Carl Barks' Comics
- This doubles as both awesome and heartwarming. In Knight in Shining Armor, Donald gets invited to a Suppressed Desire Party where you dress as the type of person you've always wanted to be. So, Donald dresses up as a knight. His nephews don't think it's such a good idea and everyone makes fun of him once he arrives at the party. But when a lion tamer accidentally releases his lions into the crowd at the party, Donald in his armor is the only one able to beat them back into their cage. Needless to say, no one laughs at him anymore and even praise his courage. His nephews even offer to carry his rubber sword and shield on the way home.
- This page in The Olympic Hopeful. The entire comic is basically just everybody laughing at Donald Duck's incredible lack of physical fitness while the real athletes all get disqualified for one reason or another, but because of his determination to try, Donald goes through all the tryouts despite wheezing and suffering a concussion. And then it culminates in the last page where his nephews help him finish the last tryout and even pushes him forward so that he could actually break the finish tape. And then they give him a medal.
- "Christmas For Shacktown", when the Nephews wander through Shacktown, a ghetto filled with unfortunate people, they feel like fat pigs (their words) for wanting more for Christmas, when the kids in Shacktown won't be able to even have Christmas. Daisy decides to get her ladies club to pool their cash to give the Shacktowners a decent meal and the kids a toy train for Christmas, and the rest of the story is trying to finagle Scrooge McDuck into helping out. At the end of the story, Scrooge, due to rash promise, ends up donating hundreds of dollars to Shacktown, allowing the unfortunates to have a Christmas feast like never before, and the destitute kiddies a toy land of their own.
Don Rosa's Comics
- "Super Snooper Strikes Again". Huey, Dewey and Louie's love for Super Snooper comics isn't approved by their uncle, who would prefer them reading stuff with more plot and character, so he concludes that their superhero stories are "the pits". Annoyed, one of them cracks that Donald isn't any better, being an overage messenger boy. Donald gets a lump in his throat, and leaves the scene in complete silence. Depressed because he thinks his nephews may be right, he ends up finding a drink that grants him superpowers. He rushes to show the kids and regain their respect, but they don't believe him when he tries to prove it to them. They think he's just gone crazy. Towards the end the super-powers wear off, before his nephews ever get to see him in action, and Donald still thinks his nephews see him as a failure...But when they're alone, the boys comment on how Donald is their true hero, how none of their comic book heroes could ever measure up to someone who took in his three nephews and does whatever he can to support them in life.I'd say Unca Donald is a pretty super kinda guy!Agreed!Yeah! "Super Snooper" may be the mightiest mortal to ever trod the soil...But he's no Donald Duck!
- When Scrooge admits to his sister that he envies Donald, and also credits Donald and the nephews for making him a better duck.
- The Three Caballeros Ride Again.
- "Dream of a Lifetime." Donald travels through his Uncle Scrooge's dreams to thwart the Beagle Boys from making Scrooge tell them the combination to his money vault. But, Donald almost forgets his mission to spend a few precious moments with his mother! It's absolutely heart-wrenching and touching that the only time Donald is shown to have direct contact with his mother is in someone else's dream and she was a toddler and didn't recognize him. This is especially a Tear Jerker given the known fact that Donald's parents and sister all inexplicably disappeared from his life in reality. Despite that, Donald cries out "MA!" in joy and desperately hugs her all the while calling the meeting a miracle and asking her to say something to him. To which she says, "glxblt" right before Donald's kicked out by Scrooge's dad for "acting peculiar with Hortense." Not to mention the end of the story: thanks to Donald's intervention, Scrooge finally has the chance to spent with Goldie the moment he lost so many years ago. When all the others are about to wake up Scrooge, Donald stops them to give his uncle a bit of happiness, even if it's just a dream.
- "The Duck Who Never Was." Donald is depressed when he finds out that nearly all his friends, even his nephews, have forgotten his birthday, making him feel like the most worthless person in Duckburg. All that changes when he accidentally makes a wish to a genie who lives at a museum to have never been born, resulting in Duckburg becoming a ghost town, with his relatives leading horrible lives (excluding Gladstone, who's still the luckiest duck). Donald manages to reverse the wish, and finds himself back in good old Duckburg. When he comes home, he finds his family, nephews, Daisy, Scrooge and everybody he's cared about (and Gladstone)has thrown him a surprise birthday party.
- U.N.C.A.D.O.N.A.L.D.note , on the penultimate page.
- In one story, Donald pretends to be a burglar and steals Gladstone's wristband, thinking it's the source of his luck. When he realizes it isn't, he leaves the house depressed over his bad luck in life, and goes into the wilderness to wallow in a secluded cave. Through thunder and rain, his nephews chase after him and try to bring him back home, because "we don't want our uncle far away from us." And Donald, moved, tells them that if there is one thing he lucked out at more than Gladstone, is that he had nephews like them.
- In another story, Donald saves the life of a maharadja visiting Duckburg. The maharadja brings Donald back to his country and showers him with various luxeries for a while and then reveals that to thank Donald for saving his life he means to marry him off to one of the women of his court. Donald adamantly refuses and wants to go home to Daisy. This offends the maharadja who places Donald by a lion pit and insists he will feed him to the felines if he doesn't agree to the marriage. When asked why he refuses a life of luxury with whichever lady he chooses to marry he replies: "Because I love Daisy!" Luckily Daisy shows up to save him, unleashing wrath upon the maharadja that almost puts her boyfriend's famous outbursts to shame. The story ends with Donald and Daisy returning home together.
- In the Reginella Saga, every time his alien Love Interest needs help Donald will come there, prepared to help however he can:
- In "Donald and Reginella's Wedding" Donald received a visit from one of Reginella's subjects, that tells him the planet Pacificus has been conquered by the Mighty Bingo and Reginella herself is being forced to marry him. Donald comes ready to deal with Bingo and his army... And had everything he needed already packed because he had dreamed her trouble.
- In "Reginella and the Terran Threat" Donald discovers that Pacificus is being ruined by an Earth millionaire that is setting up tourist visits for rich men. Donald not only comes to help, but has the courage to ask Scrooge for the 20,000 dollars he needs.
- Scrooge too: once Donald explains why he needs to go on Pacificus he not only gives him the money, he adds a thousand dollars more. And doesn't want it back.
- In "Donald, Reginella and the Fearsome Vampirione" Reginella calls for Donald... And he comes immediately.
- Scrooge again: as Donald's way to come there was a rocket bicycle and had failed, Scrooge asked him why he dropped in the money bin... And as soon as Donald mentioned Reginella he provided a Space Fighter. And would have come to help too, except he knew exactly what could have happened between Donald and Reginella and realized he could have interfered.
- Goofy's musical tribute to Donald in "Gone Goofy" must be heard to be believed.
- In the same episode is the short "Donald's Goofy World", where Donald has a nightmare of everyone (including himself) becoming Goofy. At the end, he wakes up and he lashes out at the real Goofy. Then when Goofy walks away sadly, Donald runs up to him and says "At least there's only one of you."Goofy: That's right! The one and only! And I'm going to fix your door! (enters in Donald's house and locks it).
- In the same episode is the short "Donald's Goofy World", where Donald has a nightmare of everyone (including himself) becoming Goofy. At the end, he wakes up and he lashes out at the real Goofy. Then when Goofy walks away sadly, Donald runs up to him and says "At least there's only one of you."
- The very first episode of Ducktales, "Don't Give Up the Ship" is as heartwarming as it is heartbreaking. Donald leaves for the Navy and leaves his three nephews in the care of his Uncle Scrooge. But before he goes, he gives them a little farewell speech. When Scrooge shows up and tries to dissuade Donald, Donald says that he's already enlisted and wants to see the world. Then he tells him to take care of his nephews and that he chose Scrooge to take care of them because he's the only one he trusts his nephews with. Throughout the first half of the episode, the kids misbehave and Scrooge just ignores or scolds them, at one point questioning Donald's parenting skills. Needless to say, the kids got pretty defensive of their Unca Donald. After they overhear Scrooge tell his butler how troublesome they are, they even run away from home, hoping to go back to Donald. This whole series, especially the episodes with Donald, proved that although Donald and his nephews drive each other crazy much of the time, they truly love each other.
- Magic Happens.
- The Disneyland special episode "This Is Your Life, Donald Duck!" is all about looking back at the important events in Donald's life and celebrating him as the guest of honor. We meet Grandma Duck for the first time ever in animation as his grandma and not a cameo and their reunion is so touching. Even Chip and Dale and Pete are nice to him. All the Disney characters who were around at the time sing "Quack, Quack, Quack, Donald Duck" and "Jolly Good Fellow" including: Capt. Hook, the Seven Dwarfs, Ichabod Crane, the Reluctant Dragon, Cinderella, the Lost Boys, etc. But most heart warming of all is at the very end when his nephews jump into his arms, hugging and kissing him, and one of them says, "Wasn't this nice, Unca Donald?" and they laugh together as the curtain falls.
- Another '"Disneyland'' episode, "A Day In The Life Of Donald Duck", features the Mouseketeers visiting the Disney studio and presenting Donald with a special pair of mouse ears, naming him an honorary Mouseketeer. Considering that these live-action kids are interacting with an ink-and-paint character, this is an example of the Roger Rabbit Effect.
- From Mickey's 60th Birthday, a spell causes Mickey to disappear from the public eye and Donald is the prime suspect and is sent to jail. When Mickey reverses the spell and is "found" by Roger Rabbit, Donald (though shaking him furiously) begs Mickey to tell where the heck he's been.
- Not only that but during all the fiasco, never once did Donald blame Mickey for it, though the whole thing was Mickey's mistake in the first place.
- From 1984, the song put together for Donald's 50th birthday celebration.
- In the new Mickey Mouse cartoon "Duck the Halls," Donald's family migrates south for the winter while Donald insists on staying up north to experience Christmas. The whole time they're on vacation, Daisy, Uncle Scrooge, Uncle Ludwig, and the nephews miss him terribly and they're all ready to brave the cold to bring him back south safely.
- On the other side, Mickey, Minnie and Goofy are actually thrilled Donald is around to celebrate with them this year. In contrast to his usual selfish persona, Donald really wants to enjoy the festivities with his friends, and desperately hides his poor health caused by the winter.
- Pretty much anytime Donald is reacquainted with Jose Carioca. In contrast to Donald's usual Unpopular Popular Character routine, Jose and Donald always seem so happy to be around each other (not to say Jose doesn't heckle Donald, but it's much more playful than his usual turmoil):
- Their first meeting in Saludos Amigos, where Jose even appears to be a fan of Donald's work.
- The "Two Happy Amigos" episode of The Wonderful World of Disney, where Jose visits Donald to see his homeland of America. Their embrace when he first arrives is adorable.
- Crossing over with Tear Jerker, how Tony Anselmo got the job of voicing Donald Duck: He was originally an animator with no desire to act. While working for Disney he made friends with Donald's original actor, Clarence Nash who showed him how to do the voice when Anselmo admitted it was the only one he couldn't replicate. They grew closer over the years, and Nash continued to train Anselmo, who had no idea of the elder man's intentions and thought they were just doing the voices for fun. 1984 was Donald's 50th birthday, which was celebrated with many personal appearances. During a parade Nash was missing and Anselmo was tasked with finding him, when he finally got in contact with his friend Nash finally confided to Anselmo that he was dying of Leukemia and he had actually been training the young animator to replace him. Tony filled in for Nash throughout 1984 when he was too ill to work and when he died in 1985 Tony became the full-time voice actor of Donald Duck.