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Darkwing Duck (Character)

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Darkwing Duck/Drake Mallard (voiced by Jim Cummings) is an average citizen by day and St. Canard's resident superhero by night. He possesses a mix of courageous altruism and gigantic arrogance and ego – two drives that constantly clash during his adventures. For example, in the first part of the episode "Just Us Justice Ducks", he is initially mortified that he would be getting help against the Fearsome Five. 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. Her importance to him is shown in "Time and Punishment", where losing Gosalyn causes him to develop a maniacal zeal about crime-fighting and to devolve into a ruthless dictator in name of the law and order. 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).

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