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YMMV: Darkwing Duck

  • Angst? What Angst?: Gosalyn is quite chipper for a little kid whose granddad was murdered before the first episode.
    • Even weirder in issue #4 of the comic book when everyone confronts Taurus Bulba and she doesn't even mention her grandpa's death, only that Bulba kidnapped her for the code to his Ramrod machine. You'd think it might come up. To be fair, she might not know as Taurus's goon did in her grandfather, and she might not know they were working for him.
      • Oh, she knew who they were working for, DW mentions it in the pilot. But it's quite possible she didn't want to talk about her Grandpa's death.
      • It still had an element of Dull Surprise, though. And rather out of character for the kid who went momentarily catatonic the last time Bulba showed up in the show. Her speech to him bordered on it as well.
  • Awesome Ego: Darkwing himself.
  • Broken Base: The general sentiment regarding the fact that the omnibus published by Joe Books will have the first 16 issues and the two annual stories rewritten by original editor Aaron Sparrow with the last two issues being omitted. You are either okay with the changes or are quick to accuse the Joe Books collection of They Changed It, Now It Sucks. Not helped by the fact that Ian Brill and Christopher Burns don't approve their work being rewritten without their blessing, even requesting that their names be removed from the omnibus.
  • Complete Monster: Taurus Bulba, Darkwing’s smartest and most-feared adversary, is introduced serving a ninety-nine year sentence at a high-security prison for several crimes, including the murder of Gosalyn's grandfather. Once he breaks out and destroys the prison he was contained in, Taurus schemes to activate the Waddlemeyer Ramrod in order to destroy buildings and rob banks. To gain the code, Taurus threatens to drop Gosalyn off a building if Darkwing didn't activate the Ramrod, remarking that she'd "make a nasty stain on the street." Once Darkwing activates the Ramrod in desperation, Taurus drops Gosalyn anyways for little reason at all, looking over it with a smug grin. After he was resurrected by F.O.W.L. as a cyborg, Taurus shows his gratitude by destroying their base and going to work on his own. With no comedic quirks and with no regard to who he hurt, Taurus Bulba was Darkwing's most feared adversary for a reason.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Bushroot. No, really.
    • This is probably because he was a legitimately nice guy before his accident, exudes Geeky Turn-On like it's pollen, and while not the Butt Monkey Megavolt is, he tends to get chewed on a lot. Girls want to cuddle him and make it all better, poor guy.
    • Megavolt has a few followers; he was beaten badly in high school, constantly gets beat up, and has a personality that makes you feel somewhat sorry for the guy, when he's possibly committed murder.
  • Ear Worm: The saxophone-driven theme song.
    • Also the songs from the episode "Paraducks".
    • Neptunia's leitmotif
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Megavolt was one of the most popular characters of the show. It's no wonder why he was in more episodes than any other villain.
    • Liquidator was far, far more popular than his episode count (one solo appearance) would suggest. Of course that's part of why he was selected for the Fearsome Five.
    • Darkwarrior Duck. When he appeared in the comics, people got really excited. And there're major hints that he'll has a main role in near future, which itself is something to gushing about.
    • Quackerjack in the comic, probably the most developed villain next to Nega-Duck.
    • Nega-Duck, his popularity turning him into the show's Breakout Villain and arguably its most popular character.
    • Launchpad. Look on the internet; there are plenty of people talking about how sweet he is, how funny he is, or even how cute/handsome he is.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Morgana and Neptunia before their Heel-Face Turn, and the Bugmaster a.k.a. news reporter Bianca Beakley.
  • Foe Yay: In spades.
    • Yes, and mixing this trope with a Love Potion is a disturbing combination...
    • On a less 'mortal enemies' note, Darkwing and Grizlicoff have some of this.
    • Darkwing and Neptunia had some of this in her debut episode when she kisses him on the cheek at the end.
    • Also Darkwing and Isis "Icy" Vanderchill.
  • Fridge Logic: That Splatter Pheonix wasn't very freaked out at being melted into a puddle by turpentine suggest she was aware that she's a cartoon character.
  • Fridge Horror: The fact that Negaduck is the guardian of his universe's Gosalyn. In-universe as well, just considering that idea was more than enough to convince Darkwing to stay and free that world. It's honestly Fridge Horror imagining what Darkwing was thinking!
    • If Paddywhack did pull Gosalyn into his box and try and teach her to be a prankster like him, does anybody want to imagine what the Monster Clown would have done to her?
  • Genius Bonus: Taurus Bulba is a reference to the character (and eponymous short story) Taras Bulba written by Nikolai Gogol.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The show was incredibly popular in 1990's Russia (thanks to, among other factors, a very creative dub), is still fondly remembered and subject to much Memetic Mutation.
  • Growing the Beard: The show went through a few phases, notably starting out as a spy show parody since that's what the early episodes were designed as before some changes in the show's direction mid production.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The fact that Gosalyn was an orphan before Darkwing took her in becomes this in light of her voice actress Christine Cavanaugh retiring from voice acting to retain custody of her children after her divorce and especially after her death.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: A comic has a Mr. Fantastic Captain Ersatz attempt to enforce a Super Registration Act. The Darkwing Duck comic came first.
    • In an early episode a passing joke is made where a now rich Darkwing has Incorporated himself to protect the city. Silly until recently when a back from the dead Batman decides to do the same thing!
    • During the first team-up of the Justice Ducks, super-strong but not-too-bright Stegmutt deals with the green Sissy Villain Bushroot via Metronomic Man Mashing. Two decades later, Loki, the Big Bad of The Avengers, pisses off The Incredible Hulk, and proves himself a "Puny God".
    • One of the alternate Darkwings from the Boom Comics story arc "Crisis on Infinite Darkwings" is a golden Captain Ersatz of the Silver Surfer. It's funny to look back on now that Disney owns Marvel Comics. Depending on your viewpoint, it is also a "Funny Aneurysm" Moment considering that Disney's obtaining ownership of Marvel Comics was what cancelled the Darkwing Duck comic book as well as the rest of Boom's Disney comics.
  • Ho Yay: DW and Launchpad. Search your feelings, you know it to be true.
    • Quackerjack and Megavolt too.
    • Liquidator and Bushroot, though not quite as common as Quackerjack and Megavolt.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Because of his power to store and release electricity from himself (as well as being more than a little crazy), Megavolt was sometimes considered less than human (er, less than a rat, or a mole, or... well, you get the idea). One comic story in the Disney Adventures magazine recounted various criminal organizations trying to capture Megavolt and treating him as a slave. One of the gangsters even ominously told Megavolt that he planned on "converting his energy" (by essentially turning him into a living generator with mush for brains).
  • Magnificent Bastard: Taurus Bulba... and how...
    • In his first apperance in the pilot, we see he's been operating his criminal ring from inside prison for some time, even using the license plate making area to turn part of the prison into an airship ready for his escape. He has his men kill Gosalyn's grandpa, making it look like an accident, finds Darkwing's secret hideout, and nearly kills both Gosalyn and Darkwing.
    • Believed to be killed in an explosion, he appears again in the third season, body badly damaged, and life saved by F.O.W.L. turning him into a cyborg. They hope he will become one of their chief agents... he thanks them for saving him by blowing up thier base, and proclaiming he works for no one. Later in this episode he takes Gosalyn hostage, and when D.W. offer to do whatever he wants in exchange for her freedom, Bulba laughs and says he doesn't know what he wants yet... just for the fun of watching Darkwing squirm.
    • His next canon appearence was in the new comics series, when his cyborg body had an accident and he took on a Ghost in the Machine persona, creating Quackwerks, and using the corporation to take over the city in under a year... why? For revenge? No... just so he could gather every citizen, get them to say every word they know until he came across the activation word for the Gizmoduck suit.
      Gosalyn: "So Quackworks taking over St. Canard was just a ruse to..."
      Darkwing: "... net Bulba the Gizmoduck suit. Just to show he could!! We've all been trapped in another man's game."
  • Memetic Mutation: I am X, that Y (Ex.: "I am a can of tuna that has been expired!")
    • "Put out the Darkwing, put out the Darkwing!"
  • Moral Event Horizon: Taurus Bulba when he has Gosalyn's grandfather murdered.
    • In "Just us Justice Ducks" when Negaduck decided to pull the switch in a case of Taking You with Me but when even after the heroes backed down, he decides to do it anyway, simply out of pure spite.
  • Negated Moment of Awesome: From the comic book- Issue #14's main villain was a cat in a metal suit who called himself 'Cat-Tankerous'. Considering there was already a trilogy of Darkwing Duck comics in Disney Adventures with a villain named Fluffy who was a cat in a metal suit, this would have been a prime opportunity to tie the two series' continuities together.
  • No Problem with Licensed Games: The Darkwing Duck game for the NES was basically a short Mega Man clone (not surprising, considering they're made by the same people) with a couple new mechanics added. It was actually quite popular - the player review average score on Gamefaqs is about 7.8 out of 10. On the other hand, the Turbo-Grafx 16 version (yes, there was one) completely embodies The Problem with Licensed Games.
  • Older Than They Think: Gosalyn points out that Darkwing went to school with Megavolt by drawing glasses on a picture in a yearbook. To current viewers, this appears to be yet another of the series' nigh-uncountable Shout Outs, this one to Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, where Batman discovers one of The Joker's first aliases by drawing a smile on an old photograph. Except "Clash Reunion" aired November 14, 1992. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm was released Christmas Day... 1993.
  • Toy Ship: Some fans like to romantically pair off Gosalyn and Honker.
    • Alien criminal Wacko sarcastically calling Honker Gosalyn's boyfriend, with Gosalyn getting all angry and defensive and Honker smiling proudly and saying nothing to deny it, may have added somewhat...
    • Not to mention Gosalyn kissing Honker on the cheek when they are at the museum tracking down Stegmutt in "Jurassic Jumble".
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Dark Warrior Duck. If Gosalyn hadn't disappeared, he wouldn't have became a Knight Templar in the first place.
    • Slightly undercut by Quiverwing Darkwing, who also lost his Gosalyn, and, rather than go nuts as Darkwarrior did, took up her Quiverwing Quack hero persona to honor her instead. He later fights (and quickly defeats) Darkwarrior Duck.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: "Paint Misbehavin'". An anthropomorphic ferret befriends a man who's got a gloved hand for a head.
  • The Woobie: Gosalyn, very effectively, in "Darkly Dawns the Duck", while she's still an orphan that feels unwanted. In later episodes she doesn't have that problem, and characterization in general is more shallow anyway.