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Quite a few things about the show are divisive.
- The show has a bit more of a cynical streak due to the increased angst the characters go through. There are those who think the show is going a bit too far in copying some other shows and making things a slog to sit through, or those who praise the show for going in a bold direction.
- In a similar vein, the more heavy reliance on action and violence compared to the original series and comics is either seen as either trying too hard to be too shocking and placing more effort in looking good rather than actually being good, or those who think it works for what the show is going for, and the efforts to develop the characters make the moments all the more meaningful.
- Should the show even have violent conflicts between the heroes and the villains? Fans of the comics say it goes against everything the Duck comics stand for, while television viewers point out the fact that TV shows need to have faster-paced narratives with personal conflicts between the heroes and the villains. Adding onto this is the fact that the majority of the show's villains are more bloodthirsty than they are in the comics, which several fans believe necessitates the use of violence by the heroes to vanquish the villains and restore justice and peace.
- The art style of the show also divides the audience. Some like the modern, sketchy, angular designs and the comic book-like visual style, while others consider it outright ugly and would prefer something closer to the Classic Disney Shorts or the 1987 series. The latter group sometimes brings up Legend of the Three Caballeros as comparison, as that show managed to pull off a "classic Disney" visual style in modern animation.
- The fanbase seems to be split on the storytelling approach of the show. Half of the fans want the show to have more adventure arcs, fun one-shot episodes and rotating protagonists. The other half want more serialized stories, a more grounded tone, and a select focus on lasting character development.
- Does the show try too hard to appeal to today's kids? The inclusion of Mark Beaks, more focus on the kids over the adults, heavier amount of comedy, and some references to modern technology add to this idea. You can either put up with it or think it will date the show and make it less enjoyable. It is possible to have a show set in modern day without overt references and cues to it, and without trying to appeal too hard to a specific audience.
- Even the advertising reflects this. Back when the show was considered a Disney XD show, the commercials and shorts put a decent amount of focus on Scrooge even if the kids still had more prominence. This changes with the channel hop to Disney Channel, where the commercials and shorts put more emphasis on them, to the point that Scrooge is almost completely excluded.
- Some of the casting that ties into characters' backgrounds and actors' performances has also split the fandom. While there are those who supporting some of the casting such as David Tennant as Scrooge since they're both Scottish or having Nia Valadros as Selene since they're both of a Greek background, some of the other casting hasn't sat well, though usually not due to performance. For example, Jim Rash typically voices jerkish characters, and Gyro Gearloose is made an Adaptational Jerkass to play to his strengths. Another is making Don Karnage into a Latin character and casting Mexican actor Jamie Camil to play him even though his original voice actor, Jim Cummings, reprised the role of Darkwing Duck. Put simply, not all of the casting is met with a warm reception.
- Should the show have an overarching Big Bad? One side points out that while the original comics have recurring antagonists, they didn't have a be-all overarching villain despite a serialized narrative. The other side points out that what works in comics doesn't always make it way into television (which usually does not run as long as comics and thus needs a tighter narrative), and how serialized television always has an overarching villain.
Base Breaking Character
There's a surprisingly large amount of divisive characters.
- Mark Beaks. He's either a funny look at modern business tycoons who's a surprisingly clever, worthwhile new villain, or an unfunny attempt to keep the franchise relevant and lacking as a new member of the Rogues Gallery due to his rather harmless nature compared to the other members.
- Webby is starting to become divisive. While the consensus among the fanbase was that the new version of the character is a vast improvement and she has many who like her, some people think that the show goes too far in making her proactive and made her too good for everything, stealing a lot of spotlight from the triplets. It doesn't help that the unfortunate reshuffling of the episodes so far has given her a lot of screen time, whereas things would have been more balanced if they had aired in the intended order. The fact that the Magica arc that's been one of the main plotlines for the first season has Webby as the primary focus character in each episode related to it thus far while the rest of the cast have all only had minor roles overall in it, including Scroogenote , also hasn't helped the case for people who view her as the latter. In morally grey conflicts such as the Della incident and other personal McDuck-Duck family matters, the writers also have a tendency to take Webby's side when she joins the argument. In fact, the few times that the writers don't side with Dewey on controversial matters (see below), Webby is the one that is usually portrayed as being in the right.
- Dewey has reached this status for similar reasons as Webby: some people love him due to his new adventurous personality, his following in Scrooge's footsteps, and last but not least his sympathetic moments, while others have grown to dislike him feeling he takes too much focus from the other characters, being the only one of the brothers tied up in the Della plotlinenote and appearing in more episodes than any other character, as well as often being at the forefront of many episodes and often more competent than some characters in spite of his Leeroy Jenkins attitude, and often at Scrooge and Donald's expense. Coupled with some of his controversial actions in later episodes that have the writers taking his side, such as in "Sky Pirates... in the Sky" or "The Secrets of Castle McDuck," some people are even starting to view him growing dangerously close to Creators' Pet territory.
- It also does not help that even through Della is the triplet's mother, Dewey gets the lion's share of the stories revolving around her and what happened to her. Louie and Huey only get involved around the end of season 1 and briefly speak about her in the first episode of Season 2 but that's it. But then again, although Huey and Louie love her and want her in their lives, they seem to accept the fact that she's gone As far as they know and made mistakes much easier than Dewey does, so this may be intentional.
- Launchpad's increasingly eccentric behavior is also this. The fans have mixed opinions about this. Some find him annoying and a poor man's Soos note who's more of an incompetent scaredy cat than the original version, some think he's hilarious and still has plenty of moments to shine, and some think that while the current version isn't bad, it would still improve the character to make him more heroic.
- Huey. Fans either love him for being an outstanding Junior Woodchuck, others think the Junior Woodchuck aspect of his personality has become too gimmicky and dominant, at the expense of Character Development, his supposedly nicer personality, and even at times his intelligence itself. Is he drastically underdeveloped when compared to his brothers, whose personalities make it easier for them to take spotlights in the episodes? Many fans want Huey to get a story arc of his own where he's front and center. Since Season 1 was Dewey's season and Season 2 is said to be Louie's season, here's looking at you season 3!
- Some fans consider Manny the Headless Man-Horse to be an Ensemble Dark Horse, while others consider him to be a Running Gag that has overstayed its welcome.
- Roxanne Featherly is also this, mainly in how later episodes make her more egocentric and concerned only with getting interesting news over the truth, in stark contrast to her neutral portrayal as a honest reporter in the pilot. She's still tolerated by some people though.
- Doofus Drake definitely qualifies, being a sociopathic, entitled brat as opposed to the dorky, good natured kid he is in the original. You love him or hate him.
- Louie is also divisive, mainly from those who find his more jerkish, skewed behavior annoying and unlikable, and how he's the least developed of the triplets, or those who find him funny and appreciate his nicer moments and smaller instances of character development.
- Gyro Gearloose being more of a jerk in this series is either seen as an insult to a character who's generally nice and laid back, or those who like, or at least, don't mind the change, given that he's more inclined to stand up for himself.
- Flintheart Glomgold is either darkly hilarious and threatening or annoying and trying too hard to be funny. The fact he went through Villain Decay to little more than a nuisance has also split the fanbase, from those who think it's a step backward for someone who's usually a crafty planner, or those who think it works since it's meant to show how he's the opposite of Scrooge in trying to go too far with petty goals, and it's all just part of a plan to get his stride back.
- Magica can be seen as this in two camps. When she initially appeared, there are those who thought making her into a Knight of Cerebus was trying too hard to be like the competition, or those who figured it works since later episodes give her more of a darkly comedic edge. The other camp is split on her motives being mysterious and shadowed in illusion (since she wants to get rid of Scrooge for trapping her in his dime, and not much else), from those who think she's rather cliche or those who think the mysterious element works since it's just about building her up to be even more sinister and her backstory is still one with potential.
- Surprisingly enough, Donald Duck himself is starting to become this, mainly due to his treatment of Scrooge. While most of the fanbase loves him for how devoted he is to his nephews, a certain part of it does not like how he handled the fall out of Della's disappearance. From laying all the blame for the Spear of Selene at Scrooge's feet and refusing to acknowledge that Della had a choice, some fans are quite vocal about the fact that Donald owes Scrooge an apology just as much as Scrooge owes Donald an apology. It also does not help that he deliberately kept Scrooge and the triplets apart for a decade, and never even told the triplets that Scrooge was their Uncle. In fact, he never would have told them if he had not been forced to. There's also fact that despite knowing how attached the triplets had become to Scrooge, Webby, and the others, he was still planning on forcing the boys to move back to the marina during the entirety of Season 1. Others fans don't like that, even though it is understandable, Donald essentially kept the triplets in a Gilded Cage for 10 years and never really let them do anything. They say it is not fair to the boys.
- This is aggravated by the fact that a large portion of the fandom refuses to acknowledge that Donald has any faults, and did use Scrooge as sort of a scapegoat once Della disappeared.
- As enviable as it was, Della Duck has somewhat become this for people. While many do sympathize with her of being an example of a flawed mother who bit off more than what she could chew, some more or less find her Unintentionally Unsympathetic for one big reason: Taking the Spear of Selene and getting stuck on the Moon and thought to be dead by Scrooge and Donald, leading to the two to hate each other along with Donald struggling to raise her kids for ten years. To say Della is as flawed and polarizing as Ford Pines would be an Understatement.