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"You kids are nothing but trouble! Curse me kilts, have I missed trouble! I suppose I'll have to keep an eye on you to make sure you get into trouble properly..."
Scrooge McDuck

DuckTalesnote  is a re-imagining of the late 1980s series of the same name. The series is executive produced by Matt Youngberg (Transformers Animated, Ben 10: Omniverse), with Francisco Angones (Wander over Yonder) as story editor and co-producer, and Sean Jimenez (Gravity Falls) as art director.

The series shares the same outline of the original series, as we follow famous billionaire Scrooge McDuck (David Tennant) traveling the world; hunting for treasure and having various adventures with his grandnephews Huey (Danny Pudi), Dewey (Ben Schwartz), and Louie (Bobby Moynihan), along with Tagalong Kid Webbigail "Webby" Vanderquack (Kate Micucci), their Voice of Reason housekeeper Mrs. Beakley (Toks Olagundoye), and crash-prone pilot Launchpad McQuack (Beck Bennett). However, this iteration comes with some significant changes that bring it closer to the original comics source material, the most blatant being Donald Duck (Tony Anselmo) now tagging along with his family on their shenanigans.


At the same time, the series is a Continuity Reboot set in its own parallel continuity. Some of the more obvious changes:

  • The show is now set in the 21st century, with the characters using cell phones and the like.
  • Huey, Dewey and Louie have evolved from rigorously identical prepubescent kids to three preteens with unique personalities and individual voices.
  • Webby is now an adventurous Genki Girl with a Grappling-Hook Pistol.
  • Mrs. Beakley changes from a dotting, cheerful maid into a buff, no-nonsense ex-spy Action Mom (or Grandma).
  • Duckworth is dead before the series starts, but comes back as a ghost in the middle of Season 1.

Get ready to have that theme stuck in your head again.

The series premiered on August 12, 2017 on Disney XD with an hour-long episode, "Woo-oo!" (yes, that is the episode's title, not a Verbal Tic on our part), that can be watched on Disney XD's official YouTube channel here, as long as you live in the USA. A second season was ordered ahead of the series premiere, and began airing on October 20, 2018. On September 21, 2018, a third season was announced as being in production.


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  • Accidental Misnaming: A Running Gag in the premiere, as Scrooge remembers Huey and Louie, but refers to Dewey as "the third one", "Sonny-Jim", and "...Bluey?" Huey also mentions he's pretty sure Scrooge called him Herbert once.
    • Dewey has since been referred to as "Bluey" by other characters as well.
  • Actor Allusion:
  • Actually Pretty Funny: After Scrooge tells Dewey that the submarine isn't equipped with a bunch of hi-tech weapons, Dewey asks what it is equipped with. Scrooge tells him seat belts and forcibly straps him into one before walking away chuckling. Dewey admits that's actually a good one.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: In the pilot, Scrooge and Donald's trust and respect in each other has strained considerably, unlike previous iterations where they had little to no such bad blood. And from the beginning, the show makes a point about the negative emotional repercussions of Scrooge's reclusive life, especially in relation to his family. Astute viewers will quickly realize the reason: Donald quite reasonably blames Scrooge for Della's disappearance. Once the boys learn the story, they briefly do too.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Fenton's mother goes from an elderly couch potato to a middle-aged Fair Cop.
  • Adaptational Badass:
    • Technically, Donald Duck. Though he is the perennial Butt-Monkey of the Disney animated universe, the various comics from which the show takes its inspiration — in particular, the works of Carl Barks — do indeed showcase Donald as being "one of the most daring adventurers of all time." This is highlighted in the second episode. Beakley plans to take Bouncer Beagle, leaving the smaller one to Donald. Instead, Donald goes into a berserker rage and trounces both of them without any help from Beakley at all.
      • Turned Up to Eleven in the Season 1 finale. Gyro gives him a "Barksian modulator", a machine that changes his voice into the Badass Baritone of Don Cheadle. Donald gives a Rousing Speech to his family, comes up with a sensible strategy to defeat Magica (one that even Mrs. Beakley is impressed with), and says badass one-liners while charging into battle (where he single-handedly defeats hundreds of Living Shadows and the Gizmoduck suit). Apparently, he's always been saying things like this, but thanks to his silly quacking voice nobody understood him or took him seriously.
    • Webby; her intro involves her wielding a dagger while darting about with massive amounts of energy, and given that the Quacky Patch doll that was her Companion Cube in the original series is stuck to the wall with an arrow, she's likely to have at least some skill in archery. In the theme song, she weaponizes a grappling hook against a mummy. In her introductory short, we're shown her donning night vision goggles and climbing a cabinet to get at the cookies and when she finds out Dewey has the last one, she dives at him.
    • Mrs. Beakley, given her Heroic Build and her history as a spy. In the intro, she lifts all the nephews and Webby, to protect them from Scrooge's Rogues Gallery, without breaking a sweat, and even seems ready to fight them before the plane crashes into the title. In her introductory short, she's shown to casually suck up a Bedsheet Ghost in her vacuum cleaner, an act that would cause the original Beakley to pass out in fear. Given her age, though, she's most likely a Retired Badass at this point.
  • Adaptation Deviation:
    • We could probably go on and on about the small changes— but one big change is that in this continuity, Huey is the only one of the triplets to be an active Junior Woodchuck scout. He carries a pocket-sized copy of the Guidebook under his hat.
    • Launchpad also doesn't start the series as McDuck's trusted pilot but as a regular, extremely bad, limo driver. In fact it's not until he is flying a plane that Scrooge even knew he was a pilot (despite him mentioning it often). He also pilots a submarine (and that becomes the one vehicle he doesn't crash).
    • The main deviation is that in the original cartoon, when Donald goes to the Navy, the boys show more dislike for Uncle Scrooge, calling him "the old skinflint" while Donald is quite respectful and loving to Scrooge. Here it's Donald who resents Scrooge, while the kids jump at the chance to meet their famous grand-uncle about whom they have heard so many stories (of course eventually they do agree that their Uncle Donald wasn't entirely wrong about Scrooge).
    • How the boys interact with Webby is vastly different from the original cartoon. In the original, while they did care about her and see her as a younger sister, she was very much an Annoying Younger Sibling to them, as well as being a girl. In the reboot, on the other hand, she quickly assimilates into their group with no fuss and the boys happily accept her as a friend (once they get over the initial shock, that is). As the showrunners have said, she is like the fourth triplet, and the boys treat her as such.
    • Doofus goes from a friend and fellow Junior Woodchuck to the triplets to a spoiled, rich brat who Louie wants to hobnob with.
    • Darkwing Duck is no longer an actual super hero but a character in a Show Within a Show. Now that Drake Mallard has become a real life Darkwing Duck, there is still a great variation in his origin story and relationships
  • Adaptational Name Change:
    • Subverted: Dewey Duck's full name on media made before this project was "Deuteronomy Duck". On this series, Huey referred to him as "Dewford". Word of God states that Deuteronomy is still his name, but they call him Dewford because the former is difficult for Donald to pronounce.
      • Played straight with Louie, whose full name is Llywellyn (originally Louis) in this version, which he hates.
    • Gyro's robot assistant is called "Little Helper" in the original comics and cartoons. Here, he's called "Little Bulb" or "Lil' Bulb".
    • Fenton Crackshell is now Fenton Crackshell-Cabrera.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Although Glomgold was certainly corrupt and a rival to Scrooge in the original cartoon, his schemes rarely involved outright murder attempts. In the new series, he doesn't hesitate at the thought of killing Scrooge, Launchpad, Donald, four children, and even his own henchmen once he has what he's after. A later episode has him decide to kill Beaks, just because the guy was annoying for about five minutes, and tries to off Scrooge in the process. Scrooge implies that Glomgold is constantly trying (and failing) to kill him. This is in line with how Glomgold was in the comics, however.
    • Gyro Gearloose isn't quite a villain, but he's certainly more greedy than in the comics. In the comics, he outright states quite often that he's bad with finances, and mostly invents stuff because he likes it. At one point, the Beagle Boys even commissioned a machine that would cost a ludicrous amount of money and resources, but the workload would only cost them a few cents. In the show, however, mentioning money is the best way to get his attention. Played straight with Little Helper/Lil' Bulb. In the comics, he's mostly either doing his own thing in the background, or helping Gyro. In the show, he can be actively malevolent at times.
  • Adult Fear:
    • Scrooge has become a recluse due to being isolated from his family. Part of the show is him regaining his love for adventure by pursuing it with his nephews.
    • In the first episode, Scrooge takes the triplets on an adventure to Atlantis after he agrees to keep them for a day. Donald, who's been hired by Scrooge's rival for a similar outing then spends his time frantically trying to protect them from both said rival's goons and the various death traps in the city.
    • Mrs. Beakley is appalled when she learns her granddaughter has come on the rescue mission, feeling it far too dangerous for her.
    • Scrooge's actions indirectly led to the disappearance of his niece, Della Duck, when the triplets hadn't even hatched. Both Scrooge and Donald are scared to death of anything happening to the boys.
    • Making a rash and impulsive decision that can ruin your life is something that nearly everyone fears. Della Duck herself makes such a decision when she steals the untested rocket that Scrooge invented to go on a joyride, eventually encountering a cosmic storm that strands her on the moon, separating her from her family, especially her unhatched children.
  • Aerith and Bob: The character names run the gambit from Scrooge and Flinthart Glomgold to Donald Duck and Mark Beaks. Most characters have an animal-pun somewhere in their name, but even that isn't consistent.
    • While Huey, Dewey, and Louie are pretty ordinary, their full names are very much this trope: Llewellyn, Deuteronomy (or Dewford for short), and Hubert.
  • Age Lift: Webby was younger than the triplets in the original series, but all of them seem to be about the same age now, and are preteens instead of young children.
    • Averted with Scrooge of all people. Rather than move him away from his by now antiquated origins to make him a realistic age, the show has gone all-in on it and outright states that he got his dime in 1877, making him approximately 145 years old.
  • Agent Mulder: Webby will believe any tale of legend told to her, no matter how outlandish.
  • Agent Scully: Huey has a healthy sketpticism and generally depends on science, but he does accept the fantastical, especially when it stands right before him.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: In "Beware the B.U.D.D.Y. System", the B.U.D.D.Y. robo-driver goes haywire, strapping Scrooge, Dewey, Gyro and Mark Beaks down with multiple seatbelts and endangering their lives, with Gizmoduck rescuing them from the robo-car, and Launchpad's dangerous driving skills knocking the automated van into the canyon below.
  • Alliterative Name: A number of names: Donald Duck, Dewey Duck, Della Duck, Gyro Gearloose, Gladstone Gander, "Glittering" Goldie O'Gilt, Bettina Beakley, the Beagle Boys (Big Time, Burger and Bouncer).
  • Allohistorical Allusion: The Audubon bay separates Duckburg from St. Canard. John James Audubon was a famous naturalist who wrote a book, The Birds of America which is the one of the seminal works of ornithology and quite fitting for a series of talking animals based on various kinds of ducks.
  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: A Scrooge McDuck themed Monopoly clone had existed for decades in Colombia. Yes, Scoogeopoly is real.
  • Ambiguous Gender:
    • Pei Pei the panda that is massaging Gladstone in 'The House of the Lucky Gander"; since we haven't heard Pei Pei speaking, this has yet to be determined.
    • Charybdis, the monster guarding the Spear of Poseidon. Its counterpart in Greek mythology was a female monster, but it speaks with a very deep, masculine voice.
  • Ambiguous Time Period: The show seems to approach its setting as a Constructed World with elements from multiple periods existing side-by-side:
    • Scrooge, for instance, is an old-time adventure hero in the mould of a late-19th and early-20th Century explorer with a private collection of rare artifacts and trinkets which was still possible in an era before the United Nations and other institutions passed laws to better preserve patrimony.
    • Donald Duck owns a beat-up hatchback with a modern GPS electronic navigating console. Webby uses a cellphone while Scrooge uses a flip-phone and Launchpad flies an old-fashioned sea-plane for transport rather than say a private business jet.
    • We also see parts of this in the Money Bin in "The Great Dime Chase". It's clarified that the Money Bin is not really Scrooge's primary office-space. His real corporate HQ is in the city, and the Money Bin, and the money inside it, is largely of sentimental value. The Bin likewise has old-fashioned technology like pneumatic tubes, while Scrooge's archives still use the Card Index system of cataloguing when modern libraries use computer searches for better accessibility.
    • The sketch of The Spear of Selene found by Dewey has multiple dates listed on it, including 03/15/200-, the day of the triplet's birth, thus implying that the show takes place in the 21st century at least.
  • Amusing Injuries:
    • In the first episode alone, poor Launchpad and Scrooge respectively get to enjoy the pleasantries of being swollen with venom from rattlesnake bites and bashed into buildings while holding onto a flying dragon. Worse? All this pain is Played for Laughs.
    Scrooge: [covered in cuts, contusions and disheveled feathers] Wheeze... It'll take more than a... bruised spine... to shake off ol'Scrooge, you ye bad dragon-dog ye!
    • Jim Starling both as himself and as Darkwing Duck in the old Darkwing Duck tv show is often taking injuries that he shrugs off, true to style. His counterpart, Drake Mallard takes similar abuse, but it's played for drama.
  • Animation Bump: The show is already very nicely animated, but the Title Sequence shows much more shading and fluid movement. Episodes towards the tail-end of Season 1 have shown an increase in fluidity.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Huey claims his trusty Junior Woodchuck guidebook contains info on everything there is. But he also adds entries on anything new he encounters, which makes it a bit odd that he flatly denies the fabled Terra-Firmians' existence on the basis that they're not in the book.
  • Arc Hero: Francisco Angones stated on his Tumblr that the show's seasons will revolve around a character. Season 1 focuses on Dewey, and Angones has stated that Season 2 will revolve around Louie.
  • Arc Words: "The Spear of Selene": What it means isn't immediately clear, but over the first season, the boys learn that it was a rocket that Della took out alone and crashed on the moon.
  • Arch-Enemy: As per the norm, Flintheart Glomgold.
    • Or if we are to judge by the season finale Magica DeSpell and the mysterious centuries-old feud.
  • Arson, Murder, and Lifesaving: Subverted after Scrooge and the kids stop the Pixiu dragon and Launchpad crashes:
    Scrooge: In the short time I've known, you've wrecked my home and my money bin, unleashed several ancient evils, and almost got me killed twice!
    Huey: Four times, if you count each monster as an individual time... [Scrooge glares angrily at the kids]
    • And then double subverted when Scrooge breaks into laughter:
      Scrooge: That was incredible, when you pulled me into the airplane and said "No time!" And who would have thought of a Medusa gauntlet? Brilliant! Oh, and then you swung me out and pulled up just in time and... [laughter] You kids are nothing but trouble! Curse me kilts, have I missed trouble! I suppose I'll have to keep an eye on you to teach you how to get into trouble properly.
  • Art Evolution: The series' animation has gradually become more fluid and expressive, and loses a lot of the stiffness characteristic of the first few episodes of Season 1.
  • Ascended Extra:
    • While Donald Duck only appeared in the pilot and select episodes of the original series, it's evident that he'll be sticking with his family this time around, as he did in the original comics. One promo quite literally puts him front and center.
    • Fenton Crackshell was introduced in the later episodes as part of a retool that earned him cameo roles in Darkwing Duck, being considered as an annoying rival. He's now seemingly already working for Scrooge, with a new Gizmoduck suit that is three to four times his size.note 
  • Awesome, but Impractical: The Buzzards point out that the Money Bin is this.
  • Badass Family:
    • Webby laughs at the idea of the Duck/McDuck family being "normal and boring" and goes on to talk about how Donald is a daring adventurer. The triplets already know how big a deal Scrooge is, and they are set to join him on new adventures. Even Della was big on adventuring.
    • Speaking of Webby, she and her grandmother qualify. Mrs. Beakley is strong, tactical, and Ma Beagle speaks of her as The Dreaded. She taught her granddaughter on how to be an Action Girl.
  • Bait-and-Switch:
    • The Turn Off Your Phone PSA. Seriously, who was expecting the opening to grind to a halt when a cell phone goes off?
    • This line from the Glomgold Industries training video. "That's the motto of the world's most beloved Scottish billionaire duck... (a silhouette of Scrooge is seen at a wall until Glomgold breaks through it) Flintheart Glomgold!"
    • Scrooge's indignation that Glomgold is threatening Donald to keep him from taking the red jewel for himself. For a second, his anger sounds like he's upset at Glomgold for sinking to such a dirty trick, but...
      Scrooge: Hiring my own nephew to use against me?! [sighs in defeat] Now that is good planning.
    • The note from Della apologizing to Scrooge for stealing "the Spear of Selene", implies that she betrayed Scrooge by stealing an artifact they found on one of their adventures despite his instructions. It's later revealed that the Spear of Selene is actually a spaceship she designed and Scrooge had secretly built for her as a surprise to celebrate the triplets' birth. Della found out about it before he could unveil it and decided to take it for a joyride. The note was meant to explain why it was missing.
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Much like in the original show, whether or not a character wear shoes depends on how human-like their body is. Of the main characters only Launchpad and Mrs. Beakley wear shoes, though Scrooge has spats that cover a portion of his feet.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: Mrs. Beakley is taking time to... adjust to the nephews' presence.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: The four leading antagonists are Flintheart Glomgold, who's constantly trying to bury Scrooge and plotting to kill him; Mark Beaks, a hipster Corrupt Corporate Executive who focuses more on buzz and technology to get ahead instead of working hard or honestly; Ma Beagle, matriarch of the Beagle Boys who wants to steal the deed to Duckburg from Scrooge; and Magica De Spell, who is plotting to steal Scrooge's #1 Dime and regain her power. She edges the others out by virtue of being the villain of the Season Finale.
  • Big Fancy House: McDuck Manor is a huge estate filled with a Peacock casually flying around has large spacious interiors, with paintings of Scrooge's family and other adventures and relics and display cases of old outfits, trinkets, and mysterious artifacts, and of course it has Air-Vent Passageway (albeit just the right size for four small children to crawl through).
  • Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti:
    • In one of the promotional shorts, Huey captures a Sasquatch that looks suspiciously similar to the one from A Goofy Movie.
    • Subverted in "The Impossible Summit of Mount Neverrest!" where no yeti shows up but is still referenced (Launchpad mistaking a big, hairy pig-man for a yeti).
    • In "The Other Bin of Scrooge McDuck!", Huey takes in a Bigfoot which he names Tenderfeet after pulling a thorn out of its foot. It turns out the Bigfoot, whose real name is Gavin, is actually scamming the triplets so he can live in the mansion, plus sasquatches are revealed to be sapient and can speak English fluently.
  • Bilingual Bonus:
    • While his pronunciation is terrible, the line Launchpad uses when he pretends to be "Uncle Hampus" is actual Swedish.
    • The "Uke or Puke" machine in "Daytrip of DOOM!" used actual Japanese characters, and the game spoke in actual Japanese.
    • The writing in the temple from "The Spear of Selene!" is written in Greek with more or less correct grammar.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The Shadow War! ends with the Duck-McDuck family reunited and Magica de Spell defeated, but Lena is seemingly dead (assuming she existed in the first place), the money bin is wrecked, and Magica is still out in the world, even if she no longer has her powers. On a slightly more sweet note, Lena is now apparently inhabiting Webby's shadow, and in the last few seconds, we see that Della Duck is alive, having crashed on the moon.
  • Black Comedy: Jokes revolving around murder and death are surprisingly commonplace.
  • Bland-Name Product: In "The Shadow War!", Scrooge's house is filled with Papa Swan's Pizza boxes, an apparent parody of Papa John's Pizza.
  • Blunt Metaphors Trauma: In "The Living Mummies of Toth-Ra", when Scrooge is encouraging the followers of Toth-Ra not to give up hope:
    Scrooge: Don't lose hope! Remember the burritos! When a burrito falls apart, you've got to... put it in a bowl and eat it with a fork... or, uhh, grab some tortilla chips and make nachos, I guess. Uh, is any of this making sense?
    Amunet: This was never about burritos.
    Scrooge: It wasn't?
    Amunet: It's about freedom to make a choice, a choice bigger than beef or veggies. We've lived our whole lives toiling in the service of the Pharaoh, now we get to choose for ourselves! And what do we want?
    Members: Burritos!
    Scrooge: Wow. Okay, then. CHARGE!!!
  • Bookends: The closing seconds of the first and last episodes of the first season are beat-for-beat mirrors of one another. "Woo-oo!" ends with Dewey seeing a picture of Della and gasping "Mom?". "The Shadow War!" ends with Della seeing news footage of Dewey (and the rest of the family, for that matter) and gasping "Boys?".
  • Born Lucky: Gladstone Gander, as it's pretty much his defining characteristic which informs his incredible laziness and selfish behavior.
    • Launchpad, who crashes every vehicle he mans but somehow makes it out of every single crash unscathed and can fix most vehicle problems simply by hitting it.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: It takes Beakley about ten seconds of trying to keep the houseboat together for her to unintentionally adopt Donald's catchphrases and mannerisms (i.e.: "What's the big idea?!" and "Aw, phooey!")
  • Bowdlerise: The episode "The Beagle Birthday Massacre!" is re-released under the title "The Beagle Birthday Breakout!".
  • Brand X: Nearly all smartphones in the show are Waddle phones (produced by Mark Beaks' company). Similarly, all soda the characters drink are PEP products.
  • Brick Joke: Two from "Woo-oo!"
    • First, we see Dewey messing with the engine of Donald's boat. By the end of the second part, the boat explodes because Dewey left the engine on.
    • The other is Glomgold's orientation video, where he concludes by saying that "employees are the greatest treasure of all!" His henchmen bring this up when he's about to kill them alongside Scrooge.
      Hack: But I thought employees were greatest treasure of all!
      Glomgold: Don't be ridiculous! Treasure is the greatest treasure of all, that's why it's called "treasure"!
  • Broken Pedestal:
    • Dewey feels this way about Scrooge at first, especially when the latter starts whining about his family, but it changes when Scrooge reveals his lighter side.
    • The brothers start out thinking Gladstone is the coolest thing since electricity but their opinion of him changes after they see he was willing to trade them all to a luck vampire in exchange for his freedom.
    • Huey, and to a lesser degree Dewey, used to idolize Mark Beaks until they discovered he was a deceitful fraud.
  • Brought to You by the Letter "S": The Beagle Boys eschew the traditional prison numbers on their chests for big black "B"'s.
  • Building of Adventure: The Money Bin is now Bigger on the Inside, boasting 57 Floors, located on an island on the eastern coast of Duckburg, connected by a land-bridge. It has a huge vaulted space for Scrooge's pit of Pooled Funds, in addition there's the underground Mad Scientist Laboratory where Gyro Gearloose tinkers, and there's Scrooge McDuck's archives run by the formidable Miss Quackfaster which is also incredibly huge and elaborate. There's also a large sorting area where machines sort out nickels and dimes from the Soda dispensers in the building. Indeed Scrooge's accountants Lampshade how the building is impractical, noting that Scrooge's real corporate headquarters is in Duckburg's financial district and the Money Bin is more or less an artifact that serves little business purpose, and exists more as Scrooge's private playground where he plots adventures.
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • Zigzagged with Donald Duck, as his portrayal is a mix of his more adventurous qualities from the comics and his traditional bad luck from the cartoons.
    • Fenton Crackshell-Cabalera also serves as one, even when he is Gizmo-duck although not as much.

  • Calling Parents by Their Name: The nephews address Scrooge by his name instead of calling him "Uncle Scrooge", which is pretty jarring since they always address him as "Uncle" in the comics and other media.
    • The triplets do this to Della too on occasion after she comes back, but that's understandable considering they haven't known her the entirety of their lives.
  • Canon Foreigner:
    • Mark Beaks represents today's idea of a billionaire: the tech industry billionaire.
      • As well as Falcon Graves, a professional mercenary and tech thief.
    • Glomgold's band of mercenaries: Gabby McStabberson, Hack & Slash Smashnikov.
    • The Buzzards, Scrooge's financial advisors.
    • The B.U.D.D.Y system, created by Beaks. Turns out it was one of Gyro's Lil' Bulb robots.
  • Canon Character All Along:
    • In the first season's finale it is revealed that Lena is Magica's shadow brought to life. As Magica's Shadow was already brought to life by Magica in one episode of the original show, Lena can be counted as the same character, just much more developed and relevant to the plot.
    • Second season introduces Jim Starling - the actor who plays Darkwing Duck - as well as his replacement. By the end of The Duck Knight Returns the replacement actor is revealed to be Drake Mallard and becomes Darkwing for real, and Jim becomes Negaduck.
  • Canon Welding: In the pilot alone, there are mentions of Cape Suzette, Spoonerville, and Saint Canard, confirming the Canon Welding of the old continuities in The Legend of the Chaos God carried over into the new timeline.
    • "From the Casefiles of Agent 22!" further welds the Disney Afternoon timeblock with references to the Gummi Bears and "Sky Pirates... in the Sky!" brings in Don Karnage, while Darkwing Duck is built up slowly over two seasons before finally making his debut, along with his Arch-Enemy Negaduck in The Duck Knight Returns.
    • In addition other Disney properties have been brought into the Duck Tales continuity, such as The Three Caballeros, which was unreferred to in the original series.
  • Cartoony Eyes: Traditionally, Donald and the other ducks have blue sclera in animation. Here, the whites of their eyes are actually white (a brighter shade of white than their body feathers), showing a clear influence from the comics.
  • Casting Gag:
  • Central Theme: The importance of family.
  • Cheated Angle: Applied ot an object rather than a person: before the series finale, we only ever see the tails side of the Number One Dimenote . This is to conceal the fact that the heads side has Magica De Spell on it, who's trapped in the Dime. Especially egregious in the intro sequence where the Dime is spinning, so it appears to have two tails sides!
  • Chekhov's Gag: The second episode, Beakley casually mentions to Donald that she's a spy, followed by awkward laughter by both. Many episodes later, she is revealed to be a retired S.H.U.S.H. agent.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • In "Woo-oo!" Medusa Gauntlet mentioned early on by Webby is later used to render a gold-hungry dragon Taken for Granite.
    • In "The Golden Lagoon of White Agony Plains", the amulet Goldie shows off to Scrooge in the opening scene ends up playing a pivotal role in the climax.
    • A statue of Scrooge inside his garage - three times, no less.
      • First, Scrooge uses the head of the statue to defeat Captain Peghook, after he declares he will only be satisfied with the head of Scrooge McDuck.
      • Then, the head falls onto the Headless Manhorse, which is so grateful to finally have a head that it abandons its quest for vengeance on Scrooge.
      • Then, twenty whole episodes later, Dewey and Webby use the decapitated statue as part of a riddle, which tells them to "look through the eyes" of Scrooge.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Scrooge uses his gold swimming skills to ambush Flintheart.
  • Chromatic Arrangement: The color scheme is carried over from the comics. The personality traits associated with the colors are shifted around between Huey (red) and Dewey (blue), as Huey is the smart and uptight one and Dewey is the bold and adventurous one (as well as the most often featured triplet). Louie fits his color stereotype to a T with his lazy, laid-back and cunning attitude, though.
  • Color-Coded Characters: The triplets still have their Chromatic Arrangement that was established in the comics; Huey wears red, Dewey wears blue and Louie wears green. Webby was pink in the 1980's cartoon, and is now a darker pink, while Leena is purple.
  • Composite Character: Mrs. Beakley's characterization as a stoic butler who tags along with Scrooge in some adventures has much more in common with Duckworth, Scrooge's predominant butler from the original series. That being said, Duckworth himself does show up despite being dead.
  • Confusion Fu: Don Karnage and his Crew were able to successfully steal from Scrooge and his team because their musical number left them too stunned to do anything.
  • Continuity Reboot: The show, unlike the original series, explicitly takes place in an entirely new continuity that draws various elements from the comics and cartoons.
  • Dating Catwoman: Scrooge and Goldie O'Gilt. Whenever he was after a legitmate score, she was always right behind him to steal it from him.
  • Darker and Edgier: There are quite a few elements that make this show darker than its predecessor:
    • The show completely averts Never Say "Die", and Donald's Adult Fear about the danger his nephews are in is played completely straight.
    • The Beagle Boys, while still mostly Ineffectual Sympathetic Villains as of now, have expressed zero qualms about killing children for revenge. In "Daytrip of Doom!", Webby bluntly states to the triplets that the Beagle Boys would gladly threaten to toss one of them down a cliff in order to send Scrooge a message.
    • "Terror of the Terra-firmians!" has the characters be placed in very real dangers, from being buried alive in a structural collapse, to getting thrown about in a train crash. This is in direct contrast to the usual cartoony perils expected from this kind of show.
    • The portrayal of the McDuck-Duck Family is this compared to most previous incarnations. The show has a semi-serialized narrative, with Myth Arcs focusing on deconstructing the Dysfunctional Family relationships between the main characters, which were usually used for humorous gags in the past.
    • Magica's abusive treatment of Lena is depicted in a very straightforward manner, as is Lena's own inner turmoil about betraying her friends. It gets even darker during Lena's nightmare in "The Other Bin of Scrooge McDuck," where Magica transforms Webby into a doll and uses her to attack Lena, which results in Lena accidentally killing her best friend, resulting in a horrified Big "NO!" before Lena wakes up and realizes it was All Just a Dream.
    • Lena's arc comes to a head during "Shadow War," where she is apparently killed by Magica, prompting another Big "NO!", this time from a tearful Webby. Even though the ending hints that Lena's spirit lingers on, it's still shockingly dark for a DuckTales cartoon.
    • It is heavily implied that Della Duck cut off her own leg to escape from the wreck of the Spear of Selene. Even though it happens off-screen, it's a really brutal implication.
    • Even the comedy is a bit darker in this show than in the original, with a lot more Black Comedy, ranging from Flintheart's hilariously complicated murder plans to Webby's enthusiasm about dying an exotic death
  • Death by Adaptation: In this series, Duckworth is a Posthumous Character and only appears as a ghost, having passed away long before the series began. In the original series, he was alive and well throughout the entire run.
  • Decomposite Character:
    • Armstrong the robot from the original series is shown to have existed in this show's continuity, as he is brought up a few times as a Mythology Gag: his head is seen in the pilot and he's listed among Gyro's inventions that have ended up turning evil. However, B.U.D.D.Y. in the series ends up taking Armstrong's role as a robot that Launchpad is pitted against.
    • In a more subtle way, the triplets take on aspects of Donald Duck now that they are made into individuals rather than merely the Single-Minded Triplets that they were in the comics. The Donald of the show has a lot of aspects of his comics and cartoons personality but is also retired and jaded about his past, unlike the comics Donald who still believed and persisted that he was one scheme away from solving his fiduciary woes. These aspects are now retained by Louie Duck who also has the schmoozing back-and-forth dynamic with Uncle Scrooge, i.e. trying to see if he gets to have the biggest bit of inheritance, planning for crazy schemes and so on which is something Donald often showed in comics. Dewey Duck also has Donald's sentimental family side which is highlighted in Last Christmas where he hugs a past version of his mother in a scene similar to Donald hugging Hortense in "The Dream of a Lifetime" while Huey Duck is generally the triplets' base character blended into a single personality albeit he does have and shows Donald's famous temper and fussy nature when things don't go his way.
  • Denser and Wackier: Compared to the original series, this show features more exaggerated animation, a faster pace, and a lot of slapstick, although it's balanced with a more frosty dynamic between Scrooge and Donald, Never Say "Die" being completely averted, and the fact that the series will deal with the Triplets' Missing Mom.
  • Designated Girl Fight: Wouldn't Hit a Girl is not entirely played straight in the show, but female villains often end up this way. In episode 24, when the gang finally faces off against Magica Despell, the only ones who physically attack the villainess are Webby and Lena. The boys serve as distraction, and Scrooge disarms her using his cane and an absolute minimum of violence.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Scrooge uses a Promethean candle for Donald's birthday, one that is designed to never go out. His reasoning is that buying a new candle each year would cost too much money. The problem? On a birthday, someone is supposed to blow out the candles. Also, the Promethean candle appears to be sentient.
  • Divergent Character Evolution:
    • The creators decided that since Huey, Dewey, and Louie's names are always given in that order, that it's the birth order for the triplets. They now wear different clothes instead of merely different colored T-shirts and matching caps, have different plumages and have three different voice actors, much like they did in Quack Pack, and have distinct personalities:
      • Huey is the only Junior Woodchuck and likes solving mysteries and planning things out. He wears a red polo shirt and a red cap.
      • Dewey is excitable, rash, and desperate for adventure. He wears a blue T-shirt over a long-sleeved shirt.
      • Louie is laidback, sneaky, greedy, and openly admits to being "the evil triplet." He wears a green baggy hoodie.
    • Flintheart Glomgold's appearance is much more heavyset to give him a much more distinct look from Scrooge, who he's got a lot in common with.
    • Mrs. Beakley is Scrooge's housekeeper who's been with him for a number of years. In the original, she was hired to be the triplets' nanny in addition to being the housekeeper.
    • Now that Donald is a cast regular as opposed to the 1987 series, the original characters created in the first series (Launchpad, Fenton) who originally served as his decomposites and surrogates have been altered to set them apart. Fenton Crackshell for instance is now a younger Latino duck and an assistant of Gyro Gearloose where he was originally an accountant and Ditzy Genius without any scientific chops. Launchpad is mostly unaltered but he's emphasized more often as a comic relief character than the first series.
  • Dogfaces: They show up as per usual. However, unlike in earlier works, some of the dogfaces have tails.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Launchpad's main aircraft, the Sun Chaser, strongly resembles a Grumman Goose. This is almost definitely a deliberate reference, if not an outright Visual Pun.
  • Does Not Compute: Launchpad after Mrs. Beakly suggests he drive something without crashing it.
  • Double Take: A lot of mileage is gained from the "Wait, what?" version of this trope.Lampshaded by Louie in the second season.
  • Downer Ending: In "The Last Crash of the Sunchaser", in order to get back into the plane, Dewey demands that Scrooge tell him about the Spear of Selene and what happened to his mother. Scrooge tells them that Della wanted to explore outer space, but Donald was strongly opposed to it. Nevertheless, Scrooge secretly built the Spear of Selene rocket without Donald's knowledge, and Della took it for a joy ride into space, only to encounter a cosmic storm, with the rocket and Della vanishing in outer space. Afterwards, Huey, Dewey and Louie blame Scrooge for their mother's disappearance and encouraging her to go forward with the mission, irrationally accusing him of being too stingy to search for her when the flashback shows that he did send more space ships to search for Della at great financial expense, with Donald, Huey, Dewey, Louie, Bentina, Webby, and Duckworth's ghost leaving McDuck Manor, with Scrooge bitterly brooding by himself after he is the only one left in his manor.
  • Do Wrong, Right: Huey, Dewey, and Louie are shooting at each other with toy guns, and Scrooge grabs Dewey and admonishes him not for playing so destructively, but for yelling while firing at Huey because that means he's lost the element of surprise. At the end of the second episode, Donald decides that letting the triplets hang out with Scrooge is okay because he feels they will always get into trouble and mischief but Scrooge will be able to show them how to get out of it and be better prepared.
  • Driving Question: In the first season there are 2. First, why did Donald and Scrooge have a falling out? And second, what is the truth behind Della Duck? It seemingly all has to do with something called The Spear of Selene, but as of the episode of the same title, we don't actually know what that is, since Selene mentions she has never had a spear. As it turns out, The Spear of Selene was a rocket that was intended to carry Della into space so she could further explore— but she ended up hitting a cosmic storm and vanishing entirely.
  • Dumb Dodo Bird: Captain Spirula from Issue 1 of the comic is an anthropomorphic dodo.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: In the title sequence, there's a horned spirit/ demon chasing the kids. Who is it? It's actually the ghost of Duckworth, Scrooge's butler. He can change into a demon to scare people if he wants to.
  • Easily Forgiven: Webby is scared to death of how her overprotective grandmother will react when she finds out Webby went on an adventure and lied about being at a friend's house. Mrs. Beakley's annoyed by the lying, but shrugs off the adventure as perfectly safe with Scrooge supervising.
  • Enemy Mine:
    • Despite Scrooge and Donald not having the best relationship, they both agree on one thing — they both hate their fellow relative Gladstone Gander, who gets everything he wants without doing anything to earn it.
    • Likewise, Scrooge and Glomgold both dislike Mark Beaks. This turns into a deconstruction, as Scrooge eventually realizes that just because he doesn't like Beaks doesn't mean he can get along with Glomgold or tolerate his villainy.
  • Epic Fail: In a promotional short, Donald Duck grapples with a Promethean candle that will never go out. Donald's attempt to extinguish it just makes everything so much worse and ruins his birthday.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The shorts give a good idea on what the characters are like in about 30 seconds:
    • Huey's shows how crafty he is, seemingly setting up a tent, only to capture a Sasquatch.
    • Louie's shows that his first instinct is to touch anything shiny or fancy, which immediately gets him (or others) into trouble.
    • Launchpad is shown cheerfully writing an apology letter for denting someone's car, and tells them Scrooge will pay for the damages... And after he's done with that, it pans out to show a plane he crashed, with Launchpad starting up yet another letter at a much more heavily damaged car.
    • Mrs. Beakley is shown vacuuming the house, as Huey, Dewey, Louie, and Webby are running from a ghost. When it comes time for her to deal with the ghost, she casually switches the vacuum to a feature that sucks up ghosts, and goes back to work without saying a word.
    • Donald's shows him desperately trying to relax before being dragged on a series of adventures, and his birthday presents being destroyed by Scrooge's Promethean Candle.
    • Scrooge's is cheerfully explaining that he used a Promethean Candle on Donald's cake as buying a new candle for every birthday is an unthinkable waste of money.
  • Even the Dog Is Ashamed:
    • Literally. Even Duckworth's ghost walks out on Scrooge after the reveal of what happened to Della.
    • In "The 87 Cent Soultion", even Manny the Headless Man-Horse becomes convinced that Huey is right about Scrooge having gold fever and puts on a sickness mask.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • Scrooge is The Scrooge, an incredible miser for sure, but even he believes his accountants are skin-flint jerks because they believe a few expenses he's done for the sake of feeling good (such as getting a costly cushion for his #1 Dime) are completely superfluous and have no problem sneering at him over them.
    • Louie is willing to lie and schmooze his way through just about anything, but is heartbroken when he learns Dewey didn't tell them about his research into their mother.
    Louie: You kept a secret about Mom. That is not okay.
  • Evil Counterpart: Glomgold is this to Scrooge, of course. It's even explicitly stated.
    Scrooge: That's Flintheart Glomgold. The poor man's version of me. Which, to be fair, still makes him insanely rich.
  • Evil Gloating: In "The 87-Cent Solution", a fake funeral service is staged for Scrooge. Flintheart Glomgold shows up and tries to dance on Scrooge's casket. After announcing that Scrooge died of "gold fever", Huey mentions that only a master genius would be capable of pulling off such an elaborate and complex scheme. When Huey concludes by saying that Scrooge died of "gold fever", Glomgold stands up and tells the audience how he used a "time teaser" stopwatch to magically stop time, infiltrating Scrooge's vault and taking advantage of Scrooge's tight-fistedness by pilfering 87 cents to drive Scrooge to madness. He even types up the paper listing the symptoms of "gold fever" which he created and plants it in Huey's Junior Woodchuck Guide, only for Scrooge to reveal that he was only faking his death as part of a scheme to prompt Glomgold into boasting of his fraudulent methods to win the bet, with Scrooge revealing that Flintheart just lost the bet, making Scrooge the richest duck in the world once again.
  • Evil Twin: The nephews are in agreement that Louie is the "evil triplet". He certainly seems the most adept at lying, at one point telling Webby it's the "responsible thing to do".
  • Evolving Credits: Season 2 features a few cosmetic changes to the opening, with Gizmoduck and Magica De Spell being added in after becoming proper characters in universe.
  • Exact Words: When the ghost pirate sees Scrooge, he says that he'll only go away when he gets "the head of Scrooge McDuck". Scrooge gives him the head of a statue of himself, and the ghost vanishes while lampshading that he should've been more specific.
  • Excited Show Title!/Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Unlike the original show, all episode titles end with an exclamation mark, including "Woo-oo!", "Daytrip of Doom!", "The Great Dime Chase!" and "The Beagle Birthday Massacre!"
  • Excuse Plot: "360° Adventure: The Lost Key of Tralla La": The gang escapes a crumbling temple, run from Flintheart Glomgold and it ends with Scrooge diving in his money bin.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: In the first part of "Woo-oo!", Scrooge is admonishing his nephews and Webby for sneaking into the garage. To make a point, he accidentally hits a cursed gong; the other four look on in shock, and Scrooge has this to say:
    Scrooge: Oh, what are you gaping at? The curse is only activated if you ring the gong three times, and, and... and you already hit it two times, didn't ya?
  • Failsafe Failure: Atlantis's booby traps are less effective than they should be because the city flipped upside down when it sank, so the floor traps are now on the ceiling... far above anyone's heads.
  • Fangirl: Webby practically Squees when she meets Huey, Dewey, and Louie simply because they're Donald Duck's nephews and she is a huge fan of their adventurous family.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Duckburg is located in the fictional state of Calisota, much like how Carl Barks imagined it. Calisota is a melange of California and Minnesota, there is also a real-life area in Northern California called "Calistoga" (though it's unlikely Barks cited it as an influence). Duckburg seems like an east coast city (since we see the Money Bin located on an island connected to the main city by a bridge and the bay where Donald's houseboat is also on the East side of the city) and it has a misty gray-looking ambience rather than sunny California. On the other hand given that Saint Canard is located on the other side of the Bay, this could mean that the Audubon Bay and Duckburg in general is based on the San Francisco Bay Area (with St. Canard standing in for Oakland), and Frisco is much colder, grayer, and foggier than the overexposed Southern California.
  • Fantasy Kitchen Sink: An Evil Sorceress, a Ghost Pirate, a ghost horse, a gold-eating Eastern dragon, an ancient Chinese luck-eating spirit with Reality Warper powers, underground beings that cause earthquakes, robots that gain sentience, Atlantis, Sea Monsters, living mummies, a Bedsheet Ghost, a sasquatch, a Time Machine, an Eldritch Location, Greek gods, sirens, kelpies, druids, prophecies and numerous magical artifacts all coexist in this world.
  • Five-Man Band: Mostly prominent during Lena's return and Violet's appearance in season 2 with the kids:
    • The Leader: Huey. He shows leadership qualities and is the most likely to keep the triplets together.
    • The Lancer: Dewey. Always up for a challenge and an adventure, and is likely to be the leader if Huey isn't there.
    • The Smart Guy: Louie, but only because his stragetic abilities suggest this role. Otherwise, Huey is likely to also demonstrate this.
    • The Big Guy: Lena, as she can be fiesty yet protective, mostly to Webby.
    • The Chick: Webby, but can also be considered a mix of this and The Big Guy when Lena's not there, as similarly to Dewey, she is an Action Girl who is always prepared to throw a punch if needed. She is arguably less of this here when compared to her counterpart in the 1987 series.
    • The Sixth Ranger: Violet, who appears in season 2 and joins the kids on their adventures.
  • Flat-Earth Atheist:
    • Huey is a subdued one. While he's perfectly willing to believe in the supernatural, if there's a scientific explanation, he will cling to that instead, even if evidence begins to point towards the supernatural.
    • Averted with the Buzzards when they bring up Scrooge's magical defense spending. You'd expect them to not believe in magic, and write off the entire expenditure. In fact, they're just concerned with how much Scrooge is spending on it, indicating they do believe that magic exists and that some defenses are worthwhile.
  • Foil:
    • A minor one, but concerning a very important character (see Walking Spoiler below): In Scrooge's painting, Della is wearing an aviator's outfit, contrasting with Donald's sailor uniform. Her jacket also has four yellow buttons on the front, just like Donald's shirt. Arguably doubles as a Mythology Gag for Don Rosa's Life and Times: in Chapter 11, Della and Donald, as kids, wear matching clothes.
    • Gladstone Gander is another foil to Donald. They are cousins who are about the same age and grew up together, but while Gladstone is Born Lucky and thus never had to work in his life, Donald is Born Unlucky and had to fight hard to achieve pretty much anything, which turned him into The Determinator.
    • As usual, Scrooge and Glomgold. Both are insanely rich, world-jetting adventurer ducks, but Glomgold cheats and cares for nothing other than treasure, while Scrooge "earned it square" and has a loving family he cares deeply about.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • All of the newspaper headlines hint towards events coming up in future episodes.
    • In "The Great Dime Chase" Scrooge's Board of Directors argue with him over his spending money on "magical defenses". Magica De Spell shows up in the next episode.
    • Notice how every time Scrooge's #1 Dime is shown, only the side of the coin with the text "10 cents" is seen, and not the other one with a person's face. By the finale, it's revealed that the dime's back has an engraving of Magica DeSpell, which was where Scrooge sealed her.
  • Four-Fingered Hands: Besides these on all the characters, anthropomorphic birds usually have feet that's missing a digit (either no hallux or only two toes in front and one in back).
  • Free-Range Children: Zigzagged. While we do see the children escorted to the movie theatre by Mrs. Beakley and Launchpad, most of the time, the triplets are free to run around the city without really informing their guardians of their whereabouts. How else could the boys go for a trip, come back after dark and be able to meet up with Webby instead of heading straight home?
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: There is at least one or two in each episode, mostly in the form of background text. To name a few:
    • The intro briefly shows the only silver coin in the entire sequence is a 10 cent piece, which Scrooge triumphantly holds aloft.
    • As Scrooge, Donald and the kids chase the #1 Dime during the final third of the intro, they form a flying V.
    • Webby's String Theory board is positively bursting with them including background on the Clan McDuck, an Early-Bird Cameo (pun definitely intended!) of Gladstone Gander, a list of names of known Beagle Boys among other goodies, and mention of F.O.W.L.
    • In "Daytrip of Doom!", when Beakley gives Scrooge his breakfast and morning paper, the newspaper shows a headline and a picture of Ma Beagle; it notes that she got pardoned, and that crime has skyrocketed as a result.
    • In the same episode, Webby invades the personal space of a passenger on the bus. The title of the book she reads is "The Joy of Personal Space".
    • In "The Beagle Birthday Massacre", the junkyard where the Beagles hold Ma Beagle's birthday party has a "Beware of Dogs" sign on the entrance.
    • In "Terror of the Terra-Firmians!", the old metro car has advertisement posters for different Glomgold Industries products, including Glomgold Meats, Glomgold Water and Glom Illustrated (tagline: "Entertainment for the Glomgold Enthusiast").
    • In " The Living Mummies of Toth-Ra", Bill Cipher appears as a hieroglyph, albeit green to reference his original concept design. Makes a bit of sense to reference him as a dollar Bill in a show about Scrooge McDuck. An image of him also appears in the notes Fenton makes for Launchpad in "Beware the B.U.D.D.Y. System!".
    • In "The Shadow War" they don't use generic shadows for the shadow warriors. If you pause at any given time you can spot a couple recognizable figures in their crowd (including Mrs. Beakley, Gabby McStabberson, and several Beagle Boys)
  • Freudian Trio: The triplets form one. Huey (Superego) is smart and logical. Louie (Id) is greedy and seeks pleasure. Dewey (Ego) is socially smart and boldly adventurous
    • "Terror of the Terra-firmians!" introduces a new dynamic. Webby (Id), who believes in the possible existence of Terra-firmians even without proof. Huey (Superego), who will not accept such claims unless he has solid proof - and also gets paralyzed when confronted with his fears of the unknown. Lena (Ego), who wants to believe in the existence of Terra-firmians along with Webby, but points out that the younger duckling doesn't help her case by utilizing fanfiction as "evidence". Louie takes up the role of the Ego when Lena goes off with Mrs. Beakley in the second and third acts of the episode, playing peacemaker between Webby and Huey.
  • The Friends Who Never Hang: So far, Donald hasn't interacted with Webby or Launchpad too often. Though to be fair, Donald has only appeared in a handful of episodes so far and Donald does hug Webby along with the triplets near the end of "The House of the Lucky Gander".
  • Furry Confusion:
    • As usual with Disney duck media, anthropomorphic and non-anthropomorphic animals coexist. The very first scene of the pilot is a non-anthropomorphic seagull flying among ships, with anthropomorphic bird sailors (one of them a seagull!) chasing it away. We later see an anthropomorphic dog-woman walking a pug - and when Launchpad almost hits them with the car, it's the pug, not the woman, that shakes its fist at the car.
    • In "Daytrip of Doom" Webby rides the bus and points out "a dog wearing a bowtie. Did he get that on himself?" The funny thing is that she points this out to an anthropomorphic dog bus driver.
    • In "The Missing Links of Moorshire", the gang encounters two kelpies that look like colorful ponies in hats. Webby gets thrilled about encountering "talking animals wearing clothes", when all people in this universe are exactly that. To be fair, the ponies are lower on the Sliding Scale of Anthropomorphism, as they walk on all fours and wear no clothes apart from their hats.
  • Furry Reminder: Several references are made to Huey, Dewey, and Louie having hatched from eggs, as opposed to being born in the usual human way. This surprisingly becomes a major plot point, as it makes it possible for Della Duck to be absent from the birth/hatching of her own children.

  • Genre Savvy: Young Donald and Della know better than to get any knowledge of the future from time travelers. They've seen the movies, they know what happens.
  • Giant Squid:
    • One attacks the crew in their sub in the second part of "Woo-oo!" Appears again at the end where it drags Glomgold away.
    • Another ones shows up in "The Missing Links of Moorshire" to ruin several golf shots.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Mrs. Beakley thought that Scrooge needed to spend more time with his family. She didn't mean for him to move them into the manor!
  • Great Big Book of Everything: Played with. Huey still has one Junior Woodchuck Guidebook on hand to work with, but it only has all the scientific/researched information known at the time. So more supernatural stuff like the Headless Manhorse Huey has to add himself.
    • "Storkules in Duckburg" reveals that it does contain information on at least some supernatural stuff, like harpies. So it may just not have more obscure things.
  • Half-Arc Season: While there is a myth/story arc, one off adventures and self contained plots still happen all the time, though whether they'll tie together in the future is to be determined.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: As usual, Scrooge, Donald and the triplets wear shirts but no pants, along with some other bird characters, like Fenton, Gladstone and Lena. The rest of the characters wear either pants or skirts/kilts. This gets a subtle sendup in the pilot episode when Donald's shirt gets yanked off; he hastily covers his waist—which is normally uncovered—with a towel.
  • Hats Off to the Dead: In the episode "The Golden Lagoon of White Agony Plains", Scrooge tearfully takes off his hat when he thinks Goldie has just plummeted to her death into boiling molten gold. This immediately allows Glomgold to knock him out with a pickaxe to the head and capture him.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Lena makes one to stop Magica. It didn't fully stick.
  • Hero of Another Story: Launchpad in "The House of the Lucky Gander!" doesn't stay with the family, but instead goes to find his girlfriend Ziyi in Macaw. By the end of the episode, he returns in armor with many arrows sticking out of him, an Eye Patch Of Power and a panda cub clinging to his back. He repeats this in Season 2's "The Depths of Cousin Fenry" with another (mermaid) girlfriend and nautrical armor and a octopus instead.
  • He's Back: After a period of implied hermetic retreat where a headline notes that he hung up his spats, Scrooge is making a comeback:
    Scrooge McDuck: I'm back...Uncharted territory...bold new discoveries!
  • Hollywood Healing: Launchpad goes from still significantly dealing with the snake venom poisoning when Glomgold shoots missiles at Atlantis to try and kill our heroes in the destruction of the city to the picture of health moments later as he's piloting the submarine to escape the city with everyone on board.
  • Honorary Uncle: Averted. Webby address Scrooge as Mr. McDuck, unlike the original where he makes it clear that he considers her family; however this is a one-sided feeling, "The Living Mummies of Toth Ra" shows that Scrooge cares for her as deeply the nephews.
    • At first, at least. By the end of From the Confidential Casefiles of Number 22!, Scrooge asks her to call him Uncle Scrooge.
  • Houseboat Hero: Donald and the nephews live in a decrepit boat. By the end of the pilot, it's been relocated to Scrooge's swimming pool.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Webby is initially quite lonely and isolated before the nephews come to stay at McDuck Manor.
  • Ignored Epiphany: The perpetually lucky Gladstone, at the end of "The House of the Lucky Gander", after Liu Hai tries feeding off of Donald's unusually bad luck, which results in the collapse of his House of the Lucky Fortune casino:
    Webby: [to Gladstone] I guess you're not so lucky after all.
    Gladstone: But if you think about it, we're all free... so, me losing is the luckiest thing that could have happened. Boom! Still the luckiest guy on Earth and a hero, huh?
    Louie: Eh, luck's overrated.
    [after Scrooge, his nephews and Webby have left]
    Gladstone: Have I really just been coasting on my luck, charm, and ridiculous good looks? Who is Gladstone? I need to get my hands dirty, do something meaningful; a new, noble purpose. [A golden yacht pulls into the harbor]
    Heiress: Hey, handsome. I need to get rid of my boat for tax purposes. I'll sell it to you for $20.
    Gladstone: Gladstone is back, baby!
  • Immortality Field: Scrooge's parents became immortal thanks to Scrooge using mystical druid stones to rebuild their ancestral home of Castle McDuck. Unfortunately, it also prevents them from leaving the castle and it can only be seen and visited every five years when the mists of Dismal Downs dissipate.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: The redesigned Fenton greatly resembles Lin-Manuel Miranda.
  • It's All About Me:
    • During the Glomgold Industries training video:
      Glomgold: Glomgold Industries: Take an idea, make it your own. Better, faster, cheaper; that's the motto of the world's most beloved Scottish billionaire duck... Flintheart Glomgold!
    • Once he gets his hands on the ruby, he strands the employees:
      Glomgold: [over the walkie-talkies] Hey team... Wanted to thank you for keeping Scrooge's kin busy while I escape with the jewel and blow up Atlantis with my most hated rival inside!
      Hack: But I thought employees were the greatest treasure of all!
      Glomgold: Don't be ridiculous! Treasure is the greatest treasure of all! That's why it's called treasure. Glomgold out!
    • This is the case for Mark Beaks; he constantly posts on social media, focuses on his public image and launches into a rage about how he should get everything he wants after Dewey brought his coffee one minute early.
  • Its Pronounced Tro PAY: Inverted in "Daytrip of DOOM!" Webby read Jane as Ja-Ne. "It's Jane."
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Both Donald and Scrooge qualify. Both have bad blood between them while the former is short tempered and the latter is closed off and aloof. However, they both love their family dearly, only wanting what's best for them, and do take steps to make amends with each other.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Besides being Sealed Evil in a Can, Magica is this also. She has a sense of humor, but while every other villain has goofy moments, she doesn't. Her episodes are the darkest in the series.
  • Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: Animal versions of Lupin and Jigen briefly drive past Scrooge's limo in the first episode. note 
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall:
    • Given that it's been three decades since Scrooge headlined his own TV series, him deciding to get back into action after being told he "used to be" a big deal can be seen in this light.
    • What's, even more, fun about the trailer is that, as soon as Scrooge gets up, the background music abruptly changes to the under beat of the theme, then, when he states that he has low key plans for the day, the music fully comes in.
    • "Woo-oo" shows Scrooge having difficulties remembering his Nephew's names and just considering the boys one singular entity, similar to how many people regard Huey, Dewey, and Louie prior to this series's Divergent Character Evolution.
    • Louie in "Terror of the Terra-Firmians": "Oh man, I didn't see that coming! Really came together in the third act!"
    • An unintentional one in "The House of Lucky Gander": due to the episode reshuffle, it was the first episode since the pilot that took place outside Duckburg and featured Donald and Scrooge in central roles, so Scrooge's line "Finally, a proper adventure" comes off as this.
  • Leeroy Jenkins:
    • Dewey is the most reckless of the triplets, with a tendency to barge ahead no matter how dangerous the situation.
    • Scrooge in some flashbacks is shown to have similar behaviors, especilally in From the Confidential Casefiles of Number 22!
    • Webby can demonstrate this quality as well.
  • Left the Background Music On: When the triplets talk about Scrooge's exploits at the beginning, the music swells. Turns out it's just the car radio.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Scrooge's family is this for him. In the past it was Donald and Della and when they left his life he fell apart. He became the bitter miser people always say he is. In the present, it's still Donald, but also the triplets. With those four back in his life, Scrooge discovers joy again. When they leave him near end of the Season 1 finale, Scrooge falls apart again.
  • Living Forever Is Awesome: While not technically immortal, many of Scrooge's adventures, as well as those of this rivals and partners, have allowed them to have lifespans measured in centuries. Scrooge uses his to collect more treasure and go on more adventures and now that his grand-nephews are there, he's rediscovered just how awesome his extended life can be.
  • Living Legend: Scrooge constantly traveled the globe in his youth, becoming a world-renowned adventurer and treasure hunter in his pursuit to become the richest duck in the world. Meanwhile, Donald himself is known for being a daring adventurer (albeit on a much, much smaller scale). The triplets learning of the latter actually takes them aback to the point where they briefly doubt the authenticity of the former's adventurer status, since they only knew Donald as a chronically unemployed, bumbling single parent who worries about every step they take.
  • A Lizard Named "Liz": Just like the source materials it's based on, many characters have surnames with duck- or bird-related puns. McQuack, Vanderquack, Quackfaster, Beakley, Beaks, the list goes on. The Beagle Boys likewise have punny names based on their dogface design. Exceptions include Flintheart Glomgold, Magica de Spell, Gyro Gearloose, Gabby McStabberson and the Smashnikov brothers; their names do pun on aspects of their personality, ability, and vocation, but don't have anything bird-related about it. Falcon Graves is an unusual example, as he hits the trope with his first name, and his surname is a rather generic Awesome Mc Coolname.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: The series has a rotation of eight main characters, four main villains (with one of them, Ma Beagle, having a faction full of henchmen with their own gimmicks) and several other recurring characters, making for a rather dense cast.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Donald never told his nephews he was an adventurer nor they were related to Scrooge.
  • Lost in Imitation: Despite the series being more faithful to the comics, it still keeps some of the changes brought by the old cartoon, like the Beagle Boys being led by Ma Beagle instead of Grandpa Beagle.
  • Mama Bear: Mrs. Beakley is one for the nephews and her Webby. In the theme song, she pulls them all up single-handedly to protect them from Scrooge's gallery.
  • Man Behind The Curtain: Sabaf, who is revealed as the one operating Toth-Ra like a puppet:
    Sabaf: [operating Toth-Ra] I am Toth-Ra, commander of the sun.
    Louie: Ooh, hate to pull rank, chief, but uh... I'm commander of the whole universe, which kind of includes the sun, so...
    Sabaf: [as Toth-Ra] Impossible! Uh, come forth so that I may smite you, vile pretender!
    [Toth-Ra's limbs have broken from their puppet rods]
    Louie: No... you come over here, so I can smite you!
    Sabaf: Never! You come over here, because I'm going to smite you... so hard! [Louie and Webby go past the limp Toth-Ra]
    Sabaf: Get away from there! Uh... I am ordering that guard to control me with my awesome Pharaoh powers! [Webby and Louie don't buy his story as they walk into the inner chamber] Ahh, fine, you got me.
  • Meaningful Name: As usual, Flintheart Glomgold effectively translates into "stone-hearted money grabber"
  • Merit Badges for Everything: They wouldn't be the Junior Woodchucks without this. It doesn't come up as much, but badges include Sickle Sharpening and Cartography, which doesn't sound like much except it requires you to map a location that has never been mapped by anybody before. Huey's opening short implies (but never states) that Bigfoot Catching is also a merit badge.
  • Message in a Bottle: In "The Beagle Birthday Massacre" Lena throws a bunch of them out, first as pranks and later as a call for help.
  • Mood Killer:
    • Launchpad's observation about the importance of family gets interrupted by him crashing the plane.
      Launchpad: Aw, family truly is the greatest adventure of— OH, NO, THE GROUND!
    • Hilariously, It wouldn't be Launchpad without such disregard for safety. Notably, in the episode, it's shown he clearly didn't correct it in time to save the plane...
    • Huey does this twice to Scrooge, interrupting his He's Back speech and then disrupting his dramatic build-up to the reveal of Atlantis. He's quite explicitly upset about the latter.
  • Mood Whiplash: In any episode that ends with a Twist Ending or Sudden Downer Ending, the mood becomes suddenly shocking, but then it cuts to the cheery end credits.
  • Morality Pet: The triplets, Webby, Donald, and Della to Scrooge. Without them by his side, Scrooge would probably be just like Flintheart Glomgold.
  • Mundanger: After twenty episodes of threats including cursed mummies, deadly traps, jealous Greek deities, and killer robots, the main danger in "The Last Crash of the Sunchaser!" is the titular plane itself, stuck in a precarious position and legitimately threatening the lives of all on it.
  • Musical World Hypotheses: "Sky Pirates...In the Sky!" plays The Diegetic Hypothesis for laughs. The sky pirates intensively practice and critique their musical numbers, it's apparently intended as a distraction, and at the end their habit is exploited by the main cast.
  • Ms. Exposition: Webby has spent a good deal of her free time trying to research Scrooge's old adventures with Donald, as well as the Duck family tree. She provides information about some of the artifacts in the pilot, namely the Gong of Pixiu, Captain Peghook, the Deus Ex Calibur and the headless man-horse, though that last one is pretty self explanatory.
  • Myth Arc: The first season is supposed to dive into what drove Scrooge McDuck into retiring from adventuring in the first place, apparently involving Donald and the boys' mother.
  • Mythology Gag: now with it's own page
  • National Animal Stereotypes: The show occasionally uses these, especially during the globe-trotting adventures. Macaw, an East Asian city, has pandas among its residents; Egypt has jackals and falcons; and the eponymous Brazilian town from "The Town Where Everyone Was Nice!" is inhabited by parrots and other South American birds.
  • Never Say "Die": The show constantly averts this, with the villains being very open about their murderous intentions.
  • No Communities Were Harmed: Macaw, in "The House of the Lucky Gander", is apparently based on Macau, a port city founded by the Portuguese and is now an autonomous Chinese territory located on the west side of the Zhujiang (Pearl) River estuary.
  • No Hugging, No Kissing:
    • Word of God has it that Webby will not have any romantic interest in any of the triplets, or vice versa.
    • Averted with Scrooge and Goldie, who have a very strong sexual tension between them and are very comfortable with touching each other.
  • Non-Mammal Mammaries: Many adult female bird characters, such as Mrs. Beakley, Goldie O'Gilt and Roxanne Featherly, have a human-like body shape complete with breasts.
  • No OSHA Compliance: Atlantis sank because the Atlanteans were so eager to build their city and fill it with deathtraps that they failed to make sure the supports were sufficient.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • The Spear of Selene in "Escape To/From Atlantis" (the second half of the pilot ep "Woo-oo!"), which is apparently what caused the rift between Donald and Scrooge. Gradually being subverted as the season goes on, and more information is revealed. It is fully divulged in the penultimate episode: "The Last Crash of the Sunchaser!", where it's revealed the spear is a spaceship that Della launched before it was ready and was lost in space.
    • Launchpad has this with his old relationships:
      • In "The House of the Lucky Gander!", Launchpad says he's going to check on his old girlfriend Ziyi... and the next time he's seen he's wearing arrow-riddled chinese armor, an eyepatch and a papoose basket containing a baby panda. He says he'd been doing "tourist stuff" the entire time.
      • In "The Depths of Cousin Fethry!" Launchpad once again runs into an old girl friend, the mysterious Oceanica. When we see him again he's in leather armor, sporting a trident and a conch shell, and has an eel wrapped around an arm, and an octopus on his back. This time he was doing "sea stuff."
      • When talking about romance with Fenton, Launchpad mentions a ninja, a werewolf, a clone of himself, a Nordic shield maiden, and a sentient cloud made of energy that one time
    • In "The Impossible Summit of Mount Neverrest!", Scrooge is shown to have a grudge against Santa Claus for something.
      Scrooge: That man is not allowed in my home! He knows what he did.

  • Noodle Implements: In "Day of the Only Child!" Doofus threatens Louie with an umbrella and a bag of walnuts. He's interrupted before we find out what he intends to do with them.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: There are numerous high-flying adventures that are happening off-screen.
    • We never see Launchpad's adventures in Macaw.
    • At the end of "The Spear of Selene", we don't learn how the ducks escape the wrath of Zeus.
    • In "Jaw$", Scrooge and his family are back from a Jack and the Beanstalk-type adventure, but only see the toppled beanstalk.
    • In "The Shadow War - Part 2", Donald goes head to head with Shadow Gizmo-Duck, right before it cuts to the others. Next time we see Donald, he's already won.
    • Once again, we never see Launchpad's adventures with Oceanica
  • Older Hero vs. Younger Villain: On account of Scrooge being The Ageless and having a magically expanded lifespan, and having great wealth and influence acquired over years, most of his enemies are far younger than him. The possible exception is maybe Magica DeSpell since its not clear how far back their rivalry dates (though there are mentions of a family blood-feud).
    • His feud with the Beagle Boys extends to their ancestor who owned the Deed of Duckburg, which they swindled, and which Scrooge swindled back to become landowner albeit at a generous and nominal fee of course. It's never made clear how old Ma Beagle is but she was likely a young girl when Scrooge pulled that stunt, and most of the Beagles, her children, are closer to the generation of Donald, his sister and his cousins, or Launchpad, being a little above the triplets and Webby.
    • Flintheart Glomgold is revealed to be far younger than his usual fake-Scottish shtick suggests, growing a natural black beard in his period of amnesia and regressing to the Duke Baloney identity he left behind in South Africa. He is about a generation older than Donald at best, and despite being a quarter of Scrooge's 150+ age, he has closed the gap in a very short time albeit by criminal means.
    • Mark Beaks is the youngest of Scrooge's regular antagonists, and much younger than Glomgold and the Beagles. He's a budding silicon-valley magnate and has a more internet-driven personality and is mostly an antagonist to the triplets and Gizmoduck rather than Scrooge himself.
  • Once a Season: Launchpad encounters an old girl friend and has a solo adventure we never see, only to return to the protagonists with an armload of Noodle Implements and saying goodbye in a deeper, more serious voice, before shrugging off his adventure as "stuff."
  • One of the Boys: Webby. When the triplets were heading off to Funzo's, they say, "Come on, boys!" Webby initially thinks she's not being included. Dewey makes a point of asking if she's coming when she doesn't seem to join them. It doesn't hurt that she's an Action Girl with little experience outside of situations of peril.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Pixiu is an Eastern dragon described as a "gold-hunting dragon", attracted to gold, probably with the intention of eating it.
  • Our Mermaids Are Different: So far, two distinct types of mer-ducks have appeared. In "Woo-oo!", they are monstrous with sharp teeth and scaly skin, aggressively attacking Scrooge's submarine; in "The Depths of Cousin Fethry!", Oceanica, Launchpad's ex-girlfriend is a beautiful mermaid with an alluring voice.
  • Overprotective Dad: Donald is described as such by the creators and it shows during issue #0 of the tie-in comic where he is very reluctant to let them do even low risk activities and even has a Long List of dangers for them to avoid. He's scared to death of losing thing like he lost his sister.
  • Panda-ing to the Audience:
    • Pei Pei and some of the security personnel at the Macaw casino are pandas.
    • At the end of "The House of the Lucky Gander", Launchpad is carrying a baby panda on his back in a basket.
  • Panthera Awesome: The jade tigers from "The House of the Lucky Gander!"
  • Papa Wolf: Donald. Anyone who hurts his kids or puts them in any danger will face his considerable wrath.
    • In "The Spear of Selene!" Donald spends the whole episode avoiding conflict. But the moment Huey & Louie are threatened by a mind-controlled Storkules, he leaps into action to defend them.
      • Scrooge is no slouch in this department either. Do not harm his loved ones, especially his nieces and nephews.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Employed by a number of antagonists, including Glomgold, the Beagle Boys and Don Karnage, in various episodes. Subverted in that usually only established cloudcuckoolanders (like Launchpad or Mark Beaks) fall for them, whereas Scrooge, the boys, Webby and Donald are specifically shown seeing through them.
  • Pie-Eyed: Most characters are depicted with eyes like these, to imitate the visual style of Carl Barks and give the show a "classic cartoon" feel.
  • Plagiarism in Fiction: Glomgold's business strategy consists of taking an idea and making it his own. He says as much during his company's training video.
  • Playing Gertrude:
    • David Tennant, an actor in his mid-40's, now plays Scrooge, an elderly duck whose previous voice actor first played him when he was in his late 60's. Incidentally, this means that Scrooge's actor is only a few years older than the actors for Huey, Dewey and Louie (ranging from 35-40) and younger than Donald's (late 50s).
    • Mrs. Beakley is Webby's grandma, yet is voiced by an actress in her early 40s.
    • Beck Bennett, who was born in 1984, voices Launchpad McQuack. This makes him younger than the actors for Webby and the triplets even though his character is older than them.
  • Pooled Funds:
    • Scrooge, naturally. In one of the first trailers, we see him nonchalantly throw a few gold coins into the money bin. The opening sequence shows him swimming through money like some kind of land-shark, confirming he still has his infamous ability to swim through hard cash. In the first episode he falls from a great height, but when he realizes that he's landing in his money bin he dives into it and comes up unharmed. In the second episode, he weaponizes this to allow him to sneak up on Glomgold.
    • The trope is discussed when Louie once tried to dive into Scrooge's money bin. Scrooge tells him that he can swim in money because he's been practicing for years. If Louie, or anyone else, tried it, they would crack their skull open.
      • Notably, later in the same episode, Louie does manage to swim in a river of coins, but doesn't even try to jump into the Money Bin itself. note  Notably, in the season 1 finale, Louie is shown able to actually dive in and swim around in the money bin a bit.
    • Parodied by Gladstone, who makes fun of Scrooge by swimming through a jacuzzi filled with casino gambling chips.
  • Ptero Soarer: The Pteranodon in the "Meet Scrooge!" short has bird-like talons and deformed wing membranes that make it look like it's got bat-wings, but it's comparatively more accurate than the ones from the original series (i.e. no teeth or long tail).

  • Race Lift: Fenton Crackshell becomes Latino, and his last name becomes "Crackshell-Cabrera" to reflect this.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • A scene in "The Great Dime Chase" involves Louie Duck trying to dive into the money bin. Scrooge's immediate response is to stop him and explain that it is a skill that he has to master over several years and that not learning the skill can result in his skull cracking.
    • Dewey tries to get through a laser death trap by dancing around the beams. Far from avoiding them, his awkward dance moves cause him to hit every single one and he only survives because Donald was close to the fire-spitters that the beams activated and was blocking the flames from getting to Dewey anyway. Worse, he's dancing with his eyes closed and so can't even tell if he's hitting the beams or not.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • After Dewey learns what became of his mother, Mrs. Beakley decides to use her vacation skills after bluntly giving Scrooge a piece of her mind:
      Mrs. Beakley: Well, you've successfully pushed your family and everyone who ever cared about you away, again. I hope you're happy.
    • She gives one to the nephews as well, in the following episode. Pointing out that no matter how hurt they were, Scrooge was hurt as well, and they shouldn't not forgive him at one point.
  • Reference Overdosed: Many nods to elements of the original series can be found in Scrooge's garage, including a robot that looks like Armstrong and an oil lamp that looks like the one from DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp. Also in "The Great Dime Caper," Gyro makes a list of his inventions that turn evil, including Armstrong, Robotica and Cogs.
  • Refugee from Time: Both the technology (such as the existence of laptops and smartphones) and Launchpad's birth year (1987) indicate that the show takes place in The New '10s. Despite this, Scrooge's backstory still uses the time frame from The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck, with his birthdate being given as 1867 in "The Other Bin of Scrooge McDuck!", and his participation in the Klondike Gold Rush in the 1890s. This makes Scrooge at least 140 years old in this continuity. This is hand waved by the creators as Scrooge spending certain amounts of time in a state where he doesn't age, such as five years frozen in ice, and an indeterminate amount of time in a "timeless demon dimension". However, this doesn't explain Donald and Della, his nephew and niece, who are in their late twenties / early thirties (unless their parents waited really late in the game to have children).
  • Refuge in Audacity: Donald asked Mrs. Beakley how a housekeeper knows so much about electrical engineering (and Tae Kwon Do), and she responds, "Simple. I'm a spy." They both laugh it off, but Donald's laughter slows as he wonders if she's actually joking or not.
  • Retired Badass:
    • The first trailer shows that Scrooge used to have quite the adventurous lifestyle, but he's more or less left it behind by the beginning of the series. His nephews pointing this out leads Scrooge to throw off the "retired" part.
    • Donald is one himself, to the point of never mentioning his adventurous past to the boys. When they see him in one of Scrooge's paintings depicting a previous adventure, it leads them to disbelieve everything about Scrooge's adventuring past....for at least five minutes.
    • Mrs. Beakley is a former spy, now a simple housekeeper.
  • Retool: One thing that distinguishes the reboot from the original is that it has a more serialized narrative.
  • Reverse Psychology:
    • In "The Shadow War - Part 1", Mrs. Beakley uses some of this to show Huey, Dewey and Louie how wrong they are to hold ill feelings against Scrooge:
      Mrs. Beakley: Apple shortbread pie, with a scoop of sea salt ice cream, a common farewell dessert in certain parts.
      Dewey: Finally, some real food.
      Mrs. Beakley: [pulls the pie away] Oh, I'm so sorry, this was Scrooge's favorite dessert. Oh, I don't want to remind you of that horrid man who lost your mother all those years ago, even if it was an accident that tore him up for ten years, propelling him into a desperate search attempt that left him broken and nearly bankrupt.
      Louie: Wait, bankrupt? Really?
      Mrs. Beakley: But I understand, you're upset because you lost one family member, which was terrible and painful, so you decided you should go ahead and lose another. Brilliant, makes perfect rational sense.
      Dewey: Yeah, nailed it, Mrs. B.
      Mrs. Beakley: Yes, distance yourself even further from his life and forsake family altogether. That will definitely fix it.
      Launchpad: No, it'll do the opposite of that!
      Mrs. Beakley: Perhaps it's worth considering that the reason Scrooge closed himself off was because the loss of Della was the hardest thing he'd ever faced, harder than any adventure! It's not that he didn't care, it's that he cared about family more than anything in the world, and perhaps he still does. But I'm just the housekeeper, what do I know?
      Launchpad: A lot, this lady knows a lot!
    • In "The Shadow War - Part 2", Donald tells the kids to stay on the docks and not join the fight against Magica. Later, when the kids join the fight anyway, he reveals that he was expecting the kids to not follow his order. Louie even calls it "classic reverse psychology".
  • Rewatch Bonus:
    • With The Reveal in the Season 1 finale that Lena is Magica's shadow, every interaction between them is put in a new light.
    • Angones pointed out a more lighthearted one after the Season 2 premiere. After defining the "Oooh!" and "Wait, what?" moments, he challenged fans to rewatch the series and notice everytime they respond to those moments with "Ooh!" and "Wait, what?"
  • Rogues-Gallery Transplant:
    • Scrooge and the family get attacked by Don Karnage in "Sky Pirates in the... Sky!".
    • Concept art was also shown for Megavolt, Liquidator and Quackerjack, and one of the newspapers hints that FOWL, a frequent antagonistic organization, is afoot. However, As of "Beware the B.U.D.D.Y. System" it's confirmed they are from the Show Wthin A Show of Darkwing Duck, so it is unlikely Scrooge will encounter them.
    • That being said F.O.W.L. is real. note .
  • Role Reprisal:
    • The only actors from the original series to reprise their roles are Tony Anselmo as Donald and Corey Burton as Ludwig Von Drake. But then, a lot of the original talent is sadly no longer available...
    • The beginning of "Beware The B.U.D.D.Y. System" , which establishes Darkwing Duck as an in-universe tv show, has Jim Cummings and Michael Bell reprise the roles of Darkwing Duck and Quackerjack. This is averted with Megavolt, who's voiced by Keith Ferguson instead of Dan Castellaneta. At the end of "The Duck Knight Returns", Jim Starling , the original actor to play Darkwing Duck in this series, becomes Nega Duck, who Jim Cummings also voiced in the original series, while this show's version of Drake Mallard (voiced by Chris Diamantopolous) becomes the new Darkwing Duck like Drake Mallard in the original series.
    • In Castilian Spanish, most of the cast from the original series returned: Isacha Mengibar as the triplets, Ivan Muelas as Launchpad, Sandra Jara as Webby, Celia Ballester as Mrs. Beakley, and even the same translator (Kenneth Post) and studio (Abaira changed its name to Soundub, and later SDI). Scrooge is instead voiced by Jose Escobosa, as Carlos Revilla had died in 2000.
    • In the French dub, Alexis Tomassian (Dewey) and Donald Reignoux (Louie) reprise their roles from Quack Pack. Also returning is Jean-Claude Donda as Launchpad McQuack.
    • In the Mexican Spanish dub, Arturo Mercado reprises his roles as Scrooge, Ludwig Von Drake and Darkwing Duck from the very original series. Also returning are Francisco Colmenero as Glomgold and Moises Palacios as Gyro.
    • The Hungarian dub keeps Péter Pálfai as Scrooge and Titanilla Bogdányi as Webby, both from season 4.
  • Running Gag:
    • Gyro Gearloose will try to get a Pep soda out of the dispensing machine, but will always have some sort of trouble, despite being a supposed technological genius.
    • Like most cartoons, characters constantly don Paper-Thin Disguises. Unlike most other cartoons, almost nobody is fooled by them (well, except Launchpad).
    • Characters will often do impressions of Scrooge, consistently using the phrase "Bless Me Bagpipes", something Scrooge himself has never actually said.
    • While a bit understanable in the first episode, Scrooge has trouble remembering Dewey's name even after being saved by him against Magica and during game night.
  • Same-Sex Triplets: Huey, Dewey and Louie, as always. However, they're easier to tell apart than in most incarnations, both in terms of appearance and personality.
  • Spared By Adaptation: In the Don Rosa continuity, Fergus McDuck, Scrooge's father and Donald's grandfather, died at the age of 67 in 1902, the same year Scrooge moved to Duckburg permanently, whereas Downy O'Drake, Scrooge's mother, died of illness five years earlier. In this continuity, they're both alive thanks to the druid stones Scrooge used when rebuilding Castle McDuck on Dismal Downs.
  • Scary Librarian: Ms. Quackfaster, the archivist of Scrooge's personal library who puts Dewey and Webby through a series of punishing "trials" and actually threatens them with a sword at one point while they're trying to find information on Della Duck.
  • Schizo Tech: Smartphones, GPS, and other modern technologies coexist with Polaroid cameras (used by Webby), pneumatic tubes, and card-index library catalogs. Notably, modern day technology is mostly used by Donald and the nephews, whereas old-fashioned technology is largely used by Scrooge, his employees and their relatives, so it might be a deliberate generation contrast.
  • Scout-Out: As usual for the Disney Ducks franchise, the Junior Woodchucks are a stand-in for the Boy Scouts. This time, Huey is the only triplet who is a member, although Launchpad is still the scout master.
  • Screaming Warrior:
    • Deconstructed in "Daytrip of Doom": Hewey, Dewey, Louie, and Webby are having a dart gun free for all, Dewey announces that he's gonna commence his assault, and Scrooge puts his foot down. Specifically, he does so to tell Dewey not to announce his assault, so he can keep the element of surprise.
    • Miss Quackfester is a justified example: she wants to intimidate Dewey and Webby with her screaming and sword-swinging.
    • Donald quacks his lungs out when he goes into an Unstoppable Rage mode. In "The House of the Lucky Gander", he makes a jade tiger disappear just by roaring at it from the top of his lungs.
  • Seldom-Seen Species:
    • Mark Beaks is confirmed to be an African grey parrot by the creators.
    • The skeleton of Geosternbergia can be seen in Scrooge's garage in "Woo-oo!" A literal species example occurs with the Triceratops skeleton, which appears to be based on T. prorsus instead of the iconic T. horridus.
    • Most of Toth-Ra's followers from "The Living Mummies of Toth-Ra!" are lanner falcons or jackals, as they are designed after the Egyptian gods Horus and Anubis.
    • Freshwater sponges are featured in Issue 0 of the comic.
    • "From the Confidential Casefiles of Agent 22!" introduces Black Heron. In that same episode, a northern cardinal is seen flying past McDuck Manor.
    • "The Depths of Cousin Fethry!" features blobfish, krill, and vampire squid. In that same episode, Huey makes reference to the eel-tailed catfish a.k.a. freshwater catfish or dewfish (although the illustration he shows to Dewey looks more like a common catfish).
    • A hoatzin appears in "The Town Where Everyone Was Nice!". The villagers, portrayed as native South American birds, include toco toucans, keel-billed toucans, and a resplendent quetzal.
    • "Friendship Hates Magic!" introduces Violet Sabrewing, an anthropomorphic violet sabrewing.
  • Serious Business: Dartgun battles, at least to Webby. She boobytraps the hall, uses night-vision goggles, and ambushes the nephews from the ceiling. And there are no safe zones...
  • Setting Update: Zig-Zagged; A lot of the technology and fashion appears to be more modern or up-to-date, and has a new character, Mark Beaks, based on the idea of a modern billionaire, but at the same time, a lot of the vehicles and buildings aesthetically have a more classic flair to them, and said new character is shown driving a sports car across an 80s style grid backdrop in the opening, giving the setting a bit more of a Retro Universe feel.
  • Shouldn't We Be in School Right Now?: Neither Webby nor the triplets are ever shown or mentioned attending school. Webby might be a justified case, since she would likely be homeschooled by Beakley. The triplets on the other hand, likely not (then again, with how overprotective Donald is of the boys, he might also be homeschooling them).
    • Issue 0 did mention that the boys go to school (or used to, due to the issue being a prequel).
  • Shown Their Work: Close-ups of the #1 Dime show that its design is based on the Mercury dime, which was struck from 1916 to 1945, and thus the likeliest candidate to be the US silver dime in circulation during Scrooge's earliest childhood in the new timeline.
    • Subverted, since Scrooge got his first dime in 1877. It's possible they hadn't decided on using this timeline when designing the dime.
    • Also, the tails side of the Number One Dime reads "10 cents", whereas most real-world dimes read "one dime". The "Capped Bust" dime (1809-1837) read "10 c", but also had an eagle figure above the text.
  • Show Within a Show:
    • The "Ottoman Empire", a reality show that Louie is fond of watching.
    • Launchpad's favorite television show is Darkwing Duck.
  • Skewed Priorities: The sneak peek for "Daytrip of Doom" has this Played for Laughs. When Scrooge finds his grandnephews and Webby playing an intense war game, he's completely fine with it, to Mrs. Beakley's dismay. However, when he finds Donald doing laundry in his bathroom, he finds that a serious offense and calls for a house meeting.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Much like the original series, incredibly idealistic. With its light yet adventurous tone, heart, and themes of the importance of family, it remains faithful to the original series while also stepping everything up.
  • Snakes Are Sinister: Zig-Zagged by the Serpent of Solomon from Issue 7 of the comic. It is a dangerous snake spirit who attacks anyone dishonest and keeping secrets, but leaves them alone if they tell the truth (especially those who possess the Stone of Truth).
  • Soft Water: Exaggerated when Scrooge falls from a great height over his money bin; he saves himself by diving into his coinage as if it were a pool, which he does in other shows with great frequency.
  • Special Edition Title: "Last Christmas!" has completely new, Christmas-themed lyrics for the theme song, beginning with "Life is like a candycane..." The instrumentals and vocalist are also changed to sound like a 1940s-era Christmas crooner, and there are falling snowflakes added to the animation.
  • Speech-Impaired Animal: Donald, as per his classic voice which is canonically addressed as difficult to understand.
    • Addressed in universe here.
  • Spiritual Successor: To Gravity Falls, due to the shows sharing key creative members and a similar madcap humor and adventurous tone.
  • Spoof Aesop: Of the Family-Unfriendly variety, as Louie is aghast that Webby didn't tell Mrs. Beakley she was going anywhere.
    Louie: Webby! That's irresponsible, she'll be worried sick! Call your grandma this instant and tell her that you are spending the night at a friend's house, okay? Lying: it's the responsible thing to do.
  • Squee!: Webby utters one of these as a reaction to the family secrets contained in Fergus's and Downey's home in "The Secret-s of Castle McDuck!".
  • Starstruck Speechless: Webby, a Duck family history nut, ends up overwhelmed when she gets to meet Scrooge's parents. She doesn't snap out of it until they are on the car back home.
  • Stealth Pun: In one of the teaser shorts, Webby's character backstory is that of a Shellshocked Veteran who'd lost troops in Peking - making them Peking Ducks.
  • The Stinger: At the end of "The Shadow War", after Scrooge's extended family defeats Magica, Della Duck is seen alive and well on the moon.
  • Story Arc:
    • One of the first season's arcs focuses on the nephews trying to figure out exactly why Donald and Scrooge became estranged for ten years. Whatever it is, it has something to do with the nephews' mom, Della.
    • A second arc is focused on Webby's frendship with Lena, and Lena's conflicted loyalties between her friendship with Webby and her aunt Magica de Spell who wants her to obtain the #1 Dime to free Magica from the shadows, and Lena from Magica's control.
    • A third arc is the Origin Story of Gizmoduck and Fenton's move from underappreciated intern to official super hero.
  • Suddenly Bilingual: When Webby lies that her friend's Swedish-speaking uncle just arrived to get Mrs. Beakley off the phone, Launchpad (high on snake venom) falls next to her, grabs the phone, and starts spouting Swedish dialog.
  • Super Cell Reception: There's a running gag about Webby trying to reach her grandmother on the cell phone. Unfortunately, they're far under the sea in a sunken city... where it's basically impossible to have any kind of signal at all. She is using a satellite phone, which explains why she can get signals out in the middle of the sea, but not at the bottom of the ocean in the middle of a giant stone temple.

  • Take That!: The Duck Knight Returns makes some good jabs at Darker and Edgier reboots as well as films that think True Art Is Angsty.
  • Tell Me About My Father: Genderflipped version. Dewey wants anyone who has the knowledge to tell him about his mother.
  • The Tape Knew You Would Say That: In "The Beagle Birthday Massacre" Lena's does this with messages in bottles:
    Webby: [reading] "Webby. I've been kidnapped by the Beagle Boys." Wait, is this another prank? [she sees another message in a bottle and pulls it out to read] "This is not a prank. Lena."
  • The "The" Title: A majority of the episodes begin with the article “The”.
  • Those Wily Coyotes: Beauford Pluck from Issue 7 of the comic is an anthropomorphic coyote. As is his great grandson Beauford Pluck the Forth, who made Pluck City seem haunted by walking skeletons in order to keep intruders away.
  • Three Successful Generations: Huey, Dewey, Louie and Webby are the talented young kids with bright futures and ambitions to be great adventurers. Donald, Launchpad and Della are the adults who have made something of themselves, but are still striving to achieve higher goals - they also suffer the occasional setback now and then. Scrooge and Beakley are elders who have lived their lives to the fullest, and are now passing on their knowledge to the latest generation - Scrooge by taking his great-nephews on adventures, Beakley by training her granddaughter.
  • Throw the Book at Them:
    • In the 'Meet Huey' promotional short, Huey knocks out Bigfoot by throwing the Junior Woodchuck Guidebook at him. If you look carefully, Huey consults the book before throwing it, implying that the guidebook instructed him to use it as a weapon.
    • In 'The Great Dime Chase', Dewey and Webby defend themselves against Quackfaster by throwing several books at her, the old librarian catching them all with ease.
  • Too Spicy For Yogsothoth: A luck-eating demon tries to eat Donald's luck after he beats Gladstone in a test of luck. Donald's luck is so terrible, the demon gets poisoned by it and loses all his powers. Which was what Scrooge was counting on.
  • Toothy Bird: The bird characters will occasionally be portrayed with teeth, depending on the facial expression they make. Same goes for others that are normally toothless animals like toads.
  • Truer to the Text:
    • The Carl Barks stories serve as a big influence, with almost every scene in the Title Sequence being a reference to his paintings. Meanwhile, Word of God says that Don Rosa's The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck is required reading for new crew members.
    • Scrooge is finally being voiced by an actor who's actually Scottish.note  And Della finally makes an appearance in the cartoons, in a fashion.
    • Donald's personality and characterization in the pilot is far more faithful to the comics version by Carl Barks than any of his previous animated versions. In the original classic cartoons, Donald was unlucky and nearly perpetually angry. It was with Carl Barks that Donald's character developed more and resulted in a new core trait: his endless persistence. In the original Duck Tales he was a supporting character with a far softer and milder personality, unfaithful both to the Barks and classic Disney version. But this Donald is the perfect Adaptation Distillation: fussy, angry and temperamental but also caring and protective, unlucky but also determined.
    • The dynamic between Donald and Scrooge, emotionally estranged, more than a little hostile with the former resenting the latter's exploitative attitude is the first time we've seen their comics' dynamic translated into animation, since the first 1987 series and the few shorts that had them together (such as Mickey's Christmas Carol) had them being cordial and even respectful. Gladstone Gander is also shown with his much harsher and unlikable comics personality from the Barks comic translated on screen, compared to the milder take on the character in the original cartoonnote .
    • This is technically the first cartoon appearance of Emily Quackfaster. In the 1987 Cartoon, her character was made into a similar character with the name Mrs. Featherby. But here she has the name of her original character albeit an entirely different job and personality.
  • Tuckerization: Zan Owlson is named after Suzanna Olson, one of the show's producers.
  • Ultimate Job Security: Scrooge's employees don't have to worry about being fired it seems. Scrooge even tells the Buzzards that Gyro and Quackfaster would seek revenge if fired: Scrooge employs them to keep the rest of the world safe from their craziness.
  • Ultimate Universe: The show combines elements from the original series (such as Webby, Launchpad, Gizmoduck and Mrs. Beakley) with those from the original Disney Duck comics (such as Uncle Scrooge wearing red and having Donald getting involved in his uncle's adventures as well as wearing a black sailor suit), all the while throwing in original ideas (like making Flintheart Glomgold a Fat Bastard, Fenton being Latino) and new characters (Mark Beaks). This also expanded to an element in the recent comics, where Darkwing Duck is involved. He now officially exists in parallel to Duck Tales, and will appear in the new series.
  • Uncatty Resemblance: One Recurring Extra takes this to the logical extreme and combines it with Furry Confusion: an old anthropomorphic pug lady with a non-anthropomorphic pug as pet.
  • Vengeful Ghost: In the first episode, the triplets accidentally summon a Ghost Pirate coming for "Scrooge McDuck's head", implying that he's seeking revenge on Scrooge. The old duck defeats him by giving him the head of a statue of him, which makes the ghost vanish.
  • Vocal Dissonance: The triplets, voiced by adult men, have voices a bit too deep for preteens.
  • Walking Spoiler: Della Duck. Donald's sister and the nephews' mother.
  • Was It All a Lie?: When the kids find out that Lena was Magica's Living Shadow, and was in on her plot to steal the Number One Dime the whole time, Webby is distraught to think that they were never really friends. Lena's Heroic Sacrifice later proves otherwise, though, and her brief manifestation in Webby's shadow offers them a possibility to reconcile in the future.
  • Wham Episode:
    • "The Great Dime Chase": Dewey and Webby find out that Scrooge keeps a hidden room in the Archives dedicated to Della. They also find a letter she wrote, apologizing for taking the Spear of Selene. Both are horrified that the thought of Della having betrayed Scrooge, if it happened, and agree to not tell the other two triplets until they find more answers.
    • "The Beagle Birthday Massacre!": Lena is introduced, and she's actually Magica De Spell's niece.
    • "Terror of the Terra-firmians!": This episode shows that Magica can take control of Lena's shadow in order to communicate with her.
    • "Jaw$": We get an insight into Magica's bigger goal, and discover Lena has to do her aunt's bidding because it will mean her freedom. Until Magica gets what she's looking for, she's bound to her. Also, we have even more evidence that she's Becoming the Mask.
    • "The Other Bin of Scrooge McDuck!": Lena turns against Magica only for Magica to possessed by Lena and force her to do her dirty work.
    • "The Secret(s) of Castle McDuck!": Dewey finally figures out what the Spear of Selene is, getting a solid lead on the fate of his mother. In addition, Huey and Louie finally find out what he's been doing, and (while justifiably mad at first) agree to help him solve the mystery.
    • "The Last Crash of the Sunchaser!": The gang learns the truth about Della Duck and how she disappeared: Scrooge built the Spear of Selene, and accidently got Della launched into space, and was unable to save her.
    • "The Shadow War!": Magica Da Spell was imprisoned inside Scrooge's #1 Dime, which is why he never wanted it out of his sight. But she escaped for revenge against Scrooge and his family. Also Lena is actually Magica's spy she created to keep tabs on the McDuck family.
    • "The Ballad of Duke Baloney!": Flintheart Glomgold's real name is Duke Baloney and he stole some of Scrooge's money to create his own Scottish persona and beat Scrooge at his own game.
    • "The Golden Spear": Della finally takes off back to Earth in her rocket; General Lunaris shows his true colours and convinces the Moonlanders to invade Earth; Della makes it back to Earth but Donald just misses her and accidentally takes off in the Spear of Selene. And the episode ends with Della at the gates of the McDuck mansion.
  • Wham Line:
    • At the end of the first episode, Dewey pushes back the fallen part of the painting of Scrooge, Donald, and the ghost pirate to reveal a female duck fighting with one of the pirate's cronies. His response?
      Dewey: Mom?
    • The note Dewey and Webby find in "The Great Dime Chase": "Scrooge, I’ve taken the Spear of Selene. I’m sorry. Della."
    • The end of "The Beagle Birthday Massacre":
      Lena: Aunt Magica, I'm in.
    • Dewey and Webby meet the titular goddess in "The Spear of Selene!", who tells them this:
      Selene: I've never had a spear.
    • Combined with Wham Shot, at the end of "Beware the B.U.D.D.Y. System!":
      Mark Beaks: Gizmoduck... I must have him...
    • Also combined with Wham Shot, the end of "The Shadow War!" reveals a traveler who's hiding on the moon. It's Della Duck. She's still alive.
      The Traveler: [gasp] Boys!?
  • Wham Shot:
    • At the end of the first half of the premiere, we finally get to see who Donald's job interview is with: it's Flintheart Glomgold.
    • In the end of the very first episode Dewey pulls back a piece of the painting featuring Donald and Scrooge fighting the pirate ghost and sees an image of a female duck atop the mast fighting one of his cronies. His shocked response is, "Mom?"
    • The ending of "The Great Dime Chase" has Gyro Gearloose taking notes for how to improve his robots, with the last shot showing his notepad concluding with something called "Project Blatherskite", alluding to the eventual creation of Gizmoduck.
    • The end of "Beware the B.U.D.D.Y. System!" has Mark Beaks vowing to get the Gizmoduck armor for himself, with ominous music in the background.
    • The ending of "The Shadow War!" Della Duck is still alive, and she's on the moon.
    • At the end of "The Duck Knight Returns!", Jim Starling's replacement as Darkwing Duck autographs Launchwing's poster with his real name: Drake Mallard.
  • World of Funny Animals: As with the original, but with a wider variety of species. Instead of just ducks, pigs, and Dogfaces, there's a whole menagerie of different animal characters making up the background population. Humans are nowhere to be seen, which is why the Ghost of Christmas Present was changed from a humanoid giant to an anthropomorphic pig wearing the same outfit.


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An illustration of the Rule of Three in action, by way of a magic gong. From "Woo-Hoo!" (S01E01)

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