Did ya think the most failure-prone [[DonaldDuck guy]] in the entire Disney universe can't showcase awesomeness? [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Think again.]]
* A Meta example for Clarence C. Nash, who not only created Donald's inimitable voice, but was eventually able to do it in ''eight'' different languages (English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Dutch, Swedish, and Japanese).


[[folder: Creator/Carl Barks' Comics ]]

* A 1940s Donald Duck comic featured Donald and his nephews raising a sunken ship they're trapped in with the air from ping pong balls. Not impressed? Well, [[http://www.iusmentis.com/patents/priorart/donaldduck/ in 1964]], a ship full of sheep coming into Kuwait sank, and everyone was worried about the decomposing sheep contaminating the drinking water. One man, wisely not mentioning where he got the idea, suggested using ping pong balls. [[LifeImitatesArt It worked!]]
* Commanding a boat powered by ''[[EverythingsEvenWorseWithSharks sharks]]'' (''[[http://disneycomics.free.fr/Ducks/Barks/1950/W_OS_291-02R/08.jpg The Magic]][[http://disneycomics.free.fr/Ducks/Barks/1950/W_OS_291-02R/09.jpg Hourglass]])
* In ''Truant Officer Donald'', Donald Duck outwits his nephews ''THRICE!'' The first one being where he effortlessly snatches them up the first time for playing hooky, the second one being him hiding in a snowma-err, snow''duck'', and when the boys tried to smash it too erase any evidence of their hooky day, Donald jumps out and catches them, and the third one being when it looks like the boys have won for besting Donald because it was Saturday and there were no school on Saturday, [[WhamLine Donald pulls out a key from his vest, says that it's the school's key,]] and forces his nephews to go in anyway and write out "Crime does not pay," 100 times each on the blackboard. When Donald smarts show, they ''SHOW!''
* Near the end of "The Horseradish Story", the villainous Chisel [=McSue=] tries to toss the Ducks off their own raft. Donald proceeds to [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-dgHT945_NS0/U679cOk_P4I/AAAAAAAAGJ4/ecum-J5QUdo/s1600/unclescrooge_003_23.jpg lead the entire Duck family on a beatdown of the guy.]]
-->'''Donald''': Haven't we taken enough guff from this tough?
-->'''Scrooge, Huey, Dewey, and Louie''': Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes!
* In the story "The Golden Christmas Tree", a witch - stereotypical warts, broom and all - lures away and kidnaps the triplets, and Donald follows their trail despite not having the advantages the witch gave the kids (like transforming into a log to let them cross a chasm, which Donald just throws a gigantic snowball across to make a bridge). Upon reaching her cabin, he assaults it ferociously, even after she proves she's a powerful RealityWarper who could kill him in a second and probably doesn't only out of some sadistic mischievous streak. After some quite impressive antics (including picking up an entire tree trunk to use as a battering ram) he cleverly enters through the chimney, gives a BondOneLiner, and uses ''her own broom'', which is the source of her power, to defeat her while yelling at his nephews to run as fast as they can.
* In ''The Ghost of the Grotto'', Dewey is kidnapped by a mysterious armored man, who may or may not be a ghost. That doesn't stop Donald from trying to free him. After he and the remaining nephews defeat a giant octopus, (thanks to Huey's idea of feeding the octopus a chunk of meat filled with chili pepper), Donald goes of to battle the armored man, who previously attacked them with rifles, swords and a canon. Donald still defeats the kidnapper, although the duck is armed with... let's say less conventional weapons:
-->'''Louie''': Going to battle an armored man with a squirt gun and a mouse! Do you suppose Unca' Donald's in his right mind?
-->'''Huey''': I hope not! His sensible ideas never work!
* In ''Vacation Time'', Donald and the nephews goes camping and spends most of the time getting into comical camping situation. Especially Donald who spends most of the story obsessed with getting a great photograph of a majestic buck deer. But when a forest fire breaks out due to a careless camper, who steals the Ducks car, Donald takes charge and saves himself and the nephews by burying them alive (a real life last-ditch survival tactic of smokejumpers).


[[folder: Creator/Don Rosa's Comics ]]

* Donald [[http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i212/Kerrah_photos/HolyGrailMotivator.jpg uses the Holy Grail to knock a villain unconscious]] in "A Letter From Home."
** Let's give this some thought. To render the week's BigBad unconscious via a blow to the head, that's spectacular in itself. Yet, Donald didn't use just any weapon. He was armed with the Holy Grail. Did you read that? Here it comes again just in case: DONALD DUCK USED ''-THE-'' '''HOLY GRAIL''' to knock a villain senseless, smashing it against his head with such strength that he BROKE IT. It may as well be the most sacrilegious, blasphemous, yet epically AWESOME KO ever featured on Disney Comics.
* Little Donald giving 1930 Scrooge at his most {{Jerkass}} a much needed kick in the rear. (''The Empire Builder From Calisota'')
* [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/fuZm_vGMt7W-YipnHXPfIEbtTCsiODgm2dfms571QAM7oZ5WrqqX3yoJ3h39dcHVnkv73q_YojR58A=s1600 Telling off both Magica and Scrooge]] at the end of ''The Treasury of Croesus'', forever showing that while he may never be as rich or as powerful as either of them, he may just be the happier one. And singing [[RunningGag Lydia the Tattooed-Lady]] as he saunters off.
-->'''Donald''': [[RageBreakingPoint I've had a bellyful of BOTH you eternal fools!]] [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech Year in, year out, you bring GRIEF on yourselves all for the sake of GETTING rich, STAYING rich, or getting RICHER still! You'll NEVER be happy, because you always worry about what you'll do NEXT to complicate your OWN GREEDY LIVES!]]
** Magica's dumbfounded expression and Scrooge's quivering, cane-breaking fury are just icing. Of course, this was perfectly in character for the Donald of the day (who was a hard-smoking, hard-drinking, sea-shanty-singing, {{Angrish}}-sputtering sailor followed by a trio of [[WiseBeyondTheirYears Junior Woodchuck]] nephews for whom this was a chance to show off more knowledge of history).
** Gets better. As the nephews pointed out, all of them were the counterparts of three ancient figures: Scrooge of Croesus, the richest man of Ancient Greece (except Scrooge can claim to be richer); Magica of Circe, who (in this story) wanted to realize the Touch of Midas with Croesus' first coin, and tormented him for years; and Donald of Solon, the ''wisest man in Ancient Greece'', who told off Croesus on how no man can gain happiness through wealth alone because he doesn't know the plans of the gods (Donald told Scrooge and Magica they would ''never'' be happy because they would complicate their own lives through their own greed).
** Earlier in the story, Scrooge casually routed a division of the Turkish Army.
* His near-HeroicSacrifice in ''The Black Knight Glorps Again'': The plan to get the Omnisolve-covered Black Knight trapped in a diamond room succeeds. Unfortunately, Donald gets trapped with him, whom he threatens to kill if they don't release him. Just as Scrooge and the boys agree, Donald tells them not to open the door, no matter what, and struggles with the Knight until they both pass out from the Omnisolve dissolving the air in the room! ''Wow!'' Now ''that'' was smart, selfless, and brave.
** For those of you who don't know: The Black Knight's armor is covered in a solution that dissolves almost anything instantly at touch, including air. Even fired spears and cannonballs would simply disappear into it as if he was a walking black hole. He's pretty much a less scary version of SCP-106 without a pocket-dimension. And Donald was locked in a small room with someone who could kill him with a simple poke. Woah!
* The climax of ''The Magnificent Seven (Minus Four) Caballeros''. The story's villain (a native chief turned greedy by civilization) escapes in a canoe, leaving Donald, José and Panchito in the lost city of Ophir, with no way to get out thanks to the river being infested with piranhas and the city's location on a high plateau. Things are looking grim, to the point where his friends lament this as the end of the Three Caballeros. As everything seems hopeless and their future looks doomed, Donald recalls the insults and mistreatment that Scrooge, Gladstone, and Daisy gave him earlier in that week, accusing him of being completely worthless and incapable of doing anything without screwing it up... all with his nephews seeing everything, feeling so very sorry for him. Donald finally '''snaps''', grabs a vine, swings into the chief's canoe, and proceeds to give him the beating of his life.
** Donald's act of bravado inspires Panchito and José decide to join his friend. Just then, they notice a ''gigantic'' anaconda (which had previously attempted to eat Donald) swimming toward the canoe. Panchito ties the snake's tail to a nearby bridge, while Jose subdues it with only his umbrella. After the chief falls off an InevitableWaterfall, Panchito ties up the Anaconda by its neck and he, along with Donald and José, ''ride out of the ruins on it like a bucking bronco''.
*** There's still a tribe of Indians they gotta deal with. It ends up not being necessary to do so, but their will to face them with their bare hands is still admirable.
--->"A ''whole tribe'' of Indians against ''Three Caballeros''...We have them grossly '''outnumbered'''."
*** And why was it unnecessary? Because their mounts - Panchito's horse Señor Martinez, [[ItMakesSenseInContext an ox and a llama]] - had already captured them. Señor Martinez was already awesome on his own, and the llama was TheCastShowoff, but this...
** In this story, Donald replies to some of José and Panchito's comments and jokes by [[RememberWhenYouBlewUpASun mentioning he was involved in finding Eldorado, the lost mines of the Incas, Atlantis, and King Solomon's Mines, and found the last living dinosaurs, as an afterthought]]. He did all of that in other stories, but José and Panchito's awed reactions really put all of that into perspective.
*** That's also part of why they attacked and tamed the giant anaconda: they had enough of Donald accidentally putting them to shame with both his {{Crazy Awesome}}ness and the humility to not mention his past adventures (he ''really'' didn't think much of it, but still...), and when he snapped...
* Donald single-handedly assists Scrooge outwitting Beagle Boys in Inception-like adventure of "Dreams of a Lifetime"
* In ''The Quest for Kalevala'', Scrooge and Donald meet face to face with ''[[TheGrimReaper Death himself]]'', and what does Donald do? ''[[CrazyAwesome Laughs into his face]]!'' It's [[UpToEleven one-upped]] in the epilogue [[NoExportForYou included in the Finnish hardcover edition]], where Donald literally [[RefugeInAudacity kicks Death's ass so hard that his skull flies off]] (This actually being payback from earlier, where Death threw them out of his realm for causing general havoc, and ended up literally kicking Donald out. This whole thing [[ItMakesSenseInContext Makes Sense in Context]]. Creator/DonRosa seemingly makes a lot of weird shit work in Disney comics.).
* ''Return to Xanadu'' features Donald saving not only his nephews and uncle, but the entire population of the valley of Xanadu when he heroicly risks his life by first sawing through a metal gate and then opening a sluice gate that was causing the valley to flood in the first place. Notably, it originally took the entire Duck family to close that gate so they could get into the valley. The second time around Donald opens it on his own.


[[folder: Paperinik (classic) Comics ]]

* Italian stories created Paperinik, a superhero persona for Donald. How is this awesome? Well, in the first story he acted as an avenger of himself, and the very first thing he did was to steal Scrooge's mattress ''while he slept on it''. After graduating from avenger of himself to superhero, he routinely took on what seemed to be impossible odds, and ''won every single time'' (just to make an example: one of his most frequent adversaries is Spectrus, a stage magician/GentlemanThief who can hypnotize everyone with a single look in the eyes, yet Paperinik can fight and defeat him with ''onion juice''). Then, there's ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'' (that has [[Awesome/PaperinikNewAdventures own page]]).
** Also, Paperinik never lost a fairly sadistic streak. The reason most of Duckburg's criminals run away when they hear ''springs'' is that Paperinik has spring-powered boots to [[InASingleBound jump very high]], and if he's patrolling in those and not on car is that he's bored. And when they don't (or can't) escape... Well, in one occasion the Beagle Boys managed to get all inhabitants of Duckburg out of town to sack the place undisturbed by using a marathon with Paperinik's secret identity as a prize to bait them, only for Paperinik (pissed for having been involved and getting a scare when they falsely claimed they knew his identity) to arrange them to get caught in the act by ''every single person in Duckburg''.
*** Paperinik's status as TheDreaded is such that nowadays the RunningGag is that of [[FriendlyEnemy Paperinik saluting criminals he just caught in the act]] and them [[KnowWhenToFoldEm complaining they would have got away had he not shown up while they either get tied up or just go to the closest police station to give themselves in]]. [[AwesomenessIsAForce He doesn't even have to fight most of them anymore]]...
* In a story Donald wanted a vacation, but he couldn't do it because there were too many criminals and too little cops. The solution: ''capturing every single criminal in Duckburg '''in three nights''''', and then going on his vacation.
** He later ''topped that'' by capturing them all in ''one night'' for a different reason: the billionaires of Duckburg wouldn't help refurbishing the sport field citing the expense of defending their fortunes from criminals as the reason, so he captured them all. And he did it even more awesomely than the first time: while the first time he ran around the city with his gadget and picked the criminals one by one (why it took him three nights), this time he used some AppliedPhlebotinum from Gyro to bait them all in a square, at which point he ''caught them all in a net'' and called the cops.
** He repeated this one in "The Legend of Paperinik", if on different circumstances: due [[GoneHorriblyRight Gyro going overboard in overhauling his gadgets and making them so powerful they were unusable]] Paperinik had such a horrible night that his aura of terror had shattered and all the criminals in Duckburg had gathered to sack the city, only for our hero to show up with his repaired weapons and capture them all.
*** This one is followed by how he repaired his reputation: when one of the thieves said that now they knew he wasn't invincible and one day they'd win, Paperinik ''laughed'' before claiming he had screwed up the previous night on purpose to gather them in one place and make a mass capture. And, given the beating they had just suffered, ''they bought it''. This one is shared with the young fan that, while playing with his friend, said the same thing while Donald was passing by, resulting in him using the fan's idea.
*** Also, Paperinik's reputation, both before and after this incident. Before, the criminals would tell stories of Paperinik being six stores tall, having a hundred eyes, surrounding gangs by himself, and having at least four hands ("How many hands did that ''monster'' have?" "How should I know? I didn't try counting them!"), with a thief from out of town mocking their tales. After, they would tell stories of Paperinik being ''twelve'' stores tall, having a thousand eyes, and being so cunning that everything else being secondary, and the thief from out of town, who by now had met Paperinik twice, not only subscribed but was the one terrified the most by his cunning.
* In one story the Beagle Boys had managed to steal his car and gadgets, and tried to use them for heists. First heist: Paperinik wrecks the car's flying ability and recovers the loot. Second heist: he wrecks the car's mechanical arm, and recovers the loot. Third heist: he finally decides to get serious and wrecks ''the whole car'', and recovers the loot ''and'' the wrecked car. Fourth heist, in which the Beagle Boys use his paralyzer gun and his [[InASingleBound spring boots for high jumps]]: he tricks the BB with the boots into jumping in the sewers, where he knocks himself out by hitting the ceiling with the rebound of the springs, then gleefully announces the other Beagle Boys that his gun is ''single shot'' and they have no reloads, and when they, furious for being ridiculed this way, jump on him to beat him to a pulp, he ''dodges and let them beat each other into unconsciousness'' while he calls the police and recovers the rest of his gadgets. And all of this using only improvised equipment like a foot-propelled scooter (when he wrecked the car's flying ability: he lured them between two palaces close enough they broke the car's wings), a well-placed rope (when he wrecked the mechanical arm), a wrench (when he wrecked the car) and a movable advertising poster (to trick the BB into jumping in the sewers).
* In his fourth story Paperinik finds out everybody believes him to be a robot Scrooge created to advertise his wax museum (Scrooge ''had'' used a Paperinik robot to advertise that museum in the previous Paperinik story, but that was using Paperinik's own infamy, [[InsaneTrollLogic and from that a group of scientists determinated Paperinik was the robot all along]]). How does he reveal once and for all that he's not a robot? Easy: he ''crashes a party attended by the whole population of Duckburg'' while Scrooge is in jail for a theft Paperinik had committed earlier in the story (in fact Rockerduck had thrown the party to celebrate Scrooge getting jailed), terrifies everyone with a ray gun ''made of chocolate'', gets the judge to admit he's not a robot and that Scrooge is innocent, commits the theft again with nobody daring to stop him, [[KickTheSonOfABitch kicks Gladstone in the pool for celebrating the jailing of a relative]], and, before leaving, forces Rockerduck to eat the gun.
** The threat with a fake gun or use of a fake gadget is a RunningGag, usually in the form of a super soaker loaded with a soft drink that he'll shoot in his own mouth after he doesn't need to threaten the victim anymore (the victim is ''never'' amused). In one occasion he was feeling particularly sadistic, he used ''two'' of these guns on Scrooge, the first with the drink sold as a paralyzing fluid to stop him from escaping and the other sold as a ''disintegrator'', and Scrooge was so terrified he fell for ''both''. Then, when he was done, Paperinik ''made him drink from the disintegrator''. Then there's the time he stung Rockerduck with a needle, told him he had injected into him a serum that made people obey all orders (that Rockerduck had two thugs commission to Gyro, so he knew it existed) and made him act like a monkey, jump on his own chandelier and eat the hat calling it a banana...
** In one occasion Paperinik was trying to track down the man controlling the crime in Duckburg, but no thief would give him even an hint. How did he finally track him down? He faked an amnesy and a FaceHeelTurn and ''stole away half the city'' until the crime boss bought it and told his men to bring Paperinik to him to steal his loot. Needless to say, when they did he proceeded to ''[[CurbStompBattle beat up and capture every single criminal in the building]]''.
* Once Donald found out someone was selling Paperinik toys and costumes. He stormed Scrooge's office, only to find out that Rockerduck was the one selling them. So the night before a ''massive'' release he visited Rockerduck and scared into giving all for free, and to add the icing on the cake he had him put Donald in charge of the distribuition, earning him pubblic praise from the children in Duckburg. Enough that when Scrooge, who in the meantime had produced a large quantity of Paperinik toys and costumes to compete with Rockerduck, gets pissed at him, the children ''chase Scrooge away''. In his earlier stories, Paperinik often had to foil Scrooge and Rockerduck schemes and always succeeded, sometimes [[BatmanGambit playing them against each other]] and always making it so that Donald got the praise.
* The story "Paperinik e la Concorrenza Supereroica" ("Paperinik and the Superhero Competition") has a few:
** Thanks to Paperinik, Duckburg is a forbiden city when it comes to criminals. Even ''coming close'' is dangerous: the story opens with a gang trying to come in town, only to find the road blocked by a (fake) rock and Paperinik to show up with a scraper-equipped bulldozer, lift them, verify they're the bandits he was waiting for, and then ''throw them out of the road'', and another criminals says about the time he was planning to go to Duckburg only for ''Paperinik visiting him and make him watch a tape with the recording of him beating up and arresting three friends of the criminal''.
** The bandits' plan was to get the authorities to force Paperinik into retirement by providing a better superhero, and then break out every criminal from the jail, sack the city, put the loot on a ship under the guise of charity, and then kick out the crew once the ship is on the sea. It succeeds: the authorities send Paperinik to be a superhero in a country village, so the criminals break out, sack the city, start putting their loot on the ship... And the very moment their fake superhero drops his gadgets to disguise himself ''Paperinik arrests the whole lot'', locking them in a circle of containers and knocking out the fake superhero before he can take back his gadgets. Then, to give Duckburg a lesson, has the ship leave with the part of the loot already on board, sending it away to be ''actual'' charity.
* The two stories where Paperinik deals with the Trasformista are full of awesome for everyone involved:
** "Trasformista" is Italian for MasterOfDisguise... [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin And the Trasformista is incredibly good at disguises]], even able to create LatexPerfection from ''bread crumbs''. Needless to say, the guy committed a large number of capers with ease thanks to this.
** How Paperinik arrested him the first time: as Donald he told his family he had to be out of town so he could surveil a city-wide event as Paperinik, while he watched with binoculars he noticed ''Donald Duck'', and at this point he swooped in, captured the fake Donald, took off his mask to expose the Trasformista's identity, and left.
** How did the Trasformista break out? As said above, he created three masks with bread crumbs, and used them intelligently: first he wore the mask of a prison guard so one of his colleagues, seeing him there and apparently tied up after the guard had just left at the end of his turn, would reach the obvious conclusion and come in; then he knocked out the guard, tied him up, and put on him a mask with his face; finally he wore the guard's mask and clothes, waited the end of the guard's turn, and calmly walked out.
** Near the end of the second story the Trasformista knocks Paperinik out, [[DoNotAdjustYourSet hacks the television signal]], and unmasks Paperinik on live television... Then a second Paperinik enters and exposes himself as Gladstone, a third Paperinik comes in and reveals he's Fethry, and at this point the unmasked Donald, who has freed himself, leads his cousins in jumping and beating him up. End result: the Trasformista is arrested again, and this time he even looks an idiot who Paperinik could get captured by sending there Donald, Gladstone and Fethry without moving from his hideout.


[[folder: Others' Comics ]]

* Future Donald does pretty awesome in the alternate future of Lars Jensen's story "Whatever Happened to Scrooge [=McDuck=]?", specifically by managing to bankrupt Flintheart Glomgold and John Rockerduck with fines by converting the part of Scrooge's empire he inherited (after Scrooge's mysterious disappearance) into a charity organization dedicated to stopping illegal and unfair deals and reporting them to the proper authorities.
* C'mon, Donald is the kind of person who will carve a mountain into an effigy of Napoleon with a chainsaw, in a single night, just so that people will talk about him. This at least deserves a mention.
* In a Italian story,after Uncle Scrooge goes missing, Donald and his nephews travel to an island to retrieve him. Said island is inhabited by big, strong ducks (like two times as tall and three times ad large as Donald). When they get in an ambush,one of them captures Donald... until he sees another trying to do the same to his nephews. He goes full [[PapaWolf uncle wolf]], beating the crap out of him and sending him crying away. They need a whole squad to subdue him.
* In quite a few Italian comics that are set in the Middle Ages or that parody medieval themed stories, Donald is frequently shown to be a OneManArmy with a sword! A few comics where he's ''single-handedly defeated an entire army'' include:
** [[https://www.scribd.com/doc/251816397/1-Paperino-Il-Paladino-Topolino-0247-0248 "Paperino Il Paladino,"]] where Donald sees a bunch of knights seemingly lay siege to a castle and he cuts down the ladder they were using to scale the walls. Then, the soldiers try to stop him by ''catapulting a boulder on top of him!'' And instead of trying to dodge the incoming blow, he merely laughs and holds up his shield. The soldiers lift up the boulder only to find that Donald was ''driven into the ground with his shield on top of him!'' He emerges from the hole seconds later ''completely unscathed'' and promptly '''challenges the ENTIRE ARMY to single combat which he wins in seconds!''' In fact, he fought so ferociously that his sword has gotten extremely heated from battle and he had to blow on it to cool it down! However, this gave the enemy time to regroup and he soon finds himself surrounded again! But yet again, Donald merely warns the army that trying to fight him is foolish and ''with one stroke, he slices off all their weapons!'' They immediately retreat! Donald also subdues King Scrooge when the latter tries to bully and fight him, warning Scrooge that he is an invincible warrior and could kill him if angered enough. Finally, in the second part of the story, Donald combines both brains and brawn to ''single-handedly defeat a ship of saracens'' and he YET AGAIN eventually defeats them all in battle!
** [[http://www.comicartcity.com/immagini/griglia/2011/12/16/bottaro-paperac-jpg-1.jpg "Paperin de Paperac",]] where Donald effortlessly disarms four Beagle Boys at the same time, stabbing one of them through the hat and just inches away from the Beagle's head! Needless to say, they [[VillainsWantMercy beg him for mercy!]]
** [[https://www.scribd.com/doc/251816396/2-Paperin-Furioso-Topolino-0544 "Paperin Furioso."]] where Donald is so furious that he goes mad and not only defeats a heavily armored knight ''with his bare hands,'' but he also uproots an enormous tree and bashes the Beagle Boys with it! He then hurls boulders at them and when they regroup and surround him, he '''lifts an entire catapult and hurls it at the Beagle Boy army!''' He then sets their camp on fire! And what does he say about those who are barely left standing as he's crazed with rage?
-->'''Donald:''' (with sword in hand) I feel my arm tremble with excitement to pierce the survivors! Who's next to fall?!
** And later on, Donald also headbutts King Scrooge's palace when the latter tries to send his guards after him, nearly destroying it!
* [[http://duckcomicsrevue.blogspot.com/2014/01/donald-fracas.html "Paperin Fracas"]] has Donald meet up with several other Disney characters including the Cheshire Cat from "Alice in Wonderland," Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, and Honest John and Gideon from "Pinocchio." But the real awesomeness begins when Donald finds a huge sword (it's literally longer/taller than he is!) in an abandoned castle and starts slicing through who he believes are bandits and disarms them. They turn out to be mannequins but suddenly a real "bandit" with a semi-talking monkey shows up and threatens to kill Donald! Donald then bashes the villain over the head with a steel drum and just as he's about to finish him off with the sword, [[VillainsWantMercy the "bandit" and monkey fall to their knees and beg him for mercy!]] He eventually lets the "bandit" go and even sells his sword (which so happened to be the sword of the Frankish hero, Roland!) so that the "bandit" can afford to join a program and become honest! Donald also fights and almost kills three tall "spirits" who end up being his nephews! And again, he fights with three tall "giants" who were actually just shadows on a screen to test his courage! But these last two examples were still impressive in that they showcase Donald's courage and ferocity in choosing to fight creatures he believed to be monsters!
* From the Reginella Saga:
** "Reginella's return" has Donald reuniting with the alien queen by beating two thieves trying to steal the package she was carrying. Double the awesome because he did not realize it was Reginella until he ''already'' scared them off: he just heard a girl calling for help and jumped to the rescue, implying he would have done it for anyone.
** In "Donald and Reginella's Wedding" Donald is summoned to the planet Pacificus to prevent his LoveInterest [[AndNowYouMustMarryMe Reginella's wedding to the Mighty Bingo]] and free her people from slavery. [[OneManArmy All he needs to do it is a double-barreled shotgun, plenty of salt shells, and a powerful boombox]]:
*** Donald arrives just in time to crash the wedding-and shoot Bingo in the ass, ''twice''. He then casually routs the soldiers that try and stop him from escaping with Reginella.
*** After getting the pain to manageable levels Bingo leads ''[[ZergRush his entire army]]'' to defeat our hero. They may have only middle-ages technology, but there's thousands of them, too many for Donald and a shotgun... [[GenreSavvy And he knew, so he came prepared]]: the boombox plays the meaningfully-titled song "The Torment of the Miller", so devastating that the army is stopped dead in its tracks, and after that eight shells are enough to ''rout the entire force'' and get them to surrender.
*** Donald's terms of surrender are even more awesome: knowing that Bingo and his men had left their homeworld and lived by sacking other worlds because they were too lazy to work, he had them melt their weapons and armor into agricoltural tools and sent back home with them and plenty of seed, and now they will have to work for a living... Or else he'll come and finish them off.
** In "Reginella and the Terran Threat", Reginella is desperate after the unnamed billionaire managed to neutralize the Pacificus' psychic disapproval powers... Then Donald shows up, and [[AwesomenessIsAForce just that convinces Reginella they'll neutralize him]].
*** Just the fact Donald was the ''HopeBringer''.
*** How Donald arrived on Pacificus: the billionaire was organizing trips to Pacificus on a luxury spaceship, with every voyage costing 20,000 dollars-that Donald didn't have, so he went to Scrooge and ''asked him a loan''. And when Scrooge threatened to shoot him with a ''cannon'' for it, he simply told him why he needed the money. Scrooge, recognizing what was a good reason even for him, ''[[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming gave]]'' [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming him the money, plus another thousand dollars for the tips on the spaceship and to buy Reginella a good gift]].
** "Donald, Reginella and the Terrible Vampirione":
*** When Reginella calls for his help, Donald arrives... With a SpaceFighter, and mops the floor with Vampirione's {{Mooks}} when they try to intercept him.
*** Once again, Donald as the HopeBringer.
*** And once again, Donald reaches Pacificus thanks to uncle Scrooge, who as soon as he hears Reginella's name provides the nephew a vehicle for the rescue.
--->'''Scrooge:''' "I'm the principal: I want a interplanetary single-seater battle-worthy spaceship. [[SeriousBusiness What do you mean "when"? Now!]]"
*** [[GenreSavvy Realizing that invading Pacificus with Donald around would end badly]], Vampirione manages to use the laws of a nearby planet Mogol, whose territory both Pacificus and his own PlanetSpaceship have just entered, to force a CombatByChampion for Pacificus' riches, and chooses the sword. Donald being Donald, he accepts the challenge (he was actually planning to [[TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty shoot Vampirione before the Mogolians could arrive]], but they showed up before he could grab the shotgun)-and matches blow for blow his opponent, an accomplished swordfighter. Even better, Donald complains that the sword is not his weapon-meaning that he would have mopped the floor with Vampirione had he been more used to the sword.
** In "Reginella and the Queen Outside Time" Donald discovers that Reginella is now trapped somewhere in the past without memory, and if he went to rescue her he'd risk losing his memory too before he could save her. Donald goes in anyway, loses his memory, and ''completes the mission just as he remembers''.
*** Donald saving Pacificus once again by [[spoiler:letting the First Cerusic break the psychic link between Reginella and him, thus canceling the reason for her desperate moods that were causing floods]].


[[folder: Western Animation/Classic Disney Shorts ]]

* In "Bellboy Donald", the duck spends an entire short being forced to keep his temper under control by his boss with the threat of unemployment if he lashes at one more customer, with [[BrattyHalfPint Pete's malicious son]] constantly exploiting this and placing Donald in all sorts of humiliating situations. Finally, after being pushed too far, he drags Pete Jr kicking and screaming over to the hotel reception and inquires whether he has been fired yet, which the manager immediately confirms, at which point Donald happily gives the brat a much needed spanking, complete with an EvilLaugh. [[ValuesDissonance Even in this day and age]], his revenge is immensely satisfying.
* "Lighthouse Keeping" has what has to be the most CrazyAwesome Donald has done. When trying to throw a pelican out of the lighthouse, it pulls the old "make you throw yourself over" trick. Donald falls, but as the Pelican smugly dusts his hands/wings off we don't hear a splash. Instead, Donald rides A WAVE BACK ONTO THE RAIL standing still, with a BadassArmFold and DeathGlare on his face. He doesn't move for a second before dusting his own hands off. This sends the pelican running back inside.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90Cb7iPCE_4 It's three minutes in.]]
** In addition, rather than closing with Donald's traditional HumiliationConga at the hands of his foe, the short is left at a stalemate, as the sun rises and makes their feud pointless. Donald merely puts down all the shades to the building and ''forces the battle to continue''.
* Sea Scouts (1939): [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3zJZ1P-wg4 Donald Punches out a shark]] after it wrecks his [[NiceHat nice captain's hat.]] '''HE PUNCHES OUT A SHARK.'''
* In ''Alpine Climbers'' (1936), Donald headbutts a mountain goat and ''wins''.
* His FaceDeathWithDignity moment in "Commando Duck". Even better is that he survived and washed out a Japanesse air fleet.
* "Flying Jalopy" has Donald conned by evil salesman Ben Buzzard into buying a delapidated plane, that is secretly ensured in Ben's favor should it crash. Ben spends the entire short secretly trying to sabotage his flight, only for Donald to improvise with air tricks as the plane falls apart. When Ben finally loses patience and outright attacks Donald, [[LetsGetDangerous the war is on]], culminating in Donald using Ben himself as a makeshift plane.


[[folder: Western Animation/House Of Mouse ]]

* In "Donald's Pumbaa Prank", Donald rescues Pumbaa when Pete's stuffed him in the club's vent and is feeding him stinkbugs. Then, when it looks like Pumbaa's about to let loose a big fart and everyone has to evacuate, Donald bravely rushes out of the house with Pumbaa and takes the blow for everyone.
** And the reason Donald rescued Pumbaa from Pete was all because [[spoiler: he felt guilty for about to be pulling a prank on Mickey, when he thought Mickey was going to set him up for another prank. Turns out Mickey wanted to give Donald a gold statue, which Mickey believed Donald truly deserved. In fact, it was Donald's fault in the first place when he got manipulated by Pete to kidnap Pumbaa.]]
*** Actually, Donald was manipulated by Pete because although Donald first pranked Mickey by making him slip, Mickey had to take his so-called prank UpToEleven by not just showing an embarrassing black and white screen test of Donald (even though unlike Mickey and the rest of his gang, Donald actually made his debut in color!), but even called his [[WithFriendsLikeThese supposed best friend]] an [[Literature/TheUglyDuckling "Ugly Duckling!"]] Given that in a cartoon in that episode, Mickey was the type of person to trick his years long girlfriend, Minnie, into thinking he was about to ''propose'' to her! ... Donald's suspicion was sort of justified.
* "Everybody Loves Mickey" has a scene where Mortimer is doing an open-mic performance that consists of him saying nasty things about Mickey. Donald, who up to this point had been resentful of the apparent notion that everyone liked Mickey more than him, steps up on stage, tells the big rat "You can't talk about Mickey Mouse that way!", and then throws him off the stage. Needless to say, he pretty much deserved the applause he got for that.


[[folder: ''Western Animation/Mickey Mouse2013'' Series ]]

* "[[Recap/MickeyMouseS1E16TappedOut Tapped Out]]": After Mickey naively boasts he could take on world champion wrestler, Pete; Goofy volunteers Mickey to wrestle him. However, Goofy himself is swiftly beaten up and Mickey barely scratches Pete even after attacking him with everything he has! But when Pete accidentally [[OhCrap ruins Donald's nachos?]] Donald's forthcoming CurbStompBattle leaves Pete completely battered and knocked out in about five seconds flat!


[[folder: [[Series/Walt Disney Presents Disneyland TV Series ]]
* The episode ''This is Your Life, Donald Duck'' has the scene where Donald (with help from Delores the Elephant) [[TeamRocketWins manages to get revenge on Chip and Dale]].