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In almost every episode and comic story of Darkwing Duck, the titular character is known to make his entrances while introducing himself with a boast that almost always begins with the phrase "I am the terror that flaps in the night!", followed by a second sentence of similar structure, and ending with "I am Darkwing Duck!" The second sentence is always different each time the phrase is used, with the basic metaphor being "I am the [noun] who/that [verbs] your/the [noun]." On a few occasions, the first sentence is also different, particularly depending on in-story circumstances.

Often, Darkwing is not able to completely utter the full phrase, as he is either interrupted or attacked by the villain he is addressing when this occurs. (In one comic story, Launchpad, practicing the phrase himself, asks "Won't I get creamed by the time I say all that?")

When recording the phrase for the show, Jim Cummings frequently ad-libbed the middle line, to the point that in the scripts, the writers would simply put "It doesn't matter what I write here, Jim will say something else" where the line would go.[1]

Variations by Darkwing himself

From the TV episodes

Episode Phrase(s)
Syndicated episodes
"Darkly Dawns the Duck - Part 1" "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the switch that derails your train!"
"Darkly Dawns the Duck - Part 2" "I am the thing that goes bump in the night! I am the neurosis that requires a five-hundred-dollar-an-hour shrink!"
"I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the jailer who throws away the key! I am-- [notices he is alone] feeling really stupid."
"I am the terror that flaps in the night. I am, I am the-th-the surprise in your cereal box."
"I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the chill that runs up your spine!"
"Beauty and the Beet" [in response to Bushroot asking "Who's gonna stop me?"] "I am! The terror that flaps in the night! The termite that devours your floorboards!"
"Getting Antsy" "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am... the smallest, weakest thing in the whole place, and I am also outta here!"
"Night of the Living Spud" "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the moth that seeks your porchlight!"
"Apes of Wrath" "I am the terror that flaps in the—" (gets run over) "Hey! Hey, I'm not finished."
"Now, as I was saying, I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the flea you cannot flick!"
"Dirty Money" "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the combination lock on the vaults of justice!"
"I am the icky bug that crawls up your trouser leg! I don't need an appointment, for I am Darkwiiiiing Duck!"
"I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the pin that will burst your bubble!"
"Water Way to Go" "I am the terror who flaps in the night! I am the spider who nips at your neck!"
"I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the little mouse that eats your cheese!"
"Paraducks" "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the cloud that rains on your hit parade!"
Young Drake: "I am the toddler that naps in the night."
"Easy Come, Easy Grows" "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the clipper that trims your hedges!"
"A Revolution in Home Appliances" "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the repairman who tells you your warranty has run out!"
"Trading Faces" "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the butter that burns in your pan!"
"Hush, Hush Sweet Charlatan" "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the hair in the lens of your projector!"
"Can't Bayou Love" "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the scourge that pecks at... your nightmares?
"I am the terror that flaps in the sewers!"
"Bearskin Thug" "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the pustulent blister that bursts in your boot!"
"You Sweat Your Life" "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the metal key on the sardine can of justice! I am..."

Slim and Flex: "DARKWING DUCK!"
Darkwing: "My reputation precedes me."

"Days of Blunder" "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the $10 service charge on all returned checks!"
"I am the kettle that whistles in the night. I'm a little teacup with a teeny weeny hole in the handle that you can never get your finger in."
"I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the widget missing from the easy-to-assemble swingset!"
"Wherever there's an evildoer evildoing, I'll be there, because I am the terror that flaps in the night. I am the ingrown toenail on the foot of crime! I am the zit that forms when you've got a really big date! I am the impacted wisdom tooth..."
"Just Us Justice Ducks - Part 1" "I am the terror that flaps in the night! ...Stand back, you might get some blood on ya. I am the single career man all women want to date! I am—" [a chattering pair of teeth bites his foot] "Quackerjack!"
Quackerjack: "No! I'm Quackerjack! You are Darkwing Duck!"
"Fee fi fo fum! I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am..." [lamp post collapses on his head] "Stegmutt."
Stegmutt: "I thought I was Stegmutt."
"Just Us Justice Ducks - Part 2" "I am not the terror that flaps in the night! I am the self-centered boob who hands over the city at the drop of a dime. I'm a gipnoid, a slug, a spud mothering jackanape."
Launchpad: "Aw, come on. You're not a slug."
"Double Darkwings" "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the current of vengeance gurgling through your sewer!"
"When Aliens Collide" "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the squashed bug on your flying saucer windshield!"
"Jurassic Jumble" Darkwing: "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the papercut that ruins your morning! I am—"
Secretary: "Let me guess. You're Daycare Duck."
"Cleanliness is Next to Badliness" "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the rhinestones on the jumpsuit of justice!"
"I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the stain that can't be rubbed out!"
"All's Fahrenheit in Love and War" "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the number 90 sunblock that will stop your burn! I am... warm beyond all belief."
"Whiffle While You Work" "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the bubble gum that... clings to your... shoe?"
"I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the wrong number that wakes you at 3 AM!"
"Ghoul of My Dreams" "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the weirdo who sits next to you on the bus! I am—" [sees he's wearing a tutu] "...the Swan Prince?"
"Adopt-a-Con" "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the slug that crawled... hold the mayo. You're not Megavolt. You're Tuskerninni, in a really bad Megavolt disguise."
"Toys Czar Us" "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the check writer in the cash-only line! I am... obviously all out of my trademark blue smoke."
"I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the quality time that ruins your playtime!"
"The Secret Origins of Darkwing Duck" "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the hero that every culture in every world needs!"
"Up, Up and Awry" "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the blown fuse that blacks you out!"
"Life, the Negaverse, and Everything" "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the cholesterol that clogs your arteries!"
Dry Hard "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the parking meter that expires while you shop!"
"I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the soap scum that lines your bathtub!"
"I am the terror that flaps in your pipes! I am the hairball that clogs your drain! I am the original Mr. Fix-It!"
"Heavy Mental" "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am... [gets tossed into a wall] the misshapen blotch that stains your walls."
"Planet of the Capes" "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the ham radio operator who scrambles your reception!"
"Darkwing Doubloon" "I am the terror that sails the seas! I am the flea on your parrot! I am the Darkwing Doubloon!"
"Twitching Channels" "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the low rating that cancels your program!"
"I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the auditor who wants to look at your books! I am Darkwing Duck! And I want my share of the profits, see?"
"Dances with Bigfoot" "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the ingrown toenail in your party pumps!"
"The Incredible Bulk" "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the weed whacker in the garden of evil!"
"I am the shrewd terror that outsmarts in the night! I am Darkwing Deductive Duck!"
"My Valentine Ghoul" "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the lollypop that sticks in your hair!"
"Dead Duck" "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the ghost of a chance that you don't have!"
"A Duck By Any Other Name" "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the feathery phantom that haunts your nightmares!"
"Let's Get Respectable" "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the pitbull that bites the ankle of crime!"
"I am the good that flutters in the day?!"
"Say, Gos, how about [my next line being] 'I am the gold at the end of the rainbow'?"
"I am the truth! I am the supernova at the center of the universe! [gets run over by the truck] I am Darkwing Speed Bump."
"I am the scrubbing bubble to criminal scum!"
"I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the muddy shoes that track the linoleum of crime!"
"Time and Punishment" "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the batteries that are not included!"
Darkwarrior Duck: "I am the terror that hunts in the night! I am the jackal that gnaws at your bones! [fires a missile] I'm not finished! ...I am Darkwarrior Duck!"
"Stressed to Kill" "I am the terror... and somethin' about flappin'?"
"The Darkwing Squad" "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the principal you were sent to see!"
"Inside Binkie's Brain" "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the burned-out bulb you cannot reach!"
"Slime OK, You're OK" "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the fingernail that scrapes across the blackboard of your soul! And most importantly, I am the owner of Mallard Gardens!"
"I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the spinach that sticks to your teeth!"
"You're more than a daughter now! You're a tool in the utility belt of justice!"
"U.F.Foe" "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the headache in the criminal mind! I am Darkwing's brain!"
"A Star is Scorned" "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the slug that slimes your begonias! I am--Herb Muddlefoot cast as a construction worker?!"
"I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the editor that leaves you on the cutting room floor! I am the clock cleaner who will ring your chimes!"
"Dirtysomething" "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the raspberry seed you can't floss out!"
"I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the squeaky breaks that... oh, nuts!"
"Kung Fooled" "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the special news bulletin that interrupts your favorite show!"
"I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the bubblegum that sticks in your hair!"
"Bad Luck Duck" "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the itch you cannot reach!"
ABC episodes (Season 1)
"That Sinking Feeling" "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the winged scourge that pecks at your nightmares!" (Note: This variation is also used in Darkwing Duck: High Wave Robbery and the NES/Game Boy game.)
"Film Flam" "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the plot twist in the second reel!"
"Negaduck" "I am... [cough]... am the terror... that flaps in the night! [cough] I am the cat... [cough] ...that somebody let, out of the bag!"
"Fungus Amongus" "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the onion that stings in your eyes!"
"Slaves to Fashion" "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the meter on the cab of justice!"
"Something Fishy" "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the smoke that smokes smoked oysters!"
"Calm a Chameleon" "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the substantial but inescapable payment for early withdrawal!"
"Going Nowhere Fast" "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the Heimlich maneuver for the choking victims of crime!"
"A Brush With Oblivion" "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the tube of cadmium yellow that's impossible to open!"
"The Merchant of Menace" "I am the terror that flaps in... your windshield."
ABC episodes (Season 2)
"Monsters R Us" [after being transformed into a dog] "I am the terror that yaps in the night! I am the schnauzer that digs up your petunias! I am Darkwolf Dog!"
"Inherit the Wimp" "A mysterious hero protects the city of St. Canard. He is the terror that flaps in the night. He is the eraser that rubs out the typos of crime. He is... Gosalyn's dad?! WHAT!?"
"The Revenge of the Return of the Brainteasers, Too" "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the pebble in the shoe of ignominy! I am..."

Taleya: (taking over DW's body) "Ze qveen of ze galaxy!"
Gosalyn: "That's a new one."

"Star Crossed Circuits" "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the check that overdraws your account!"
"The Frequency Fiends" "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the low point on your sine wave!"
"Paint Misbehavin'" "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the pencil that breaks from signing too many autographs! I am... [gets trampled] ...street pizza."
"Hot Spells" "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the water balloon that lands right on your head!"
"Clash Reunion" "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the grade curve that gives you an F!"
"I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the fast food that comes back to haunt you!"
"Malice's Restaurant" "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the editor who cuts your scene!"
"Extinct Possibility" "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the limestone that petrifies your bones!"

From the comics

Story Phrase(s)
Disney Adventures
"Let's Get Fiscal" (Volume 2, Number 1) "I am the milkman who spills fear at your doorstep! I am the waiter who brings you second helpings of terror!"
"Liquid Diet" (Volume 2, Number 3) "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the leaky faucet that keeps you awake at night!"
"I am the terror that splashes in the night! I am the grimy water that rusts the underside of your car!"
"Turnabout is F.O.W.L. Play" (Volume 2, Number 4) "Of course! Am I not the terror the flaps in the night? Am I not the criminal antacid that soothes and relaxes?"
"Salad Daze!" (Volume 2, Number 6) "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the home-ec teacher who forces you to memorize the four food groups!"
"Sara's Invention" (Volume 2, Number 7) "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the glitch of justice in the program of crime!!"
"The Kitty Kat Kaper" (Volume 2, Number 9) "It is I... the superintendent who comes to repair your attitude!"
"Feeling Flushed" (Volume 3, Number 3) "I am the terror that flaps in the night. I am the winged scourge who's gonna ruin your inside straight!"
"Video Pirates" (Volume 3, Number 4) "I am the fly in your clam chowder! The bad oyster on your seafood platter!"
"Watt's the Problem! - Part 1: All Plugged in and Nowhere to Flow!" (Volume 3, Number 8) "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the fingernail that scrapes across the blackboard of injustice!"
"Transportation Troubles" (Volume 4, Number 2) "Of course. After all, I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the parking meter that shows a violation just as the meter maid arrives!"
"Inversionary Tactics" (Volume 4, Number 3) "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the electrician who short circuits the powerlines of crime!!"
"Highspeed Hijinks" (Volume 4, Number 6) "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the bug who leaves a squishy spot on your clean windshield!"
"Double Scoop, Double Take" (Volume 4, Number 10) "I am the double scoop that will not melt!"
"The Legend of the Chaos God - Part 5: Reign and Thunder" (Volume 5, Number 2) "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the blister on the pinkie toe of crime!"
"Driver's Dilemma" (Volume 5, Number 3) "I am the greasy food in the truck stop of evil! I am the bitter fruit in the weed of crime!"
The Disney Afternoon (Marvel Comics)
"Megavolt Pulls a Switch" (Issue 4) "I am the penny that melts in your fuse box!"
"Faster Than a Speeding Ticket" (Issue 5) "I am the wrecker of wrecker! I am the speed bump you failed to slow down for!"
"Bad Medicine" (Issue 6) "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the secret center of a cherry candy-pop!"
"Beating Beets" (Issue 8) "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the weed-killer in your garden of delight!"
Darkwing Duck (Boom! Studios)
"The Duck Knight Returns - Part 1" (Issue 1) "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the awkward goodbye that goes on for too long!"
"The Duck Knight Returns - Part 2" (Issue 2) "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the classic rock act that never retires!"
"The Duck Knight Returns - Part 3" (Issue 3) "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the passive-aggressive note left on the employee breakroom refrigerator, typed in Comic Sans!" (Note: This only appears in the Definitively Dangerous Edition's version.)
"The Duck Knight Returns - Part 4" (Issue 4) "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the monkey wrench in the Quackwerks!" (original version)
"I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the monkey wrench, thrown directly into the Quackwerks!" (Definitively Dangerous Edition version)
"Crisis on Infinite Darkwings - Part 2" (Issue 6) "I am the terr--er... I am the sunshine that chases the clouds away! I am the extra French fries at the bottom of your Hamburger Hippo bag!"
"I am more than the terror that flaps in the night. I am Launchpad McQuack's best friend. I am Morgana McCawber's [sic] 'schmoopsie-bear'. I am Gosalyn Mallard's father!"
"Crisis on Infinite Darkwings - Part 3" (Issue 7) "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the emergency broadcast test that interrupts your favorite show!"
"Toy With Me" (Annual) "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the ungeared noob that wipes out your entire raid!"
"Done in One" (Issue 13) "I am the terror that flaps in the night. I am the corporate sponsor that ruins the name of your historic stadium!"
"I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the carnival midway milk bottle that cannot be knocked down!"
"Cat-tastrophe" (Issue 14) "I am the protector watching over you at night! I am the change you've demanded!"
"I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the bright red dot on the carpet that you can't seem to catch!"
Darkwing Duck (Joe Books)
"Orange is the New Purple - Part 1" (Issue 1) "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the scissors cutting the ribbon on a new age of peace and prosperity!"
"A Midsummer Gnat's Spree!" (Issue 4) "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the ice cream in the "a la mode" of justice!"
Darkwing: I am the terror that flaps in the night!
Police officer: Technically, it's now dawn.
Darkwing: Quiet, you! I am the annoying shopper, paying with a bag of pennies!
"I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the world's biggest bug zapper!"
"The Kitty Cat Caper!" (Issue 5) "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the incidentals your company won't let you expense!"
"I am the terror that flaps in the night... I am the hairball coughed up onto your brand-new rug!"
"St. Canard Comic Expo-Fest-o-Rama (Now With Some Comics)" (Issue 6) "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the acid-free bag and board, protecting the #1 collector's item issue of justice!"
"I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the poorly placed ad that takes you out of your favorite comic book story!"
"Dawn of the Day of the Return of the Living Spud (Part 1)" (Issue 7) "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the box of raisins, spoiling your Halloween candy haul!"

From other media

Media Phrase
Mickey's Starland Show "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the soap scum on the tub of crime!"
"Disney Afternoon After Dark" fireworks "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the stroller on Main Street that bashes your shin!"

Variations by other characters

From the TV episodes

Episode Character Phrase
"Duck Blind" Megavolt Darkwing: You are not a well person!
Megavolt: What? And you're normal? "I am the cold sore that stings your lip?" We're definitely talking demented here!
"The Incredible Bulk" Launchpad "How about this entrance line? 'I am the snail that wastes all your leaves.' Pretty good, huh?"
"The Darkwing Squad" The Darkwing Squad "We are the team that fights in the night! We are the beaters that scramble your eggmen! We are—"
Steelbeak: "Really dumb."
"Slime OK, You're OK" Gosalyn "I am the slime that slurps in the night! I am the wad of gum that sticks to the heel of crime!"
"A Duck by Any Other Name" Launchpad "I am the tenor that sings in the night. I am the, uh, the uh, the road salt that rots the underside of your car!"
"Double Darkwings" Launchpad "I am the error that flaps in the night! I am the surcharge that triples your bill!"
"I am the terror that flaps in the night. I am the itch in your trigger finger."
"A Star is Scorned" Bushroot "I am the ivy that clogs your pipes! I am the taproot that clogs your pipes!"
"Negaduck" Negaduck I "I am the most fiendish terror that flaps in the darkest night! I am the skunk that pollutes your air!"
"I am the shopping cart that nicks your paint job!"
"Slaves to Fashion" Gosalyn "I am the terror that flaps in the night. I am the sand trap in the fairway of evil!"
"Tiff of the Titans" Steelbeak "I am da stinkbug dat smears your windshield! I am da cotton swab dat gets stuck in your ear!"
"Life, the Negaverse, and Everything" The Friendly Four "We are the terrors that flap in the night! We are the soap that's cleaning up this town! We are... Darkwing's Ducks!"
"Going Nowhere Fast" Negaduck "I am the screeching fingernail on the chalkboard of justice! I am the sour ball in the candy jar of goodness!"
"The Haunting of Mr. Banana Brain" Gosalyn "Yeah, yeah, Dad did his Darkwing stuff, 'I am the yo-yo that keeps comin' back' or somethin'."

From the comics

Story Character Phrase
Disney Adventures
"Hero for a Day" (Issue 2-12) Launchpad "I am terrible, flapping in the night! I am the mailman who returns your letters for insufficient postage or because the address got smudged!"
"I flap terribly in the night! I am the plumber who unplugs your... [gets clobbered] I knew I'd never have time to say all that!"
"Busman's Holiday" (Issue 5-8) Miztec Mallard "I am the fear that wings from the dark! I am the trouble in your taco!"
"Gosalyn Alone" (Issue 6-3) Gosalyn "I am the fingernail on your chalkboard! I am the "F" on your report card!"
Darkwing Duck (Boom! Studios)
"Crisis on Infinite Darkwings - Part 1" (Issue 5) Dip Dopson "Today's top story... the terror that flaps in the night... the news story guaranteed to boost our ratings..."
"Crisis on Infinite Darkwings - Part 4" (Issue 8) TRON Darkwing "I am the wall that crashes your light cycle!"
Scarlet Pimpernel Darkwing "I am the jukebox, unplugged to try another flavor!"
Sherlock Holmes Darkwing "I am the crime that is anything but elementary!"
Popeye Darkwing "I am the can of spinach you cannot open!"
Lady Gaga Darkwing "I am the romance that always ends bad!"
Quiverwing Duck "I am the arrow that never misses the target!"
"The Ballot of Darkwing Duck and Launchpad - Part 2" (Issue 16) Suff-Rage Darkwing: I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the--
Suff-Rage: The spoiler third party candidate? The pop quiz at the electoral college?
Darkwing: I was gonna go with the second one. How'd you guess?
Suff-Rage: Big fan.
Darkwing Duck (Joe Books)
"St. Canard Comic Expo Fest-o-Rama (Now With Some Comics)" (Issue 6) Gosalyn "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the lingering smell in the convention hall that you dare not identify!"

References

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