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DuckTales (2017 TV series)

American animated series

This article is about the 2017 reboot television series. For the original 1987 series, see DuckTales.

DuckTales is an American animated television series, developed by Matt Youngberg and Francisco Angones, and produced by Disney Television Animation. The series is a reboot of the original 1987 series of the same name, which focused on the lives of Scrooge McDuck and his family as they engaged in a variety of adventures around the world, as well as in the fictional city of Duckburg. The reboot itself focuses on newer elements and deeper character stories, including a greater involvement of Donald Duck.

The series premiered on August 12, 2017, with a 44-minute long pilot episode on Disney XD, before the first season was green-lit for broadcast from September 23 that year on Disney XD;[3][4] between May 2018 to September 2019, the series was moved to Disney Channel for the rest of the first season starting with the 10th episode and all of the second season, then back on Disney XD for its third season. Since its release, the reboot has generated positive reviews from critics and audiences, as well as a comic book series and several online episodes. On December 2, 2020, it was announced that the third season would be the final season.[5] The show concluded with a 67-minute finale titled "The Last Adventure!"


Left to Right: Dewey, Huey, Donald Duck, Louie, and Scrooge McDuck, as they appear in the series.

After not speaking to each other for ten years, Donald Duck reunites with his estranged uncle Scrooge McDuck when he asks him to babysit his three triplet nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie for the day. Scrooge regains his sense of adventure and invites Donald and the boys to live at McDuck Manor with him, along with his housekeeper Mrs. Beakley and her granddaughter Webby Vanderquack. Together, along with Scrooge's chauffeur and pilot Launchpad McQuack, the Ducks go on many new treasure-hunting expeditions and globetrotting adventures while contending with villains like Flintheart Glomgold, Ma Beagle and the Beagle Boys, Magica De Spell, and Mark Beaks.

In season one, Dewey and Webby set out to find the truth about Scrooge and Donald's strained relationship and the unexplained disappearance of the boys' mother and Donald's twin sister Della Duck while Magica secretly manipulates events to facilitate her return and seek revenge on Scrooge for imprisoning her in his Number One Dime for fifteen years.

In season two, Scrooge and Glomgold compete to become the richest duck in the world by the end of the year while Louie tries to start up his own multi-million dollar business in hopes of following in Scrooge's footsteps. Della reunites with her family after she escapes from the Moon and adjusts to her newfound motherhood, unaware that the Moonlanders are planning to invade Earth.

In season three, the Ducks discover the journal of legendary explorer Isabella Finch, detailing several lost treasures and artifacts, and begin a globetrotting expedition to find them all while the criminal organization F.O.W.L. plots to eliminate the Ducks and obtain the treasures first.


Main article: List of DuckTales (2017 TV series) episodes

Voice cast[edit]

Main article: List of DuckTales characters

The show's main voice cast includes:[6][7]


Matt Youngberg and Francisco Angones grew up watching the original series and had always wanted to develop an updated version for a newer generation. Youngberg said, "We're hoping that in thirty years, the kids who watch our show will then be bringing back the next version of DuckTales because they loved what we did so much."[8]

In May 2015, Terry McGovern, the original voice of Launchpad McQuack, stated in an interview that the entire voice cast from the original series would not be returning for the reboot, which made him "heartsick" at the news.[9] The new voice cast for the series was revealed on December 16, 2016 in a video where they sing an a cappella version of the original theme song in promotion of the news.[10][11][12] The following May, Lin-Manuel Miranda was announced as the voice of Fenton Crackshell-Cabrera / Gizmoduck.[13] The character was changed to being Latino due to Lin-Manuel's heritage and because Angones felt that there were not enough positive Latino superheroes.[8] In June, more cast members, including Tony Anselmo reprising his role as Donald Duck, were announced,[14] and during the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con, Disney announced that Darkwing Duck would also make an appearance in the TV series.[15] At the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con, several characters from other Disney Television Animation cartoons were revealed to appear in the show's third season: Chip 'n Dale and the Rescue Rangers from Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers; Kit Cloudkicker and Molly Cunningham from TaleSpin; Rhinokey and Butterbear from The Wuzzles; and Gosalyn Mallard and Taurus Bulba from Darkwing Duck; as well as Goofy (based on his Goof Troop incarnation), and Daisy Duck.[16]

The art style of the show is heavily influenced not just by Carl Barks' original Uncle Scrooge comics, but also some of Barks' paintings.[17][2] The theme song, written by Mark Mueller for the 1987 series, was re-recorded for the 2017 reboot.[18] It was arranged by Michael "Smidi" Smithand and TJ Stafford and sung by Felicia Barton.[19]

Donald Duck has a larger role in this version compared to the 1980s version. The earlier version had been restricted by an edict from The Walt Disney Company stating that the television studio could not use Donald or any of the other stars from Disney's Golden Age shorts, only allowing Donald to make short cameos to set up storylines;[20] this restriction was lifted shortly after the original version of DuckTales ended.

Theme song[edit]

The popular theme song, written by pop songwriter Mark Mueller (both words and music) was the subject of a Vanity Fair magazine article in 2017, which called the song "History's Catchiest Single Minute of Music".[21]



The 44 minute pilot, titled Woo-oo!, premiered on August 12 at 12:00 AM and was repeated consecutively for the next 24 hours. Two days later on August 14, the pilot was also released on YouTube,[22] though it has since been set to private. The pilot also aired on Disney Channel on September 17, 2017.[23] The series officially premiered on September 23, 2017, coinciding with the original show's 30th anniversary.[24] On May 1, 2018, the show moved to the Disney Channel, with new episodes airing on Fridays beginning May 4, 2018.[citation needed] With season three, the series will once again air on Disney XD.[7][dead link][25]

On October 20, 2020, "Let's Get Dangerous!", the 44-minute Darkwing Duck–themed episode from season 3, was made available for free on Disney XD's YouTube channel.

In Canada, the pilot premiered on Disney XD on August 12 and the full series started on September 23, 2017.[26][27] In Australia and New Zealand, the show premiered on Disney Channel on October 13, 2017.[28] In the United Kingdom and Ireland, the pilot premiered on Disney Channel on November 4, 2017. The full series debuted on March 1, 2018 on Disney XD.[29]


On December 7, 2016, a teaser trailer was released for the series. The first season was announced to consist of 21 half-hour episodes and two hour-long specials. On March 10, 2017, a trailer for the series aired on Disney Channel during the premiere of Tangled: Before Ever After, and on June 14, 2017, the title sequence for the series, featuring a re-recording of the theme song written by Mark Mueller and performed by Felicia Barton, was released.[30]

Home media[edit]

A DVD titled Woo-oo! was released on December 19, 2017 in the US[31] and on July 9, 2018 in the UK and Ireland.[32] The DVD contains the pilot episode and all 6 Welcome to Duckburg shorts. A second DVD titled Destination Adventure! was released on June 5, 2018. It contains the episodes The Beagle Birthday Massacre!, The Living Mummies of Toth-Ra!, The Impossible Summit of Mt. Neverrest!, The Spear of Selene!, The Missing Links of Moorshire!, and Beware the B.U.D.D.Y. System!, as well as 2 episodes of the original 1987 series previously unreleased on DVD (New Gizmo Kids on the Block and Ducky Mountain High).[33]

Region Set title Seasons Aspect ratio Episode count Release date
1 & 2 Woo-oo! 1 1.78:1 1 December 19, 2017 (Region 1)
July 9, 2018 (Region 2)
1 Destination Adventure! 1.78:1, 1.33:1 (classic series) 6 June 5, 2018

Video on demand[edit]

iTunes and Amazon Prime Video in the United States offer the first and second season, split into four volumes.[34]

The first and second season have been released on Disney+ since its launch, but users have noted episodes being out of order.[35] The series had its episodes arranged in the proper order on June 26, 2020.[36] The entire third season was released on Disney+ on April 30, 2021.

Critical reception[edit]

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports an approval rating of 94% based on 50 reviews, with an average rating of 4.6/5. The website's critical consensus reads, "Highly energetic, distinctively designed, and attuned to its nostalgia, this update to a Disney animated classic is far bolder than its predecessor."[37]IGN's Chris Hayner gave the series premiere, "Woo-oo!", a score of 8.5 out of 10, stating that the reboot "may be aimed at modern young audiences but there's no denying the heart and adventurous spirit it gets from the original series."[38]

In 2018, the pilot episode was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award in the Outstanding Special Class Animated Program category, but lost to A StoryBots Christmas.[39] The following year saw the season one finale, "The Shadow War", nominated in the same category, but lost to Watership Down.[40] In 2019, DuckTales was also nominated for a Daytime Emmy in the Outstanding Casting for an Animated Series or Special category, but lost to fellow Disney series Elena of Avalor.[41]

In 2018, at the Behind the Voice Actors Awards Ceremony, the cast was awarded the People's Choice Voice Acting Award in the Best Vocal Ensemble in a New Television Series category. Individual cast members David Tennant (Scrooge McDuck), Kate Micucci (Webby Vanderquack), Keith Ferguson (Flintheart Glomgold), Kimiko Glenn (Lena De Spell), and Margo Martindale (Ma Beagle) were all nominated, but none of the nominations resulted in any award.[42]

In 2018, at the Davey Awards, the series won the Silver Award for Mobile Features-Integrated Mobile Experience for Ducktales: Treasure Hunt Live!.[43]

In 2019, the episode "Who is Gizmoduck?" was nominated for two Imagen Awards.[44]

In 2021, the episode "Challenge of the Senior Junior Woodchucks!" was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award.

Disney comics creator Don Rosa, primarily known for his Uncle Scrooge comic sub-series The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck, has stated that the DuckTales reboot series bears "virtually no similarity whatsoever" to Barks' original comics.[45]

Printed media[edit]

Prose books[edit]

In 2018, Disney Press published "DuckTales: Solving Mysteries and Rewriting History!", a companion book covering the majority of season one, as seen from the perspective of Scrooge, Huey, Dewey, Louie, and Webby. It is written by Rob Renzetti and show writer Rachel Vine.[46]


An ongoing comic book series based on the show is being published by IDW Publishing, with Joe Caramagna, Joey Cavalieri and Steve Behling sharing writing duties, and Luca Usai, Gianfranco Florio and others providing the art.[47]Ducktales #0 was released on July 19, 2017, and #1 of the monthly series followed on September 27.[48]

The individual issues are also collected in trade paperbacks:

List of comic book stories

Story code US publication Title Written by Artist(s) Short summary
XPW DTP CP 1-1[49]DuckTales #1 The Chilling Secret of the Lighthouse! Joe Caramagna Luca Usai After Donald is hired to work in a lighthouse, Huey, Dewey and Louie decide to explore it.[50]
XPW DTP CP 1-2[51]DuckTales #0 The Repeating Revenge of the Screaming Duck! Joe Caramagna Gianfranco Florio Huey, Dewey and Louie make a horror movie.[52]
XPW DTP CP 1-3[53]Big Trouble at Little Lake! Joe Caramagna Andrea Greppi,
Paolo Campinoti,
Roberta Zanotta
Donald is stranded on an island with a tour group.[52]
XPW DTP CP 1-4[54]DuckTales #1 The Great Experiment of the Washing Machine! Joe Caramagna Gianfranco Florio The nephews masquerade as researchers and manage to turn a washing machine into a potentially harmful electromagnet.[50]
XPW DTP CP 2-1[55]DuckTales #2 A Viking at My Door! Joey Cavalieri Andrea Greppi,
Antonello Dalena,
Roberta Zanotta
Scrooge, Donald and Della go in search of a Viking artifact.[56]
XPW DTP CP 2-2[57]Old Monteplumage Had a Chicken! Joey Cavalieri Gianfranco Florio Scrooge, Donald, and Della go to an Aztec ruin.[56]
XPW DTP CP 2-3[58]DuckTales #3 Cheating Like Nostradogmus! Joey Cavalieri Luca Usai Scrooge goes looking for the time-travel jelly beans of Nostradogmus.[59]
XPW DTP CP 2-4[60]Beware of the Phenomenal Pumpkin People! Joey Cavalieri Andrea Greppi,
Graziano Barbaro,
Roberta Zanotta
After crash-landing in the Amazon, Scrooge and crew encounter pygmy pandas being terrorized by monsters for their pumpkin groves.[59]
XPW DTT CP 1-1[61]DuckTales #5 A Series of Unfortunate Substitutions! Joe Caramagna Antonello Dalena,
Gianfranco Florio,
Manuela Razzi,
Roberta Zanotta
Scrooge hires a new pilot.
XPW DTT CP 1-2[62]DuckTales #4 Fight! Joe Caramagna Gianfranco Florio Dewey holds a garage sale.[63]
XPW DTT CP 1-3[64]DuckTales #5 Go, Go Golden Years! Joey Cavalieri Andrea Greppi,
Cristina Stella,
Emilio Urbano,
Michela Frare
Scrooge takes youth serum.[65]
XPW DTT CP 1-4[66]DuckTales #4 Happy, Happy Valley! Joey Cavalieri Luca Usai Scrooge lands on an island where everyone is always happy.
XPW DTT CP 2-1[67]DuckTales #6 The Giant Butterfly of Duckburg! Joe Caramagna Graziano Barbaro,
Marco Ghiglione,
Michela Frare
Scrooge goes on a Junior Woodchucks outing.
XPW DTT CP 2-2[68]DuckTales #7 There Is No Place Like a Ghost Town! Joe Caramagna Luca Usai Scrooge buys an old western ghost town with the intent of building a resort.
XPW DTT CP 2-3[69]DuckTales #6 Welcome to Beagle Island! Joey Cavalieri Gianfranco Florio The Beagle Boys lay a trap for Scrooge.[70]
XPW DTT CP 2-4[71]DuckTales #7 The Stone of Truth! Joe Caramagna Andrea Greppi,
Antonello Dalena,
Gianfranco Florio,
Michela Frare
The mansion is hit with a surprise inspection by an insurance company while Scrooge is away.[72]
XPW DTT CP 3-1[73]DuckTales #8 Sleep (Walk) of Doom! Steve Behling Gianfranco Florio Dewey uses Scrooge's mystical coin.
XPW DTT CP 3-2[74]The Beast in the Board Room! Joe Caramagna Luca Usai Scrooge's stooge begins to take control of his company.[75]
XPW DTT CP 3-3[76]Unpublished in the US Spies Like Us! Joe Caramagna Andrea Greppi,
Danilo Loizedda,
Emilio Urbano,
Manuela Razzi,
Cristina Stella
XPW DTT CP 3-4[77]DuckTales #9 The Frightful Family Fishing Trip! Alessandro Ferrari,
Steve Behling
Ciro Cangialosi,
Cristina Stella
Donald and Scrooge go on a fishing trip.
XPW DTT CP 4-1[78]The Risk McDuck Refused! Joey Cavalieri Gianfranco Florio Scrooge travels back in time so he can experience the Klondike.[79]
XPW DTT CP 4-2[80]DuckTales #10 The Twisted Tale of the Two-Headed Horse! Joe Caramagna Emilio Urbano,
Luca Usai
The nephews accompany Scrooge and Donald on a quest for a bust of a Two-Headed Horse.
XPW DTT CP 4-3[81]The Hedge Enigma! Steve Behling Ciro Cangialosi,
Cristina Giorgill
Hedges of wealthy people are being vandalized.[82]
XPW DTT CP 4-4[83]Unpublished in the US On the Tail of the Run-Amok Raven! Joey Cavalieri Andrea Greppi,
Gianfranco Florio,
Michela Frare
XPW DTT CP 5-1[84]DuckTales #12 When Luck Ran Out! Steve Behling Gianfranco Florio Gladstone accompanies Scrooge on one of his adventures.
XPW DTT CP 5-2[85]DuckTales #11 Nightmare on Bear Mountain! Steve Behling Antonello Dalena,
Danilo Loizedda,
Cristina Stella
Scrooge pushes his family away to protect them from an ancient evil.
XPW DTT CP 5-3[86]Horror in the Highlands! Joey Cavalieri Luca Usai Scrooge attempts to build a museum in his hometown.[87]
XPW DTT CP 5-4[88]DuckTales #12 The Greatest Adventure, the Greatest Price! Joey Cavalieri Andrea Greppi,
Emilio Urbano,
Cristina Stella
Scrooge meets a duck claiming to be his unknown cousin.
XPW DTT CP 6-1[89]DuckTales #13[90]Countdown to Termination! Joey Cavalieri Andrea Greppi,
Ciro Cangialosi,
Cristina Stella
The Board of Directors for McDuck Enterprises gives Gyro a challenge: invent something useful in 24 hours or lose his job.
XPW DTT CP 6-2[91]The Mighty Ducks of Duckburg! Joe Caramagna Luca Usai Webby joins the nephews' hockey team.[92]
XPW DTT CP 6-3[93]DuckTales #14 [94]The Monsters Are Due at McDuck Manor! Part 1 Steve Behling Gianfranco Florio The nephews and Webby use Gyro's new 4-D camera and end up trapping themselves in the television.[95]
XPW DTT CP 6-4[96]The Monsters Are Due at McDuck Manor! Part 2 Steve Behling Gianfranco Florio
XPW DTT CP 7-1[97]DuckTales #16[98]The Incredible Shrinking Webby! Part 1 Steve Behling Gianfranco Florio Dewey accidentally shrinks Webby.[99]
XPW DTT CP 7-2[100]The Incredible Shrinking Webby! Part 2 Steve Behling Gianfranco Florio
XPW DTT CP 7-3[101]DuckTales #15[102]The Greatest Invention He's Never Had! Part 1 Joe Caramagna Ciro Cangialosi,
Danilo Loizedda,
Cristina Stella
One of Gyro's inventions gains sentience and rebels on a television show.[103]
XPW DTT CP 7-4[104]The Greatest Invention He's Never Had! Part 2 Joe Caramagna Luca Usai
XPW DTT CP 8-1[105]DuckTales #17[106]Marooned in Mystery Mansion! Part 1 Joe Caramagna Emilio Urbano,
Gianfranco Florio
Mrs. Beakley relates a story to Scrooge that had been wiped from his memory by government forces.[107]
XPW DTT CP 8-2[108]Marooned in Mystery Mansion! Part 2 Joe Caramagna Emilio Urbano,
Gianfranco Florio
XPW DTT CP 8-3[109]DuckTales #18[110]Money Grubbing Hooligans from the Deep! Part 1 Joe Caramagna Emilio Urbano,
Gianfranco Florio
A gigantic tsunami threatens to wipe out the Money Bin.[111]
XPW DTT CP 8-4[112]Money Grubbing Hooligans from the Deep! Part 2 Joe Caramagna Emilio Urbano,
Gianfranco Florio
XPW DTT CP 9-1[113]DuckTales #19[114]Flintheart... McDuck?!? Part 1 Steve Behling Emilio Urbano,
Gianfranco Florio
Flintheart has Scrooge abducted.[115]
XPW DTT CP 9-2[116]Flintheart... McDuck?!? Part 2 Steve Behling Emilio Urbano,
Gianfranco Florio
XPW DTT CP 9-3[117]DuckTales #20[118]Saga of the Super-Intern! Part 1 Joe Caramagna Luca Usai Gyro makes adjustments to one of Fenton's projects.[119]
XPW DTT CP 9-4[120]Saga of the Super-Intern! Part 2 Joe Caramagna Ciro Cangialosi,
Danilo Loizedda,
Cristina Stella


On March 10, 2021, it was announced that a seven-episode scripted podcast spinoff of the series would be launching via the Disney XD YouTube channel on March 29, two weeks after the series finale. The podcast is called This Duckburg Life (a parody of the popular public radio program/podcast This American Life) and is hosted by Huey Duck for "Duckburg Public Radio" and focuses on slice-of-life occurrences in Duckburg. Many of the cast from the series reprise their roles, including Tennant, Pudi, Schwartz, Moynihan, Micucci, Bennett, Olagundoye, Rash, Brener, Martindale, and Anselmo.[121]


Main article: List of DuckTales merchandise


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How the DuckTales Reboot Included Donald Duck

Donald Duck was notably absent for most of the original run of DuckTales. The reboot, however, reintroduces the triplets' angry uncle.

Donald Duck is still one of the most popular characters around. Weekly comics starring him are published in several European countries; in Italy, he's been a superhero for decades (something IDW Publishing captured with their Duck Avenger comics). And in Sweden, he's even the namesake of a joke political party.

So it's weird that the original 1980s DuckTalesdespite being based on the Donald-starring comic books and strips created by Carl Barks, Al Taliaferro and many others, never had Donald around. The pilot, "The Treasure of the Golden Suns," showed him leaving the nephews with Scrooge to enlist in the Navy; thereafter, he mainly appeared in cameos throughout the first season and disappeared thereafter.

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As Tad Stones (story editor on the OG DuckTales and the creator of Darkwing Duck) put it when interviewed by the Disney fansite MousePlanet, Disney higher-ups put the kibosh on Donald appearing out of fear of overexposure and cheapening the character (as DuckTales was Disney's second foray into TV animation and the first with their own characters). But, Stones acknowledged, there was also the unavoidable fact that while Donald could have lengthy monologues in the comics, he just couldn't on screen with his trademark voice.

The new DuckTales airing on Disney Channel acknowledged those concerns but has kept Donald a part of the cast and part of the action, much to the show's benefit.

As the show revealed during its first and second season, Donald (Tony Anselmo) and his twin sister Della (Paget Brewster) were Scrooge McDuck's partners in adventuring. But when the trio realized they'd been just about everywhere on Earth, Della -- who by then had laid the then-unhatched triplets -- decided that space was the next step. Scrooge built her a rocket named "The Spear of Selene" as a surprise, which Della found out about. Taking it for a test ride, she was lost in a cosmic storm.

RELATED: How The DuckTales Reboot Changed Scrooge McDuck

Heartbroken, Donald cut off all contact with Scrooge and raised Huey, Dewey and Louie all by himself, being as overly protective as possible to ensure they'd never get hurt. One day, desperately needing a babysitter to watch the boys so he could make a job interview, Donald wound up contacting Scrooge again. By the end of the show's first episode, available for free on YouTube, Donald had reconciled with Scrooge and he and the boys had moved into McDuck Manor, with his houseboat going in the pool.

Donald joined the boys and Scrooge on several adventures, from dealing with a spirit of fortune that'd imprisoned his irritating, irritatingly lucky cousin Gladstone Gander (Paul F. Tompkins) to taking charge and saving Scrooge from the evil Magica DeSpell (Catherine Tate).

For his decade of single parenting and constantly being put in danger for his family, as well as the fact that he'd been prescribed a hammock due to stress molting, Scrooge and the others sent Donald on a much-needed month-long cruise. But while waiting for the bus to the port, Donald saw Della's rocket ship (which she'd repaired after a decade stranded on the moon) and ran to meet it as it crashed. Not finding Della, who'd been thrown clear of the crash, Donald accidentally activated the rocket ship and it took him back to the moon and was held captive by the invasion-planning Moonlanders.

One thing's for certain: you can never count a cranky duck out.

DuckTales returns in September.

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Donald Duck

"Adventure is in our blood! We face down perilous foes and endless danger every day, but we always prevail, because these ducks Don't. Back. Down."

Voiced By: Tony Anselmo (normal), Don Cheadle (Barksian Modulator/alternate reality), Russi Taylor (young) (Last Christmas), Cristina Valenzuela (young) (The First Adventure), Chris Diamantopoulos ("melon"), Dominic Lewis (singing, "Louie's Eleven!"), Erick Salinas (Latin American Spanish), Sylvain Caruso (French)

A once great adventurer turned single parent whose need for a job is constantly weighed down by his worry for his nephews and their mischief.

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  • Accidental Hero:
    • Once bent down to pick up twenty dollars ahead of his cousin Gladstone, only to accidentally trip an escaping Beagle Boy, ending their robbery. Then immediately subverted as he was arrested for being an accomplice to the robbery with his bail set at... twenty dollars.
    • Played straight in season two, where his accidental venture to the moon and capture convinced Penumbra, who was doubting her loyalties to Lunaris, to switch sides in the finale and save the Ducks. They found out Lunaris wanted to destroy the Earth for petty reasons.
  • Action Dad: Downplayed. He's the triplet's maternal uncle and Parental Substitute but is also an experienced adventurer who is not afraid to fight.
  • Adaptation Distillation: He's recognizable as the Donald of the classic cartoons, complete with fighting stance, irritability, and being a Perpetual Frowner but he also retains many of the more noble qualities from Carl Barks' stories.
  • Adaptation Expansion: Look at the original DuckTales character page, and you might find a reference to him. In this incarnation of the series, he's one of the main characters and gets a lot more development. This was due to Executive Meddling in the 1980s by The Walt Disney Company that any stars from Disney's Golden Age shorts were not allowed to be used, the only exception was allowing Donald to make short cameos to set up storylines. It was also because Tony Anselmo had not perfected Donald's voice.invoked
  • Adaptation Relationship Overhaul:
    • In most media and notably the comics, Donald was given his nephews by his sister Della to visit before he eventually became their legal guardian. In this series, he raised the triplets since birth.
    • In the comics, Donald has a "dogface" as a next-door neighbor named Jughead Jones, whom he is constantly feuding with over the silliest things. In the cartoon, Jones is Donald's anger management therapist and the two have a decent professional relationship.
    • In other cartoons and comics, Donald tends to be a bullying figure towards Goofy, whereas here he's much more amicable and respectful towards him.
    • In comics and other cartoons, he and Daisy Duck are usually either already a couple, or an ex-couple after a break-up. Here, they meet and fall in love for the first time in "Louie's Eleven".
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: While Donald's Hair-Trigger Temper and Butt-Monkey status are universal to the character, here it is clear that it has had a profoundly negative effect on Donald. Unlike the rest of the family, Donald (post Spear of Selene incident) is the only who doesn't enjoy the insane, life-threatening situations that his family tends get involved in and wants a normal life, the stress of it all eventually causing him to molt uncontrollably when he is dragged kicking and screaming into these adventures against his will repeatedly in "The Golden Spear!" and wishes for his family to be normal in "Quack Pack!" though he does become more accepting to adventuring after talking with Goofy in the latter episode. It especially doesn't help that such a life-style caused his sister to go missing in space, leaving him to look after his orphaned nephews and estranging him from his uncle. In "What Ever Happened to Donald Duck?!", it is revealed that he has gotten psychiatric help to help cope with his temper, his psychiatrist diagnosing him with a paranoid fear that the world is out to get him (a fear that is perfectly justifiable given everything Donald goes through), and that no one understands him (literally).
  • Adaptational Badass: Though he is the perennial Butt-Monkey of the Disney animated universe, the various comics from which the show takes its inspiration — in particular, the works of Carl Barks — do indeed showcase Donald as being "one of the most daring adventurers of all time."
    • Highlighted in "Daytrip of Doom!" Beakley plans to take Bouncer Beagle, leaving the smaller one to Donald. Instead, Donald goes into a berserker rage and trounces both of them without any help from Beakley at all.
    • Extremely prominent in "The Shadow War!", where he is given a voice modulator to become intelligible, and gains a Badass Baritone voice. He gives a Rousing Speech to his family, comes up with a reasonable strategy to defeat Magica de Spell, uses Reverse Psychology to get the children also join the battle, says badass one-liners, and beats up an army of shadow people - including Fenton's shadow in the Gizmoduck suit - all by himself. Apparently, he's always been like this - nobody took him seriously because of his silly voice.
    • It even holds true as a pre-teen; young Donald was capable of fighting a giant Wendigo and not just overpower it, but actually, make it go Oh, Crap! with a Death Glare.
    • In Season 2, it's revealed that he has a lot of pent up anger at being the universe's chew toy that he goes to therapy. However once the kids came into his life he learned to focus that rage into fatherly love. This translates to him becoming ridiculously strong and hypercompetent whenever someone threatens his family.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: This version of Donald went to college (according to Word of God majoring in Public Speaking), and is a certified accountant. Not to mention his leadership skills.invoked
  • Adaptational Nice Guy:
    • Probably one of the least selfish interpretations of the character. Even in the context of the original comics, he's now an overprotective father-figure instead of a stern Jerkass with anger issues and something of a mischievous streak. The same goes for his counterpart in the original series.
    • His relationship with Goofy is also much better here. In many other works featuring the two such as House of Mouse, Donald can barely tolerate Goofy and frequently acts as something of a bully to him. Here, while Donald finds Goofy's klutziness and dimness frustrating, he never mistreats him and considers him a genuine friend and confidant.
    • Very noticable in the Halloween episode, where he and Della argue over whether it's right to scare kids who go trick-and-treating, and how far you should go about it. In the classic cartoons, Donald would have been gleefully pulling out all stops to scare the kids without a thought to the consequences, and tried to keep all the candy for himself; here his "overprotective dad" streak is in full action. He's generous with candy, worries about traumatizing the kids, and actively sets in to stop the more irascible Della from letting things get out of hand.
  • Adult Fear:
    • He's under forty, chronically unemployed and unemployable, poor, unmarried, and has to be the single parent/guardian of three rambunctious kids while reeling from guilt about not being able to provide them the childhood adventures they want. Donald is especially resentful about his nephews liking Gladstone as a Cool Uncle, mostly because he's his least favorite relative by a large margin.
    • He's constantly worried about the triplets' safety and does not want any harm to come to them, as evidenced by his behavior in the pilot, in "Daytrip of Doom!" where they get kidnapped by the Beagles and in other episodes.
    • He fought Scrooge and Della about their plans for their outer-space expedition, insisting that Della stay on Earth for her soon-to-be-hatched children, while Scrooge blithely ignored Donald's concerns and commissioned the rocket on Della's blueprints. Donald found himself waking up one day as the guardian for three children, estranged from his remaining family, separated from his friends Panchito and Jose, unable to follow-up on his youthful dreams and having Parting Words Regret with Della, who was lost in "the inky abyss of space".
    • In Whatever Happened to Donald Duck?, he reveals that shortly after finding himself raising the triplets, he began attending anger management in order to keep his temper from hurting the kids.
  • Advertised Extra: He's prominently featured in the show's advertising, which emphasized that one of the biggest differences between this show and the 1987 one is that Donald will play a much more important role. While that's technically true, he's still an Absentee Actor for the majority of Season 1, only being the focus in "The House of the Lucky Gander!", playing a somewhat relevant role in "Woo-oo!", "Daytrip of Doom!", "The Spear of Selene!" and "The Shadow War!", and relegated to brief cameos at best in the rest of the season. Season 2 and 3 attempt to somewhat amend this, giving him more focus episodes.
  • Advice Backfire: His advice to the nephews that family must help the family comes back to bite him when they insist on helping Gladstone.

    Donald: Why did I say that?

  • All According to Plan: In "The Shadow War!" he tells the kids to stay away from the money bin, but they ignore him and go there to fight anyway. When they run into him there, he reveals he knew they wouldn't stand by while Scrooge was in danger, and he used Reverse Psychology on them so they'd be able to get in without Magica noticing.
  • The Alleged Car:
    • He drives a family sedan that's seen better days. Downplayed, in that it never breaks down and appears to run reliably, even if it is a "jalopy."
    • The houseboat also counts as a nautical example of this played straight, compounded by Donald's Born Unlucky status. In the best case scenario, it's serviceable but rickety, and Donald forces the triplets to wear lifevests on board for fear of it sinking. After Dewey leaves the engine running in the pilot while they are off on an adventure with Scrooge, it explodes and sinks into the bay, forcing Donald to move into McDuck Mansion while fixing it up, a process that is prolonged due to the family's various adventures, including it being eaten by an enchanted money shark. Finally, in "The Shadow War", the "newly fixed up" houseboat stalls out in the midst of the assault on Magica De Spell, forcing Donald to leave it behind with Beakley while she fights off Magica's shadow forces, during which it catches fire and sinks again.
  • Alliterative Name: Donald Duck.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Some family pictures in his phone imply this, particularly one of them at the "Grand Canyon... display at the grocery store." Said picture involves Donald cheerfully climbing on the display, with the boys looking embarrassed to be seen in public with him.
  • Amazon Chaser: Seeing Daisy beat up Falcon Graves in a fit of Unstoppable Rage brings a smile to his face.
  • Anger Born of Worry: This is why he is annoyed with the boys a good portion of the time, when he catches them doing mischief. When he reunites with Della, his first response is to yell at his "dummy" sister, shout that he missed her, and hug her. While Della is doing it at the same time.
  • Angsty Surviving Twin: It's implied that he cut off ties with Scrooge because of what happened to his twin sister, Della Duck, in an incident involving the Spear of Selene. Namely, Donald has never forgiven him for making the spaceship that Della took, and not getting her to turn around and come back, which led to her being lost in space.
  • Animal Species Accent: He retains his iconic, quacky duck-voice. However, he's the only duck in the show who speaks like this, and it's treated in-universe as a speech impediment.
  • Ascended Extra: Downplayed, in that he's the most common Absentee Actor in the main cast (aside from Mrs. Beakley and Della), but he does appear in a higher percentage of episodes than he did in the original TV series, and tends to play a big role in season finales and other plot-important episodes.
  • Badass Baritone: Once given the voice modulator, this is how he speaks, courtesy of Don Cheadle.
  • Badass Boast:
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: He develops a romance with Daisy because she was the first person to both figuratively and literally understand him.
  • Berserk Button: While he certainly has a Hair-Trigger Temper, Donald mostly gets really upset at one thing and it's if someone puts his kids in danger which he often uses to channel his anger.
  • The Berserker: When Donald becomes truly angry, he becomes an unstoppable force of nature, and even obstacles meant to stop him aren't safe from Donald when it happens. Even as a child, a rage triggered by his guitar being broken was enough to overpower a Wendigo.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: He is just as bonkers and neurotic as you know him from his classic cartoons. He's also a nigh-unstoppable fighter who can singlehandedly fight off hordes of shadow demons with his bare hands, so don't laugh too hard at him.
  • The Big Guy: He's moreso the heaviest hitter when it comes to the Duck Family but can take up the leadership role easily when Scrooge is not around.
  • Bizarre Taste in Food: According to Frank Angones, he loves black licorice.
  • Born Unlucky: Donald seems to exemplify Finagle's Law, to the point of being a Butt-Monkey. In "The House of the Lucky Gander" Scrooge weaponizes Donald's bad luck by tricking Liu Hai, a luck vampire, to feed on Donald. Three seconds later, Liu Hai is drained and defeated, along with the entire casino vanishing into thin air, because Donald is that unlucky. Likewise, if Donald wants to fail at something, his fortunes will suddenly turn, and he'll win in spite of wanting to lose.
  • Brains and Brawn: Was the Brawn to Della's Brains as children, though he's smarter than he sounds; she's just more crafty, creative, and cunning. Quite a bit more reckless, though...
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Inverted; he didn't know Glomgold was Scrooge's sworn enemy because Scrooge has a Long List of sworn enemies.
  • Butt-Monkey: As with all other continuities, Donald's luck just causes him more and more trouble, which is only worsened by his short fuse. The guy can't even staple a bunch of papers together without turning it into a minor catastrophe. His anger is also deconstructed, showing that Donald's bad luck and temper keep him from holding a steady job that can keep the boys safe, and it makes him an overprotective parent because he knows all the sorts of things that can happen to someone with his misfortune. The only time it seems to fade away is when he's doing dangerous adventuring, and when he's trying to protect someone else.
  • The Call Knows Where You Live: A Discussed Trope. Storkules notes that as much as Donald wants to be done with adventures, he isn't able to escape them.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: He rightfully calls out Scrooge for taking the boys on a dangerous journey, when he just asked the latter to watch the boys for a few hours. Even by the end, he's willing to let the boys spend time with Scrooge but doesn't want a repeat.
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin': He tries to take a bath and wash his clothes at the same time. Scrooge finds out just as he's prepared to take a bath, and is less than amused (mostly because it's Scrooge's private bath).
  • Catchphrase: He has the classics, like "What's the big idea?!", "Ya big palooka!", and "Aw, phooey!". Interestingly, Scrooge also says the last one perfectly in sync with him when Zeus forbids the family from leaving Ithaquack, suggesting that Donald may have gotten his catchphrase from his uncle.
  • Cerebus Retcon: His voice is an In-Universe Speech Impediment, and it has caused him untold amounts of grief. In fact, when he's given Translator Microbes that make him sound normal, he's every bit a charismatic hero you'd expect from the most daring adventurer in the world.
  • Character Development: Zig-zagged.
    • He starts the series loathing his Uncle Scrooge, is too overprotective with the boys, and has sworn off adventuring for good, with no desire to ever be a hero. During the events of "Woo-Hoo", he eventually relents and lets the boys join Scrooge on adventures so they can learn "to get out of trouble". However, he rarely joins them (until season 3) and despite being more civil to Scrooge, he still dislikes him enough that he spends most of his time during season 1 trying to fix his houseboat, so he can move the boys out of the mansion and away from his uncle. But in the season finale, Mrs. Beakley tells Donald just how far Scrooge went in trying to save Della, which leads him to forgive Scrooge for the incident.
    • By "Shadow War" the realization that Scrooge is in danger causes him to make a rousing speech about how the family needs to intervene, rush headlong into battle to save him, and even uses Reverse Psychology to get the triplets to join in, counting on them to do so safely.
    • Donald also starts to become more accepting of adventuring again after his talk with Goofy in "Quack Pack!" even being more willing to go on the adventure in "The Lost Harp of Mervana!" than Della, and has a genuinely good time doing so.
  • Clashing Cousins: As we know Donald has complicated family relations and cousins aren't exempt from this.
    • Gladstone is an obvious example for this as he tends to be a smug Jerkass towards Donald who was Born Unlucky compared to his cousin's supernatural luck. It doesn't help that his nephews seemed to prefer him even going so far as to call him the cool uncle. At least until "The House of the Lucky Gander!". However it should be noted while he can't stand the guy he doesn't want him dead as he goes to save him.
    • Fethry is the other cousin Donald doesn't like even going so far as to ignore a phone call that could have easily been a distress call. However, his unlike Gladstone it's less about his personality and more to do with his Cloudcuckoolander antics. Like when calling Donald for help he instead leads him into large amounts of danger (even considered too dangerous for Scrooge) only just to show them something meaningless that Fethry thought was pretty. All of these things have ended up with Donald calling him "cuckoo-bananas".
  • Combat Pragmatist: He fights dirty when taking down two of the Beagle Boys when them kidnapping the triplets caused him to go into an Unstoppable Rage.
  • Complexity Addiction: A consequence of his bad luck and his bad temper is that he makes stuff too complicated for himself, as evidenced by his adjustment with Beakley in his first week at Scrooge's. The gag where he orders a battery of generators to power his houseboat as it floats on a swimming pool is classic Donald, especially when Beakley points out he could have just asked to borrow a plug.
  • Composite Character: Has a few traits of the previous version of Fenton Crackshell, being a little bit bumbling and, as detailed in the pilot's deleted scene, a wannabe accountant.
  • Cranky Landlord: He gives both reasonable demands and No Sympathy to Storkules, only because he didn't expect him to be his new tenant.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He really is every bit the hair-trigger, neurotically overprotective, and bumbling surrogate parental figure the triplets see him as. That doesn't keep him from being the badass and quick-witted adventurer that Webby knows him as when the time calls for it. He switches easily between the classic animated Donald and the comic book Donald sometimes mid-scene.
    • Demonstrated best in "Day Trip of Doom!" After spending the whole day alternating between annoying Beakley and causing himself pain, he and Beakley need to team up against the Beagle Boys. While Beakley makes a plan to take on Bouncer herself and hopes Donald is tough enough to keep Burger busy, Donald goes old-school angry and beats the tar out of both of them.
    • Also demonstrated in "The Shadow War!" When Donald is running towards danger instead of away from it, he is calm, collected, cunning, and brave. Being voiced by Don Cheadle doesn't hurt.
  • Cursed With Awesome: Donald's perpetual bad luck streak is this once you realize that, in contrast to Gladstone, it has likely played a large part in making Donald the Made of IronDeterminator he is today.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Donald wears a black sailor suit but is a heroic Jerk with a Heart of Gold willing to do anything to protect his family.
  • A Day in the Limelight: While certainly an Ascended Extra compared to the original DuckTales show, he's still very much Demoted to Extra compared to his Disney Ducks Comic Universe counterpart. As such, the episodes that do focus on him tend to have this feel to them.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He will make sarcastic remarks every now and then.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype: Pretty much everything that made Donald a cartoon star in the first place has been deconstructed to show how bad this could affect him in real life.
    • Donald Duck has pretty much always had a quacky voice, a Hair-Trigger Temper, and was Born Unlucky, but this is the first series that has meaningfully explored how much real-world grief this would cause such a character: his quacky voice is treated in-universe as a speech impediment, which causes most characters not to understand him or take him seriously. The constant frustration of never being understood coupled with his eternal bad luck gave Donald anger issues, which leaves him perpetually impoverished and unemployed, and causes him to struggle to support himself and his three nephews. (Being accident-prone also makes it hard for him to qualify for a simple bank loan, and his unintelligability coupled with his temper and bad luck makes it hard for him to even apply for a job, let alone keep one once he does get one.)
  • Demoted to Extra: In the Disney Ducks Comic Universe he's the unquestioned main character. Here, though his role is larger than in the original DuckTales, he very much takes a back seat to Scrooge and the kids, often playing very minor roles in the episodes.
  • Determinator: As is clear in The House of the Lucky GanderDonald simply doesn't give up, no matter how much he wants to, though it helped that Louie got him to weaponize his Uncontrollable Rage and against a giant pachinko machine turn Donald into The Juggernaut.

    Louie:[to Donald] You never had the common sense to give up before, why start now?

  • Ditzy Genius: As per usual with Donald, while he has his smarts, he tends to not pay attention to what he does, and doesn't even think things through, such as giving a ridiculous guess as to how many fingers one is holding up, or getting himself stuck in the pantry and not knowing how to get out even though it was obvious.
  • Do Wrong, Right: As part of his cover as one of Glomgold's minions, he justifies preventing the deaths of the protagonists by saying "if they're dead now, they can't be tortured later."
    • At the end of the pilot he concedes that the boys will get into trouble no matter what he does, so he asks Scrooge to teach them how to get out of trouble.
  • Door Dumb: In "From The Confidential Case Files of Agent 22!", he got himself stuck in the pantry...because he hasn't figured out that he had to do the opposite of what he was doing.
  • Doting Parent: He still keeps baby pictures of the nephews on his phone.
  • The Drag-Along: Going by the flashback in "The Last Crash of the Sunchaser!" it seemed that Scrooge and Della were the ones who really into adventuring and Donald was basically along for the ride, and why when the nephews were about to be born he was the one who ready to take a break. Although it seems he did enjoy the trips that were marine oriented such as river-boating through jungles, fighting pirates at sea, and exploring the depth of the ocean since those played to his strengths.
  • The Dreaded: No one in Duckburg would dare cross a temperamental Donald. His temper makes even socialite Emma Glamour chafe.
  • Dreadful Musician: He is stated to be one in "The Town Where Everyone Was Nice!"; from what actually see, he can keep a beat and plays the accordion and the bass decently. Last Christmas has him playing acoustic guitar very well and actually holding Christmas carols passably with his voice. As a Grunge preteen, he struggled with the electric guitar but, but was okay. His singing voice, however, is just as horribly raspy as his speaking one. Which actually comes handy, as his singing weakens theMan-Eating Plant.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Raised triplets for ten years entirely on his own, and they still think Uncle Scrooge (who didn't pay them a visit or give them birthday presents) and Uncle Gladstone (who is "the worst") are cooler than him (although the kids do eventually realize that Gladstone isn't a good person). Or at least that's how he feels sometimes, since the boys do love and admire him, especially Huey. (At the end of "The House of the Lucky Gander" the boys and Webby all hug Donald, who'd gone through the Mother of all Unlucky Days.)
    • In "The Shadow War" there is a big implication that he doesn't get all the respect he deserves because no one can understand what he is saying half the time. As soon as his speech impediment is temporarily fixed, while still a Butt-Monkey, everyone, including Beakley, falls in line to his plans.
    • While the boys don't exactly think he's the most awesome person to have ever lived (that title goes to Scrooge), they have since let up on a lot of the disrespect they had for Donald at the beginning of the series after realizing the implications of him having to raise the three while dealing with the trauma of losing Della.
  • Elephant in the Room: He has a hard time talking about his twin sister Della. Because it would mean having to tell her children that she abandoned them for one last glorious adventure, against his logical arguments, and presumably died for it.
  • Emo Teen: Well, Emo Preteen. When he was the triplets' age, Donald had a grunge phase, complete with dark clothing and playing angsty songs on an electric guitar.
  • Epic Fail:
    • In a promotional short, Donald Duck grapples with a Promethean candle that will never go out. Donald's attempt to extinguish it just makes everything so much worse and ruins his birthday.
    • When Webby sees the kitchen after Black Heron abducted Mrs. Beakley from there, she assumes Donald tried to make an omelet again. Scrooge points out it can't be what happened because Donald still hasn't gotten out of the pantry.
  • Establishing Character Moment: In "Woo-Oo!", Donald is first seen having his uniform forcibly taken off by Louie who put his uniform into the garbage disposal and the sleeve catches on fire from the oven that Huey is on, and Donald tells Huey to get off the stove citing it's off and getting slapped in the face by his sleeve while putting out the fire. And when Huey accidentally nailed his uncle in the head with the ironing board, Donald engages in his trademark angry noises... before immediately telling Huey and Louie to put on their life-vests, lest the houseboat somehow sinks while the babysitter is there; this scene shows Donald is still the same Butt-Monkey with his classic Hair-Trigger Temper, but also an overprotective guardian to his nephews.
  • Everyone Has Standards: In "Woo-oo!" he saves the assassins that fired on his family and took him hostage, after Glomgold abandons them all to die.
  • Experienced Protagonist: Already a skilled adventurer before the series begins. Of course, due to him being a Retired Badass, the triplets had no idea until the pilot.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: Word of God (and later the episode The Last Crash of the Sunchaser!) says he spends most of the time trying to fix his houseboat so he can move the boys out of the mansion. However, Donald being Donald means the houseboat often sustains damage thereby nullifying Donald's efforts. Finally averted in The Last Crash of the Sunchaser!, when he finishes repairing it just in time for the boys to tell him they want to move out of Scrooge's mansion. And then it gets completely obliterated in the very next episode.invoked
  • Foil:
    • With Dewey. Donald and Dewey occupy similar places in their generational ensembles as the stubborn Action Hero who’s Bash Brothers with the female member. But while Dewey is an easily excited Glory Seeker often enthusiastically embracing the family’s adventures, Donald is a Reluctant Hero who’s Seen It All.
    • With his Born Lucky Cousin, Gladstone. While Gladstone is a lazy, arrogant jerk who relies on his good luck to see him through any conflict, Donald is a Born Unlucky but hard-working and relative Nice Guy in comparison.
    • With his Cloud Cuckoolander Other Cousin, Fethry. While both Fethry and Donald have had hard-luck lives, Fethry is upbeat and cheerful, meeting adversity with good humor unlike Donald, who has a Hair-Trigger Temper.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Had this dynamic with Della, as the Responsible to Della's Foolish. Della was all gung-ho for going into space even when she was expecting the triplets, while Donald thought it was too risky and she needed to think about her kids. The two had a very nasty argument over it.
    • Inverted in his childhood days. As mentioned below, he was a Former Teen Rebel, while Della would be encouraging him to spend more time with his family.
  • Former Teen Rebel: He was a Emo Teen wannabe rockstar as a kid, who wanted to be alone on holidays and thought he was too cool for Christmas and family.
  • Garage Band: He played accordion for the Three Caballeros which operated out of Scrooge's garage much to the latter's displeasure. Donald disagrees:

    Donald: I was so awesome.

  • Generation Xerox: Just like Scrooge, Donald is a maternal uncle who became the foster father of young ducklings after the loss of his sister.
  • Good Parents: Despite being way too overprotective, it's made very clear that Donald loves his nephews as if they were his own sons and his main concern is finding a stable and steady job to support them.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: The episode "The House of the Lucky Gander!" is not subtle about Donald’s seething jealousy towards Gladstone. Interestingly, the episode also portrays Donald as the sympathetic one in the situation, as Gladstone is smug and obnoxious about his good fortune and, inadvertently or not, takes every opportunity he can to rub it in despite knowing full well that he ultimately deserves none of what comes naturally to him.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Wouldn't be Donald Duck without his famous temper. Which then leads to another standard of Donald's, Unstoppable Rage. When you REALLY get him good and mad, he has Power Born of Madness (of the "I'm angry" variety instead of the "I'm insane" one).
    • Against two Beagle Boys a Raging Donald became The Berserker and impressed Beakley by taking them down single-handedly during his rage.
    • When Louie gives a rousing speech to fire Donald up (as his bad luck that day got so horrific in a race against Gladstone where he was ready to give up), he channels the Rage to become The Determinator and power through the obstacles Liu Hai put in his path. One Donald-Shout dispels a jade tiger illusion while he powers through a giant pachinko machine in a Wall Run and even breaks through some of the parts on his way to win.
  • Handicapped Badass: Of the vocal variety. Donald is famous for being a Speech-Impaired Animal but this series shows how much of an experienced, badass fighter he is.
  • Heartbroken Badass: Della being lost in spacebroke Donald and made him swear off adventuring for good.

    Storkules: But getting hurt is part of the adventure! What would fierce Della say if she could hear you now?

    Donald: Well, she can't! (depressed sigh) Someone always gets hurt.

  • Heavy Sleeper: In "Jaw$!," while resting in the pool, he sleeps through Launchpad stealing his houseboat, and in "Storkules in Duckburg!", harpies screeching in his closet cannot wake him.
  • Heroic BSoD: He has one in "The House of the Lucky Gander!" when he loses one game too many (and Gladstone wins again). It takes Louie's rousing speech to give him motivation to win.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • The position Donald was applying for at Glomgold Industries was an accountant. According to Word of God, there's a scrapped scene where he states that he became accredited via an internet college.invoked
    • When he reunites with the Three Caballeros, he is shown to be a talented musician. He plays stand-up bass and accordion very well, and was shown to be a talented guitarist when he was younger. He just couldn't overcome his dreadful singing voice.
    • On top of majoring in Public Speaking, being a trained Accountant, a talented musician, and the most daring adventurer in the world, he has enough of a silver tongue to easily utilize Reverse Psychology to get the kids to arrive precisely when he wanted them to.
    • According to Angones, Donald's houseboat was originally a tugboat he captained at an old job. When he was fired after it accidentally blew up, he took the wreckage and rebuilt it into his houseboat using only scrap pieces and things he bought at the hardware store.
    • He's naturally talented at ventriloquism, and changing his voice, since, when Della and the kids found him on a deserted island, he plays ventriloquist to a watermelon Mickey Mouse, and does a dead on impression despite his speech impediment.
  • High-Pressure Emotion: A clear sign that Donald's rage levels have gone from angry to furious is when his head turns red, usually accompanied by the sound of a whistling kettle.
  • Honorary Uncle: This Duckburg Life podcast episode "Adventure Calls" reveals he is one to Webby in spite of their minimal interaction onscreen.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: He has no desire to go back to adventuring and just wants a normal stable job to support his nephews. Unfortunately for him, living with Scrooge kind of puts a damper on that though he starts to grow out of it after talking to Goofy about accepting his family's adventuring lifestyle in Quack Pack.
  • I Will Show You X!: In "The Shadow War" on Donald’s voice:

    Dewey: Completely unintelligible.

    Donald: I'll show you unintelligible!

  • Iron Butt Monkey: For all of the times Donald gets beaten, burned, pummeled, punched, tossed and turned... nothing seems to keep him down for very long. Even being lit on fire and fighting against the forces of darkness hardly fazes him anymore.
  • Irony: He majored in Public Speaking but hardly anyone can understand him.
  • It Runs in the Family: Both his skills as an adventurer, and his explosive strength when he is really angry, are seen from Scrooge himself in The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck, meaning Donald takes after his Uncle's side of the family.


  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Overbearing and hot-tempered, but he is devoted to his nephews and is a pretty decent fellow.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Donald had every reason to be angry at Della for stealing the Spear of Selene for a trip into space. Aside from the fact it was a dangerous untested prototype, Della was about to become a mother to three kids. Risking her life for the thrill of adventure in spite of that is completely irresponsible. Scrooge eventually shares Donald's sentiments, saying the same thing about her.
  • Jerkass Realization: He has it when Mrs. Beakley calls him and the boys out for leaving Scrooge. He's been noticing how depressed the boys have been since learning about the Spear of Selene, and how frantic Webby and Launchpad are. He also realizes that Scrooge was also hurting over Della's disappearance, and that he was just as much to blame for their initial falling out. He decides to abort the move to Cape Suzette, and reconcile with Scrooge.
  • Kid Hero All Grown Up: He and Della were Scrooge's main adventuring partners prior to the Spear of Selene incident, even going back to when they were the same age as the triplets and Webby.
  • The Leader: Takes up this role in "The Shadow War" and comes up with a well-devised plan to defeat Magica showing he isn't all brawn but can lead as well.
  • Lethal Chef: He isn't much better than Huey. He tries to make anchovies on crackers; Webby tries one and has to spit it out.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: While he may get hurt, Donald will leap into action if someone or something threatens his nephews.
    • Best shown in the pilot when he uses a shield to protect an impulsive Dewey from a booby trap in Atlantis.
    • Shown again in "The Shadow War!" where he sets up the entire plan to stop Magica, including using reverse psychology on the kids, and takes down an entire army of shadow warriors, including Gizmo-duck's shadow, all by himself.
  • Love at First Sight: Played with. He's clearly briefly enthralled when he first sees Daisy Duck from a distance, but dismisses it with a "whatever." It's not until he gets to know her a bit that the feelings start sticking.
  • Made of Iron: In the climax of "The House of the Lucky Gander!", Donald charges headlong through the bars of a giant pachinko machine. Straight up. They don't even slow him down.
  • Magnetic Hero: During the second part of the Season 1 finale, "The Shadow War!", Donald gets equipped with Barkisan voice modular, and quickly becomes this. It turns out when his voice is actually intelligible, he turns into a competent and badass leader.
  • Male Might, Female Finesse: He and Daisy both have some degree of Unstoppable Rage but use it in different ways when fighting. Where Donald fights like a berserker and relies on extreme speed and strength to do damage, Daisy is much more precise and tactical, aiming for weak points like joints to disable a stronger opponent and making heavy use of objects as weapons.
  • Meaningful Echo: Donald's repeated line of "Someone always gets hurt" in "The Spear of Selene!" becomes "Nobody gets hurt today."
  • Mock Millionaire: He gets to be one in "The Town Where Everyone Was Nice!", claiming that he is a successful businessman running his uncle's company to impress his old friends José and Panchito.
  • Mr. Vice Guy: His bad luck and the problems his speech impediment has given him has left him with a Hair-Trigger Temper. In "What Ever Happened to Donald Duck?!", it is revealed that the moment he became a father to his orphaned nephews, he had learned to channel his anger into a zeal to protect them from anything that could hurt them.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Donald has a small build, but that doesn't stop him from taking on, and taking out, much larger opponents. Especially if they menace his family.
  • My Beloved Smother: Donald is super safety conscious when it comes to the boys, to the point he won't even let them walk around the houseboat without a life vest.
    • To be fair, the triplets are prone to getting into trouble, so his overprotectiveness isn't unwarranted.
  • My Greatest Failure: Donald's conversation with Storkules paints Della's loss this way.
  • Nephewism: It is implied that Scrooge was like a father to Donald and his sister Della growing up. The fact that their parents passed away many years ago likely had something to do with it.invoked
  • Nervous Wreck: Being chronically unemployed and raising three highly adventurous and mischievous kids has taken its toll on the poor guy.
  • Never My Fault: He blames Scrooge for tearing his family apart even though he was the one who made the choice to leave and keep his nephews cut off from not only Scrooge, but basically everyone else in his family. It takes Beakley's What the Hell, Hero? speech to finally see how he had much to blame and decided to make amends with Scrooge.
  • Nice Hat: His sailor hat.
  • Nice Mean And Inbetween: In the Duck Cousins trio, Donald is the goodhearted but bad-tempered In-Between to Gladstone's Mean and Fethry's Nice.
  • Nobody Loves the Bassist: Played stand-up bass in the Three Caballeros and is legendarily unlucky.
  • Not So Above It All: As much of an Overprotective Dad he is in this series, José reveals in "The Town Where Everyone was Nice!" that when the triplets were still in their eggs, Donald attempted to juggle them on a bet (and actually dropped one).
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Scrooge and Donald's reaction when they realize they are on Ithaquack.
    • On seeing Magica brought to full strength, he says "Aww, phooey".
    • When he realizes that Storkules is his tenant.
  • One-Man Army: When provoked, it doesn't matter how many opponents you send after him, he will bulldoze through them. Even if it's a literal army of shadows, one of which has Gizmoduck's armor.
  • Only Sane Man: Between Della's desire to travel and Scrooge's need for adventure, Donald was the only duck in the trio who tried to remind everyone that Della's three triplets were on the way, and it wasn't a good time to go adventuring. This resulted in a pretty huge argument between him and Della.
  • OOC Is Serious Business:
    • During "Day Trip of Doom!" when Donald finally comes to Beakley for help, he's frantic and to the point rather than shunning her due to pride. In turn, she stops smiling on realizing the danger of the situation. Later Donald, Overprotective Dad and Nervous Wreck, leaps on the two Beagle Boys and beats the tar out of them.
    • Donald hates adventure and doesn't have the best relationship with Scrooge, but he agrees that everyone needs to work together to take Magica down. So he takes charge, makes a decent plan to defeat Magica, and even Beakley cedes authority to him.
    • A good way to make him sad is to reference his sister Della, or the Spear of Selene. Donald just shuts down at the mere mention of either. He still hasn't coped well with her loss, or how she abandoned her children, even if by accident, by "borrowing" the Spear.
  • Out of Focus: In Season One. He's technically a main character, but he doesn't show up much only making scattered appearances so far after the premiere. This is justified in a way since Donald hates adventuring after what happened to Della, but since he's such a worry-wort you'd except him to tag along more. Even as he does show up more in the season's second half it's often only for very brief throwaway gags that have no importance on the plot. Word of God eventually explained that the reason he's frequently absent is that he's been trying to repair the houseboat so he and the nephews can move back to the marina, something subsequently confirmed in-universe in The Last Crash of the Sunchaser!.
    • This is at first averted in Season Two, where he begins to show up and be part of the plot more... but then halfway through the season, he's temporarily Put on a Bus (his family thinks he's off on a luxury cruise; in reality he's first imprisoned on the Moon and then stranded on a desert island) and only appears in one episode after that before he returns properly in the two-parter finale.
  • Pale Females, Dark Males: With Daisy. When both are next to each other, Donald's feathers are dingier than Daisy's.
  • Pals with Jesus: Storkules, a Greek demigod, considers Donald his best friend.
  • Papa Wolf: Wherever his three nephews are concerned. If they're in danger, it doesn't matter what Donald has to do; he'll protect them.
    • In the theme song, while Scrooge is driving the family through a raging storm, he shoves a life jacket onto the three of them before pirates abduct him.
    • In "Woo-Oo!" when he, Dewey, and Scrooge are stuck in flooding treasure room, Donald starts trying to plug leaks all the leaks he can (and gets stuck in one) while Dewey is sitting on a floating chest. Donald doesn't stop or even try to free himself until Dewey convinces him that they're better off letting the room flood. Donald's willing to drown if it means buying Dewey a little more time.
    • In "Daytrip of Doom," the second he learns that the Beagle Boys have taken the nephews hostage in an attempt to ransom them, he flies into Unstoppable Rage and attacks Burger and Bouncer, both of whom are larger, and Bouncer clearly more muscular. They fail to stand a chance against him.
    • In "The Shadow War" he yells "get away from my kids!" right before singlehandedly defeating a group of Magica de Spell's shadow monsters. One of which was using Gizmoduck's powered armor.
    • In "The Town Where Everyone was Nice!", he's enraged when he sees the Man-Eating Plant attacking the kids, using the Three Caballeros' music to save them and Scrooge. And when his singing voice is killing the plant, he sings louder.
    • In "Whatever Happened to Donald Duck?!", it's revealed that he's been learning to channel his fury into protective instincts for the triplets, and Lunaris learns this first-hand when he threatens the boys... triggering Donald to be literally red with rage.
    • In "The Last Adveture!", he pauses his vacation plans when informed by Dewey and Louie that their brother Huey is missing.
  • Parental Substitute: He's the triplets' Uncle, but may as well be a Single Dad as far as all four of them are concerned. It later turns out that Donald was actually the one who raised them from birth as Della had disappeared shortly before the boys hatched from their eggs. Even before Della's disappearance, the boys' father was nowhere to be seen, and Donald was already filling the void.
  • Parting Words Regret: It's implied the last thing he said to Della was a What the Hell, Hero? about how she wanted to travel into space when her eggs were due to hatch and needed a mother. Then he woke up one day and found out she disappeared flying an untested rocket ship.
  • Phrase Catcher: Donald's status as The Unintelligible means that when he speaks to non-family members, he usually triggers some variant of "what did he say?" Downplayed compared to how often he caused this in DuckTales (1987).
  • Polar Opposite Twins: In terms of their motifs, Donald feels more at home at the sea, hence why he lived in a houseboat. Della feels more at home in the sky, which is why she's a pilot.
  • Properly Paranoid: He is overprotective, but on the other hand this is a world where magic and monsters are real, and the boys seem to think they're invincible. Dewey seems to be the ringleader for trouble.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: After seeing that Louie wants to hang out with Gladstone, Donald acquiesces on the condition that he comes along.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • After Gladstone wins two cars and invites Donald to play, Donald says that he doesn't want to gamble anymore. He says he knows that Gladstone is the Cool Uncle, while Donald is the Butt-Monkey and the harried caretaker, but Gladstone doesn't have to rub it in.
    • Later, when they're all prisoners of Liu Hai, Donald calls out Gladstone for lying about the danger he put the family in, even though they willingly came to help him.
  • The Resenter: He hates Gladstone who has great luck, while he has horrible luck when they are together.
  • Retired Badass: Even more so than Scrooge, who still exhibits trinkets and trophies from his adventuring days. Donald has no such relics and never told his nephews about his past as "one of the most daring adventurers of all time", and as bad as his present life is, doesn't seem to miss it. "The Spear of Selene!" has him outright say that he no longer wants to adventure and that he doesn't want to be a hero.
  • Reverse Psychology: In "The Shadow War" he knew very well that the boys would go straight to the bin after he told them not to. Louie lampshades it when he realizes.
  • Rousing Speech: In "The Shadow War" he begins to say one about how "Ducks never back down", but his voice makes it impossible for the others to understand it, let alone take him seriously. Then Gyro gives him the Barksian voice modulator, which enables him to give the speech in a clearer, more heroic-sounding voice. (Specifically, that of Don Cheadle.)
  • Screaming Warrior: Whenever he decides "Let's Get Dangerous!," he goes into an Unstoppable Rage. When he goes into said Unstoppable Rage, a good indicator is him screaming his lungs out. Up to Eleven when he was so freaking pissed that he screamed a spectral tiger out of existence.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
    • In "McMystery at McDuck McManor!" as soon as Donald realizes it's Scrooge's birthday, he runs outside to his car and takes off. Scrooge is such a Birthday Hater that Donald knows throwing a party for Scrooge is just going to mean trouble.
    • In "The Spear of Selene" he attempts to leave as well, and spends the second half of the episode trying to get past the electric cage.
    • In the backstory, he took the triplets and left the mansion after Della got lost in space, too angry to notice or care about Scrooge's frantic and desperate attempts to get her back.
    • In "Last Christmas!" when he walks in everyone's Blame Game on who put up the giant Santa animatronic in Scrooge's mansion, he takes notice and backtracks without making a comment.
  • Seen It All: Often remarkably unruffled and unconcerned with weird and crazy things, even as a kid, thanks to growing up as Scrooge's ward with Della.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: In keeping with the dramatic stakes in "The Shadow War", Donald's unintelligible voice is lampshaded when he tries to rally the McDucks and allies, so Gyro forcefeeds Donald a voice modulator that translates his words into clear speech. Beakley is utterly surprised at how competent he is at devising a plan and giving badass one-liners.

    Beakley: Get ready for a storm.

    Donald:(with a Badass Baritone voice, spinning a harpoon gun) I am the storm.

    Beakley: Seriously, have you been saying things like that this whole time?

  • So What Do We Do Now?: After going on so many adventures, Scrooge, Donald, and Della had run out of places on Earth to explore. Della's solution was to take the next step and go exploring in outer space.
  • Spanner in the Works: Is a minor one in season two for Lunaris' plans. Due to the Moonlanders capturing Donald, Penumbra is convinced to undergo a Heel–Face Turn after they both investigate Lunaris's plans and learn that he's been planning to destroy the Earth for decades. While Donald's warning transmission to Earth is misunderstood, Penumbra ends up being crucial in defeating Lunaris during the season finale.
  • Speech-Impaired Animal: As per his classic voice, which is canonically addressed as difficult to understand. In the season one finale, "Shadow Wars", he gets a voice modulator from Gyro Gearloose that fixed his voice. He doesn't get to keep it, but he does temporarily get it back during "Quack Pack" as part of his wish for a normal family. In his youth, he was fairly easy to understand, so his impediment only got worse into adulthood.
  • Speech-Impeded Love Interest: Donald becomes romantically interested in Daisy and she's the only one to fully understand his difficult speech patterns.
  • Tragic Keepsake: His Christmas sweater was a Christmas gift Della gave him as children. At the time, it was too big for him, but he grew into it and wears it as an adult every Christmas.
  • Through a Face Full of Fur: Despite being covered in feathers, whenever Donald goes into Berserk Mode, his face turns red with rage.
  • This Is Gonna Suck:
    • In "Woo-oo!" he is not happy about having to leave the boys with Scrooge, but he doesn't have a choice.
    • Donald is also not thrilled at seeing Dewey about to walk through laser triggers that activate jets of fire to cross over a rickety bridge, or at getting his butt stuck in an attempt to stop gallons of water pouring into the treasure room.

    Donald: Oh no.

  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: The flashback to Donald as a little boy in "The House of Lucky Gander" shows him greatly resembling the triplets at their age. Then again, the triplets are the children of his twin sister.
  • The Unfavorite: Due to his intangible bad luck Donald sees himself this way as nothing good ever happens to him.
  • The Unintelligible: Donald's babbling is, of course, very tough for the viewer to understand, and even In-Universe, lots of people can't understand him. "Shadow Wars" has The Reveal that even his nephews rarely understand more than 1 word in 3, and rely heavily on context clues to be able to follow him when he talks.
    • Subverted in the same episode; Gyro Gearloose loses his patience with Donald's voice and stuffs a vocal modulator down his throat, which allows Donald to speak like a normal duck (if temporarily).
    • Scrooge, having spent decades exploring with him, can at least understand his non-verbal cues fairly well, which he exploits the heck out of during charades.
    • Averted when he was young. Even as a pre-teen, Donald had a gravelly, screechy voice, but was far more understandable. Though it just got worse as time went on.
    • "Whatever Happened To Donald Duck" has his therapist reveal this is the other half of the source of his rage. On top of being a Cosmic Plaything, Donald feels that the world literally doesn't understand him.
    • "Quack Pack" shows part of Donald's wish involves him having the voice the modulator Gyro gave him during "Shadow Wars". This, and the gesture Donald makes when he gets his original voice back, implies that even Donald hates his own voice and feels insecure about it.
    • Daisy stands out for being the only person who fully understands him and finds his singing voice to be beautiful, the latter of which is shown to be perfectly normal when briefly depicted from her point of view in "Louie's Eleven".
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Pretty much Donald's approach to a fight as he utilizes his Hair-Trigger Temper in order to go all out without the usage of any wits or knowledge of the enemy's weakness and then proceeds to pummel them mercilessly. This works about half the time and even allows him to overpower a demigod.
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: In "The Shadow War" he told the boys to stay put on the docks and not follow him. However, this was Reverse Psychology and that the part he didn't tell them was actually the part the boys had to figure out on the way.
  • Unstoppable Rage:
    • While Donald's often prone to fits of anger, the Beagle Boys learn the hard way it's an especially bad idea to kidnap his nephews, as he viciously attacks Burger and Bouncer when he confronts them. Lunaris threatening to target them in "What Ever Happened to Donald Duck?!" triggers an even greater burst of fury.
    • He then proceeds to beat his cousin Gladstone in a race against a luck vampire where he was able to steamroll through certain obstacles and scream a spectral tiger out of existence.
    • A Wendigo pays dearly when it breaks Donald's guitar. Donald is around 10 to 12 years old at the time and still beats him to the ground.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Storkules. He considers Donald to be his best friend, but, at least until the end of Storkules's introduction, Donald considers him an acquaintance at best.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Because of his trademark screechy, barely-intelligible voice, it's easy for even enemies and allies who know better to partake in Underestimating Badassery. When Gyro gives him a voice-changer gadget, his suddenly more authoritative voice reveals that he's been saying utterly badass things all the time, but no one understood him, even when he was backing them up.
  • Vocal Evolution:
    • Donald's voice is a lot more comprehensible this time around. The original DuckTales was made only three years into Tony Anselmo's tenure as Donald, so he was still new to the voice and hadn't quite found his footing with it. Thirty years later, and Anselmo's Donald has long since come into its own.
    • In-universe, Gyro forces this on him in the season one finale by stuffing a voice modulator down his throat, resulting in him being voiced by Don Cheadle without any trace of his classic animated "accent".
  • We Need a Distraction: In "The Shadow War" he orders Gyro, Manny and Li'l Bulb to distract Magica from the bridge, and for Launchpad to deliberately crash into the shadows in the sky. Both are so he and Mrs Beakley can maneuver his boat around the back.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • He is understandably furious at Scrooge for taking the boys on a dangerous adventure to Atlantis after he promised Donald he would keep them safe while Donald was at his job.
    • Donald calls out Gladstone for putting everyone in danger to free himself, rubbing his luck in everyone's faces, and making him look bad in front of the nephews.
    • Donald in the past called out Della for wanting to go into space when her children were about to hatch.
  • What You Are in the Dark: He never told his nephews that he used to be a successful adventurer, let alone "the most daring adventurer of all time." He's obviously good at it, Butt-Monkey bad luck aside, but he would rather make sure his job would keep him alive and the boys safe.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: While he is the one who named his nephews Hubert, Llewellyn, and Dewford Deuteronomy Dingus, he had this reaction to Della's original intended names for the boys. She wished them to be named Jet, Rebel, and Turbo. She even wrote the names down because of Donald's pronunciation problem. He still ignored it.
  • World's Best Warrior: Webby holds him on a pedestal as one of the most daring adventurers in the world. Likewise, Stokules considers him one of the greatest as well.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: At the end of "The Golden Spear!", his family and Storkules give him a long, relaxing vacation on a cruise. But then the Spear of Selene finally returns to Earth, and when he goes to look for Della, he accidentally activates the rocket and is blasted off into space. To rub salt to the wound, he lands on the moon where Lunaris has manipulated the entire planet into thinking that Della was the first wave of an Earth attack and sics the Moonlanders on Donald.

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  • Clinton Coot (Great-Grandfather)
  • Gertrude Gadwall (Great-Grandmother)
  • "Dirty" Dingus McDuck (Great-Grandfather)
  • Molly Mallard (Great-Grandmother)
  • Quagmire McDuck (Great-Great-Uncle)
  • Humperdink Duck (Grandfather)
  • Elvira Coot (Grandmother)
  • Fergus McDuck (Grandfather)
  • Downy O'Drake (Grandmother)
  • Jake McDuck (Great-Uncle)
  • Angus "Pothole" McDuck (Great-Uncle)
  • Quackmore Duck (Father)
  • Hortense McDuck (Mother)
  • Scrooge McDuck (Uncle)
  • Matilda McDuck (Aunt)
  • Daphne Duck (Aunt)
  • Goostave Gander (Uncle)
  • Eider Duck (Uncle)
  • Lulubelle Loon (Aunt)
  • Della Duck (Twin sister)
  • Gladstone Gander (Cousin)
  • Fethry Duck (Cousin)
  • Abner "Whitewater" Duck (Cousin)
  • Huey Duck (Nephew)
  • Dewey Duck (Nephew)
  • Louie Duck (Nephew)


  • Adventurer
  • Sailor
  • Garage band musician (former)
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Donald Duck  is one of the main character of DuckTales.

He is the nephew of Scrooge McDuck and is the uncle of Huey, Dewey, and Louie.


Donald is a white duck. He's about five feet tall. He wears the black sailor suit he wore in the comics as opposed to his usual blue from previous cartoons.


Family is more important to Donald than anything else. As a result, Donald can be overprotective of his nephews. Donald's temper is easily lost. Donald is also fiercely determined, refusing to give up on anything in spite of the fact that his bad luck sets incredibly high odds against him.

Donald loves music. He played the guitar when he was a kid, and when he grew up, he started a band with his college friends, José Carioca and Panchito Pistoles.

Donald likes black liquorice.[1]


See Donald Duck/History


Scrooge McDuck

Uncle Scrooge needs us, and we need him. Our family has been apart too long. It's time for us to come together!
~ — Donald Duck

Scrooge raised Donald and Della since they were kids. They went on many adventures together, until Della took the Spear of Selene for a test flight before Scrooge was ready to give it to her and crash landed on the moon. Donald blamed Scrooge for building her the rocket and it was years before Donald and Scrooge spoke to each other again.

When Donald was desperate for a babysitter, he resorted to Scrooge. Donald saw how well the triplets handled themselves in the adventure Scrooge involved them in. He realised that keeping Huey, Dewey, and Louie out of trouble was an impossibility, so the safest thing he could do for them is let Scrooge teach them how to get out of trouble.

When the triplets heard the full story behind Della Duck's disappearance, they too blamed Scrooge. After Mrs. Beakley, Webby, and Launchpad tried convincing Donald, Huey, Dewey, and Louie to forgive Scrooge, Donald was the first one to forgive him.

When the family had a game night, Scrooge chose Donald for his partner. Though the two argued, they made a very good team and beat Dewey and Webby at everything.

Della Duck

I promise we'll never spend another Christmas apart.
~ Donald Duck to Della

Donald and Della were raised by Scrooge. When Donald was a kid, he went through a phase where he thought he was too mature to spend time with his sister. Dewey (who had time travelled to Donald's and Della's childhood from the future) convinced Donald to spend more time with Della.

Donald and Della went on many adventures with Scrooge. Ultimately, Della had seen so much of the world that she turned to the stars for new adventures for her and her sons. Donald attempted to talk her out of this as it was too risky. Della went anyway and got lost in a cosmic storm. This deeply affected Donald, causing Donald to become overprotective of his nephews.

Huey, Dewey, and Louie

Get away from my kids!
~ Donald Duck

Donald first met Dewey when Dewey travelled back to Donald's childhood. They fought a wendigo together, and Dewey convinced Donald to spend more time with Della.

Ever since Della was lost in space, Donald has been his nephews' guardian. Donald has been very careful to avoid any more of his loved ones getting hurt in an adventure. For 10 years, Donald kept the triplets away from Scrooge. Eventually, Donald resigned himself to the fact that the triplets will get into trouble no matter what he does, so the safest thing is to let Scrooge teach them how to get out of trouble.

Whenever anyone attacks or endangers Huey, Dewey, and Louie (the Beagle Boys, Magica De Spell's shadows, etc.) Donald goes into a berserker rage.

Donald was very hurt when the triplets all thought Gladstone Gander was cooler than him, especially Louie. Donald was about to give up when Gladstone was beating him in a competition set by the luck vampire Toad Liu Hai (the loser must be his prisoner), but a pep talk from Louie motivated Donald to win.

When Magica De Spell was attacking Duckburg to get revenge on Scrooge, Donald showed significant character development by using reverse psychology to encourage the kids to help him fight the shadows at the Money Bin.

Gladstone Gander

He's the worst! Just the worst!

Donald resents Gladstone for his good luck. Everything that can go wrong for Donald will go wrong, and he has to struggle for everything; Gladstone gets everything handed to him on a silver platter. Additionally, Donald is concerned that the triplets think Gladstone is cooler than him. But Donald will always help his family when they need him, even Gladstone.

Fethry Duck

Fethry frequently calls Donald and Scrooge to come see anything he finds interesting at Scrooge's deep sea laboratory. This invariably leads to a zany adventure (with its fair share of explosions), only for Donald and Scrooge to not even be impressed with what Fethry called them to see. Nevertheless, Fethry identifies himself as Donald's favorite cousin (and since the alternative is Gladstone Gander, Fethry may be right).


  • 'Aww, phooey!'
  • 'What's the big idea?!'
  • I say go, but you say stay; don't you tell me what to do!/Can't understand a word I say, so PHOOEY! PHOOEY! PHOOEY ON YOOOUUU!
  • 'I'll deck your halls, you big palooka!'
  • 'Boys, if we want to keep our home afloat, we've all got to do things we don't want to do.'
  • 'We have to get back to the plane! You don't know what's out there.'
  • 'No, no, no! I'm through with adventure! Someone always gets hurt!'
  • 'Hey, you big palooka! Nobody gets hurt today!'
  • 'Uncle Scrooge needs us, and we need him. Our family has been apart too long. It's time for us to come together!'
  • 'Adventure is in our blood! We face down perilous foes and endless danger every day! But we always prevail, because these. Ducks. Don't. Back. Down!'
  • 'I am the storm.'
  • 'Get away from my kids!'


See Donald Duck/Gallery


  • Along with Ludwig Von Drake, Quackerjack, and Darkwing Duck, Donald Duck is one of the only characters to be voiced by his actor from Ducktales (1987) and Darkwing Duck.
  • Donald's middle name is Fauntleroy
  • In the second part of The Shadow War ,Donald's voice after swallowing the voice box is voiced by Don Cheadle who played Rhodey in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.



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