* ArchivePanic: 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.
* BizarroEpisode: Holy precious, it wouldn't be a surprise if half of the budget for ''Duck Pimples'' [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs went to LSD for the animators.]]
* BrokenBase: While his [[HairTriggerTemper personality]] is generally well-liked, his [[HeliumSpeech distinctive voice]] is either charming or [[MostAnnoyingSound hard on the ears]] depending on who you ask.
* DesignatedVillain: 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 LaserGuidedKarma, 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.
* EarWorm:
** ''"Who's got the sweetest disposition?"'' Listen to it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jRILvxnf94 here!]]
** The preceding theme used to introduce his shorts from 1941-1947 is also catchy.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: 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.
* HilariousInHindsight: In one comic book adaptation called ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lost_in_the_Andes! Lost in the Andes!]]'', Donald and his nephews discover a world that is similar to the world of ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' well before the video game was invented.
* JerkassWoobie: Donald would be a lot more sympathetic if it weren't for his HairTriggerTemper.
* MemeticBadass: 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 [[Franchise/StarWars Death Star]] single-handedly.
* MemeticMutation: ''Webcomic/{{Dolan}}''.
** From the Silly Symphony comic [[HilariousInHindsight in which he sends Goofy to a watery death]], his [[http://www.comicsbeat.com/wp-content/2008/04/donaldduckyoujerk.jpg satisfied pose in the last panel]] is often [[MemeticBadass used]] to show him pimpwalking away from all sorts of catastrophes. The phrase "Do not fuck with the duck", is a common accompaniment.
** Screenshots from ''Disney/DerFuehrersFace'' are very popular on the internet mainly because a lot of people find it hilarious and shocking to see a beloved children's cartoon character in a Nazi uniform. [[spoiler: Granted in the actual film it was [[AllJustADream all just a nightmare]] Donald was having and it was made clear he hated being a Nazi.]]
* MemeticPsychopath: Pretty much the point of ''Webcomic/{{Dolan}}'' is to exaggerate Donald into a psychopath.
* MoralEventHorizon: In "Donald's Happy Birthday" [[spoiler: 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. [[spoiler:And then he feels bad when he learns the cigars were meant to be a gift for him.]]
* MyRealDaddy: Donald Duck was a beloved creation by Creator/WaltDisney and his animators, but if you ask most of his comics fans, it was Creator/CarlBarks in stories like "Lost in the Andes" and "Vacation Time" that really codified him into a three-dimensional character, someone who was unlucky but persistent and hard-working, hot-headed and flawed but also heroic when the chips were down, and who because of his love for his nephews and dedication to them, is somewhat of a tragic and lovable hero.
* OlderThanTheyThink:
** 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 [[WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse more]] [[WesternAnimation/MickeyMouseClubhouse modern]] [[Franchise/KingdomHearts appear]][[VideoGame/EpicMickey ances]] and takes time to realize the character is over 80 years old.
* TearJerker:
** 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".
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* ValuesDissonance: In ''Donald's Happy Birthday'', Huey, Dewy, and Louie are able to go into a store and buy a box of cigars for their uncle for his birthday. Today, it's highly unlikely that any store would allow children to buy cigars, regardless of whether it's for them or an adult relative. Donald then misinterprets and thinks he's caught the boys smoking, punishing them by having them smoke the whole box until the ordeal makes them sick, what was seen as a fair form of discipline and repellent from the habit in such a day is now considered harmful child abuse.
* WereStillRelevantDammit: 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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