Fridge / Donald Duck

Fridge Logic

  • Why exactly does Donald stay with Daisy? She leaves Donald for Gladstone whenever she damn well feels like it, and it's not like Donald doesn't have better options. (Those "better options" including Xadhoom and Kay K. The former of whom he's flirted far more with than Daisy....)

Fridge Horror
  • If you think too much about Don Rosa's Arc Welding work, you have to conclude that everyone's parents are dead.
    • Not much fridge: The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck showed Scrooge's father's corpse... On the other hand, Matilda McDuck is still alive and well, so Hortense and Della could still be around.
    • Furthermore, Don Rosa usually implies that his "Present Day" stories are actually set during the heydays of Carl Barks' classic stories (thus mostly during The '50s), which means that as of right now, most characters should be either really old (e.g. Donald and even HD&L) or most probably already dead (e.g. Grandma Duck and Scrooge himself)!
      • According to Don Rosa's unofficial timeline, Scrooge died in 1967, at the age of 100. If that should make Scrooge fans upset, it might help to consider that Don Rosa's earlier stories showed Scrooge's ancestors, as well as his father, living content on as ghosts, meaning Scrooge would likely do so as well.
  • What's going to happen with all of Scrooge's money and businesses around the world after he passes away? Apparently it all goes to Huey, Dewey and Louie as they are smart and sensible enough to take care of it, but assuming they're in their teens, or at most, are young adults when the time comes, it can't turn out a very healthy life for the three having such massive wealth and responsibilities on their backs the rest of their lives.
  • Donald can be read has having PTSD as a result of his service in the Pacific Front in the Disney Wartime Cartoons. In a pre-war comic, Donald tries to catch a thief stealing his food with a camera trap, and it turned out to be himself sleepwalking. When the same thing happened years later after the war, his nephews tried to wake him from sleepwalking with a firecracker prank. Donald promptly has a flashback to his duty in the Pacific Front, freaks out at the "Japanese-laid minefield and ambush", and throws some things at his nephews (Which in his rather frantic state he perceives to be grenades that he's flinging at Japanese soldiers).

Fridge Brilliance
  • Why has Donald always endured in popularity while other classic Disney characters tend to wax and wane? First of all, he has plenty of human faults - a rotten temper, kinda lazy, being a bit of a jerk (albeit with a good heart), and very outgoing and friendly once he stops speaking Angrish. He's also been the one character that kept reinventing himself with the times, willing to try anything he thinks looks like fun. Disco dancing duck? Yup. Showing up with a video camera and an Aloha shirt a decade later? He's game. Two decades and change later, and he's still reinventing himself. In short Donald's continued popularity is because of his foibles and changes. Donald is the most human Disney character and the most like ourselves, a true everyman.
  • Donald's feats of strength during his temper tantrums are not unusual, rather, they are inherited from the McDuck Clan he is descended from, just like his Uncle Scrooge, who has once gotten angry enough to rip apart heavy steel chains when some crooked people made fun of his family and made light of the fact that one of his relatives had just passed away, after which he proceeded to start giving those folks a thorough thrashing, the resulting violence ripping apart the ship he was being held prisoner on. He has also gotten angry enough to fight off entire mobs of rival gold prospectors, and completely shrugged off their attempts to murder him with dynamite.