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Della Duck, occasionally referred to as Dumbella Duck or Thelma Duck, is Donald Duck's sister and the daughter of Hortense McDuck and Quackmore Duck. She is the mother of Huey, Dewey, and Louie, Donald's triplet nephews.
Della was very cheerful, upbeat, optimistic and adventurous. In many ways, her sunshine demeanor was in contrast of her brothers more pessimistic outlook on life. Della was very boisterous and playful, and has been shown to be fond of pulling pranks on her brother and teasing him. She was also a skilled fight, capable of defeating multiple vikings at once by herself, with her weapon of choice seemingly being a bo staff. Della was also very caring and affectionate, always trying to protect her family on their adventures together.
An awful lot of Della's history is unknown, except she and her brother Donald used to accompany their uncle Scrooge McDuck on dangerous adventures up until 10 years prior to Woo-oo!. However for unknown reasons, Della took something called The Spear of Selene from Scrooge without asking and she vanished.
The Golden Chicken
- Main article: Old Montemplumage Had a Chicken!
At some point in the past, Della and Donald accompanied Uncle Scrooge on an expedition to an ancient civilization in the Gulf of Mexico that was formerly ruled by the mighty Montemplumage. While in the temple, the group came across an ancient article that resembled a chicken in a cage. As they go to inspect the artifact, it came to life and began to attack the group. Donald tried to distract the chicken while Della and Scrooge went to find some way to stop it. The two came across a room filled with hieroglyphic writing and work together to solve it. The two work together and quickly solve the puzzle, only for Cacao Beans to drop out of the stone heads that line the walls. However, they soon realize the beans are actually magical and cause whatever eats them to shrink. With this new found knowledge, Della and Scrooge convince the Golden Chicken to eat the beans and trap it in its cage afterwards. Later, the three enjoy a train ride back home with Della keeping Donald in an earthenware pot.
Vikings of Doom Valley
- Main article: A Viking at My Door!
After hearing of reports of Sheep appearing in Chinese restaurants all across Duckburg, Della Duck, Scrooge McDuck and Donald Duck all sought off to figure out what the cause of a strange occurrence was. While traveling through the desert, the three do come across an ancient Viking village that Scrooge theorized may have been where Hilarius Goosesson led his vikings to countless years ago. While marveling at the village, Della and the others were attacked by the Vikings. Della however, handily defeats the vikings and disarmed their leader, Hilda Goosesson. Della informed the Vikings that they didn't come to fight. Hilda described their plight, in how their magical sheep were losing power given the hot and dry temperature, to Della, who took sympathy. With the help of Scrooge, Della and her family managed to save the viking settlement by cooling the goats with industrial grade refrigerators, which were so efficient that the vikings would've have their magical power for 1000 years to come. However, in the process, they freeze Donald solid. Sometime later, Della, Donald and Scrooge are traveling to Iceland as Scrooge plays with the goat he received as a pet in the village.
- Main article: Cheating like Nostradogmus
While in Provence, France, Della, Scrooge and Donald head into Nostradogmus's Castle in order to discover his treasure, the time-traveling jellybeans! Della quickly discovered the six remaining jellybeans, which were hidden in a painting of Nostradogmus's cookies. As she discovered the jellybeans, she and her family were confronted by the ghost of Nostradogmus himself who attempted to trap the three ducks. He activated a trap door which they fell into, but Della ate the beans and traveled in the past in order to save her relatives. As they escaped Nostradogmus, they entered a room with stone dragon heads shooting water at them. Traveling back in time, they took refuge in a near by armory, but the armor contained ghosts adorned in classical armor ready to skewer them. Traveling back in time once again, they find a near by bed room which they decided to rest in. However as they were resting, Della noticed flaming boulders traveling towards them. Using the beans to travel back again, they're met with Nostradogmus, who sicked an army of ghost dogs on them. Using their second-to-last jellybean, Scrooge formulated a plan. Having Donald bake Nostradogmus's cookies, they were able to beat him at his own game and left the castle with the last jellybean safely in their possession. Della and Scrooge drive away and take Donald, who was baked into a giant cookie, to Duckburg Elementary so that the students could eat him out of the giant cookie.
Della's disappearance obviously had quite the effect on her loved ones. Before her disappearance, Scrooge was shown to be a more jovial, fun-loving and generous duck who relished in adventure and helped those in need whenever he could, but after her vanishing, he was shown to be much more bitter and rather jaded. Likewise, Donald grew estranged from his uncle after her disappearance and much of his adventurous spirit died down. Due to her disappearance, Donald had to raise her sons by himself.
After discovering a painting of his mother, Dewey became quite interested in unraveling the mystery of what happened to his mother.
Skills and Abilities
Della Duck was a very skilled adventurer and competent in most tasks she participated in. She was an expert staff user, managing to defeat several vikings at once wit ease. She was also very quick-witted and intelligent, although not as much as her uncle. Perhaps one of Della's greatest strengths was her perseverance and bravery, it seemed like no task was to great for Della to overcome, or to at least attempt. Della was also sown to be a good people's person, capable of getting angry individuals to calm down with select words.
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- Woo-oo! (mentioned; pictured)
- The Great Dime Chase! (mentioned; pictured)
- The Spear of Selene! (seen through the sphere of Selene)
- Old Montemplumage Had a Chicken
- A Viking at My Door!
- Cheating like Nostradogmus
- Beware of the Phenomenal Pumpkin People!
- Huey, Dewey, and Louie's first comic appearance, Della, pronounces their names in a different order. She calls them Louie, Huey, and Dewey. This is one of the few time the nephews are listed in a different order.
- Della Duck will make her animation debut in the new DuckTales.
- Della's pilot attire may be a reference to her occupation in the comics and a parallel to her brother's sailor attire.
- In the episode "The Spear of Selene!" she, Scrooge and Donald are friends of the Greek Gods especially Selene's friend.
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