Trivia / Darkwing Duck

  • Actor Allusion: NegaDuck has a fondness for pollution, which brings to mind Jim Cummings' earlier role as the villain Crud from The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.
  • Channel Hop:
    • In addition to publishing an omnibus of revised versions of the majority of the Boom Studios comic that was released February 2015, the new publisher Joe Books will also be publishing a new Darkwing Duck series written by Aaron Sparrow.
    • The show itself initially aired briefly on The Disney Channel, before entering First-Run Syndication as part of The Disney Afternoon. There were also several episodes that aired exclusively to ABC.
  • Creator Backlash: Aaron Sparrow, who started the comic book with the storyline for "The Duck Knight Returns" hasn't really been satisfied with the direction Ian Brill eventually took the series, culminating with the issues within Dangerous Currency, with him and artist James Silvani having written their own ending for said crossover.
  • Cross-Dressing Voices:
    • Katie Leigh as Honker Muddlefoot.
    • Also, Honker's brother Tank, who was voiced by the late Dana Hill.
  • God Created Canon Foreigner: The comic book story "The Terror of the Time Turtle" was written by Tad Stones and introduced a new villain called Chronoduck.
  • Harpo Does Something Funny: All of Darkwing's "I am the [noun] that [verb]s your [other noun]!" intros were written in the script as "It doesn't matter what I write here, Jim's going to make something funnier up."
  • Jossed: Despite the fan speculation and the fanon over the years, DuckTales (1987) and Darkwing Duck are not in a Shared Universe as stated by Word of God. The Launchpad McQuack and Gizmo Duck we see in both shows are simply Alternate Continuity versions of them. All these characters would not inhabit the same continuity until DuckTales (2017), which is an Ultimate Universe of the Disney Ducks Comic Universe, the original DuckTales, and some of the earlier The Disney Afternoon shows.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes:
    • The final 37 episodes (that is, everything starting from "Inside Binkie's Brain") are not on DVD, and are unlikely to get an official release anytime soon. However, three of said episodes ("Negaduck", "Tiff of the Titans", and "A Brush With Oblivion") have previously been released on VHS.
    • This also applies to the original, uncut two episode "movie" that launched the show; while the originals were released on VHS in their entirety, the episodic versions that have appeared in syndication since are available on the DVD release.
    • For the Boom comic series, the original versions are likely to be this by default, but Dangerous Currency is the only one that doesn't even get the George Lucas Altered Version treatment. Correspondences with Aaron Sparrow claim that the story wasn't approved by Disney.
    • There were 5 different intro sequences made. Only the 3rd version is what's seen in syndication, and on DVD.
    • The episode "Double Darkwings" had two versions of one scene. note  Only the second version is available on DVD.
  • Meaningful Release Date: The Joe Books revival of the comic had its first issue released in Spring of 2016, 25 years after the cartoon first premiered on the Disney Channel in Spring of 1991.
  • Missing Episode:
  • Name's the Same:
    • NegaDuck and NegaDuck. Interestingly enough, there was a episode that didn't make it to television that would have featured Darkwing and the yellow suited NegaDuck joining forces to combat the first NegaDuck.
      • NegaDuck came from a parallel universe called the Negaverse- the same term that would later be used in the original American dub of Sailor Moon to refer to Queen Beryl's dimension(known as the Dark Kingdom in Japan).
    • Also in the episode "Aduckyphobia", the spider's name is Webby, just like another famous little girl named Webby.
    • And Sara Bellum has the same name as the Mayor's assistant in The Powerpuff Girls.
    • The Fearsome Five share the name of a team of supervillains from Teen Titans.
  • Out of Order: 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.
  • Recycled Script: Climax of "The Incredible Bulk" is very similar to the one of "Planet of the Capes", since in both of them Darkwing and his opponent keep using Applied Phlebotinum to out-grow each other. There is also almost identical gag in both where character is lifting buildings to find someone and scares woman in shower. It's worth noting that two episodes are right next to each other in production order. Oddly enough "The Incredible Bulk" also has a scene where villain tries to kill Darkwing using giant kettle, just like "Smarter Than a Speeding Bullet", the other out of two episodes starring Comet Guy.
  • Relationship Voice Actor: Some characters on the show share their voice actors with characters from The Transformers. For example, Quackerjack is Prowl and Swoop, Liquidator is Omega Supreme and Astrotrain, the Rubber Chicken is Shockwave and Spike Witwicky, Steelbeak is Air Raid, Major Synapse was Thundercracker, Hammerhead is Shrapnel and Snarl, and Darkwing himself is Afterburner and Rippersnapper.
  • Schedule Slip: The remastered omnibus of the Boom Studios comic published by Joe Books and entitled Darkwing Duck: The Definitively Dangerous Edition, was originally given the release date of January 21, 2015, but ultimately was released in February 2015. In addition, the planned revival of the comic has been reported to be shelved for the time being as of July 2015, before finally being released in April 2016.
  • Screwed by the Network:
    • The comic book. Due to various factors, including the licenses returning to Marvel.
    • In Poland, it was aired in 1994 on TVP 1 (the first channel of TVP, Poland's equivalment of The BBC), but they aired only 7 episodes. When they aired the 7th episode, TVP took the series off air and replaced it with Goof Troop, because according to KRRiT (Poland's Media Watchdogs) this cartoon couldn't be watched by kids.
  • Star-Making Role: Jim Cummings cites Darkwing as his first role that he truly realized by himself instead of taking over a previously-established character's voice such as Winnie The Pooh or Tigger.
  • Talking to Himself:
    • Jim Cummings was Darkwing, Negaduck, Herb, and Moliarty.
    • In most dubs Darkwing and Negaduck share a voice actor.
    • In Mexico, Arturo Mercado is Darkwing, Negaduck, and Bushroot. Diana Santos is Honker, Binkie and Tank.
  • Un-Canceled: In early 2015, a new publisher called Joe Books, Inc. published an omnibus collecting revised editions of most of the original Boom Studios comics series to pave the way for a revival of the comic, but the project was reported to have been put on hold until further notice in July 2015.
  • What Could Have Been: As mentioned in the Shout-Out entry on the main page, the original pitch for the show was very different. It was originally going to be a James Bond spoof called Double-O Duck, with Drake Mallard as a globe-trotting spy working for SHUSH. All the villains were going to be agents of FOWL (Fiendish Organization of World Larceny) with Steelbeak overseeing them as the show's big bad. Eventually the concept was combined with ideas from a superhero-based DuckTales episode and became Darkwing Duck, the new name a result of an in-studio contest that was won by Alan Burnett. DW sometimes does missions for SHUSH as a freelance agent, so some of the spy elements survive. FOWL occasionally pops up but only two of the show's dozen or so recurring villains actually work for the organization, and it's run by three unknown shadowy figures.
    • Disney's merchandising division never got the full memo about the change, so most of the show's merchandise portrays all the villains as FOWL agents with Steelbeak as their leader. The Darkwing Duck NES game famously bases its whole plot around this concept.
      • "Double-O-Duck"? That was the name of an episode of DuckTales where Launchpad went undercover as a spy to stop F.O.W.L., and its leader at the time was apparently Killed Off for Real, letting "High Command" take over by the time of Darkwing Duck. Heck, Launchpad's Tuxedo and Martini was the basis of Derek Blunt's costume. "Double-O-Duck"/Double Duck later became Donald Duck's spy name in Donald Duck comics.
      • The writers came up with the idea of a spin-off set 20 Minutes into the Future, featuring Gosalyn as either a teenager or young adult, and featuring her own superhero alter-ego, Quiverwing Quack (who had previously appeared on Darkwing, and was a Green Arrow parody, right down to the trick arrows). It never got past the planning stages. The character was briefly mentioned in the Boom Studios comic, as the daughter of an alternate universe Darkwing who was killed in action, leading that Darkwing to take on the persona in honor of her.
    • According to some rumors, if Ducktales The Movie Treasure Of The Lost Lamp was more successful, there "MIGHT" have been a Darkwing Duck movie as well.
    • Also, Darkwing and Morgana were eventually going to get married and have kids together down the line if the show had continued.
    • One of the storylines pitched for the comic book series had Darkwing and Mickey teaming up to battle the Phantom Blot.
    • There were originally plans for a Crossover with Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers on the show. Though it ended up not happening, Chip & Monty's voices can be heard in "Twitching Channels", as a Shout-Out.
    • The show almost never came to be! In fact, If Disney had only owned the full rights to Rocky & Bullwinkle, and not just video distribution rights, they would have produced a new Bullwinkle series instead. When it was learned they didn't have the rights, the animator brushed off his Double-O Duck proposal because they needed a replacement pitch in a hurry.
    • Concept art sketches in the F.O.W.L. Disposition trade paperback indicate that Femme Appeal was originally going to be a duck, a dogface, or a canary instead of a fox, Mickey Mouse and Goofy were at one point going to make cameos among the people under Duckthulhu's influence, and that the F.O.W.L. High Command would have been revealed to actually be alien experiments like the ones made by Jumba.
    • Before the second volume of the comic revival was abruptly cancelled (again), the Joe Books series was supposed to bring in Frequencia, a villain from the story book "High Wave Robbery."
  • Write Who You Know: Gosalyn was based on one of the writer's daughters.

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