"The Secret Origins of Darkwing Duck" is the forty-third episode of Darkwing Duck, and the thirty-third episode to air on The Disney Afternoon.


200 years in the future, a class of children are touring a Darkwing Duck exhibit when 2 kids (Gosaloid and Honkolon) are accidentally trapped in a display that resembles the spinning chairs at Darkwing's house, Gosaloid accidentally hits the switch and they are spun around and are trapped under the display. While cleaning, the janitor accidentally releases them. Honkulon and Gosaloid argue about Darkwing’s existence when the janitor explains he was real and begins to tell the origins of Darkwing Duck.

The Janitor explains that the reason there is no record of Darkwing's existence is because Darkwing was born on a planet named Zipton and that it was destroyed accidentally by Darkwing's father. While on the other side of the planet, Darkwing's uncle, had built a rocket to escape himself, but his baby son, (Negaduck), took the other rocket. While on route to Gribblefritz, Darkwing's rockets bumped into Negaduck’s rocket and were both diverted to Earth.

Darkwing's rocket landed in a monastery. There he trained as a baby in kung fu until he was old enough to leave. After he left Darkwing crossed a desert and came across a bottle in the sand. The bottle contained a genie resembling Herb Muddlefoot. The genie granted Darkwing three wishes. Darkwing wishes for a cola, new clothes and the secret to the smoking genie's entrance. The genie grants his wishes and then leaves. Darkwing continued his trek across the desert. Gosaloid asks the janitor what happened to the other baby. The janitor explains that the other baby was found by space pirates and grew up to be greedy and mean-spirited.

While Darkwing continued walking in the desert, Negaduck, the other baby now older, beamed up Darkwing to his flying ship. Negaduck explained that he plans to take over the world and wants Darkwing’s help. Darkwing refuses and gets thrown out of the flying ship. While falling Darkwing landed on the window of a plane, the Thunderquack. Darkwing meet Launchpad and the Mysterious Masked Avenger of Evil (played by Gosalyn), Avenger for short, and Launchpad is her sidekick. Avenger asked Darkwing his story and Darkwing explained everything. Avenger and Launchpad take him to Avenger tower to train him so he can stop Negaduck from taking over the world.

While at the tower, Negaduck began his attack on the planet. They head out to stop him and Avenger gives Darkwing a cape and a mask to wear so he will look dangerous. The Thunderquack gets hit by a laser from Negaduck's ship and is disintegrated. They fall into a factory and land in a vat of Coo-Coo Cola. Coo-Coo Cola is the Avenger's one weakness and is about to die, and she asks that Darkwing continue her job as a crime fighter. Back in the future, the janitor tells Gosaloid and Honkulon that now Darkwing knew his destiny, to fight evil.

Darkwing and Launchpad take another Thunderquack out to stop Negaduck and Launchpad crashes into the side of Negaduck's ship. Darkwing hops on board. He then used genie's secret smoky entrance to surprise Negaduck. Darkwing confronts Negaduck and thanks to what he had learned from everyone, he is able to defeat him.

Back at the museum, Gosaloid and Honkulon are woken up by the museum curator. They tell the curator that the janitor had told them the story of Darkwing Duck. The curator explains that there hasn't been a janitor at the museum for over fifty years. Honkulon blows his nose into a rag the janitor gave him and the curator recognizes it as Darkwing's missing mask. Gosaloid asks Honkulon if he believes that Darkwing existed now. Honkulon says that even myth can have a basis in reality.


  • This is one of a few episodes that shows the numerous, "multiple-choice" origins of Darkwing Duck.
  • During the Superman parody origin, as Darkwing's father, Jim Cummings does a parody of Marlon Brando's Godfather voice. This references the fact that Marlon played both Jor-El in the 1978 Superman film as well as Vito Corleone in The Godfather.

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Heroes and Allies: Darkwing DuckLaunchpad McQuackGosalyn MallardHonker MuddlefootTank MuddlefootHerb and Binkie MuddlefootGizmoduckMorgana MacawberNeptuniaStegmuttJ. Gander HooterDerek BluntVladimir GryzlikoffSara BellumRhoda DendronGloria SwansongPrincess of OilrabiaGoose LeeComet Guy

Villains: Negaduck/NegatronBushrootMegavoltLiquidatorQuackerjackSteelbeakTaurus BulbaHammerhead HanniganHoof and MouthTantalusClovisTuskerniniDr. FossilPhineas SharpProfessor MoliartyAmmonia PineAmple GrimePaddywhackLilliputJambalaya JakeGumboBug MasterHigh CommandMajor SynapseHotshot and FlygirlDr. SlugSplatter PhoenixCamille ChameleonAnna MatronicIsis VanderchillJohnny T. RexFluffyDark Warrior DuckNodoffBrainteasers

Season One: "Darkly Dawns the Duck" • "Beauty and the Beet" • "Getting Antsy" • "Night of the Living Spud" • "Apes of Wrath" • "Dirty Money" • "Duck Blind" • "Comic Book Capers" • "Water Way to Go" • "Paraducks" • "Easy Come, Easy Grows" • "A Revolution in Home Appliances" • "Trading Faces" • "Hush, Hush Sweet Charlatan" • "Can't Bayou Love" • "Bearskin Thug" • "You Sweat Your Life" • "Days of Blunder" • "Just Us Justice Ducks" • "Double Darkwings" • "Aduckyphobia" • "When Aliens Collide" • "Jurassic Jumble" • "Cleanliness is Next to Badliness" • "Smarter Than a Speeding Bullet" • "All's Fahrenheit in Love and War" • "Whiffle While You Work" • "Ghoul of My Dreams" • "Adopt-a-Con" • "Toys Czar Us" • "The Secret Origins of Darkwing Duck" • "Up, Up and Awry" • "Life, the Negaverse, and Everything" • "Dry Hard" • "Heavy Mental" • "Disguise the Limit" • "Planet of the Capes" • "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: "That Sinking Feeling" • "Film Flam" • "Negaduck" • "Fungus Amongus" • "Slaves to Fashion" • "Something Fishy" • "Tiff of the Titans" • "Calm a Chameleon" • "Battle of the Brainteasers" • "Bad Tidings" • "Going Nowhere Fast" • "A Brush with Oblivion" • "The Merchant of Menace"
Season Three: "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 and Gadgets
RatcatcherThunderquackDarkwing Duck's gas gunRamrodSuper Sensitive Darkwing Duck-tectorTronsplitter
St. CanardNegaverse
Darkwing Duck ThemeLittle Girl BlueKickin' in the GrooveI'm the KingI'm Darkwing Duck
See also
DuckTalesThe Disney AfternoonDisney XD (Netherlands)Justice DucksFearsome FiveF.O.W.L.S.H.U.S.H.
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