List of Darkwing Duck characters
Main characters[edit | edit source]
- Darkwing Duck / Drake Mallard (voiced by Jim Cummings) is an average citizen by day and St. Canard's resident superhero and partly the leader of Justice Ducks and the Friendly Five by night. He possesses a mix of courageous altruism and gigantic arrogance and ego – two drives that constantly clash during his adventures. Darkwing's origins are rather fuzzy. During his childhood and teenage years, Drake was a complete dork, but by his high school days, he had already developed an obsession with crime-fighting. However, he frequently claims to have become a superhero on the day he became Darkwing Duck after his teenage years. He has been an active superhero for an unknown number of years. In his earliest days of crime fighting, he was more focused on the headlines from his career, to the extent that in the second part of the pilot episode "Darkly Dawns the Duck" he laments that he has no life outside his showboating and no friends to turn to. Launchpad McQuack and Gosalyn give him a life and help keep him grounded. His two recurring catchphrases are "I am the terror that flaps in the night" (followed by an improvised metaphor before he gives his name), and the battle cry of "let's get dangerous". Because of loose continuity in the show, as well as Darkwing's self-aggrandizing habits, there is more than one origin story for why and how he became Darkwing Duck – including the episodes
- "Paraducks" (in which the young Drake is inspired by his own time-travelling adult self),
- "Clash Reunion" (in which he wears a random disguise so he can defend his high school prom from Megavolt; this is the true origin at least continuity wise),
- "The Secret Origins of Darkwing Duck" (a Superman parody, which is obviously not meant to be taken as his true origin; it is suggested throughout the episode that it is just nonsense being spouted out by a future version of Drake to make his origin seem cooler due to his ego, and at the end of the episode it is stated that the "myth" has "some basis in reality", indicating that it is not meant to be completely true), and
- "A Star is Scorned" (which is a "what if" episode portraying Darkwing's life as just an act for a TV show, and is not in continuity).
- Darkwing made a guest appearance in the DuckTales episode "Beware the B.U.D.D.Y. System!".
- Launchpad McQuack (voiced by Terry McGovern) is Darkwing Duck's sidekick and pilot, who originally appeared as a main character in DuckTales. He refers to Darkwing as "DW" and Darkwing sometimes refers to him as "LP" in return. He is Darkwing's self-proclaimed biggest fan, even spending a year designing and building the Thunderquack aircraft just out of fanboy urges. The hero originally found him annoying but quickly came to see him as a friend. As Gizmoduck also appears in the show, it is confirmed that Launchpad is no longer working for Scrooge McDuck:
- Gosalyn Mallard (birth name Waddlemeyer) (voiced by Christine Cavanaugh) is Drake Mallard's 9-year-old adopted daughter. She is an unstoppable bundle of energy and spunk, which Darkwing has said is more of a handful than fighting crime. Her grandfather Professor Waddlemeyer was a famous scientist who was murdered by Taurus Bulba's underlings. She is an occasional crime fighter and often gets involved in Darkwing's affairs as herself. Gosalyn being hurt or worse is one of Darkwing's few fears. This applies to the Negaverse version of Gosalyn too, as he intends to leave the alternate reality until he learns that her guardian is Negaduck. Though both Gosalyns' moralities are similar, but the Negaverse Gosalyn is extremely sweet, sentimental, and compliant, and wears a dress.
The Muddlefoots[edit | edit source]
- Herbert "Herb" Muddlefoot Sr. (voiced by Jim Cummings impersonating Andy Devine) is the father of Tank and Honker Muddlefoot, the husband of Binkie Muddlefoot, and the next-door neighbor of Drake Mallard (Darkwing Duck). Drake finds him very irritating, but they do work together well in at least two episodes. Herb sells Quackerware (the Darkwing Duck universe's version of Tupperware) as a salesman for a living. He is extremely good at this job and even won the salesmen of the decade award. Despite Drake's obvious dislike of him and his wife, Herb seems not to notice it due to his low intelligence and sees Drake as his best friend.
- Binkie Muddlefoot (voiced by Susan Tolsky) is a yellow canary housewife who is invariably overbearing, yet ditzy. Competent in housework and doing her chores, she is often the foil to Herb's fun. Basically she is a parody of a stereotypical 1950's housewife.
- Tankard H. "Tank" Muddlefoot (voiced by Dana Hill) is the eldest Muddlefoot son, and a bully who often makes life difficult for his younger brother, Honker.
- Herbert "Honker" Muddlefoot Jr. (voiced by Katie Leigh) is the youngest Muddlefoot son and Gosalyn's best friend. Unlike the rest of his rather dim-witted family, Honker is massively intelligent, and demonstrates a mastery of sciences more akin to a laboratory professor than an elementary school student. He is also one of the few characters to know Darkwing's true identity, as he can be trusted to do so. Unlike Launchpad, who refers to Drake as DW in public, Honker makes sure to address him as "Mr. Mallard". He also calls Darkwing "sir" to make sure he does not slip up.
Allies[edit | edit source]
The Justice Ducks[edit | edit source]
- Gizmoduck / Fenton Crackshell (voiced by Hamilton Camp) is Launchpad's old friend and Darkwing's former rival superhero who originally appeared as a recurring character in DuckTales. The most aggravating thing about Gizmoduck for Darkwing is that he completely overshadows Darkwing in fame and attention whenever Gizmoduck is in St. Canard and whenever they team up. However, Darkwing comes to appreciate his own lack of powers after he saves Gizmoduck from Megavolt in the episode "Up, Up and Awry". His relationship with Darkwing Duck is a possible parody of Superman's relationship with Batman.
- Morgana Macawber (voiced by Kath Soucie) is a sorceress who was originally a villain, but later reforms and becomes Darkwing's girlfriend. Though very powerful, Morgana has some trouble using her powers, since she forgets which spell she must use on a specific occasion. She is usually accompanied by her pet bats Eek and Squeak and her pet spider Archie (all of whom are voiced by Frank Welker).
- Neptunia (voiced by Susan Silo) is a mutated humanoid fish who is the self-appointed protector of the sea. She was once a normal fish, but an encounter with a barrel of radioactive waste mutated her into her current form. (After Neptunia explains her origins Launchpad tearfully remarks "that's the saddest 'how I became a villain' story I've ever heard.") She uses a shell as a horn to command the creatures of the ocean to do her bidding. She is often seen with a giant octopus companion named Hal. Like Morgana, she is originally a villain but reforms and becomes a hero: In the episode "Something Fishy", she is fed up with the pollution that the land-dwellers are dumping into the sea, so she attempts to flood St. Canard until it becomes part of her ocean domain, but she eventually has a change of heart and reverses the flooding after Launchpad convinces her that not all land-dwellers are polluters.
- Stegmutt (voiced by Joey Camen) is a humanoid Stegosaurus-type dinosaur who was originally a duck working as a janitor. His backstory is revealed in the episode "Jurassic Jumble", in which he first meets the main characters. He was turned into a dinosaur by a mad scientist named Dr. Fossil, and became his unwitting henchman. Eventually, Gosalyn and Honker convince Stegmutt that Dr. Fossil is evil, and he turns against him. Despite the fact that Darkwing and other victims of Dr. Fossil are returned to normal after being turned into dinosaurs, Stegmutt remains a dinosaur.
S.H.U.S.H.[edit | edit source]
S.H.U.S.H. is an intelligence agency that deals with international affairs that regular authorities cannot. Darkwing Duck often works freelance for them, but he is not an official employee. S.H.U.S.H. is a parody of Marvel Comics' S.H.I.E.L.D.
- J. Gander Hooter (voiced by Danny Mann) is an elderly goose who is the head director of S.H.U.S.H., and whose name is a play on J. Edgar Hoover. He regards Darkwing very highly and often calls him in on cases, where he feels that a certain element of surprise, which only Darkwing is able to create, is needed. The character was reworked from an earlier DuckTales character named J. Gander Hoover who appeared in the episode "Double-O-Duck" and looked much different, being bigger and appearing younger with brown hair/feathers on his head, and worked for a different intelligence agency.
- Vladimir Goudenov Grizzlikof (voiced by Ron Feinberg) is a grizzly bear and S.H.U.S.H.'s top agent. He is depicted as very strong and adheres to S.H.U.S.H. standard procedure very closely. He and Darkwing have a longstanding rivalry which stems from Gryzlikoff's by-the-book procedure when compared to the different style of Darkwing, which relies heavily on instinct and spontaneity. Darkwing Duck saves his life once, which irritates Gryzlikoff. Eventually, the relationship changes to mutual respect.
- Dr. Sara Bellum (voiced by Jodi Carlisle) is a S.H.U.S.H. scientist, whose name is a pun on cerebellum. Darkwing first meets her in the episode "Heavy Mental", although her first appearance in the series was in the earlier episode "Paraducks". She appears only in four early episodes featuring S.H.U.S.H.
- Derek Blunt (voiced by Peter Renaday in a British accent) is a hawk who is the greatest agent in the history of S.H.U.S.H. and the only person to ever bring down master criminal Phineas Sharp. His untrue life story has been dramatized into numerous books and movies, which annoys him greatly. When Sharp returns, however, Blunt is brought out of retirement by J. Gander Hooter and partnered with Darkwing — a relationship he hates, despite Darkwing's gimmicks, and despite the fact that he is admired by Darkwing, who claims Blunt was his inspiration. His name is a reference to Derek Flint. He only appears in the episode "In Like Blunt", the title of which is itself a parody of In Like Flint. He is apparently one of the few people who have been to Darkwing's secret hideout.
Villains[edit | edit source]
The Fearsome Five[edit | edit source]
- Negaduck (voiced by Jim Cummings) is Darkwing Duck's evil doppelgänger. He is one of Darkwing Duck's nemeses and main antagonist in the series. Negaduck is virtually identical to Darkwing except that the colors of his costume are yellow, red, and black. Like Darkwing, Negaduck is narcissistic, and normally has no special powers or abilities, relying on his intellect, physical prowess, and intimidation. However, he can disguise himself as Darkwing in order to either frame the hero for crimes and thus make him seem to be a criminal, or to gain access to S.H.U.S.H. headquarters. He is very ruthless and has no problem with hurting people to get what he wants – great wealth and authority over the world – until he gets defeated by Darkwing. In the Negaverse, he is the parent of Negaverse version of Gosalyn. Negaduck is the leader of the Fearsome Five, a group he formed with Megavolt, Quackerjack, Bushroot and the Liquidator, all of whom are somewhat scared of him and whom he openly views as losers. In the Negaverse, their alternate selves (the Friendly Four) are an ineffectual resistance against him.
- The Negaverse Muddlefoots and Negaverse Launchpad are the evil and cruel versions of Herb, Binkie, and Honker Muddlefoot, and Launchpad who help Negaduck enforce his rule in the Negaverse in the episode "Life, the Negaverse and Everything". After Darkwing teams up with the Friendly Four, these minions are swiftly beaten. Negaverse Tank, unlike the rest of his family, is the only one who is not evil and even helps Darkwing when he gets trapped in the Negaverse. Unlike his counterpart, Negaverse Tank is very smart and seems to care about others. In "Just Us Justice Ducks", Negaduck also employs a helicopter similar in design to the Thunderquack with his own coloration and sharp teeth.
- Dr. Reginald Bushroot (voiced by Tino Insana) is a scientist who originally worked at St. Canard University where he tried to integrate plant chloroplasts into animals in an attempt to give people the ability to feed themselves through photosynthesis. After the funding for his research was cut, he used himself as a test subject in an attempt to prove that his theories were correct and thereby to regain his funding. The experiment was a success but with a price – Bushroot was turned into a half-duck/half-shrub mutant. Unlike the other villains of the series, Bushroots isn't motivated to commit crime out of greed or a desire for power, but rather as part of a quest to find or create a companion who won't reject him. Series creator Tad Stones calls the character "hardly a villain" and said that, given enough time, he would have eventually become a hero. Bushroot uses his newfound control over plants as his main weapon and views them as people. He was the show's earliest recurring supervillain. He is a possible spoof of the Batman villain Poison Ivy.
- The Liquidator / Bud Flud (voiced by Jack Angel) is a mutant water/dog creature with the power to assume a viscous form and control water. He was formerly a crooked bottled-water salesman who began poisoning his competitors' supply to try and achieve a monopoly on the city's bottled water business. When Darkwing catches him in the act of pouring a corrosive chemical into a competitor's reservoir, Flud panics and falls in, mutating into the Liquidator. As the Liquidator, he forgets that he fell in and comes to believe that Darkwing pushed him. He constantly talks in advertising-style lingo. Since he is made of water, he and Megavolt do not interact well. He can still move when he is frozen into ice, but he is slower. His weakness is having a hardening substance poured into him, such as concrete or pudding mix. Of the members of the Fearsome Five, he is the only one to have just a single standalone episode; creator Tad Stones found the character too "one note," preferring to write episodes for Bushroot or Megavolt. The Liquidator also appears in the 2017 reboot of DuckTales, where he is voiced by Corey Burton.
- Megavolt / Elmo Sputterspark (voiced by Dan Castellaneta) is an insane rat with the ability to control electricity. He was a classmate of Darkwing Duck's in high school, where he gained his powers after a bully sabotaged his science experiment. In revenge, Elmo attacked the senior prom in costume and declared his new name to be Megavolt (after learning that his originally-planned name, "Megawatt", was already taken by the band playing that night), spurring Drake Mallard to create the Darkwing Duck persona and defend his classmates. He is the most recurrent antagonist in the series and Darkwing's nemesis. Most of his crimes are motivated by the delusional belief that he is helping to "free" electrical devices, which he believes have been enslaved. Megavolt often refers to Darkwing as either "Darkwing Dork" or "Dorkwing". He shorts out when hit with water, which is a weakness that sometimes leads to his defeat. He is the first villain to learn Darkwing's secret identity but, being insane, forgets what it is by the end of the episode. He is the only member of the Fearsome Five to team up with another member independent of the organization, twice partnering with Quackerjack. Megavolt also appears in the 2017 version of DuckTales, where he is voiced by Keith Ferguson.
- Quackerjack (voiced by Michael Bell) is a toymaker who went insane after the advent of video games put him out of business. He wears a harlequin-style jester costume that he is never seen without. He is almost never without his trademark doll, Mr. Banana Brain, which Quackerjack treats as a sentient sidekick. His most common toys are mechanical toy chattering teeth of various sizes. He has been known to team up with Megavolt occasionally Quackerjack also appears in the 2017 version of DuckTales with Bell reprising his role.
F.O.W.L.[edit | edit source]
F.O.W.L. (The Fiendish Organization for World Larceny) is a terrorist organization (similar to S.P.E.C.T.R.E. from the James Bond novels by Ian Fleming). F.O.W.L. was originally introduced in the DuckTales episode "Double-O-Duck" as the "Foreign Organization for World Larceny". F.O.W.L. antagonizes Darkwing Duck on different occasions. The group was also referenced in the premiere of the 2017 DuckTales.
- The High Command consists of the three commanders of F.O.W.L. Whether appearing individually or all together, they are always hidden in the shadows and their true names are never mentioned in the show. The ones that usually talk are the one with a big head and fangs and the one with a hunched back. The one wearing the oversized hat never talks. It also appears that they are anthropomorphic birds. According to Steelbeak, they fed his predecessor through six trash compactors when he failed them. In the Boom! Studios comics, the rise of Quackwerks decimated F.O.W.L. and a disgruntled High Command compensated by trying to summon the demon Duckthulhu.
- Steelbeak (voiced by Rob Paulsen) is the chief agent of F.O.W.L. He is second-in-command and team leader of F.O.W.L. He is one of Darkwing Duck's nemesis. He is a suave and urbane rooster who acts like a 1920s gangster. He gets his name from the metal beak he wears in place of his original one which was apparently lost sometime before the events of the show, though it is not revealed how. This trademark beak also serves as a cutting tool and weapon because it can bite through almost anything (similar to Jaws, a recurring James Bond villain).
- Ammonia Pine (voiced by Mitzi McCall) is a former cleaning lady who worked at a research lab and accidentally inhaled the fumes of an experimental bathroom disinfectant, which had the strange effect of turning her into a cleaning-obsessed villain. She was later recruited by F.O.W.L. for their dastardly plans. She hates and even fears dirt. She has a sister named Ample Grime, who is also a F.O.W.L. agent.
- Ample Grime (voiced by Ellen Gerstell) is Ammonia Pine's messy, dirt-loving sister. No origin story is given for why she loves messes so much; however, it may be due to her sister's obsessive cleaning. She hates and fears cleanliness as much as Ammonia hates dirt, which proves to be a problem when the two are required to team up.
- Eggmen are F.O.W.L. foot-soldiers, who are instantly recognizable by their white, egg-shaped helmets.
References[edit | edit source]
- Lipton, Lauren (March 31, 1991). "Disney's 'Darkwing Duck' enlists a super fowl in fight against crime; ABC telecasts Easter Parade". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
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- Darkwing Duck (TV Series) – Full Cast & Crew – IMDb
- Darkwing Duck (1991) – Episodes cast – IMDb
- Darkwing Duck Cast – TV.com
- Darkwing Duck – Voice Chasers
- Behind The Voice Actors – Darkwing Duck
- The Darkwing Duck Episode Guide
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