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- That statue that Drake Mallard pounds on to start his chairs flipping, sending him and his allies to Darkwing Tower? It's Basil from The Great Mouse Detective. Character designer Toby Shelton helped designed the casts of both.
- DW's costume is a dead ringer for DC Comics's Crimson Avenger, one of the first costumed heroes, or perhaps to the (first) Sandman, another DC hero with a similar costume (at first) and a gas gun.
- The phrase "You knew the job was dangerous when you took it" appears in the pilot. It's a shout-out to a previous animated avian adventurer, Super Chicken.
- The episode "Aduckiphopia" (besides referencing the movie Arachnophobia) had DW grow four extra arms (something that once happened to Spider-Man) and had him take the new identity of 'Arachno-Duck' (wearing a variation of Spider-Woman's costume.)
- The episode "Planet of the Capes" was a shout-out to Normalman.
- "Stressed To Kill" has a "How To Relax" segment in the style of the classic Goofy "How To _____" Disney shorts.
- "Going Nowhere Fast" (where DW gains Super Speed) features a pair of scientists named Dr. Allen and Dr. Garrick-the last names of the Silver Age and Golden Age Flashes
- "Film Flam" in addition to all the classic film references (being a Tuskerninny episode, after all) also has this exchange:
Gosalyn: "Look dad! It's Mongol from Mars!"
Darkwing: "Yeah, right! And I'm Donald-" (sees the Martian monster about to attack) "-DUCK!"
- There were also at least two references to The Far Side. "Beauty and the Beet" had Dr. Bushroot's fellow scientists Dr. Gary and Dr. Larson, while "Twin Beaks" featured a group of alien cows from the planet Larson. ("On The Far Side of the galaxy.")
- Not to mention that "Twin Beaks" was an episode-long Shout-Out/Affectionate Parody of Twin Peaks.
- Let us not forget "The Dark Warrior Duck". Yes, a Shout-Out to Frank Miller in a Disney Cartoon. 
- And the first arc of the comic revival is called "The Duck Knight Returns."
- And one of the alternate covers for the first issue is of Darkwing getting spooked by the lightning bolt that was on the Cover for The DKR.
- Upon being knocked dazed and stupid from a nasty fall, Darkwing proceeds to sing Simon and Garfunkel's "Mrs. Robinson."
- An averted shout-out: In the original drafts of the show, Darkwing was a spy (the series was conceived as a James Bond parody) and all the villains were members of the FOWL organization. In the actual series, only a couple of them are. The FOWL Mooks are called "Eggmen," and originally their commander was meant to be Tuskernini, who is a walrus. In the final show, Tuskernini is not a FOWL agent, so the eggmen and the walrus never meet.
- The very first villain is named after Taras Bulba, a Russian novel and movie starring Yul Brynner. This is quite possibly the most obscure reference in the Disney Animated Canon.
- The episode "Merchant of Menace" featured a villain named Weasel Loman.
- Pelican's Island is a Gilligans Island parody.
- How about Tuskernini? They probably just chose the name for the "tusk" pun, but he is Wicked Cultured nonetheless. The name's a Shout-Out to Arturo Toscanini, an Italian orchestral conductor known for intensity and perfectionism.
- Two of the hat aliens in the "Brainteasers" episodes are named are named Barada and Nikto. "Battle of the Brainteasers" also features a reference to "Gallifreyian digit wrestling".
- Klaatu, barada, nikto... that rings a bell.
- In "Disguise the Limit", Dr. Sara Bellum says "I'm a doctor, not a duck-picker."
- In "Hot Spells" Beelzebub is briefly seen ordering around a pair of walking brooms from "The Sorcerer's Apprentice".
- In "Just Us Justice Ducks", as Negaduck pulls out a chainsaw to use on the heroes, he recites, "Now it's time to say goodbye to all our company!" from the Mickey Mouse Club theme song.
- "Fluffy's Reign of Terror", a comic story in Disney Adventures, has a scene of Drake and Launchpad watching The Simpsons.
- The ending of the episode "Dead Duck", from the moment when DW on his knees promises to Death "to be good" begging for a second chance and especially after his wake-up, with his joyful cries "There's my couch, there's my chair. There's that rug I always trip over, I love that rug!", is a quite clear allusion to Dickens' A Christmas Carol.
The Comic Book.
James Silvani is having way too much fun with this trope.
- Issue #1: Darkwing's arm turns into Kaa.
- Issue #2: Flounder appears on a computer screen
- Pics of Mickey Mouse, Minnie, Donald Duck, Goofy, Chip and Dale, and Monstro are on Gosalyn's schoolrooms' walls.
- A single panel contains shout outs to, among others: Pinocchio (his leg), Star Wars (Jabba the Hutt), The Nightmare Before Christmas (The Mayor), and Family Guy (the angry monkey.) Granted, they're all toys strewn haphazardly on the floor.
- Issue #3:
- Issue #4: In the near-final pages when Scrooge McDuck is explaining how he plans to restructure Quackwerks and help rebuild the economic and law-enforcement aspects of St. Canard, there are portraits in the meeting room that show crude caricatures of Mickey, Donald, Pluto, the three nephews, and Scrooge during past adventures.
- Issue #5: In the prison, with Bushroot, Megavolt, and Quackerjack (who seems to have a scowl permanently replacing his toothy grin so far), is a single Beagle Boy, and off-panel with just his ear and stubbly cheek, is none other than Big Bad Pete. Later, in a flashback, there's a bear-skin rug that resembles old-timey character Br'er Bear.
- In issue #6: Gosalyn can be seen carrying a The Incredibles lunchbox if you look closely. One of the plant sculptures is Pinocchio.
- Not to mention that Negaduck is standing on top of Goliath from Gargoyles on the very first page. And one of the protester's signs was "Bring back Bonkers!"
- When DW presents himself to the crowd, a group of Darkwing Duck fangirls looks up at him. They're all dressed like the Disney Princesses (and Alice.) Two pages later, another female character is wearing a T-shirt with Animal on it.
- Continuing the two-page splash panel with all the Darkwings, aside from the aforementioned Captain Ersatz, there's also a Wall-E Darkwing, a Tinkerbell Darkwing, a TIE Advanced-shaped Thunderquack, a "homemade Gizmoduck suit" Darkwing (to reference that particular episode), Flying Monkey Darkwings, Gold Surfer Darkwing, Batman and Robin Darkwings, a Fozzie Bear Darkwing... The artist threw everything in there, including the Kitchen Sink Darkwing.
- A later page has Tarzan Darkwing.
- Then, there's a set of the Seven Dwarfs that gets smashed, and you can see Queen Grimhilde's "heart chest" on the last page.
- Issue #7: There's has a squad of Herobots wearing bandannas and equipped with the weapons of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
- Magica De Spell's powered armor during Issues 7 and 8 have skulls that bare the details of past Disney villains, including Jafar, the Evil Queen, Maleficent, Captain Hook, Hades, and Ursula to name a few. Not to mention the Source Absorber (picked up from Hot Topic, no doubt!) which has Jack Skellington and Oogie-Boogie on it.
- And when Paddywhack rises you seen Sebastien, Clio, and Dory running scared.
- The first four Darkwings in the issue are the main Universal Horror monsters (Dracula, The Wolf Man, Frankenstein's Monster, Creature from the Black Lagoon).
- Issue #8: Another prison scene features background cameos by Zeke "Big Bad" Wolf, Foulfellow and Gideon, and a weasel.
- The list of alternate Darkwings continues with Darkwings resembling: Doctor Who, Optimus Prime, Simba, The Jonas Brothers, Chip and Dale, Darth Vader, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, RogerRabbit, Flik, Linus, Mr. Incredible, The Flash, Rorshach, Waldo, Jim Hawkins, Sporticus, Bozzo the Clown, Iron Man, Sherlock Holmes, Tron, Popeye, Lady Gaga, Aladdin, Kermit the Frog, Charlie Chaplin, a Na'vi, Abraham Lincoln, RoboCop, Bart Simpson, Sailor Moon, Calvin and Hobbes, Blues Brothers, Lawn Gnome, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, Scarecrow, KISS, Mad Hatter, Thing, Spock, Mario, Gandalf, Donald Duck, and the Seven Dwarves.
- One page includes a blatant This American Life parody, including an Expy of Ira Glass.
- Annual, 2011: One of the covers, which bears a very noticeable similarity to that of a certain Batman story written by Alan Moore.
- In a daydream, Gosalyn wields Jafar's staff.
- And in the pet shop, we see Gill, Nemo, Crush, Chum, and Anchor, Flotsam and Jetsam, Joanna, Mushu, Ms. Spider and Mr. Centipede, Iago, Sir Hiss, Thumper, Timothy Mouse, Bernard and Bianca, Jacque and Gus, Gurgi, the Dancing Fish, Pascal, Si and Am, Lucifer, and Scat Cat.
- As Darkwing rushes off to stop another caper, we spot a miscolored Dodger and Oliver, and later, we see Basil, Dawson, and Ratigan amongst the gears of a clock tower.
- Issue #9: The opening is a shot for shot homage to Mad Men.
- Goofy can be seen sitting on a rooftop
- There's a car with eyes.
- Wilbur and Tramp can be seen as Darkwing and Steelbeak fly over the city.
- Gosalyn's wall is plaster with posters of Pain and Panic, Smee, Horace and Jasper, King Louie, Lampwick, Jumba, Iago, a Hephalump, Gurgi, a Pink Elephant, and a Dancing Crocodile. She also has a Hamm piggy bank.
- You can see Mulan's sword in Darkwing's umbrella stand.
- Issue #10: Darkwing manages to activate a cloaking a device that turns his flying car into a llama that looks a lot like Kuzco.
- As Darkwing's dragging Steelbeak through F.O.W.L. headquarters, they pass a flux capacitor on the wall.
- A pile of part includes R2D2's head.
- New character, and F.O.W.L. agent Femme Appeal, bears a striking resemblance to Maid Marian. And she's named after Emma Peel.
- What is F.O.W.L.'s super-secret giant robot Mook experiment? Well, "There are the Eggmen... and this is the Walrus!"
- Issue #11: Duckthulu's altar has carvings of Elliot, The Reluctant Dragon, and both Maleficent and Madam Mim in their dragon forms.
- It also combines this with a subtle Crossover Punchline with a dazed Steelbeak saying "Ma? That you? I will watch my language... Buster told me to." Both Fowlmouth and Steelbeak were voiced by Rob Paulsen in the cartoons.
- Obscure Donald Duck supporting character Moby Duck and Admiral Ackbar appear amoung Duckthulu's cultists in issue #11.
- In issue 12, some of the alternate worlds observed by Morgana include a Jack Kirby-esque spacescape straight out of Doctor Strange, Mathemagic land from the Donald Duck edutainment short, Halloween Town, Asgard, a Fantasia montage, Wonderland, and a Salvador Dali landscape.
- The March Hare is one of Duckthulu's followers.
- Issue #17 (leading into Ducktales #6), during the Ducktales crossover. Scrooge and his nephews are helping Darkwing investigate a strange ink that can mutate normal people into monsters. At the end of the issue, Honker and Scrooge's nephews fall into the stuff and turn into classic giant Disney villains: Honker becomes Willie The Giant, Huey becomes Chernabog, Louie become Maleficent (as a dragon), and Dewey turns into Monstro.
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