History Characters / DisneyDucksComicUniverse

23rd Jul '16 4:21:57 PM nombretomado
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* BreakoutCharacter: He was introduced as just a wealthy miser uncle for DonaldDuck by CarlBarks, and took off in popularity to become a famous character in his own right.

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* BreakoutCharacter: He was introduced as just a wealthy miser uncle for DonaldDuck by CarlBarks, Creator/CarlBarks, and took off in popularity to become a famous character in his own right.



* EarlyBirdCameo: Though it may be a pure coincidence, a character closely resembling Scrooge made an appearence in the [[ClassicDisneyShorts short]] ''The Spirit of '43'' as Donald's "thrifty saver" conscience four years before Scrooge's actual debut in comics, though whether Scrooge as we know him was based on this character is presumably something that only CarlBarks himself would have known.

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* EarlyBirdCameo: Though it may be a pure coincidence, a character closely resembling Scrooge made an appearence appearance in the [[ClassicDisneyShorts short]] ''The Spirit of '43'' as Donald's "thrifty saver" conscience four years before Scrooge's actual debut in comics, though whether Scrooge as we know him was based on this character is presumably something that only CarlBarks Creator/CarlBarks himself would have known.



* NumberOneDime: TropeNamer, though whether he actually fits the trope varies from writer to writer -- CarlBarks and Creator/DonRosa portray the titular dime's only value as being sentimental (and, for Magica de Spell, sympathetic (or rather symbolic) - it's powerful because it belongs to Scrooge, it's not inherently magical), other writers avert the trope by making it a GoodLuckCharm.

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* NumberOneDime: TropeNamer, though whether he actually fits the trope varies from writer to writer -- CarlBarks Creator/CarlBarks and Creator/DonRosa portray the titular dime's only value as being sentimental (and, for Magica de Spell, sympathetic (or rather symbolic) - it's powerful because it belongs to Scrooge, it's not inherently magical), other writers avert the trope by making it a GoodLuckCharm.



* CharacterizationMarchesOn: They started out as absolute terrors who delighted in tormenting their uncle, but slowly became more sympathetic and mature, until they arguably acted more "grown-up" than Donald in most situations. This change was actually deliberately invoked by CarlBarks, who reasoned that the audience would tire of the boys if they never became anything other than mishchief-makers.

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* CharacterizationMarchesOn: They started out as absolute terrors who delighted in tormenting their uncle, but slowly became more sympathetic and mature, until they arguably acted more "grown-up" than Donald in most situations. This change was actually deliberately invoked by CarlBarks, Creator/CarlBarks, who reasoned that the audience would tire of the boys if they never became anything other than mishchief-makers.mischief-makers.



* TheWatson: Despite not actually being able to talk, he was created by CarlBarks to fulfill this very role: So that Gyro, in his solo stories, could have someone to talk to and explain things to. According to Barks, this seemed less depressing than constantly having Gyro alone and providing exposition through an InnerMonologue.

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* TheWatson: Despite not actually being able to talk, he was created by CarlBarks Creator/CarlBarks to fulfill this very role: So that Gyro, in his solo stories, could have someone to talk to and explain things to. According to Barks, this seemed less depressing than constantly having Gyro alone and providing exposition through an InnerMonologue.



* AscendedExtra: The fact that Quackfaster was mostly just a background character in CarlBarks's stories probably contributed to her inconsistent portrayals.

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* AscendedExtra: The fact that Quackfaster was mostly just a background character in CarlBarks's Creator/CarlBarks' stories probably contributed to her inconsistent portrayals.



-> The [[ScoutOut Scouting]] organization that Huey, Dewey and Louie are members of, created by CarlBarks as a parody of the Boy Scouts. There are, or at least there are implied to be, several thousand members of the Junior Woodchucks on a global basis, though the Duckburg troop is the oldest and original one. In most stories, HD&L are the only named characters in the organization, though several writers and artists have their own recurring background characters to fill out the ranks (with Italian stories actually having a fixed cast), plus a never-ending stream of troop leaders and generals with pompous and silly titles.

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-> The [[ScoutOut Scouting]] organization that Huey, Dewey and Louie are members of, created by CarlBarks Creator/CarlBarks as a parody of the Boy Scouts. There are, or at least there are implied to be, several thousand members of the Junior Woodchucks on a global basis, though the Duckburg troop is the oldest and original one. In most stories, HD&L are the only named characters in the organization, though several writers and artists have their own recurring background characters to fill out the ranks (with Italian stories actually having a fixed cast), plus a never-ending stream of troop leaders and generals with pompous and silly titles.



* DependingOnTheWriter: Just how much power Magica has varies between writers. CarlBarks and Creator/DonRosa generally showed her as not having any genuine magical abilities on her own, but merely using magical trinkets, but many other writers show her as a powerful witch in her own right and interacting with many other powerful witches.
** In her third CarlBarks appearance she finds a hoard of magical items used by ancient witches, but before that [[MagicFromTechnology she used hypnotism, gas bombs and quick disguises]].

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* DependingOnTheWriter: Just how much power Magica has varies between writers. CarlBarks Creator/CarlBarks and Creator/DonRosa generally showed her as not having any genuine magical abilities on her own, but merely using magical trinkets, but many other writers show her as a powerful witch in her own right and interacting with many other powerful witches.
** In her third CarlBarks Carl Barks appearance she finds a hoard of magical items used by ancient witches, but before that [[MagicFromTechnology she used hypnotism, gas bombs and quick disguises]].



* HotWitch: Specifically created to invoke this trope; CarlBarks admitted that when he created her, he deliberately went against the "old, ugly crone" type of WickedWitch so prevalent at Disney at the time, and instead created a witch that was young and pretty. He also said that while designing her he based her looks on such Italian actresses as Gina Lollobrigida and Sophia Loren.

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* HotWitch: Specifically created to invoke this trope; CarlBarks Creator/CarlBarks admitted that when he created her, he deliberately went against the "old, ugly crone" type of WickedWitch so prevalent at Disney at the time, and instead created a witch that was young and pretty. He also said that while designing her he based her looks on such Italian actresses as Gina Lollobrigida and Sophia Loren.



-> A notorious, Duckburg-based business rival of Scrooge's. He presumably holds the dubious honour of being the third richest duck in the world, or depending on the story, the second richest. John D. Rockerduck was created and used by CarlBarks in just one story, "Boat Buster", but for some bizarre reason, Brazilian and European writers almost always use him in Flintheart Glomgold's place and rarely acknowledge Flintheart's existence. Unlike Scrooge (and Glomgold), Rockerduck has no qualms about spending money if it suits him (which in some ways makes him somewhat more sensible than Scrooge), and he inherited his wealth from his hard working father, Howard Rockerduck, rather than earning it himself.

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-> A notorious, Duckburg-based business rival of Scrooge's. He presumably holds the dubious honour of being the third richest duck in the world, or depending on the story, the second richest. John D. Rockerduck was created and used by CarlBarks Creator/CarlBarks in just one story, "Boat Buster", but for some bizarre reason, Brazilian and European writers almost always use him in Flintheart Glomgold's place and rarely acknowledge Flintheart's existence. Unlike Scrooge (and Glomgold), Rockerduck has no qualms about spending money if it suits him (which in some ways makes him somewhat more sensible than Scrooge), and he inherited his wealth from his hard working father, Howard Rockerduck, rather than earning it himself.



** In fact, Rockerduck was in no way portrayed as a villain in his only CarlBarks story.

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** In fact, Rockerduck was in no way portrayed as a villain in his only CarlBarks Creator/CarlBarks story.
17th Jul '16 4:11:37 AM Morgenthaler
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* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: His first wish was for immortality. The nephews were impressed and called him a good wisher, when the Genie corrected him he's a ''[[CardCarryingVillain bad]]'' [[CardCarryingVillain one]].
15th Jul '16 11:14:21 PM timotaka
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* ImpossibleTheft: Constantly and casually. When a bunch of journalists try to take photographs of him, which he never allows anyone to do, he stops them by stealing the film from inside one camera and ''the filament inside the flash bulb'' from another. And a third journalist's shorts just for good measure.
12th Jul '16 11:54:48 PM AlgaeNymph
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* PapaWolf: His most noble and admirable attribute is his love for Huey Dewey and Louie, and how he is willing to forsake his life, and even his ''money'' to protect them in stories such as "The Mysterious Stone Ray." This also transfers to Donald in the comics, though Donald rarely needs protection as much as the nephews.

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* PapaWolf: His most noble and admirable attribute is his love for Huey Dewey Huey, Dewey, and Louie, and how he is willing to forsake his life, and even his ''money'' to protect them in stories such as "The Mysterious Stone Ray." This also transfers to Donald in the comics, though Donald rarely needs protection as much as the nephews.
12th Jul '16 8:00:25 PM Delphi
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* FatBastard: They are a chubby bunch.
12th Jul '16 12:20:22 PM timotaka
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* {{Workaholic}}: Loves his job to no end. Attempts to take a vacation or just relax will inevitably end in him inventing new gadgets to relax better. Also in several stories he invents a machine to lighten and automate his workload, but always ends up demolishing it in the end upon realizing how much unhappier he is in the new situation.

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* {{Workaholic}}: Loves his job to no end. Attempts to take a vacation or just relax will inevitably end in him inventing new gadgets to relax better. Also in In several other stories he invents a machine to lighten and automate his workload, but always ends up demolishing it in the end upon realizing how much unhappier unhappy he is in the new situation.
12th Jul '16 12:19:04 PM timotaka
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* {{Workaholic}}: loves his job to no end. Attempts to take a vacation or just relax will inevitably end in him inventing new gadgets to relax better.

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* {{Workaholic}}: loves Loves his job to no end. Attempts to take a vacation or just relax will inevitably end in him inventing new gadgets to relax better.
better. Also in several stories he invents a machine to lighten and automate his workload, but always ends up demolishing it in the end upon realizing how much unhappier he is in the new situation.
12th Jul '16 12:11:34 PM timotaka
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* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: In Creator/DonRosa's stories, he reveals that he's picked up quite a few things without realizing it from his adventures with Scrooge and his nephews when he meets up with his old friends [[Disney/TheThreeCaballeros Panchito Pistoles and Jose Carioca]] for an adventure in Mexico.

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* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: In Creator/DonRosa's stories, he reveals that he's picked up quite a few things without realizing it from his adventures with Scrooge and his nephews when he meets up with his old friends [[Disney/TheThreeCaballeros Panchito Pistoles and Jose Carioca]] for an adventure in Mexico. When Donald casually mentions finding El Dorado and Atlantis, the others think he is joking.
12th Jul '16 11:47:47 AM Kabureet
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[[folder: Other Ducks and friends]]
!! Gyro Gearloose
[[quoteright:164:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/gyrogearloose_8795.jpg]]
-> Debut: ''Gladstone's Terrible Secret'' (1952)
-> Voiced by: Will Ryan (''Sport Goofy in Soccermania''), Hal Smith (''[=DuckTales=]''), Creator/CoreyBurton (''VideoGame/DonaldDuckGoinQuackers''), Chris Edgerly (''[[VideoGame/DuckTales DuckTales Remastered]]'')
-> Duckburg's local inventor, who frequently works on strange and often useless inventions that have a tendency to end up in the wrong hands. Donald and Scrooge are his friends and his most frequent customers.

* ArtEvolution: Gyro's [[http://users.cwnet.com/xephyr/rich/dzone/hoozoo/images/gyro2.gif VERY fat]] in his early years, contrasting his established look as a scrawny inventor.
* BunglingInventor: Sometimes, though his inventions do tend to work perfectly -- when problems arise, it's usually due to some detail Gyro has failed to consider, or simply due to unfortunate circumstances. However, it doesn't help that he often follows Scrooge's instructions [[LiteralMinded in the literal sense]] (at least in ''[=DuckTales=]).
* ChasteToons: Like so many other Disney comics characters, Gyro too has a nephew, whose name is Newton and who sporadically shows up in stories.
* CluckingFunny: He's a really tall chicken, after all.
* DependingOnTheWriter: According to Don Rosa, he is not a chicken but a ''cuckatoo'', due to his hooked beak, intelligence and nice temper.
* DitzyGenius: He's brilliant, but sometimes his genius overrides his common sense.
* IdenticalGrandson: To his grandfather Ratchet Gearloose, both in appearance and personality.
* InnerMonologue: Prone to these in his first solo stories -- before the introduction of Little Helper, which gave him someone to actually talk to.
* LiteralMinded: In ''[=DuckTales=]'', at least. Although well-meaning, Gyro has a habit of following instructions a little too close to the letter, then being honestly confused when someone complains about the results ("well, you asked for...") This wound up causing trouble for various members of the cast at times, such as in "Where No Duck Has Gone Before" and "Super [=DuckTales=]".
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: He doesn't know that Fenton Crackshell is Gizmoduck, in spite of Gyro being the one who invented the Gizmoduck suit in the first place.
* MrFixit: A major plot point of the ''[=DuckTales=]'' episode "Sir Gyro de Gearloose" was him being frustrated over everyone asking him to repair their appliances.
* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: Gyro often makes inventions entirely at random when he wants to relax his brain and not need to think. This ended up screwing over Scrooge when an invention Gyro had made in this state turned out to have three setting: creating oil from water, diamonds from sand and... the third one blew up the invention.
* NiceGuy: One of the most genuinely nice guys in the Universe. Tends to veer into ExtremeDoormat territory: he has a hard time asking for money for his service, even if it's just to cover his expenses. Which [[TakingAdvantageOfGenerosity explains]] why Scrooge is his best customer.
* PersonAsVerb: In Brazil, his name, "Professor Pardal" (Professor Sparrow, even if he's a chicken...) is often used to describe creative people (whether for good - inventors - or bad - [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball football]] coaches prone to weird tactics).
* TheProfessor: He is a skilled inventor and often the person the people of Duckburg turn to when they need intellectual help.
* ReedRichardsIsUseless: Gyro seems to be capable of inventing almost anything, but generally doesn't focus his work on anything that might be of any use to the world unless asked to. Granted, this may be for the best, since his inventions often go horribly wrong in stories where Scrooge tries to sell them.
** There's one excellent story when he actually succeeds in moving Duckburg into the future, but the people aren't ready for it.
** Yet there's another story where his Helper accidentally got transported into the future, where people had advanced technologies thanks to him, and they hailed him as the single greatest inventor who ever lived, with museums and statues of him all over.
* {{Workaholic}}: loves his job to no end. Attempts to take a vacation or just relax will inevitably end in him inventing new gadgets to relax better.

!!Little Helper
[[quoteright:170:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/littlehelper_9082.jpg]]
-> Debut: ''The Cat Box'' (1956)
-> Voiced by: Creator/FrankWelker (''[=DuckTales=]'')
-> Gyro's tiny, robotic assistant, who aids him with his many inventions and is sometimes hinted to be just as smart, if not even smarter, than Gyro. Usually he's mostly a FunnyBackgroundEvent character, but he does occasionally play important parts in the plots and even gets a few DayInTheLimelight episodes now and again.
* HisNameReallyIsBarkeep: He's never given any actual name other than "Little Helper" or, more commonly, just "Helper."
** He gets a name in some translation - such as "Edi" ([[MeaningfulName after Edison]]) in Italy, "Lampadinha" ("little lightbulb") in Brazil and Portugal or "Filament" in France. In Egypt, he's called "Zizo" (pronounced Zee-zoo, the implied sound of static).
* HypercompetentSidekick: To the point Gyro himself considers Little Helper his greatest invention.
* [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Robot]]: Where Gyro tends to get carried away with his own brilliance, the Helper is usually far more practical-minded and can generally spot disaster long before it actually happens.
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots: For a tiny robot with a bulb for a head, he's very expressive. He is rarely the protagonist of a story, but one of his best ones was a story by Marco Rota where he accidentally got caught in Gyro's time machine, and ended up many years in the future. He awoke from his hiberation to find that Duckburg had become a futuristic city, and that Gyro Gearloose was hailed as the greatest inventor the world has ever known. [[spoiler: Sadly, the inventor had been dead for ''centuries'', and his little shack was now but a touristic landmark. You could literally see the heartbreak on Little Helper's face.]] He figures out the way back to his time, and reunites emotionally with a very confused Gyro.
* RobotBuddy: With a lightbulb for a head. As revealed in one of Don Rosa's stories, he was originally just an ordinary table lamp that was exposed to the rays of Gyro's prototype "think box" used in one of Carl Barks' earliest Gyro stories, which animated him and gave him sentience. After Gyro initially gave him a set of wheels to allow him to explore a small hole leading to a cavern where all of Scrooge's money had fallen into when the foundations of his money bin gave out, he then replaced the wheels with arms and legs, and the rest is history.
* SilentSnarker: Non-verbally reacts to Gyro's DitzyGenius tendencies.
* TheSpeechless: At most, he does buzzing sounds.
* TalkingLightbulb: In a way, though it's the bulb's sounds instead of flickering lights.
* TheWatson: Despite not actually being able to talk, he was created by CarlBarks to fulfill this very role: So that Gyro, in his solo stories, could have someone to talk to and explain things to. According to Barks, this seemed less depressing than constantly having Gyro alone and providing exposition through an InnerMonologue.
* UniquenessValue: Even Scrooge [=McDuck=] is impressed with Little Helper's competence, and in [[http://coa.inducks.org/story.php?c=D+2006-392&search= one story]] asks Gyro to sell it to him. Gyro refuses, but tells him he is willing to create another copy of Little Helper just for him. With improvements, too. Little Helper does not like that. ''At all''.

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[[folder: Other Ducks and friends]]
!! Gyro Gearloose
[[quoteright:164:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/gyrogearloose_8795.jpg]]
-> Debut: ''Gladstone's Terrible Secret'' (1952)
-> Voiced by: Will Ryan (''Sport Goofy in Soccermania''), Hal Smith (''[=DuckTales=]''), Creator/CoreyBurton (''VideoGame/DonaldDuckGoinQuackers''), Chris Edgerly (''[[VideoGame/DuckTales DuckTales Remastered]]'')
-> Duckburg's local inventor, who frequently works on strange and often useless inventions that have a tendency to end up in the wrong hands. Donald and Scrooge are his friends and his most frequent customers.

* ArtEvolution: Gyro's [[http://users.cwnet.com/xephyr/rich/dzone/hoozoo/images/gyro2.gif VERY fat]] in his early years, contrasting his established look as a scrawny inventor.
* BunglingInventor: Sometimes, though his inventions do tend to work perfectly -- when problems arise, it's usually due to some detail Gyro has failed to consider, or simply due to unfortunate circumstances. However, it doesn't help that he often follows Scrooge's instructions [[LiteralMinded in the literal sense]] (at least in ''[=DuckTales=]).
* ChasteToons: Like so many other Disney comics characters, Gyro too has a nephew, whose name is Newton and who sporadically shows up in stories.
* CluckingFunny: He's a really tall chicken, after all.
* DependingOnTheWriter: According to Don Rosa, he is not a chicken but a ''cuckatoo'', due to his hooked beak, intelligence and nice temper.
* DitzyGenius: He's brilliant, but sometimes his genius overrides his common sense.
* IdenticalGrandson: To his grandfather Ratchet Gearloose, both in appearance and personality.
* InnerMonologue: Prone to these in his first solo stories -- before the introduction of Little Helper, which gave him someone to actually talk to.
* LiteralMinded: In ''[=DuckTales=]'', at least. Although well-meaning, Gyro has a habit of following instructions a little too close to the letter, then being honestly confused when someone complains about the results ("well, you asked for...") This wound up causing trouble for various members of the cast at times, such as in "Where No Duck Has Gone Before" and "Super [=DuckTales=]".
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: He doesn't know that Fenton Crackshell is Gizmoduck, in spite of Gyro being the one who invented the Gizmoduck suit in the first place.
* MrFixit: A major plot point of the ''[=DuckTales=]'' episode "Sir Gyro de Gearloose" was him being frustrated over everyone asking him to repair their appliances.
* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: Gyro often makes inventions entirely at random when he wants to relax his brain and not need to think. This ended up screwing over Scrooge when an invention Gyro had made in this state turned out to have three setting: creating oil from water, diamonds from sand and... the third one blew up the invention.
* NiceGuy: One of the most genuinely nice guys in the Universe. Tends to veer into ExtremeDoormat territory: he has a hard time asking for money for his service, even if it's just to cover his expenses. Which [[TakingAdvantageOfGenerosity explains]] why Scrooge is his best customer.
* PersonAsVerb: In Brazil, his name, "Professor Pardal" (Professor Sparrow, even if he's a chicken...) is often used to describe creative people (whether for good - inventors - or bad - [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball football]] coaches prone to weird tactics).
* TheProfessor: He is a skilled inventor and often the person the people of Duckburg turn to when they need intellectual help.
* ReedRichardsIsUseless: Gyro seems to be capable of inventing almost anything, but generally doesn't focus his work on anything that might be of any use to the world unless asked to. Granted, this may be for the best, since his inventions often go horribly wrong in stories where Scrooge tries to sell them.
** There's one excellent story when he actually succeeds in moving Duckburg into the future, but the people aren't ready for it.
** Yet there's another story where his Helper accidentally got transported into the future, where people had advanced technologies thanks to him, and they hailed him as the single greatest inventor who ever lived, with museums and statues of him all over.
* {{Workaholic}}: loves his job to no end. Attempts to take a vacation or just relax will inevitably end in him inventing new gadgets to relax better.

!!Little Helper
[[quoteright:170:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/littlehelper_9082.jpg]]
-> Debut: ''The Cat Box'' (1956)
-> Voiced by: Creator/FrankWelker (''[=DuckTales=]'')
-> Gyro's tiny, robotic assistant, who aids him with his many inventions and is sometimes hinted to be just as smart, if not even smarter, than Gyro. Usually he's mostly a FunnyBackgroundEvent character, but he does occasionally play important parts in the plots and even gets a few DayInTheLimelight episodes now and again.
* HisNameReallyIsBarkeep: He's never given any actual name other than "Little Helper" or, more commonly, just "Helper."
** He gets a name in some translation - such as "Edi" ([[MeaningfulName after Edison]]) in Italy, "Lampadinha" ("little lightbulb") in Brazil and Portugal or "Filament" in France. In Egypt, he's called "Zizo" (pronounced Zee-zoo, the implied sound of static).
* HypercompetentSidekick: To the point Gyro himself considers Little Helper his greatest invention.
* [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Robot]]: Where Gyro tends to get carried away with his own brilliance, the Helper is usually far more practical-minded and can generally spot disaster long before it actually happens.
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots: For a tiny robot with a bulb for a head, he's very expressive. He is rarely the protagonist of a story, but one of his best ones was a story by Marco Rota where he accidentally got caught in Gyro's time machine, and ended up many years in the future. He awoke from his hiberation to find that Duckburg had become a futuristic city, and that Gyro Gearloose was hailed as the greatest inventor the world has ever known. [[spoiler: Sadly, the inventor had been dead for ''centuries'', and his little shack was now but a touristic landmark. You could literally see the heartbreak on Little Helper's face.]] He figures out the way back to his time, and reunites emotionally with a very confused Gyro.
* RobotBuddy: With a lightbulb for a head. As revealed in one of Don Rosa's stories, he was originally just an ordinary table lamp that was exposed to the rays of Gyro's prototype "think box" used in one of Carl Barks' earliest Gyro stories, which animated him and gave him sentience. After Gyro initially gave him a set of wheels to allow him to explore a small hole leading to a cavern where all of Scrooge's money had fallen into when the foundations of his money bin gave out, he then replaced the wheels with arms and legs, and the rest is history.
* SilentSnarker: Non-verbally reacts to Gyro's DitzyGenius tendencies.
* TheSpeechless: At most, he does buzzing sounds.
* TalkingLightbulb: In a way, though it's the bulb's sounds instead of flickering lights.
* TheWatson: Despite not actually being able to talk, he was created by CarlBarks to fulfill this very role: So that Gyro, in his solo stories, could have someone to talk to and explain things to. According to Barks, this seemed less depressing than constantly having Gyro alone and providing exposition through an InnerMonologue.
* UniquenessValue: Even Scrooge [=McDuck=] is impressed with Little Helper's competence, and in [[http://coa.inducks.org/story.php?c=D+2006-392&search= one story]] asks Gyro to sell it to him. Gyro refuses, but tells him he is willing to create another copy of Little Helper just for him. With improvements, too. Little Helper does not like that. ''At all''.
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[[folder: Other Ducks and friends]]
!! Gyro Gearloose
[[quoteright:164:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/gyrogearloose_8795.jpg]]
-> Debut: ''Gladstone's Terrible Secret'' (1952)
-> Voiced by: Will Ryan (''Sport Goofy in Soccermania''), Hal Smith (''[=DuckTales=]''), Creator/CoreyBurton (''VideoGame/DonaldDuckGoinQuackers''), Chris Edgerly (''[[VideoGame/DuckTales DuckTales Remastered]]'')
-> Duckburg's local inventor, who frequently works on strange and often useless inventions that have a tendency to end up in the wrong hands. Donald and Scrooge are his friends and his most frequent customers.

* ArtEvolution: Gyro's [[http://users.cwnet.com/xephyr/rich/dzone/hoozoo/images/gyro2.gif VERY fat]] in his early years, contrasting his established look as a scrawny inventor.
* BunglingInventor: Sometimes, though his inventions do tend to work perfectly -- when problems arise, it's usually due to some detail Gyro has failed to consider, or simply due to unfortunate circumstances. However, it doesn't help that he often follows Scrooge's instructions [[LiteralMinded in the literal sense]] (at least in ''[=DuckTales=]).
* ChasteToons: Like so many other Disney comics characters, Gyro too has a nephew, whose name is Newton and who sporadically shows up in stories.
* CluckingFunny: He's a really tall chicken, after all.
* DependingOnTheWriter: According to Don Rosa, he is not a chicken but a ''cuckatoo'', due to his hooked beak, intelligence and nice temper.
* DitzyGenius: He's brilliant, but sometimes his genius overrides his common sense.
* IdenticalGrandson: To his grandfather Ratchet Gearloose, both in appearance and personality.
* InnerMonologue: Prone to these in his first solo stories -- before the introduction of Little Helper, which gave him someone to actually talk to.
* LiteralMinded: In ''[=DuckTales=]'', at least. Although well-meaning, Gyro has a habit of following instructions a little too close to the letter, then being honestly confused when someone complains about the results ("well, you asked for...") This wound up causing trouble for various members of the cast at times, such as in "Where No Duck Has Gone Before" and "Super [=DuckTales=]".
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: He doesn't know that Fenton Crackshell is Gizmoduck, in spite of Gyro being the one who invented the Gizmoduck suit in the first place.
* MrFixit: A major plot point of the ''[=DuckTales=]'' episode "Sir Gyro de Gearloose" was him being frustrated over everyone asking him to repair their appliances.
* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: Gyro often makes inventions entirely at random when he wants to relax his brain and not need to think. This ended up screwing over Scrooge when an invention Gyro had made in this state turned out to have three setting: creating oil from water, diamonds from sand and... the third one blew up the invention.
* NiceGuy: One of the most genuinely nice guys in the Universe. Tends to veer into ExtremeDoormat territory: he has a hard time asking for money for his service, even if it's just to cover his expenses. Which [[TakingAdvantageOfGenerosity explains]] why Scrooge is his best customer.
* PersonAsVerb: In Brazil, his name, "Professor Pardal" (Professor Sparrow, even if he's a chicken...) is often used to describe creative people (whether for good - inventors - or bad - [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball football]] coaches prone to weird tactics).
* TheProfessor: He is a skilled inventor and often the person the people of Duckburg turn to when they need intellectual help.
* ReedRichardsIsUseless: Gyro seems to be capable of inventing almost anything, but generally doesn't focus his work on anything that might be of any use to the world unless asked to. Granted, this may be for the best, since his inventions often go horribly wrong in stories where Scrooge tries to sell them.
** There's one excellent story when he actually succeeds in moving Duckburg into the future, but the people aren't ready for it.
** Yet there's another story where his Helper accidentally got transported into the future, where people had advanced technologies thanks to him, and they hailed him as the single greatest inventor who ever lived, with museums and statues of him all over.
* {{Workaholic}}: loves his job to no end. Attempts to take a vacation or just relax will inevitably end in him inventing new gadgets to relax better.

!!Little Helper
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-> Debut: ''The Cat Box'' (1956)
-> Voiced by: Creator/FrankWelker (''[=DuckTales=]'')
-> Gyro's tiny, robotic assistant, who aids him with his many inventions and is sometimes hinted to be just as smart, if not even smarter, than Gyro. Usually he's mostly a FunnyBackgroundEvent character, but he does occasionally play important parts in the plots and even gets a few DayInTheLimelight episodes now and again.
* HisNameReallyIsBarkeep: He's never given any actual name other than "Little Helper" or, more commonly, just "Helper."
** He gets a name in some translation - such as "Edi" ([[MeaningfulName after Edison]]) in Italy, "Lampadinha" ("little lightbulb") in Brazil and Portugal or "Filament" in France. In Egypt, he's called "Zizo" (pronounced Zee-zoo, the implied sound of static).
* HypercompetentSidekick: To the point Gyro himself considers Little Helper his greatest invention.
* [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Robot]]: Where Gyro tends to get carried away with his own brilliance, the Helper is usually far more practical-minded and can generally spot disaster long before it actually happens.
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots: For a tiny robot with a bulb for a head, he's very expressive. He is rarely the protagonist of a story, but one of his best ones was a story by Marco Rota where he accidentally got caught in Gyro's time machine, and ended up many years in the future. He awoke from his hiberation to find that Duckburg had become a futuristic city, and that Gyro Gearloose was hailed as the greatest inventor the world has ever known. [[spoiler: Sadly, the inventor had been dead for ''centuries'', and his little shack was now but a touristic landmark. You could literally see the heartbreak on Little Helper's face.]] He figures out the way back to his time, and reunites emotionally with a very confused Gyro.
* RobotBuddy: With a lightbulb for a head. As revealed in one of Don Rosa's stories, he was originally just an ordinary table lamp that was exposed to the rays of Gyro's prototype "think box" used in one of Carl Barks' earliest Gyro stories, which animated him and gave him sentience. After Gyro initially gave him a set of wheels to allow him to explore a small hole leading to a cavern where all of Scrooge's money had fallen into when the foundations of his money bin gave out, he then replaced the wheels with arms and legs, and the rest is history.
* SilentSnarker: Non-verbally reacts to Gyro's DitzyGenius tendencies.
* TheSpeechless: At most, he does buzzing sounds.
* TalkingLightbulb: In a way, though it's the bulb's sounds instead of flickering lights.
* TheWatson: Despite not actually being able to talk, he was created by CarlBarks to fulfill this very role: So that Gyro, in his solo stories, could have someone to talk to and explain things to. According to Barks, this seemed less depressing than constantly having Gyro alone and providing exposition through an InnerMonologue.
* UniquenessValue: Even Scrooge [=McDuck=] is impressed with Little Helper's competence, and in [[http://coa.inducks.org/story.php?c=D+2006-392&search= one story]] asks Gyro to sell it to him. Gyro refuses, but tells him he is willing to create another copy of Little Helper just for him. With improvements, too. Little Helper does not like that. ''At all''.
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* {{Expy}}: Carl Barks admitted her design is basically "[[TheAddamsFamily Morticia Addams]] as a duck".

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* {{Expy}}: Carl Barks admitted her design is basically "[[TheAddamsFamily "[[Franchise/TheAddamsFamily Morticia Addams]] as a duck".
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