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The city of St. Canard is home to a thousand criminals. But not one of them dares make a move, for this city has a shadowy protector who hunts them like a phantom in the darkness. I am that guardian. I am the terror that flaps in the night. I am the winged scourge that pecks at your nightmares. I am Darkwing Duck!
―Darkwing's opening monologue in the episode "That Sinking Feeling"

Drake Mallard is the not-so-mild-mannered alter-ego of St. Canard's resident superhero Darkwing Duck, and the protagonist of Disney's 1991-92 animated television program of the same name. He is also the adoptive father to the orphaned Gosalyn Waddlemeyer. He has been described as a cross between Batman and Donald Duck. He made his debut along with Gosalyn in the The Disney Afternoon title sequence in 1990.

Background

Let's Get Dangerous!
―Darkwing Duck

Drake, in his youth, was a Junior Woodchuck, as he still makes use of his "Junior Woodchuck Guidebook." At least three episodes of Darkwing Duck attempt to tell the origin of D.W.: the first "The Secret Origins of Darkwing Duck" relates a pseudo-Superman tale which is basically just hyperbole. The second, "Paraducks" relates how Darkwing, himself, traveling back in time, was the inspiration for young Drakey Mallard to dream of becoming a superhero one day. Thirdly, in "Clash Reunion," a teenaged Drake saves his school from his classmate Elmo Sputterspark (the person who eventually became the villainous "Megavolt"), and makes his debut as St. Canard's Defender of the Night, Darkwing Duck.

Darkwing's costume consists of a fedora with an oversized brim, a mask, a cape, and a long sleeved coat over a turtleneck. The vast majority of his outfit is in shades of purple, with the exception of the turtleneck which is a teal color.

Powers and Abilities

As a non-powered superhero, Darkwing utilizes a variety of gadgets in his fight against crime. His most used weapon is his gas gun, which not only fires gas, but a variety of weapons. It is also designed to function as a grappling hook. For transportation, he will either use the Thunderquack, a duck- head shaped plane built and piloted by Launchpad, or the Ratcatcher, his motorcycle.

While having no superpowers, Darkwing is still a toon, and seems virtually indestructible: he often gets defeated in a painful way, get crushed, flattened, even blown away by explosions, but always rises back. He isn't unstoppable however, as he sometimes needs to wear bandages after being seriously injured. Darkwing suffers several injuries in a slapstick manner throughout the episodes.

Darkwing is an expert in martial arts, despite a large degree of clumsiness. It is mentioned that he was trained in Quack Fu by Goose Lee.

In "Going Nowhere Fast", due to the effects of Negaduck's Particle Accelerator, Darkwing Duck temporarily gained the power of super speed, which caused him to age rapidly the more he used it, which could be reversed by running in reverse.

Appearances

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Darkwing is known for his rather large ego and pride, and can initially be mistaken for a bumbling superhero. Rather than be a hero for justice or just helping others, he does it for fame and glory. However, when pushed, as symbolized by the utterance of his catchphrase, "Let's get dangerous," he can become very competent, proving his skill. He usually works alongside his sidekick, Launchpad McQuack. He typically works at night, appearing with smoke effects and a unique introductory statement. As a hero, Darkwing is often forced to balance his desire for fame with his desire to be a father to Gosalyn and do good in St. Canard.

As a civilian, he is known as Drake Mallard, and he lives in the suburbs with his adopted daughter, Gosalyn Mallard, and his sidekick Launchpad McQuack. His next door neighbors are the dimwitted Muddlefoot family, who, except for their younger son, Honker, Gosalyn's best friend, who also knows of his identity, ignorant of his double life as a superhero. The sorceress Morgana MacCawber is a reformed criminal who has become the object of Darkwing's affection.

Interestingly, the pilot shows that Darkwing had given up his civilian identity in favor of full-time crime-fighting. At that point, he lived in a secret lair at the top of a bridge. Darkwing's return to a civilian alter-ego was fueled by his adoption of Gosalyn.

Printed media

Comic books

Darkwing appeared in various comics bearing his name. Around the time of the show's premiere, a four-issue miniseries, based on "Darkly Dawns the Duck", was published by Disney Comics. Like the TaleSpin comic book before it, the mini-series was intended to spin off into a regular publication, but the implosion of Disney Comics prevented that. After that, Darkwing stories were regularly featured in the magazine Disney Adventures from November 1991 to January 1996, as well as Marvel's Disney Afternoon comic book.

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Darkwing in his new comic book series.

In 2010, Darkwing appeared in a new comic series, which opened with a 4-issue arc titled "The Duck Knight Returns". In the series, Drake has apparently quit the superhero business, for a cubicle job at the Quackwerks company which produces robotic police enforcers, and he is no longer speaking to Launchpad, ever since an incident where he accidentally lead Negaduck to discover his identity. But then returns to hero work when finding that things aren't as they seem at Quackwerks and some of his old enemies start working together again. After defeating Taurus Bulba again, who was revealed to be behind Quackwerks all along in a scheme to control the city, Darkwing returns to the public spotlight again. As the comic progressed, he finds himself confronting numerous versions of himself from alternate universes and running for mayor of St. Canard. The comic is now being continued by Joe Books.

Video games

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Darkwing's costume can be worn by a townsperson in the second game. His motorcycle and gas gun appear as power discs.

A developer for Disney Infinity at E3 stated that Darkwing was very close to getting into the game, and was scrapped, but may appear as a playable character in a future Disney Infinity game, and was one of many characters who were able to be voted into its sequel in a poll on the the official Oh My Disney blog. He was the second highest-ranked choice on the poll, second only to Mabel Pines. Unfortunately, due to Disney shutting down Avalanche Software, he is unlikely to officially be incorporated into the series now.

Disney Parks

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Darkwing posing for a photo at Hong Kong Disneyland.

Following the premiere of his series, Darkwing made semi-regular appearances at the Disney theme parks. He was most prominently featured in the Disney Afternoon-themed stage show at Mickey's Starland from 1991 through 1996. He also made a guest star appearance in the Disney On Ice show Double Feature... Live!, in which he rescues Daisy Duck from a gangster named Ice-Head Harry.

Darkwing still makes occasional rare appearances at Walt Disney World at Disney's Animal Kingdom and, when it was still open, Mickey's Toontown Fair. Darkwing and Launchpad served as "training characters" for cast members in the walk-around character departments.

In 2013, Darkwing resurfaced at Disneyland Paris, for the Disney Dreamers Everywhere Event.

In September 2014, Darkwing and Launchpad appeared in Disney's California Adventure for meet and greets.

Relationships

Allies

Though generally a lone hero, Darkwing occasionally works with other heroes. He sometimes serves as the leader of a network of superheroes called the Justice Ducks comprised of Launchpad McQuack, Stegmutt, Neptunia, Morgana McCawber and Duckburg's own defender, GizmoDuck. Occasionally Darkwing serves as a secret agent for the government agency known as S.H.U.S.H. Director J. Gander Hooter, Agents Double-O-Duck (Launchpad McQuack), Feathers Galore (double agent), Vladimir Goudenov Grizzlikof, Dr. Sara Bellum and "Dr. G." (Gyro Gearloose), are all members of this secret organization, where Darkwing even serves as the leader of the Darkwing Squad (Darkwing Deer, Darkwing Dodo, Darkwing Donkey and Darkwing Dog).

Enemies

Darkwing's most famous arch-nemeses are Megavolt, Bushroot, Quackerjack and the Liquidator, as well as the villainous alternate-reality incarnation of DW, Negaduck. They usually work separately, but the first four along with Negaduck are known to group together in a group known as "The Fearsome Five" with Negaduck serving as a leader. In the Darkwing Duck comics, Negaduck would not included in the group and Quackerjack would take over as leader as the group of villains would be known as "The Fearsome Four".

Steelbeak, Ammonia Pine, Ample Grime, and the henchmen known as Eggmen all serve as agents of the nefarious F.O.W.L. (Fiendish Organization for World Larceny), an organization headed by Dr. Nogood. Taurus Bulba was even resurrected by F.O.W.L. to become a cyborg. Other notable adversaries of Darkwing include Splatter Phoenix, Tuskernini, Jambalaya Jake, Lilliput Gooney, Fluffy, Anna Matronic, and Professor Moliarty. In the Boom! Studios comic book series, Darkwing would also face off against classic Disney villains Magica De Spell, the Beagle Boys, and the Phantom Blot (however, the story arc in which he battled the latter two is no longer considered canon).

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References


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Darkwing Duck Logo
Media

Darkwing Duck | Walt Disney's World on Ice: Double Feature... Live! | NES game | Boom! Studios comic | Joe Books comic | Videography

Books

High Wave Robbery | The Silly Canine Caper | The Darkest Night

Characters

Heroes and Allies: Darkwing Duck | Launchpad McQuack | Gosalyn Mallard | Honker Muddlefoot | Tank Muddlefoot | Herb and Binkie Muddlefoot | Mrs. Cavanaugh | Gizmoduck | Morgana McCawber | Neptunia | Stegmutt | J. Gander Hooter | Derek Blunt | Vladimir Goudenov Grizzlikof | Sara Bellum | Rhoda Dendron | Gloria Swansong | of Oilrabia | Goose Lee | Comet Guy
Villains: Negaduck/Negatron | Bushroot | Megavolt | Liquidator | Quackerjack | Steelbeak | Taurus Bulba | Hammerhead Hannigan | Hoof and Mouth | Tantalus | Clovis | Tuskernini | Dr. Fossil | Phineas Sharp | Professor Moliarty | Ammonia Pine | Ample Grime | Paddywhack | Lilliput Gooney | Jambalaya Jake | Gumbo | Bug Master | High Command | Major Synapse | Hotshot and Flygirl | Dr. Slug | Splatter Phoenix | Camille Chameleon | Anna Matronic | Isis Vanderchill | Johnny T. Rex | Fluffy | Dark Warrior Duck | Nodoff | Brainteasers

Episodes

Season One: "Darkly Dawns the Duck" | "That Sinking Feeling" | "Beauty and the Beet" | "Getting Antsy" | "Night of the Living Spud" | "Apes of Wrath" | "Dirty Money" | "Film Flam" | "Duck Blind" | "Comic Book Capers" | "Water Way to Go" | "Paraducks" | "Easy Come, Easy Grows" | "Negaduck" | "A Revolution in Home Appliances" | "Trading Faces" | "Hush, Hush Sweet Charlatan" | "Can't Bayou Love" | "Bearskin Thug" | "Fungus Amongus" | "You Sweat Your Life" | "Days of Blunder" | "Just Us Justice Ducks" | "Double Darkwings" | "Slaves to Fashion" | "Aduckyphobia" | "When Aliens Collide" | "Jurassic Jumble" | "Something Fishy" | "Cleanliness is Next to Badliness" | "Smarter Than a Speeding Bullet" | "Tiff of the Titans" | "All's Fahrenheit in Love and War" | "Whiffle While You Work" | "Calm a Chameleon" | "Ghoul of My Dreams" | "Battle of the Brainteasers" | "Adopt-a-Con" | "Bad Tidings" | "Toys Czar Us" | "The Secret Origins of Darkwing Duck" | "Up, Up and Awry" | "Going Nowhere Fast" | "Life, the Negaverse, and Everything" | "Dry Hard" | "Heavy Mental" | "A Brush with Oblivion" | "Disguise the Limit" | "Planet of the Capes" | "The Merchant of Menace" | "Darkwing Doubloon" | "It's a Wonderful Leaf" | "Twitching Channels" | "Dances with Bigfoot" | "Twin Beaks" | "The Incredible Bulk" | "My Valentine Ghoul" | "Dead Duck" | "A Duck By Any Other Name" | "Let's Get Respectable" | "In Like Blunt" | "Quack of Ages" | "Time and Punishment" | "Stressed to Kill" | "The Darkwing Squad" | "Inside Binkie's Brain" | "The Haunting of Mr. Banana Brain" | "Slime Okay, You're Okay" | "Whirled History" | "U.F.Foe" | "A Star is Scorned" | "The Quiverwing Quack" | "Jail Bird" | "Dirtysomething" | "Kung Fooled" | "Bad Luck Duck"
Season Two: "Monsters R Us" | "Inherit the Wimp" | "The Revenge of the Return of the Brainteasers, Too!" | "Star Crossed Circuits" | "Steerminator" | "The Frequency Fiends" | "Paint Misbehavin'" | "Hot Spells" | "Fraudcast News" | "Clash Reunion" | "Mutantcy on the Bouncy" | "Malice's Restaurant" | "Extinct Possibility"

Vehicles/Gadgets

Ratcatcher | Thunderquack | Darkwing Duck's gas gun | Ramrod | Super Sensitive Darkwing Duck-tector

Locations

St. Canard | Negaverse

Songs

Darkwing Duck Theme Song | Little Girl Blue | Kickin' in the Groove | I'm Darkwing Duck

See Also
DuckTales | The Disney Afternoon | Disney XD (Netherlands) | Justice Ducks | Fearsome Five | F.O.W.L. | S.H.U.S.H.


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Media

Bonkers | Video game

Characters

Heroes: Bonkers D. Bobcat | Fall-Apart Rabbit | Leonard Kanifky | Fawn Deer | Skunky Skunk | W.W. Wacky | Charles Quibble | Ludwig Von Drake | Mad Hatter | March Hare | Toots | Harry Handbag | The Mean Old Wolf | Jitters A. Dog | Slap, Sniffle and Plop | Charlie Pig | Maggie Toon | Alto | Mac the Bass | Pops Clock | Roderick Lizzard | Tuttle Turtle | Tanya Trunk | Tiny | Linda Quipps | Sgt. Frank Grating | Bucky Buzzsaw | Smarts | Grumbles Grizzly | Rita | Broderick the Radio | Police Light | Scribble
The Wrights: Miranda Wright | Shirley Wright | Timmy Wright
The Piquels: Lucky Piquel | Dilandra Piquel | Marilyn Piquel
Villains: The Collector | Mr. Doodles | Ma Parker | Wooly and Bully | Flaps the Elephant | Chick and Stu | Wacky Weasel | Wolf | Baabara | Mikey Muffin | Dr. Blade | Helga | Pitts | Mr. Malone and the Ape | Holio Kalimari | Scatter Squirrel | Katya Legs-go-on-a-lot | Turbo, Banshee and Kapow | Mammoth Mammoth | Crunchy | Lilith DuPrave | Warris and Donald | Hoagie, Knuckles, and Chumps | Toon Pencil | Weather Toons | Mole | Al Vermin | Seymour Sleazebottom and Limo | Wild Man Wyatt | Louse A. Nominous | Squash and Stretch | The Rat | T.J. Finger | Gloomy the Clown | Giggles the Frog | Mr. Blackbenblue | Two-Bits | Mr. Big | Z-Bot | Ninja Kitties
Cameos: Mickey Mouse | Donald Duck | Goofy | Pete | Dumbo | Hyacinth Hippo | Ben Ali Gator | Tyrannosaurus Rex | Chernaborg | Honest John and Gideon | Monstro | Br'er Bear | Lady | Tramp | The Doorknob | Big Bad Wolf | Jasper and Horace | Marsupilami | Darkwing Duck | Shere Khan | Greasy | Ferdinand the Bull

Locations

Toontown | Hollywood | Rubber Room Toon Club | Wackytoon Studios

Episodes

Raw Toonage shorts and compilations: "Petal to the Metal" | "Spatula Party" | "Sheerluck Bonkers" | "Bonkers in Space" | "Draining Cats and Dogs" | "Get Me to the Church on Time" | "Ski Patrol" | "Get Me a Pizza (Hold the Minefield)" | "Dogzapoppin'" | "Trailmix Bonkers" | "Quest for Firewood" | "Gobble Gobble Bonkers"
Group One (Miranda Wright): "Trains, Toons and Toon Trains" | "Tokyo Bonkers" | "The Stork Exchange" | "Bobcat Fever" | "The Toon That Ate Hollywood" | "When the Spirit Moves You" | "Fistful of Anvils" | "What You Read Is What You Get" | "Toon for a Day"
Group Two: (Lucky Piquel): "Going Bonkers" | "In the Bag" | "Hear No Bonkers, See No Bonkers" | "Out of Sight, Out of Toon" | "Is Toon Fur Really Warm?" | "Calling All Cars" | "Fall Apart Bomb Squad" | "In Toons We Trust" | "Never Cry Pig" | "Hamster Houseguest" | "The Cheap Sheep Sweep" | "The Day the Toon Stood Still" | "Weather or Not" | "Basic Spraining" | "Once in a Blue Toon" | "Luna-Toons" | "Time Wounds All Heels" | "Poltertoon" | "Hand Over the Dough" | "The Rubber Room Song" | "Tune Pig"
Group Three (Miranda Wright): "New Partners on the Block" | "Witless for the Prosecution" | "Do Toons Dream of Animated Sheep?" | "Quibbling Rivalry" | "Springtime for the Iguana" | "CasaBonkers" | "Love Stuck" | "Of Mice and Menace" | "Dog Day AfterToon" | "The 29th Page" | "Cartoon Cornered"
Group Four (Lucky Piquel): "The Good, the Bad, & the Kanifky" | "I Oughta Be in Toons" | "Frame That Toon" | "A Wooly Bully" | "Stay Tooned" | "O Cartoon! My Cartoon!" | "Color Me Piquel" | "Stand-In Dad" | "Cereal Surreal" | "If" | "The Dimming" | "Toon with No Name" | "Get Wacky" | "The Final Review" | "Goldijitters and the 3 Bobcats" | "Seems Like Old Toons" | "Miracle at the 34th Precinct" | "Comeback Kid" | "The Greatest Story Never Told" | "Fall Apart Land" | "Imagine That" | "A Fine Kettle of Toons" | "Stressed to Kill"

Songs

Let's Go Bonkers! | The Rubber Room Song

Other

Darkwing Duck | Raw Toonage | Goof Troop | Who Framed Roger Rabbit | The Disney Afternoon

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