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Darkly Dawns the Duck
- Gosalyn teaching Darkwing the lullaby her grandfather used to sing to her, and Darkwing making up extra lyrics for it as he tucks her in. All together now: awwwwwww <3
- All of Darkwing and Gosalyn getting to know each other, really, but it's hard to call that a moment.
- Darkwing is locked in prison and laments how he screwed up and has no one to ask for help when Launchpad breaks in. He was coming to bail Darkwing out of jail despite Darkwing being so mean to him earlier. What seals it is how surprised, yet happy Darkwing is to see him. With this, he finally accepts the pilot as a sidekick, and Launchpad's exhilarated whoop (and the barrel roll he does with the Thunderquack) display in no uncertain terms how happy he is.
- This exchange:
Gosalyn: I'm sorry, Darkwing. If they hadn't caught me you wouldn't have risked your life.
Darkwing: Gos, before you, I didn't have a life worth risking. (They hug)
- The ending when Gosalyn learns Darkwing survived the massive explosion and has even taken up a civilian identity so he can adopt her. He introduces Launchpad as his "help" — which means that she and Launchpad are his "really really close friends"! Remember from earlier?
Gosalyn: You mean you don't take off your mask for anyone?
Darkwing: That's right, not no one, not never.
Gosalyn: What about a really, really, really close friend?
- D.W. was honestly concerned about Launchpad when he (L.P.) was being approached by a sand storm. Darkwing had been stewing about having to act as the sidekick for most of the episode before this, but when he sees that Launchpad is unaware of the oncoming sandstorm, he shouts, "Launchpad!" and runs out to get him. Then he gets smacked into the windshield of the car Launchpad was riding in and gets swept away by the sandstorm. When Launchpad sees that he's in trouble, he jumps from the car, calling, "I'm coming, D.W.! I'm coming!" All this is happening in the middle of a sandstorm so severe that the guards assigned to escort the two reported that they were both dead.
- At the end of said episode, Launchpad is about to explain that Darkwing is the real hero, but Darkwing interrupts and instead says that he is the luckiest sidekick in the world. He then admits that being a sidekick is harder than it looks. (He slips back into the status quo, but it was still sweet.)
- DW doesn't even hesitate to go and save Launchpad when he discovers his friend has been kidnapped.
- Gosalyn giving all of her Christmas presents to the Muddlefoots after theirs are stolen by Bushroot.
Darkwing: Poor little guy [Honker].
Gosalyn: He is not! I mean... you can't be poor... if you have friends.
- What makes this especially adorable is how impatient Gosalyn was all episode before thisnote and how brash and unsentimental she usually is.
- Even in a Mirror Universe where nothing is as he expects it to be, Darkwing's paternal instincts kick in immediately when it comes to Nega-Gosalyn. Even though her obedient behavior is just as confusing to Darkwing as Launchpad's bloodlust, he still grabs her and takes her with him to escape an attacking Launchpad. Whatever the universe, he's determined to protect her.
- After talking to the Friendly Four, Darkwing still has every intention of going back to his own universe without trying to help them, until he sees Nega-Gosalyn again.
Nega-Megavolt: No! Don't go! (Darkwing pushes him aside)
Nega-Bushroot: You're the only one who's ever beat Negaduck! (Darkwing pushes him aside as well)
Darkwing: Look, thanks, but no thanks. (marches past Nega-Quackerjack and Nega-Liquidator) I've gotta return to my own universe! My own city. My own life! My own- (suddenly notices...) Gosalyn. (stops in his tracks)
Nega-Gosalyn: She's probably worried about you! You shouldn't keep her waiting. (hugs Darkwing)
Darkwing: (uneasy) Um... whose kid is this?
Nega-Bushroot: Gosalyn's guardian is...Negaduck.
Darkwing: (already instinctively hugging Nega-Gosalyn back) In the Negaverse, there's never been a Darkwing Duck to guard the city... (gulp) Or a Drake Mallard to be a father. For you, Gosalyn, I'll stay.
- At the end of the episode, Darkwing feels bad about leaving Nega-Gosalyn behind, but she assures him that she'll be fine and that she has four other Darkwings to look after her (referring to the Friendly Four dressed as Darkwing). All while the good incarnations of his worst enemies strike suitably heroic poses. Aaaaw.
- When Launchpad and Gosalyn come in the door crying uncontrollably, Darkwing immediately jumps up and tries to hug the two of them. (It didn't work, considering that he's a ghost at this point, but it's the thought that counts.)
- The first meeting between Gosalyn and the Bad Future version of Launchpad. When she first finds him, he's surprised but delighted to see her again, and she jumps into his arms, saying how nice it is to see a friendly face after what she's seen of the dystopic St. Canard.
- In the final scene, after experiencing the Bad Future where Darkwing has become the Well-Intentioned Extremist Darkwarrior Duck, Gosalyn, Megavolt, and Quackerjack return to the present, and even though Darkwing grounds Gosalyn for a month for disobeying his instructions to stay in the Ratcatcher, she is so happy to see him back to normal that she accepts the punishment without argument and hugs him. Darkwing is so surprised that she's not bothering to argue that he trails off mid-sentence and simply hugs her back.
- While it's hard to notice thanks to most of Launchpad's behavior being played as Lovable Cowardice, notice what happens when Darkwing starts yelling after putting his hand in the box. Launchpad runs over and grabs his shoulders, seemingly trying to hold on to him to keep him from being "eaten" by the box like Quackerjack. Launchpad is (understandably) terrified of Paddywhack, but he's willing to get into a tug-of-war with the Darkwingverse version of IT to rescue his friend.
- Paddywhack decides he will take Gosalyn as his protege prankster and tries to suck her into his jack in the box. In a moment that has no comedy to it, unlike the rest of the episode, Darkwing jumps to keep her from getting pulled in and tries to secure himself with his grappling hook, and when Launchpad says he can't hold both of them, Darkwing ties down Gosalyn and lets himself get pulled in without a second thought.
- D.W. actually chooses to spare Bushroot the usual beating and jailing after Bushroot helps save him from a giant plant monster, choosing instead to let him go. Coming from someone who has every reason to hate Bushy this means a lot.
- When Launchpad is "captured" by the aliens D.W. runs after them ordering the aliens to release his sidekick.
- Later, when Gosalyn and Drake have seemingly forgotten about Launchpad due to the Aliens erasing their memories, Drake remembers Launchpad when he finds Launchpad’s Teddy bear, which in itself is adorable.
- Little Launchpad earns an "aww!" by himself, but seeing him play with little Tia is just so cute!
- Darkwing forbids Gosalyn from assuming her new superheroine identity because he's afraid for her safety:
Gosalyn: You never treated me like a hero! You just treat me like your baby girl!
Darkwing: (softly) Because you are.
- Any interaction between D.W. and Gosalyn that isn't intended to be comedic. They may be after each other like cats and dogs half the time, but no animated work captures the love between a father and his little girl like this series could. In fact, if you watched a few episodes before "Darkly Dawns the Duck", you'd think Gosalyn really was D.W.'s daughter, not just adopted. THAT'S how good their relationship is.
- There's an episode where someone tries to frame Herb Muddlefoot for a series of crimes. When SHUSH tell Darkwing to investigate, DW refuses, stating that Herb would never do such a thing. It's heartwarming to see that even though D.W. finds him annoying, he never once doubts Herb's innocence.
- DW's eventually grudging respect and friendly rivalry with Gizmo Duck is quite heartwarming. Especially since this is Drake we're talking about.
- At the end of the first comic, Quackwerks is handed over to Scrooge who puts Launchpad in charge of it, after saying how much he trusts him. This actually casts a heartwarming Fridge Brilliance over DuckTales as a whole series — Scrooge McDuck constantly gripes about Launchpad's idiocy, crash habit, and anything else he can think of, but he continually lets him be in a position to harm his earnings or his kids — two things we know he cares about. Scrooge wouldn't let Launchpad do those things if he didn't trust him much more than he generally implies.
- In the new comic series, Darkwing, having been out of work for a year, is now in a St. Canard where no one remembers him. When he finally puts the suit back on to investigate Quackwerks' security robots, he is caught, mistaken for a singer, and sent to perform at a retirement party. When he finishes, the retiree tells him that he is suspicious of the robots and someone should investigate, leading to this exchange:
Darkwing: But no one knows the security codes to get i—
Thwackstien: 2447-6-3253. My memory's better than most, son, and I know a hero when I see one.
- D.W. and Gosalyn again get one at the end of the comic's first story arc, when Darkwing thinks Gosalyn is dead.
Darkwing: You were always my superhero....
- Darkwing trying to break the brainwashing on the catatonic Morgana in issue 5 of the comic. He succeeds, taking the entire issue to do so, also revealing that without Darkwing, Drake is a duck without a driving purpose. In the end, just about to give up, he tearfully says to her that if he never quit, she would never have suffered. The tear breaks her out of it.
- From the end of the "Crisis on Infinite Darkwings" arc: as the hundreds of assembled Darkwings attempt to battle Paddywhack, they're not doing much damage. Then Gosalyn shows up, and as every single Darkwing catches sight of her, this produces a massive flood of love and positive emotion, that Morgana is able to channel to defeat and imprison Paddywhack effortlessly.
- Just before leaving for his own dimension again, Quiverwing Darkwing (who lost his own Gosalyn) hugs Gosalyn Prime and tells her, "Be good, Gosalyn. Be brilliant."
- Also in the first comic, Gosalyn hears some troubling news on the radio and her first response? Instead of going headlong into it herself like she usually would, she sets out to get Launchpad despite the fact that they haven't seen each other in a year! Given that Gosalyn is the one who brings up Launchpad first in the comic, she may have simply taken this as an opportunity to get her family back together.
- Later when we see him next, Launchpad crashes into a building to save Darkwing and for a moment it's just like old times until D.W.'s look reminds L.P. of the rift and even that is quickly mended.
- D.W. usually has a hard time saying no to Gosalyn.
Darkwing: Throw knives at me, drop nuclear warheads on me - that, I can deal with. But she gives me that little pouty beak and I'm mush.
- In the new revised omnibus edition of the comics, the removal of the Dangerous Currency arc means Morgana is still missing until the new series. All the same, it's clear in the added epilogue that Darkwing misses her and knows she did the right thing. Doubles as a Tearjerker.
Darkwing: I don't know if you can hear me, Morgana...but I miss you. I've blamed my self for your disappearance, but I know that you made a choice to save me. To save the entire world. To save my daughter. I have to respect that choice, and believe in you...the way you've always believed in me.
- The same epilogue ends with Morgana's pets Eek, Squeak, and Archie looking happily at a glowing crystal ball, so it's clear that Morgana may return eventually.