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What the hell happened to humans?
Yes, i know that humans are in the real world. But, in the Darkwing Duck's world, there's Mertz. Everybody is a superpowered human here except one.This raises just more questions!
  • Ever seen the last episode, "Extinct Possibility"? Apparently, in this world's past, sentient duck-billed dinosaurs wiped out some strange newly-evolved species of ape before it could multiply. Not kidding.
    • Yeah, I've seen it. Still, there's Mertz.
    • They were lucky that no other intelligent species evolved before them on their planet to wipe out apes before they evolved.
    • I thought you'd give me a different answer.
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    • Not sure if this helps or not but humans had to exist at some time. There are mentions of Elvis, Einstein, and Abe Lincoln in the show but Rule of Funny may be in effect for that.
      • Alternate Universe versions, like non-human versions of real people like Teddy Roosevelt exist in Don Rosa's Uncle Scrooge comics.
  • Well, don't forget that this is a spin-off of DuckTales (1987) and, by extension, of the Disney duck comics universe. In the Donald Duck/Darkwing Duck/Scrooge McDuck universe, not only one but many different species evolved into sentient life forms. There ARE humans in this world (such as Witch Hazel, the Mad Scientist from "Donald Duck in Ancient Persia", and so on), but we just don't see any in Darkwing Duck by pure hazard. Oh, and there are also anthropomrophic dogs, owls, pigs, goats, cows, horses and I'm probably still forgetting some others.
    • But, at least in this particular show, is canonical that humans do not exists in the same world. Darkwing is shocked when he sees humans for the first time in Twitching Channels.

Why did the other members of the Fearsome Five take orders from Negaduck?
All the guy had was a chainsaw...
  • Because I said.
  • Same reason why even superpowered villains don't want to mess with The Joker. Negaduck's such a psychopath the rest of the Five know to give him a wide berth.
  • He tended to plan more often and was a better strategist, they usually had a better measure of success following him...aside from the psycho aspect.
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  • The same reason all the villains were fearful of Darkwing in the same way the metahumans are scared of Batman The Joker....they know what he's capable of.
  • But why should The Liquidator fear him?
    • If DW can beat Liquidator then so can Negaduck and Negaduck is willing to kill him. Negaduck might not know how yet but I'm betting he'd find a way if Liquidator pissed him off.
      • Kill him? Far easier and more cruel to craft a Fate Worse than Death, simply by forcing Liquidator into a watertight locked container and then burying him in cement or somesuch. That's exactly the sort of thing Negaduck would have done, too.
      • Desiccant beads. They sell a pack free with your stereo equipment, and you can buy some in any electronics or hobby shop. Throw some at Lickie, absorb him, then place the used beads in a hazardous waste container for easy storage or burial. Or sell 'em one by one as souvenirs. Each bead guaranteed to contain your own little piece of bombastic baddie.
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  • Every member of the Fearsome Five has been beaten by Darkwing on an individual and team level. Negaduck IS Darkwing Duck, but with moral restraints removed. That alone makes him the most dangerous member of the Fearsome Five, and gives him more than enough authority over the rest of them.

How does Drake Mallard pay his bills?
  • He has a vast fortune hidden somewhere. Now, how did he get it, I don't know that wasn't the question
  • I think it's his connection to SHUSH. Alongside asking him for help against FOWL, they also seem to have him test their latest tech among other things. I wouldn't be surprised that they're payrolling him under the table to make sure he remains the ace up their sleeve.
  • I actually like the Epileptic Tree that explains this, although it's hard to reconcile with my inner Scrooge/Goldie shipper.
    • Not necessarily: he could be their son.
  • A line in issue #3 of the new comic series indicates the SHUSH theory is correct, as DW mentions having to get a "when [his] SHUSH stipend vanished."
    • The old Disney Adventures digest books hinted that Darkwing was a multi-millionaire, which would go a long way to explaining the technology he had prior to Shush popping up in the series.
      • Shush popping up seems to have been a case of Remember the New Guy?. He's obviously been dealing with them for quite awhile even the first time we see them.
  • Going for another angle, Darkwing Duck is derived from two characters... primarily The Shadow, but taking bits and pieces from Batman as well. Lamont Cranston had a personal fortune that, while not excessive, was plenty to keep him in nice cars, secret lairs, and all the bullets he could use. If Darkwing trends closer to Lamont, he's probably the last son of a wealthy family that spends most of his money on his crimefighting. If he trends closer to Bruce, he could be the last son of one of the families that founded St. Canard... that could lend credence to why he considers it "his" city, and why he's living in the bridge tower... his family might have been the ones that built the bridge. Either one doesn't even necessarily rule out the new comic, either... Drake may not have been managing his family's investments well, and after all the money he spent on being Darkwing Duck and making a life for Gosalyn, his Shush stipend may have been important for day-to-day expenses.

Does appearing out of nowhere count as a superpower?
I know it's a cartoon, but the stuff DW pulls with the help of "smoke pellets" is way beyond Batman's habit of disappearing in the middle of conversations. He seems to be able to teleport anywhere he likes, even if he'd have no way of seeing, let alone getting to, where he's supposed to be.
  • Batman demonstrated Offscreen Teleportation multiple times (in the animated series, at least). They both have the rare (and possibly not recognized) superpower of being able to vanish and reappear anywhere whenever: they are in no one's line of sight, and it's dark. They're at least subconsciously aware of this power's connection to darkness, hence their preference for the night.
  • In "All's Fahrenheit in Love and War" Darkwing blatantly teleports backwards a few feet to escape a wrestling hold. That's not a smoke pellet trick.
    • When did he do that? At one point he slips out of Vanderchill's hug, but that wasn't even with smoke. He just slipped out with a cartoony effect.
  • When you're a vigilante whose effectiveness is based in large part on reputation and fear, you have to maintain a certain image. (Batman is very good at maintaining his, Darkwing... less so.) So even when they're leaping around and running where others can see them, they probably do their best to maintain some sense of dignity. (Again, Bats is better at this than DW.) So basically, when no one can see them because of darkness/looking away/smoke/all of the above, the gloves are off. What you don't see when Batman pulls his offscreen teleportation is him frantically scrambling to the window, arms and legs pumping, shoving it open, FLINGING himself out, and then yanking it closed before dropping into a desperate huddle outside to hide. Darkwing does the same thing, it's just not as funny to show him or think of him doing that because, well, he does that where we can see all the time anyway.
  • Assuming it's canon, or perhaps an unreliable narrator, there was the episode where Darkwing Duck revealed his origins. In this case, he was lost in the desert and found a genie that granted him three wishes. He wished for a soda, some new clothes, and the ability to teleport in a puff of smoke.
  • I think we're forgetting the other half of the smoke trick. Disappearing in smoke is easy, it's when he just plain appears in the middle of a room. If I recall, he appeared in a bank vault one time!

Why does tossing a net onto someone constitute a capture, even if that someone is The Liquidator? (As seen in the quick ending to "Jail Bird".)
  • The net could've been made out of an absorbent material. And while he may have been able to keep himself from being absorbed in his "normal" form, liquefying himself might have made that tricky or impossible.

Why doesn't Negaduck just bomb Drake Mallard's house?
It was Moviebob who pointed out that in the Negaverse, Negaduck apparently owns the counterpart of the Mallard house, because Nega-Gosalyn lives there. So he must know, or at least suspect, where Darkwing lives. So why not do something about it? Are you telling me that Negaduck of all people would hold back from flattening a suburban home just because his arch-nemesis might not live there?
  • Negaduck is a classic cartoon villain. He must never take the easy way, that's too simple and doesn't make for good television. No, he must set up elaborate, easily-escapable traps so that he can get his rear handed to him later on. Because everyone loves it when the good guys win. Oh, and bombing a suburban neighborhood and possibly destroying a city, taking out millions of innocent lives, would have gotten the show canceled before the first commercial.
  • Perhaps the Nega-house is where Negaduck and Nega-LP merely keep Nega-Gosalyn, as they don't want her running around the Nega-lair on the Nega-bridge. Plus, Negaduck has no need for a secret identity in the Negaverse since he pretty much rules everything, so maybe he simply didn't put two and two together while in the regular universe.
  • See the recent comic series.
  • Not having read the above ... maybe Negaduck's Wrong Genre Savvy. After all, why would Darkwing live in the same house that he does? Besides, bombing the whole city is more his style anyway.
  • Yeah, but once Darkwing drops into the Negaverse, he almost immediately heads straight for the house he lives in. Which is where Nega-Gosalyn lives, and where Nega-Launchpad arrives, obviously thinking Darkwing is Negaduck. Plus, the fact that Negaduck also has a hideout of his own in Audobon Bay Bridge's towers, which is where Darkwing's secret hideout is...seriously, even as a kid, the gigantic plot hole bugged me. I just came to the conclusion that he just never bothered to think about it, since he was too busy playing in his new universe and wreaking havoc.
    • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good. Darkwing heads right for that house because, being good, he thinks of it as his home... it's where his family and his fond memories and thoughts are. Negaduck probably thinks of it as a pathetic, annoying place he dumped someone he considers a nuisance and avoids it like the plague... the idea that Darkwing likes being there and might be there a lot probably took a long time to even cross his mind.
  • Remember how Negaduck had to leave some obscure clue for Darkwing to lead him to his hideout, because DW would be too preoccupied to notice the huge flag hanging outside? Perhaps Negaduck suffers from the same sort of clue-blindness.
  • Or maybe, since the Negaverse is the dark mirror version of Darkwing's world, whatever happens in one happens to the other. If Negaduck bombed Drake Mallard's house, then his own house in the Negaverse would be destroyed.

How come nobody ever notices that Launchpad McQuack is DW's sidekick in civilian life? He doesn't wear a mask.
  • Same reason why people never seem to notice that Clark Kent is Superman.
  • Notice, yes. Care, highly doubt. Same with the kids—basically, targets of convenience if it ever comes up, but unless they're directly targeting Darkwing, there's no real point in getting his attention. After all, what's easier for a crook—robbing a bank, or robbing the bank while trying to control a hero's sidekick and while hoping the hero actually stays out of your way?
    • The problem with that is that many of the people Darkwing faces do spend much of their time fighting with him and that furthermore, some kidnappings in the fictional world occur for the purpose of trying to control the hero through the hostage, even if what the guy wants is just "leave me alone". "Keep your beak out of my business while I rob this place, Darkwing, and your sidekick won't get hurt!" It doesn't make sense that if the criminal element of St. Canard realizes that Drake Mallard's roommate is also Darkwing Duck's sidekick that they don't take more advantage of it, similar to what Jumbalaya Jake did in "Can't Bayou Love."
      • It's ever establish that they live together? I always thought MQ have his own house and just visits the Mallard house a lot for obvious reasons.
      • When Fenton says he's going to visit Launchpad in St. Canard he goes right to Drake's house, so he must be living there if he has that as his address.
  • It's simple, one villain referred to them as Darkwing's Fan Club, so people think they just follow him around. Considering DW's a bit of a glory hound It's not surprising.
  • Someone finally did put two and two together in the comic book: Negaduck.
    • Though the comic book indicates that he always knew. It wasn't until the upteenth time Darkwing kicked his ass that he decided to do something about it. He even says it himself:

      Negaduck: "This wasn't about eliminating one Darkwing Duck. This was about eliminating ALL OF THEM!"
    • Negaduck had to know he has his own evil Launchpad in the Negaverse.
    • From the Fridge page: "As Darkwing's Mirror Universe counterpart, NegaDuck truly is Darkwing's opposite in much the same way the Star Trek mirror characters were the prime universe characters' opposites: in some, but not all aspects. In the aspects where they're not opposites, Darkwing and NegaDuck are in fact exactly the same; and one of those aspects is that Darkwing had an obsessive attention to detail that allowed him to track a small and needlessly complicated clue to NegaDuck's lair... while overlooking the big black Fearsome Five flag NegaDuck had hoisted over the same building. The reason NegaDuck failed to realize where Darkwing Duck lives as a civilian? Both ducks are bound by the same Rule of Funny, and they both have the tendency to overlook the screamingly obvious while searching for an insanely complicated solution from an obscure clue."
  • Everyone knows Drake Mallard is Darkwing Duck, it's just convenient to pretend they don't.
Why would Liquidator be used as a water supply?
  • In the new comics, apparently Liqui got a job as Quackwerk's water supply. Alright, I can see drinking him as not being gross when you consider he's just pure water, but I ask why? First, he mentions being in all of the water coolers. Does he have a split conscience or something? Now here's the bigger problem; he's not made of infinite water. How can he be a supply if he's only human sized?
    • Not too sure about the "made of infinite water" part. In "Just Us Justice Ducks" when Bushroot and Liquidator attack the police station, Liquidator becomes larger and creates a miniature tsunami to attack the police while using no other outside water source.
  • Quackwerks probably used his control over water as a substitute for a water treatment plant/pumping station. If you've got someone who can make water defy gravity and change state at will, why bother having machines do the work? Plus, it would go along with the mind-numbing, psycho-sedation that Taurus Bulba was trying to implement. What better way to control the Liquidator than have him doing the same thing over and over?

Did Bushroot really kill Dr. Gary and Dr. Larson?
  • Sure they were never seen again, but all the other new characters from "Beauty and the Beet" were Put on a Bus right after this episode and we know they're alive. I mean it's a kids cartoon, but they have done better to imply that someone died in cartoons. Also, the called in DW, the police, the feds and the Gardeners Association. Didn't hear anything about a coroner or mortician.
    • The plants left behind in their wake in the exact shape of their bodies and wearing their glasses, not to mention the reactions of everyone after the implied murder would seem to infer that yes, he did kill them, but the deaths happened offscreen as he turned them into those plants. Don't forget, Batman: The Animated Series saw Poison Ivy attempting to do something disturbingly similar, but Batman stopped her. The implication here is that Bushroot succeeded where she failed.
    • Yes, in the Darkwing Duck show people could die. Hell, in the Twin Beaks episode we saw Bushroot's corpse. Albeit it was a failed clone, still as a child seeing a corpse on a kid's show was terrifying for me.
    • Why they didn't call a coroner? They were turned into (presumably non-sentient) plants. At that point, a gardener would be more useful to figure out what happened than a coroner.

Are Drake and Launchpad posing as a gay couple?
  • No more so than Bruce Wayne and his butler Alfred.
    • But Launchpad isn't his butler and never pretends to be...
    • Either the couple angle or LP poses as his tenant. Maybe that's what Drake answers when someone asks how he pays his bills?

How did Mr. and Mrs. Muddlefoot get Tank and Honker?
  • Seriously. Herb's a duck, but whatever Binky's evolved from, she has a beak, not a bill. They're not even similar species.
    • It's a Disney cartoon. Genetics do not matter. Actually having parents is not necessarily a prerequisite for existing.
  • For this and similar cartoons (DuckTales (1987) etc), the rule seems to be that birds can interbreed with each other, but not with other species. Generally the only difference we see is the beaks.
  • I've always thought she was supposed to be a canary or something.
  • It's been long established in Disney Duck canon that different species of birds (most notably waterfowl) can interbreed. Donald is 25% coot, and Gladstone is half goose, 25% duck and 25% coot. Launchpad appears to be half pelican, half duck, given that we meet his father (an apparent pelican) and mother (clearly a duck) in one episode of DuckTales (1987). J. Gander Hooter is implied to be part goose, part owl. So it's entirely within the realm of canon for Honker and Tank to be half duck, half canary.
  • They're hybrids. They have beaks like Binky but are Duck colored like Herb and most of the cast. While Binky is yellow.

Since when can Gizmoduck fly without the use of his helicopter hat?
  • In the episode "Up, Up, and Awry" he just zooms around as though he's literally Superman. It's been well established that he needs his helicopter rotor to fly. I'm sure at least some of the Darkwing Duck crew also worked on DuckTales (1987), so how come nobody noticed?
    • Maybe he got an upgrade.
    • Probably the above since the original Gizmosuit was destroyed in the DuckTales (1987) episode "Attack of the Metal Mites" and later Fenton comments he's going to get Gyro to build him a new one.

The two Episodes "Just Us Justice Ducks".
  • Megavolt and Quackerjack bring that device into a building and connect it to the electrical grid. Darkwing and Morgana show up to stop them. But, Megavolt and Quackerjack just leave after humiliating Darkwing. What did stop DW and Morgana from just destroying or disconnecting the device the two criminals left behind? Instead, they just go back to DW's lair.
  • This episode has more plot oddities, like the Fearsome Four having divided up the city BEFORE Negaduck gives them free rule over it.
    • I think they just each originally went to a different physical part of the city and started taking over or destroying things. Before long, their paths were crossing, causing them to get on each other's nerves, which Negaduck tried to solve by establishing official boundaries.

Why did Launchpad go to St. Carnard and leave Duckburg? Was he still working for Scrooge during the series?
  • During the series Launchpad said that he USED to work for Scrooge, but in the comics he states that he was balancing his life. So, what was really going on?
  • The Duck Tales comics definitely imply (sometimes almost to the point of stating outright) that Launchpad skips back and forth between St. Canard and Duckburg.
  • He could have gone back to Duckburg after DW kicked him out, and then started to balance the two after he rejoined DW.
    • He also could have just been temporarily fired when Fenton came to visit (like in "Hero for Hire" and "The Right Duck") and has actually been balancing the two the whole time.

Is Darkwing a real hero or an actor in the human world?

Why exactly would Morgana and Drake have biological children when they already have Gosalyn?

It is understandable that this discussion may open some cans of worms, but an interview confirmed that Darkwing Duck and Morgana McCawber were planned to get married and have children of their own if the series had continued. What boggles the mind is that Gosalyn is clearly Drake Mallard's adopted daughter, and having a child by adoption does make the decision of having a child by procreation hard to defend with all the concerns of overpopulation and all that jazz.

  • They're having biological children because they want to have biological children. Why would they have to "defend" their decision to have a child in the first place?
    • (original poster) Because some people see no point in procreation if once can adopt a child. It's the heated debates and arguments that make Drake and Morgana having children of their own hard to understand.
    • And do those people have any say whatsoever in what two other people want to do? Have Drake and Morgana ever expressed any concern whatsoever about overpopulation? Does anyone they know or would care about express any concern? Even if they did, is it any of their business at all what Drake and Morgana want to do in regards to raising a family?
    • (original poster) Those are very good points. Perhaps it would make sense for Drake and Morgana to have children of their own after all.
  • I don't really think its an issue of overpopulation or anything, I think it's the fact that Gosalyn might not like it. I mean, being an orphan and all, she might feel inferior to a child that was his. Clearly that wouldn't be the case, but I think Darkwing would keep that in mind before he and Morgana had a child together.
    • There is no way Darkwing wouldn't take Gosalyn's feelings into account before he had a child, she means more to him than anything else in the world. No doubt if had come up, he would have sat her down, talked about it and made it very clear that having another child wouldn't change there relationship in the slightest. Besides no matter how many children they had, she would always be his first.

The Spinning Chair
I have a few questions about Drake's chair in his house...
  • 1. What's stopping a guest from accidentally activating it?
    • Nothing is, as is shown in several episodes where someone knocks into the statue of Basil.
  • 2. Where does it take you? The bridge?

The Secret Origin of Darkwing Duck

  • Shouldn't the characters in the future know Darkwing Duck's true identity? If not, how did they get a hold of his spinning chair, costume, Thunder Quack, and cycle? There's no way they would know about the spinning chair since it was in Drake Mallard's house. Also, how the heck is Darkwing Duck a myth if he has been featured on the news dozens of times in the past?
    • Because the writer of that episode apparently loved the Future Imperfect trope, which often requires all future citizens to have unbelievably inaccurate data on past events.

Inconsistent Tron-splitter
  • OK, so in the comics when they use the tron-splitter, it splits Negaduck into good and evil...well, let's be honest, very evil and slightly less evil versions of himself. This is how it worked when it showed up in the cartoon. But when they get blasted again, they keep dividing and dividing until they're basically just airborne particles. In the cartoon, though, when Darkwing's halves got blasted again, they got "galvanized" and powered-up. Why did it work differently this time?
    • Maybe Megavolt adjusted/tinkered with the tron-splitter at some point between the initial "galvanizing" incident and the comic book events. It isn't that unbelievable. There is at least a year between the two (since DW and everyone was involved with Quackwerks for a year).

Darkwarrior Duck scaring every crook out of Saint Canard
  • I can see Bushroot, Liquidator, and normal crooks running away from Darkwarrior, but Negaduck?? This might fall under Fridge Horror, but do you suppose Darkwarrior killed Negaduck?
    • See the nightmare fuel page. I think some other tropers got that idea too.

Why is the Library of Forbidden Spells in the Main School?
  • Like was pointed out in Rowdy's review of the episode "Hot Spells" why was the Library still part of the main magic school when the forbidden books could be lock in a vault in the basement or in a mountain somewhere?

Why have Bushroot as the main baddie in the Christmas special?
  • Quackerjack would have been my first choice. He is an evil man-child who likes toys and fun.
  • There's is no reason for Quackerjack to hate Christmas, the episode gives Bushroot a reason by having him been mistreated because he's a mutant, making him kind of a Grinch-like character (but without the redemption).

In "Dead Duck", just before Death is about to take him back to the Underworld for good, Darkwing asks Launchpad to take care of Gosalyn. The problem is that it's very inconsistent with earlier moments. In "Toys Czar Us", not that long before, Darkwing is worrying and Launchpad tries to comfort him by saying that if something happened to him, he'd raise Gosalyn like she was his own daughter. The idea scares Darkwing so much that he outright quits crimefighting (briefly). What in the world happened between the two episodes that changed his mind?
  • The conflict of "Toys Czar us" was Drake trying to balance crime-fighting with being "the perfect parent." The first act thus consisted on him constantly running between crime-fighting and home, trying to do both jobs, completely oblivious to how each was distracting him from the other. Then, out of the blue, as they're leaving a crime scene after a fight, Launchpad says, "If anything ever happened to you, I'd raise Gos as if she were my own." This is the very first time in the episode where Darkwing considers that possibility. Up until then, he'd just been thinking of his super hero work as something that had the potential to encroach on the time and attention he believed he needed to give Gosalyn. Now, he suddenly realizes he not only has to worry about not letting crime-fighting steal his attention from her but about it killing him. He wasn't frightened by the prospect of specifically Launchpad raising his daughter but by the prospect of Gosalyn not having him (Drake) there to take care of her at all: "What if something did happen to me? Then Gos would really be out a perfect parent!" You can't do a good job if your other job kills you. The frightening part of Launchpad's statement wasn't "I'd raise Gos as if she were my own" but "If anything happened to you." He subsequently quit crime-fighting from a vow to live up to that Perfect Parent ideal he'd gotten in his head, from the fear of Gosalyn not having him around to be her Perfect Parent, not from horror at anything particular about Launchpad's parenting skills.
  • Also two more things: a) Darkwing may have learn to trust more on Lauchpad's potential parenting skills between the two episodes and b) He didn't have a choice anyway, he was dead and saying good bye, he wasn't going to spoil the moment by raising questions about Launchpad's abilities.

Alternate universe??
According to "Word of God" , Darkwing is set in an alternate universe, away from Ducktales. This makes sense since the F.O.W.L in Ducktales is different from the one in Darkwing Duck, and both Launchpads behave differently. Does that mean that there is no Darkwing Duck in the Ducktales universe, and their universe is screwed since the only super hero we see is Gizmo Duck?
  • Given that Duckburg, Gizmoduck, and Scrooge clearly exist even in the cartoon universe ("Fenton and I used to work for the same guy"), I vote for the party that says that particular Word Of God is what makes no sense. I don't even know why he would say that — fans have always loved the characters from both shows existing together and treating them as set in the same world.
  • People tend to confuse Word Of God with canon. In reality Word Of God is only the creator's opinion which can be wrong, a personal theory, feeling, etc., but not necessarily canonical. In this particular case seems to be that case as a lot of things shows the opposite; that both settings (and probably Talespin) are shared. Especially because we do see cameos of several DuckTales villains in DW and Launchpad actually mentions that he knew Gizmoduck from Duckburg.
  • Not to mention the comics (especially the Duck Tales ones) reference each other.
  • When was this Word of God said? After all, it's possible the earlier intent was for the show to be set in a seperate universe which got changed once the show went on and was more connected to Ducktales.
    • Last year.

Launchpad created the Thunderquack?
Huh? I don't see Launchpad McQuack as a Gadget Hackwrench type of character. Wasn't he just a pilot? What amazes me is that he built it BEFORE meeting Darkwing and SHUSH.
  • (If we're ignoring Mr. Stones' word about the universes being separate) remember who Launchpad spent a lot of time around before coming to St. Canard (and, if you believe the comics, still spends time around) — Gyro Gearloose, the Duckverse's resident Gadgeteer Genius. It's possible he would have learned enough to make something as impressive as the Thunderquack, especially given that his interests stay in the single field of Aeronautics, as opposed to Gyro, whose inventions vary from bubble gum to robotics.

Shared universes discontinuities
According to comic book The Legend of the Chaos God four shows happen in the same universe; Talespin, Darkwing Duck, Ducktales and Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers. I get the first three (although I wonder how is that Talespin is so diverse as we see anthropomorphic animals of every species meanwhile DW/DT only have anthropomorphic birds, dogs and pigs, but anyway), but how can Rescue Rangers be in the same universe? Not only that contradicts episode Darkwing Duck S 1 E 40 Twitching Channels that shows Rescue Rangers to be a parallel universe to Darkwing’s but also makes no sense. Humans exists in the Rescue Ranger’s world and they are the dominant species, sentient animals like rodents, cats and dogs just keep The Masquerade, so is impossible for Rescue Rangers to be in the same world that Darkwing and Scrooge.
  • Darkwing Duck's universe also has greater species diversity than DuckTales or the Disney duck comics ever did. Taurus Bulba and his gang, Moliarty and Tuskernini are species that were never anthropomorphized in other Disney duck media.
  • The events of the Rescue Rangers show don't have to take place in the same universe for the characters to still exist in that universe. Chip and Dale still exist in other Disney universes despite having no ties to Rescue Rangers in most of their other appearances.

DW in the Disney Adventures Magazines and Boom! Studios comics
I thought Darkwing's adventures in the 'Disney Adventures Magazines' were non-canon. The villain Fluffy returns in a Boom! Studios issue, which means the DWD stories in the Disney Adventures magazines actually happened since the villain first appeared there.
  • The same characters can appear in different incarnations of a franchise without said incarnations being connected. Harley Quinn debuted in Batman: The Animated Series, then went on to appear in the comics; that didn't suddenly make the cartoon and the comics the same storyline/universe. Even if they refer to this Fluffy character's previous appearance, that just means the events of the Disney Adventures Magazines story happened in the Boom! comics' universe, as well, not necessarily that the Boom! comics Fluffy story is a sequel to the Disney Adventures Magazines Fluffy story.

How in the world could "Hot Spells" be banned but "Dead Duck" wasn't?
What standards did they use to ban "Hot Spells" that allowed "Dead Duck" to pass unscathed? The devil appears in both — was the "Dead Duck" version under some acceptable limit of screen time while the "Hot Spells" version was over it? "Dead Duck" says the word "dead," "death," "kill," or "murder" about every 30 seconds; you'd think that if any episode was deemed too dark for kids, that would be the one. What about "Hot Spells" made it the only one dark enough to never be allowed to air again?
  • Now that you mentioned it, the other episodes were down right creepy. For example, they showed Bushroot's dead corpse TWICE on the "Twin Beaks" episode. Let's not forget the last scene of "Dances with Bigfoot" implies that Launchpad is about to be thrown into the volcano off-screen. The ominous music at the end didn't help either.
  • Its probably less of a question about how objectively dark the show could get and more of a question about upsetting specifically religious circles with the whole sell my soul to Satan in exchange for magic plot.

Darkwing is not worried about cops unmasking Negaduck in jail?
Not sure gift wrapping my evil twin for the police is a good idea. If I was Darkwing, I would worry about cops unmasking him, and discovering that the notorious serial killer Negaduck is really Drake Mallard. Then again, this is a universe where cops arrest you and immediately send you to prison with your costume on.
  • Mallard is not Bruce Wayne, he's a middle class single dad living in a generic suburban area. The cops are not going to know who he is just by unmasking Negaduck.
    • Even if they did unmask him and realise who he was the real Drake Mallard would still be living normally, clearly visible while Negaduck was in custody. The cops would have just assumed they looked like by coincidence. It would only be a problem if his identity was revealed before he was caught.
    • Hell, in the comic Negaduck somehow didn't know who the face under the mask was in Darkwing's universe, and was only able to figure it out by spotting Launchpad in public.

Misplaced Retribution
In "Time and Punishment", Darkwing becomes a Knight Templar because Gosalyn disappeared twenty years ago. But why would Darkwarrior target his efforts on criminals? He thought Gosalyn had run away, not been kidnapped.
  • Firstly, he assumed that Gosalyn ran away since he didn't let her help him. He's depressed until he sees a child that he thinks is Gosalyn being mugged, which inspires him to get back in the game even when he knows it isn't her. He drives out St. Canard's criminal element, and then goes Knight Templar/Well Intentioned Extremist since he apparently wasn't satisfied with the state of society (or maybe he sought more challenges). Considering his actions like banning fast food, he might have just went Knight Templar Parent with St. Canard as a substitute for his daughter. I say a better question is what happened to the forces who should have been there to try and stop him (the military, Justice Ducks, SHUSH).

Are there other versions of Negaduck II out there in the multiverse?
If the yellow and red Negaduck is just an evil Darkwing from a bad universe, does that mean there is only one Negaduck II? If the Negaverse is a dimension within our Darkwing's world, does that mean the other alternate Darkwings have their own evil twins?
  • The Negaverse is as the name says a negative version. Nothing in the show or comics says there are other negative Earths with negative Darkwings (Darkwarrior doesn't count since he's a corrupted but still well-meaning Darkwing).

FOWL versus The Fearsome Five
There are 2 Evil groups in the Darkwing Duck Universe; The Fearsome Five, composed of the 4 most reoccurring goofy villains and Negaduck, and F.O.W.L., which is essentially an evil Terrorist Organization that hires a few lesser villains to do more covert work (mostly stealing things and assassinations). There have been multiple times Negaduck and the Fearsome Five have proven to be real threats and have even taken over the entire city once, but there was no mention of F.O.W.L. during these 2-parter, nor do any episodes that have F.O.W.L. have the Fearsome Five or reverse. So why haven't F.O.W.L. either a) tried to hire the Fearsome Five to successfully do work for them (if even temporary), or b) tried to get rid of them as they're the biggest threat to their criminal enterprise?
  • F.O.W.L. is an international organization with many bases. The Fearsome Five are mostly limited to St. Canard, which is just one of their standpoints, so it probably doesn't matter that much to them down the line. Besides, they probably keep Darkwing occupied enough for F.O.W.L. to run some schemes in the background, which we just don't see much of, so they might just be considered inconsequential/useful enough to keep alive.
  • As for why they don't straight up hire them, the Five are probably kind of difficult to control, especially Negaduck. Their goals don't necessarily align with F.O.W.L.'s, not to mention, a lot of episodes mention the organization running low on funds, so they might just simply not have the money to hire four to five villains, most of which are criminally insane and/or superpowered enough to do some damage if unsatisfied. Besides, F.O.W.L. already has plenty of agents who frequently lose to Darkwing, so why spend money (that they're apparently short on) on potential threats who have a history of also being foiled by him?

Megavolt working for Negaduck II
Shouldn't it feel awkward for Megavolt to work for a guy who acts and sounds like the first Negaduck? You would think he would be traumatized.
  • Maybe his memory shorted out there and got fuzzy enough to allow it? Maybe part of the reason he listens to Negaduck II is his earlier experience?
  • Ignoring Negative Continuity, Megavolt could just see him as easier to deal with overall than the first Negaduck. Comparing their personalities, the two Negaducks do vary in that Tronsplit Negaduck is more "raw" and doesn't show the Chessmaster abilities the Yellow Negaduck has. With that noted, Megavolt could stick with the yellow one since he's at least willing to cut (lopsided) deals.

How exactly did Honker become aware of Darkwing's secret identity?
Did Gosalyn accidentally let it slip? Did Darkwing willingly let him know because he was the only one who could have helped in that situation? Did he figure it out on his own?

Hot Spells and how magic works
In "Hot Spells", the banned episode of the show, Magicka makes it a point that magic requires hard work and a lot of mathematics. But in the same episode, Goselyn learns magical powers by making deals with the demon Beelzebub and learning them from the Library of Forbidden Spells which is heavily implied to be connected to demons. If Magic is mostly advanced math, what exactly ties it to demons? Is the episode saying Math is inherently demonic and the smarter you are the more likely you are to go to the Underworld?