Headscratchers / Darkwing Duck

What the hell happened to humans?
Yes, i know that humans are in the real world. But, in the Darkwing Duck's world, there's Mertz. Everybody is a superpowered human here except one. This raises just more questions!
  • Ever seen the last episode, "Extinct Possibility"? Apparently, in this world's past, sentient duck-billed dinosaurs wiped out some strange newly-evolved species of ape before it could multiply. Not kidding.
    • Yeah, i seen it. Still, there's Mertz.
    • They were lucky that no other intelligent species evolved before them on their planet to wipe out apes before they evolved.
    • I thought you'd give me a different answer.
    • Not sure if this helps or not but humans had to exist at some time. There are mentions of Elvis, Einstein, and Abe Lincoln in the show but Rule of Funny may be in effect for that.
  • Well, don't forget that this is a spin-off of DuckTales and, by extension, of the Disney duck comics universe. In the Donald Duck/Darkwing Duck/Scrooge Mc Duck universe, not only one but many different species evolved into sentient life forms. There ARE humans in this world (such as Witch Hazel, the Mad Scientist from "Donald Duck in Ancient Persia", and so on), but we just don't see any in Darkwing Duck by pure hazard. Oh, and there are also anthropomrophic dogs, owls, pigs, goats, cows, horses and I'm probably still forgetting some others.

Why did the other members of the Fearsome Five take orders from Negaduck?
All the guy had was a chainsaw...
  • Because I said.
  • Same reason why even superpowered villains don't want to mess with The Joker. Negaduck's such a psychopath the rest of the Five know to give him a wide berth.
  • He tended to plan more often and was a better strategist, they usually had a better measure of success following him..aside from the psycho aspect.
  • The same reason all the villains were fearful of Darkwing in the same way the metahumans are scared of Batman The Joker....they know what he's capable of.
  • But why should The Liquidator fear him?
    • If DW can beat Liquidator then so can Negaduck and Negaduck is willing to kill him. Negaduck might not know how yet but i'm betting he'd find a way if Liquidator pissed him off.
      • Kill him? Far easier and more cruel to craft a Fate Worse Than Death, simply by forcing Liquidator into a watertight locked container and then burying him in cement or somesuch. That's exactly the sort of thing Negaduck would have done, too.

How does Drake Mallard pay his bills?
  • He has a vast fortune hidden somewhere. Now, how did he get it, I don't know that wasn't the question
  • I think it's his connection to SHUSH. Alongside asking him for help against FOWL, they also seem to have him test their latest tech among other things. I wouldn't be surprised that they're payrolling him under the table to make sure he remains the ace up their sleeve.
  • I actually like the Epileptic Tree that explains this, although it's hard to reconcile with my inner Scrooge/Goldie shipper.
    • Not necessarily: he could be their son.
  • A line in issue #3 of the new comic series indicates the SHUSH theory is correct, as DW mentions having to get a "when [his] SHUSH stipend vanished."
    • The old Disney Adventures digest books hinted that Darkwing was a multi-millionaire, which would go a long way to explaining the technology he had prior to Shush popping up in the series.
      • Shush popping up seems to have been a case of Remember the New Guy. He's obviously been dealing with them for quite awhile even the first time we see them.
  • Going for another angle, Darkwing Duck is derived from two characters... primarily The Shadow, but taking bits and pieces from Batman as well. Lamont Cranston had a personal fortune that, while not excessive, was plenty to keep him in nice cars, secret lairs, and all the bullets he could use. If Darkwing trends closer to Lamont, he's probably the last son of a wealthy family that spends most of his money on his crimefighting. If he trends closer to Bruce, he could be the last son of one of the families that founded St. Canard... that could lend credence to why he considers it "his" city, and why he's living in the bridge tower... his family might have been the ones that built the bridge. Either one doesn't even necessarily rule out the new comic, either... Drake may not have been managing his family's investments well, and after all the money he spent on being Darkwing Duck and making a life for Gosalin, his Shush stipend may have been important for day-to-day expenses.

Does appearing out of nowhere count as a superpower?
I know it's a cartoon, but the stuff DW pulls with the help of "smoke pellets" is way beyond Batman's habit of disappearing in the middle of conversations. He seems to be able to teleport anywhere he likes, even if he'd have no way of seeing, let alone getting to, where he's supposed to be.
  • Batman demonstrated Offscreen Teleportation multiple times (in the animated series, at least). They both have the rare (and possibly not recognized) superpower of being able to vanish and reappear anywhere whenever: they are in no one's line of sight, and it's dark. They're at least subconsciously aware of this power's connection to darkness, hence their preference for the night.
  • In "All's Fahrenheit in Love and War" Darkwing blatantly teleports backwards a few feet to escape a wrestling hold. That's not a smoke pellet trick. Of course, that episode verges on Fan Discontinuity ...
    • When did he do that? At one point he slips out of Vanderchill's hug, but that wasn't even with smoke. He just slipped out with a cartoony effect.
  • When you're a vigilante whose effectiveness is based in large part on reputation and fear, you have to maintain a certain image. (Batman is very good at maintaining his, Darkwing... less so.) So even when they're leaping around and running where others can see them, they probably do their best to maintain some sense of dignity. (Again, Bats is better at this than DW.) So basically, when no one can see them because of darkness/looking away/smoke/all of the above, the gloves are off. What you don't see when Batman pulls his offscreen teleportation is him frantically scrambling to the window, arms and legs pumping, shoving it open, FLINGING himself out, and then yanking it closed before dropping into a desperate huddle outside to hide. Darkwing does the same thing, it's just not as funny to show him or think of him doing that because, well, he does that where we can see all the time anyway.
  • Assuming it's canon, or perhaps an unreliable narrator, there was the episode where Darkwing Duck revealed his origins. In this case, he was lost in the desert and found a genie that granted him three wishes. He wished for a soda, some new clothes, and the ability to teleport in a puff of smoke.

Why does tossing a net onto someone constitute a capture, even if that someone is The Liquidator? (As seen in the quick ending to "Jail Bird".)
  • The net could've been made out of an absorbent material. And while he may have been able to keep himself from being absorbed in his "normal" form, liquefying himself might have made that tricky or impossible.

Why doesn't Negaduck just bomb Drake Mallard's house?
It was Moviebob who pointed out that in the Negaverse, Negaduck apparently owns the counterpart of the Mallard house, because Nega-Gosalyn lives there. So he must know, or at least suspect, where Darkwing lives. So why not do something about it? Are you telling me that Negaduck of all people would hold back from flattening a suburban home just because his arch-nemesis might not live there?
  • Negaduck is a classic cartoon villain. He must never take the easy way, that's too simple and doesn't make for good television. No, he must set up elaborate, easily-escapable traps so that he can get his rear handed to him later on. Because everyone loves it when the good guys win. Oh, and bombing a suburban neighborhood and possibly destroying a city, taking out millions of innocent lives, would have gotten the show canceled before the first commercial.
  • Perhaps the Nega-house is where Negaduck and Nega-LP merely keep Nega-Gosalyn, as they don't want her running around the Nega-lair on the Nega-bridge. Plus, Negaduck has no need for a secret identity in the Negaverse since he pretty much rules everything, so maybe he simply didn't put two and two together while in the regular universe.
  • See the recent comic series.
  • Not having read the spoiler above ... maybe Negaduck's Wrong Genre Savvy. After all, why would Darkwing live in the same house that he does? Besides, bombing the whole city is more his style anyway.
  • Yeah, but once Darkwing drops into the Negaverse, he almost immediately heads straight for the house he lives in. Which is where Nega-Gosalyn lives, and where Nega-Launchpad arrives, obviously thinking Darkwing is Negaduck. Plus, the fact that Negaduck also has a hideout of his own in Audobon Bay Bridge's towers, which is where Darkwing's secret hideout is...seriously, even as a kid, the gigantic plot hole bugged me. I just came to the conclusion that he just never bothered to think about it, since he was too busy playing in his new universe and wreaking havoc.
    • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good. Darkwing heads right for that house because, being good, he thinks of it as his home... it's where his family and his fond memories and thoughts are. Negaduck probably thinks of it as a pathetic, annoying place he dumped someone he considers a nuisance and avoids it like the plague... the idea that Darkwing likes being there and might be there a lot probably took a long time to even cross his mind.
  • Remember how Negaduck had to leave some obscure clue for Darkwing to lead him to his hideout, because DW would be too preoccupied to notice the huge flag hanging outside? Perhaps Negaduck suffers from the same sort of clue-blindness.

How come nobody ever notices that Launchpad McQuack is DW's sidekick in civilian life? He doesn't wear a mask.
  • Same reason why people never seem to notice that Clark Kent is Superman.
  • Notice, yes. Care, highly doubt. Same with the kids—basically, targets of convenience if it ever comes up, but unless they're directly targeting Darkwing, there's no real point in getting his attention. After all, what's easier for a crook—robbing a bank, or robbing the bank while trying to control a hero's sidekick and while hoping the hero actually stays out of your way?
  • It's simple, one villain referred to them as Darkwing's Fan Club, so people think they just follow him around. Considering DW's a bit of a glory hound It's not surprising.
  • Someone finally did put two and two together in the comic book: Negaduck.
    • Though the comic book indicates that he always knew. It wasn't until the upteenth time Darkwing kicked his ass that he decided to do something about it. He even says it himself:

      Negaduck:"This wasn't about eliminating one Darkwing Duck. This was about eliminating ALL OF THEM!"
  • Everyone knows Drake Mallard is Darkwing Duck, it's just convenient to pretend they don't.
Why would Liquidator be used as a water supply?
  • In the new comics, apparently Liqui got a job as Quackwerk's water supply. Alright, I can see drinking him as not being gross when you consider he's just pure water, but I ask why? First, he mentions being in all of the water coolers. Does he have a split conscience or something? Now here's the bigger problem; he's not made of infinite water. How can he be a supply if he's only human sized?
    • Not too sure about the "made of infinte water" part. In "Just Us Justice Ducks" when Bushroot and Liquidator attack the police station, Liquidator becomes larger and creates a miniature tsunami to attack the police while using no other outside water source.
  • Quackwerks probably used his control over water as a substitute for a water treatment plant/pumping station. If you've got someone who can make water defy gravity and change state at will, why bother having machines do the work? Plus, it would go along with the mind-numbing, psycho-sedation that Taurus Bulba was trying to implement. What better way to control the Liquidator than have him doing the same thing over and over?

Did Bushroot really kill Dr. Gary and Dr. Larson?
  • Sure they were never seen again, but all the other new characters from "Beauty and the Beet" were Put on a Bus right after this episode and we know they're alive. I mean it's a kids cartoon, but they have done better to imply that someone died in cartoons. Also, the called in DW, the police, the feds and the Gardeners Association. Didn't hear anything about a coroner or mortician.
    • The plants left behind in their wake in the exact shape of their bodies and wearing their glasses, not to mention the reactions of everyone after the implied murder would seem to infer that yes, he did kill them, but the deaths happened offscreen as he turned them into those plants. Don't forget, Batman: The Animated Series saw Poison Ivy attempting to do something disturbingly similar, but Batman stopped her. The implication here is that Bushroot succeeded where she failed.
    • Yes, in the Darkwing Duck show people could die. Hell, in the Twin Beaks episode we saw Bushroot's corpse. Albeit it was a failed clone, still as a child seeing a corpse on a kid's show was terrifying for me.
    • Why they didn't call a coroner? They were turned into (presumably non-sentient) plants. At that point, a gardener would be more useful to figure out what happened than a coroner.

Are Drake and Launchpad posing as a gay couple?
  • No more so than Bruce Wayne and his butler Alfred.
    • But Launchpad isn't his butler and never pretends to be...
    • Either the couple angle or LP poses as his tenant. Maybe that's what Drake answers when someone asks how he pays his bills?

How did Mr. and Mrs. Muddlefooh get Tank and Honker?
  • Seriously. Herb's a duck, but whatever Binky's evolved from, she has a beak, not a bill. They're not even similar species.
    • It's a Disney cartoon. Genetics do not matter. Actually having parents is not necessarily a prerequisite for existing.
  • For this and similar cartoons (Western Animation/Ducktales etc), the rule seems to be that birds can interbreed with each other, but not with other species. Generally the only difference we see is the beaks.

Since when can Gizmoduck fly without the use of his helicopter hat?
  • In the episode "Up, Up, and Awry" he just zooms around as though he's literally Superman. It's been well established that he needs his helicopter rotor to fly. I'm sure at least some of the Darkwing Duck crew also worked on DuckTales, so how come nobody noticed?
    • Maybe he got an upgrade.
    • Probably the above since the original Gizmosuit was destroyed in the DuckTales episode The Metal Mites and later Fenton comments he's going to get Gyro to build him a new one.

The two Episodes "Just Us Justice Ducks".
  • Megavolt and Quackerjack bring that device into a building and connect it to the electrical grid. Darkwing and Morgana show up to stop them. But, Megavolt and Quackerjack just leave after humiliating Darkwing. What did stop DW and Morgana from just destroying or disconnecting the device the two criminals left behind? Instead, they just go back to DW's lair.
  • This episode has more plot oddities, like the Fearsome Four having divided up the city BEFORE Negaduck gives them free rule over it.
    • I think they just each originally went to a different physical part of the city and started taking over or destroying things. Before long, their paths were crossing, causing them to get on each other's nerves, which Negaduck tried to solve by establishing official boundaries.

Why did Launchpad go to St. Carnard and leave Duckburg? Was he still working for Scrooge during the series?
  • During the series Launchpad said that he USED to work for Scrooge, but in the comics he states that he was balancing his life. So, what was really going on?
  • He could have gone back to Duckburg after DW kicked him out, and then started to balance the two after he rejoined DW.
    • he also could have just been temporally fired when Fenton came to visit (like in Hero for Hire and the Right man)and has actually been balancing the two the whole time.

Is Darkwing a real hero or an actor in the human world?

Why exactly would Morgana and Drake have biological children
when they already have Gosalyn?

It is understandable that this discussion may open some cans of worms, but an interview confirmed that Darkwing Duck and Morgana McCawber were planned to get married and have children of their own if the series had continued. What boggles the mind is that Gosalyn is clearly Drake Mallard's adopted daughter, and having a child by adoption does make the decision of having a child by procreation hard to defend with all the concerns of overpopulation and all that jazz.
  • They're having biological children because they want to have biological children. Why would they have to "defend" their decision to have a child in the first place?
    • (original poster) Because some people see no point in procreation if once can adopt a child. It's the heated debates and arguments that make Drake and Morgana having children of their own hard to understand.
    • And do those people have any say whatsoever in what two other people want to do? Have Drake and Morgana ever expressed any concern whatsoever about overpopulation? Does anyone they know or would care about express any concern? Even if they did, is it any of their business at all what Drake and Morgana want to do in regards to raising a family?
    • (original poster) Those are very good points. Perhaps it would make sense for Drake and Morgana to have children of their own after all.
I don't really think its an issue of Over population or anything, I think it's the fact that Gosalyn might not like it. I mean, being an orphan and all, she might feel inferior to a child that was his. Clearly that wouldn't be the case, but I think Darkwing would keep that in mind before he and Morgana had a child together.
  • There is no way Darkwing wouldn't take Gosalyn's feelings into account before he had a child, she means more to him than anything else in the world. No doubt if had come up, he would have sat her down, talked about it and made it very clear that having another child wouldn't change there relationship in the slightest. Besides no matter how many children they had, she would always be his first.
The Spinning Chair
I have a few questions about Drake's chair in his house...
  • 1.) What's stopping a guest from accidentally activating it?
    • Nothing is, as is shown in several episodes where someone knocks into the statue of Basil.
  • 2.) Where does it take you? The bridge?

The Secret Origin of Darkwing Duck

  • Shouldn't the characters in the future know Darkwing Duck's true identity? If not, how did they get a hold of his spinning chair, costume, Thunder Quack, and cycle? There's no way they would know about the spinning chair since it was in Drake Mallard's house. Also, how the heck is Darkwing Duck a myth if he has been featured on the news dozens of times in the past?
    • Because the writer of that episode apparently loved the Future Imperfect trope, which often requires all future citizens to have unbelievably inaccurate data on past events.

Inconsistent Tron-splitter
  • OK, so in the comics when they use the tron-splitter, it splits Negaduck into good and evil...well, let's be honest, very evil and slightly less evil versions of himself. This is how it worked when it showed up in the cartoon. But when they get blasted again, they keep dividing and dividing until they're basically just airborne particles. In the cartoon, though, when Darkwing's halves got blasted again, they got "galvanized" and powered-up. Why did it work differently this time?
    • Maybe Megavolt adjusted/tinkered with the tron-splitter at some point between the initial "galvanizing" incident and the comic book events. It isn't that unbelievable. There is at least a year between the two (since DW and everyone was involved with Quackwerks for a year).

Darkwarrior Duck scaring every crook out of Saint Canard
  • I can see Bushroot, Megavolt, Tuskernini, Quackerjack, and normal crooks running away from Darkwarrior, but Negaduck?? This might fall under Fridge Horror, but do you suppose Darkwarrior killed Negaduck?
    • See the nightmare fuel page. I think some other tropers got that idea too.

Why is the Library of Forbidden Spells in the Main School?
  • Like was pointed out in Rowdy's review of the episode "Hot Spells" why was the Library still part of the main magic school when the forbidden books could be lock in a vault in the basement or in a mountain somewhere?

Why have Bushroot as the main baddie in the christmas special?
  • Quackerjack would have been my first choice. He is an evil man-child who like toys and fun.