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Donald Fauntleroy Duck is a main character of the 2017 DuckTales series and Huey, Dewey and Louie's uncle and guardian, and Scrooge's nephew. is a character created by Walt Disney. He is a white, anthropomorphic duck of light blue eyes with a yellow-orange bill, legs, and feet. He usually wears a sailor shirt, cap and a red or black bow tie, but no trousers at all. He is presented as a best friend to Mickey Mouse, whom he sometimes envies.

Background

Personality

Donald Duck is a very caring duck, who loves his nephews as if they were his own children and will do anything to protect them from harms way, even by putting himself in danger, such as when he protected Dewey from the fiery death traps of Atlantis. Although a loving uncle, Donald is very overprotective of his nephews, to the point where he feels uncomfortable leaving them alone for a few hours. Despite this, when he realizes how happy they are when they adventure with Scrooge McDuck, he conceded and let them stay with his adventurous uncle.

Donald is considered boring by his nephews, but he was actually quite the adventurer in his younger years, teaming up with his sister, Della Duck and Scrooge McDuck on an untold amount of daring adventures. Donald has shown signs of altruism and compassion for others, such as when he, albeit hesitantly, allowed Flintheart Glomgold's henchmen access to the submarine while Atlantis was falling apart. Although generally kind-hearted, Donald has a violent temper that can be set off on the moments notice.

Biography

Early Life

S1E6 Donald and Gander as kids

Donald and Gladstone as children

Not much is known of Donald's childhood. He grew up with his cousin, Gladstone Gander and the two spent a lot of time together growing up. Despite this, the two never had a healthy relationship with one another. Donald was always jealous of Gladstones luck and laziness, while Gladstone was often inconsiderate with Donald, rarely, if ever, thinking of his cousins feelings or showing empathy for his cousins unluckiness.[1] Donald had a close relationship with his sister, despite their opposite personalities and the two appeared to have spent a lot of time together.

Early Adventures

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A painting depicting Donald's earlier adventures

Little is known of Donald's earlier history. At some point before the events of "Woo-oo!", he went on adventures with Scrooge McDuck and Della Duck, such as fighting pirates, hunting golden chickens, and other activities. However, after an unknown point, Donald stopped going on these adventures and drifted away from Scrooge in the process.

Raising Huey, Dewey and Louie

As the years went by, Donald raised Della's sons, Huey, Dewey and Louie and gained a bitter and strained relationship with Scrooge. Donald would struggle to find jobs in this portion of his life.[2] Still, he managed to provide for his nephews and they lived a fairly comfortable life living in his house boat.

Donald and his nephews moved around a lot, rarely staying in the same spot for long.[2][3]

The Little Lake Incident

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Donald giving a tour

One day, Donald is giving a tour of Little Lake, explaining the unique ecosystem to those on his boat. The tour goes successfully and Donald makes a profit, with an excess of tips. Happy and proud of how it turned out, Donald goes to his boat only to spot his nephews taking a canoe out to the lake. Donald scolds his nephews, telling them that it's dangerous, but the nephews plead with Donald, which eventually convince him to let them go canoeing, but only if they do it "his way".[2]

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The canoe getting electrocuted

Some hours later, Donald starts his next tour, which goes well at first, but is soon interrupted by a particularly obnoxious passenger named Dr. Ruffalo, who starts finishing Donald's sentences for him and generally becomes a nuisance. After an accident causes the boat to crash onto sharp rocks, Donald, his passengers and the boys are shipwrecked and make refuge on Little Lake Island. Donald is immediately worried for the safety of his nephews, but quickly grows angry when he realizes they wanted to go to the island in hopes of finding money and treasure. Scolding his nephews, Donald tells them if they want an adventure, they better walk three miles back to shore. However, Donald is once again interrupted by Ruffalo, who informs Donald of the "Porifera Elektricus", a species of electric sponge that emit strong electrical currents. Donald doesn't believe him, but shortly witnesses a bird getting electrocuted by said sponge. After the boys procure a canoe covered in life jackets, Donald thinks they're saved and rushes to test the canoe out, only for the canoe to be electrocuted on site as it enters the waters.

The group spent hours stuck on the island. Donald desperately called for help. Eventually, he got the attention of a helicopter. The helicopter flies the group to safety and later the pilot praises Donald for his "pipes", and offers him a job at his news station as a disaster reporter, causing Donald to freak out and run away.

Fixing Up Eagle's Pinky Toe Hotel

The Repeating Revenge of the Screaming Duck

Donald at Eagle's Pinky Toe Hotel

After quitting his job as a tour guide, Donald worked on fixing up a deserted hotel, in the Penguin Mountains. After allowing his nephews to wonder off, they meet famous director, Mallard Hitchcock. Huey, Dewey, Louie, and Mallard work on Mallard's newest movie. When Mallard hears Donald scream, he decides to make him the star of the movie. Mallard sets up the ghosts to scare Donald. In the end, Mallard decides he would rather be a monster hunter instead of director, and invites Donald to come with him to Transylvania, and Donald freaks out again.

Appearances

Shorts (17%)

  • Donald's Birthday!

Season 1 (38%)

Comics (100%)

Relationships

Della Duck

Della is Donald's sister. Before her mysterious disappearance, Scrooge and Della would often go on adventures together with their uncle Scrooge.[4][5][6] The two were shown to have a somewhat strained relationship, Della would often tease Donald, and apparently called him a "chicken" several times in their past. Their relationship was made complicated further by their contrasting personalities, Della being much more cheerful, happy-go-lucky, adventurous and rambunctious while Donald was more pessimistic, ill-tempered. Nonetheless, the two cared deeply for one another. When Della freed the Golden Chicken and the bird went berserk, Donald didn't hesitate to attack the creature and get it away from his sister, likewise when the bird began to attack Donald, Della showed concern for her brother and tried to find a way to stop the chicken.

Huey, Dewey and Louie

Huey, Dewey and Louie, often shortened as just "The Boys" are the children of Della Duck and Donald's nephews. After Della's mysterious disappearance, Donald took care of the boys and raised them as if they were his own. As such, he's a caring and loving uncle, but also overprotective and strict. He values the safety of the boys above all else and will do anything to protect them, even risking his own life.

Scrooge McDuck

Donald is Scrooge McDuck's nephew. About 10 years before the events of Woo-oo!, Donald went on many adventures with Scrooge, along side with Della. Donald and Scrooge, had not talked to each other since then, and Donald had never told Huey, Dewey, and Louie about Scrooge being their uncle. After Donald's home was destroyed, he is willing to move in with Scrooge, and allows Huey, Dewey, and Louie to continue to go on adventures with Scrooge.

Bentina Beakley

Donald Duck first met Mrs. Beakley at the end of Woo-oo! when Beakley talked to her granddaughter, Webby and allowed her to continue to go on adventures with Scrooge. Donald who watched this, then allowed gave his nephews permission to continue to go on adventures with Scrooge. In Daytrip of Doom! Donald and Beakley got into a fight over house rules. Later Beakley got onto Donald about breaking fire laws, and using up the water bill, causing Donald to order multiple generators for his boat, and Beakley making the remark "He is going to kill himself," and afterwards jokingly laughed. Beakley watched Donald set his boat on fire, and the whole time just sipped her tea. There first time working together wasn't until Donald showed her the ransom note that Beagle Boys had tossed at him. Later at the end of the episode Donald and Beakley were talking, and seemed to be getting along better then before.

Gladstone Gander

Donald and Gladstone knew each other as children.[1] In their childhood, Donald was still always cursed with bad luck and Gladstone with good luck. Donald dislikes Gladstone, because of his luck. In The House of the Lucky Gander! Donald goes along with Scrooge, his nephews, and Webby to save him, showing he stills cares about Gladstone he doesn't want harm to come to him. It is also known Gladstone wanted Donald's help specifically, because of his bad luck. Despite their rocky relationship, Gladstone appears to care about Donald and seemed to be genuinely worried for him when he was held trapped by the luck vampire.

Quotes

"Donald Duck is one of the most daring adventurers of all time!" -Webby Vanderquack[Source]

Trivia

  • Donald Duck has appeared in the most Comics.
  • Donald Duck has appeared in the least episodes, of all the main characters.
  • Donald can speak either a little bit of Spanish, or fluent Spanish.[7]
  • Donald finds it very difficult to pronounce Dewey's full name, Deuteronomy.

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 The House of the Lucky Gander!
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Big Trouble at Little Lake
  3. The Repeating Revenge of the Screaming Duck
  4. Woo-oo!
  5. Old Montemplumage Had a Chicken!
  6. A Viking at My Door!
  7. Daytrip of Doom!

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