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->''"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}}, ComicBook/{{Sandman|MysteryTheatre}}, Franchise/TheGreenHornet and Radio/TheShadow, parodying many superheroic tropes and characters along the way. Nevertheless, it was one of Disney's DarkerAndEdgier series (not as much as ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', but it did go places that most of Disney's works wouldn't dream of going), fondly remembered for things like total aversion of NeverSayDie and an episode featuring ''{{Satan}}'' (albeit a comical version) as the MonsterOfTheWeek (though, sadly, that episode ended up getting banned from syndication).

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 [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass 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 [[UsefulNotes/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.

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 "[[ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns 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.

In February 2015, the first 16 issues of the Boom! Comics Darkwing Duck series and both stories in the single annual issue were reprinted as a trade by Joe Books Inc., rewritten by original editor Aaron Sparrow to better fit the show's tone and featuring a new epilogue. This is to be followed by a new ongoing series written by Sparrow.

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

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

Darkwing was on the voting roster to be in VideoGame/DisneyInfinity. He was neck-in-neck with [[WesternAnimation/GravityFalls Mabel]], but both lost to [[Disney/{{Frozen}} Olaf]], and with Disney's cancellation of the game and departure from the gaming business, only his gas gun and the Ratcatcher managed to make it into the game, as Power Discs.

For another Disney duck superhero, check out ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures''; for a whole team of them, see ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyDucks''.
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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.)
* ActionFigureFileCard: The toys had them.
* 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.
* 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...
** In general, the show milked DW's reactions to Gosalyn being in danger for all they were worth.
*** One episode had Darkwing completely give up crime fighting, in fear of dying and leaving Gosalyn alone (or worse, being raised by Launchpad)
* AdventureRebuff: Darkwing is always trying to keep Gosalyn out of trouble.
* AdventurerOutfit: Launchpad, with an aviator cap and goggles, scarf, and bomber jacket.
* 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. Then 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 ...
* 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.
** Played straight with the mutant characters in "Mutantcy on the Bouncy". The Rubber Chicken and Sneeze Master's real names are Clovis Cluckenhoff and Daphne Duckbill respectively, the remaining two heroic mutants go by Glue Gal and Banana Boy, and the villain Cement Head goes by the alias Swenlin Swine.
* AllAnimalsAreDogs: Or even plants, in case of Spike who loves playing fetch.
* 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, a MirrorUniverse in which everyone's personality is reversed. Gosalyn is sweet and obedient instead of rebellious (though still one of "the good guys"), Launchpad is efficient and bloodthirsty instead of clumsy but harmless, the Muddlefoots are leather-clad psychopaths rather than amiable nerds (except for Tank, who is intelligent and helpful instead of a selfish bully), and Quackerjack, the Liquidator, Bushroot, and Megavolt are eager but ineffectual heroes who oppose [=NegaDuck=] instead of eager but ineffectual villains who collaborate with him.
* AlwaysKnowAPilot: Darkwing encounters Launchpad by accident when he crashes through his ceiling during an opening chase with Taurus Bulba. This comes in handy a few days later when Darkwing needs a plane and a pilot to get to Bulba's floating fortress.
* 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.
* 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.
** In "Time and Punishment", Darkwing lapses into catatonia when Gosalyn disappears.
* AnIcePerson:
** [[MeaningfulName Isis "Icy" Vanderchill,]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin literally.]]
** Also Hotshot, who can shoot both fire and ice.
* 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.
* AntiSmotherLoveTalk: In the episode "[[Recap/DarkwingDuckS1E59TheQuiverwingQuack The Quiverwing Quack]]", Gosalyn, as the titular superheroine, has been crime-fighting. However, Darkwing forbids her from doing so because he's afraid she'll get hurt. Launchpad gives Darkwing a talk he says his father gave him about how you have to let your children grow up and can't hold on too tightly.
%%* AppliedPhlebotinum
* ArbitrarySkepticism:
** "Night of the Living Spud": "There are no vampire potatoes. Scientists who turn themselves into plants, yes. But vampire potatoes, that's ridiculous." (Ironically, Reginald Bushroot, the "scientist who turned himself into a plant" Darkwing was talking about, was the villain responsible for creating the vampire potato.)
** In "The Haunting of Mr. Banana Brain", Darkwing refuses to believe that the events surrounding Paddywhack's box are supernatural for some time...this despite the fact that his girlfriend is a witch.
* 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 D.W. 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: Lampshaded: Quackerjack's plan in "[[Recap/DarkwingDuckS1E30ToysCzarUs Toys 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. Quackerjack is insane, after all.
* AscendedFanboy: Launchpad was Darkwing Duck's biggest fan before becoming his sidekick.
%%* AsideComment: Used often.
%%* AsideGlance: Used ''even more'' often.
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: Parodied with the tribal language in "Dances With Bigfoot," which consists of "Hummina-hummina-hummina <insert random word>"
* AnAssKickingChristmas: "It's a Wonderful Leaf".
* AsideGlance: Mostly done by Darkwing.
* AssholeVictim: Doctors Gary and Larson in "Beauty and the Beet". Somehow they manage to be schoolyard bullies despite being mega-nerd scientists. They torment Bushroot to the point where seeing him demolish them feel pretty gratifying. This combined with Bushroot's IJustWantToBeLoved feelings and general meekness makes it easy to feel badly for him even though he is a supervillian.
* AxeCrazy:
** [=NegaDuck=], a chainsaw and shotgun-wielding maniac who really ''hates'' cute fluffy little bunnies.
** Quackerjack, whose toys are... not at all child-friendly.
** Nega-Quackerjack in the Negaverse, though he's one of the good guys, still makes a toy MonsterClown that has several axes pop out of it (albeit a ''helpful'' multiple-axe-wielding MonsterClown; sometimes, especially when you need some glass broken and ropes cut, axes can be very useful).
* 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 flaps in the darkest night]]! I am [[WalkingWasteland the skunk that pollutes your air]]! I. Am. '''[=NegaDuck=]'''! ''[EvilLaugh]''
* BadassCrew: Darkwing and his team.
* BadassNormal:
** Darkwing himself fights powered supervillains and can match powered superheroes on a good day.
** 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.
* BadIsGoodAndGoodIsBad: Negaduck loves skulls and hates flowers. (And he ''really'' [[ItMakesSenseInContext hates anvils]].)
* BalancingDeathsBooks: "Dead Duck" averts this. 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' showed a future where Darkwing Duck reinvented himself as Dark Warrior Duck and became a KnightTemplar who's strict ways turned St. Canard into a dystopia. Also shown in the episode "Paraducks", when Darkwing Duck ended up entering a future where the King was now ruler of St. Canard because Darkwing never encouraged his younger self to stand up to the King.
* BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork: Occurs quite often with plans GoneHorriblyRight or GoneHorriblyWrong when they find themselves having to clean up their own messes; inverted on at least one occasion in "Stressed To Kill" when Megavolt and Quackerjack managed to set the city on fire and had to bring in Darkwing Duck to fix things.
* BananaPeel: Turns up on several occasions in both the cartoon and the video game. In "The Quiverwing Quack", Gosalyn actually trips on one of these while walking on a rope across buildings.
* BattleCouple: Darkwing and Morgana usually qualify for this.
* BerserkButton:
** A lot of the villains have short tempers, but most of them have at least one thing that gets under their skin more than anything else:
*** Calling Megavolt "Sparky" drives him up a wall, although it is usually the blind rage that causes him to make mistakes.
*** Quackerjack flips out anytime anyone mentions wanting to play video games around him, whether they are allies or not.
*** Negaduck can hold his HairTriggerTemper to threats and calculated violence most of the time, but reminding Negaduck that he's only the No. 2 enemy of St. Canard, right under Dr. Slug, is signing your death warrant.
** On the other hand Herb Muddlefoot appears impervious to insults or threats of any kind, unless you insult Quackerware 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).
* BilingualBonus: "St. Canard" is French for "St. Duck"
* BlessedWithSuck: Some of the mutants recruited by the Rubber Chicken to fight Cement Head in "Mutantcy on the Bouncy" have completely useless abilities. Sneeze Master can only display cold symptoms at will, while Banana Boy can only turn into an anthropomorphic banana that wears a blue cape.
* 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: ''Who's the cunning mind behind/ the shadowy disguise?''
* BrattyHalfPint:
** Gosalyn was sometimes very selfish and reckless, in one episode even recycling many of her adoptive father's belongings without thinking about her actions.
** Also Tank Muddlefoot, who was '''always''' this, despite his size due to constantly bullying his brother Honker.
* 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:
** 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. For example, when four of them are in jail in "Jail Bird" and Darkwing gets himself sent to the same prison under the name "Demolition Duck", the villains are initially not fooled by his disguise and rush him, until...
--->'''Bushroot:''' Wait a second! This can't be Darkwing Duck! If it was Darkwing Duck he would have called me mean names, like "Bushbrain" and "Melonhead"!\\
'''Megavolt:''' I think Bushbrain is right!\\
'''Quackerjack:''' Yeah, good thinking, Melonhead!\\
'''Bushroot:''' ''(sourly)'' Yeah, takes one to know one...
** This applies to Darkwing most of the time. His ego sets him up for a ''lot'' of slapstick abuse, perhaps the crowning example coming in "Just Us Justice Ducks" when a sarcastic remark by Darkwing inspires the Liquidator and Bushroot to trick Stegmutt into thinking they are pretending Darkwing is on fire, prompting him to bash Darkwing against the ground repeatedly while exclaiming, "Put out the Darkwing! Put out the Darkwing!"
** 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.
* CampStraight: Bushroot, who has all the makings of a SissyVillain with his florid manner of appearance, is nevertheless very much into women romantically.
* CaptainCrash: Launchpad is said to have lousy landing skills. 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, making this an InformedFlaw.
* CaptainErsatz: Most of D.W.'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's powers are similar to those of the Spider-Man villain Hydro-Man and his origin is suspiciously similar to how Jack Napier became SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker. Megavolt, meanwhile, has much of the powers and personality of MarvelComics' Electro with just a dash of Magneto thrown in, and Darkwing himself heavily resembles Franchise/{{Batman}}, up to the point of having a gender-flipped Robin.
* CaptainObvious: Launchpad. Especially in "A Brush With Oblivion".
-->(Darkwing runs into a fake door)\\
'''Launchpad''': That door's not real, D.W.
** In another episode, as Darkwing and Launchpad are chasing a villain:
--> '''Launchpad''': He's gettin' away, D.W.!\\
'''Darkwing''': ''(annoyed)'' I can ''see'' that!
* 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.
* CarMeetsHouse: In "Darkly Dawns the Duck", Launchpad crashes the Ratcatcher and a car through the walls of the prison and Gosalyn's orphanage, respectively.
* CassandraTruth:
** In "[[Recap/DarkwingDuckS1E54TheHauntingOfMrBananaBrain The Haunting of Mr. Banana Brain]]", Gosalyn repeatedly denies being behind most of the pranks, but because she ''was'' behind the first one, Darkwing refuses to believe her, until he sees Paddywhack.
** From the same episode, Darkwing thinks Launchpad is just panicking when he says that Paddywhack's jack-in-the-box "ate" Quackerjack. Guess who's right.
* CatchPhrase: Start at the beginning...
** Darkwing has many catchphrases for various situations.
*** His preferred entrance line when showing up at a crime scene: [[InTheNameOfTheMoon "I am the terror..."]]
*** When he's tired of being kicked around and decides the gloves are off for his fight against the villain of the week: [[LetsGetDangerous "Let's get dangerous!"]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kIOM1JS7wI Now in 14 flavors!]]
*** He precedes the deployment of his gas gun with the line, "Suck GAS, evildoer!"
*** His reaction to situations he simply wants to resolve so that he can move on is "[[SureLetsGoWithThat Hoookay-fine]]."
*** If he's satisfied with how a situation has turned out, he declares, "Yeeeeeeep, yep, yep." This is often followed by a sudden reversal of fortune for him.
** "[[WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys Keen gear!]]" is Gosalyn's preferred turn of phrase to express her approval of something, or her fascination with someone's new costume or gadget.
** Quackerjack's battle cry: "It's ''playtime!''"
** 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.
* ChainedToARailway: Lampshaded. The villainess does just this to Darkwing and Launchpad. DW lectures her for resorting to such and old cliche, but is forced to admit that while not terribly original, tying someone to a railroad track is indeed ''effective''.
* 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" takes place over a single Christmas Eve.
* 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. "That Sinking Feeling" even has Darkwing ask Gosalyn if she put too much sugar on her Frosty-O's.
%%* CityOfAdventure: St. Canard.
* CivilianVillain: Tuskernini has pulled this off a few times, most notably in "Adopt-a-Con".
* ClaspYourHandsIfYouDeceive
%%* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}:
%%** Launchpad and Stegmutt.
%%** [[IAmTheNoun 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". However it's never explained why Launchpad stopped working for Scrooge and ended up in St Canard.
** Launchpad's father Ripcord, who also appeared in one episode of [=DuckTales=], appeared in a flashback during "U.F. Foe".
** In rare case of characters reffering to previous episodes of actual show, Herb mentions in "Slaves of Fashion" that he saved Darkwing Duck once (which could be a reference to "You Sweat Your Life" or "The Merchant of Menace").
* 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 buzzsaw cufflinks.
* CreatorCameo: Tad Stones provided the voice of Hammerhead during his appearance in "In Like Blunt".
* {{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=].
* 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.
** 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.
** Launchpad tends to be presented as fairly incompetent at superhero work, but during "Darkly Dawns the Duck" and "[[Recap/DarkwingDuckS1E20DoubleDarkwings Double Darkwings]]", he and Darkwing wind up fighting each other. Launchpad [[CurbStompBattle curbstomps him]] both times.
%%* 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. She and Drake/Darkwing may argue a lot, but she adores him, and he adores her and goes into full PapaWolf mode if someone even threatens to harm her. Since she has no mother figure, she is also feisty and tomboyish and is eager to join her dad in fighting crime (he's not so keen on the idea as he doesn't like seeing her endanger herself).
* DarkIsNotEvil: PlayedForLaughs with Death. [[DontFearTheReaper He's just doing his job]] and is upset that people view him as an evil entity.
* 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. They engage in SnarkToSnarkCombat regularly.
** 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" when Darkwing and Quackerjack have Paddywhack at their mercy after simply laughing off the pranks he plays on them and then playing several pranks on him.
-->'''Mr. Banana Brain (Quackerjack):''' Say fellas, [[ThisIsThePartWhere maybe this is part where we show him love and kindness and he vows to mend his evil ways!]]\\
''(Paddywhack nods frantically)''\\
'''Quackerjack and Darkwing:''' Eh... nah! ''(they electrocute Paddywhack with a pair of joy buzzers)''
* DescriptionCut: In "Dead Duck", Launchpad's comment about Darkwing being so brave as he marches away with Death is immediately followed by Darkwing breaking down and begging Death to give him another chance.
* {{Descriptiveville}}: St. Canard.
* DetectiveAnimal: Darkwing does detective work from time to time.
* {{Determinator}}: Darkwing and Negaduck both share this trait.
* DidntThinkThisThrough: Setting a building on fire for fun in "Stressed To Kill" seems like a good idea to Quackerjack... until his partner Megavolt notices that the fire is spreading from building to building awfully quickly, and they remember that the fire department won't be coming to put out the fire because the two brainwashed them into being utterly apathetic along with most of the rest of the city.
* 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!'''
* * ADogNamedDog: One of Bushroot's plants was simply called Daisy. It was also refereed as "he" making it also a case of GenderBlenderName.
* 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.
* DudeNotFunny: Done in "Going Nowhere Fast" after Negaduck aged Darkwing Duck with the accelerator and gave him a rocking chair as an insult:
--> '''Gosalyn''': (reading a note Negaduck left with the rocking chair) "To Darkwing Duck, my oldest enemy, and I do mean '''oldest'''! Ha ha ha!" That's not funny.
* 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:
** Stegmutt is big and strong, especially after being turned into a dinosaur, but he is not the sharpest tool in the shed, remaining unaware that his employer, Dr. Fossil, is ObviouslyEvil despite mounting evidence for it.
** When we first meet him, Comet Guy is one of the least effective superheroes on a planet full of superheroes, as he is incredibly dim and has been conditioned to start dancing every time he hears a bell and continue to do so until he hears a whistle. He is, however, very physically strong.
* DummiedOut: Rare not Video Game example, villain Anna Matronic was created as possible enemy for Darkwing but never showed up in any episode aside from a brief crowd cameo during "In Like Blunt". She ended up having few appearances in books and comics.
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* 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.
** Another example is Mr. Banana Brain's design. In "Whiffle While You Work", the episode that introduces Quackerjack, he looked more like a full-on parody of Mr. Potato Head and was merely an explosive used by Quackerjack to cover his escape. All his other appearances made him look less like Mr. Potato Head and had him become a ventriloquist dummy used by Quackerjack.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Morgana, Dr. Sara Bellum, Dr. Rhoda Dendron and Bianca Beakley [[spoiler: a.k.a. The Bugmaster]].
* TheElectricSlide: Megavolt uses this one.
* ElementalPowers: Three members of the Fearsome Five have one. Bushroot [[GreenThumb can control plant life,]] Megavolt [[ShockAndAwe has electrical powers,]] and the Liquidator [[MakingASplash is made of living water.]]
* 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.
* TheEndOrIsIt: At the end of "The Haunting of Mr. Banana Brain", Launchpad expresses relief that the case is over...and then they heard Paddywhack's laugh and see a laughing, talking fish in the harbor.
* 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"). These very often come about because the bad guys' schemes have a way of getting out of their control, particularly when their creations and/or partners in crime start wondering why they have to take orders.
* 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 Launchpad 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 -both versions, the first arguably moreso, as he is the the dark half of Darkwing's personality, given form after he is zapped by Megavolt's Tron Splitter device. He resolves to kill his Posiduck counterpart, so as to conquer the underworld undeterred. The second, from a MirrorUniverse, is no less evil, as he delights in the thought of murder, and at one point tries to destroy all of St. Canard in one fell swoop.
** There is another evil counterpart of Darkwing known as Darkwarrior Duck from a BadFuture. Gosalyn disappears when she accidentally hitches a ride with the time travel device that took her to Darkwarrior's time. The loss broke him so much that Darkwing started to take a much more [[KnightTemplar hardline stance towards fighting criminals]], running all of them out of town before turning Saint Canard into a full-fledged PoliceState where AllCrimesAreEqual.
* 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!
* EvilPuppeteer: Quackerjack is both a MonsterClown and this: he carries a puppet called Mr. Banana Brain around, and often has conversations with himself through it.
* EvilRedhead:
** Subverted by Webby, who isn't actually evil as much as being led astray by Professor Moliarty.
** Played straight with Tank Muddlefoot, Honker's redheaded BigBrotherBully. Yes, he's a bully, not a supervillain, but he's ''never'' really nice.
* 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''. 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.
** E. Thaddeus Rockwell and his assistant bear some resemblance to Gaston and [=LeFou=] from ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast''.
* 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.
* FadeAroundTheEyes:
** Negaduck does this in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck''. An interesting example in that he doesn't directly face the screen, but that doesn't prevent the black screen around his eyes from being just as intimidating as the other examples.
** In the episode "Time and Punishment", after Darkwarrior refuses to let Gosalyn SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong, the screen fades until all that can be seen are his eyes.
* FascistsBedTime: Gosalyn is sent to the future, where the Gosalyn-less Darkwing has become a vicious dictator called Darkwarrior who does this. Gosalyn even notes "Only my dad would set a universal curfew at 8 o'clock."
* 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 AxCrazy 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.
* FieryRedhead:
** Gosalyn has red hair and is incredibly feisty. In her first scene in "Darkly Dawns the Duck", she is playing roller hockey and hits the puck through the window onto Hammerhead's nose. She jumps through the window, shouts "Play it where it lands!", and hits the puck so hard it knocks the opposing goaltender back into his net.
** Also Hotshot, to a literal extent. He is a redhead who got [[PlayingWithFire fire powers]] after an experiment.
** Launchpad is an aversion. Despite being a redhead, he's actually the person in the house who's least likely to get angry, generally playing the GentleGiant to the snarky and somewhat bratty Gosalyn and the {{hot blooded}} Darkwing.
* FilkSong: In "The Darkwing Doubloon", the pirate versions of the Fearsome Five sing a song called "Pirates Are Something to Fear on the Sea" to the tune of "Ninety-nine Bottles of Beer on the Wall". Fittingly, as they sing, the Darkwing Doubloon and his fellow pirates capture them one by one.
* FishPeople: Neptunia was transformed from an ordinary fish into an anthropomorphic fish by toxic chemicals dumped into the sea off St. Canard.
* FiveBadBand: The Fearsome Five.
** [=NegaDuck=] is the BigBad, as he gives orders to the other four (who are too intimidated by him to stand up to him, despite his abusive leadership) and is usually the last one to be fought and defeated in a Fearsome Five episode.
** Megavolt is TheDragon, the most frequently recurring villain outside Fearsome Five episodes and often the last one to be defeated before [=NegaDuck=] in episodes featuring the full group.
** Bushroot is the EvilGenius, having been a MadScientist before his transformation into a plant/duck hybrid and being smarter than most of the other members of the Fearsome Five (often including [=NegaDuck=], who, like Darkwing, is too egotistical to acknowledge his shortcomings).
** The Liquidator is TheBrute; as a creature made of living water, brute force is his specialty, since he can attack his opponents with weapons made of water and suffer no damage in return (unless he is exposed to dry cement, pudding powder, or large sponges).
** Quackerjack is a male example of the DarkChick, his insanity and mechanical ingenuity balancing out the others' skill sets.
* FiveManBand: The Justice Ducks.
** Darkwing Duck is TheLeader. He organises and gives orders to the others - when his ego and desire to get all the credit for himself don't get in the way.
** Gizmo Duck is TheLancer, as he is more traditionally heroic and level-headed than Darkwing, and is the most likely to get in a battle of egos with him.
** Neptunia is TheSmartGuy. She is short and antisocial and resents being called upon to save the surface world (with which she has a rather adversarial relationship), but tends to be one of the more skilled of the group at strategy.
** Stegmutt is TheBigGuy. He's not very bright and is incredibly naive and childlike, but his huge size and strength are valuable assets to the Justice Ducks when properly directed.
** Morgana is TheChick, able to use her feminine wiles and magical abilities to charm, then defeat the team's enemies.
* 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. He wants companionship and friends. So when he gets an invite to join a RoguesGallery, obviously he's going to try to fit in because he thinks it will make him popular.
* FourFingeredHands
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: In The Fearsome Five, we have sanguine Quackerjack, choleric Megavolt, melancholic Bushroot, and the phlegmatic (II) Liquidator. Negaduck occupies the middle ground between them.
* TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou:
** In-universe, in "Twitching Channels", Megavolt's new Electrolyzer allows him to travel through electric cables, and he discovers that by adjusting the frequency, he can travel into any television set he wishes. He emerges from the employee TV at the Hamburger Hippo to empty the cash register, leans out of six screens at once in an electronics store to steal six televisions, and finally leans out of Herb Muddlefoot's screen to steal his new remote control.
** In "Frequency Fiends", Darkwing's new SHUSH weapon hits Gosalyn and creates three clones of her with PersonalityPowers, who are eventually captured and [[SealedEvilInACan trapped somewhere]]. Megavolt, who helps 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.
* 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]].
* FryingPanOfDoom: BadFuture!Launchpad kayoes Darkwarrior with a frying pan after he threatens Gosalyn with a missile loaded gun.
* 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]].
* GaleForceSound: Near the beginning of "Life, the Negaverse, and Everything", Drake is napping on the sofa when Gosalyn shouts at him through a megaphone; Drake's retaliation is so loud that it blows Gosalyn's hair back.
-->'''Gosalyn:''' ''(through megaphone)'' '''Attention Drake Mallard! It is time for Honker's birthday party!'''\\
'''Drake:''' ''(glares at Gosalyn and grabs the megaphone, then yells through it)'' '''I'm not going!''' ''(Gosalyn's hair is blown back)'' '''I ''hate'' the Muddlefoots, and I hate their ''parties!''' (Gosalyn's hair is blown back again; she grimaces and puts her hands over her ears)''
* 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.
* GentleGiant:
** Launchpad is over a head taller than Darkwing and is quite muscular... and has a big heart to match, always there to help Darkwing out of the many difficult spots he gets into.
** Though not a full-size ''Stegosaurus'', Stegmutt is still larger than most of the regular cast and can knock people flying with his tail, but he has a childlike innocence that makes it difficult for him to believe even the most ObviouslyEvil villains (such as Dr. Fossil, who turned him into a dinosaur to begin with) could be malicious.
* 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!
* GlassSmackAndSlide:
** In "Water Way to Go", Darkwing, propelled by a sandstorm, smacks against the windshield of Launchpad's car.
** Also happens in another episode where Darkwing tries to stop the villains by standing in front of their van.
--->'''Darkwing:''' I am the terror that flaps in (''[[CatchPhraseInterruptus smack]]'') ...your windshield.
* GlorySeeker: 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, [=NegaDuck=] knew he would ignore the giant [=NegaDuck=] flag.
* GrapplingHookPistol
* GreenRocks: Canardium, a green radioactive element used as a power source. It also caused a spider to grow large and sentient.
* GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe: Tia in "U.F.Foe" is a purple-skinned space babe.
* GroundedForever: When Honker is held responsible for an art theft that was actually committed by the villain of the week, his parents ground him in his room. His father makes a list of things Honker isn't allowed to have, including going out, having friends over, watching television, and [[DisproportionateRetribution sunlight, food, and water]]. His wife points out that those last few items are a bit excessive.
* 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.
* {{Hammerspace}}: The place around Darkwing's cape where he keeps his gadgets.
* HandicappedBadass: Darkwing in the episodes "Duck Blind" and "Steerminator".
* HandInTheHole: in "The Haunting of Mr. Banana Brain". Darkwing puts his hand in Paddywhack's box. Nothing happens, but he decides to rib Launchpad by pretending something is happening.
-->'''Launchpad''': Don't touch it [the jack-in-the-box]! That -- that ''thing'' ate Quackerjack!
-->'''Darkwing''': ''(hand in box)'' Fascinating. Then we're dealing with a powerful evil force that could -- [[TheGadfly aah! aaah!]] Launchpad, get a grip. It's just a toy.
* 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 are married and happy together. It makes sense, given that they're expies of [[Series/LeaveItToBeaver the Cleavers.]]
** An interview confirmed that [[spoiler: Darkwing and Morgana]] would have been as well if the show wasn't cancelled.
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: Dr. Slug, mentioned several times as St. Canard's most wanted criminal, never appears more than one time in the whole series for about five seconds, and we never do find out [[OffscreenVillainy what he did to snag that public enemy #1 slot]].
* 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 friend is in fact quite effective.
* HeelFaceTurn: Morgana and Neptunia both start out as antagonists but become heroes.
* 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. [[VitriolicBestBuds Launchpad gets on Darkwing's nerves a lot of the time]], but they ''do'' fight together and raise Gosalyn together.
* 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: 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.
* HumbleGoal: The only reason Stegmutt gets involved in the events of "Just-Us Justice Ducks" is because Darkwing bought a hot dog from him and ran off before Stegmutt could give him his change. He finally manages to give it back to him at the end of the story. [[spoiler: Darkwing lets him keep it.]]
* HumiliationConga:
** [=NegaDuck=] generally gets [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFK0HmwHvaU the most humiliating defeats.]] Just to name a few examples:
*** Perhaps the most spectacular happens at the end of "Just Us Justice Ducks". After literally getting yelled off the top of a skyscraper when he threatens to contract the electric wall around St. Canard, he lands on electricity cables and bounces up again, where Darkwing hits him with a pie, then a flowerpot, then an anvil, then a safe, then a 100-ton weight. As [=NegaDuck=] falls to the ground, Darkwing pulls up to catch him in a garbage truck... then reverses out of the way at the last second so that [=NegaDuck=] forms an ImpactSilhouette in the road. The final insult: the remote control for the electric wall lands on [=NegaDuck's=] head and shatters.
*** In the final act of "Jail Bird", after [=NegaDuck=] has stolen the superpowers of the rest of the Fearsome Five and become a giant size supervillain who floods St. Canard with boiling water, Darkwing teams up with the other de-powered villains to exploit their weaknesses, which [=NegaDuck=] has absorbed. He starts by exploiting Megavolt's weakness to water by baiting [=NegaDuck=] into firing electricity at him, then running through his now watery legs, causing him to short circuit. Next, the other villains exploit Liquidator's weakness to dry cement by emptying four bags of it into [=NegaDuck's=] path, causing his lower half to turn into solid concrete. Finally, they dance around him mockingly, causing him to break down sobbing at their betrayal as his concrete lower half crumbles and he crashes to the ground, unconscious.
** Bushroot and E. Thaddeus Rockwell experience one in the final act of "A Star is Scorned" after Darkwing replaces the film in the projector at their screening with [[Creator/WaltDisney Mr. Dizzy]] with the footage of how he actually defeated Bushroot by subjecting him to the same humiliations to which Darkwing himself has been subjected throughout the episode on, variously, a children's puppet show, a game show, and a talk show, culminating in Bushroot's attempt to lead an army of sentient trees on St. Canard being diluted to having the planned condominium complex built ''in'' the trees rather than over them. Mr. Dizzy tells Bushroot not to give up his day job, then invites Rockwell to discuss his expense account charges (the whole reason he was trying to replace Darkwing with Bushroot to begin with) with two literal devils from accounting.
%%** [[ButtMonkey Megavolt]] gets some pretty bad ones too.
* HuskyRusskie: Agent Grizzlikoff.
* HypocriticalHumor
** Used in "Trading Faces" when [[FreakyFridayFlip Gosalyn has switched brains with Darkwing and the two pretend to be one another to avoid suspicion]]. Gosalyn in Drake Mallard's body scolds Darkwing in Gosalyn's body by telling him that "[he is] grounded for life and [his] allowance is suspended until further notice", then tells her adoptive father it is fun to yell at him like he yells at her. Darkwing in Gosalyn's body claims that he never yells at her like that, but when he sees that his car has been crashed into the stairs, he nearly repeats Gosalyn's scolding word for word before stopping himself at the last minute.
** In "Apes of Wrath", Darkwing tells Launchpad to remain calm, then yells at the gorilla to tell him where Gosalyn is. He fully admits that he's being hypocritical.
-->'''Darkwing''': All right, [[LampshadeHanging 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.
* IAmTheNoun: 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.
* ILoveNuclearPower: A bunch of people got mutant superpowers thanks to their parents being exposed to various radioactive items. Darkwing was envious of all their powers, and supposed he'd just get a rash if he was exposed to something radioactive.
* 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.
* IncomingHam: [[MadLibsCatchPhrase "I AM THE TERROR THAT FLAPS IN THE NIGHT!"]]
* 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]].
* InelegantBlubbering: In "Dead Duck", Launchpad cries loudly and messily when returning from Darkwing's funeral.
* 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.
** Launchpad nearly married an alien queen called Tia.
** Attempted by Bushroot when he wanted to marry Posey the vampire potato.
* InTheirOwnImage: In the episode "Time and Punishment", Gosalyn hitches a ride with a TimeMachine into a BadFuture where her disappearance caused Darkwing to become increasingly extreme in his fight against crime, not only destroying all the bad guys but turning all of Saint Canard into a totalitarian nightmare where AllCrimesAreEqual. When he obtains the time machine, he contemplates going back to the start of history and issuing the death penalty from the get go, or even going to the Paleozoic period to drill respect for the law into the new land-based lifeforms.
* 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.
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: At the end of "Mutantcy on the Bouncy", the Rubber Chicken chews Darkwing out by calling him a vain, pig-headed, loudmouthed, snooty, egomaniacal waffle-brain. Darkwing only objects to being called vain.
* 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 to 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 "[[Recap/DarkwingDuckS1E35HeavyMental Heavy Mental]]".]]
** [[spoiler: Dr. Gary and Dr. Larson in the episode "Beauty And The Beet"]] were [[NeverFoundTheBody apparently]] turned into plants by Bushroot. They did not get better.
** [[spoiler: Splatter Phoenix]] was dissolved in one of her later episodes and never reappeared.
* 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. You KNOW Bulba was a frightening villain when Gosalyn [[AngstComa went catatonic upon seeing him again]], until Honker snapped her out of it. 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!"
--->'''Taurus Bulba:''' Tell me quickly, or she'll make quite an ugly stain on the street... Taurus Bulba works for NO ONE!
** 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.
* 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 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. In addition to characters, there is a theme for when D.W. says "LetsGetDangerous," and another one for his "I am the terror who flaps in the night" catchphrase.
* 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 its illogical conclusion when he becomes even more PR obsessed than usual and attempts to change his image. It ends up making him ineffective.
* LightningCanDoAnything: Lightning hitting a computer can throw electricity that cause a FreakyFridayFlip to Darkwing Duck and Gosalyn along with Launchpad and Honker.
* LimitedWardrobe: Launchpad's apparent lack of another outfit [[LampshadeHanging came up in passing]] more than once.
* LiteralAssKicking: Gosalyn attacks the Bugmaster and her minions by shooting them in the butts with the Bugmaster's gun in "Fraudcast News".
* 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 "Jurassic Jumble".
** In the first episode, Taurus Bulba's cell is a LuxuryPrisonSuite and a ''spaceship'' disguised as an ordinary cell.
* MadLibsCatchPhrase:
** The second sentence of Darkwing's entrance, after "''I'' am the ''terror'' that ''flaps in the night!''"
---> 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)
---> "[[Recap/DarkwingDuckS1E47LetsGetRespectable Let's get respectable!]]"
---> Posi-Duck: "Let's get considerate!"
---> "Let's get ridiculous!" (teaming up with Quackerjack against Paddywhack)
---> 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
* MaleGaze: In "Fraudcast News", the first scene of Bianca Beakley as [[spoiler: the Bugmaster]] involves a brief close-up of her rear end.
* 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: Negaduck's playground the Negaverse, where everyone's personality is inverted, though not quite everyone's morality. (Apparently, Gosalyn can be a good girl whether she's well-behaved or not.) Interestingly, Negaduck, Nega-Honker, and Nega-Gosalyn are all modeled on versions of the regular characters from episodes in which they were a bit out of character ("Negaduck" in which Darkwing's evil half also committed crime and hated cute fluffy little bunnies, "Calm a Chameleon" in which Honker tried to be more assertive as a motorcycle-jacket-wearing biker rebel without a cause, and "Slaves to Fashion" in which Gosalyn had to train to be a properly feminine little lady).
* 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.
* 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. His life in high school is essentially seen as true, however. The "born on another planet" story was quite obviously Darkwing making 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 allusion to Launchpad's past:
--->'''Launchpad:''' [[WesternAnimation/DuckTales Fenton and I used to work for the same guy]].\\
'''Drake:''' [[SarcasmMode That must have been fun.]]
** In "U.F.Foe", Ripcord, Launchpad's father who appeared in an episode of ''[=DuckTales=]'', makes a cameo.
** 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, which probably explains why a great many episodes are out of order, why so few reference each other, and why many seemingly contradict each other. Darkwing Duck has ''two'' pilot episodes (one of which has everyone together with no explanation, and the other of which explains how Darkwing Duck came to adopt Gosalyn and move into a house next to the Muddlefoots) and the origin stories of some of the heroes and villains aired only ''after'' they appeared in the "Just Us Justice Ducks" team-up episodes.
** Darkwing Duck also has a sort of MultipleChoicePast for origin stories, though the only two that flatly contradict the others are clearly a bit of his [=BSing=] his futuristic listeners.
** [=NegaDuck=], for his part, has been presented in two different forms (one as a Bizarro version of Darkwing Duck created when Megavolt zapped him with a machine of his, and the other as an immigrant from the [[MirrorUniverse Negaverse]] in which nearly everyone's morality is reversed). They both share a love for committing crimes and an obsessive hatred for cute little fluffy bunnies, and might as well be the same person, but no story indicating them to be the exact same character has ever been written.
** In "Life, The Negaverse, and Everything", we see Negaduck "sucked into oblivion" and yet [[UnexplainedRecovery he returns safe and sound without explanation]] later. Of course, he ''did'' make the customary threat that he'd return for revenge even as he was being sucked into what he claimed was "oblivion" ([[JokerImmunity and later make good on it]], so maybe he was lying or "oblivion" is not so bad after all) and if you [[FreezeFrameBonus look carefully at the Darkwing Duck's return to his own universe near the end]], you'll notice the close-up shot is of [=NegaDuck=] returning to his universe from the birthday cake portal in his universe while the more distant shot is of Darkwing Duck emerging from the other birthday cake portal into his universe shortly before the portal closes. No explanation is ever given of how [=NegaDuck=] managed to find his way back to Darkwing Duck's universe, however.
** Also, several episodes act as though 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 opposed to having semi-recently adopted her (like "Quiverwing Quack"). (This possibly makes sense, however, if these episodes are chronologically out of order and actually take place a couple years after he adopted her, when she would be a bit more familiar with her adoptive father's ways.)
* NerdsAreSexy: Dr. Sara Bellum, Dr. Rhoda Dendron, and a few 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.
** There's also Darkwarrior Duck, an alternate timeline KnightTemplar version of Darkwing who advocates handing out the death penalty for even the most minor of offenses...and isn't afraid to say so.
* NiceHat
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Gosalyn woke up [[MonsterClown Paddywhack]] by playing a practical joke on her father.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Negaduck ruined Darkwing's nice guy image, which made him realize that he can't fight crime while taking care of his new publicity image, bringing the old Darkwing back.
* 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.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: In "A Star is Scorned", E. Thaddeus Rockwell and his assistant, Crosby, arrange a screening for a planned ''Darkwing Duck'' {{Spinoff}} starring Bushroot (actually a front for Rockwell to embezzle money through his expense account) with their studio head, Mr. Dizzy. Dizzy is only seen from behind, but his name, facial profile, and voice make it clear that he is the in-universe version of Creator/WaltDisney.
* 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!
* OncePerEpisode: "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.]]
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: In "Battle of the Brain Teasers", Launchpad initially doesn't believe Gosalyn that hats have taken over Drake and Honker's bodies. He spots them, with the hats on their heads and talking in different voices, and doesn't see anything odd... Until Drake transforms into Darkwing. "You're right, DW would never wear a hat that clashes with his outfit."
* OriginsEpisode: While Darkwing Duck was often established as having a MultipleChoicePast, the season three episode "Clash Reunion" gave him a proper origin story as well as one for his enemy Megavolt. The episode revealed that Drake Mallard and Elmo Sputterspark used to be high school students. An accident gave Elmo electrical powers and drove him insane. When he renamed himself Megavolt and attacked the high school prom in revenge, Drake Mallard donned the guise of Darkwing Duck to bring him to justice.
* OrMyNameIsnt: In "Darkly Dawns the Duck", Launchpad beats up Darkwing (who he thinks is an intruder), yelling, "Nobody messes with the airplanes in my hangar, or my name isn't Launchpad [=McQuack=]!"
* 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.
* OverlyNarrowSuperlative: In "Dead Duck", Darkwing tells Launchpad that he was the best sidekick he ever had. He then comments that Launchpad was the ''only'' sidekick he ever had.
* PapaWolf:
** Darkwing for Gosalyn. Generally, putting her in danger is an easy way to prompt him to show just how competent he really is.
** While he's less successful at it, Launchpad is also protective of Gosalyn. In "Dead Duck", when Darkwing is in ghost form and can't protect her, Launchpad tries to step up to the plate. (Unfortunately, he gets curb-stomped by Megavolt during the following scene cut.)
* ParentalBonus: Waaaaay too many to list. See [[ShoutOut/DarkwingDuck the Shout Out page]] for just a few examples.
* ParentalLoveSong: In "Darkly Dawns the Duck", Darkwing takes in Gosalyn to prevent her from being snatched by the crime boss who killed her grandfather. She tells him about a lullaby her grandfather always used to sing her, "Little Girl Blue." Darkwing sings it, {{foreshadowing}} the father/daughter relationship that they're going to share for the rest of the series.
* 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 an experiment GoneHorriblyRight.
* PlantMooks: Bushroot tends to use plants as {{Mooks}}.
* 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. A few years and a medium shift later (in the Boom! comics), apparently, he's picked up some new tricks while he was Quackwerks' water supply...
* PowerDegeneration: In "Going Nowhere Fast", Darkwing gain SuperSpeed as a result of being hit with a time-accelerating weapon by Negaduck. When he used his newfound power, he did everything at a faster rate, including aging faster.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: 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.
* PreferJailToTheProtagonist: In "Time and Punishment", Megavolt and Quackerjack for once ''don't'' want to break out of the St. Canard Jail. Given that they're in an alternate future and that future's Darkwing has gone KnightTemplar, they have a good reason.
* PrettyInMink: In the "Darkwing Doubloon" episode, Herb and Binkie were the king and queen, and Binkie wore a dress with an ermine-trimmed hem.
* ProjectileToast
* PstandardPsychicPstance:
** The episode "Heavy Mental" is full of this.
** Flygirl especially qualifies.
* PsychicPowers: The whole point of the episode "Heavy Mental".
* PsychoElectro: Megavolt has electricity-based powers and is more than a little mentally unbalanced, finding electrical appliances much more agreeable companions than carbon-based life forms (although he has bestowed a certain level of sentience onto said appliances). As he himself says, "[[TheyCalledMeMad They called me crazy! They called me insane! They called me LOONY!... and boy, were they right!]]"
* PunishmentBox: One shows up in "Double Darkwings" when Darkwing is wrongfully imprisoned. It's a literal small box in which he gets stuffed.
* PunnyName: Drake Mallard, 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. Also, the inner lining of Darkwing's cape is magenta-pink-ish.
%%* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: J. Gander Hooter.
%%* RedEyesTakeWarning: [[IAmTheNoun Dark Warrior Duck completely embodies this trope.]]
%%* RedMage: Morgana, to a literal and figurative extent.
* RedOniBlueOni:
** HotBlooded Darkwing and easygoing Launchpad are often in the same scene, the better to contrast the two. Some aspects associated with the archtype are played with, however -- Launchpad, the Blue Oni, is a redhead who wears a maroon pilot's jacket, and Darkwing, the Red Oni, wears softer, darker colors. (It's also a rare case of the Blue Oni also being TheDitz.)
** Played straight with Gosalyn and Honker. She is a rowdy FieryRedhead while he is a shy ChildProdigy. They get along quite well, but needless to say, it's an OddFriendship.
** Also Quackerjack 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.
** Megavolt also counts, as his first appearance is in the episode "Duck Blind" which establishes him as already being a regular foe of Darkwing Duck. His origin and real name weren't even revealed until the third season.
* TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: Jumbalaya Jake's alligator sidekick Gumbo provides for this.
* RescueReversal: Played with in "Water Way to Go". Darkwing runs after Launchpad when his carrier blows away in a sandstorm, only to be blown away himself and have Launchpad chase after him. Neither saved the other; they were just fortunate enough to turn up near the villain's compound.
* RetailRiot: In "Steerminator", the reason Darkwing's legs are broken is because a ski shop sale [[NoodleIncident got rough somehow]]; Launchpad tells him he's lucky only his legs got broken.
* 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 Launchpad 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 D.W. 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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* ScaryImpracticalArmor: Gosalyn is transported into a future where Darkwing Duck becomes unquestioned dictator of the world. In order to make her his ultimate sidekick, he gives her gifts, including a very imposing scary suit of battle armor. The only drawback to it was that she wasn't able to move. But she sure looked impressive.
* TheScottishTrope: An eerie music piece starts playing every time somebody says 'The Library of Forbidden Spells'. Itís {{discussed|Trope}} by Darkwing and Morgana's father.
* TheScream
* 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.
* SelfDeprecation: Two episodes exploring the notion that Darkwing Duck was a cartoon show, the former being a RealWorldEpisode and the latter being a case of AnimatedActors, had the show being created by a greedy and egotistical man named E. Thaddeus Rockwell, whose name was obviously a play on Darkwing Duck creator Tad Stones, who even co-wrote said episodes.
* SelfDisposingVillain: {{Discussed}} in Episode 36 ("Dry Hard"):
-->The case is so much easier when the bad guy offs himself like that...
* ServileSnarker: Gumbo.
* {{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.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Tia is interested in Launchpad because he's kind, has a good heart, and [[ManicPixieDreamGuy taught her how to laugh and have fun]].
* 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=] and Darkwing are dueling Smug Supers (though Darkwing imagines [=GizmoDuck=] is worse than he actually is). 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]])
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: Used word-for-word in an episode that [[UniversalAdaptorCast transplanted the main characters onto the high seas]] with the Fearsome Five as pirates.
* 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).
* SpellMyNameWithAnS:
** Darkwing or [=DarkWing=]?
** Negaduck, Nega-Duck or [=NegaDuck=]?
** Morgana [=McCawber=] or Maccabre?
** [[WesternAnimation/DuckTales Once again:]] Gizmoduck, Gizmo Duck or [=GizmoDuck=]?
** Darkwarrior Duck, [=DarkWarrior=] Duck or Dark Warrior Duck?
* 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 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."
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: In "Bad Luck Duck", both Gosalyn and Negaduck think that Darkwing's fan club looks more like a fundraiser for the Save the Geeks foundation.
* SubvertedCatchphrase: In "Malice's Restaurant":
--> '''Darkwing''': Come on, Launchpad, let's... get... goulash!
* {{Superhero}}
* SuperHeroOrigin: [[MultipleChoicePast Several different mutually-conflicting ones]], actually, thanks to the NegativeContinuity. Or just UnreliableNarrator.
* SuperHeroesWearCapes: Darkwing wears a purple cape, which he irons himself. He considers it an important part of his superhero costume.
* SupernaturalProofFather: Darkwing in "The Haunting of Mr. Banana Brain". An unusual case in that (given that Darkwing is a single parent) there is no mother to whom to compare him. However, both Launchpad and Gosalyn recognize that the bizarre events surrounding Paddywhack's box are supernatural before Darkwing admits that it isn't just Gosalyn playing pranks and Launchpad freaking out.
* SuperSpeed: "Going Nowhere Fast" has Darkwing gain super speed.
* 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 only takes 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}}ing 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?]]
** "Comic Book Capers" features a very harsh swipe to Creator/WarnerBrothers in the form of a rather nasty Porky Pig [[CaptainErsatz ersatz]] who rejects Darkwing's comic in favor of one about a [[WesternAnimation/BugsBunny cartoon bunny]].
** In "Time and Punishment", we see ordinary citizens jailed by Dark Warrior Duck, including lawyers and cartoon producers.
** "Time and Punishment" is itself a shot at ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns''. Darkwing is an expy of Batman, who in this story is written as (by Creator/AlanMoore's perspective) "a revenge driven psychopath" still mourning the death of Jason Todd. Darkwarrior is an {{expy}} of this version, only instead of being seen as a hero, he's portrayed as a villain who's [[HeWhoFightsMonsters fully as bad as any of the criminals he fought as Darkwing.]]
* TakingOverTheTown: In the two parter "Just Us Justice Ducks", the Fearsome Five take out the police, S.H.U.S.H. and rewired the electric company with a unbreakable force field. This isolate St. Canard from the rest of world while they take over the city unchallenged.
* TechnoBabble: Megavolt can delve into this sometimes:
-->'''Megavolt''': The magnet will interpolate the hyperstatic matrix to a random configuration.
-->(Confused look on Darkwing Duck, Launchpad and Gosalyn.)
-->'''Megavolt''': Um... They'll go boom!
-->(Understanding look on Darkwing Duck, Launchpad and Gosalyn.)
* 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''.
* TemporaryBlindness: This happens to Darkwing 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.
* {{Thememobile}}: Thunderquack, Ratcatcher.
* ThemeNaming: Launchpad [=McQuack=].
* ThemeTuneCameo: Megavolt in "The Frequency Fiends" sings the series' theme song to himself while flying a kite in a thunderstorm in an attempt to clear his sinuses. After a few seconds, he grumbles, "[[EarWorm I just can't get that song out of my head!]]"
%%* ThereAreNoTherapists: At least, none that can be trusted.
* 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: Used in the episode "Paraducks" when Darkwing and Gosalyn inadvertently go back to Drake Mallard's childhood. Some other episodes also had Quackerjack and Megavolt using a time machine.
* 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".
%%* TookALevelInJerkass: Bushroot goes through this in "It's a Wonderful Leaf". While usually an AntiVillain and his motivation for the episode is having difficulty in his Christmas shopping, his actions in the episode are still rather assholish. For starters, ruining Christmas can't be any less cruel if one of your actions is ''making a little kid cry by taking her doll''.
* ToonPhysics: ''Hoo, boy.'' At least ten times an episode, Darkwing survives injuries and falls that would easily kill a real person, which seems to work against the show's aversion of NeverSayDie, though they do play with it, like in the episode "Film Flam", when D.W. 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.
** [[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: Darkwing used to have no problems with this ó he did his crimefighting thing at night and slept during the day. Now that he has to be a single dad during the day, one has to wonder when he gets to sleep. Although if you've seen seen Gosalyn in action, it's obvious parental supervision is a sometimes thing.
* {{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.
%%* TuxedoAndMartini: Derek Blunt.
* UndyingLoyalty: Launchpad is always loyal to Darkwing, in spite of the duck knight's HeroWithBadPublicity status,GlorySeeker nature, and snarking at his expense. Even on the (extremely rare) occasions when he's angry at him, he'll usually step up to help him again if Darkwing is actually in trouble.
* UnhandThemVillain: During the climax of the pilot, Gosalyn is being held high in the air by the villain's condor to force Darkwing to give up the code for a weapon. Once Darkwing caves to the demand, it drops her. Launchpad, who is following the events and reacts appropriately, saves her.
* 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...
* TheUnreveal: 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 D.W., 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. 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.
* VitriolicBestBuds:
** This was the case between Darkwing and his next door neighbor Herb Muddlefoot. Herb is usually too friendly and Darkwing found it annoying most of the time, although there were a few times when he stuck up for the guy. (Biggest example: an episode where Herb proved himself SO dedicated to his job - selling kitchen storage products - that he stood up to the villain who was trying to ruin the company's good name. You have to admire someone like that.)
** Darkwing has a similar relationship to his sidekick Launchpad. Launchpad, being a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, gets on Darkwing's nerves a lot, but nobody is going to get away with messing with him. Launchpad rarely minds Darkwing's insults and is [[UndyingLoyalty fiercely loyal]] to him.
* 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: Featured in counterpoint to TrappedInTVLand in the same episode, "Twitching Channels", in which Darkwing and Megavolt are transported into the human world and discover that there, they are seen as characters in a cartoon series thanks to a creatively bankrupt TV writer who accidentally tuned into broadcasts from their world and based his scripts on them.
%%* WellIntentionedExtremist: Neptunia before her HeelFaceTurn.
* WhatDoesSheSeeInHim: Darkwing is shocked at [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe Tia's]] interest in Launchpad.
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: The mutants in ''Mutantcy on the Bouncy'':
** Banana Boy can turn from a human form (well pig form) to a giant banana. While useless in combat, he says that it breaks the ice at parties.
** Glue Gal has the ability to make anything stick.
** Sneezemaster mutant power is powerful sneezing, but she also get diseased everytime she use it.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Darkwing ''didn't'' know Bushroot could heal when he shredded him with a tractor in his first episode.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Spiders in 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.
* WilyWalrus: The walrus Tuskernini is a failed film director turned supervillain. He is also an {{Expy}} of the Franchise/{{Batman}} villain The Penguin.
* WorldOfFunnyAnimals
* WorldOfHam: Pretty much every major character is unable to go five seconds without chewing the scenery.
* 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.]]
** Taurus Bulba was perfectly fine with having Gosalyn fall to her death in episode 2.
** Megavolt tries to kill Gosalyn in "Dead Duck" as part of a TV program. [[spoiler: However, it was AllJustADream...OrWasItADream]]
* WouldntHitAGirl: Splatter Phoenix correctly points out that D.W. 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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