Daisy Duck is the girlfriend of Donald Duck, best friend of Minnie Mouse, and is a recurring character in Disney media. She first appeared in the 1940 short Mr. Duck Steps Out. She was preceded by Donna Duck in Don Donald, but they usually aren't considered the same character.
The specifics of Daisy's personality differ from work to work; however, her core is usually the same. Though she loves her boyfriend Donald, Daisy is well-aware of his flaws and vices. Daisy is constantly arguing with Donald and frequently tries to fix his flaws. Though she'll often berate Donald for his temper, Daisy has just as big of a temper as him. Daisy serves as a foil to Minnie. While Minnie is demure and prefers to dress simple, Daisy is very outspoken and fashion-savvy. Minnie and Daisy get along for the most part, but Daisy's bombastic personality can make her an annoyance.
Daisy appeared sparingly throughout the 1940s, although in 1947 she was the protagonist of Donald's Dilemma. Daisy had several more appearances until the mid-50s. She was retired (in theatrical form at least) until she was revived in the '80s. Since then, Daisy Duck has become a core member of the Classic Disney Shorts cast.
- Don Donald (1937)note
- Mr. Duck Steps Out (1940): The first cartoon to have Daisy appear in her standard design, and the first time she is named as such.
- A Good Time for a Dime (1941)
- The Nifty Nineties (1941): First and only appearance of Daisy in a Mickey Mouse short.
- Donald's Crime (1945): First cartoon to have Daisy with a normal voice, provided by Gloria Blondell.
- Cured Duck (1945)
- Donald's Double Trouble (1946)
- Dumb Bell of the Yukon (1946)
- Sleepy Time Donald (1947): First cartoon to have Daisy in more of a leading role.
- Donald's Dilemma (1947): A fairly dark cartoon in Daisy's filmography as it sees Daisy suffer numerous physical and mental health disorders.
- Donald's Dream Voice (1948)
- Crazy for Daisy (1950)
- Donald's Diary (1954): Final appearance of Daisy in the Donald Duck shorts.
- How to Have an Accident at Work (1959): Final appearance of Daisy in the classic shorts.
- Mickey's Christmas Carol
- Fantasia 2000
- Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas
- Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers
- Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas
- Quack Pack
- House of Mouse
- Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
- Minnie's Bow-Toons
- Mickey Mouse (2013)
- Mickey and the Roadster Racers
- Legend of the Three Caballeros
Tropes that apply to Daisy:
- Ascended Extra: Curiously, for a character considered a major Disney star, Daisy only appeared in 16 of the classic theatrical shorts. She had a much bigger role in comics, and eventually got bumped up to be a recurring star in modern shorts and features.
- Alliterative Name: Daisy Duck.
- The Bus Came Back: She didn't have any animated appearances between 1954's Donald's Diary short and 1983's Mickey's Christmas Carol film.
- Chaste Toons: She has nieces—April, May, and June—in the comics.
- Depending on the Artist: Out of all the Sensational Six Disney characters, Daisy's design changes the most. Does she have hair or feathers? How are her feathers stylized?
- Depending on the Writer: Daisy's personality and voice have changed with nearly every new title released after the original shorts. The only real constant is that she's a bit of a Tsundere.
- Distaff Counterpart: Though arguably, she has a few unique personality traits, and is more different from Donald than Minnie is from Mickey.
- Divergent Character Evolution:
- While Donna Duck from "Don Donald" is considered to be the prototype of Daisy, one comic strip established that she and Daisy are two separate characters.
- Daisy started out as a more level-headed Donald, but eventually other aspects of her, such as her being a fashionista and her Genki Girl qualities, began appearing.
- The Fashionista: Daisy is shown to like clothes and is fashion-savvy.
- Funny Animal: Daisy is an anthropomorphic duck.
- Furry Female Mane: Daisy usually averts this trope. She usually has feathered stylized as "hair". However, in some appearances, such as House of Mouse, she has a white ponytail that meshes with her feathers. In Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers she outright has blonde hair
- Graceful Ladies Like Purple: One of her two default colors is purple. She's more sophisticated than many of the other characters.
- Green-Eyed Monster: A reoccurring theme of her character is that she gets jealous easily.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: While not as easily annoyed as her boyfriend, Daisy does have a mean temper in most incarnations.
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Her classic design is just a blouse and a bow on her head. Her feathers give the impression of a skirt.
- Honorary Aunt: She doesn't interact with Donald's nephews very often, but they tend to view her as this trope when they do and Daisy tends to appreciate the gesture.
- Hot-Blooded: She is often presented this way.
- Hotter and Sexier: Tough not being part of the Fab Five, she can sometimes be considered as this.
- Informed Attractiveness: Mostly applied to Donald's Diary and Quack Pack.
- Jerkass Ball: There are times in House of Mouse and Mickey Mouse Works when she's very inconsiderate. One cartoon has her inviting herself along on Mickey and Minnie's day out and causing nothing but trouble the entire way there.
- Legend of the Three Caballeros shows her at her worst. In the first episode, she breaks up with Donald when he's late to their date, after he loses his job and his home, on his birthday, no less. As if that wasn't enough, in episode 7, she brings over her new boyfriend to the Caballeros' cabana, just to spite Donald and make him jealous. She does get better at the end, though.
- Newer Than They Think: Fans who are more familiar with her more recent outings in Disney media may be shocked to realize that core aspects and relationships of the character only came up in post-Classic Disney Shorts era material. During the Classic era, Daisy only appeared in 10+ shorts and was a fairly recent addition to the cast, the majority of her roles were relegated to Donald's shorts, making her interactions with the rest of the major players extremely limited until recently.
- Non-Mammal Mammaries: In some of her appearances, she has a busty chest.
- Official Couple: With Donald Duck. Unlike Minnie and Mickey, however, they're consistently depicted as dating (not confirmed to be married off-screen).
- Pink Is Feminine: One of her default colors is pink, and Daisy is a Girly Girl.
- Satellite Character: Even though she's more different from Donald than Minnie is from Mickey, she's rarely seen without him.
- The Sixth Ranger: Of Disney's Sensational Six.
- Species Surname: She is a duck with the surname "Duck".
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: She is a more feminine version of Donald, though some redesigns like her Quack Pack incarnation attempt to differentiate her more.
- Tuft of Head Fur: In some appearances, she has a tuft of feathers in replacement for hair. Fantasia 2000 is one such example.
- Vocal Evolution: She started out sounding almost exactly like Donald.