Voiced by: Terence McGovern
Real name: Launchpad McQuack
Occupation: Pilot, sidekick
Darkwing Duck (friend and hero)
Launchpad was originally featured in the popular cartoon series DuckTales where he worked for Scrooge McDuck as his pilot. It is never explained how and why he left Duckburg, but at the beginning of the Darkwing series he lives in an airplane hangar on the outskirts between St. Canard and Duckburg. When Darkwing falls onto his property, Launchpad at first mistakes him for a thief. Launchpad is an avid fan of Darkwing’s work and is responsible for the construction of the Thunderquack which he flies for Darkwing.
Although Darkwing was not interested in a sidekick at the beginning of the series, the two slowly forge a close bond of friendship. Launchpad is content with being a sidekick and helping out on the sidelines, though on a few occasions has ended up in the spotlight. Sometimes he will serve as a decoy for Darkwing by dressing up in an identical costume (which once led to everyone in St. Canard thinking Darkwing’s secret identity was LP). He has a monstrous appetite and spends most of his spare time eating or tuning up Darkwing’s RatCatcher and The ThunderQuack. He has saved Darkwing’s life on numerous occasions.
Launchpad is generally considered a simpleton but a closer look reveals that although he isn’t the brightest crayon in the box, he will often see something for what it is before Darkwing has figured it out. LP is by no means a rocket scientist, but he is smarter than he appears to be on the surface.
A few facts about LP:
- His mother, father, and younger sister are all pilots.
- He was once engaged to marry Tia, Queen of the Galaxy. Although the marriage was called off, a clone of Launchpad married Tia in his place… which means somewhere in the galaxy Launchpad II is ruling as a king.
- When he was a child he was terrified of heights.