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Darkwing Duck
Darkwing Duck
Vital statistics
Gender Male
Species Duck
Age 30's
Occupation Crime fighter and Freelance agent
Parents n/a
Siblings n/a
Children Gosalyn Mallard (Adopted daughter)
Allies Launchpad McQuack (sidekick), Gosalyn Mallard, Honker Muddlefoot, Morgana Macawber (Girlfriend)
Voice by Jim Cummings
First appearance Darkly Dawns the Duck (Part 1)
Darkwing Duck is a crime fighter, hero, and freelance agent of S.H.U.S.H. He fights crime with his sidekick Launchpad McQuack and some times with his daughter Gosalyn and her genius friend Honker Muddlefoot. Darkwing Duck's secret identity is that of Drake Mallard and lives at 537 Avian Way, St. Canard with Gosalyn and Launchpad.

Darkwing DuckEdit

Darkwing Duck is portrayed to be a good crime fighter and hero at times hindered by his arrogance and ego. His competence varies from episode to episode but when he finally hits his stride and focuses, the cases are always solved. One example of this is his fight with Taurus Bulba. Darkwing Duck was forced to use all his energy and
Darkwing duckhero pose

Darkwing Duck's Heroic pose

resources in order to stop his most dangerous enemy. When he defeated Taurus Bulba, Darkwing was shown to be very heroic. Darkwing's main weapon of choice in his crime-fighting escapades is his gas gun, which functions much like a grenade launcher. It fires grenades with a variety of different gases (smoke bombs, laughing gas, tear gas, etc.), as well as some more direct offensive weapons (including boxing gloves and cartoon bombs). It also has a retractable line and grappling hook for transportation purposes, and can fire other random objects that are loaded in its barrel. He invariably employs various other weapons and gadgets though many do not work as intended. His main forms of transportation are the Thunderquack (a small airplane-like vehicle shaped like Darkwing's head that was built by and is piloted by Launchpad) and his motorcycle, called the Ratcatcher (a name shared with an obscure Batman villain, maintaining the theme of superhero homages and parodies).

In some episodes, Darkwing is sent on missions as a freelance agent of S.H.U.S.H., a covert crime-fighting organization that deals with criminal activity that the normal authorities cannot handle, though he is not officially employed by them. Darkwing's S.H.U.S.H. missions most often have the aim of thwarting various evil schemes of the Fiendish Organization for World Larceny (or F.O.W.L.) and missions can be sent to him covertly via a messaging system called the Flashquack, which is a miniature Thunderquack.

While he is known (to an extent) as a hero in St. Canard, he frequently deals with citizens misunderstanding him. Numerous episodes bring up the fact that he's very unpopular, due to his intimidating tactics and dark appearance, to the point where the episode "Let's Get Respectable" was devoted to making him over as a more likable hero with nicer language, a brighter costume, and flower petals instead of smoke and gas. Once it interfered with the episode's case, however, the makeover quickly ended. In some episodes, people fail to recognize Darkwing, and at times, do not even know who "Darkwing Duck" is. This lack of popularity and recognition often clashes with his inflated ego.


Darkwing often demonstrates a lack of common sense that is hampered by his tremendous ego. However, unlike Inspector Gadget and similar cartoon crimefighting archetypes, Darkwing is actually extraordinarily competent as a superhero - once he puts aside distractions and ego and focuses completely on the case. This moment of transition was marked by Darkwing's catchphrase "Let's get dangerous".

Darkwing's career choice seems to be, in part, be motivated by a general desire for recognition. But he still possesses a strong personal sense of justice which shows by his willingness to risk his life for the common good and the protection of innocents.


Darkwing Duck's main weapon is his trusty gas gun. His gas gun can also shoot a variety of items such as a grappling hook with line, and different gases such as smoke bombs, laughing gas, tear gas, etc.

Darkwing Duck also has an small airplane named the Thunderquack and a motorcycle called the Ratcatcher. Both are modeled after the shape of his head.


Despite a large degree of clumsiness, Darkwing is an expert in martial arts and generally quite proficient in physical combat; he employs several techniques he has developed on his own including the satirical but effective "double reverse, paddle drop, boom, boom kick" and his "patented flying web kick". Even though he is referred to as a "superhero" (by himself and other citizens), Darkwing has no true superpower. Instead, he relies on his weapons, finesse, and intellect to solve crimes and stop villains. While he is shown to be a struggling hero at the beginning of the series he later becomes a popular and well known figure in St. Canard.


There are several completely different accounts given throughout the series regarding Darkwing's origins, including an alternate universe story called "Darkwing Doubloon"— all these stories contradict each other, which appears to be an ongoing gag.

Perhaps the most outrageous of Darkwing's purported origins is "The Secret Origins of Darkwing Duck", in which both Darkwing Duck and Negaduck both came from a doomed planet in a tale paralleling the origin of Superman. Darkwing acquired his mask, gas gun, and combat training from a variety of sources who figured that they "could come in handy some day". Among numerous other pop culture references in the episode, he receives martial arts training in a monastery inspired by David Carradine's Kung Fu. This episode takes place in the future and is told in a series of flashbacks by a museum janitor, who looks suspiciously like an aged Darkwing Duck, relating the story to two children who look like descendants of Honker and Gosalyn. Given the nature of the story - particularly since the narrator often seems to be uncertain of the story himself - and the revelation a few episodes later that Negaduck hailed from a parallel dimension, this episode is more than likely a tongue-in-cheek parody, not meant to be taken seriously. Even the title is a comic book reference, nodding towards the DC magazine Secret Origins, which chronicled the beginnings of DC heroes.

"Darkwing Doubloon" is a period episode taking place several centuries in the past (Darkwing himself says 300 years) and featuring the entire Fearsome Five and the Justice Ducks as pirates. The continuity problem posed by such an episode is rather glaring and absurd (for example, it is not explained how Bud Flud's ancestor came to be made of water, nor how Stegmutt's became a dinosaur), but the episode does not actually claim to portray the truth - merely a tale told by Darkwing of "another masked Mallard who fought for justice 300 years ago", which may or may not have some basis in real history. Three of Darkwing's ancestors have appeared in the present day of the series, so the idea that Darkwing Doubloon is related to Darkwing Duck by blood is not impossible. This story of a remarkably similar ancestor fighting for justice in the days of the pirates parallels that of The Phantom.

The story which is most likely Darkwing's true origin is revealed in the episode "Clash Reunion," in which a young Drake Mallard disguises himself as Darkwing at his high school prom in order to stop a classmate turned villain (Elmo Sputterspark, later known as Megavolt). This story is actually made plausible by two former students at Drake's reunion who want to watch Darkwing in action again.

The episode "Kung Fooled" revealed that Darkwing received martial arts training from the sensei Goose Lee, indicating at least part of the "Secret Origins" episode was based on a degree of truth. It is unclear whether Darkwing received his training before or after defeating Elmo Sputterspark. In various episodes, Darkwing makes passing references to skills he has learned from others around the world as well.

Several episodes show that Darkwing may have been inspired to become a hero before his battle in high school. In the episode "Paraducks", Darkwing and Gosalyn go back in time and meet the nerdy young Drake Mallard, who is a complete coward. He is about to be involved with a criminal gang, but Darkwing trains him to stand up to them, and in the end the young Drake dons a mask and helps Darkwing defeat the bad guys, taking on the identity of Darkwing Drakie. In this episode, Darkwing actually becomes an inspiration to himself, creating a time paradox.

Darkwing was also inspired, to some extent, by legendary S.H.U.S.H. agent Derek Blunt (an apparent parody of Ian Fleming) who wrote several thriller novels which appear to have greatly influenced the gadgetry aspect of Darkwing's superhero career. Darkwing once had the opportunity to work with Blunt and found him to be completely dissimilar to anything found in his fiction.

One episode {"A Star is Scorned"}, in which Darkwing is almost replaced by Bushroot as the hero, shows that Darkwing and the other characters are actually actors employed by the Dizzy Studio. However, this episode ends with a short framing scene showing Drake and Gosalyn turning off the TV, indicating that all of the episode's previous events were merely part of a show that they were watching. In addition, a previous episode ("Twitching Channels") stated that an overlander TV producer (in the "real world") discovered Darkwing's adventures through the use of a helmet; although the helmet was destroyed, it's possible that Darkwing and the others found some other way to maintain contact with the real world.


Darkwing is characterized by dramatic entrances; they usually involve mysteriously appearing in a cloud of smoke, and frequently include some version of the following speech.

  • I am the terror that flaps in the night, I am the [noun] that [verb]s your [noun] (Alternately, I am the [noun] in/on/that [verb]s the [noun] of Justice/Crime/InJustice/Your Soul/Goodness.), I am DARKWING DUCK!

The metaphor in the middle line often consists of Darkwing comparing himself to something annoying, such as "I am the bubblegum that sticks in your hair", "I am the special news bulletin that interrupts your favorite show" or "I am the ingrown toenail on the foot of crime." Others tend to make very little sense, such as "I am the cat that lays kittens in your bed," (although having a litter of kittens in bed could be considered a nuisance). This middle metaphor often has something to do with the villain at hand; e.g. when facing Bushroot, he will often work plants into his metaphors.

Darkwing Duck's catchphrase "Let's get dangerous" originates from the second episode of the series, "Darkly Dawns the Duck Part 2". While chasing Taurus Bulba's airship, Darkwing Duck asks Launchpad to blow a hole in it.

    • DW: "We need to blow an entry hole in that thing."
    • LP: "I don't know, DW, that sounds dangerous!"
    • DW: "Yeah? Well, then, let's get dangerous!"

The phrase is usually used whenever Darkwing starts to put aside distractions and follow through on a case.

Darkwing also has several other catchphrases he uses. Before Darkwing fires his gas gun at his adversaries, he often uses the catchphrase "Suck gas, evildoers!" Darkwing also often employs alliteration in his speech, e.g. "Clearly the crafty criminals committing the crime wave...", or "I'll find that supercilious sardine if I have to search all seven seas!"

Compulsive narcissist that he is, Darkwing often refers to himself in the third person, typically done as if narrating his own adventures.

Alter EgosEdit

Drake Mallard/Secret IdentityEdit

When not fighting crime Darkwing spends his time as his alter ego Drake Mallard, Gosalyn Mallard's adopted father. Most of the show is based on their father-daughter relationship. Darkwing and Gosalyn forged a close bond in a short period of time because they were so much alike. Drake Mallard's real occupation has never been revealed. This has led to inquiries by some fans as to how Darkwing makes money to pay for his house, supplies, and equipment. On one episode, "The Merchant of Menace," Drake once worked as a salesman for Quackerware. The comics, however, reveal that he lived off a stipend from SHUSH, which ended when Quackwerks took over St. Canard. The only people who know Drake's secret identity are, of course, Gosalyn, his sidekick Launchpad McQuack and Gosalyn's best friend Honker Muddlefoot. In later episodes, Morgana Macawber, with whom Darkwing has an on-again-off-again relationship, also discovers his secret identity. Drake and Gosalyn Mallard, along with Launchpad McQuack, live at 537 Avian Way, St. Canard, located in the fictional state of Calisota, the setting of other Disney cartoon cities. Although the first episode shows that Darkwing lives in his lair in the Audubon Bay Bridge, he purchases a home and starts using his alter ego again only after adopting Gosalyn Waddlemeyer. This hints that he, for some reason, may not truly even need his alter ego anymore and only uses it to give Gosalyn some semblance of a normal life.

Despite this, Darkwing has been seen going out of his way to protect his secret identity from being discovered. Drake does not seem to act any differently as Darkwing, yet even those close to him, such as his next door neighbors the Muddlefoots, cannot tell they are one and the same. He has even dressed up as Darkwing Duck while attending a Halloween party, with many patrons stating he was too short to pull off being Darkwing Duck convincingly. However, Launchpad, Gosalyn, and Honker, who have no alter egos, are all often seen with both Darkwing and Drake, yet no one questions this. Megavolt once claimed to know that Gosalyn and Launchpad are "the Darkwing Duck fan club", while holding them captive. Since Gosalyn actually does run a Darkwing Duck fan club, it seems many villains simply see her and Launchpad as normal people who frequently follow Darkwing around and do not make the connection between Drake and Darkwing. This is supported by Darkwing's tendency to be a bit of a glory hound. Gosalyn also makes an effort not to refer to Darkwing as "Dad" when she follows him around crimefighting, although she occasionally does. Launchpad almost always calls both Darkwing and Drake "DW". However, since Drake's middle name is never revealed to the audience, one can assume that the characters might think that Launchpad is merely calling him by his first and middle initials, which isn't unusual and thus wouldn't bring up any tough questions. It is also worth stating that Negaduck, being the Darkwing of an alternate dimension, would know of Darkwing's true identity and relationship to Gosalyn but never seems to use this information against him, although one possible reason for this is that he may not have decided to start using his alter ego again after adopting "Nega-Gosalyn" (Bushroot's Negaverse counterpart says that "Negaduck" is her guardian as opposed to "Drake Mallard", implying that he may not use his secret identity at all) and it just never occurred to him that Darkwing might have. In the current Comic series Negaduck realizes that Darkwing uses the Drake Identity when Launchpad is seen coming out of a laundromat with two different pairs of Darkwing's clothes. Negaduck uses this information to launch an attack on Drake at his home causing him to temporarily give up being Darkwing for Gosalyn's sake. He later takes up his dual identity again when he discoverers Taurus Bulba's plans involving the company Drake now works for.

Darkwarrior DuckEdit

Darkwarror Duck was a twisted dictator version of Darkwing Duck who appeared only in the episode "Time and Punishment".


As opposed to his trademark opening and blue smoke, the new DW uses red smoke and his opening is much more scary.

Darkwarrior Duck wears a much more threatening looking costume than his former Darkwing persona. He still has his signature hat, and cape, but now wears a (jump-suit like) purple costume with a dark belt, dark boots, large black gloves and heavy, spiky armor over his shoulders. His belt has a satchel on it for his former gas gun.

His mask is also black now, and when he wears it his eyes glow red. Though this seems less like some form of technology and more of a way to visualize his insanity, since his eyes are normal the first time he sees Gosalyn even with the mask on.

Weapons and Gadgets:Edit

Darkwarrior has a legion of flying robots at his disposal, a large tank (presumably in place of the Ratcatcher), the Thunderwing (loaded with guns and missiles), and his former gas gun (now a handheld missile launcher).


While Darkwarrior can, technically, still be considered a good guy he is very different in his crime fighting style than his old self. He whole-heartedlyy believes in the use of lethal force, does not give criminals a trial, and is liberal with giving out the death penalty. A sharp contrast to Darkwing's non-lethal style. Darkwarrior also sees every crime equally as heinous, right down to tearing off the 'do not remove under penalty of law' tag on pillows.


Goslyn returned home and it is assumed that the time line Darkwarrior was from now never existed.



Arachno Duck

In the episode Aduckyphobia, Darkwing Duck is bitten by a mutated spider and grows 4 extra arms, giving him six. Having been mutated, Darkwing is compelled to adopt a new persona, Arachno Duck.

Darkwing's extra arms seem to have a mind of their own, especially number six. Darkwing is also able to shoot webbing from his mouth.

Dark-Wolf DogEdit

In the episode Monsters R Us, Morgana's father turns Darkwing Duck into a werewolf after Morgana's family realized that Morgana is dating a "normal". After being cursed, Darkwing calls himself, Dark-Wolf Dog.

Darkwing is seen using his dog-like behavior.

Demolition DuckEdit

In the episode Jail Bird, in an attempt to get to prison, Darkwing Duck becomes Demolition Duck.


  • "Don't change the subject! I have had it with you young lady, you are grounded for a month."
  • "Grounded,"
  • "Well, I do wanna solve this ASAP, right LP?"
  • "You're grounded for life and your allowance is suspended until--YEOW!"
  • "I am the terror that flaps in the night. I am the widget missing from the easy to assemble swing set..."
  • "You are grounded for fifty years, missy. Grounded, grounded, grounded and re-grounded."
  • "I am the single career man all women want to date..."
  • "Gosalyn, I do not appreciate being embarrassed."
  • "I am the kettle that whistles in the night, I'm a little tea cup with a teenie, weenie hole that you can never quite get your finger in. I am Teapot Duck."
  • "No, that guy is Gosalyn.'
  • "It's no use, Negaduck! You may have trapped the whole Police Department in lime Jell-O, but you didn't trap me!"
  • "Gosalyn, quit playing with the thermostat."
  • "Over my dead body, sister!"
  • "What?! Why, you! Oh, I'll frame you, all right!"
  • "Gosalyn, I told you not to watch your tapes up here."
  • "Oh, go away. I've had a rough day."
  • "It's a living."
  • "That's not the kind I meant. And no, you can't."
  • "I caught that hateful, underhanded ham, Tuskernini, robbing a bank."
  • "For extra credit, why don't you try spelling it in Swahili?"
  • "Anything to make Binkie Muddlefoot shut up."
  • "I am the terror that flaps in the night, I am the slug that crawls...hold the mayo, you're not Megavolt. You're Tuskernini in a really bad Megavolt disguise."
  • "Really? Well, 'Megavolt', let's see you shock me. Come on, go ahead, give me your best shock. Be my guest."
  • "I am the terror that flaps in the night, I am the $10 service on all returned checks..."
  • "Darkwing Duck,"
  • "Reality check, we are the crime fighters, you are the obedient daughter who stays put and out of trouble."
  • "This is the third most painful moment of my life."
  • (old lady voice) "Flowers for Negaduck."
  • "Gosalyn, I smell a rat."
  • (sighs) "Anything to make Herb Muddlefoot shut up."
  • "Why do the weird ones always fall for me?"
  • "You've lit your last fuse, fiend..."
  • "Terror that flaps in the night."
  • "Fee-fi-fo-fum. I am the terror that flaps in the night, I am...(gets squashed by a lamppost)...Steggmutt."
  • "Look, a fuzzy, wuzzy bunny!"
  • "Suck flame-retardant foam, evil doer!"
  • "I am the terror that flaps in the night. Stand back, you might get some blood on you."
  • "Suck gas, evil doer!"
  • "Wherever there's an evil-doer evil doing, I'll be there. Because I am the terror that flaps in the night. I am the ingrown toenail on the foot of crime. I am the zit that forms when you've got a really big date. I am the impacted wisdom tooth..."
  • "Excuse me, it's 'electro-gun', and that is a hand vacuum. Now suck gas, evil-doer!"
  • "Warm enough? If I were any warmer you could serve me a'la carte!"
  • "Noo, because Megavolt's afraid of me. I've sent him to the electric chair. Twice."
  • "I'm taking you in!"
  • "I can't believe I just said that!"
  • "Fortunately, we have a psychological advantage."
  • "You are not a well person."
  • "Don't change the subject! I have had it with you, young lady. You are grounded for a month."
  • "Okay, maybe we should discuss this, huh?"
  • "Gosalyn, did you forget whose side you're on? Eek and Squeak, will you stop?!"
  • "I'm serious, Gos. If something happened to you, I don't know what I'd do."
  • "You guessed it, Sparky,"
  • "Date? But what about finding those felonious firebugs?"
  • "Never..."
  • "Great, perfect. Gone five minutes and my own daughter forgets my name, just like she forgot she was supposed to stay in the Ratcatcher."
  • "All right, you muscle-heads, where's Gosalyn?"
  • "You butcher!"
  • "Yeah, right. Now about those fugitive firebugs. Gimmie..."
  • "I am the terror that flaps in the sewers."
  • "Gosalyn!"
  • "We prefer the term, 'physically challenged'."
  • "Is am the terror that flaps in the night..."
  • "I am the terror that flaps in the night, I am the weed whacker in the garden of evil, I am Darkwing Duck!"
  • "Forget my beak! I wanna talk bugs!"
  • "No, don't...he's getting away! Gosalyn!"
  • "You are not."
  • "Finding those firebugs before I freeze to death would be nice."
  • "One more practical joke from you, young lady, and you're grounded for life!"
  • "No, I'm dirt. I'm worse than dirt. I'm lower than low. I am not the terror that flaps in the night. I am the self-centered boob who hands over the city at the drop of a dime. I'm a gipnoid, a slug, a spud-mothering jackanape."

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