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    Darkwing Duck/Drake Mallard 
Voiced by: Jim Cummings
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"I am the terror that flaps in the night!"

The series' protagonist is the egotistical yet clever hero of St. Canard. He works freelance in some episodes for the spy organization S.H.U.S.H., but otherwise seems to have no other job but as a crime fighter.


  • Action Dad: To Gosalyn, endangering her is a quick way for him to get dangerous.
  • Aesop Amnesia: How many times did Darkwing learn to put aside his pride and get serious/ask for help/play well with others/etc.? Probably about once an episode.
  • Affectionate Nickname: He has two; Launchpad calls him "D.W." and Morgana calls him "Dark."
  • Alliterative Name: When not in his civilian identity of Drake Mallard.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: In "The Haunting of Mr. Banana Brain", he 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.
  • Attention Whore: His very first scene has him exiting the police station after apprehending some criminals... and disappointed that there's no press waiting for him outside.
  • Badass Biker: When he rides his Ratcatcher.
  • Badass Normal: Has no superpowers, but much like another caped crusader, he pulls through against super villains with some impressive wit and athleticism.
  • Battle Couple: With Morgana, mainly during the Justice Ducks two-parter.
  • Berserk Button: Woe to anyone who steals his spotlight, even if it's unintentional.
  • Big Ego, Hidden Depths: "Inside Binkie's Brain" shows that while Darkwing Duck's 'inner hero' is fairly small, his ego is enormous. But this is a guy who puts his own life in danger for those he loves on a regular basis, adopted a little girl who desperately needed a father who understood her, and he even puts up with his royally annoying neighbors, Quackerware and all. "Life, the Negaverse, and Everything" shows how vitally important his role as father is to him.
  • Break the Haughty: Most episodes deal with quelling, managing or outright deflating his massive ego so he can stop the bad guy.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: A capable crime fighter of his own right, but often hampered by his massive ego and short temper.
  • Butt-Monkey: Maimed and pummeled on a daily basis, barely getting any respect for his heroic deeds... The universe is really out for him.
  • Can't Live With Them, Can't Live Without Them: Darkwing frequently gets irritated by Launchpad's Cloud Cuckoolander tendencies. However, he's not happy when it looks like he might leave the planet in "U.F. Foe" and some kind of danger threatening to take Launchpad away from him will provoke a mad dash to protect his sidekick. Launchpad's relationship to Darkwing is not an example, as he's much more easygoing and rarely gets irritated with him.
  • Catchphrase: Several:
    "Let's Get Dangerous!"
    "Suck GAS, evildoer!"
    "Yep, yep, yep."
    "AH...HA!"
    "Ouch."
    "Singed, but triumphant."
    "I am the terror that flaps in the night. I am the (noun) that (does something unpleasant). I am Darkwing Duck!"
  • The Chew Toy: He's accident-prone, to say the least, and the world seems to enjoy picking on him. Admittedly, he offers plenty of chances to do so with his stubborn insistence of doing thing the comic-book way.
  • Chick Magnet: 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.
  • Coat, Hat, Mask: Noticeable when asked about whether he should be prowling the city wearing a hat and mask, he asks 'What, no cape?'.
  • Cool Bike: The Ratcatcher. Not so much the Quackcycle, though.
  • Cool Plane: The Thunderquack, a state of the art jet created by Launchpad as a homage to Darkwing.
  • The Cowl: An Affectionate Parody of the archetype, especially Batman and The Shadow.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: The badass part usually comes out if somebody threatens Gosalyn.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: He's even mistaken for a robber in "Getting Antsy" by the Hamburger Hippo cashier. "Night of the Living Spud" has a bunch of redneck truckers mistaking him for a vampire (at least until he mentions knowing one of their friends).
  • Dating Catwoman: With Morgana who initially started out as one of Darkwing's foes.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Frequently. For example,
    Gosalyn: There's something strange about that Bug Master.
    Darkwing: Yeah, she's in a bug costume threatening a cockroach. I'd call that strange.
  • Detective Animal: Darkwing does detective work from time to time and is a duck.
  • Determinator No matter how much beating he takes, he still keeps going until the job is done.
  • Distressed Dude: Whether under a supervillain's doomsday device or under arrest, DW finds himself as this quite a bit.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Depending on the episode, usually this is played straight, with being treated with no respect from anyone, no matter how many times he's saved St. Canard. This often leads to trouble for those who underestimate them (especially those with legitimate superpowers), because when he gets dangerous he can kick all their asses six ways to Sunday.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: In "Aduckyphobia" and "Going Nowhere Fast".
  • Fatal Flaw: Drake's Pride often stops him from stopping the bad guy a lot sooner than he does. It also causes him to lash out at his family and other heroes when he feels they are stealing his spotlight.
  • Fearless Fool: There is such a thing as good timing and the right location for theatrics but DW seems to have never heard of it if his long speeches during his heroic entrances like say hanging from a rope in front of an enemy or standing still on a electric stairway next to electricity-themed supervillain are any indication.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: He's not one to do things halfway, and that includes his superhero gear.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Has the coat, hat, mask and cape, but no pants to complete the outfit. Even weirder since his underwear always includes boxer shorts.
  • Handicapped Badass: In "Duck Blind", where he's temporarily blinded and "Steerminator", where he spends the episode in a wheelchair, he still manages to save the day.
  • The Hero: He is the resident crime fighting superhero of St.Canard, and the show chronicles his adventures.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: A parody of the concept, to the point where he is pretty much loathed by much of St. Canard, despite putting his neck on the line for the city. In "Dead Duck", it's even revealed that when he died, they didn't even bother giving him a proper burial.
  • Huge Girl, Tiny Guy: Compared to willowy Morgana, he's quite short.
  • I Know Kung-Faux: Darkwing knows Quack Fu.
  • Impersonating the Evil Twin: Done this twice as NegaDuck.
  • Informed Loner: Darkwing tries to pull off being a loner at times, but (as with Batman) it's a bit hollow given that he has Morgana, Launchpad, and Gosalyn around, as well as being a member of the Justice Ducks.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Honker to an extent, he let him in his inner circle and is the only person in the Muddlefoot clan he can stand.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Can go toe-to-toe with Daffy Duck in a match of egos, but his thirst for attention is far from mean-spirited and he does come around to doing the right thing, especially if his loved ones are at stake.
  • Large Ham: By far the largest, particularly when he's monologuing.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: The literal Trope Namer, which announces the shift to the badass part of his Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass side.
  • Loner-Turned-Friend: Darkwing started as a loner, dismissive of assistance from Launchpad and Gosalyn in the two-part pilot episode, but later on accepts the two. (For Gosalyn, however, it's "Loner-Turned-Father".) He still has the tendency to try to do things on his own, though.
  • Made of Iron: He gets smashed, squished, pummelled, and anything else the villain can do to him, but he's still going.
    Darkwing Duck: Darkwing Duck emerges again, singed but triumphant!
  • Magnetic Hero: His real superpower. Though he annoys the heck out of everyone, he's good at drawing allies and leading them in battle.
  • Mood-Swinger: Darkwing can shift moods at the drop of a hat and tends to express them quite animatedly.
  • Morality Pet: To Morgana in "Ghoul of My Dreams".
  • Mr. Vice Guy: With Pride as his vice. He's supremely arrogant, leading him to alienate allies and boast like a Bond villain... but there's a reason he named Let's Get Dangerous!: that pride is almost all justified, when he actually takes problems seriously.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: He has been given several contradictory origin stories.
    • "Paraducks" had a Stable Time Loop of young Drake Mallard being inspired to grow up to be Darkwing after being visited by his time-traveling adult self.
    • In "The Secret Origins of Darkwing Duck", a janitor resembling Drake in the future claims that Darkwing came from another planet, echoing the origin of Superman. This version of the origin also established that Negaduck was his evil cousin.
    • "Clash Reunion", which appears to be Darkwing's true origins, establishes that he first became Darkwing Duck in high school to stop Megavolt after he went crazy and started using his powers to wreak havoc at the prom.
  • The Napoleon: Darkwing is one of the shorter adult characters in the show but overcompensates with a bombastic and sometimes aggressive demeanor.
  • Nice Hat: His hero hat is a great complement to his stylish costume.
  • Nominal Hero: Darkwing's motivation for fighting crime usually falls under one of two motives: reward or his personal relationships. He undertakes many of his superhero missions in hopes of gaining money or fame from them. Others are fought in order to protect people he loves. In any case, however, his motives usually contain more selfishness than those of the average superhero.
  • Papa Wolf: Do NOT, under any circumstances, endanger or threaten Gosalyn. It's the best way to turn him from an egomaniac to a badass. To give a brief idea, the Bad Future where All Crimes Are Equal in "Time & Punishment" came about because Darkwing thought Gosalyn had run away.
  • Part-Time Hero: He originally was a full time hero, but dialed the heroing back so he could raise Gosalyn.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Darkwing is reasonably short, and often faces villains (or their thugs) who are larger than him. Doesn't mean he has any trouble handling them though.
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: "Let's get dangerous!".
  • Purple Is Powerful: He wears purple and at least tries to come off as a powerful superhero. How well it works depends on the situation.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: His purple cape has a pink lining. His civilian clothes include a pink button down shirt. He's also taken a job hosting women's tea parties and seems to genuinely enjoy housework.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Hot-Blooded Darkwing and easygoing Launchpad are often in the same scene, the better to contrast the two. Some aspects commonly associated with the archetype 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 The Ditz.)
  • Secret Identity Identity: Didn't need a civilian identity anymore until he adopted Gosalyn.
  • Shameless Self-Promoter: He has absolutely no embarrassment over acting as his own P.R. manager.
    Darkwing: [To policeman] Another order of dastardly delinquents delivered on your doorstep, courtesy of Darkwing Duck! That's two words, not three, both Ds capitalized. Here's my photo. If the papers need more glossies my number's on the card.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: Darkwing is one of the shortest adult characters in the show and is one of the smartest, well at at least certainly smarter than his towering sidekick, Launchpad.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Darkwing is his own biggest promoter and even sometimes alleges he can do things he can't just to sound impressive (e.g., his struggles with being a Mr. Fixit in "Dry Hard").
  • Smart Jerk and Nice Moron: Though Darkwing is the primary hero of St. Canard, he's also temperamental and snarky enough to meet Anti-Hero specs. Launchpad is less brainy than Darkwing but makes up for that with a more affable and generous demeanor. Launchpad tends to receive the brunt of Darkwing's irritation whenever he's mad about something, but the other duck does have a semi-concealed soft spot for him. Additionally, sometimes the dynamic gets flipped given that Darkwing can become Too Clever by Half or stupidly bold, while Launchpad proves himself wiser than his comrade or notices things he misses.
  • Something Person: As Darkwing Duck, Arachnoduck and Teapot Duck.
  • Super Hero: Sure he (normally) does not have superpowers and he usually is full of himself, but he has enough brains, skill and gadgets to beat villains who do have superpowers.
  • Superheroes Wear Capes: A brilliant purple cape, that unfortunately has worked against him now and again.
  • Supernatural-Proof Father: 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 the box are supernatural before Darkwing admits that it isn't just Gosalyn playing pranks and Launchpad freaking out.
  • Terror Hero: He IS the terror that flaps in the night! Seriously, he tries the spooky-scary tactics against criminals and super villains but they don't take him seriously most of the time and he ends up being the one who feels terror. There are the times however where he will manage to play it to perfection.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Morgana is almost twice his height, even without her gravity-defying hair.
  • Third-Person Person: When monologuing, he'll frequently refer to himself as though he were another person.
  • Triple Shifter: He used to have no problems with this — 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.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: A one-sided version with Launchpad. Launchpad gets on Darkwing's nerves a lot, despite their being Heterosexual Life-Partners.
  • Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?: Darkwing Duck has all sort of crime fighting gadgets and equipment, many of them supplied by S.H.U.S.H.. What's puzzling is how he manage to build his own lair inside a bridge tower without anyone noticing it.

    Launchpad McQuack 
Voiced by: Terry McGovern
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Darkwing's sidekick, pilot and back-up Darkwing. Since he never changes his clothing when he goes crime fighting with Darkwing, it's a wonder why anyone else can't figure out who he is.

Formerly worked for Scrooge McDuck in Duckburg; for tropes about him there, see the DuckTales (1987) page.


  • Affectionate Nickname: "L.P.", something Darkwing sometimes calls him (probably in response to Launchpad calling him "D.W.")
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: The name just rolls off the tongue.
  • Big Eater: Launchpad has an appetite as big as his muscles. See any episode where he goes to Hamburger Hippo for examples.
  • The Big Guy: The tallest and strongest of Darkwing's group.
  • Captain Crash: Weirdly enough, subverted for the most part. Per his reputation from DuckTales (1987), he's often mentioned to have lousy landing skills, but his landing skills are actually far better in this series. He usually crashes only when shot down and can otherwise land fine, making this more of an Informed Flaw.
  • Civvie Spandex: He wears his pilot's outfit just about everywhere, even when he's fighting crime with Darkwing.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Well, his spaciness made him a great candidate for Sara Bellum's psychic ray, since the only safe way to use it is on a subject who doesn't think...
  • Fiery Redhead: Averted. Despite being a redhead, he's actually the person in the house who's least likely to get angry, generally playing the Gentle Giant to the snarky and somewhat bratty Gosalyn and the hot blooded Darkwing.
  • Friend to All Children: Gosalyn and Honker (the two major non-villainous child characters) both have a positive relationship with him. See also Intergenerational Friendship.
  • Genius Ditz: Despite being an incredibly incompetent sidekick, he built the Thunderquack (Dark's plane) all by himself and is apparently a brilliant mechanic. He's even better flying the thing! Even his landings are generally better than they were in Duck Tales (although his reputation as a Captain Crash still precedes him).
  • Gentle Giant: Launchpad is loaded with muscle and towers over Darkwing and Gosalyn, but he'd never hurt a fly. In fact, he has has a big heart to match his top heavy build, and is always there to help Darkwing out of the many difficult spots he gets into.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: He can get away with wearing them because he's a pilot, but he really does not use them all that much.
  • Grease Monkey: He takes the role of the team mechanic, particularly with regard to the aircraft.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Launchpad and Darkwing live together, work together, and raise Gosalyn together. However, Launchpad keeps his status as a Chick Magnet from DuckTales (1987) (one episode even focuses on him almost marrying an alien queen) and Darkwing has a steady girlfriend, Morgana McCawber, who he was to have married had the series continued.
  • Honest Corporate Executive: When he's appointed as the new CEO of Quackwerks, he actually does a lot of good with the company and former Crimebots/now Herobots.
  • I'm Your Biggest Fan: When he realizes who Darkwing is after their first meeting, he excitedly introduces himself as "your biggest fan." Darkwing perks up at the fact that he has a fan.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Gosalyn and Honker, it helps that he has some childlike tendencies and is usually very easy going. He also calls Honker his little buddy.
  • Interspecies Romance: At one point, he almost married Tia, an alien queen.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Launchpad, who already had a number of heroic feats under his belt before coming to St. Canard, goes into full-on fanboy mode upon realizing the guy who fell through his roof is Darkwing Duck. In an unusual case, Darkwing (eventually) accepts him as a sidekick, so he winds up working with his hero on a regular basis as opposed to a one-time mission.
  • Lethal Chef: In "Can't Bayou Love", he bakes brownies that immediately send Darkwing to the water cooler for a long drink. He does mention that he "improvised" a little, but what exactly he put in the brownies is never made clear.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Launchpad's apparent lack of another outfit came up in passing more than once.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Guy: He is revealed to have played this role for a young alien princess named Tia in "U.F. Foe." Growing up, Tia was so focused on learning what she needed to know that she never slowed down and relaxed. The easygoing Launchpad "gave [her] the gift of laughter" and she fell in love with him partially on that basis. It's even deconstructed a bit, given that Launchpad points out that fun isn't the only important component of a relationship.
  • Misery Trigger: Just like in DuckTales, Launchpad reacts very poorly to being rejected by someone whose opinion he values. Darkwing has been known to trip the trigger at times.
  • Nice Guy: While Launchpad has things which set him off, he's generally quite easygoing, patient, and friendly.
  • The Nicknamer: He continues to do this whether he's working for "Mr. McD" or Darkwing. His common Affectionate Nickname for Darkwing is "D.W." On at least one occasion he also called Gosalyn "Gosaroonie."
  • Papa Wolf:
    • During "Dead Duck", Launchpad tries to step into Darkwing's role of protecting Gosalyn. He gets curbstomped by Megavolt during a scene cut.
    • Additionally, during "Time And Punishment", the Launchpad from the Bad Future Gosalyn ends up in kayoes Darkwarrior with a frying pan after he threatens Gosalyn.
  • Red Is Heroic: Launchpad is a redhead who wears a maroon pilot's jacket. He's Darkwing's partner in fighting crime and generally one of the friendliest characters in the show.
  • Scarf Of Asskicking: Wears it as much as he does the goggles but it's a good look for him.
  • Secret Public Identity: Launchpad is often seen with Darkwing Duck as his sidekick ... yet none of the myriad villains, criminals, police officers or autograph hounds seem to care enough to look him up in the Saint Canard phone book. Except one time, when Launchpad was mistakenly reported to be Darkwing himself. Justified as one villain referred to Honker, Gosalyn and Launchpad as Darkwing's Fan Club, so people think they just follow him around.
  • Sidekick: He's Darkwing's partner in crimefighting.
  • Stalker Without a Crush: During "Darkly Dawns the Duck". From the moment he crashes through Launchpad's ceiling during an opening chase with Taurus Bulba, Darkwing cannot get rid of the pilot. Launchpad isn't in love with Darkwing; he's just a fanboy who wants to make a good impression on his favorite real-life superhero. Darkwing ultimately finds this to be a positive thing as Launchpad proves to be the only source of help he has, given that he's alienated everybody else.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: Very brawny upper body and long, thin legs.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Inverted. Going from private pilot to superhero's sidekick might seem like a step up, but in Darkwing Duck, Launchpad displays a lot less of an Action Hero side than he did in Duck Tales.
  • Undying Loyalty: Launchpad is always loyal to Darkwing, in spite of the duck knight's Hero with Bad Publicity status, Glory Seeker 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. Lampshaded in the Duckcthulhu storyline from the comics when Morgana, having doubts about her relationship with Darkwing, asks Launchpad about the reasons behind his own relationship with him, noting that Darkwing isn't the easiest person to deal with and that Launchpad's stuck with him longer than anyone.
  • Universal Driver's License: If it has wings, he can crash it.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: A one-sided version with Darkwing. While Darkwing will not let anyone get away with messing with Launchpad, he frequently finds him irritating. Launchpad rarely minds his crime-fighting partner's insults and is fiercely loyal to him.

    Gosalyn Mallard 
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Drake's adopted daughter, she's a spunky, thrill-seeking trouble maker. She often goes on Darkwing's missions even though he normally wants her to stay home, where she's safe. She never cleans her room.


  • Affectionate Nickname: "Gos" is this.
  • Big Eater: Oh boy, she literally cannot control her appetite, she can eat over 1000 times her own body weight in food as a snack! Basically she can outeat a whale with what she eats for breakfast. It's a wonder Darkwing Duck can even provide enough food to satisfy her for an hour! In one episode, her appetite pretty muck took over and she ate pretty much all the food in the country and she was ready to raid England's food reserve! Yep, she's a grade A glutton.
  • Book Dumb: Granted it's never really elaborated on, but it's still there. In "Whirled History", she thought Marco Polo discovered France, for one thing.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: She has her moments where she does little but irritate every villain she comes across. She is also a handful for Drake and her teachers.
  • Catchphrase:
    "Keen gear!"
    "Cool beans!"
    "Major league impressive!"
  • Cute Bruiser: Resilient and cunning, Gos can put up a fight when she needs to.
  • Daddy's Girl: As much as she can get on Darkwing's nerves, he'd do anything to make sure Gosalyn was safe and happy. She adores him, and he adores her and goes into full Papa Wolf 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).
  • Damsel in Distress: Despite her spirit and relative competence, she sometimes finds herself in trouble and having to be rescued by Darkwing.
  • Enemy Mine: With Megavolt and Quackerjack in "Time and Punishment" in order to get back to their proper time. She also tends to occasionally get involved whenever members of Darkwing's Rogues Gallery team up with him. (eg. "Frequency Fiends", "Twin Beaks", and "Negaduck")
  • Fiery Redhead: Gosalyn is fierce and spirited and has red hair. 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.
  • Happily Adopted: While she and Darkwing have their disagreements, she clearly loves him just as much as if he were her real father.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Has this with Launchpad who sometimes acts like an older brother.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: Type 3, she's a little kid and regularly ends up getting into trouble, but she's adventurous and determined and usually finds a way to be useful.
  • Kid Heroine: When she is Quiverwing Quack or the Crimson Quackette. Issue #4 of the comic series adds another identity: Gosmoduck.

    Herbert "Honker" Muddlefoot Jr. 
Voiced by: Katie Leigh
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The youngest son of Drake's neighbors and Gosalyn's best friend. Honker has a high IQ and has helped Darkwing, Launchpad and Gosalyn many times using it. He is also shy and tries to get Gosalyn to listen to her dad, normally to no avail.


  • Adorkable: He's nerdy, shy, quiet, slightly socially awkward and soft-spoken. But it's what makes him liked as a character.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Briefly becomes a giant monster when infected by the evil slime in Dangerous Currency.
  • Cassandra Truth: In "A Brush with Oblivion", nobody but Gosalyn believes him when he says he saw Splatter Phoenix in the paintings.
  • Cowardly Lion: Sometimes. Usually he's not very good with confrontations, but is very brave.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Despite being usually no more than a Satellite Character, Honker did star in the episodes, "The Revenger of the Return of The Brainteasers", "Calm a Chameleon" and "Rebel Without a Cause".
  • Expospeak Gag: Does this on occasion, prompting Darkwing/Drake and Gosalyn to tell him to spit it out.
  • Extreme Doormat: Seen slightly when bending to Gosalyn more dominate personality and more prominently when getting bullied by Tank.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Honker seems at times to have a crush on Gosalyn, who is redhaired.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Darkwing and Launchpad, while the former lets him in his inner circle and takes his advice from time to time but ultimately is still a parental figure, the latter has more of a bond with Honker and calls him little buddy.
  • Kid Sidekick: To Darkwing unofficially and to Gosalyn; when she is Quiverwing Quack, he is the Arrow Kid.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Feminine Boy to Gosalyn's Masculine Girl.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: "Honker" isn't his name, but everybody calls him that anyway.
  • Only Sane Man: Between the other main characters and his family, he's the most normal.
  • Out of Focus: Completely vanishes from the cartoon following "Steerminator".
  • The Reliable One: Always by Gosalyn's side when he needs her, no matter what cockamamie idea she ropes him into or how much trouble/danger they get into. She usually doesn't even have to convince him.
  • Satellite Character: Albeit an often used and very important one, but his main connection to the plot is still that he's Gosalyn's best friend and he never appears outside of that niche.
  • Secret Keeper: It isn't explained how he found out, but he clearly knows that Drake Mallard is Darkwing Duck, as he's addressed Darkwing as "Mr. Mallard" and Drake and Gosalyn sometimes openly discuss his secret while Honker is in earshot.
  • Straight Man: See Only Sane Man.
  • The Short Guy with Glasses: He's Blind Without 'Em.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: The shortest of the principal cast and is indeed smarter than Gos and LP. While it's harder to determine if he's smarter than Darkwing, he certainly has more common sense.
  • The Smart Guy: As mentioned above, Darkwing may be as smart as Honker but he has a grasp of many advanced scientific disciplines including molecular biology and chemistry as well as reptilian physiology and classic art and literature at age 9.
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