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* AdaptationalWimp / BadassDecay: (depending on whether or not you take the movie as part of DisneyAnimatedCanon or a different animated adaptation altogether) Donald, the guy who regularly acts as the group's TheBigGuy (Class 1) / LightningBruiser / TheBerserker in most of his canonical cartoons ([[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Kq0P4TBJUw "Alpine Climbers" {1936},]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIBE_36l2Ow "Lonesome Ghosts" {1937},]] and [[http://www.trilulilu.ro/video-animatie/answering-service-2000 "Mickey's Answering Service" {2000}]] are just a few examples of this role) and who usually acts as the OneManArmy / MasterSwordsman in many Italian medieval themed comics ([[https://www.scribd.com/doc/251816397/1-Paperino-Il-Paladino-Topolino-0247-0248 "Paperino Il Paladino,"]] [[http://www.comicartcity.com/immagini/griglia/2011/12/16/bottaro-paperac-jpg-1.jpg "Paperin di Paperac,"]] [[https://www.scribd.com/doc/251816396/2-Paperin-Furioso-Topolino-0544 "Paperin Furioso,"]] and [[http://duckcomicsrevue.blogspot.com/2014/01/donald-fracas.html "Paperino Fracas"]] are just a few examples) is inexplicably and uncharacteristically relegated as the LovableCoward of the bunch?!
** Hopefully, if Donald's recent characterization in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haiRE_e3LLs "Tapped Out" {2013}]] is any indication, Disney has learned from their little mistake and has reaffirmed Donald's {{Badass}} and LightningBruiser status in future cartoons and feature films.
* NightmareFuel:
** The [[spoiler:DrowningPit]] sequence. [[spoiler:Mickey struggling to swim upwards even though he's chained up, noticeably exhaling when he can't hold his breath, and finally fainting. The air bubbles that escapes his mouth even form his famous [[SigilSpam head silhouette]]]]. Also counts as MoodWhiplash with the sign gag: "[[spoiler:You must be THIS TALL to survive the dungeon.]]"
*** Although the sign gag is PlayedForLaughs, Mickey's [[OhCrap face]] when he sees this basically says "That's it, I am going to '''die.'''"
** A gag with tombstones for the trio in Pete's lair, each one with a carved skull shaped like the character's heads on top of each one.
* TearJerker: Mickey's face after [[spoiler:Pete leaves him for dead]]. [[BreakTheCutie Just... so... heartbreaking...]]
** Donald [[spoiler:giving up and fleeing the castle, after Mickey begs him not to. How ''sad'' he sounds doesn't help, either.]]
*** [[http://thekingmickey.tumblr.com/post/86463675845/denisetremont-01-ruthc93-scroogerello-if This]] post on Tumblr just makes it worse.
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