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    • In addition to publishing an omnibus of revised versions of the majority of the Boom Studios comic that was released February 2015, the new publisher Joe Books published a new Darkwing Duck series written by Aaron Sparrow that lasted only 8 issues before Joe Books discontinued and IDW Comics got the liscence.
    • The show itself initially aired briefly on The Disney Channel, before entering First-Run Syndication as part of The Disney Afternoon. There were also several episodes that aired exclusively to ABC.
  • Cowboy BeBop at His Computer: Some of the Disney+ episode descriptions are inacurrate, such as the description for "Jurassic Jumble" saying that the the story focuses on Darkwing and Launchpad turning into dinosaurs, when in the actual episode is only Darkwing that this happens to and it doesn't happen until near the end of the episode.
    • The description for "Just Us Justice Ducks" refers to Negaduck as "Megaduck", and the description for "Tiff of the Titans" refers to Steelbeak as "Beakpuss".
  • Creator Backlash: Aaron Sparrow, who started the comic book with the storyline for "The Duck Knight Returns" hasn't really been satisfied with the direction Ian Brill eventually took the series, culminating with the issues within Dangerous Currency, with him and artist James Silvani having written their own ending for said crossover.
    • Aaron Sparrow has since rewritten much of the old Boom material for its 2015 reprint. Whether there will be a new crossover or not remains to be seen.
    • The fact that the old Boom material would be rewritten has not amused either former writer Ian Brill nor former editor Christopher Burns, to the extent that they requested to have their names omitted from the collection.
    • Downplayed with Tad Stones in regards to the Fearsome Five. He noted that he regrets tying the group so closely to Negaduck, who tends to steal the show, and if done again he'd bring back Splatter Phoenix to join the group instead.
  • Creator's Pest: Downplayed. Liquidator was considered too "one-note" to carry episodes by himself, according to Tad Stone, but worked fine for team-ups with the Fearsome Five. Other accounts also suggest the writers didn't care much for his predominantly sales slogan dialogue, which meant his dialogue was incredibly hard to keep fresh.
  • Cross-Dressing Voices:
    • Katie Leigh as Honker Muddlefoot.
    • Honker's brother Tank was voiced by the late Dana Hill. Averted in the German dub.
    • In "Malice's Restaurant," the lone female bunny is voiced by Charlie Adler, using the voice he'd also use for Cow.
    • Stegmutt was voiced by a woman in the French dub.
  • Dummied Out: Villain Anna Matronic was created as a possible enemy for Darkwing, but never showed up in any episodes aside from a brief crowd cameo during "In Like Blunt". She ended up having a few appearances in the books (such as "The Silly Canine Caper") and comics.
  • Fan Nickname: The series itself, as of the early New '20s, has been picking up the shorthand nickname DWD91 in anticipation of a possible Continuity Reboot, following the format of shorthand nicknames DT87 and DT17.
  • God-Created Canon Foreigner: The comic book story "The Terror of the Time Turtle" was written by Tad Stones and introduced a new villain called Chronoduck.
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  • Harpo Does Something Funny: All of Darkwing's "I am the [noun] that [verb]s your [other noun]!" intros were written in the script as "It doesn't matter what I write here, Jim's going to make something funnier up."
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes:
    • The final 37 episodes (that is, everything starting from "Inside Binkie's Brain") are not on DVD, and are unlikely to get an official release anytime soon. However, three of said episodes ("Negaduck", "Tiff of the Titans", and "A Brush With Oblivion") have previously been released on VHS.
    • This also applies to the original, uncut two episode "movie" that launched the show; while the originals were released on VHS in their entirety, the episodic versions that have appeared in syndication since are available on the DVD release.
    • For the Boom comic series, the original versions are likely to be this by default, but Dangerous Currency is the only one that doesn't even get the George Lucas Altered Version treatment. Correspondences with Aaron Sparrow claim that the story wasn't approved by Disney. And now the Definitively Dangerous Edition itself is out of print, and actually command higher prices than the original versions of the stories.
    • There were 5 different intro sequences made. Only the 3rd version is what's seen in syndication, and on DVD.
    • The episode "Double Darkwings" had two versions of one scene. note  Only the second version is available on DVD.
    • In September 2019, the "complete" series was finally released on iTunes. Why is "complete" in quotes? Because it lacks "Hot Spells", an episode which hasn't been shown since its original airing. As of November 2019, this also applies to the Disney+ release.
  • Meaningful Release Date: The Joe Books revival of the comic had its first issue released in Spring of 2016, 25 years after the cartoon first premiered on the Disney Channel in Spring of 1991.
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  • Name's the Same:
    • Negaduck and Negaduck. Interestingly enough, there was a episode that didn't make it to television that would have featured Darkwing and the yellow suited Negaduck joining forces to combat the first Negaduck.
      • Negaduck came from a parallel universe called the Negaverse- the same term that would later be used in the original American dub of Sailor Moon to refer to Queen Beryl's dimension (known as the Dark Kingdom in Japan).
    • Also in the episode "Aduckyphobia", the spider's name is Webby, just like another famous little girl named Webby.
    • And Sara Bellum has the same name as the Mayor's assistant in The Powerpuff Girls.
    • The Fearsome Five share the name of a team of supervillains from Teen Titans.
    • Make sure you don't confuse Darkwing's abbreviated name with the other D.W..
    • Quackerjack shares his name with the mascot for the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (unaffiliated with MLB).
  • Out of Order: 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.
    • The production order and the airing order were completely different. Because the show was mostly a Monster of the Week format, this wasn't much of an issue. The main exception is the two part "Just Us, Justice Ducks" which was supposed to be a big team up of some of Darkwing's biggest villains and allies that was produced mid-series (Episodes 44 & 45), but because they aired much earlier (Episodes 18 & 19) it ended up being the debut episode for most of the cast instead with their actual origin episodes occurring later. It really was the debut of Negaduck, however.
    • The order of the episodes on Disney+ is not the broadcast order. Most egregiously, "Darkly Dawns the Duck", the original two-part pilot episode, is listed as episode 29 for Part 1, and episode 30 for Part 2.
      • The order on Disney+ is the syndication broadcast order. Several episodes originally aired on ABC and didn't re-air in syndication until later, which is why those earlier episodes appear much later on the streaming service.
  • Recycled Script:
    • Climax of "The Incredible Bulk" is very similar to the one of "Planet of the Capes", since in both of them Darkwing and his opponent keep using Applied Phlebotinum to out-grow each other. There is also almost identical gag in both where character is lifting buildings to find someone and scares woman in shower. It's worth noting that two episodes are right next to each other in production order. Oddly enough "The Incredible Bulk" also has a scene where villain tries to kill Darkwing using giant kettle, just like "Smarter Than a Speeding Bullet", the other out of two episodes starring Comet Guy.
    • Darkwing also wasn't above recycling scripts from its fellow Disney Afternoon shows. "Star-Crossed Circuits" meshes together the plots of DuckTales (1987) episodes "Armstrong" (Launchpad grapples with and ultimately overcomes a robotic competitor) and "Metal Attraction" (the local superhero deals with a mechanical Stalker with a Crush).
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  • Role Reprise:
    • 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.
    • Inverted for the Duck Tales revival; neither McGovern nor Camp returned (the latter having died in 2005), but Jim Cummings did.
  • Schedule Slip: The remastered omnibus of the Boom Studios comic published by Joe Books and entitled Darkwing Duck: The Definitively Dangerous Edition, was originally given the release date of January 21, 2015, but ultimately was released in February 2015. In addition, the planned revival of the comic has been reported to be shelved for the time being as of July 2015, before finally being released in April 2016.
  • Screwed by the Network:
    • The comic book. Due to various factors, including the licenses returning to Marvel.
    • In Poland, it was aired in 1994 on TVP 1 (the first channel of TVP, Poland's equivalment of The BBC), but they aired only 7 episodes. When they aired the 7th episode, TVP took the series off air and replaced it with Goof Troop, because according to KRRiT (Poland's Media Watchdogs) this cartoon couldn't be watched by kids.
  • Star-Making Role: Jim Cummings cites Darkwing as his first role that he truly realized by himself instead of taking over a previously-established character's voice such as Winnie The Pooh or Tigger.
  • Talking to Himself:
    • Jim Cummings was Darkwing, Negaduck, Herb, and Moliarty.
    • In most dubs Darkwing and Negaduck share a voice actor.
    • In Mexico, Arturo Mercado is Darkwing, Negaduck, and Bushroot. Diana Santos is Honker, Binkie and Tank.
    • In Russian dub Megavolt and Liquidator are both voiced by Vadim Andreev.
  • Un-Canceled: In early 2015, a new publisher called Joe Books, Inc. published an omnibus collecting revised editions of most of the original Boom Studios comics series to pave the way for a revival of the comic, but the project was reported to have been put on hold until further notice in July 2015.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • As mentioned in the Shout-Out entry on the main page, the original pitch for the show was very different. It was originally going to be a James Bond spoof called Double-O Duck, with Drake Mallard as a globe-trotting spy working for SHUSH. All the villains were going to be agents of FOWL (Fiendish Organization of World Larceny) with Steelbeak overseeing them as the show's big bad. Eventually the concept was combined with ideas from a superhero-based DuckTales (1987) episode and became Darkwing Duck, the new name a result of an in-studio contest that was won by Alan Burnett. DW sometimes does missions for SHUSH as a freelance agent, so some of the spy elements survive. FOWL occasionally pops up but only two of the show's dozen or so recurring villains actually work for the organization, and it's run by three unknown shadowy figures.
    • Disney's merchandising division never got the full memo about the change, so most of the show's merchandise portrays all the villains as FOWL agents with Steelbeak as their leader. The Darkwing Duck NES game famously bases its whole plot around this concept.
      • "Double-O-Duck"? That was the name of an episode of DuckTales (1987) where Launchpad went undercover as a spy to stop F.O.W.L. (known then as the Foreign Organization of World Larceny), and its leader at the time was apparently Killed Off for Real, letting "High Command" take over by the time of Darkwing Duck. Heck, Launchpad's Tuxedo and Martini was the basis of Derek Blunt's costume. "Double-O-Duck"/Double Duck later became Donald Duck's spy name in Donald Duck comics.
      • The writers came up with the idea of a spin-off set 20 Minutes into the Future, featuring Gosalyn as either a teenager or young adult, and featuring her own superhero alter-ego, Quiverwing Quack (who had previously appeared on Darkwing, and was a Green Arrow parody, right down to the trick arrows). It never got past the planning stages. The character was briefly mentioned in the Boom Studios comic, as the daughter of an alternate universe Darkwing who was killed in action, leading that Darkwing to take on the persona in honor of her.
    • According to some rumors, if Ducktales The Movie Treasure Of The Lost Lamp was more successful, there "MIGHT" have been a Darkwing Duck movie as well.
    • Also, Darkwing and Morgana were eventually going to get married and have kids together down the line if the show had continued.
    • One of the storylines pitched for the comic book series had Darkwing and Mickey teaming up to battle the Phantom Blot.
    • There were originally plans for a Crossover with Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers on the show. Though it ended up not happening, Chip & Monty's voices can be heard in "Twitching Channels", as a Shout-Out. Additionally, Gadget makes a cameo appearance alongside the Ranger Plane in Part 3 of the comic "The Duck Knight Returns".
    • The show almost never came to be! In fact, If Disney had only owned the full rights to Rocky and Bullwinkle, not just video distribution rights, they would have produced a new Bullwinkle series instead. When it was learned they didn't have the rights, the animator brushed off his Double-O Duck proposal because they needed a replacement pitch in a hurry.
    • Concept art sketches in the F.O.W.L. Disposition trade paperback indicate that Femme Appeal was originally going to be a duck, a dogface, or a canary instead of a fox, Mickey Mouse and Goofy were at one point going to make cameos among the people under Duckthulhu's influence, and that the F.O.W.L. High Command would have been revealed to actually be alien experiments like the ones made by Jumba.
    • Before the second volume of the comic revival was abruptly cancelled (again), the Joe Books series was supposed to bring in Frequencia, a villain from the story book "High Wave Robbery."
    • There was originally going to be an episode where Negaduck I returned, forcing Darkwing and Negaduck II to team up against him.
    • Quackerjack was intended to be a darker character, sort of a mixture of the Joker and Toyman, but the end result was more akin to a mixture of Toyman and Harley Quinn.
    • Back in the days the BOOM Studios comic was being published, Aaron Sparrow mentioned that the initial idea for the Ducktales/Darkwing crossover was a light parody of Secret Invasion, with the reveal that several characters had been replaced with body snatcher duplicates, as a way to explain away any out-of-character behavior up until that point. Some of the covers had even been illustrated with that plotline in mind. However, the story was dropped for Ian Brill's version of the crossover.
    • In the initial drafts, it was Megavolt who was meant to be Darkwing Duck's archnemesis. However, when Negaduck was created, he quickly became a favorite of the creative staff and later the fandom, leading the character to effectively become Darkwing's arch enemy.
  • The Wiki Rule: The Darkwing Duck Wiki.
  • Word of God: According to Tad Stones's interview with fan-site Flapping Terror, Bushroot would eventually undergo a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Write Who You Know: Gosalyn was based on one of the writer's daughters.


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