YMMV / Donald Duck

  • Archive Panic: We're talkin' about a character who has appeared in a considerable quantity of video games, thousands of newspaper strips, a frickin' helluva lot in animation, and an absolutely monstrous amount in comic book stories...which have been released on a non-stop basis since 1934 and are unlikely to ever stop as long as The Walt Disney Company operates.
  • Bizarro Episode: Holy precious, it wouldn't be a surprise if half of the budget for Duck Pimples went to LSD for the animators.
  • Designated Villain: There are some shorts where he comes across as this, such as the shorts where he's terrorized by Chip and Dale. While Donald's Jerkass tendencies often make him an ideal target for Laser-Guided Karma, there are also shorts where he actually does nothing to provoke characters like Chip and Dale, who decide to attack him for no better reason than he happens to be there.
  • Ear Worm:
    • "Who's got the sweetest disposition?" Listen to it here!
    • The preceding theme used to introduce his shorts from 1941-1947 is also catchy.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: In the Netherlands, Poland, Italy and the Nordic countries, Donald Duck is more popular than Mickey Mouse. And thanks to Italian and Nordic comics being translated, he is also very popular in Germany and France.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In one comic book adaptation called Lost in the Andes!, Donald and his nephews discover a world that is similar to the world of Minecraft well before the video game was invented.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Donald would be a lot more sympathetic if it weren't for his Hair-Trigger Temper.
  • Memetic Badass: It's a bit of a running joke on 4chan's /co/ that Donald can basically win in any fight, up to and including destroying the Death Star single-handedly.
  • Memetic Mutation: Dolan.
  • Memetic Psychopath: Pretty much the point of Dolan is to exaggerate Donald into a psychopath.
  • Moral Event Horizon: In "Donald's Happy Birthday" Donald sees his nephews buying a box of cigars and wrongfully thinks that they want to smoke, when they actually bought them as a present for him. He becomes furious and decides to punish his nephews forcing them to smoke the entire box of cigars at once in their tiny treehouse and even increases the smoke with a bellows. Even when they pass out all sick and exhausted Donald triumphantly yells for the boys to "have another cigar!" While Donald is usually able to retain some sympathy despite being a jerk, here he is downright cruel. And then he feels bad when he learns the cigars were meant to be a gift for him.
  • Older Than They Think:
    • The name Donald Duck first appeared in a written poem, More Hoozoo in 1931. (However, the illustrated duck did not resemble the character as we know him.)
    • This is bound to happen to any youngster that discovers Donald through his more modern appearances and takes time to realize the character is 82 years old.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • The ending of "Donald's Happy Birthday" is a pretty good contender for one.
    • Also, the part where Donald thinks he killed his nephews in "Truant Officer Donald".
    • From the classic Paperinik stories, "Love into Oblivion": Daisy saw him change into Paperinik, so, as usual, he fed her a memory-erasing candy... Except it had been damaged, and made Daisy forget of Donald and believe that Paperinik's her fiancee.
  • Unpopular Popular Character
  • We're Still Relevant, Dammit: In computer.don, Donald is depicted as being pathetically behind the times (having a rotary phone and an old fashioned ice box that Goofy stops by to refill), and is repeatedly labeled a dweeb because of it.

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