comic #5 shows what happened to her during Darkwing's absence...]]
* TuxedoAndMartini: Derek Blunt.
* UnhandThemVillain: Happened to Gosalyn in the {{pilot}}.
* UnreliableNarrator: Darkwing's self-provided narration is often at least slightly at odds with what he's actually ''doing'' as he says it. Then, of course, there's that one origin story of his...
* {{The Unreveal}}: Speaking of his origin, for the first two seasons of the show, it was a complete mystery. The pilot begins with Darkwing already active as a superhero, instead telling the story of how he adopted Gosalyn. The show parodied this with an entire episode devoted to telling conflicting origin stories for DW, none of which made any sense. Other episodes would occasionally hint at telling his origin, only to change the subject.
** The trope was averted in season 3, which finally revealed Darkwing's origin.
* VainSorceress: Morgana, to certain degree.
* TheVamp: Morgana, so very much.
* VillainousHarlequin: Quackerjack.
** He's a full-blown MonsterClown in my book. To quote Darkwing in the episode "Toys Czar Us": "Quackers, babe - you ''really'' need to seek some professional help!"
* VillainSong: The episode "Paraducks" features a nice Elvis inspired one.
* WaterSourceTampering: The Liquidator started out as an unscrupulous bottled water magnate who was contaminating the competitor's water in order to corner the market. He fell in a vat of his own poison and became a [[MakingASplash liquid being who could control all water]].
* WeCanRebuildHim: [[spoiler: Taurus Bulba.]]
* WelcomeToTheRealWorld / TrappedInTVLand: Both of these counter-tropes are featured in the same episode, "Twitching Channels".
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Neptunia before her HeelFaceTurn.
* [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman What Measure Is A Non-Animal]]: Darkwing ''didn't'' know Bushroot could heal when he shredded him with a tractor in his first episode.
* [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes Why Did It Have To Be Spiders]]: The episode "Aduckyphobia".
** Averted with Morgana's spider friend Archie.
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: Subverted. In "That Sinking Feeling", Moliarty specifically instructs his supposed guards to shoot Launchpad and Darkwing if they avoid being eaten by slugs.
* WickedCultured: Tuskernini.
* WorldOfFunnyAnimals
* WorldOfHam
* WouldHurtAChild: Dark Warrior Duck has no problem throwing Gosalyn in jail and threatening her with a missile loaded gun, [[spoiler: although this is actually subverted as he couldn't bring himself to fire the gun, which led to his defeat during this distraction.]]
* WouldntHitAGirl: Splatter Phoenix correctly points out that DW could never bring himself to hit a woman--so Darkwing has Quiverwing (aka Gosalyn) do it.
* XRaySparks: A regularly used gag, especially in Megavolt episodes.
* YouGotSpunk: Gosalyn.
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