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  • Recommended by Malky Top
  • Synopsis: Besides a few one shots, icequeenkitty has an ongoing series completely AU and rather gritty. There are a few grammatical and spelling errors, but somehow, it doesn't detract from the (really awesome) stories.

Darkwing Beyond

Situation Normal: All F.O.W.L.ed Up by Kim McFarland

  • Recommended by Gbubu
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: It is now one week after the episode "Darkly Dawns the Duck" took place. Big things are happening in St. Canard - from the point of view of certain characters, anyway...
  • Comments: I really like this piece of fanfiction. Like the summary says, it shows what happens after the first episode. It really feels like an episode of the series, and that's saying something.

Darkwing Duck Returns by Scyphi and the sequel The New Adventures of Darkwing Duck

  • Recommended by bookwormgal
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Darkwing Duck has been missing for over seven years, and is presumed dead by most, if not all. But that might change when Gosalyn finds a clue that indicates otherwise...
  • Pairings: None really in the first story, but there is some romance of varying degrees in the sequel for Darkwing, Gosalyn, Launchpad...
  • Comments: The series was started far before Darkwing's return in comic form was ever considered, so all the events and ideas are based off the television show alone. The first story is mostly about Darkwing's return and laying down the groundwork, but the second one is set up like an on-going series with each chapter acting as an entire episode with overlapping major story arcs to tie it all together. Currently, The New Adventures of Darkwing Duckhas over eighty chapters and 1,000,000 words. And while new characters are introduced over the course of the story, they all seem to fit into the universe seamlessly. And old characters, like the Fearsome Five or the members of SHUSH, receive plenty of character development over the course of the series. One of the larger issues earlier in the series is exploring how Gosalyn and later, Honker, handle the responsibility of gaining a larger, crime-fighting role and how Darkwing deals with that particular situation. Action and characterization are always held in equal importance. The last story arc finished before the current pause in posting (which the writer referred to as a seasonal break, like for a television show) just dealt with Negaduck taking over all of St. Canard with most of the population, including Darkwing himself, under mind control. Scyphi has a habit of creating REAL challenges for the Masked Mallard and leaving readers on the edge of their seats.
    • This writer does their research. Not only do they go into detail of the mechanics of just about any piece of technology that is brought into the series. They also seem to enjoy the possibilities of the multi-verse. Not only is the Negaverse explored in greater depth (introducing more of the normal character's alter-egos), but other possible universes are explored in a way reminicent of the comic arc "Crisis of Infinite Darkwings" (but Scyphi started this long before the Darkwing Duck comic came into existence). Some time travel is also brought into the story and even a few pieces of technology that draw inspiration from Stargate SG-1 make an appearance. Essentially, anything that could possibly fit within the scientific laws established by the television series or, at least, doesn't break any of those laws, has a strong possibility of being addressed eventually.
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    • Overall, a brilliant piece of work that will keep you occupied for a long time.
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  • Father's Love
  • status: complete
  • Synopsis: An emotional drama about Darkwing, Gosalyn, and Negaduck. Can DW save Ill Girl|her from Negaduck's poison in time? Can Gosalyn find the courage to survive? And can Negaduck even begin to understand what he has done? [[spoiler: Honker uses CPR to save his friend Gosalyn]]

Total Reboot by Rowena Zahnrei

  • Recommended by Fyrewyre
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: When a brilliant Duckburg scientist and her revolutionary new super fuel are snatched by F.O.W.L. agents, Darkwing and GizmoDuck are on the case. Can they put aside their egos long enough to get her back? And how is this scientist connected to Megavolt?
  • Pairing(s): None, actually.
  • Comments: This is a really great fic, expanding a bit on Megavolt's past and saying that maybe it isn't completely hopeless for him. There's a bit of a Downer Ending, but it is very much still worth the read.

Different As Night and Day, and its sequels Nightfall and Daylight by Bookworm-Gal

  • Recommended by Known Unknown
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Members of the Negaverse are the polar opposites of their normal universe copy. Good is evil and villains are heroes. The only exception is Gos and NegaGos. While different, both are definitely good. At least, until recent. Now, DW must face the result.
  • Comments: A tragic set of character-driven one-shots, featuring a unique spin on the idea of evil counterparts. Darkwing is forced to make the worst arrest of his life, of the unlikeliest of criminals, but while the heel-turn is heartbreaking it also turns out to be surprisingly in-character and decently well explained as the story goes on, which of course only serves to make it sadder still. The whole thing ends surprisingly neatly, but it makes a good case for why it might not have in the end. An entertaining and gripping brief experience.

Origins of the Friendly Four by Cheezey

  • Recommended by Ironic Mouse
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: After Darkwing's brief stint in the Negaverse, the world is looking a bit better, but still has a long way to go. During dinner one night, Nega-Gosalyn asks about the Friendly Four's pasts, and a night of stories commences.
  • Pairing(s): Bushroot/Dr. Dendren, Ham String/Preena Lot
  • Comments: This story delves into the background of the Negaverse's versions of the Fearsome Five, the Friendly Four, and the reasons that they became heroes, rather than villains. The author not only fleshes out these characters, but takes the time to create alternate versions of other characters as well. It's currently unfinished and approaching a Dead Fic, but it's a still a rather good read.

Negaverse Chronicles 1: Nightfall in the Negaverse and the sequel Negaverse Chronicles 2: Three Years by ahilty

  • Recommended by bookwormgal
  • Status:
    • Chronicles 1: Complete
    • Chronicles 2: Dormant
  • Synopsis: "A determined rat. A crazed toymaker. A friendly lab assistant. A simple salesman. In the Negaverse they are the Friendly Four. How would they come to fight the evilest duck in two universes? This is their beginning. Three years before Darkwing. Three years of destruction, war, and apocalypse. Three years for Negaduck to rise to rule all. How will the Friendly Four survive to be there for Darkwing? The next three years shall be their first of many challenges." Basically how the Friendly Four started in the Negaverse and the events before Darkwing Duck's arrival in "Life, the Negaverse, and Everything."
  • Comments: Very entertaining and well-written. The various Nega-version of different characters and Original Character help flesh out this universe while the four heroes try to make a difference in the time period before Darkwing's appearance. And now has a trope page.

The Lying Game by Orphan_Account

  • Recommended by PurrElise
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: "Taurus Bulba kidnaps Gizmoduck to get spare parts for his own failing mechanical body, and F.O.W.L. High Commander Belle Beakford abducts Gyro Gearloose in an attempt to get a Gizmosuit. Darkwing is forced to work with both F.O.W.L. and Gizmoduck to stop Bulba...but can any of them trust the others?"
  • Comments: Well-written, well-plotted and very entertaining. Everyone is kept nicely in character and the Original Characters that show up are some of the best in the fandom. Well fleshed out, sympathetic and believable, and this is from a troper who usually avoids fics starring OCs like the plague. So nice to find an exception. It says there's a chapter missing but don't worry, the fic is actually complete and has a prequel that's pretty awesome too.

What You Make It by Cinaed

  • Recommended by Bookworm Gal
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Gosalyn, Darkwing, and Launchpad, experiencing the trials and tribulations that come with being an unusual family.
  • Comments: Set right after the pilot, this story shows everyone getting used to their new lives. And a few misunderstandings from those who meet them...

Let's Get D-D-D-Dangerous by RebellingStagnation

  • Recommended by Bookworm Gal
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Darkwing, Gosalyn, and Launchpad journey to Duckburg when the Fearsome Five start a crime spree in the far off city. But there's more to this adventure than everyone bargained for and our favorite heroes and villains will be put to tests they could not have imagined. Set about 10 years after both series.
  • Comments: Has a sequel: I Bet My Life (Complete)

Electric Phoenix by Shychick

  • Recommended by bbb35
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: After the events of 'Clash Reunion', Megavolt starts to see himself in a whole new light. Now he just wants nothing more than to lead a happy, normal life. But he knows that's far easier said than done.

Kind of a Moment Here by foppishaplomb

  • Recommended by Belphegor
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Darkwing might not like Gizmoduck, but he of all people knew how important a secret identity was.
  • Comments: A great little one-shot with the premise of "Darkwing and Gizmoduck learn each other's secret identity", with great banter and hilarious remarks courtesy of Darkwing's snarky outlook, plus a touching insight into both ducks' hidden insecurities.

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