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The Everyduck at the center of the duck comic universe. Unlike in the animated shorts, where his chief distinguishing features are his trademark violent rages and nigh-incomprehensible quacking, the Donald of the comics is articulate and has a more nuanced character, though he still has a temper and will not hesitate to get back at anyone who gets on his bad side (using underhanded tactics, if necessary). Despite his many, MANY flaws, he is often capable of great decency and even heroism at a pinch. Carl Barks once said that he liked writing Donald because whether he was a good guy or a bad guy could change from story to story.
- Abusive Parents: It's kind of an universal staple that his violent tantrums extend to his nephews as well. In some cases it's outright intentional Black Comedy. Admittedly, a significant portion of it is Values Dissonance, since during the heyday of the comics (and in the perpetual 1950s of the Don Rosa comics), it was perfectly normal for parents to use Corporal Punishment.
- Adaptational Badass: Most notably as Paperinik/Duck Avenger, where he sometimes reaches near-Batman levels of hyper-competence, even if it varies a lot Depending on the Writer. He hides this in his civilian identity by playing up his lazy layabout characteristics.
- Adaptational Intelligence: See above. Donald Duck in PKNA and DD is quite a bit smarter than the one we usually see.
- Alliterative Name: Donald Duck.
- Amazon Chaser: Seems to have a thing for strong-willed and generally powerful women: Daisy's temper is known, and some stories present her as a spy (and Donald knows); Reginella is extremely nice but strong-willed and incredibly dangerous when pushed too far (it says everything that for her unleashing a berserking Donald on a villain is holding back); Lyla Lay is just as strong-willed, skilled, and incredibly strong as you'd expect from a Time Police droid; Xadhoom is a short-tempered Physical Goddess; and Kay K is a superspy, and skilled enough in combat she once wrecked Lyla.
- Anti-Hero: In the early stories, his superhero alter-ego Paperinik wasn't actually a superhero, but a Pragmatic Hero, avenging wrongs that had been done to Donald, sometimes in blatantly illegal ways. The writers toned this aspect down later and turned him into a superhero instead. The character's methods did not change much but he started targeting the criminal population of Duckburg.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Daisy Duck, Depending on the Writer. Donald can be a Jerkass at times, even with his gold-hearted moments, but Daisy is definitely a Tsundere.
- Berserk Button: It would almost be easier to list what DOESN'T set him off, but you can probably put being disobeyed by his nephews or having to deal with Gladstone's infuriating luck on the top of the list.
- He also hates being pushed around. He will take a lot of shit, but he will eventually get tired of it, and you should better hope you are not caught in the resulting avalanche of violence.
- Also inverted in one case: His nephew pointing out how he's a screw-up, Loser Protagonist would send him into a breakdown.
- The Big Guy: Surprisingly, this is actually his main role when out adventuring with Scrooge. Whenever strength is needed, it is usually up to Donald, since he is in his prime, and while Scrooge still has a lot of his old fighting skills, he is too old and the nephews are too young and lack the stamina and raw strength needed for a lot of demanding physical tasks. One of the more notable examples would be him singlehandedly sawing through a solid steel bar in a rapidly flooding chamber, and then right afterwards opening a series of floodgates with his bare hands in "Return To Xanadu".
- In his pilot role in DuckTales, he is replaced by the Big Guy Launchpad.
- He plays this role with Mickey and Goofy as well (even in the few times they meet in the comics) and is usually the one seen carrying their stuff when they all go out on a trip.
- Despite being called a coward at different points (typically by his uncle), Donald is actually ready for a fight more often than not and willing to jump into the fray against any of the human/duck/anthropomorphic opponents that Barks and Rosa throw his way.
- Land of the Pygmy Indians and its sequel War of the Wendigo has Donald being identified as the Duck Family's noblest warrior, by Scrooge no less.
- Return to Xanadu has the triplets note that Donald is the biggest and the strongest out of the group. They are right, as the nephews are just children, and Scrooge is well into his 80's by this point and has lost most of his physical strength.
- Born Unlucky: Probably even more so than in his cartoons, especially in Don Rosa's stories! Several stories revolve around his practically supernatural levels of misfortune.
- Donald is so unlucky that he cannot even capitalize on it (winning the "Unluckiest Man in the World"-contest, working as a Butt-Monkey for hire). In both cases his luck completely turned around and he was exceedingly luckyat least until his grumpy customers/spectators were out of eyesight. He had better success in another comic where he gave rich people expensive guided tours of his daily life, showing off how consistently unlucky he is to them to make them feel better about themselves.
- Though it's mostly in comparison to his cousin Gladstone Gander, the luckiest duck in the world and despite Donald's trend to get upset over his luck when compared to Gladstone's he's actually lived an extremely interesting life, has three nephews that adore him, good friends, and has even come into his share of treasure!
- Donald also has the problem that he combines his bad luck with inherent laziness, ego and short temper. Many of his problems and failures could have been avoided if he didn't make them worse by his impulsive behavior. Donald is a very hard, talented worker when he wants to be, but has a tendency to get a swell head if he is being successful, and THAT IS invariably when bad luck gets him.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: While Donald does work hard once he is at work, he wants to laze around as much as possible. He is however incredibly skilled at almost anything he does(him being fired is usually due to bad luck or just falling asleep at a bad time), to the degree that he is actually the best in the world at certain things... one of them being coin polishing, which had one of the most prestigious coin collectors make a journey just to learn from him!
- This could be identified as one of the biggest differences between Donald and his Uncle Scrooge. Whereas Scrooge will put 100% of his effort towards anything he attempts, there are times when Donald will slack off or fall asleep. Notably however in some stories when in competition with Scrooge, such as Barks' City of Golden Roofs Donald proves himself just as capable of matching Scrooge's work ethic and in his own way can even be superior to Scrooge. (In City of Golden Roofs salesman Donald has a good product to sell, good marketing skills, and a working knowledge of the customer's tastes. On the other hand, Scrooge is stuck with a useless product, and is too old-fashioned to recognize any of the modern (1950s) trends around him.)
- There are also certain times when he isn't lazy at all, as evidenced by the sheer number of different jobs that Donald has had over the years (Especially in Barks 10-page works). He's successfully been a farmer, rainmaker, barber, demolitions expert, and held numerous other occuptions as well, all of which he was quite successful at, at first. Typically, things will end up going wrong halfway through the story for some reason, such as Donald's jealousy or becoming overconfident. But the fact that he is ever able to achieve success in so many different areas says quite a lot about his abilities.
- Along with the many jobs he takes on, some of them require a surprising amount of work on his part to go along with his brilliance. Take Rosa's Master Landscapist for example. In it Donald trains rabbits "to munch grass down to exactly 3 centimeters", uses knitting needles to arrange rose vines, trims trees as if he's giving a person a hair cut, and files individuals blades of grass with an emory board! Needless to say this is a bit more work than the average landscapist could be expected to do.
- Perhaps it is better to say that Donald is an enthusiastic and hard worker, at the beginning. His problem is that he usually grows bored with his jobs and starts to slack off or find ways to make them more exciting.
- Butt-Monkey: Dear Lord, Yes! Hes one of the most famous examples of this trope in comic book history, alongisde Peter Parker and Hank Pym. Almost everything he does goes wrong one way or another, especially if his cousin Gladstone Gander is present for emphasis.
- Chaste Toons: He has three nephews, but no children of his own.
- The Chew Toy: It's toned down in the comics compared to the cartoons, but he still tends to end up through the wringer.
- Actually, in some comics, this trope is even more emphasized, especially Don Rosa's! Yes, Rosa had a tendency to place Donald in dangerous situations and have Scrooge show a surprising lack of empathy or care for his nephew in these situations, such as in Escape from Forbidden Valley where Donald is kidnapped by a group of natives and thrown into a valley of dinosaurs or The Last Lord of Eldorado where Donald nearly falls to his death while hanging onto two seperates pieces of a rope attached to two ends of a mountain, and Scrooge proceeds to walk over to Donald (On top of the rope donald is holding onto, forming a makeshift bridge), only to retrieve the map Donald was holding in his shirt and literally leaving Donald hanging over the chasm as he returns to solid ground.
- Chick Magnet: Aside from his relationship with Daisy, he was paired or at least shipped with many different female characters that show interest in him. Notable example are Donna Duck, Reginella, Lola Duck, Princess Oona, Xadhoom and Lyla Lay (Paperinik New Adventures), Kay-K (Double Duck) and various one-shot characters.
- The Complainer Is Always Wrong: Often in the adventures he shares with Scrooge and his nephews, Donald is the one most reluctant to come along, and who complains the most... so he's also the one who suffers the most hardships, though usually because his contrarian attitude makes things difficult for him.
- On occasion, though, he gets a chance to shine as either the Only Sane Man or, at least, as Properly Paranoid, especially when paired off with Scrooge. Don Rosa, in particular, tends to show Donald in a more sympathetic light than writers like Carl Barks, but it's not unheard of even in the classic Barks tales.
- Cool Car: Donald's old 313 (a 1934 Belchfire Runabout) straddles the line between this and The Alleged Car, but more of the former, as it has taken him through quite a few adventures.
- Made even more noteworthy (and serving as one examples of Donald's expertise in different areas) is that, as Rosa reveals in Recalled Wreck, Donald built the car himself and takes care of all the maintenance for it himself, completely taking apart the car and cleaning or repairing every part on a regular basis.
- As Paperinik, Donald started using a modified version of his 313 able to fly and equipped with a lot of high tech gadgets by Gyro Gearloose to combat crime.
- Cool Guns: Owns a double-barreled shotgun (most famously used in "Donald and Reginella's Wedding" to crush Bingo's army) and a Colt 1911 (seen in the early Paperinik stories).
- The Cowl: In his super-hero alter-ego, Paperinik. Sometimes played straight (especially in Paperinik New Adventures), sometimes as an Affectionate Parody, and sometimes Played for Laughs.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: In Don Rosa's stories, he reveals that he's picked up quite a few things without realizing it from his adventures with Scrooge and his nephews when he meets up with his old friends Panchito Pistoles and Jose Carioca for an adventure in Mexico. When Donald casually mentions finding El Dorado and Atlantis, the others fist think he is joking, then nearly faint when they finally realize Donald was telling the truth all along.
- Deadpan Snarker: Part of his irascible personality is making snide remarks about his misfortunes.
- Demoted to Extra: In DuckTales (1987) he only appears in a handful of episodes.
- Averted in the 2017 reboot where he's now part of the main cast.
- Determinator: As soon as Donald starts to obsess about something, he'll go to any length. He never gives up.
- Ditzy Genius: He's a duck of many talents. Unfortunately, his biggest and most consistent talent seems to be screwing things up for himself whenever things are going well.
- Don't Make Me Take My Belt Off: He doesn't have a belt, but in the older comics, he'd often chase his nephews with a stick.
- The Drag-Along: Donald is frequently this when treasure-hunting with Uncle Scrooge. Scrooge and the nephews might be excited at the prospect of a new adventure. Donald has to be coerced. Particularly evident in "The Twenty-four Carat Moon" (December, 1958) by Carl Barks. He doesn't want to go to a space-travel mission and proclaims "I want to keep my feet on good old Earth". Two panels later, he is in the space-traveling vehicle, chained to his seat and his feet are standing on a box of dirt. This doesn't stop Donald from being both useful and sarcastic.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Specifically in regards to his treatment at the hands of Scrooge, though other characters like Gladstone can be included as well. Not only has Donald gone on numerous adventures of his own in which he's put his life on the line, but he helps his Uncle fight off the likes of the Beagle Boys and Magica De Spell on a regular basis. This then doesn't take into account the adventures he goes on with his Uncle, in which he's typically integral to the success of the mission/treasure hunt in some way. Yet his Uncle still tends to treat him as a lazy nuisance that can't do anything right and in some instances has even claimed that he didn't need Donald's help to secure some of his treasures!
- You could say that the entire purpose of The Duck Who Never Was is to point this out, as without Donald around Scrooge has long since fallen into poverty, due to losing his #1 dime to Magica and then being swindled by Flintheart shortly afterwards. Furthermore, Huey, Dewey, and Louie have become fat, lazy slobs under the care of Gladstone, instead of the adventurous intellectuals that they are living with Donald.
- One example of this is Rosa's Treasure Under Glass, where it's Donald that figures out the method Scrooge can use to get to a sunken ship that contains a map of all the lost treasure that sank in the area of the Spanish Main! How does Scrooge repay him? By first blaming Donald's idea when the pictures he and his nephews take of the treasure map are stolen by pirates and then, after the crisis has been taken care of later and the pictures recovered, slapping Donald's hand with his cane when Donald asked for a reward (A reward which Scrooge had promised him at the story's start if he helped Scrooge get the treasure map and which he himself, rightfully, points out he deserves after risking his life once again to help his uncle). Why? Because one of the pictures taken on the camera was of Donald blowing a raspberry at Scrooge behind his back at the start of the story.
- This example is probably made even worse because that map that Donald helps Scrooge recover? Some of the treasure they later find with it is what leads Scrooge to becoming The Last Lord of El Dorado. In fact, in that story Donald's specifically the one that finds the plaque that gives Scrooge the right to be said Lord. So even had he not been the one to come up with the idea for getting the map he would still deserve some credit for the second achievement.
- The climax of Return to Xanadu features Donald as the hero of the story, when he saws through a metal door, nearly drowning, and proceeds to open the sluice gate hat was causing the valley of Xanadu to quickly fill up with water, by which all of its inhabitants would have drowned.
- Say what you will about him being perpetually poor, but Donald Duck has probably managed to attain more jobs than any other character in literary history. True, he often ends up losing said jobs for whatever reason. But the fact that he is able to attain them at all (And many times in fact, the job he gets is one he created for himself, showcasing a general talent in the field of business) displays many different admirable qualities on his part, such as adaptations, perseverance, ingenuity, etc.
- On Stolen Time, by Don Rosa, features the Beagle Boys gaining the ability to stop time due to a new invention they stole from Gyro Gearloose. Whenever time is frozen they proceed to steal millions of dollars from Scrooge at a time. Their plot is only failed thanks to Donald pretending to be frozen at one point, following them back to their hideout, and then returning to the Money Bin to inform Scrooge where they are. Fairly quick thinking for a duck often considered to be lazy.
- Eagle-Eye Detection: Don Rosa gave Donald this in An Eye for Detail to explain how Donald is able to tell his nephews apart. Turns out that beyond just being able to do that Donald can easily notice the smallest details of most objects, such as whether or not a fly has walked over a donut and left footprints on it. At the end of the story he seems to lose the ability, but it turns out to be a trick to get his uncle to stop trying to force him to use it for profit. The ability turns up again in The Dutchman's Secret.
- Strangely enough, though Scrooge thought Donald had lost the ability at the end of the first story he is once more aware that he has it during the second, asking Donald to use it to identify which lines on a wall drawing are new and which are old.
- The Everyman: His characterization is ambiguous enough that anyone can identify with him.
- Expert in Underwater Basket Weaving: In one comic, Donald is put in a machine meant to determine his greatest aptitude, which reveals that he has the innate gift for snake charming. He spends the rest of the stories moping about this trick of fate, only for the skill to be useful when he gets attacked by a giant snake.
- Expy: His superhero alter-ego, Paperinik, started as the Disney version of Diabolik before evolving in a different direction. Some stories pay homage to this by having Lord Quackett aka Fantomius (the Gentleman Thief who was the in-universe inspiration of Paperinik look like the Duckified version of Diabolik◊.
- Fatal Flaw: Depending on the author, as usual, but some of the more common are Arrogance, Ambition and a comically short fuse.
- Farm Boy: Donald was raised by his Grandma Duck in the countryside, where he spent his childhood playing with the other kids out in the fields. His skepticism of his nephews' new era toys and means of entertainment is a recurring trait in some comics.
- Flanderization: His portrayal in early Italian-produced comics exaggerated his character traits from the American comic of the time to comical extremes. Donald became a narcoleptic with a complete aversion to any kind of physical work and so dumb he genuinely believed two plus two equaled five point five. He treated his nephews more like slaves than family. Later stories keep his original characterization.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Donald has very few friends due to his annoying personality and short temper. Most of his relative treat him as a friend through Proximity, Necessity, Pity, and Caring.
- Get Rich Quick Scheme. A staple in Donald Duck stories. They work out on occasion, but Status Quo Is God, so...
- Falls somewhat into Fridge Brilliance when one considers that, unlike his Uncle Scrooge, Donald has three children who depend on him to provide for them, with numerous stories pointing this out. With the fact that you also often see him worrying about paying bills or loans back it's not really surprising that he'd be interested in making large sums of money as fast as possible.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Much less prominent in the comic book incarnation of Donald than in his animated counterpart, but still very much a part of his character — after all, he wouldn't be Donald Duck without it. His mother, Hortense McDuck, and his father Quackmore Duck also had it and thus why Donald has the worst temper ever.
- Hard Work Hardly Works: Donald is capable of working incredibly hard when properly motivated, but this rarely brings him anything at all. Somewhat justified in that he almost completely lacks Scrooge's business sense, and his notorious bad luck usually trips him up.
- Honest Corporate Executive: An alternate version of himself in "History of a Disappearance" inherits Scrooge's wealth after his uncle falls into despair over the loss of his #1 Dime. He's surprisingly competent at running the business, but his sense of heroism has taken a hit as he's more likely to give a victim of theft money to buy a replacement for what was stolen instead of pursuing the thief himself.
- How Do I Shot Web?: As Paperinik, he sometimes has troubles with his gadgets, both in PKNA and non-PKNA stories. It's downplayed in PKNA, given he has One to help him with those (but still doesn't know how to use the full potential of his Extransformer shield, and when One gets deactivated he finds out he has no idea how to fuel the PKar... Or what the fuel is), but in non-PKNA stories he has some added problems because Gyro either forgets to explain how they work or gives him a gigantic user manual he cannot possibly read.
- Inadequate Inheritor: Whether or not Scrooge views Donald as this tends to vary across multiple stories. The Carl Barks story Some Heir Over the Rainbow, written in 1953, had Scrooge declare Huey, Dewey, and Louie his heirs, due to viewing Donald as this because of how he spent $1,000 that Scrooge secretly gave him, Gladstone, and the triplets — which Don Rosa naturally reinforced/referenced with Nobody's Business. Notably, that story features Scrooge even considering Gladstone to be a better successor than Donald. However, Race to the South Seas, from 1949, had Scrooge declare Donald as his heir at that story's end. 1956 had the story Two is Company where Scrooge is again trying to decide between Donald and Gladstone as to who will inherit his business. Then, 1961's Bongo on the Congo has Scrooge trying to teach Donald how to be a chief because he will inherit his business empire one day, and no mention is even made of the nephews doing so. So there are some stories showing the triplets being Scrooge's heirs and others showing that Donald is.
- And in terms of business savvy, there are stories where Donald does indeed show that he has what it takes to turn a profit. City of Golden Roofs, 1957, in fact had him competing against Scrooge to see who the better salesman was and he is extremely successful at it. Though the story treats it as if Donald lost, as he ends it with a pile of money and golden jewels in comparison to Scrooge having a large lump of gold this could be debated, since the actual craftsmanship that went into making all of Donald's golden objects would probably make them more valuable than what Scrooge has.
- Instant Expert: Donald in several stories. Granted, the duck is talented.
- In the Blood: Donald inherited his awful temper from both mother and father.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: No matter how fowl-tempered, self-centered or otherwise annoying he may act, he genuinely does care for his nephews and will sacrifice just about anything for their sake. In "A Christmas for Shacktown", Donald goes out of his way to throw a Christmas party for the poor kids of Shacktown, of course it was the triplets' idea but once Donald committed to it, he was entirely behind it.
- Ladykiller in Love: He really used to take advantage of his status as a Chick Magnet before Daisy became the love interest...
- The Lancer: Serves this role when forced to accompany Uncle Scrooge.
- Lovable Coward: Present in a lot of stories; Donald is all gung-ho as long as there's no actual danger, but when there is he's very likely to lose his nerve and run away. This trait is almost absent from his animated counterpart, except in the movie Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers, where a lot of fans unfamiliar with the comics complained that Donald's cowardice came out of nowhere.
- Should also be taken into account that the times when he does show fear are when he's literally in situations that any sane person would find dangerous. One example would be Don Rosa's Last Lord of Eldorado. At one point Donald is trapped hanging over a giant chasm, holding two pieces of a rope bridge together. Notably, even his nephews are worried for him and Donald is shown to be in incredible pain. So why would he not be afraid?
- Also has to be considered that, unlike his Uncle Scrooge, Donald has three children at home that rely on him. So in any situation he goes into he has to take into account the fact that if something happens to him they'd be left alone. And though they do have other family in the form of Scrooge, Gladstone, and Grandma that still wouldn't necessarily make up for the suffering they'd undergo (and the general shift their lives would take) were something to happen to Donald. So in comparison to Scrooge, who only has his money, and his nephews, who are still children no matter how smart they are, Donald has the most to lose if something ever goes wrong. And with Scrooge typically paying 30 cents an hour at most there's not much reason for him to get super excited about putting his life on the line.
- Master of Disguise: As Paperinik he is rather good thanks to the use of Latex Perfection and very good acting skills, to the point that his Clark Kenting act holds because everyone just assumes he wears a Donald Duck mask under his Domino Mask.
- He becomes even better in Paperinik New Adventures, having access to devices that make him appear having a completely different body shape (including that of a tree) or have a flame around his head.
- * Miles Gloriosus: While he often displays amazing talents, he's got a tendency to brag and exaggerate, promising more than he can deliver. Usually his faith in himself is unshakable — until he's actually called upon to do all those things he's bragged about.
- New Job Episode: Donald has much trouble getting jobs. When not working for Scrooge, he is most commonly shown working in a skunk oil factory or a margarine factory, jobs he understandably despises.
- Even so, Donald seems to be doing very well for himself at the margarine factory, at least. He once took a test of skills, and the conclusion was that the ideal job for him would be packing margarine.
- DuckTales (1987) sent Donald off to the Navy for the length of the series, as a plot excuse to leave the three nephews with Unca Scrooge.
- A common plot in comics is that Donald starts in a job, and is amazingly good at it, earning money and becoming famous until he makes a huge mistake that destroys the house, the garden, the road or whatever hes a specialist in, and has to flee the town. Typically, it's his arrogance which causes the fateful mistake. He could be anything from a gardener to an explosions expert. He pretty much creates works of art. His confidence increases with each successful assignment. Then he is offered a more demanding assignment, which seems to him like his crowning achievement. At this point he a) attempts to do by himself a job which would require one or more assistants, b) seriously underestimates the difficulties in accomplishing his goal or c) his single-minded pursuit of his goal prevents him from taking a rest, re-assessing the situation, etc. The scene is set for a spectacular disaster.
- Notably, in Rosa's Return to Xanadu, Donald notes that when he's free from the responsibilities and pressures of Duckburg he has no problem completing a job without screwing it up.
- Non-Powered Costumed Hero: As Paperinik, the costumed hero alter ego of Donald Duck, who's popular in European Disney comics. He's basically the Batman of Duckburg: he has no powers, he fights crime in a costume, few people know he's actually Donald, and he uses all sorts of gadgets developed by Gyro Gearloose. The stories where Donald appears in this guise seem to be in a whole different continuity from all others, as his becoming a badass with a Secret Identity would have huge ramifications for his character.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: If he's enraged but is keeping his temper in check, apologize and beg: whatever he's planning is much worse than anything he'd do in a fit of rage, especially if this is a Paperinik story.
- One-Man Army: Not usually depicted as one, but in a number of comics he shows himself to be a dangerous fighter, capable of taking down multiple opponents much bigger than him. This trait is amplified and taken Up to Eleven in many Italian stories — especially stories that are set in alternate continuities or settings, like the many Medieval European Fantasy stories featuring the characters, where Donald (or at least his fantasy counterpart) has single-handedly taken on entire armies and won.
Donald: (with sword in hand) I feel my arm tremble with excitement to pierce the survivors! Who's next to fall?!
- "Paperin Furioso" features a somewhat surreal dream world (brought on by Witch Hazel's magical pranks) where Donald is a knight in medieval times, with Gus as his squire. During the story, Donald goes insane with rage becomes totally invincible. He not only only defeats a heavily armored knight with his bare hands, but he also uproots an enormous tree and bashes the Beagle Boys with it, then proceeds to hurl boulders at them, and for an encore he lifts an entire catapult and hurls it at the Beagle Boy army, before setting their camp on fire. And what does he say about any survivors barely left standing?
- Later in the same story, Donald also headbutts King Scrooge's palace when the latter tries to send his guards after him, nearly destroying it. Of course, this story is All Just a Dream... though maybe not completely, since it's heavily hinted that the story really did happen, just in a constructed universe.
- The story also got a sequel, "Paperino Il Paladino," which is set in the same medieval-time world, but without the dream sequence framing. Donald the knight is completely sane during this story, but no less invincible in battle; he single-handedly defeats an entire army, twice, he merely shrugs off being flattened by a boulder, and he ends up fighting so furiously that his sword overheats and he has to blow on it to cool it down. In the second part of the story, he uses cleverness and tricks to sink as ship of invading saracens — and when they manage to get ashore anyway, he once again takes on the entire army and defeats them all single-handedly. (Of course, unfortunate circumstances means that Gladstone ends up getting all the credit.)
- In "Paperin de Paperac",◊ a musketeer version of Donald effortlessly disarms four Beagle Boys at the same time, stabbing one of them through the hat and just inches away from the Beagle's head. Needless to say, they beg him for mercy.
- Even "regular" Donald sometimes gets in on the act. In "Donald Duck and Reginella's Wedding", he faces the middle ages-equipped army of the villain intent on marrying Reginella armed only with a double-barreled shotgun with rock salt rounds and a boombox, and not only routs it, he later forces them to melt their weapons into agricoltural tools under threat of "ruining everything healthy you still have".
- Papa Wolf: He will fight ghosts, aliens, contraptions, and even a thunderstorm should his nephews fall in danger.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: As Paperinik nobody recognizes him. Seriously, how hard is it?◊.
- To be fair, it's been lampshaded once, when a villain also discovers PK's secret identity. It only happens in an Alternate Timeline, though.(looking at pictures of PK and Donald): Uhm... without mask and and with mask... It wasn't so hard, after all.
- Also, everyone knows that Paperinik has various perfect masks, including some of Donald himself. People probably figured out he is wearing Donald's mask over his true face. In a story there was a memorable incident of the Beagle Boys unmasking PK and discovering the face of billionaire John D. Rockerduck, then he sneezed away the mask revealing the face of Donald, then he sneezed away that mask too to reveal a monstrous face (he was having issues with the glue of his masks): after that, only people who are from outside the city would think they can discover his face that easily...
- There is also the fact that thanks a robot (with either limited programming or a remote) Donald and Paperinik have been seen together multiple times.
- To be fair, it's been lampshaded once, when a villain also discovers PK's secret identity. It only happens in an Alternate Timeline, though.
- Parental Abandonment: The earlier comics such as "This Is Your Life, Donald Duck!" has Donald raised by his Grandma Duck almost from the moment he hatched with his own parents, Quackmore and Hortense, nowhere to be found! And seeing that, his twin sister, Della, was not raised alongside him, really makes one wonder if his entire immediate family just abandoned him as an egg! Donald's parents and sister were last seen with him in Don Rosa's "The Empire Builder of Calisota" and then were never seen again. Donald's origins in the earlier Italian comics is even sadder and have him hatch from an egg bought at the market with Grandma Duck and Uncle Scrooge (who are brother and sister in that Italian origin story) adopting him!
- Parental Substitute: To Huey, Dewey and Louie, obviously. At least one story played a variation of this trope to a comical extreme, where he fought them - and even fought his uncle Scrooge - to make them sit their tails down and eat together as a family.
- In fact, Donald often does work hard to be a competent guardian for his nephews, and their opinion of him matters a great deal. In Paperinik New Adventures the Raider, a time-traveling criminal who happens to be a single parent of one himself, actually compliments him on being such a good guardian without resorting to stealing to get the money he needs.
- It may be a matter of translations, but in the Egyptian versions of the comics, Donald will occasionally refer to his nephews as 'my boys' or 'my kids'.
- Passed-Over Inheritance: Invoked and Zigzagged in Nobody's Business. Played Straight when Scrooge declares he's going to give all of his money to the triplets and not give one dime to his nephews Donald and Gladstone. Subverted when he admits to himself that such a decision isn't fair and he thus decides to award them with ownership of a company based on how they each invest $1000 he gives them.
- Perpetual Poverty: Typically not focused on that much, but Donald has had many of his own adventures where he's ended up with a good deal of treasure, such as The Looney Lunar Gold Rush by Carl Barks or The Crocodile Collector by Don Rosa, yet he forever seems to be forced to work for his uncle for only 15-30 cents an hour, along with his nephews as well depending on the story.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Donald is of average size for a duck in his verse, which means he is often outmassed by many characters — the dogfaces in particular tend to be significantly taller than him. Despite his small size, he has been seen to break free of strong ropes, pull a tractor with his bare hands, and fight off bigger enemies!
- Polar Opposite Twins: With his sister Della in one Dutch comic. He is a sailor. She is a pilot.
- It should be noted, though, that Don Rosa is the only artist who introduced them as being twins.
- Renaissance Duck: Has shown awesome proficiency in fields as diverse as cleaning windows and coins (and is actually famous in-universe for the latter), cooking, demolitions, explosives (literally pulverized a condemned building with no collateral damage, and considered it a failure because two pebbles had come out of the designed demolition area), repairing bells and cymbals, bodyguard, shoemaking, butler, tax collector, truant officer, mall cop, driving everything, and so on.
- Seen It All: It doesn't come up often, but Donald Duck has been involved in finding El Dorado, Atlantis, the Lost Mines of the Incas and King Solomon, captured a unicorn, found the Vault of the Templars and the Holy Grail (that he broke in the head of a criminal), has an alien Love Interest, and so on, and when the authors remember it he's ready for everything.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: He had a Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling dynamic with Della when they were children with him usually getting up into all sorts of mischief that Della either had to fix or was the chief victim of. This makes his status as the Butt-Monkey to Huey, Dewey, and Louie's antics quite karmic in retrospect. Ironically, in DuckTales (2017), he is the Responsible Sibling to Della's Foolish Sibling.
- Straight Man: To Fethry Duck in the stories where both are the protagonists.
- Strong Family Resemblance: He is the spitting image of his father, Quackmore. The early Barks story, "Voodoo Hoodoo" stated that he was one for Uncle Scrooge as well. This was minorly retconned in later stories where Scrooge was identified with his prominent sidewhiskers even as a young fowl, but aside from that, the resemblance between Scrooge and Donald is still quite strong.
- Used as a plot point in several stories, where (for one reason or another), Donald impersonates Scrooge, by simply wearing Scrooge's clothes, spectacles, and false sideburns. Depending on the story, Donald either does a spectacular job, or forgets some of Scrooge's mannerisms. People who don't know Scrooge well are still fooled, the others can tell the difference. One story has Daisy having doubts whether the "Scrooge" who just talked to her was the genuine article. She throws a coin to the ground and waits for Scrooge's trained ear to react to the sound. When the male duck does not react at all, she unmasks him as Donald.
- Super Senses: According to Don Rosa, the explanation of how Donald could tell his nephews apart was that he could see tiny details that differentiate them, examples being: a crooked freckle, a speck in an eye, an extra eyelash, even the shade of white of their feathers. It only works subconsciously however, it is impossible for him to do it when trying.
- Supreme Chef: Depending on the Writer to a very high degree, and some comics even depict him as a Lethal Chef, but in most stories where it comes up he's actually a good cook — not quite in Grandma Duck's class, and often limited by the fact that he can't afford to buy the proper ingredients, but a talented enough chef that family members will come running when he's doing the cooking.
- Since food is one of Donald's main interests, along with sleeping, it makes sense that he would have at least some cooking skills.
- One comic took it further by revealing his talent as a food critic, his reviews eventually leaving him great fame. It only went south when he had to review Daisy's food (from a cafè she had opened) on national television, when he couldn't stand her cooking.note
- Throw the Dog a Bone: On very rare occasions, Donald mangages to be the one who gets the treasure in the end, such as "The Crocodile Collector" and "The Trail of the Unicorn." Don't expect him to still be rich in the next story, though.
- True Companions: As much as he may be reluctant to admit about it, he is this with Scrooge and his nephews.
- A much stronger example is his friendship with Panchito Pistoles and Jose Carioca, who never treat Donald with anything but respect and as an equal, in contrast to the rather lopsided relationship Donald has with his actual relatives.
- This is even lampshaded in the author's end-notes from volumes 9 and 10 of the Don Rosa Library collections: in the notes for The Three Caballeros Ride Again, Rosa declares that the original The Three Caballeros was the only Donald Duck cartoon he ever liked and that he always wanted to write something featuring Jose and Panchito, despite their lack of a connection to his beloved Carl Barks, simply because he enjoys how the two South American birds are the only characters in Donald's entire circle of friends to treat him as a liked and respected eequal, whilst in the latter, he declares that his main reason for writing the second story, The Magnificent 7 (Minus 4) Caballeros was the sheer fun he had in writing Donald being teamed up with equal characters who respect him and regard him highly, in comparison to how the residents of Duckberg treat him.
- The Unintelligible: Subverted in the comics, since there his dialogue is written for us to read. The Paperinik stories also imply he is a Voice Changeling (which even extends to the game PK: Out of the Shadows, in which regular Donald is voiced by Tony Anselmo as usual, but when he's Paperinik, it's Rob Paulsen who voices him), as his disguises regularly fool people who know well whoever he is disguised as.
- Played straight on DuckTales (1987), though, where it's a Running Gag for people to ask "What did he say?" In the pilot, Launchpad even considers it a sign of how bad things are getting when he finally manages to understand him. In the 2017 version, it's even revealed that his own nephews find him hard to understand, and part of them preparing to rescue Scrooge in the final episode involves giving Donald a temporary voice-mod so he can be understood.
- Universal Driver's Licence: Actually applies. His actual 'competence' in piloting/driving/sailing varies, especially if it'd be funnier if he screwed up.
- Unlucky Everydude: Although not as bad as in the Disney animated canon, Donald still tends to have absolutely rotten luck.
- Don Rosa, however, took this Up to Eleven and some comics with Donald are often more depressing than anything as a result.
- Unluckily Lucky: Depending on the Writer. He was Born Unlucky and there is no story whatsoever where he is not put through a gauntlet of injuries and humiliation, but on some of them he managed to obtain a silver lining by staying around (sometimes because of determination, sometimes because of despair) when whoever was his rival for the tale had already taken the apparent prize and left and the real prize appeared afterwards (thus making the "lucky" rival someone who Gave Up Too Soon).
- Unstoppable Rage: You guys think Scrooge McDuck is bad? Ha! Both in the animated feature as well as the comic, "This Is Your Life, Donald Duck," it's officially shown that Donald hatched ready to fight! And the comic version takes it even further by showing that even as a baby Donald could bash his head against a statue in anger and cause more damage to the statue than to himself! And when a baby Donald tried to take one sailor's hat, the sailor exclaimed, "Whew! He's got a grip to put many a big man to shame!" And the only reason he doesn't attack or bash things with his head anymore is for fear of hurting his hat! He's also broken free of strong ropes, pulled a tractor with his bare hands, beaten up the Beagle Boys and his bigger Neighbor Jones, etc. In fact, in a Mickey Mouse/Donald Duck comics crossover parody of Lord of the Rings, Donald fights off an enormous spider with a machete that had already captured Mickey in its web before threatening Mickey to explain to him what's going on before he turns the machete on him! So it's clear that although this aspect of his personality is displayed more in his animated incarnation, it's still definitely there in the comics, too and it's best to never anger this duck!
- Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: In several stories, he tends to have a mean streak.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Most consistently with Fethry — though occasionally also with Gladstone, in "stories like this one".
- Who's Laughing Now?: His Paperinik persona started out as a means for Donald to get back at Scrooge and Gladstone continuously tormenting and humiliating him, and the very first story features Paperinik stealing Scrooge's mattress as he sleeps on it for added humiliation factor.
- Some of the earliest Paperinik stories, had Paperinik committing crimes and framing Gladstone for them. Some of them have Gladstone doing decent detective work just to clear his name.
- Wisdom from the Gutter: Donald may not always be the brightest bulb, his impulsiveness does cause him problems, and Scrooge looks down on him for not having either his wealth or his business, but in many stories Donald is actually shown to have considerably more common sense than Scrooge does. In particular, Donald takes the sensible viewpoint that having money for its own sake is pointless and it's better to enjoy what it can actually get you, whilst Scrooge scrimps and saves like his life depends on it, living a lifestyle that varies between "austere" and "downright miserable" despite having the world's biggest fortune. In one story, a deliberate contrast is directly drawn between Donald, who is not very wealthy but has a healthy social life and no major worries, and Scrooge, who lives in seclusion and exists in a constant state of paranoia over being burglarized. In The Treasury of Croesus, he also gets to call out both Scrooge and Magica, bluntly pointing out that their obsession with money just causes them to waste their lives and make themselves miserable, which neither of them can muster an argument against.
Huey, Dewey and Louie Duck
Donald's triplet nephews, living with their "Unca Donald," rising within the ranks of the Junior Woodchucks, and causing trouble at home. In most of their incarnations they're completely identical in looks and behavior, but some incarnations have tried to give them individual traits. Individual tropes as mentioned here come mainly from either incarnation of DuckTales or Quack Pack, but have shown up in the occasional comic as well.
Tropes applying to all three
- Adult Fear: How they love doing this to their poor Unca Donald in some stories, where they pretend to put themselves in a risky position and watch their uncle throw himself into danger.
- Bratty Half-Pint: They were troublesome brats when they first appeared. Not so much nowadays.
- Characterization Marches On: They started out as absolute terrors who delighted in tormenting their uncle, but slowly became more sympathetic and mature, until they arguably acted more "grown-up" than Donald in most situations. This change was actually deliberately invoked by Carl Barks, who reasoned that the audience would tire of the boys if they never became anything other than mischief-makers.
- In-story a large part of the change seems to have come from them joining the Junior Woodchuck organization, which as seen in Rosa's W.H.A.D.A.L.O.T.T.A.J.A.R.G.O.N was at the behest of Donald in hopes that it would straighten them up.
- For a short time in animation, and a long time in comics, they tended to share much of their dialogue, either speaking in unison or finishing each others' sentences. This trait was eventually phased out.
- Chromatic Arrangement: Their colors have varied wildly, Depending on the Colorist, but in the late 1980s it stabilized as Huey/red, Dewey/blue and Louie/green.
- Another common combination in the comics is, or at least was, Huey/blue, Dewey/green and Louie/Red. The change of colors was usually ignored, but sometimes lampshaded and explained as the boys sometimes borrowing each others' clothes. Also, possibly thanks to the fact that in their animation debut their colors were red/orange/yellow, Dewey is sometimes depicted with yellow clothes in certain European comics.
- Deadpan Snarker: In every incarnation they are this in response to Donald or anything that they view as kind of lame.
- Depending on the Writer: In some of their more modern animated appeareances, like in House of Mouse or Mickey Mouse (2013), they can alternate between their original mischievous rascal persona (albeit toned down) or their more sympathetic and mature personality from the comics.
- Deus ex Machina: Their Junior Woodchuck guidebook. There's an entry on how to make dragons sneeze in it, for crying out loud! One of Don Rosa's stories looked into the history of the book which revealed it's the modern version of a book that contained all the unique information from the Library of Alexandria. The original book was MUCH bigger.
- The Dividual: The twindividual variety, at least before DuckTales (2017) and Quack Pack made efforts to make them more distinguishable characters.
- Expy: They actually started out as Expys for Mickey's two nephews, Morty and Ferdie, who until the introduction of Huey, Dewey and Louie actually made several appearances in Donald's comic strip, sans Mickey, in order to torment him with pranks and childish mischief. After a while, it was decided to give Donald his own nephews — and as a way of one-upping Mickey, Donald got three bratty, identical nephews instead of just two. Of course, since they only had a couple of animated appearances and starred in far fewer comics, today Morty and Ferdie aren't one-tenth as well-known or popular as Huey, Dewey and Louie are.
- Great Big Book of Everything: The Junior Woodchuck Guidebook, see below.
- Identical Twin ID Tag: The color of their clothes, at least nominally. In reality, the colorists often vary wildly on which boy wears which color, and since they also wear identical black shirts in the comics and often go hatless or are wearing identical Junior Woodchucks coonskin caps, it's often impossible to tell who is who.
- Morality Pet: While he does have his moments towards them, Huey, Dewey, and Louie are consistently portrayed as being the characters Scrooge is nicest too. Even when he's being a huge jerk towards Donald, Scrooge is usually still nice towards the triplets. They are also portrayed as one of the biggest reasons he starts warming up towards family again and getting back his love of adventure in multiple series.
- Not Allowed to Grow Up: Oh, yeah! Quack Pack made an attempt to age them by a few years, but most modern day works featuring them disregard this.
- Not So Different: The nephews are as enterprising and risk-seeking as their Unca Scrooge, which is how he warms to them (and why Scrooge sometimes sees the trio as his true heirs over his more skeptical, less-driven nephew Donald).
- Depends on the story, since besides "Some Heir Over The Rainbow," (1953), even other Barks stories like "Race to the South Seas!" (1949), "Two Is Company" (1956), "Bongo on the Congo" (1961), etc. seem to suggest that Donald, being Scrooge's closest living relative, is still the sole heir or at least will still definitely inherit part of Scrooge's wealth. Also, readers should remember that unlike Scrooge or the triplets, Donald has three children to provide for and raise which is why he's always more focused on his payment and why he's more materialistic and skeptical. Scrooge might've provided for his family in his youth, but he wasn't around to actually raise his younger sisters who still had their parents. And Donald's nephews themselves being minors, only have their schooling and their Junior Woodchuck organization as their only responsibilities which, while impressive, don't require any finances from them. So Donald is alone in the fact that whatever he does and wherever he goes, he must constantly think of his nephews' welfare before his own and provide for them. Scrooge and his nephews don't have to provide for anyone so of course their reactions to their adventures will be more free and easy-going than Donald's. This explains why Donald is usually the one least enthusiastic to risking his life on dangerous adventures for far less than minimum wage.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Their common names? Nicknames. Their actual names are Hubert, Deuteronomy and Louis.
- Parental Abandonment: Their mother is Donald's sister Della, and she apparently asked Donald to take care of them while their unnamed father was spending time in a hospital. And she was never heard from again...Scrooge: I'm not used to relatives either. The few I had seem to have... disappeared.Huey, Dewey and Louie: We know how that feels, Unca Scrooge.
- Same-Sex Triplets: They're identical triplets who are all male.
- Scout-Out: In the comics, they are part of the Junior Woodchucks.
- Shipper on Deck: Quite willing to help their uncle's relationship with Daisy.
- Single-Minded Twins: Single-Minded Triplets, in this case. It's more apparent in earlier stories, where they were often literally treated as one character with three separate bodies, to the point of sharing all their spoken lines. The trope is still in effect in later stories, but the boys seem to have at least stopped speaking in union and finishing each other's sentences.
- DuckTales (1987) occasionally subverted the trope by giving them individual character traits — Huey as the energetic leader, Dewey as the smart guy and Louie as the gentle, good-natured tagalong. Quack Pack took these traits and ran with them, making the three boys distinct individuals and completely averting the trope.
- DuckTales (2017) goes further with giving them individual character traits — albeit Huey is the intellect, Dewey's the energetic adventurer, and Louie is the easy-going one.
- The Smart Guy: All three of them share this role when out adventuring with Donald and Scrooge, making for a team with one Hero (Scrooge), one Lancer (Donald) and three Smart Guys.
- Speak in Unison: They speak together sometimes, one speech balloon with three stems. In the animated shorts, they usually finish each other's sentences instead.
- Species Surname: They have the same surname as their Uncle Donald (namely, Duck)
- Theme Twin Naming: Theme Triplet Naming; all of their names rhyme.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: It helps that as Woodchucks, they own a manual that covers basically everything in the Universe.
Tropes applying to Huey
- Casanova Wannabe: In Quack Pack, he was often trying to impress teenage girls, but not having much luck with them.
- Keet: The most enthusiastic and energetic of the boys. Taken Up to Eleven with his 2017 incarnation.
- Red Is Heroic: His signature color is red, and whenever the boys are depicted as having a leader it's him. He's also the most dedicated Junior Woodchuck (in DuckTales (2017) he seems to be the only one of the boys who's a Junior Woodchuck at all), and the quintessential "Good Scout."
- Small Name, Big Ego: In Quack Pack, he has style and charisma but is essentially useless.
Tropes applying to Dewey
- Hollywood Nerd: The Quack Pack version of Dewey is a computer geek, but he has the same average look as his brothers save for the hairstyle.
- I Just Want to Be Special: Seems to be the nephew most prone to experience this, wanting to be seen as an individual instead of just one of three brothers. It probably ties in to his Middle Child Syndrome.
- Middle Child Syndrome: Confirmed by the creators of DuckTales (2017) to have a bad case of this.
- The Smart Guy: In the original DuckTales and in Quack Pack, he's the smartest of the nephews. Quack Pack took it Up to Eleven, turning him into an Insufferable Genius who would gloat about his intelligence.
Tropes applying to Louie
- Deadpan Snarker: In DuckTales (2017), he always seems to have some sort of snide or sarcastic comment for all occasions.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: DuckTales (2017), he's a greedy, money-grabbing Deadpan Snarker who leaves all the heavy lifting to everyone else — Huey and Dewey even have no hesitation in naming him the "evil triplet," but he's not a bad person.
- Lazy Bum: As a part of Character Exaggeration in DuckTales (2017). Whereas Huey and Dewey are hard workers, Louie is happy to just kick back and watch TV.
- Tagalong Kid: Even if he's the same age as his two brothers, and never actually stopped from going along with them; whenever it comes up he's consistently depicted as the youngest of the three, and a follower rather than a leader.
Tropes applying to Phooey
- Ascended Meme: Actually, Phooey isn't a character, but an artist's error. Occasionally, stressed-out comic artists would make a mistake and draw a fourth nephew who was suddenly there for one panel and then vanished again. Fans took to calling this fourth nephew "Phooey" (though "Barks," after Carl Barks, was a popular alternate name for him). In 1999, a story named "Much Ado About Phooey" canonized him by explaining that Huey, Dewey and Louie had once been struck by lightning, and after that the image of a fourth nephew would occasionally materialize next to them only to vanish a few seconds later, and the family were so used to it that they basically didn't pay it any mind.
Donald's uncle, and Huey, Dewey and Louie's great uncle. The richest, and probably the cheapest duck in the world. He made his wealth by being tougher than the toughies and smarter than the smarties, and he made it square. He resides in a large bin full of money (which he loves to dive around in like a porpoise, burrow through like a gopher, and toss it up and let it hit him on the head) in Duckburg, constantly seeking to increase his wealth.
- #1 Dime: Trope Namer, though whether he actually fits the trope varies from writer to writer — Carl Barks and Don Rosa portray the titular dime's only value as being sentimental (and, for Magica de Spell, sympathetic (or rather symbolic) - it's powerful because it belongs to Scrooge, it's not inherently magical), other writers avert the trope by making it a Good Luck Charm.
- The Ace: Especially under Rosa's pen. World's richest duck, completely self-made, does Indiana Jones' job for fun, worked about twenty jobs over his life time and was impressively good at all of them, and a good enough scrapper to keep the world's most dangerous crooks on their toes- all while pushing ninety years old.
- Action Survivor: In his Backstory, he survived quite a lot of daring feats.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: DuckTales (1987) and it's 2017 revival gives him a loving and kind heart in place of the cold flint in the chest of his comic version. He's still acerbic and greedy, but it's far more harmless and restricted than his other incarnations, or at the very least he tends to repent a lot easier whenever he gains his ruthlessness characteristic to the comics.
- Adventurer Archaeologist: Although not formally educated (he has learned far more than most scholars ever will just by being on the road), this is what he does in his spare time.
- Affectionate Nickname: In DuckTales (1987), Launchpad likes to call him "Mr. McDee."
- Affluent Ascetic: Scrooge earns money only to save it. He doesn't believe in Conspicuous Consumption and will do anything he can to avoid spending money. He'll pay for the bare essentials necessary to fund his adventures (while searching for the best bargains in the process), but don't expect him to share the lavish, expensive tastes of his fellow millionaires, which he finds ridiculous. Not afraid to pay his taxes though.
- Arbitrarily Large Bank Account: Just how much money he has is typically never stated, and when it is it's in made up nonsence terms. One story, Terror of the Beagle Boys, has him mention that it would take him "thirteen years to count" how much money is in his safe. Occasionally an exact number will be placed on his wealth, but it still varies, since many of his stories involve him making more money, and it's always such a large amount (eg: "umpteen-gazillion, three-hundred-and-fifty-zillion, nine-hundred-forty-billion, six dollars and fourteen cents") that he may as well not have a limit placed on it anyways.
- It's a minor meme that his bin holds "three cubic acres of cash", although the exact worth of that is hard to say, given the bin contains everything from nickels and dimes to thousand-dollar bills to fist-sized diamonds.
- Arch-Enemy: He has several rivals, but the closest thing Scrooge has to a mortal enemy is without a doubt Flintheart Glomgold.
- Art Evolution: It took about four years until Barks settled on the final design for the character.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Offered the chance by Väinämöinen himself.Väinämöinen: "I go beyond the northern lights! Have you courage for this journey? Is the Sampo worth that to you? If so, I grant thee, Scrooge, a gift, since from exile you did save me, and the Sampo did recreate! We are as one... I can feel it! Your love for lands of ice and snow... for the grandeur of the northland... Are you ready to come with me? Have prosperity eternal? Forsake your own Kalevala... where a lost love still awaits you?"Scrooge: "No."Väinämöinen: "Ah! Right choice! Congratulations! Hail and farewell, Sampo savior!"
- Barefoot Cartoon Animal: He wears spats, but no shoes.
- Been There, Shaped History: Especially in the comics, Scrooge is legendary for the number of famous historical figures he's interacted with, along with his own accomplishments. In-universe, he's been brought up as one of the few living legends still remaining from the frontier era.
- Berserk Button: While he has a Hair-Trigger Temper to begin with, the one surefire way to get on Scrooge's bad side is theft or cheating of any kind, but particularly those who amass wealth by scamming or stealing from others, especially the ones weaker than themselves.
- Also, don't imply that he made his fortune through luck rather than hard work.
- Don't talk trash about his deceased parents. No chains will restrain his fury.
- Big Eater: While his frugal sensibilities keep him from indulging much on his own dime, Scrooge actually LOVES food, and will often stuff himself when others are footing the tab, usually when Donald cooks.
- Brave Scot: He is Scottish and often goes on adventures with his nephew and grandnephews.
- Breakout Character: He was introduced as just a wealthy miser uncle for Donald Duck by Carl Barks, and took off in popularity to become a famous character in his own right.
- Broken Ace:
- For a while in the comics. The strain of doing all the impressive thing's he's done - and repeatedly losing everything he had - made him hard-hearted and mean-spirited, something that alienated him from his once-close family for decades. Adding to that is that since Scrooge worked for all his money, and he spent so much time doing so, that he has no idea how to act in high-society circles someone as rich as him would be expected to participate in leaving him with no real friends.
- This continues in DuckTales (1987). Scrooge is the richest duck in the world and has more adventures in a year than most people have in a lifetime despite the fact that he's getting on in years. However, he's also quite insecure about his relationships with his friends and family, secretly fearing for at least part of the series that they're really interested in his money, not him.
- Byronic Hero: In some portrayals, most famously chapter 11 of The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck.
- Cane Fu: In the present era, as he needs to use a cane to get around but retains his fighting spirit and badass nature, he naturally uses it as his main weapon.
- Celibate Hero: He's been in relationships (notably Goldie), but never married.
- Characterization Marches On: Scrooge was introduced as a genuine Jerkass, a Robber Baron who was ruthlessly stingy and greedy, well surpassing the meanness and cruelty of his Charles Dickens namesake. As the character became more and more popular and Barks discovered how much potential he had as a protagonist, though, he became a much more heroic figure. This was the interpretation that Don Rosa preferred, and he even used his magnum opus, The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck, to explain just how Scrooge could have gone from the hardnosed but good-hearted individual he was in his youth and who he returns to being in the "present" to being the crusty, curmudgeonly skinflint he is when he first appears in the Disney Duckiverse.
- Collector of the Strange: Is one, but also strangely disdains collectors.He has rare and valuable coins in his bin that are worth far more than they were minted for, to the right buyer, but he'd rather have the coins than their actual worth; to Scrooge, their real worth is as a reminder of the hard work he did to earn them.
- Confirmed Bachelor: In his youth he seriously considered marrying Glittering Goldie, but since then has shown little interest in marriage (and at times, great antipathy to the idea).
- Cool Guns: Owns more than a few: two Colt Single Action Army (from his cowboy days), a few blunderbusses (usually loaded with salt shells), and at least one double-barreled shotgun (rarely seen nowadays. And this one was usually loaded with buckshot). Also, a few cannons of various origins and models (mostly carronades, but also a residuate from the Boer War and an unspecified Italian 149mm gun).
- Cool Old Guy: Not only does he have a past stuffed fit to bursting with fabulous adventures, he keeps on adventuring despite his advanced age.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Depending on the Writer. While he is sometimes portrayed as the exact opposite, Scrooge can be this trope also, especially in the Italian Disney comics. Notably, in The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck, his Start of Darkness is seen, turning him from the Honest Corporate Executive he sought to be into this and costing him his relationship with his family for decades.
- Deadpan Snarker: Not quite on Donald's level, but he can snark with the best of them, often making cutting remarks about how clueless and clumsy his allies are.
- Depending on the Writer: Scrooge's ruthlessness and adherence to ethics. Older Italian comics (particularly those written by Guido Martina) tended to portray Scrooge much more in line with his initial Jerkass characterization, veering into Corrupt Corporate Executive territory. Barks himself went back to a more ruthless Scrooge in a few Donald-centered gag stories.
- DuckTales (1987), notably, goes the other way, turning Scrooge Lighter and Softer by giving him an openly sentimental streak and sense of family values that he seldom, if ever, displayed in the comics.
- Even his #1 Dime is portrayed as a good luck charm, depending on the writer — don't let Scrooge know about this!
- Scrooge's relationship with his staff varies as well. In one comics story where Donald was experiencing a world without himself, Scrooge invited his staff to a dinner, only to find that none of them wanted to spend any more time with him than necessary. DuckTales, perhaps as part of the Lighter and Softer nature of the story, has Scrooge having a vitriolic (on his side) but overall positive relationship with his staff, who (as he himself seems to realize) are some of the only good friends he has.
- The role of artillery in the Money Bin's defenses: while the Bin always has four carronades, their importance for the defense against attacks compared to Gyro's more technological defenses, or even different kinds of artillery (that include a residuate from the Boer War and an Italian WWII residuate) varies with the story. The only constant is that the cannons are what he uses when he wants to destroy something or for longe range (Gyro's gadgets are usually made to immobilize attackers, and are relatively short-ranged).
- His relationship with women and his attachment to his own celibacy differs. A number of stories have elderly Scrooge maintaining a long-distance relationship with his old flame Glittering Goldie O'Gilt, while other depict their relationship as having ended a long time ago. His relationship with his stalker/love-interest Brigitta MacBridge has variously been depicted as a one-sided attraction, a business rivalry fueled by their emotions, genuine companionship, to a love-hate relationship. A running-gag is that Scrooge turns into an overly jealous boyfriend whenever any other male character shows interest in Brigitta. A number of Italian stories have added a love interest for Scrooge called Molly McGold, a workaholic businesswoman who turned down Scrooge's marriage proposals but is not against dating him. (Only three appearances between 1989 and 1997). The story "Zio Paperone e le grandi conquiste" (Uncle Scrooge and the Great Conquests, December, 1997) has a female reporter investigating Scrooge's love life and discovering that he still has genuinely affectionate relationships with Goldie, Brigitta, Molly, and Magica! The story ends with the reporter falling for Scrooge and chasing after him, while an intimidated Scrooge wonders who she is.
- Despair Event Horizon: In the alternate universe that Paperinik visits in History of a Disappearance, Scrooge's Number One dime is accidentally destroyed by a criminal, putting Scrooge in such a sorry state that he cedes almost all of his wealth and corporate holdings to that dimension's Donald. He then becomes the new guardian of Huey, Dewey, and Louie after his nephew ditches them to enjoy his newfound money and power.
- Determinator: He didn't become this rich by giving up, after all.
- Driven by Envy: Return To Forbidden Valley implies that at least part of the reason for Scrooge's harsh treatment of Donald, despite the many times Donald has helped him attain a treasure or to defend his money, is that Scrooge envies Donald's life. Despite his poverty, Donald has a family and the freedom Scrooge had in his youth to seek new adventures and new accomplishments without the constant demands and worries that running a massive financial empire brings.
- Dub Name Change: In Swedish, he's famously known as "Joakim Von Anka", as the clan name McDuck does not translate well (Anka is Duck in Swedish). The family is still a Scottish clan, but is identified as the "Von Anka" clan in all comics and supplementary materials.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Though it may be a pure coincidence, a character closely resembling Scrooge made an appearance in the short The Spirit of '43 as Donald's "thrifty saver" conscience four years before Scrooge's actual debut in comics, though whether Scrooge as we know him was based on this character is presumably something that only Carl Barks himself would have known.
- Early Installment Weirdness: Scrooge in his early appearances in Barks' run on Donald Duck comics was not as hypercompetent as his later roles and his adaptations would have you believe. He was at times as clumsy and klutzy as Donald and the latter was not easily cowed by his uncle as later stories would have you believe. He was also simply wealthy, not the richest duck in the world. In "The Old Castle's Secret" he is in danger of going bankrupt and needs a few measly millions in the form of the family treasure to save his company.
- While The Old Castle's Secret (June 1948) is Scrooge's first major appearance and fleshed out his character and background, it still has some rather peculiar moments. Early in the story, Huey, Louie, and Dewey want to test their uncles' courage and simulate the sound of an explosion. Both Scrooge and Donald faint out of fear. Later, Donald and Scrooge are trapped behind a locked door for quite a while. When Donald learns that Scrooge has a loaded gun in his pocket, he asks why didn't his uncle try to shoot the lock. Scrooge admits that he did not think about it, and asks Donald to kick him for his mistake.
- Another peculiar early story is Voodoo Hoodoo (August, 1949). According to this story, in 1879 an adult and already wealthy Scrooge managed to displace a native African tribe from their hereditary lands, in order to claim the land as his own. And that he was cursed to be followed by a vengeful zombie for 70 years. A few years later, Carl Barks established that young Scrooge earned his fortune in the Klondike Gold Rush (1896-1899) and that he was previously impoverished. Trying to reconcile Voodoo Hoodoo with the rest of Scrooge's origin stories, Don Rosa retconned the dare from 1879 to 1909.
- Eidetic Memory: He remembers the history of each and every coin in his Money Bin. Also his Hidden Depths; he is so protective of his coins not for their monetary value, but because each of them is a treasured memory.
- Though some stories portray his memory at not being exactly perfect. Back to the Klondike (March 1953) for example has him suffering memory lapses, to the point that he is forgetting who Donald and his other nephews are. The story has him take medication to restore his memory, and he suddenly has flashbacks to forgotten memories from the 1890s. The Coin also provides another example, where the titular coin that he gives to Donald turns out to be extremely important, but Scrooge is unable to remember this right away. A somewhat more comedic example comes from the Italian story "The Search for the Zodiac Stone: An Epic Yarn of Mice and Ducks!" (1990) where several characters have allied in search of the pieces of a valuable Zodiac Circle. One of the pieces used to belong to an old friend and business partner of Scrooge, but its current whereabouts are unknown. Scrooge gives detailed descriptions of decades-old journeys to Donald and Mickey Mouse, as they attempt to retrace the career of the missing friend. Donald and Mickey soon find that Scrooge's faulty memory had mixed up essential details, landing them in trouble again and again. When they return empty-handed from their travels, they discover that Scrooge had forgotten another key piece of information. When Scrooge and the missing man's partnership ended, Scrooge had received the piece of the Zodiac Circle as a parting gift. The missing piece was in the Money Bin for over 50 years, and Scrooge had forgotten that he owned it.
- The Fettered: A point of pride for Uncle Scrooge is that he made his money honestly.
- Fiction 500: Scrooge is the wealthiest duck in the world, has an enormous building holding his cash, his fortune exceeds trillions in worth, and his financial empire spans the world.
- Flanderization: His portrayal in early Italian-produced comics exaggerated his character traits from the American comic of the time to comical extremes. Scrooge was stunningly violent and cruel towards absolutely everyone, with zero aversions towards outright criminal acts. One story mentioning he made a lot of his fortune from running an opium smuggling cartel. He usually got away with anything and everything purely because he was rich.
- Good Is Not Nice: After he fully grows into his mainstream characterization, Scrooge is an honest man who does care for his family and holds onto his scruples with an iron grip... but he's also cranky, bad-tempered, and a major skinflint.
- Gone Horribly Right: Memorable double example in "The Secret of Atlantis". Scrooge has A Simple Plan to become the owner of the world's rarest coin by purchasing every minted copy of the 1916 quarter, then dump all but one into the ocean, thus ensuring that if anyone ever wants one (that's not the one he's putting up for sale), they will have to go through hell to get it. Guess who promptly has their rare coin run over by a steamroller? After much adventuring, Scrooge finally gets a replacement... and then learns that his orchestrated scarcity has made the quarter so valuable that there is only one person in the world who could possibly afford it. No prizes for guessing who.
- Greed: His defining negative character trait. But maybe not. See Hidden Depths below.
- Green-Eyed Epiphany: In his relationship with Brigitta, Scrooge typically avoids her. But when he sees other males interested in her, he surprisingly often (Depending on the Writer) turns into an Crazy Jealous Guy.
- Guile Hero: As part of his childhood Badass Creed to "be tougher than the toughies and sharper than the sharpies", Scrooge is an expert at Gambits of various kinds, and will usually resort to his brains rather than his brawns when dealing with enemies.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: A family trait of the McDucks, though he still has nothing on his sister Hortense and her son Donald.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: Because of his bad attitude, people are afraid of him, even though he's really not a bad person. His family members and a handful of outsiders know what he's really like.
- Hidden Depths: Oh where do we start...
Scrooge, in front of his parents' gravestones: Momma... Poppa... Did you approve of my mission in life? Were you proud that I traveled the globe seeking my fortune? Did you understand my passion for adventure on the world's frontiers? Or the thrill I got from matching wits with the sharpiest of sharpies - and winning? Or did you think I was only on it for the money? What did you think? I'll never know... I was always on the move, so you couldn't send me a letter from home!
- In The Quest for Kalevala, he was offered a chance for eternal prosperity in another realm. When it was implied that he will have to abandon Goldie, he simply said no.
- "A Letter from Home / The Castle's Other Secret" laid it bare for readers to see. For one, he considered Donald to be richer than him. And if you think Scrooge is a greedy old man...
Scrooge speaking to Matilda: It was too long a journey! My body was tougher than my ideals! I did lose sight of my goals! But I was too stubborn to admit it! Momma and Poppa were already gone and when you left, no joy remained! I no longer even swam in my money! I had forgotten the glory of achievement, so my money was only profit to me. Untill...Matilda to Scrooge: Until? Until it changed? How? Why?Scrooge to Matilda: How? Why? Him!! Them!! points at Donald and the kidsScrooge continues: One Christmas I finally got too lonely, so I called Hortense's son, Donald, who by then was caring for his three nephews! He had a family! He was so much richer than I! I could see the McDuck in them! I saw their thirst for adventure and knowledge—And fun! Qualities I once had! They reminded me of me when I was true to my ideals! They rekindled something in me.Matilda to Scrooge: Oh, so? Then why does everyone still think McDuck is synonymous with greed?Scrooge to Matilda: I let people think what they choose to think! Like my nephew—our nephew—Donald. If he knew that, for me, my bin is filled with my memories rather than my money, he'd have even less respect for me than he does!
- To expand on Scrooge considering Donald to be the richer of the two:
- Honest Corporate Executive: And proud of it. Call him a greedy bargainer, call him a slavedriving taskmaster, call him an exploitative manipulator... but he prides himself on earning his fortune "square" without being a dishonest and immoral businessman unlike his Evil Counterpart, Flintheart Glomgold. Typical Depending on the Writer and Characterization Marches On caveats apply.
- He only deviated from this once in his lifetime... and it cost him dearly and ended up turning him into the bitter lonely miser we saw him as in the beginning before meeting his grandnephews and began redeeming himself.
- He also apparently reports his income 100% honestly and pays all his taxes in full.
- It's the Journey That Counts: Played with time and time again in multiple stories. It's often shown that though Scrooge certainly enjoys being rich and staying that way that its the numerous memories attached to his money that he truly cherishes. We see a few times in fact that he's able to remember how he earned every single coin in his Money Bin.
Scrooge: There's gold, and it's haunting and haunting, it's luring me on as of old! Yet it isn't the gold that I'm wanting so much as just finding the gold! It's the great, big, broad land 'way up yonder! It's the forest where silence has lease! It's the beauty that thrills me with wonder! It's the stillness that fills me with peace!
- Could take this a step further too, because Don Rosa especially often has Scrooge go on some amazing adventure for treasure, only to not actually attain the treasure in the end. Yet Scrooge still ends the story perfectly content.
- Son of the Sun ends in such a way, though Scrooge is partially satisfied as the entire purpose of chasing after the remaining Incan treasure was as part of a race against Glomgold. Though the treasure is beyond Scrooge's reach, at the bottom of a lake, Scrooge does buy the lake and everything in it. Meaning that even though he can't physically touch the treasure he technically owns it, which as he points out to Flintheart was the purpose of their contest.
- Treasure of the Ten Avatars might be a more straightforward example. The treasure that eluded Alexander the Great is lost, but Scrooge seems perfectly satisfied with the fact that it was the descendants of the original owners of said treasure who claimed it.
- Definitely seems to be on a case-by-case basis as there are times when we see Scrooge distraught over some lost treasure, despite the amazing journey that led him to it. Two examples are Barks' Fabulous Philosopher's Stone, which Scrooge has to give up at the story's end, and the Lost Crown of Genghis Khan. The first Scrooge is forced to give to the International Money Council and the second he loses, after having already gained it on one adventure, while chasing after another treasure. His distress over the second one even serves to inspire him to go searching for its counterpart in Rosa's Crown of the Crusader Kings, which he also loses. (In Fabulous Philosopher's Stone, Scrooge has to give up the philosopher's stone for his own safety. The stone genuinely turns all objects into gold, but it is also slowly killing whoever uses it. And Scrooge was the one using it last.)
- This can definitely be applied to how Scrooge feels about his time in the Klondike at least. Rosa's Last Sled to Dawson has him reciting a poem about this very thing when he is leaving the Klondike to return to Scotland:
Scrooge: It's the final frontier! It's just what I've felt a... yearning for! It's... wonderful!
- Attack of the Hideous Space Varmints opens and ends with Scrooge being depressed at the fact that he's thoroughly searched through all the frontiers and possibilites of making money on Earth, so he craves a new frontier, specifically that of space and the opportunities it can offer him. He craves it so much in fact that he nearly ends up staying in space altogether.
- Jerkass: Started as one and is still occasionally written as such. Italian comics in particular tend to exaggerate his negative traits for comedic purposes. His default personality is incredibly abrasive, miserly and cold in general. For example he regularly forces Donald and his nephews to polish the coins one by one in order to pay off Donald's debts.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Once character development takes him away from being an actual jerk and one learns to see through his act. Formally established in in the Barks comic "Back to the Klondike." He likes people to think he's a heartless skinflint, because it means that less people try to beg or mooch off him. In one story, disillusioned by how many people outright hated him, he tried to drop the facade and become a philanthropist, only to have everyone walk all over him to such an extreme that he immediately put the facade back up. The only people he's consistently comfortable dropping the facade with is Huey, Dewey and Louie. Even Donald doesn't often get to see his soft side, he's afraid that Donald would lose any respect he has for Scrooge if he ever realized that the cold exterior isn't all there is.
- Karma Houdini: He rarely gets the comeuppance he deserves for his extreme pettiness and poor treatment of his family and workers. Though its arguable how poor it actually is, since most of it is Played for Laughs.
- Knight In Sour Armor: Scrooge is quite a heroic character, for all his sour, cynical outlook on life.
- Last of His Kind: The last (male) member of the once great Clan McDuck. Even with Donald and the nephews now with him, he is the last person alive still using the clan name.
- Lonely at the Top: One of Scrooge's most important life lessons; if you do get wealthy and powerful, friendship is pretty much something you'll have to forsake.Passerby: [to Scrooge] Get lost, Mr. Big-Shot-Copper-King!Scrooge: They were my friends! What did I do?Rockerduck: You got rich, son. Best get used to it like - [sigh] - I did. You'll have their respect, but no longer their love.— The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck, "Chapter 4: The Raider of the Copper Hill"
- Made of Iron: In more than one way. Physically, he's survived getting hit by his multitude of traps, including cannons, electrocution and minefield (Guardians of the Lost Library). Physiologically, no realistic person could have worked as hard as Scrooge and live to that age.
- Manipulative Bastard: He's very good at manipulating people to get what he wants (hence the "smarter than the smarties" part of his iconic boast), and while how much of an asshole he can be about it is something that depends on the story, he always does his best to profit by it.
- Maybe Ever After: In Don Rosa's stories at least, he has hinted in some of his comments both in- and out of universe that he imagines Scrooge will eventually return to Goldie someday.
- Meaningful Name: In the Egyptian translations, his name is Aam Dahab, which literally means Uncle Gold.
- Morality Chain: His Sisters until 1909 and finally left after 1930.
- Morality Pet : Donald and the triplets in the present are the people he cares about the most.
- Mr. Vice Guy: Former and rightful Trope Namer. He's for the most part a decent person, but he's one greedy duck, and his greed often causes problems for both himself and his nephews.
- Money Fetish: So much so that one of his favorite pastimes is swimming in it. He's also been shown bathing in it on occasion.
- My God, What Have I Done?: When Scrooge finally realizes what he's become after he has an African village destroyed to trick their voodoo chief into giving him their lands, he rushes out to try and make amends - but it's too late. The voodoo priest, a magician named Foola Zoola, sends an unrelenting zombie after him, carrying a voodoo curse, then rushes off into the night. Scrooge would be able to dodge the zombie on-and-off for decades to come, but does not make amends with Zoola until almost 50 years later.
- This is also the infamous incident where Scrooge fails in making his money "square" and the event that leads to the falling out between him and his sisters, resulting in decades of loneliness and becoming a bitter miserable old duck until he meets Donald and his nephews.
- No Guy Wants to Be Chased: His relationship with Brigitta. She is usually seen chasing after Scrooge, trying to get him to fall in love with her and Scrooge rejects her time and time again.
- No Historical Figures Were Harmed: He appears to be (to some extent) an exaggerated parody of Andrew Carnegie, another wealthy Scottish émigré who rose from humble origins to become one of the world's richest men. Much like Scrooge, Carnegie relocated to America at a young age to seek a better life, and he was known for controlling a vast and diverse empire of unrelated business interests (pioneering the concept of "horizontal integration").
- Non-Idle Rich: Scrooge has to keep earning money - business deals, treasure hunts, lucrative gambles - or else he sinks into depression.
- Old Windbag: Not that he hasn't genuinely lived an interesting life, but he tends to be characterised as this anyway, boring his family and workers with pompous tales of his youthful grit, often with the same oft-repeated stock phrases.
- Omniglot: Due to the decades he spent traveling the world while earning his fortune he can speak nearly every language (and those he doesn't he can work his way around using similar languages he does know).
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Scrooge got his name for a reason; he seriously loves money. If he reaches the point of not caring if he loses his cash (or a treasure he's been chasing), it's a sign things have gone pretty seriously downhill.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: The eighties Ducktales episode "Blue Collar Scrooge" has Scrooge get amnesia, and at first he asks "Who am I?" in a not-quite-Scottish accent, before sounding American with "And why am I talking in this funny accent?"
- Papa Wolf: His most noble and admirable attribute is his love for Huey, Dewey, and Louie, and how he is willing to forsake his life, and even his money to protect them in stories such as "The Mysterious Stone Ray." This also transfers to Donald in the comics, though Donald rarely needs protection as much as the nephews.
- Pride: While most people would associate Scrooge with Greed, Pride is actually a fairly strong character flaw in him as well. It was Pride that kept him from reconciling with his sisters for all those years, and it was pure luck that he did not spend the remainder of his life alone in a dark old house.
- Not so much luck when you take into account that he's the one that got into contact with Donald, Huey, Dewey, and Louie for the events of Christmas on Bear Mountain and The Richest Duck in the World. As he admits to his sister in "A Letter from Home" he ended up doing so because his loneliness had finally grown to be too much for him, so it could be said that it outweighed whatever pride he still had.
- It's notable that while he does love Donald he'll often be loathe to admit it because above all else he values Donald's respect and would hate for him to learn his old uncle is just a big softie deep down.
- Private Military Contractors: While officially not, he might as well have the Duckburg National Guard at his beck and call. In one story, he ordered a missile strike. The soldier in charge of the missile silo compared it akin to a pizza delivery service, but his superior told him to comply, saying Scrooge's taxes cover 97.3% of the military budget.
- Prospector: Scrooge's first big break came while he was prospecting, though it took him years of hard work. He's prospected for gold, copper, oil, silver, uranium, and just about anything that one can prospect for.
- Rags to Riches: At the core of Scrooge's character. He started out as a poor boy in Scotland, with his family not even being able to afford to live on their ancestral lands, but over the course of a lifetime of hard work he managed to become the richest man in the world. And he did it square!
- Retired Badass: Carl Bark's "Back to the Klondike" revealed his past as an intimidating, fiery youth and is what inspired Don Rosa's Life and Times. Present time he's still a badass, but the fact that he used to be a badass among badasses is something most people wouldn't have guessed at first glance.
- Riches to Rags: A few stories, such as A Financial Fable, will have this happen to Scrooge in the event that the Beagle Boys or some natural disaster causes him to lose all of his money. He always ends up getting his money back in the end though.
- In the original DuckTales episode "Blue Collar Scrooge" he gets amnesia and briefly appears in shabbier clothing as he can't remember who he really is.
- Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: Subverted; Scrooge got and maintains his enormous fortune by virtue of the fact that he is incredibly smart and has lots of common sense — there's a reason two of his three favorite boasts are about being "smarter than the smarties" and "sharper than the sharpies". Arguably also zigzagged, in that despite this intelligence, Scrooge's obsession with money is sometimes implied to go a bit beyond sensible — namely, his tendency to alienate other people through his stinginess, or living in miserably austere conditions despite having more than enough money to live a comfortable lower-class lifestyle.
- Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: Because he has rules, he's able to earn even more money.
- The Scrooge: He's named the way he is for a reason. He is as big a skinflint as his namesake from A Christmas Carol... though that doesn't mean he's not an admirable member of the Non-Idle Rich. Which, at least in Don Rosa's works, is actually a family trait of the entire McDuck Clan. Scrooge routinely pays his nephews 15 to 30 cents for adventures that take them around the globe and require them to risk their lives.
- Self-Made Duck: And he's extremely proud of this fact. In fact, this is why he despairs at the thought of ever willing his fortune to Donald Duck or to Gladstone Gander. Donald is hard-working, certainly more so than his cousin, but also bumbling, impulsive, and prone to wasting money when he has it. Gladstone, on the other hand, has a knack for earning money and certainly wouldn't waste it... but that's because he's too lazy to buy most things and he generally coasts by on his supernaturally good luck, which offends Scrooge.
- In his younger days after striking rich in Klondike, he would lend money to gold prospectors in return for 50% of the profit (a fairly reasonable rate for the gold rush days). When a sleazy entrepreneur showed up with the idea to hire workers to mine FOR him (at a rate that could easily be described as a slave's wages), Scrooge approved his loan - in return for 95% of his profit, 45% of which would go right to his workers. Scrooge values intelligence, but he values hard work far more.
- Shipper on Deck: Has been shown supporting Donald's potential relationship with Reginella, even funding him-with no expectation to get back the money.
- Skewed Priorities: In the 2017 animated reboot, he's shown to be tolerant and indulgent of his nephews using his mansion for "an elaborate series of cutthroat war-games", but snaps into a cold Tranquil Fury when he discovers Donald taking a bath and doing his laundry in Scrooge's personal bathroom.
- He would rather blow holes in his office walls hunting money-eating moths with a shogun than pay $10 to fix the window.
- Strong Family Resemblance: In Don Rosa's stories, Scrooge's father Fergus looks identical to his son as an adult.
- As seen in Carl Barks' Voodoo Hoodoo a young Scrooge McDuck looked identical to Donald, which is why Bombie the Zombie and Foola Zoola both mistake Donald for Scrooge when they see him. Rosa would go on to explain this, in his Life and Times as Scrooge tucking his whiskers in.
- Taking the Bullet: Almost, in "A Letter from Home". Fortunately, the pistol blew up on the gunman due to having been turned to gold by the Philosophers Stone.
- Thrifty Scot: In the Don Rosa canon, this is a family trait of the McDuck Clan, and it's one they're very proud of — the ghosts of Scrooge's ancestors ensure he survives a would-have-been fatal injury when they discover his destiny is to become the most tightfisted tightward the world will ever see. In fact, one of Scrooge's ancestors lost a battle (and his life) because he was too cheap to buy arrows for his archers. Another lost a major battle because his army wouldn't fight for the measly wages he was paying them.
- Took a Level in Cynic: As shown in the original series episode "Once Upon a Dime", Scrooge started his career trusting enough to be scammed more than once. By the start of the series, he's a cynic. One of the points of the story is his friends and family sending him through a a level in idealism; while he remains more guarded than some of the other characters, he learns there are some people he can rely on and opens up to them.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Many Italian comic writers make him look far, far, worse than even Carl Barks ever portrayed him.
- Uncle Pennybags: When in a good mood, or when he's investing in a worthy cause or honest entrepreneur (the trick however, is convincing him). It's expecting him to give you money for the asking that he won't truck with. One storybook where Donald and the Nephews were having a charity sale to save their grandmother's farm showed Scrooge applauding their hard work, and promising to match every dollar they made 2-to-1.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Falls into this sometimes with his treatment of Donald and tendency to ignore or forget just how much his nephews helped him along the way when it came to collecting many of the treasures he's so proud of.
Chief: Did man fill your mines with diamonds? Did man fill your wells with oil? Did man plant the ancient forests that turned to coal for your digging? Scrooge Mac-Duck, you owe your riches to the Mother Nature Spirit! This day Spirit has decided to take back this tiny portion!
- The opening of Return to Xanadu has Donald calling Scrooge out on this after his Uncle continually uses language to imply that he found many of his prizes, such as the Crown of Genghis Khan, by himself.
- The ending of the same story features Scrooge yelling at Donald for opening a sluice gate that was causing the valley of Xanadu to slowly fill up with water, which would've destroyed everything there and caused the citizens to drown, because Donald opened the gate before Scrooge and the triplets were back on dry land. This leads to them getting sucked into the whirpool inthe middle of the lake, which the sluice gate was plugging up. So despite the fact that Donald saved an entire valley and as far as he knew was saving his family as well, Scrooge still berates him when he see's him again. In comparison, Huey, Dewey, and Louie are happy to see Donald and the people of Xanadu proclaim Donald a hero (Along with the rest of the Duck Family as well in fact).
- The beginning of Cash Flow has a similar scene, with Scrooge mocking Donald for not being able to hold onto his money. Then when Donald points out that he's still helped Scrooge keep his money out of the hands of thieves time and again Scrooge outright states that he doesn't need Donald's help to keep his money at all. This comes back to bite Scrooge later when the Beagle Boys have him backed into a corner and he's forced to beg Donald for help.
- It could be argued that Rosa has a tendency to highlight this trait at the start of many of his stories, dating back to the first one, "The Son of the Sun". The beginning has Scrooge, as in the other stories mentioned above, going on about the amazing treasures he's found, such as The Crown of Genghis Khan, The Philosopher's Stone, and King Solomon's Mines. When Louie points out that they (The Duck Family) know all of this because they were with Scrooge on each of his adventure's Scrooge's reply is to complain about how he knows since he paid each of them 30 cents an hour every time. He then goes on to claim that he's the world's champion treasure hunter. Ironic since, based on the fact Louie pointed out, that's really a title that the entire family should share.
- One of these occurs at the end of Rosa's War of the Wendigo. Perhaps more surprising than anything is the fact that someone else calls Scrooge out on this besides Donald. After the pollution and chemicals one of his mill's produces ends up leaving a surrounding area of land barren, Scrooge is angry since he believes that he could have stopped all of this from happening had the Peeweegah, from Barks' Land of the Pygmy Indians not stopped him and claims that mother nature had no right to take it all away from him. The Peeweegah Chief, who's been informed of Scrooge's history by his nephews then gives a completely epic response:
- The opening of Return to Xanadu has Donald calling Scrooge out on this after his Uncle continually uses language to imply that he found many of his prizes, such as the Crown of Genghis Khan, by himself.
- Unstoppable Rage: There is a story where at one point, Scrooge is chained up in a riverboat, with his enemies gloating over him and reading out loud one of his letters from his mother and mocking it. Then, reading another letter (which Scrooge had not yet had the opportunity to read himself) from his father, establishing that his mother had died in the interim since the previous letter. And then mocking that one. This sends him off the deep end. What followed ended up becoming a LEGEND in later years: he ripped apart the riverboat with his BARE HANDS (including hurling two smokestacks and throwing a piano out the window) and dragged the baddies off to jail. In present times, no one is even sure if that incident even happened. Scrooge himself claims that the riverboat was destroyed by a timely boiler explosion, and that he took out Soapy and his men in the resulting commotion. Whether he's just trying to downplay events, or if the scene we see is a case of Unreliable Narrator is up to the reader. But all in all, don't fuck with McDuck.
- It's worth noting the letter that truly set Scrooge off was not a letter from his mother, but a recent one from his father that had bad news within. You can see the moment that Scrooge snaps when Soapy mockingly chides his men not to be mean "to a poor little motherless lad." Soapy should consider himself lucky that Scrooge let him live.
- Violent Glaswegian: He's Scottish, has a real short temper, and won't hesitate to get violent. And according to Don Rosa's stories, Scrooge was actually born and raised in Glasgow, so it's a literal example of the trope.
- Wanting Is Better Than Having: While he does love money, it is shown several times that Scrooge was at his happiest earning that money, and that it was his adventures and experiences that actually made him happy.
- Would Hit a Girl: Usually adopts this attitude towards Magica de Spell, whom he has no compunction fighting physically with. Fair, considering that Magica makes up for her lack in physical strength with her magic abilities.
- Would Rather Suffer: Scrooge would rather be kidnapped and killed than pay a ransom, as this story goes. Thankfully, he comes to his senses.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: Until he struck it rich in Klondike, he had one or two close calls with striking it rich, but was prevented from keeping it for one reason or another.
Donald's girlfriend, who is almost as temperamental as he is, but does have somewhat better self-control.
- Adaptational Badass: As Paperinika (Super Daisy), the Distaff Counterpart of Donald superhero-alter ego. While the character was prominent in Brazilian comics (in the '80s), in Italy she was quickly Demoted to Extra because she was Always Someone Better to Donald and an unlikeable feminist (these traits are toned down in the modern appearances). On rare occasions, her regular civilian self has also been updated into an Action Girl, even going on adventures with Donald.
- In some stories, Daisy replaces Donald as Scrooge's assistant and follows him in adventures.
- At the end of the classic spy-themed "Moldfinger, or, The Spy Who Ducked-Out On Me", it turns out that not only Daisy has a side job as a spy for Scrooge, but had it for quite some time. This story was published seven years before Paperinika's debut.
- Adaptation Personality Change: Daisy is usually the responsible and down-to-earth foil to Donald, but in Mickey Mouse Works and House of Mouse, she became a self-centered kook who obliviously makes things difficult for her friends.
- Alliterative Name: Daisy Duck.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Donald Duck, Depending on the Writer. Donald can be a Jerkass at times, even with his gold-hearted moments, but Daisy is definitely a Tsundere.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: She definitely does not take well finding Donald with another girl.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Some cartoons tend to reinterpret Daisy as this.
- Depending on the Artist: Usually has black eyes, like Donald. Sometimes depicted with blue eyes. Sometimes has longer "hair".
- Depending on the Writer:
- Can be nasty and impulsive or kind and understanding. Sometimes both.
- She and Donald met for the first time as adults. Some stories show them having met as teenagers. Others as kids. Or even as infants.
- What does she do for a living can change a lot between stories. Several stories depict her as one of Scrooge's secretaries (or even his right-hand-woman at the office), a journalist, or give her various short-liver careers. Most stories do not depict her working at all.
- Diary: Many of the stories starring her are framed as her diary entries, complete with captions. The idea seems to have started with Dell devoting Four Color Comics #600 (November, 1954) to "Daisy Duck's Diary" which featured stories in this format. It proved successful enough for one issue each year devoted to new stories from Daisy's Diary. This sub-series lasted from 1954 to 1961. In 1964, Daisy's Diary was revived as a feature in Walt Disney's Comics and Stories with several stories published over the next few years. In 1965, new "Daisy's Diary" stories started being created and published in Italy. Followed by Brazil a few years later. This subset of stories has continued into the 21st century. The Inducks database counts 297 stories of "Daisy's Diary" published between 1954 and 2008. Not bad.
- Double Standard:
- Daisy often gets away with leaving Donald for Gladstone whenever it suits her (often as part of an Operation: Jealousy), making ridiculous demands from and sometimes downright mistreating Donald.
- She is rarely punctual, but when Donald is late...
- Many Italian stories depict both Donald and Gladstone as her boyfriends, and relying on her whim to get a date. But she gets very jealous whenever either of them pays attention to another woman.
- Every Girl Is Cuter with Hair Decs: Almost always wears her bow tie.
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Among the Disney Ducks, Daisy is the one that plays the most with this trope: when half-dressed (like in the picture) her rear feathers resemble bloomers, and sometimes she even wears dresses or pants (while everyone else keep their traditional wardrobe).
- Hello, Nurse!: In-universe, she is so beautiful that her sight is enough to calm Donald from one of his rage fits (in fact, that is the very first thing she does).
- Hidden Depths: Turns out that, when properly motivated, she is just as brilliant as Donald and Scrooge, if not more. A classic example is the story "Mission: Bob Fingher", where Scrooge hires Donald as a spy to stop the titular master thief from robbing him... And once the day is saved it is revealed that Daisy was Scrooge's main agent, who had been around the whole time disguised as Fingher's niece and Donald hired as an (unknowing) support when it turned out Fingher would not confide with his niece.
- In "Ruling the Roost" (December, 1960), Daisy is Scrooge's hardworking secretary. When Scrooge disappears for a while, there is no one to take care of the executive decisions. Daisy takes over the office and starts taking initiatives. When Scrooge returns (he was accidentally trapped in a room of the Money Bin), Scrooge is quite impressed with her decision-making. But he is secretly worried that Daisy is gunning for his own position.
- How Do I Shot Web?: In her debut as Paperinika, she had some serious problems at using her skating boots, and the first attempt ended with a ridiculous pratfall. Averted for the other gadgets, as her supplier has the common sense to explain how to use the things and provide sensibly-sized user manuals... Or simply provides gadgets that are based on something she already knows how to use (such as her bike).
- Intrepid Reporter: In Quack Pack and Brazilian comics.
- Non-Mammal Mammaries: Depending on the Artist. She has appeared on occasion in the old cartoons to have breasts in shorts like Mr. Duck Steps Out and Donald's Double Trouble. Obviously, this wasn't permanent, and except for a few instances like Quack Pack, she's been dodging the trope since then. She does, however, have a body shape that suggests womanly curves.
- Odd Friendship: With Minnie.
- The One Who Wears Shoes: You have to wonder how Daisy manages to squeeze duck feet into those little high-heels she always wears.
- Outdated Outfit: Is still famous for her 1940s tailor suit. The Brazilian comics usually avert this, and this is even the focus of one story, where Donald expresses sadness that she is no longer wearing this outfit which he has grown attached to.
- Pink Means Feminine: The colors of her clothes change very often, but her signature colors are usually purple and pink.
- Positive Discrimination: In the Brazilian comic stories about the McDuck TV channel, Daisy is a way more savvy and effective reporter than Donald and Fethry. Donald gets close to her level sometimes, but Fethry never does.
- Strange Minds Think Alike: She and Donald tend to come up with the strange crazy ideas.
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Though Depending on the Artist she can feature additional physical differences from Donald, like a smaller beak and a somewhat curvaceous upper body.
- Tsundere: She often gets furious at Donald's shortcomings, but she does love him deep down.
- The Unfair Sex: Daisy's treatment of Donald can, in some stories, progress from Tsundere to just blatantly unfair. A perfect example of this comes up in The Magnificent 7 (Minus 4) Caballeros, where in the span of three panels she accuses Donald of deliberately dirtying the shirt she washed for him (Scrooge had just bodily thrown him down the stairs into the street moments beforehand), screaming her accusation at him in the middle of the street, punches him down whilst declaring that she never wants to see him again — and then walks off whilst calling back to him that he is still going to pick her up for dinner at the Ritz that night (which, per the perpetual 1950s standards of Don Rosa stories, means he will be paying for the very expensive meal). This is actually the last straw for Donald's nephews, who finally ask him why he lets everybody treat him like that — and it's why they arrange for him to go to Brazil and meet up with Jose and Panchito for some much-needed R&R.
- Women Are Wiser: The reason behind the creation of Paperinika (Super Daisy), the Distaff Counterpart of Donald superhero-alter ego. A great deal of stories involved working together with Paperinik. Unfortunately, not only did they end up constantly bickering and hating each other in their secret identities, which was annoying enough on its own, but every time they were together, Paperinik suddenly lost all competence and reverted to Jerkass bungling Donald Duck in a costume. Seeing as the whole point of Paperinik's creation was responding to fans' complaints that Donald was always a Butt-Monkey loser, the fans were not pleased at this development, leading to Italy axing Paperinika all together (though she is still used in the Brazilian comics).
- Thankfull this trait is toned down in the modern appearances like in the Ultraheroes storyline. This time she's been written as even more incompetent than Donald when the two get together; mainly because she is so driven to prove herself Paperinik's equal that she worries about that more than the job at hand, and they end up bickering when they should be saving the day.
Donald's impossibly lucky cousin, on his father's side of the family. Gladstone's incredible luck allows him to live a life of leisure without ever doing anything resembling working, much to Donald's chagrin. He is Donald's heated rival in almost everything, including Daisy's affections.
- Adaptational Nice Guy:
- His original 1987 DuckTales incarnation is far less self-serving and smug. Furthermore, his Fatal Flaw is that he is overreliant on his supernatural luck (rather than arrogance or rubbing it in others' faces). Heck, in his first episode, he even tries to use his luck to do nice things for other people, like taking his uncle out to a nice lunch. While he never interacts with Donald in DuckTales, he does respect Uncle Scrooge and eventually takes his advice of actually getting a job to heart.
- The 2017 incarnation retains the original's arrogance and self-serving nature, but is outwardly less smug and more friendly and generous. The nephews even consider him a Cool Uncle at first.
- Alliterative Name: Gladstone Gander.
- Birthday Hater: In "The Sign of the Triple Distelfink", because this is the one day of the year he loses his luck. He loses the weakness and the trait at the story's end.
- Born Lucky: Literally. The Don Rosa story "The Sign of the Triple Distelfink" attributes his supernatural luck to a magical sign painted for his mother's blessing before he was born. As for the "Lucky" part of things... Gladstone basically gets to cruise through life care-free because his luck provides him absolutely everything he could ever want or need. In the Don Rosa story Nobody's Business, Scrooge actually comes to fear the idea of giving Gladstone his own company, because he's just figured out that all of the profits Gladstone made with his string of investments came at the cost of losses to Scrooge's own business. That's right; according to Rosa, Gladstone would bankrupt Scrooge if they were direct business rivals! How fortunate for everybody that Gladstone is such an unambitious Lazy Bum.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Gladstone is so ridiculously lucky he could probably become richer than Scrooge with no effort, but lacks the ambition to do so. Gladstone could even become Scrooge's heir if he weren't so lazy. Scrooge considers him potentially a better heir than Donald in that Gladstone is less likely to squander the money (of course Scrooge has very skewered idea of what entails squandering), but Gladstone's carefree luck-based cruising through life offends the Self-Made Man to the very core of his principles.
- Brought Down to Normal: Happens once in DuckTales. Although to be more accurate, he isn't brought down to normal - he's cursed with bad luck. Also happens whenever he and Feather Mallard, one of his love interests, are together.
- He becomes this in the video game Donald Duck: Goin' Qu@ckers. Every cutscene prior to a boss battle has him get comedically injured and by the end of the game he is in a full-body cast.
- Gets this treatment when put agains Paperinik, the one character cunning enough to overcome his outrageous luck-and takes full advantage of this, with pranks that include making him believe Donald has cursed away his luck (and then selling him the fake charm and the book ostensibly used for the curse at an outrageous price).
- The Cameo: Aside from two episodes of DuckTales and the video game Donald Duck: Goin' Qu@ckers, Gladstone's only appearances outside of the comics to date are his name appearing in a Mickey MouseWorks short and a cameo in an episode of House of Mouse.
- Characterization Marches On: In some of Gladstone's earlier appearances, his luck is not yet present, and he's basically a (slightly) more obnoxious version of Donald. Later, he got his infamous good fortune, and became that much more insufferable.
- There were even stories such as "The Easter Election", written by Carl Barks in 1953, which was after Gladstone's extremely lucky nature had been established, that didn't focus on said luck at all. In Easter Election in fact, Gladstone only triumphs over Donald at various points in the story because he is outright sabotaging his cousin, which could be argued to be another change the character went through. The effort Gladstone puts into ruining Donald's chances of winning their competition is something that the later version of the character would be sickened by.
- Cursed with Awesome: As mentioned below, some writers try and portray Gladstone's luck as not being entirely positive, as others resent and dislike Gladstone because of his luck. Readers rarely see it this way, since A: Gladstone still gets to coast effortlessly through life, being so lucky he literally never has to work to get anything, even being able to feed and house himself entirely through winning raffles, gifts from rich patrons, etc, and B: Gladstone is resented and disliked less because of his luck and more because he's such a smug bastard about it and how it makes him "better" than less-lucky people, C: However, his luck CAN work against him; for example, a story had him pursue his lifelong dream of being a bullfighter...only to find out that since his luck keeps him from animals being hostile to him, that meant he was pretty much invisible to all bulls, who simply ignore him or don't even notice his presence. The story ends with Grandma Duck's huge but gentle bull stepping on Gladstone's foot because of that very same invisibility.
- It is worth mentioning that this actually caused him heartbreak once. Feather Mallard is a girl just as lucky as he is that he meets, but despite both of them really loving each other, they have to separate because both of their lucks are so strong they actually cancel each other out. This causes both of them to end up in dangerous accidents, with Gladstone usually taking the brunt of the damage as he protects Feather. Eventually, Feather breaks the relationship off and leaves. Gladstone ends the comic by saying that he would've preferred a life of bad luck to losing her. In fact, the one area of life where Gladstone seem to have no luck at all is romance, as there are multiple stories that has him end up without someone he found he loved, such as an unlucky woman named Linda and even Magica! As such, him actually not having flopped entirely on his relationship with Daisy may be less his luck, and more Donald's bad luck.
- Depending on the Writer: Gladstone's personality. Some had him as a simple jerk and either a Karma Houdini or someone on whom Donald will get the last laugh. Some had him as more genial and less rude to Donald, making the latter's hate for him seem more one-sided.
- Some stories cast him as a good-natured character, others as an outright villain. Some stories depict him as a relatively competent adventurer, who can compete against Scrooge and Donald, others as incredibly lazy and incompetent. Some have him deeply caring for Daisy and his family, and others have him as indifferent to what happens to them. Some depict him as a courageous character, others depict him as a spineless coward.
- Flanderization: Gladstone's laziness and the potency of his luck actually both grew in subtle but potent ways after he passed on to the hands of other writers from those of Carl Barks. Barks depicted Gladstone's luck as being potent, but not invincible, to the extent that Gladstone was often wiling to deliberately cheat to help his luck along. He also did not adhere to a specific formula of "Gladstone always beats Donald through sheer luck"; in Gladstone's 45 Carl Barks stories, he:
- Loses to Donald 14 times.
- Beats Donald 12 times.
- Achieves a Mutual Loss 9 times.
- Achieves a Mutual Win 3 times.
- Doesn't Compete with Donald 7 times.
- Hate Sink: Though this varies somewhat depending on country, in general, the readers despise Gladstone since he is a smug, selfish, arrogant layabout who always has everything go right for him, while his much harder working cousin struggles and scrapes by, tending to fail more often than not.
- It's telling that one of the Don Rosa stories usually considered his worst is "The Sign of the Triple Distelfink", where it is first revealed that the titular sign means Gladstone's luck reverses itself for one day of the year... and then removes that weakness so he's lucky 24/7, 365 days a year.
- Heroic Bystander: While he's certainly not out to save people or so, he's quite often in places where people are in life-threatening danger. When this is the case, he doesn't give a damn if it's exhausting, he WILL save the person involved, by luck or by strength. This heroic side of his is perhaps his most redeeming feature.
- Tellingly, Paperinik stories show outright that when Donald needs a temporary replacement for his role as a superhero Gladstone is his first choice, and Gladstone accepts without asking anything in exchange. This is in spite of Paperinik targeting him whenever he crosses the line in his fights with Donald.
- Hidden Depths: In most stories he averts this, but there have been stories where it's revealed that his constant good luck isn't always a good thing — when it comes down to it, Gladstone's lifestyle and attitude has left him with absolutely no friends and only marginal support from his family. A few stories have speculated that this is the real reason he enjoys riling Donald up so much; it's the closest thing he has to a friendship. These stories portray his luck as almost being Blessed with Suck.
- That would also explain why he willingly goes with Daisy's occasional suggestions/demands that he hang out with his cousin Donald on the condition that they don't kill each other. He must actually value their friendship.
- In a couple stories, Gladstone is shown to be surprisingly affectionate about things relating to family. In one comic, he fights Donald to get back an old family chandelier that was displaced. It has no monetary value and is definitely not a luck charm - he only wanted it back for its sentimental familial value.
- In another story, Scrooge pulls him along to search for a princess' hidden treasure. The treasure turns out to be a small chest of old toys, and it brings tears to Gladstone's eyes and evokes a double facepalm from Scrooge.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: The triplets found a way to turn his luck against him. His luck always wins against the odds. So in Oolated Luck, when he's confident that he will win a lottery simply by having one submission out of 10000, the triplets flooded the ballot box with his name. Now that his chance of winning is 9999 to 1, Donald's name got taken instead and he lost the lottery. Of course, losing the lottery turned out to be a good thing later on...
- It Runs in the Family: His mother, Daphne, also had the same unnatural luck. Unlike him, Daphne was a nice person. His uglier personality traits are from his father's side. His nephew Shamrock also is ridiculously lucky along with his nieces/cousins (depending on the source), while his cousin Disraeli has an unnatural ability to garner pity, giving him nearly the same advantages in life as Gladstone. A lot of Gladstone's family members also have his hair.
- Jerkass: In the comics. The big reason why many readers — and, In-Universe, his cousin Donald — hate him. It's not only that he has such incredible luck that he can coast through life, it's that he openly enjoys doing so, and loves to rub it in to other people that no matter how hard they might work, they'll always lose to his sheer luckiness.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk/Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Very much Depending on the Writer. Several comics have him saving Donald's life, and not in a lucky way either, but through actual physical labor. A prime example is "Donald's Lucky Day", where he doesn't hesitate for a second to throw himself into a river to save Donald from drowning.
- It seems pretty easy to tell if he has a heart of gold based on where the comic is made. The European (primarily Italian) take on him is notably less of an outright jerk, and is always portrayed with at least some shreds of decency. The American version seldom has him as anything but Jerk with a Heart of Jerk.
- Lazy Bum: Because he never has to work, things always going his way, he abhors physical labor and avoids it wherever possible. This has led to some of the rare occasions where his luck hasn't worked, notably one story where Donald and the boys spend the day digging up a beachside in search of a treasure, whilst Gladstone just lounges around waiting for it to fall into his hands. When he decides it mustn't be on that beach and moves on, the others dig the place up where he was sitting and find it; his luck had provided, if only he wasn't so lazy.
- Mixed Ancestry: He is the son of a duck and a goose. It appears Lineage Comes from the Father, as he goes by his father's surname Gander.
- Not My Lucky Day: According to Don Rosa's The Sign of the Triple Distelfink, his birthday is the one day of the year his lucky streak stops. At the story's end, however, this flaw in his luck is removed — much to the chagrin of many readers.
- Passed-Over Inheritance: Invoked and Zigzagged in Nobody's Business. Played Straight when Scrooge declares he's going to give all of his money to the triplets and not give one dime to his nephews Donald and Gladstone. Subverted when he admits to himself that such a decision isn't fair and he thus decides to award them with ownership of a company based on how they each invest $1000 he gives them.
- Pet the Dog: Occasionally — very occasionally — he'll have a few moments where he does this and employs his incredible luck for the benefit of others and not just himself. Notable examples are ''Christmas for Shacktown'' and ''A Little Something Special.''
- Rich Idiot with No Day Job: Gladstone's luck allows him to coast through life and he exploits that shamelessly, amassing money, property and everything he could desire just by winning contests.
- He only ever worked once, during a dry spell in his luck, earning a dime. That job and the dime are his greatest shame.
- Which is an interesting contrast to Scrooge McDuck who values his trademark #1 Dime because it was the first dime he made on his first day of honest work on the job, even 20 years before he became rich.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: the coiffe cannot leave the house without being perfectly curled.
- Smug Snake:
- In the comics, this is ultimately why people really hate him. It's less that he's supernaturally lucky and more that he's such an arrogant bastard about it who loves rubbing it in others' faces.
- Subverted in his appearance in the 1987 cartoon. While still very lucky, he's actually pretty genial and his first bit was taking out Uncle Scrooge for a nice dinner. His Fatal Flaw is instead his overreliance on his supernatural luck.
- Small Name, Big Ego: He thinks that being lucky means he's the best guy around, but his cousin Donald's reaction to his attitude says otherwise.
- A Taste of Defeat: Done very rarely, for already specified reasons, but it's happened. Him magically losing his luck was the entire plot of an episode of DuckTales (1987).
- Gladstone, even after having his incredible luck established, did not usually outright win in Barks stories where he was pitted against Donald. Typically, Gladstone either wins but finds that victory isn't really desirable, or wins the apparent prize/conflict and then quits prematurely, allowing Donald to score some less obvious, but more meaningful, victory. On the occasions where Gladstone does outright win (such as in "Gemstone Hunters"), Donald himself is generally behaving in some ethically dubious manner, making the loss more karmic than anything.
- When Italian stories have him dealing with Paperinik he either loses (with such gems as Paperinik making him believe Donald's curse with the Mail Shaman's charm made him lose his luck before showing up as Donald and selling him the useless charm), or finds out the prize isn't worth it (he was once mistaken for Paperinik, and the real one couldn't prove he wasn't while he enjoyed dating half the girls in the city. Then criminals started gunning for him...).
- A notable early defeat for Gladstone is Trail of the Unicorn (February, 1950), because it relies on his lack of foresight. Scrooge has offered a reward to Donald for the capture of a fierce unicorn. Gladstone spies on them, and competes with Donald. While Donald and the nephews do all the hard work, Gladstone captures the unicorn and leaves them behind. Scrooge gives him the reward. However, Gladstone did not bring back anything for the unicorn to eat, nor did he care about that. Scrooge is increasingly desperate that his unicorn is dying of starvation. When Donald and the nephews return with information on the unicorn's eating habits, and rescue its life, Scrooge is overjoyed. Donald ends up with a much larger reward than Gladstone, who ends up looking like a poor relative.
- Token Evil Teammate: A milder example than most, being that he is more amoral than evil, but he is the only regularly appearing member of the Duck family who is pretty consistently an unsympathetic character.
- Useless Bystander Parent: In Don Rosa's story 'The Duck Who Never Was', the triplets live with Gladstone in an alternate universe where Donald never existed. Their obesity and lazy attitudes give a good idea of the quality of Gladstone's parenting skills. Although Gladstone failed at teaching them any valuable life lessons and could even come across as neglectful, he didn't seem to hold back on things like food, toys, or affection.
- In another story, Donald is swallowed by a huge fish, and the boys try to stir Gladstone into action by threatening to come live with him if their Unca Donald died. Gladstone's initial reaction is confusion and horror. He starts off thinking to himself that he doesn't want them in his house for extended periods of time because he's afraid Donald's bad luck has imprinted upon them. Then he worries that even if he does take them in, he'd probably not be a very good parent.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: with Donald, in "stories like this one".
Trnsl from Arabic: Of course I'll miss him! His recklessness is endearing! And he's funny when you tick him off!
- In a comic where Huey, Dewey and Louie ask Gladstone if he'll miss Donald if he dies before him, he answers:
Donald's eccentric cousin who seems to take on a new obsession every week, but as all of his information on his obsession usually comes from books, TV shows, self-help videos and the like, he often messes up his attempts to apply his "knowledge" and is blissfully unaware of the trouble he causes for everyone around him (especially Donald). Despite Fethry's being an American invention, his stories weren't printed in English until relatively recently. Instead, he enjoyed popularity in other countries, Brazil going as far as to give him his own solo comic, complete with nephew (Dugan), girlfriend (Gloria), superhero alter-ego (The Red Bat, borderline useless). He is not part of Barks/Don Rosa canon, though Executive Meddling made Rosa include Fethry in the Duck family tree for the sake of international readers.
- Adorkable: Due to his clumsiness but well-meaning conduct, he is this by default.
- Fethry is usually eager to make his family and friends happy, though his efforts typically backfire. He is often depicted as the sweetest member of the cast. In the few stories where he is acting out of malice, it usually comes off as a plot twist or twist ending.
- Breakout Character: Since his introduction, Fethry has been a recurring character. In the Brazilian Disney comics, Fethry soon became on of the most popular members of the Donald Duck character cast and he starred in various comics with him as the titular character (and give him also a superhero identity, the Red Bat).
- Cloudcuckoolander: As he might say: "Having your feet on the ground just means you're standing still."
- Correspondence Course: Takes a lot of them, and often drags Donald with him.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Not as frequently as Donald, but he does have some moments where he manages to step up and pull off some genuinely awesome stunts. He's mostly liable to do this in the TNT (Tamers of Nonhuman Threats) stories.
- Subverted with his superhero identity, the Red Bat. Despite his good intentions, he is a sort of joke that often create problems to real heroes like Paperinik (Duck Avenger).
- Depending on the Writer: Can become a borderline Load under certain writers.
- The Determinator: When he gets an idea, he will see it through to the end no matter what... or at least until he gets a new idea to be obsessed about.
- Ditzy Genius: Though as (bad) luck would have it, his tactlessness and lack of common sense punish others around Fethry more than Fethry himself.
- Fleeting Passionate Hobbies: One of his defining traits. Any interest or hobby Fethry picks up very quickly becomes an obsession — until he finds a new thing to obsess over. Which may very well be something wildly different or the exact opposite of his previous obsession. His first appearance, The Health Nut, perfectly illustrates this: After having read a book called "Health Can Be Fun," he becomes a total health freak, and spends the entire story dragging Donald along in his "healthy living" program... only to at the end of the story read another book, "Fun With Food" and instead devote himself to the art of gastronomy.
- Genre Savvy:
- Not so much in his normal, day-to-day life, but shows distinct traits of this as a TNT agent; a lifelong obsession with fantasy, sci-fi, horror and the supernatural has taught him just about every trick in the book, which comes in useful when going out to deal with real monsters.
- Also he knows he's a Klutz, and, to help his family, is capable of weaponizing it. Best shown in the Italian story "Zio Paperone e l'Ultima Avventura" (Uncle Scrooge and the Last Adventure): The Plan to defeat Flintheart and Rockerduck and get back Killmotor Hill needed time, in which they would have erased the hill, so Fethry had himself hired as a demolition worker and set off disaster after disaster, slowing down the works long enough for the plan to succeed (before he's finally fired, we see him smiling and saying he doesn't want to get in the quickly solidifying concrete he flooded the area with when he used the wrecking ball and hit a mixer. The chief is among the people trapped in the concrete, and really wants to get his hands on him).
- Granola Girl: A rare young male example.
- Heavy Sleeper: As Characterization Marches On.
- Instant Expert: Subverted. Fethry tends to consider himself an immediate expert on any topic after having read one book on the subject — but without fail his "expertise" is shown to be extremely flawed and shallow; at best he only has the basics down and lacks the necessary detailed understanding, and at worst he has misunderstood even the basics.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Fethry selflessly dotes on Donald and considers him his favorite cousin, genuinely wishing to improve things for Donald whenever possible. You can guess about how well that works out.
- Kindhearted Simpleton: Although not stupid, he is rather naïve with a great dose of Cloud Cuckoo Lander, but probably one of the most helpful and friendly people you can find in the Duck family.
- The Klutz: He has traces of this and is responsible for inadvertently setting off a number of Slapstick routines.
- Lethal Klutz: Fethry Duck does sometime cause this kind of disasters. Not being an idiot, he does sometime take advantage of it, such as working in demolitions (that get much quicker and cheaper) or, as in the Italian story "Zio Paperone e l'Ultima Avventura" ("Uncle Scrooge's Last Adventure"), easy and large-scale sabotage.
- Let No Crisis Go to Waste: Depends on the writer, but in spite of (or perhaps due to) his cloud cuckoo lander personality, Fethry will see unexpected opportunities and grab them. In one old comic, Scrooge is kidnapped and Donald and Fethry have to rush to the hideout with the ransom. Everyone eventually gets into a fight over the gun. Except Fethry. He picks up the phone and sells the story to the press.
- Manchild: He is an adult with childlike naivete.
- Mixed Ancestry: Fethry's father was a duck, but his mother, Lulubelle, was a loon.
- Never Bareheaded: It is rare see him without his cap. It is revealed, in The Health Nut, that Fethry wears a stocking cap because he was convinced by a self-help book author that one's head is healthier when it's kept hot.
- Nice Guy: There's absolutely no guile or malice to him, and he genuinely wants to help everybody (and especially Donald). His ways of helping people, however, generally lead them to wish he wasn't so helpful.
- Power Trio: In many stories Donald is the id, Fethry is the ego, and Gladstone is the superego.
- Robosexual: Once fell in love with Margherita, a robot maid girl, oblivious to her nature (she wasn't even sentient) and even intended to marry her.
- Sarcasm-Blind: Often to Donald's snarky remarks.
- Simpleminded Wisdom: One of his undeniable strengths is that since his mind works in such strange ways, he's very good at spotting the obvious questions or solutions that everyone else misses.
- Soapbox Sadie: Occasionally, but unlike most examples of the trope he's hardly ever a soapbox for the writers and is probably wrong more often than he's right.
- Stalker Without a Crush:
- Super Zeroes: As The Red Bat (his superhero identity), he goes on by sheer luck, appearing more competent that he actually is and weaponizing his innate clumsiness.
- Terrible Artist: He's into recreational activities, like painting and sculpting. The problem with his 'artworks' is that people keep mistaking them for garbage.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Classic Type 1, with Donald. Fethry drives Donald insane on a regular basis, but he is one of the very few people in the Duck universe who genuinely likes and appreciates Donald as a friend. How much Donald in turn appreciates Fethry often Depends On The Writer, but even in the stories where he doesn't like Fethry much it's still clear that he vastly prefers Fethry to Gladstone.
- Unwanted Assistance: He just wants to help people out and is honestly trying to look out for everyone... it's just that with his clumsiness and generally ditzy nature, he tends to harm more than help.
- Wacky Guy: Part of Fethry's charm is that he allows Donald to play the Straight Man to him in many stories.
Elvira "Grandma" Duck
Born Elvira Coot, she is Casey's sister, Humperdink's wife, Donald, Fethry and Gladstone's grandmother and Huey, Dewey and Louie's great-grandmother. She lives at a farm outside Duckburg with her gluttonous, incredibly lazy farmhand Gus Goose, Casey's grandson, and is renowned for her pie-baking skills. She is the granddaughter of the founder of Duckburg, Cornelius Coot.
- Adaptation Name Change: Before Don Rosa solidated Grandma's name as "Elvira", an alternative was "Abigail" as mentioned in a 1953 "Grandma Duck" comic and in "Ridin' the Rails".
- Beware the Nice Ones: She is the kindest, most reasonable, and most generous member of the Duck family, but don't think for a moment that this means you can walk all over her; if provoked enough she'll show you exactly how tough an elderly lady who runs a farm almost by herself has to be. The fact that she is the only Duck family member who can make Scrooge back down with no effort whatsoever, really says everything.
- In one Italian story, Donald finds a diary from her younger years, modifies it a bit, and publishes it as a novel (in his own name). Grandma tells him exactly what she thinks of him, after sharing some of her most private moments with the world.
- Characterization Marches On: In her early appearances in Al Taliaferro's newspaper strips, she comes off as somewhat senile and more comically old-fashioned and conservative than she has become since.
- Several 1950s stories feature Grandma shunning "modern" inventions such as electricity, running water, and television. She also refuses to replace her car with something more modern. The car in question is a Detroit Electric from the 1910s (an electric automobile, running on a rechargeable lead acid battery).
- Depending on the Writer: According to Don Rosa, she is Donald's paternal grandmother and therefore not related to Scrooge at all, but before that, in European comics, it was widely accepted that she was Scrooge's sister and actually Donald's aunt — and Huey, Dewey and Louie's real grandmother. With the publication of the Duck family tree which shows her as Donald's grandmother, this has largely been forgotten.
- In part this was a problem in translation. In American stories, Scrooge and Grandma had different last names and no indication that they were related to each other. (They also barely interacted in stories). Italian translations eliminated the name difference by naming Scrooge as "Paperone" and Grandma as "Nonna Papera", and some writers started writing stories with the assumption that they are siblings. Several other translations followed this example.
- Her affection for Donald differs in several stories. In the "Paperino Paperotto" subseries (featuring Donald's childhood and school years), Grandma was his sole legal guardian, he is her favorite grandson, and she genuinely adores him. In several other stories (including interactions with an adult Donald), she is strict with him, all too eager to point out his faults, and she even finds him annoying.
- How close her relationship is with other Duck family members, or their friends differs in stories. Several stories have her organizing family gatherings in her farm, and remaining in contact with almost everyone. Others have her interacting with her family on rare occasions. A number of older stories have Grandma striking an Intergenerational Friendship with Daisy and/or treating her as a surrogate granddaughter, but most recent ones mention no special bond between them.
- Cool Old Lady: While she can be strict, especially in early stories, she is also kind and loving... not to mention, she can be tough as nails when she needs to be.
- Dub Name Change: She's Anna in Norwegian comics.
- Honorary Grandma: She is called "Grandma" by pretty much everyone, for instance with Gyro.
- Hopeless with Tech: Her biggest Achilles' Heel; she can never figure out these "newfangled contraptions" that the city-dwellers take such pride in, and any attempt she makes to figure them out will lead to inevitable disaster. In many she is portrayed as distrusting and disliking modern tech and insisting on doing everything the old-fashioned way — and in all these stories it is repeatedly demonstrated that for her at least, the Good Old Ways work.
- Morality Pet: Interestingly enough, to Scrooge. While he's not above exploiting her hospitality for what its worth, Grandma is one of very few people he'll always treat kindly. This might be because he knows exactly how tough she can be, or because he genuinely appreciates her kind nature... or a combination of both.
- Supreme Chef: Her cooking is famous; even hard-boiled criminals have been known to break down and promise to be better people if they could have just one more taste.
- Team Mom: Well, Team Grandma, but the effect is pretty much the same.
Grandpa "Humperdink" Duck
Husband of Elvira Coot, as well as Donald, Fethry and Gladstone's grandfather and Huey, Dewey and Louie's great-grandfather. He was a farmer in life, but has passed away of old age.
- Adaptation Name Change: "Humperdink" is the name given for Grandma's late husband in the 50s Grandma Duck comics. Don Rosa was not aware of this when he created the first version of the Duck family tree and gave the character another name, "Dabney". When he was informed, he changed the name to Humperdink to match prior canon. Both names have since entered use, although "Humperdink" is more popular.
- Happily Married: As early as the 50s Grandma Duck comics, it was established that Grandma has nothing but loving memories of her husband. One 1951 comic has her find his love letters in the attic while searching for stuff to sell and the apparent loss of the letters in the events following deeply upsets her. In another comic published that same year, Grandma is pressured into dressing up by her new maid and she picks a dress that reminds her of time spent with Humperdink.
- Lazy Bum: According to "The Good Old Daze", he had the nasty habit of forcing Donald to do all the chores when he was visiting. On top of that, he ate all the pies Grandma baked while Donald was at work, leaving nothing for his grandson.
Della "Dumbella" Duck
Donald's twin sister, and mother of Huey, Dewey and Louie.
- Ace Pilot: According to "80 Jaar". It serves to make her a Foil to Donald being a sailor. Eventually, she became an astronaut, dropping the triplets with Donald when she went on a deep space mission. Her depiction in a painting in DuckTales (2017) also shows her wearing pilot gear.
- Alliterative Name: Della Duck.
- Always Identical Twins: Don Rosa made her Donald's twin. And basically Donald with blonde hair, down to the sailor suit.
- Ascended Extra: With a sprinkling of The Bus Came Back. For decades, Della went unseen, existing solely through the presence of her sons. Della's first steps into the spotlight occured in The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck in 1994, 57 years after first being mentioned (she was given an appearance a year prior in the family tree), and that spotlight was limited to her childhood years. In 2014, the Dutch branch of Disney comics was given permission to star Della as an adult for Donald's eightieth birthday as long as it didn't interfere with the status quo. This formed the inspiration for the 2017 series Donald's Eerste... (Donald's First...), which is the first time Della is featured as an equal to Donald. In addition, her absence in the Triplets' lives is now a key plot point for the 2017 reboot, which puts the series as her animated debut, and she later became a main character in the later half of it's second season.
- Brother-Sister Team: The Dutch series Donald's Eerste... details Donald's and Della's childhood.
- Cool Big Sis: She's his twin, but ahead of her brother in maturity. In "80 Jaar", Donald spares no words to convey how much he admires her.
- Determinator: From early childhood, Della wanted to be a pilot and knew that being a woman made her wish unconventional, but she set her mind to it anyway. She was good enough that at the age of 22 in 1958, she was picked to man an experimental rocket for a test flight...
- Gone to the Future: What happened according to "80 Jaar". Experimental rocket fuel sent Della buzzing at lightspeed through her deep space mission, which due to Time Dilation means that for Della just 5 minutes (of an intended 20) have passed, while who-knows-how-many-years went by on Earth. Thanks to Gyro, the nephews get a chance to contact her. She notes that they remind her of her infant sons and they haven't the heart to tell her they are them and that circumstances have made her miss out on years of their lives.
- In-Series Nickname: Dumbella is Della's nickname. In "Donald's Eerste Liedje", Della says she dislikes her name so to cheer her up Donald composes a song making fun of her name, his own name, and Gyro's name. Della likes it so much she takes the "Dumbella" part of the song as her nickname.
- Missing Mom: Don Rosa's thoughts on the matter are that you can't explain where Della is without being pointless; Donald (and Scrooge) are the triplets' father figures, no need to add the parents!.
- Parental Neglect: Leaving your prankster sons with your short-tempered brother can be seen as this. Even more in the comics, where Della's letter details that the "angels" had just hospitalized their father by blowing him with firecrackers.
- A Dutch comic though established that Della never meant to be gone for more than an hour, but because of the strange time effects going nearly the speed of light caused she thinks its only been 15 minutes since she left earth when in reality it has been years. Sadly by the time Della returns, her boys will be older than she is.
- Retcon: With elements of Related in the Adaptation. In the comic "Donald's Nephews", the letter indicates that Della is Donald's cousin. In the short Donald's Nephews, released a year later, the letter indicates that Dumbella is Donald's sister. In general, Della has been taken as the character's name, Dumbella is her In-Series Nickname, and she is Donald's sister — twin sister ever since Don Rosa wrote about her.
- Riddle for the Ages: The identity of her husband. 80 years after first being mentioned, Mr. Duck has never made an on-screen appearance, never been named, and his face is missing even from family trees depicting obscure relatives. A few writers (and fans) have toyed with the idea that he is Daisy Duck's brother, but nothing has been confirmed about him. In Carl Barks stories, Daisy has mentioned having an (unseen) sister, but mentions nothing about a brother.
Abner "Whitewater" Duck
Donald's cousin, Fethry's brother, and Douglas's nephew. He's a lumberjack and currently dating Donna Duck.
- Determinator: In "Log Jockey", Whitewater can't guide his logs down the river due to an injured foot and therefore can't strike up the bonus of being the first to arrive, so he volunteers Donald within two minutes of meeting him for the first time. In "Smarter Than The Toughies", he and Douglas lose every round of a sourdough competition against Donald and Scrooge who use their brains to make up for their lack in physical strength and skill. The two are nonetheless declared co-winners because "real sourdoughs never quit. Not even when they're outmatched." They take it in stride.Whitewater: "You mean we're winners because we're such big losers?"
- The Friends Who Never Hang: Family, in this case. Whitewater isn't very close with his family, which is reasonable, but there exist no stories in which he and Fethry both appear. The knowledge that they are brothers comes solely from family trees.
- Mixed Ancestry: Like his brother Fethry, Whitewater is half duck, half loon.
- Out of Focus: Out of various cousins of Donald who have appeared in comics, only Gus Goose, Gladstone Gander, and Fethry Duck have been developed into major characters who often star in their own stories. Whitewater has only had three story appearances so far (published between 1962 and 2012), and mostly appears in family trees. He has little to no characterization, and barely any interaction with other characters.
- Pair the Spares: In "Too Many Donalds", Whitewater forms a couple with Donna Duck, a former love interest of Donald as rarely written about as Whitewater is.
- Related in the Adaptation: It was not until "Smarter Than The Toughies" that Whitewater was identified as Douglas' nephew. And this doesn't really seem to fit into the earlier family trees which have him a full brother to Fethry.
- The Rival: He and his uncle Douglas were this to Donald and Scrooge in "Smarter Than The Toughies". Or more fairly considering who entered the contest first, vice versa.
The son of Fethry Duck's sister. He lives with his uncle and is close friends with Cintia, the girl living next door.
- Alternate Company Equivalent: So here is a duck boy who has been picked from the wilderness, all tropes like messy hair, high-energy, and friend included, to live with an uncle figure and who has a semi-romantic bond with the pig girl living next door. Sounds quite a bit like Bubba from DuckTales.
- Boy Next Door: To Cintia.
- The Dreaded: Due the disasters he sets off, everyone who knows him is terrified, and being his babysitter for a day is considered more dangerous than being a professional stuntman.
- In one Italian story, Fethry forces Scrooge to babysit Dugan for a day. Every employee in the Money Bin runs away, typically overworked Emily Quackfaster announces a sudden decision to go on a vacation, and Magica informs Scrooge that she will stay away from the Money Bin as long as Dugan is there.
- Palette Swap: There are two canon colors for his feathers: regular white and yellow a la Gosalyn Mallard. White feathers are usual for Italian comics and yellow feathers are the preferred canon of Brazilian comics.
- Parental Abandonment: You'd think Fethry would tell his sister he found her lost son and for her to pick him up, but no. No details are spent on the identity of Dugan's father either.
- Please Put Some Clothes On: Dugan goes around naked for almost the entirety of "O Nascimento Do Biquinho" on account of being raised by porcupines. It is a little awkward when Fethry and Gloria get to meet him.
- Raised by Wolves: He sabotaged his own delivery by stork and ended up in the jungle where he was raised by porcupines. This often results in him setting off disasters because he has no idea of what he is doing.
Scrooge McDuck's father.
- Happily Married: To Downy O'Drake.
- Impoverished Patrician: Fergus was born in the old aristocratic McDuck family and had legal claim to Dismal Downs, the family castle. However he was born a few generations after his family lost most of their wealth. His father and mother were coal miners and Fergus himself spend most of his life as a mill worker.
- In-Series Nickname: "McPapa" in DuckTales (1987), "Scotty" McDuck on Barks' original Duck family tree.
- It Runs in the Family: "A Letter from Home" shows that he had solved the mystery of the Templars hidden beneath Castle McDuck and made it all the way to the final chamber, but due to not having access to the last clue, leaves a note for Scrooge there.
- Passed in Their Sleep: He passes quietly away from old age in his sleep on the same night his children leave for America.
- So Proud of You: Offers this as parting words to Scrooge, when he explains that he won't be joining him and his sister for their emigration to America, as he is simply too old to make the journey.Fergus: Scrooge, take your sisters to a new life in America! Ye're right — ye've ootgrown the life ah've known.
Fergus: (smiles warmly) No arguin, lad! Joost promise me you'll always be true to yourself and know ah'll always be prood o' ya!
- Together in Death: Downy comes back as a ghost to welcome Fergus to the afterlife when he dies in "The Billionaire Of Dismal Downs".
- Would Hit a Girl: Downplayed, but definitely there as shown in "Of Ducks And Dimes And Destinies":Magica de Spell: Back off, buster! You wouldn't dare to lay your hands on a lady!
Fergus: Oh, wouldn't I?
(cut to Fergus having grabbed Magica by the ankles and holding her upside down as he shakes the #1 Dime out of her pocket)
Magica de Spell: Of course, I could be wrong...
Scrooge McDuck's mother.
Matilda McDuckThe oldest of Scrooge's two younger sisters. Don Rosa intended for her to be or have been married to Ludwig von Drake.
- Big Brother Worship: Until Chapter 11 . When we meet her again as an old lady she inverts this trope by insulting Scrooge at every turn.
- It returns though when they finally reconcile.
- Broken Pedestal: She looked up to her brother for most of her childhood and early adulthood. She has a massive falling out with Scrooge after his destruction of an African tribe. Their attempt at reconciliation fails 20 years later due to Scrooge at that point having become completely misanthropic. They finally made up in "A Letter from Home".
- In part it is what he says to her that causes the falling out in 1930. Scrooge hired Matilda as an employee in 1902, and she worked loyally for him for 28 years (1902-1930), taking care of the Money Bin and his business affairs during his 21 years of absence (1909-1930). When he returns, Scrooge pretty much accuses her of embezzling money from the company.
- The Heart: Between her, Hortense, and Scrooge, she has the same temper exception going as Della does. With Hortense's fate not being touched upon, Matilda may be the only one of Scrooge's family he got to reconcile with.
- I Was Quite a Looker: When Don Rosa depicts Matilda as a young woman, she is a slender and very attractive female Duck. When depicting her as an old woman, she has a somewhat thicker body, wrinkles surround her eyes, her blonde hair seems to have changed color, and her facial expressions tend to match her increasingly jaded outlook in life.
- No Badass to His Valet: She is one of the few people who can genuinely hurt Scrooge physically and verbally, even sending him to a Heroic BSoD.
- Tranquil Fury: Unlike pretty much every other McDuck, whenever she gets angry, it is this trope.
- Badass Adorable: Already as a little girl she was tough as nails, as a teenager she effortlessly chased and beat up fully grown men, and as a young adult she managed to chase away an entire army by chasing them with a broom.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Quackmore Duck, her eventual husband.
- Girly Bruiser: Flirts with cowboys and loves Teddy Bears. Decks a Secret Service, a Rough Rider, and TR himself with a single punch.
- Like Father, Like Son: Donald inherited his temper from both his mother and father. Della inherited her mother's conviction that her gender would not be her limit.
- Love at First Punch: She fell for Quackmore after their temper clashed against each other.
- Missing Mom: She and her husband aren't seen again after she calls out Scrooge.
- Stay in the Kitchen: Theodore Roosevelt (AKA the most badass president of all time) once told this to her. She knocked him out in one punch as a response.
- Unstoppable Rage: She's far more easily provoked than her brother.
- The Unintelligible: As a baby her only words were "glxblt".
- We Named the Monkey "Jack": Scrooge names his horse in America "Hortense" in honor of his sister because they both have a bad temper. Hortense is not amused.
Scrooge's brother and the editor-in-chief of the County Conscience, the most credible newspaper in Duckburg, and a business rival to his older brother Scrooge and his newspaper, The Duckburg Chronicle. He is confirmed to be the son of Fergus and Downy, and the brother of Matilda and Hortense, as in the 2017 comic "Zio Paperone e Il Segreto di Cuoridpietra"
- Depending on the Artist: Exactly how much he resembles his more famous brother varies depending on who's drawing him. Romano Scarpa's original design, shown here, doesn't look too much like Scrooge, but in other appearances he pretty much looks exactly like Scrooge, just with wilder hair and a different outfit.
- Enraged by Idiocy: Used in a few 1990s stories focusing on Gideon. He is pissed off that the reading public in Duckburg is more interested in celebrity gossip than actual news, and that a singer dying his hair is considered more newsworthy than political events.
- Honest Corporate Executive: He places his morals about the importance of Information before anything else. And even though Scrooge himself never does anything dishonest, Gideon is so much about his morals and so much not about the money he could make with the newspaper, that he manages to unnerve Scrooge on unseen levels.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Dickie Duck in some modern stories. She works as a reporter for "The Jiminy Cricket" and the two get along well. (Given that Dickie is Scrooge's surrogate granddaughter, he may be treating her as family.)
- The One Who Wears Shoes: In some modern appearances he, like Dickie, also wears pants.
- Remember the New Guy?: His first appearance treats him as a well-established member of the Duck cast. The fact that he is Scrooge's brother is just thrown away as though it was nothing special.
Scrooge's lazy, freeloading, overweight half-brother. Created and so far used exclusively by William Van Horn.
- Acrofatic: He's old and fat and lazy, but can really move when he wants to.
- Big Eater: Especially when it's other people's food he's eating.
- Expy: Of J. Wellington Wimpy from Popeye.
- Jerkass: He doesn't have very many redeeming qualities, and in fact seems determined to be as irritating and pushy as he possibly can be towards his poor relatives.
- Though in some stories he does seem to have a slightly soft spot for his half-brother Scrooge and gets a few minor Pet the Dog moments when he at least tries to get along with him.
- Karma Houdini: He tends to be this, even when it looks like it's going to be subverted; in fact, the two first stories he appeared both ended with him, after driving Donald and Scrooge insane, injuring himself and becoming bed-ridden for weeks... which meant that he got to happily lie about in Donald's bed while Donald had to wait on him hand and foot.
- Lazy Bum: A strange version; he energetically puts every bit of effort he can into being extremely lazy, and does it in such a way that he's as annoying as possible.
- The Load: Treated as one in-universe. Every single Duck family member dreads it when he's coming over for a visit, because they know he'll eat all their food, hogs all their things, and keeps them awake all night with his infernal snoring, which can be heard through concrete-thick walls.
- No Social Skills: Though it doesn't seem to be the cause of any strange upbringing or Asperger's Syndrome or anything like that — Rumpus probably could be a socially well-adjusted person if he made the effort; it's just that he does not care enough about anyone who isn't him to even bother trying.
Scrooge's cousin and an uncle of Whitewater.
- All That Glitters: One of the core differences between Scrooge and Douglas symbolic to their respective success and... not-so-success is that, while gold was crucial for Scrooge to get his fortune started, Douglas has the peculiar inability to tell gold from fool's gold and somehow always comes up with bags of the latter thoroughly convinced it's the former. The one time he actually found gold was in "Smarter Than The Toughies", but it was gold dust and when he came across chunks of fool's gold, he gladly threw the dust away thinking he was getting his hands on better.
- Family Honor: Starting with "Gall In The Family", Douglas regularly talks bad about Scrooge's branch of the family, calling them spendrifts and wastrels that do the name "McDuck" no favors. One example he brings up is an event in '98 where Scrooge's father bought a whole glass of lemonade for his family.
- Loan Shark: Not so by occupation, but the punchline of his debut comic is that Scrooge came to visit him after years apart and the first thing Douglas does is remind Scrooge of a dollar he lent him back in the day which he wants back with a sizable interest.
- Mountain Man: He comes down often enough, but his day-to-day life is spent alone in the wilderness looking for gold.
- Related in the Adaptation: Douglas always was Scrooge's cousin, but it wasn't until "Gold Foolery" that he was explicitly identified as a McDuck. It was furthermore not until "Smarter Than The Toughies" that he was identified as Whitewater's uncle.
- The Rival: He and his newphew Whitewater were this to Scrooge and Donald in "Smarter Than The Toughies". Or more fairly considering who entered the contest first, vice versa.
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: Douglas and Scrooge are borderline indistinguishable.
Gladstone's nephew who is just as infuriatingly lucky as his uncle.
- Born Lucky: Exactly like his uncle is. Gladstone knows he can trust Shamrock to have the same success rate as he does.
- Hate Sink: Not to the extent of his uncle because at the end of the day Shamrock is still a child, but consider his debut comic. Daisy forbids Gladstone from entering a lottery she's hosting because she knows his luck makes him an unfair winner. What does Gladstone do? Send in his nephew whom Daisy hasn't met yet so she won't forbid him from entering. Shamrock is fully aware of his role in Gladstone's plan and smugly participates in it.
- It Runs in the Family: Like Gladstone, Daphne, Rose, and Elise, Shamrock is blessed with luck. He also has the same hair as Gladstone, Rose, Elise, and Disraeli.
- Out of Focus: He's had three comic appearances in total: in 1955, 1978, and 1981. This means he's not been featured for 36 years.
- Sudden Name Change: He is named Clyde in "The Visiting Clyde". Clyde might be another character on account that Huey, Dewey, and Louie did not recognize him, although it could also be that comic story is to be put first chronologically.
Elise and Rose
Gladstone's twin cousins. Some translations make them his nieces and it's also the translations that sometimes give them names, which they lack in the English version.
- Born Lucky: All but confirmed to be the case. Their penchant for luck isn't demonstrated in their one comic, but they're the punchline that there's no escaping the Gander luck. Specifically, Gladstone was forbidden to participate in the lottery hosted by the women club because of his unfair luck. So he sent in his nephew who no one knew was his nephew and equally blessed with luck. Daisy considered making the lottery for women only next time, at which point Elise and Rose step on the scene to greet their cousin Gladstone.
- The Dividual: As is common with child-type family members in Duck & Mouse fiction. In some versions of "Daisy Duck", they are Color-Coded Characters.
- It Runs in the Family: Like Gladstone, Daphne, and Shamrock, Elise and Rose are (likely) blessed with luck. They also have the same hair as Gladstone, Shamrock, and Disraeli.
- Named by the Adaptation: They are unnamed in the English version of their one comic, but received names in some translations. Elise and Rose are their French names.
Gladstone's unspecified ancestor from a 100 years ago in an adaption of The Hound of the Baskervilles.
- Born Lucky: Just like Gladstone after him, it's the reason he can walk around freely in the moor without having to fear the grim-mire.
- Hidden in Plain Sight: Crabstone used picnic baskets to transport his money from and to the moor. Everyone thought he had just a weird preference where to eat and didn't question the picnic basket at times appearing heavier when he left the moor.
- Old Money: The family fortune disappeared with his death because he had hidden it so well. Sherlock Mouse finds it back for Gladstone.
- "Scooby-Doo" Hoax: Crabstone used dogs coated with luminous paint to make the moor look haunted, an extra precaution to keep thieves out. Gladstone picks up the trick and adds himself to it once he becomes master of the castle and the treasure.
Gladstone's cousin from his father's side of the family. While many members of Gladstone's family attract luck, Disraeli attracts pity.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Gladstone's luck is semi-passive, but Disraeli has to put up an act for his powers to do their work. He doesn't have to go to the intellectual heights of Manipulative Bastard because the pity will kick in with the flimsiest of stories, but he is well-aware of what he's doing. His influence only ceases when proof of his lies is presented.
- Enemy Mine: Donald thinks he and Disraeli will get along just fine because of how Gladstone feels about him and initially believes Disraeli is timid. Then Donald notices Disraeli is a manipulative liar and interested in Daisy and he proceeds to help his cousin Gladstone out.
- Friend to All Living Things: 50/50 played straight and subverted. Disraeli's power of pity works on animals, giving him all the fauna friendly qualities of a Disney Princess! Whether he actually deserves their kindness is another matter. He's a manipulator of people, which does not bode well, but he seemed to genuinely get along well with Bolivar.
- Hate Sink: Even more so than his cousin, namely because while Gladstone's luck is passive, Disraeli has to put effort to exploit being so pitiful. Also, while Gladstone can and does show good qualities, same can't be said for Disraeli.
- It Runs in the Family: Unlike many of his family, Disraeli does not have luck on his side. What he does have is pity and pity makes for powerful peer pressure to give him what he wants anyway. Especially among lucky relatives. His hair's also similar to that of Gladstone, Shamrock, Rose, and Elise.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Has been this since he was a child. One incident had him desiring the bicycle his cousin had just won, so he threw his own under a bus and went for a cry to Gladstone's mother. She believed it to be an accident and let him borrow Gladstone's bike until he'd get a new one.
- Lazy Bum: A similar principle, but rather than having fate push things to him like with Gladstone or the rest of the family, he has to manipulate people for it.
Grandma Duck's incredibly lazy and gluttonous helping hand.
- Alliterative Name: Gus Goose.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He's usually the nicest guy around. Endanger his friends or family or threaten his lunch, and you'll discover why bears run from him.
- Big Eater / Extreme Omnivore: He is always hungry. In the cartoon Donald's Cousin Gus, he comes to visit Donald and through the episode devours all of Donald's food without leaving him a single crumb.
- Depending on the Writer: An interesting variation here, as both comics and cartoons portray Gus as lazy and gluttonous... but whether he is more greedy or lazy depends on the media. In the cartoons, Gus' defining trait is his appetite; most of his appearances are almost solely dedicated to him eating huge amounts of food. In the comics, however, Gus (while still a Big Eater) is far more likely to be found asleep under a tree or thinking up ways to do the least possible amount of work.
- Dreadful Musician: Gus has a horrible singing voice. The only one who likes to hear him produce a song is Cissy.
- Everyone Has Standards: Just because he is a glutton doesn't mean he'll eat anything. That's the outcome of eating excellent food like Grandma Duck's. He'll eat only quality food, and one story (code: I TL 2966-2 on I.N.D.U.C.K.S) has him comically imprisoned by a couple of impostors. Their methods of torture included making him watch people eating horrid, rotting food.
- Hidden Depths: An amazing food critic, and can easily detect the quality of any food. In Italian stories he actually has an on-off job in Duckburg police hunting down for those who sell food made with adulterated ingredients, and, in spite of his laziness and usually being at Grandma Duck's farm, is easily their best agent, that they call in whenever a case becomes too complicated for the full-time officers.
- Lazy Bum: His defining trait in the comics; he never does more work than he absolutely has to.
- Nice Guy: Despite being incredibly lazy, always shirking work, and always eating more than his fair share, he is actually very soft-hearted. In one story, it turned out that the reason he hadn't fetched the mail in weeks was that two birds had made a nest in Grandma's mailbox, and Gus didn't have the heart to disturb the baby birds.
- The Stoic: One interesting side-effect of his laziness — he is usually pretty calm and level-headed in a crisis, either because panicking takes too much energy or because he was dozing off when the danger was explained and isn't aware of how much trouble he is really in.
- Stout Strength: Surprisingly strong, able to lift Grandma's horse.
- Supreme Chef: In general, he's far more interested in eating than in cooking, but on the rare occasions when he does cook, he's almost as good as Grandma (he has, after all, picked up a lot from her).
- Ultimate Job Security: The only logical explanation for why Gus hasn't been fired is that he's Grandma Duck's nephew, as she crossly reminds us now and then.
- There have been a couple of stories where Gus (temporarily) either got much more energetic, or Grandma hired another farmhand to help out — every time, Grandma ended up going nuts because all of a sudden there wasn't enough work left for her.
- The Voiceless: In the cartoons he only utters the occasional honk, and when he first appeared in the daily comic strip by Al Taliaferro he was likewise silent — but when he was picked up by Carl Barks and made Grandma's farmhand, he became a fully-voiced character and his comics incarnation has remained so ever since.
A cousin of Gus and presumably a grandnibling of Grandma Duck too. She's a lumberjack in the North Woods and, after intervention by Grandma, in a relationship with Hjalmar.
- Alliterative Name: Greta Goose.
- Badass Adorable: She's adorable and pretty and can lift an entire tree on her own. Which is useful for a lumberjack.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Greta is well-liked in the settlement and known to be dependable and capable, but not a man views her as a potential romantic partner because No Guy Wants an Amazon. Grandma Duck gets more interest when she arrives.
- Dreadful Musician: Not unlike Gus, Greta has a horrible singing voice. It does, however, attract moose. Far more than for appearance, this makes Hjalmar decide to date her because it makes her the ideal hunting partner.
- Mighty Lumberjack: Greta likely is the mightiest of them all.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: After Grandma gives Greta a make-over, she immediately draws the attention of Hjalmar for "looking like a girl".
- Stout Strength: Portrayed as amazing, but not out of the ordinary. Other than carrying around trees, Greta also helps get a car filled with lumber out of the mud by lifting it and is asked to straighten a beartrap.
Socrates M. Gosling
Better known as "Sock", Socrates is the nerdy cousin of Huey, Dewey, and Louie. He is related to Gus Goose insofar that Gus was authorized to send him to stay with Donald for a while, but it isn't clarified how they are related.
- Adorkable: Just look at him! He gets a date out of it too with the daughter of the owner of a confectionery store.
- The Bus Came Back: After his run in 1944, Sock remained absent until 1984 when he got to star in his first comic story: "Woodchuck Sock". Since then, he appeared in another comic only once in 2002's "Healthy Choice".
- Butt-Monkey: Either he brings it upon himself or he's the victim of the triplets.
- Deathbringer the Adorable: Prior to meeting Socrates, Huey, Dewey, and Louie assume "Sock" refers to the verb "to sock" and go as far as to acquire fake glasses to avoid a pummeling.
- Nerd: Many of the newspaper gag comics pit his armchair knowledge against the triplets' Street Smart. Sock rarely wins out.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: In one comic, Sock tries to convince the triplets that asking for cookies is better than stealing them. He goes to ask for one from Donald, but when Donald approves and they go to the plate, all the cookies are gone because the Huey, Dewey, and Louie stole them in the meantime.
The founder of Duckburg and Donald's great-great grandfather. An immense statue of him erected by Scrooge as part of a contest with the Maharajah of Howduyustan towers over the city.
- Alliterative Name: Cornelius Coot.
- Founder of the Kingdom: The founder of Duckburg.
- Our Founder: He founded Duckburg. The statue of him is a plot point in some stories when it's not just background decoration.
- Posthumous Character: Never appears in person, but his great grandson sells Killmotor Hill to Scrooge when the two meet in Klondike. Prior to Scrooge centering his financial empire around his money bin there, Duckburg was merely a few farms and the old decaying Fort Duckburg, established by Sir Francis Drake some 200 years before.
- The Ducks do meet him "for real" in a time-travel story, though.
- His spirit/ghost is also seen watching Scrooge at the end of His Majesty, McDuck.
Ludwig von Drake
An absent-minded scholar/inventor who is referred to as Donald's uncle (according to Walt Disney himself, he's the brother of Donald's father, while in Tony Strobl's stories he's depicted as Grandma Duck's cousin, and Don Rosa claims he is/was married to Scrooge's sister Matilda, making him Donald's uncle by marriage) and an expert on everything. He originally appeared in Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color and has since become a semi-recurring character in the comics. He and Gyro are somewhat similar and if you're confused, just remember, Ludwig is The Professor first, and a Bungling Inventor second, while Gyro is the other way around.
- Ditzy Genius: Even moreso than Gyro, in fact. There's no doubt that he's brilliant in every way, but he's also somewhat of an eccentric, at times bordering on being a Wonka — or, Depending on the Writer, even a full-fledged Cloudcuckoolander.
- Famous Ancestor: According to the episode "The Truth About Mother Goose" of Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color, Ludwig is the grandson of Mother Goose.
- Insufferable Genius: On a bad day. But even on a good day, humility is not his strongest suit.
- Momma's Boy: In Mickey MouseWorks and House of Mouse, it was a Running Gag for him to be intimidated by his mother yelling at him from offscreen. This has since found some comic follow-up, like in "Wiener Schnitzel Woes", where his mother sends him homemade wiener schnitzel weekly all the way from Austria.
- Mr. Exposition: Occasionally, his role is to explain why things are happening.
- Out of Focus: In later years he hasn't been used much in comics — in fact, for some years Egmont Creative A/S, the main publisher of Disney comics in Europe, completely banned any use of the character, because editor and creative leader Byron Erickson considered him superfluous; there was nothing Ludwig could do that Gyro Gearloose or the Junior Woodchuck Guidebook couldn't. However, the ban seems to have been lifted in recent years, though Ludwig is still a minor character in the comics.
- Strangely enough, another character that was banned from use at Egmont was Launchpad McQuack, and when asked why the two characters were not seen in Disney comics nowadays, Byron Erickson famously answered: "Ludwig and Launchpad ran off to Las Vegas, where they came out as transvestites and joined a drag show."
- The animated version of Ludwig, however, remains fairly central and is usually the character who appears whenever Mickey Mouse or his friends need a scientist to explain things.
- Also a recurring character in Italian comics, usually appearing whenever Scrooge needs some cultural help.
- Omni Disciplinary Scientist: In fact, he'll constantly point out all the various fields he's an expert in. Usually he's right about it too, though he doesn't always go on about things in the most sensible way.
- Opposite-Sex Clone: He made one of himself in House of Mouse to be a romantic partner. She broke up with him because of his ego.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Tends to overcomplicate things.
Donald's distant cousin from an unspecified branch of the family. He's an anthropologist at Goosetown University.
- Absent-Minded Professor: A light case. He's driven by his work and can forget all technical aspects surrounding it that need to be taken care of too. Even details of his work can get muddled up, like when he assured Donald that nonos are flightless swimmers and later realized he was thinking of penguins; nonos are nonaquatic fliers.
- Experimental Archeology: He and Professor Grabgrant each had their own ideas how the population of Arbor Day Island could've reached the site that later would be Duckburg. The latter believed it to be due to boats made of mud and the former didn't have any theories except that a mud boat would be preposterous. So they agreed to a contest in which each would go to Ardor Day Island and build something to reach Duckburg. In the end, the historical boats proved to be the island's large statues, which actually were hollowed-out pumice.
- The Jinx: Donald thinks of him as one, anyway. Whenever Sholto comes over, he drags Donald into tiresome adventures more trouble than they'd have to be.
- Will Not Tell a Lie: He rather gets himself, Donald, and the nephews thrown overboard than keep a secret of scientific fraud.
April, May and June
Daisy's three nieces, and more or less Distaff Counterparts of Huey, Dewey and Louie. Unlike HD&L, however, they live with their mother, Daisy's anonymous sister, and only occasionally stay with their aunt.
- The Cameo: Prior to Legend of the Three Caballeros, their only animated appearance was a cameo in the House of Mouse episode "Ladies' Night".
- Chromatic Arrangement: Only in about half their appearances do the girls follow the classic red/blue/green scheme; they're often seen to wear yellow/magenta/cyan, and sometimes (such as in Legend of the Three Caballeros) they discard the chromatic part and wear yellow/purple/orange — and sometimes they all wear the same color. The girls did not get an official color assignment until 1998 when the Dutch comics made them regulars in the Duckies series. In one comic published that year, "Nieuwe Coupe" ("New Hairdo"), the girls gain more modern appearances and can now be told apart by their hairstyles◊: April wears her hair in a ponytail (magenta), May has short hair and wears a headband (cyan), while June wears twin pigtails (yellow). Certain Danish stories also feature the redesigned girls.
- Composite Character: In DuckTales (1987), Webby is essentially the girls as one character.
- Decomposite Character: April, May and June follow on the 1941 character Dottie, also a niece of Daisy. Yes, the girls are both decomposite and composite characters.
- Distaff Counterpart: Few Disney characters are this blatant about it.
- The Dividual: Like Huey, Dewey and Louie, the girls look and act pretty much the same.
- Identical Twin ID Tag: Again, in the modern Dutch comics, their hairstyles. In older comics, the colors of their clothes is probably supposed to be this, but since the girls' colors are even more inconsistently handled than Huey, Dewey and Louie's are, this really doesn't help.
- Parental Abandonment: Surprisingly enough, averted. Though their mother never appears on-page and isn't referred to very often, the girls first show up in a story where Daisy is visiting her sister, and introduces her three nieces to Donald. Presumably, they still live with their mother (though we don't hear anything about their father).
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: They wear bows on their heads.
- Theme Triplet Naming: Rather than having their names rhyme like Donald's nephews, Daisy's nieces' names are all months of the year that can also be used as feminine names.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: Much like Huey, Dewey and Louie, they are often vastly more sensible than the adults around them.
Dottie, also known as Dotty, is the niece of Daisy Duck. Huey, Dewey, and Louie each have a crush on her.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: She appeared in two newspaper comics and then never again. She's arguably been succeeded by Daisy's "other" nieces April, May and June.
- Decomposite Character: April, May and June are this to her. Funnily enough, they have a Composite Character in Webby Vanderquack of DuckTales fame.
- Distaff Counterpart: To Huey, Dewey, and Louie.
Glittering Goldie O'Gilt
Scrooge's love interest from his gold prospecting days, "the only live one I ever knew."
- Alliterative Name: Glittering Goldie O'Gilt.
- Breakout Character: Only appeared in one Carl Barks story but was eventually accepted as Scrooge's de facto love interest (a la Irene Adler) in American comics and animation.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Both she and Scrooge had this effect on each other. Unlike Scrooge however, Goldie in her older days is more or less not trying to hide a Hidden Heart of Gold and has no problem showing Scrooge that she still loves him.
- Demoted to Extra: In Italian comics, her character is rarely used (aside from cameos and short scenes) in favour of Brigitta.
- Depending on the Writer: Just like Scrooge, Duck Tales gives her a Lighter and Softer personality where she and Scrooge are way more open about their feelings and even nearly gets married at one point.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: The question as to what Scrooge was doing with her that entire month he made her work at his claim was something even Carl Barks didn't want to answer. Don Rosa however, had a lot of fun with the implications.
- Grandma, What Massive Hotness You Have!: Not as originally depicted by Carl Barks, but when Don Rosa draws her she's always depicted as every bit as beautiful as she was when Scrooge first knew her.
- I Will Wait for You: In "A Little Something Special", she tells Scrooge this.
- Love at First Punch: Drugging and robbing a guy and dumping him in a ditch is not your typical foundation for a relationship.
- Love Hurts: It didn't turn out well.
- Maybe Ever After: As mentioned in Scrooge's entries, Don Rosa's stories has left some hints here and there that Scrooge might eventually return to her someday.
- Meaningful Name: It's probably no coincidence that Scrooge's love interest has "gold" in her name.
- New Old Flame: Even 50 years after they last saw each other, she and Scrooge still have strong feelings for each other. In Don Rosa's "The Quest for Kalevala", it's hinted that Scrooge plans on returning to her someday.
- Non-Mammal Mammaries: She has breasts in the stories drawn by Don Rosa.
- Odd Friendship: She has met Brigitta in at least two stories, and they get along really well... Fully knowing they're rivals in love. Goldie all but states that Brigitta is the only one she could tolerate with Scrooge in her place, and Brigitta hints she reciprocates.
- Older Than They Look: In the Ducktales 2017 reboot, she looks a good bit younger in her old age than any other depiction, yet still retains her long-time Gold Rush relationship with Scrooge. This is handwaved when she casually claims to have found a fountain of youth since they last met.
- The One That Got Away: For Scrooge.
- Stockholm Syndrome: Don Rosa attempted to avert this by showing that Goldie had brought a gun, meaning she could have killed Scrooge if she wanted to, and also adding the fact that she was half-willingly joining him at his claim so she could seize an opportunity to trick him and steal his gold nugget again. Also, she already had an interest in Scrooge before he kidnapped her.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Spent the years after the gold rush taking care of orphans.
- Tsundere: She truly does love Scrooge, but won't admit it to his face out of pride (at least in her youth). Yeah, Goldie fits the definition to a T. If it weren't for that stray block of frozen hose water...
- Villainesses Want Heroes: Not a down right villain per se, but Goldie is introduced as greedy, rude and deceitful, not above drugging prospectors to steal their gold. She quickly gets a thing for Scrooge learning how he refuses to waste his money unlike every other man in Dawson and watching him demonstrate his strength on the town's crooks. Eventually however, Goldie defrosts.
- You Got Spunk: "She has grit."
A shrewd businesswoman duck whose main goal is to one day marry Scrooge McDuck, even though he isn't interested in romance at all. Created by Romano Scarpa, Barks liked the character enough to give Romano a drawing of Brigitta trying to seduce Scrooge with a Money Scented perfume, which Romano then wrote a story based on said premise. The original drawing has been lost.
- Abhorrent Admirer: To Scrooge. Brigitta truly loves Scrooge, and for decades, she has tried every method to get him to return her love. This includes stalking him, which greatly infuriates Scrooge.
- Right from the beginning, Scarpa and his successors have left enough hints that Scrooge is interested in her, but does not enjoy her obsession with him. Although he pretends to be emotionlessa typical character traithe is not.
- Ascended Extra: Already shortly after her creation by Scarpa, she was picked up by other authors and began appearing in their stories. She still appears frequently in Italian stories, even getting the occasional starring role in stories where Scrooge doesn't appear.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: She could be as rich as the likes of Rockerduck, Glomgold, and even Scrooge himself... Except she can't be bothered to get serious unless Scrooge makes her angry.
- Characterization Marches On: In her early stories it wasn't clear if her love for Scrooge was genuine (in Scarpa's own words, "Does she have a crush on Scrooge, on his fortune... Or both?"), before other authors made clear she really loved Scrooge. Similarly, as the years went on, while her crush on Scrooge remained as strong as ever, she became less obsessive and her Stalker with a Crush tendencies were heavily toned down.
- Gold Digger: Subverted: while she sometimes appears one, it's usually very clear she's interested in Scrooge for his own personality.
- Hidden Depths: She's usually seen as just a lovestruck woman, but she's actually a businesswoman in the same league as Scrooge himself. These Depths have become markedly less Hidden over the years, as Characterization Marches On.
- Intergenerational Friendship: She's old enough she first met Scrooge in 1897, but often forms a friendly quartet with the much younger Daisy and miss Quackfaster and, occasionally, the even older Grandma Duck. She also gets along very well with Huey, Dewey and Louie, and Dickie.
- Mad Love: She is perfectly aware that Scrooge doesn't return her feelings, but this doesn't stop her from hoping, and trying again, and again, and again...
- The Matchmaker: A professional one: her most frequent enterprise is a dating agency, and a rather successful one.
- Odd Friendship: She has met Goldie in at least two stories and they get along really well, fully knowing they're rivals in love. It's hinted that Brigitta considers Goldie the only woman she could tolerate with Scrooge, and Goldie all but declares the same for her.
- Older Than They Look: She's not much younger than Scrooge is, yet she looks in her forties.
- Pink Means Feminine: Her "Briggitik" costume is totally pink (bow and arrow included). Justified because "love" is her motif.
- Platonic Life-Partners: With Jubal — which is a clear case of Characterization Marches On, as the two were definitely not friends in the first story Jubal appeared in.
- Remember the New Lady: Her first story mentions she already knew Scrooge in 1898, right after he turned from millionaire prospector to businessman, and a later story shows they had already met the previous year.
- Ship Tease: Scrooge is often depicted as feeling something for her. If it's either love, friendship, or just respect, that is up to the readers.
- Stalker with a Crush: To Scrooge, though the actual stalking has been toned severely down since her early appearances.
- Took a Level in Badass: In the Italy story "Paperinik, Paperinika e la Romantica Vendicatrice" (Duck Avenger, Super Daisy and the Romantic Avenger), Brigitta takes the identity of Brigittik, the Romantic Avenger after being accidentally brainwashed by a Gyro invention that releases all of Brigitta's frustration about her romantic failure. This identity re-appears in few stories.
- Tsundere: Of "Dere" type. Differently from Goldie, Brigitta is usually very sweet (and even open about her feelings), but whenever Scrooge goes too far in his rejections he is quickly reminded she is really vindicative-and a businesswoman good enough to actually rival him.
- Woman Scorned: Many stories starring Brigitta have her being rudely rejected by Scrooge, then starting her own business trying to outperform him.
- The Dreaded: Scrooge is terrified of Brigitta whenever she decides to compete with him, as he knows far too well that, no matter if she succeeds or not, she is just as formidable as Rockerduck or Glomgold, if not more.
- Zany Scheme: She is really good with them... they actually succeed a fair number of times too.
A woman as lucky as Gladstone Gander. They fancy each other, but their supernatural fortune turns into supernatural misfortune whenever they are together.
- Born Lucky: Heavily implied to be the case.
- Brought Down to Normal: Whenever she and Gladstone are together, their fortunes cancel each other out into mutual misfortune.
- Distaff Counterpart: Of Gladstone.
- Lazy Bum: Because her luck means she never has to work, she abhors effort beyond stuff like picking up a diamond ring she finds on the street.
Fethry's girlfriend and the civilian identity of the Purple Butterfly.
- Amazon Brigade: One of the members of Daisy's Adventure Club in the 90s, along with Daisy Duck, Minnie Mouse, Clara Cluck, and Clarabelle Cow.
- Granola Girl: It depends on the story who, between her and Fethry, is the more level-headed one.
- Love Triangle: She and Rita Goose had a short rivalry over Fethry. Gloria won.
- New-Age Retro Hippie: Gloria is one, although she's not as overbearing as the stereotype usually goes and she's been considerably toned down over the years.
- Out of Focus: Hasn't appeared in a single story since the 90s when Brazil stopped producing Fethry-centered stories.
- Secret Identity: As the superhero known as the Purple Butterfly, who along with Fethry's Red Bat persona is a member of the Club of Heroes. Neither know the other's secret identity.
Donna Duck originates from the 1937 short Don Donald and precedes Daisy Duck as Donald's love interest. In 1951, she starred in a series of daily newspaper comics alongside Donald and Daisy and has since made an occasional reappearance. She's currently dating Whitewater Duck.
- Alliterative Name: Donna Duck.
- Costume Evolution: In the animated short, Donna wears only her headpiece and a shawl. Post-Daisy, that look has become somewhat naked-y in comparison, so once Donna made her comic debut, she got an additional shirt.
- Decomposite Character: Until 1951, Donna and Daisy were regarded as the same character. It were the newspaper comics that established Donna as a separate individual.
- Old Flame: Donna and Donald still have some feelings for each other. In the newspaper comics, it's exclusively from Donald's side. In the 2012 comic "Too Many Donalds", it's mutual.
- Pair the Spares: In the newspaper comics, Donna had found a new romantic partner in a dogface named Manuel Gonzales. In the 2012 comic "Too Many Donalds", she instead forms a couple with Whitewater Duck, a cousin of Donald as rarely written about as Donna is.
- Spicy Latina: It's what you get when you put Donald's Hair-Trigger Temper on a Mexican angle and give it to a female character.
A close friend of Dugan Duck, who lives next door, much to her parents' annoyance.
- Alternate Company Equivalent: So here's a well-to-do pig girl living next door to a duck boy who's been picked from the wilderness, all tropes like messy hair, high-energy, and friend included, to live with an uncle figure and whom she has a semi-romantic bond with. Sounds quite a bit like Julie Blurf from DuckTales.
- Girlish Pigtails: And she never wears it differently.
- Girl Next Door: Overlaps with Uptown Girl. She's from an upper class family and her parents aren't all that fond of Dugan and Fethry, who are decidedly less familiar with etiquette and money.
- Hair-Contrast Duo: Cintia fulfills Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold, while her mother, the parent most opposed to her contact with Dugan, has Dark Is Evil going on hair-wise.
- Out of Focus: Hasn't appeared in a single story since the 90s when Brazil stopped producing Dugan-centered stories.
Cecilia "Cissy" Swann
A wealthy woman who is romantically involved with Gus Goose.
- Idle Rich: Cissy's got no job because her parents are rich and spends her day doing whatever she wants.
- Motor Mouth: Quite a talker when she gets going. In "The Fashionable Farmer", Grandma Duck leaves for a famers' convention just as Cissy arrives to visit Gus, so Grandma quickly drives on to avoid being held up by a conversation.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: With a hint of What Does She See in Him? on account of Cissy's family fortune. She likes Gus for his uncomplicated farmer outlook on life, his work ethic (which she overestimates somewhat due to Gus showing off a little when she's around), his appetite, and she's also the only one who likes to hear him sing.
- Spoiled Sweet: Cissy's a sweet girl, alright, but not very bright and sometimes unintentionally self-centered in her actions. In "Roughing It", Grandma's thoughts on Cissy describe her as "as rich as Scrooge and as smart as Gus".
A hunter in the North Woods who is in a relationship with Greta Goose.
- Alliterative Name: Hjalmar the Hunter. Not truly a name, but the same prinicple.
- Badass Adorable: Greta thinks he's cute, but he doesn't go around being called "the hunter" for nothing.
- Dreadful Musician: He only knows hunting songs and he can't even perform them in an aurally pleasant manner.
- Hunter Trapper: The Boisterous Bruiser type. He doesn't wear pelts or other trophies or brags about his kills, but he is highly enthusiastic about his job and likes to share the experience.
- No Guy Wants an Amazon: He liked Greta as an acquaintance, but didn't view her as romantic material at first because she wasn't girl-like. His interest was piqued after Grandma gave her a makeover, but didn't know what to do with her over the top Damsel in Distress performance. In the end, he began dating her because of her moose-attracting singing voice.
Love interests' family
Glittering Goldie's granddaughter, who now attends college in Duckburg — that is, when she's not roaming around the town and getting into various mishaps.
- Alliterative Name: Dickie Duck.
- Breakout Character: While a minor character in many countries and virtually unknown in the USA, she was rather popular in Brazil during The '80s, where she starred in her own stories - which featured mainly in José Carioca's comics - together with her own group of friends (including the Aracuan Bird from The Three Caballeros).
- California University: In her introductory comic, Dickie had already graduated (high school or college, unknown!) In more recent comics, she's attending college in Duckburg, at Calisota University which is conveniently within biking distance of Scrooge's mansion.
- Chaste Hero: She doesn't seem particularly interested in romance either (though other characters are often interested in her).
- Depending on the Artist: Does she have white human-like feet (as seen in the picture above) or regular orange duck feet? The former was more common in earlier stories featuring her, but in more recent stories the latter version is more common. Though in her very first appearance she had duck feet for the one panel she went barefoot.
- Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal: One of few Duck characters that is full dressed.
- Genki Girl: Usually. When teamed up with Huey, Dewey and Louie she is usually the Energetic Girl to their combined Savvy Guy.
- Honorary Uncle: In Italian comics, she calls Scrooge "nonno" ("grandfather"). In Italy it's the equivalent of "old man" and can be both affectionate and derogative, but it's also sometimes taken as a hint that Dickie is really Scrooge's grand-daughter, a daughter of the baby Scrooge and Goldie may have had, since it is hard for Don Rosa fans to imagine Goldie having a relationship with anyone else than Scrooge.
- According to Dickie's origin story, Goldie could no longer take care of her granddaughter and convinced Scrooge to take care of the teenage girl. It set Scrooge up as her legal guardian, though the two do not interact that often.
- Intergenerational Friendship: Very good friends with Brigitta.
- Intrepid Reporter: In some stories she is a junior reporter for the newspaper The Jiminy Cricket.
- Plucky Girl: Perhaps one reason why the normally girl-hating Huey, Dewey and Louie don't mind hanging out with her and are even fine with her taking the lead — she is a spirited teen and One of the Boys.
- Road Trip Plot: Ducks On The Road is an excellent comic about Dickie, Gyro, and Daisy - in the year 1975 - going on a trip from Virginia to California.
- The One Who Wears Shoes: As well as the one who wears pants. Justified in that she has a more humanoid body than most of the other Ducks.
- Tomboy: While depicted as a typical teenage girl, Dickie is much more interested in her job as a reporter, various sports, and music than romance. Her clothes would not look out of place in a typical boy. Her main feminine trait is her long, blonde hair.
- Two Girls and a Guy: Dickie, Gyro, and Daisy in Ducks On The Road. They're her two favorite people and they're spending the summer together having wacky adventures!
- You Don't Look Like You: In the early 2000 years, the Italian Disney Parade collection of character statues features a Dickie Duck barely taller than Huey, Dewey and Louie◊. Romano Scarpa, the character's original creator, was pissed off, since she is supposed to be even taller than Donald.
Daisy's cousin and girlfriend of Woimly Filcher.
- Badass Adorable: She's cute and in touch with her femininity, but she's also a traveling anvil salesman.
- Elopement: Not literally, but Teensy and Woimly fell in love during the Duckburg Lothario's Annual Winter-Walk while they each had another as partner. Donald and Gloria had treated them badly during the walk (Donald not on purpose), so for the two to walk out on the activity and ditch their partners in favor of each other is understandable.
- Fluffy the Terrible: Donald expected a much more delicate partner for the Winter-Walk based on the name "Teensy Whiffle".
- No Guy Wants an Amazon: Averted in practice, but it's this attitude that Daisy counted on when she set up Teensy as Donald's date for the Duckburg Lothario's Annual Winter-Walk. She herself couldn't go because she was sick and she didn't want Donald to go with anyone who could qualify as a romantic rival, like Gloria De Lovely.
- Off-into-the-Distance Ending: Her part of "Duos and Don'ts" ends with her, Woimly, and her anvils driving off out of Duckburg.