- His transformation word is, instead of Shazam!!, "Let's get dangerous!" And it's a lot more subtle, too.
- According to Don Rosa's Duck Family Tree, Scrooge's paternal grandmother was named Molly Mallard (maiden name).
- He was a bit of an accident, Scrooge didn't want it being discovered so he discreetly gave a technically small portion of his fortune to care for the kid and compensate. This is why he is able to afford all the gadgets, vehicles, and doesn't seem to have a real day job (S.H.U.S.H. probably pays him, but a house and kid are expensive). It also explains Darkwing's general bitterness, knowing his father never wanted him, and/or simply inheriting that trait from Scrooge.
- Naturally, this raises the question of who his mother is. Of course, many will already just assume Goldie....
- Alternatively, his mother is Magica de Spell. Both she and Darkwing have a love of the night, flair for the dramatic, and penchant for purple. Although this would make the Magica/Negaduck subtext in the comics rather creepy...
- When Megavolt galvanized Darkwing's bad half it ripped open a portal to the Negaverse. Negaduck eventually found the portal inside the cake in the abandoned bakery and started causing mayhem in Darkwing's world.
- When the evil-half Negaduck was galvanized, the energy reaction also created a new dimension, the Negaverse. When Darkwing was returned to normal, Negaduck was reborn here, and the Negaverse formed itself around his warped, twisted ways. When he calls it his personal playground, he's not exaggerating.
- This is actually alluded to in the first episode, as DW references the line "You knew the job was dangerous when you took it" from SC'ss theme song. They're both anthropomorphic fowl with a penchant for large hats. After saying "Let's get dangerous", DW downs some Super Sauce offscreen.
- He was a sickly, much-abused enforcer for a crime boss who operated an experimental chemical facility on the edge of St. Canard. After he complained about feeling "dehydrated" once too often, the boss had him knocked out and wrapped in a weird, water-absorbent substance that was immediately assimilated into his skin while he was unconscious. Unaware of this, the guy went home and took a shower....
- Liquidator's origin was shown in his first episode. He used to be a crooked businessman named Bud Fludd.
- Oswald's Wasteland is said to be where the forgotten Disney characters are now trapped, and this likely applied to the Darkwing Duck characters between 1996 (when Disney Adventures ran its last Darkwing comic story) and the publication of the new comic, though since Launchpad made a few new appearances in the Uncle Scrooge comic book, perhaps he was trapped for only a short time (this may also explain why, in the new comic, he and Drake haven't been speaking to each other). Now that they're back, they likely found a way out, but they haven't been able to make it known to the other Disney TV characters.
- New comicbook series disagrees.
- Neither does the large following Darkwing and the other Disney Afternoon shows still have years after cancellation.
- His parents were gunned down in front of him by a mugger, just like the character he is a parody of.
- The reason for the Multiple-Choice Past is a combination of Darkwing being (theoretically) a children's show, and the desire of Disney to avoid getting into a legal tussle with DC.
- And also because Tad Stones admits that he likes parodying every kind of superhero origin he can think of.
- It's implied in one episode when he's visiting a (not 'the', 'a') real world that his parents are alive enough to be surprised at someone else claiming to have created him.
- Darkwing Duck is a parody of the Shadow, the Green Hornet, not Batman. The similarities exist because Batman started as an Expy of the Shadow.
- More accurately Darkwing is a parody of the archtype both the Shadow and Batman represent. And on an off note, most people are going to understand 'Batman parody' than they are 'Shadow parody'.
- He only keeps on trying to "kill" Darkwing because he's positive that he'll escape. He could have many reasons for wanting to keep Darkwing alive and in business. (Possibly for the same reason the Joker wants Batman alive; because crime wouldn't be as fun without a hero trying to thwart it. That would explain why Negaduck spends more time in Darkwing's St. Canard than in his own universe's, where he's already won.) This would explain why he never bothered to see if Darkwing Duck lived in the same house or used the same civilian name as Negaduck. He already knows Darkwing Duck is Drake Mallard at 537 Avian Way, but doesn't take advantage of that because exploiting Darkwing's civilian life would be a game-ender.
- Apparently the new comic josses this, but still.
- Bushroot is earth (Duh), Liquidator is water (once again..), Megavolt is fire (Electricity can cause fires), Quackerjack is air (He's an airhead...), and just for the WTF factor, Negaduck is Heart. And when their powers combined...they can call SUPER POWERED NEGADUCK!
- In issue #8 of the Boom! comics, Negaduck starts going berserk when he loses control of all of the multiverse Darkwings. His freak-out as he goes Berserker Rage on DW:Negaduck: "You have NO IDEA! The sacrifices I made, all to make this transdimensional system a reality! WHAT I'VE LOST! WHAT I WILL NEVER SEE AGAIN!!"
- Perhaps he just lost his route back; presumably, if he was caught between universes, a quick trip back 'home' wouldn't be too hard. And while Magica sometimes forgets, it's not like Negaduck hides the fact that her reality isn't his. Still, it'll be interesting to see how this one turns out.
- Could be that Negaduck was actually trying to use the transdimensional system to find his own way back home. Keep in mind that as of now, with the release of the collected comics into one volume, there's been lots of editing changes to the script and the above dialogue has now been replaced with Negaduck ranting about how he's "tired of not being the complete and unique individual he should be in the multiverse". Bit of a shame, really. Yes the edit is in character for Negs and fully enforces his raging superiority complex and selfish dickery, but the original dialogue evoked a rare glimpse of humanity in Negaduck: he had lost something personal, had orchestrated all of this to get it back, and once the plan was ruined he was absolutely furious.
- Sorry. Where Quiverwing Duck changes his name to that, the panel's shown about as close as you're allowed in a Disney comic to Heroic Sacrifice. No telling about Darkwarrior; in fact, this one would be somewhat different from the one seen in the show. Plus, honestly, can you imagine a child welfare department standing up to Darkwarrior?
- The problem would have been the main universe DD losing Gosalyn, not the Quiverwing Duck or Darwarrior Duck.
- Confirmed, until it ended. Which ended his focus..
- Partially confirmed. It turns out that Magica had actually used the ink to manipulate the Phantom Blot into teaming up with her in the first place, and the Phantom Blot later, alongside the other villains, merges with Negaduck into a giant ink monster.
Same voice actor, and in the comic ("F.O.W.L. Disposition"), when dazed, Steelbeak says, "Ma? That you? I will watch my language...Buster told me to.◊"
- Alternately, Drake says that his middle name starts with W, whether it does or not.
And the kind of person Darkwing Duck would try and bring in to get recognition (possibly after Paperinik trashed Gizmoduck when it became clear who had stolen Scrooge's mattress while he was sleeping on it). Only, Paperinik beat him up and made clear he knew where he lived...
Of course, we know that they're straight (or bi), as both have been attracted to women. But their neighbors don't necessarily know that. (Until they meet Morgana, which must have seemed a bit confusing.) The Muddlefoots just assume they have a gay family living next door.
- Neptunia and Stegmutt will make their debut in the series.
- F.O.W.L. will attempt to create a Psycho Rangers equivalent of the Justice Ducks.
- Splatter Phoenix will somehow be Back from the Dead.
- Darkwing and Morgana will finally get married as was originally planned before the animated series was canceled.
- Wolfduck will appear. And he will be awesome. Also, Dr. Fossil will return.
According to the Trivia page's What Could Have Been entry, one of the rejected concepts for the original Boom run of the comic was for Darkwing Duck to team up with Mickey to battle his enemy the Phantom Blot. In the actual comic, the Blot only appeared in the story arcs "Campaign Carnage" and "Dangerous Currency", the latter of which is now considered non-canon.
The first evidence supporting this is that the revision of the comic's first issue in the Joe Books omnibus not only retains Darkwing's comment about running in the Mouseton marathon, Mouseton being Mickey's hometown in comic stories, but the revision also sneaks in another mention of Mouseton when Drake Mallard is at the Quackwerks meeting discussing how they can improve the Crimebots.
The second piece of evidence suggesting that the new series might revive the idea is that the revision of "Campaign Carnage" still features the Phantom Blot and also has him briefly refer to his "greatest enemy".
Whether Magica DeSpell still being involved indicates a full-on Bat Family Crossover by also involving Scrooge McDuck and the rest of the DuckTales cast remains to be seen.
- Hmm, let's see. According to NIMH, symptoms of borderline personality disorder can include "intense and highly changeable moods, difficulty trusting, intense and unstable relationships with loved ones, efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment, impulsive and often dangerous behaviors, distorted or unstable self-image" and anger, depression, or anxiety. Anyone want to play therapist and go down the checklist?
- Gyro as a gadgeteer for a spy agency in DuckTales (1987), albeit the DIA rather than SHUSH. Still, maybe he works for them as well. Could be.
- Alternatively, the Darkwing Duck series retconned the DIA into SHUSH, given not only was the agency opposing F.O.W.L. changed from the former to the latter, but the "F" in F.O.W.L. was changed from "Foreign" to "Fiendish". Therefore, Gryo is a SHUSH gadgeteer in the DWD continuity.
- Gizmoduck: Darkwing's Rival and a hammy Cape archtype —> A Cold Ham with little to no redeeming qualities and the closest thing to a friend a person like Negaduck can have
- Morgana: Darkwing's love intrest and an elegant Lady of Black Magic —> The Hot-Blooded Black Sheep of the McCawber family whose relationship with Negaduck drips with Belligerent Sexual Tension
- Stegmutt: A simpleminded, yet kindhearted Keet with a streak of being a Cowardly Lion —> A stoic, Jerkass brute that's also a Dirty Coward to boot
- Neptunia: A Good Is Not Nice Deadpan Snarker with a Hair-Trigger Temper —> A calm, Affably Evil woman that doesn't have a sarcastic bone in her body
- Technically speaking, we wouldn't even need to hypothesize an alternate universe. Eventually Darkwing will need a successor, either because he's retired or dead.
- That would explain Darkwarrior appearing in the comics, after Gosalyn had gotten back to her own time to Set Right What Once Went Wrong.
- Gosalyn may have also inadvertently spawned that alternate universe as a branch off of Darkwing's timeline, which would explain why Darkwarrior refers to Darkwing as "Darkwing Prime." Of course, this also means that Gosalyn failed to prevent Darkwarrior from existing,as once an alternate dimension is spawned, simply returning to one's own timeline will not then collapse that dimension.
- In the French dub of DuckTales (1987), Webby's mother is mentioned and given the name "Edna". Of course, this doesn't negate the WMG. Perhaps she changed her name from Edna to Bianca at one point or uses Bianca as a pseudonym, because she figured an alliterative name would make her more attractive as a television personality.
- Quiverwing Duck - Morgana moved in with Drake and Launchpad to help cope with the loss of Gosalyn. Honker returned to his family for a time, but then he dug up and doubled down on his old sidekick identity, the Arrow Kid, as his own coping mechanism. He's since refined what it means to be Arrow Kid so that it's more meaningful than just "guy who carries the arrows", and he, Morgana, and Launchpad were patrolling elsewhere in the city when Negaduck and Magica abducted Quiverwing Duck.
- Batman Darkwing - Gosalyn is Robin, Morgana is Batwoman, Launchpad is...Alfred(?), and Honker is Oracle.
- Tarzan Darkwing - Gosalyn is Terk and Honker is Tantor.
- Simba Darkwing - Morgana and Launchpad are already confirmed to be Timon and Pumbaa, respectively; Gosalyn is Kiara and Honker is...a younger Zazu? Maybe a nerdier and more nebbish Kovu?
- Darkwarrior Duck - Honker would eventually grow up to take on the archer mantle his best friend was originally going to and would begin a sneaky guerilla campaign against the stronger and more heavily armed monster that used to be Darkwing. This timeline's Quiverwing would intervene just in time after Gosalyn escaped back to her past in "Time and Punishment", allowing Launchpad to escape Darkwarrior's inevitable wrath for helping her. (There's really no basis for this other than to give poor Launchpad of that timeline a means of escape and a friend.)