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YMMV: Donald Duck
  • Archive Panic: We're talkin' about a character who has appeared in a considerable quantity of videogames, thousands of newspaper strips, a frickin' helluva lot in animation, and an absolutely monstrous amount in comic book stories...which have been released in a non-stop basis since 1934 and are unlikely to ever stop as long as The Walt Disney Company operates.
  • Bizarro Episode: Holy precious hell, it wouldn't be a surprise if half of the budget for Duck Pimples went to LSD for the animators.
  • Ear Worm: "Who's got the sweetest disposition?" Listen to it here!
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: In the Netherlands, Poland, Italy and the Nordic countries, Donald Duck is more popular than Mickey Mouse.
    • Also 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 i[t 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 exxagerate Donald into a psychopath.
  • Moral Event Horizon: In "Donald's Happy Birthday" Donald sees their nephews buying a box of cigars and wrongfully thinks that they want to smoke, when they actually wanted to make a present for him. He becomes furious than ever and decides to punish their nephews forcing'em 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 were a jerk in some circustances, but still holding some sympathy, here can be considered downright cruel.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Donald going mad with godlike power in "Trombone Trouble". Along with him saying, "Power, power, POWER!" and then laughing evilly. The sharp teeth certainly didn't help when he was laughing evilly.
    • Donald roaring and taking a huge bite out of wood in "Donald's Double Trouble".
    • His nervous breakdown in Mickey and the Beanstalk.
    • Donald literally turning into a devil at the end of "Soup's On".
    • Thanks to them editing the context, the prime time special "Down and Out With Donald Duck" treats Mickey's treatment of Donald in the short "Magician Mickey" as a moment that's left Donald severely messed up and revealed that it still gives him nightmares.
    • Donald believing that he's accidentally amputated his entire lower torso a which leads him to be nearly Driven to Suicide complete with an insane Slasher Smile on his face the whole time in "The Old Army Game."
    • "Donald Duck And The Gorilla". Donald having to deal with a monstruos Killer Gorilla who breaked into his house.
  • 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.)
  • 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 "Traunt Officer Donald".
  • 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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