When it was announced that Disney would be rebooting DuckTales, many fans were not thrilled to say the least; this reboot was developed during the same time as several otheranimatedreboots were airing. However, said reboots have received incredibly polarizing reception from fans of their originalsourcematerials, causing many to think that this would end up with the same consequences. But when the trailer debuted on YouTube, their view changed very quickly and when the first episode aired, fans, old and new, fell in love with the show. Many regard the show as better than the original and it's viewed as an example of how to properly reboot a series.
Darkwing's revival in the series: When it first appeared as a Show Within a Show in season 1, many fans were shown to be angry about it. Come season 2 and "The Duck Knight Returns!" and people were praising at how Darkwing was rebooted.
Angst? What Angst?: A criticism of the show that has popped up. It's been noticed that the show tends to put overt focus on comedy at critical moments, that characters often react blithely to danger, and that emotional traumas are either glossed over or truncated.
Becoming averted in season 2, as many characters are shown to be emotionally affected by past events, namely Louie angsts about his role in the family in "The Most Dangerous Game Night!", Webby trying to cope with the loss of Lena by trying to find a way to bring her back from the Shadow Realm, Lena still emotionally traumatized by Magica's abuse in "A Nightmare on Killmotor Hill!", and Della's Trauma Button shown in multiple episode with regards to her time trapped on the Moon alone.
Still notable however, how Lena does not angst with regards to being trapped in the Shadow Realm for months, she rather angsts about trying not to be like Magica.
Arc Fatigue: Early on in the show's run, there were changes to the order the episodes were aired in, which put several plot-important episodes before a number of standalone episodes, which resulted in large gaps of the overall story arcs pertaining to Della and Magica being spaced far apart due to several standalones having not been aired yet. This combined with the long breaks that could take up to two months to end resulted in fans getting frustrated with how little the arcs were proceeding as a result, especially since "The Spear of Selene!" ends with Ithaquack turning out to be another dead end.
Donald staying silent on the matter of his sister's disappearance. Even during the Season 2 finale, the writers barely have him voice his opinion on his sister in the present or how much her disappearance impacted him, instead just saying he missed her.
The lively character animation (calling back to, among others, Milt Kahl's work on Ludwig Von Drake in the 60's) has been praised highly even by those who don't like the new angular style as such. Speaking of which...
The backgrounds make liberal use of halftones, something that is barely even used in comics anymore except as a Shout-Out to classic comic books. To see it used so effectively in animation is truly something wonderful. Not to mention the paper textures in the background to make it look even more like the pages of a comic.
Lena disobeying Magica and saving Mrs. Beakley gets a piece of heroic music to rival Morpheus snapping his handcuffs. It gets a magnificent reprise at the climax of "Jaw$!".
The music in the golfing montage in "The Missing Links of Moorshire!" where Dewey, Glomgold and Scrooge compete against each other to earn the title of Best Golfer Ever. It's practically an electric Scottish LOTR-esque ear worm.
The entirety of the climax music in "Beware the B.U.D.D.Y. System!", up to the Darker and Edgier conclusion of the episode.
The tango music during Goldie's and Scrooge's duel, and the somber music accompanying Goldie's Disney Death following it, in "The Golden Lagoon of White Agony Plains!".
"The Last Crash of the Sunchaser!" features the culmination of the mystery around Della, and Dewey's desperate final race for the last piece of the puzzle while Scrooge tries to stop him fully gets the epic score it deserves.
The music that closes that episode out is gorgeous and heartbreaking.
The final scene of Season 1 features a brief snippet of the much-beloved score from the Moon level in the NES game.
Expanded in Season 2 as it's revealed to be a lullaby Della wrote for the triplets, meaning that after 30 years the music suddenly has lyrics, which are a perfect ode to the franchise's spirit of adventure.
And in the Season 2 finale, an exciting orchestral rendition plays during the battle in space.
In "The Town Where Everyone Was Nice!", the Three Caballeros sing a glorious rendition of their classic theme song. While fighting a giant man-eating flower, no less!
The Christmas theme song for season 2's Christmas episode is also catchy, especially with the singer doing a very good impression of Frank Sinatra.
Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: During "The Infernal Internship of Mark Beaks", Mark abruptly stops the tour he's giving Huey and Dewey for a "MANDATORY DANCE BREAK!", where everyone stops what they're doing and starts dancing - presumably a riff on modern tech companies' emphasis on fun, unstructured work environments. After it ends, it's not even mentioned.
Bizarro Episode: "The 87 Cent Solution!" is certainly one of the weirdest - and as an effect, hilarious - episodes of the show thus far.
Catharsis Factor: Doofus Drake losing half of his fortune with his parents finally growing a spine and grounding him indefinitely after spending his previous appearances being a creepy little monster who treats them like slaves.
Donald is hit with a positive version of this trope, going from the perpetually angry personality that was rife for many years to making him just Born Unlucky, with his comic book counterparts adventurous streak intact and an ability to actually avoid losing his temper on a dime.
Zeus was portrayed as a kind-hearted Grandpa God in recent Disney media such as Hercules. Here he's a Jerkass God much closer to his mythological counterpart.
Within the series: after her first two appearances presented her as a Knight of Cerebus, in "Jaw$!", Magica shows that she can be as hammy and Laughably Evil as her earlier counterparts.
For those who like the original 1987 Webby, the behavior of 2017 Webby in "Day of the Only Child!" is more in line with the Annoying Younger Sibling characterization of the original. Namely, she antagonizes Dewey about having the idea of an Only Child Day and teases him about his solo host show, to the point where the episode ends with him shooting her a Death Glare.
Huey's It's All About Me behavior in "McMystery at McDuck Manor" is a temporary return to the troublemaking big brother who leads his little brothers into trouble and back out again.
Complete Monster: General Lunaris, season 2's Big Bad, is seemingly the benevolent leader of the city on the moon, Tranquility, but is in fact a vicious warmonger out to prove the superiority of the "planet Moon" by any means necessary. Acting friendly to Della Duck when she arrives in Tranquility, Lunaris eventually falsely accuses her of having used the Moonlanders for her own enemies as rhetoric to attack Earth. When his true colors are revealed, Lunaris cruelly reveals his intention to kill the children of the heroes first to break their will, following this up with an all-out invasion and an attempt to freeze the Earth over by taking it out of its orbit to make it revolve around the moon instead. In the end, throwing away any façade of caring for his own people, Lunaris attempts to ram the Earth with his spaceship and wipe out everyone on it—including his own people on the planet—solely to deny them their victory.
Carrying over from the original series, "Magicstone", for Gladstone and Magica. Became even more hilarious when it turns out that Magica is, as of this writing, a living shadow, which makes this ship borderline Cargo Ship. It's gone as far as someone asking at Comic-Con 2018 if Lena was actually their daughter. The ship got more fuel after "The Shadow War!", thanks to a scene where Gladstone's shadow gives him a $20 dollar bill before going off to join the rest of the shadows, with fans arguing that that incident couldn't have happened just because of Gladstone's luck, and that Magica was somehow partly responsible.
During the show's early days Della x Magica (DelSpell) had some following.
There are a few fans who ship Louie x Doofus, whichconsidering how Doofus treated Louie in his debut episodecarries a number of disturbing thoughts with it.
In a (mostly) platonic example, after the latter's debut episode, fans have been clamoring for a team-up between Magica and Negaduck (based on their partnership in the comics), despite the fact that they have yet to meet in the show.
The show's version of Emily Quackfaster as a lunatic librarian took many as a surprise since she was always a bit-character in the original comics, and the greater personality and humor more or less made being a librarian and archivist look like an amazing job.
While Glomgold is normally portrayed as the incompetent idiot he is, he manages to be this in "Moonvasion!" as his plan is so overwhelmingly stupid that Lunarishas absolutely no idea how to counter it.
Die for Our Ship: After "Moonvasion!" gave us a brief scene where Launchpad flirted with Penumbra, the latter immediately became enemy number one amongst the more militant Drakepad shippers.
Draco in Leather Pants: While Gladstone isn't a villain per se, a lot of fanfics will downplay his selfishness and self-serving nature to go along with a common fanon theory that the reason the boys love their "uncle" Gladstone so much is because he helped Donald take care of them. However this is never used to make anyone into Ron the Death Eater, thankfully. Plus he does have a few unselfish moments in the comics here and there, so it's not entirely unjustified.
The reveal that this show would be exploring the triplets' parents, namely their mother Della Duck, has got the theories flying in just the first episode. Given that the kids live with Donald, him being so safety obsessed, and him and Scrooge apparently having a falling out has many suspect one of Scrooge's adventures didn't end so well, with dialogue implying it was something to do with an artifact called the Spear Of Selene. And even that's not the real secret as it's later revealed that the Spear is something else entirely!
Not to the same degree, but there are a lot of questions about what happened to Webby's parents as well as Mr. Beakley. The fact that Mrs. Beakley was a spy only adds fuel to the fire.
Just what started the DeSpell/McDuck feud anyway?
A newer fan theory has stated that Gyro could be a former member of F.O.W.L.
Their take on Magica de Spell won many fans for making a character who in the comics and original cartoon was at times a joke villain or close to Sitcom Archnemesis into a genuinely compelling threat.
From "The House of the Lucky Gander", Liu Hai "the Luck Vampire" surprised many, both for the way The Reveal was prepared, which took many by surprise, for his ability to manipulate and distract the nephews, and for being a unique villain in terms of power, motivation, and threat level.
Falcon Graves for his stoic demeanor, his debonair style, and his no-nonsense attitude, with just enough flair for the occasional joke.
Don Karnage is as popular as ever, still just as Laughably Evil while also being just enough of a genuine threat to fit in the show's Darker and Edgier tone.
Briar and Bramble, the kelpies from the episode "The Missing Links Of Moorshire" are also popular due to being funny in a dark way, and how they're voiced byTara Strong and Andrea Libman.
Flintheart Glomgold became this in "The Ballad of Duke Baloney". The self-proclaimed Scotsman established himself as Scrooge's greatest Foil, antithesis, and Arch-Enemy.
Fandom Rivalry: Both this series and Legend of the Three Caballeros are based on the Disney Ducks comics, and while there are fans of both, there's still the debate of which truer to the text of the source material. Fans of DuckTales praise it for taking on bolder plots and darker themes, its characters and settings are more iconic, and its animation manages to evoke that of classic comic books, and say that the latter series is too safe. Fans for LOTTC bring up how the animation manages to be almost identical to that of classic Disney cartoons, Donald is more directly involved in the plot, there are very few drastic changes to the source material, its shorter format (13 episodes there as opposed to roughly 23 here) means the show can be more directly serialized, and prefer how it focuses on the adult characters over the kids, unlike the former where the kids have the greater focus.
Fandom-Specific Plot: Since "The Duck Knight Returns", many fans have been coming up with ideas for some potential storylines.
How Gosalyn will be introduced into the show and interact with Drake, Launchpad and the kids.
How Drake Mallard will get involved in SHUSH, especially since Mrs. Beakley / Agent 22, had recently become a fan of the old show.
How the rest of DWD's Rogues Gallery from the original show get introduced in real-life.
The show references numerous adventures that Scrooge had over the one-and-a-half century of his life that are not elaborated upon. Some of them are references to actual Carl Barks and Don Rosa comics, but the the rest is a great fanfic premise.
Other than gaining an immediate fandom after the pilot premiere, some fans have shipped Dark Action Girl Gabby McStabberson with Nice Guy Donald due to him having more interaction with her out of any of Glomgold's hired baddies. Not only did he try to make conversation with her (and show her images of him and his nephews), he went as far as to ask about her family life (even though she makes it very clear that her "relations" contrast greatly to his). This artist's drawing supports that ship.
Scrooge and Magica, as par for the course — from her obsession with owning Scrooge's most prized possession, calling him "Scroogey," borrowing his canonical love interest's Catchphrase ("You're Scrooge McDuck!"), to, most conspicuously, her sincere, profound disappointment at finding him in such a "pathetic" state in the Season 1 finale. Instead of being glad taking the dime from her enemy will be easier than she thought, she's upset she won't get a grand showdown with her Worthy Opponent and actually gives Scrooge a Get Ahold Of Yourself Man speech to get some fight back in him. The reboot makes it even easier to imagine Magica has an unspoken motive behind her obsession with Scrooge than any previous incarnations. (It doesn't hurt that their actors have good chemistry together and have played couples before.)
Scrooge and Glomgold have been shipped as well. Plus Goldie, his cannon love interest, almost falls into this at times with how often she betrays him. So Scrooge kinda gets this a lot.
Mark Beaks and Falcon Graves is also a popular pairing, thanks to their interactions with each other throughout their debut episode.
While not as prevalent, many fans of Sofia the First get along well with fans of this series due to their canon welding to iconic Disney franchises (the Disney Animated Canon for the former, and the Disney Afternoon for the this series).
Donald and Scrooge seeing each other after so long and trading insults with each other? Comical. Finding out that it was because Della disappeared with the Spear of Selene, causing Donald to not trust him again? Gutwrenching.
Meta-wise, the trailer for the rest of Season 1 showing Magica gleefully ranting about a final showdown with Scrooge, only for him to roll into view in disheveled state, much to her confusion? Funny. Finding out that the reason he's in such a state is because a massive falling out with his family about what happened to his niece, leading everyone to abandon him, and all of this has led to Scrooge teetering on the edge of a Despair Event Horizon? Not so funny anymore.
Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The show is very popular in the former Soviet Union and in Scandinavia. It helps that the original series was popular in said countries as does Donald Duck's popularity.
Growing the Beard: "Terror of the Terra-Firmians!" takes a hint from "Woo-oo!" and gives a fair amount of adult and child characters a time to shine. It also goes an extra step further by significantly darkening the overall tone of the series.
"The Ballad of Duke Baloney!" gives Glomgold an amazing amount of depth as a legitimately tragic villain, gives proper stakes to his and Scrooge's rivalry (along with pushing it into Black and Gray territory), details plenty of important lore (which is done with some originality and not with some hackneyed fanservice), and significantly contributes to the progress of Season 2's arc.
The "Donald's Birthday" short. It may be touching to see Donald's family wish him a happy birthday. But the fact that Della is his twin, they share the same birthday and she's spending hers alone on the Moon.
Just a week after the episode featuring Duckworth's ghost appearing, Chuck McCann, the voice actor who played him in the original series, passed away.
This happened again: Bushroot is absent from the beginning of "Beware the B.U.D.D.Y System," despite Quackerjack, Megavolt, and Liquidator appearing. His voice actor (Tino Insana) had passed away in 2017.note This is actually a coincidence (the writers weren't sure they'd be allowed to use the Darkwing Duck mythos again, and so Frank Angones pushed for the only three villain spots available to be filled by his personal favorites), but that doesn't make it any less sad. The character eventually makes a brief cameo in a flashback in "The Duck Knight Returns".
A Tumblr user created an AU in which Scrooge ends up in possession of Lena's amulet and Magica (trapped in said amulet) continually possesses him in order to wreck his relationships with his family. Then, in "The Other Bin of Scrooge McDuck!", Magica discovers that she can fully take over Lena's body and takes advantage of it to advance her plans.
Even harsher - in that AU, Scrooge insulted and drove away his family while under the influence of Magica. Come "The Last Crash of the Sunchaser!", Scrooge insults and drives away his family all on his own, no Magica needed. Worse still, this happens just before Magica plans to attack him.
"No one tell your Uncle Donald!" says Scrooge to the kids in the pilot episode when he sneaks them off to Atlantis. As "The Last Crash of the Sunchaser!" reveals, telling Donald a lot of things would have resolved many many family rifts.
This music video, starring Webby and the McDuck Clan including Donald, on a space adventure and having a great time. Turns out a prospective space adventure is where Della went missing, which put Donald and Scrooge off speaking terms. The later revelation of some of the circumstances alienates him from Webby and the boys as well when they blame him for it going wrong.
Magica's treatment of Lena was already bad enough, but the revelation that Lena was Magica's Living Shadow the whole time and that Magica didn't really even consider her a real person somehow makes it all even worse.
Della's shock at seeing her grown boys, while stranded on the moon with a makeshift television, becomes this when Dewey appears in the past to a preteen her and Donald. She never forgot the "fifteenth cousin" that tried to warn her about the future.
"Last Christmas" had Russi Taylor return once more...and how fitting a title since she died less than a year later.
In The Beagle Birthday Massacre, Huey reassures Webby that they won't leave her out of their boat trips again in place of Louie. In Glomtales, Louie does get left behind as punishment when one of his schemes puts everyone and time itself in danger albeit unknowingly and mostly unintentionally.
In "The Infernal Internship of Mark Beaks!", Huey gets upset and has a breakdown over how Dewey "faked it till he made it" to get a promotion when Huey did a lot of hard work, and then says he's "Chillin' Like a Villain", which was the name of a song in Descendants 2. This ends up being prescient of what happens in Descendants 3, where Princess Audrey accuses Mal of taking shortcuts to become future queen which she worked hard and waited patiently for, and then turns evil and goes on a quest for vengeance over it.
Heartwarming in Hindsight: Scrooge defending Gyro from his Board of Directors becomes this when we learn that one of Gyro's inventions — Oxy Chew Gum — saved Della's life when she got stranded on the moon. So Gyro has made at least two devices that haven't gone evil and helped the Ducks.
For Donald and for Tony Anselmo's mastery of the voice. Donald has never shown a greater emotional range than he has here, when Donald's previous characterization was largely just the angry guy.
Keith Ferguson is clearly having fun voicing Flintheart Glomgold, and gives him just the right amount of jerkishness that makes him a villain we Love to Hate. He also manages to do a flawless impersonation of the Darkwing Duck villain Megavolt sounding exactly like how Dan Castellaneta voiced him in the original series.
Catherine Tate, best known for her comic roles and her heart-breaking role as Donna from Doctor Who, is surprisingly chilling as Magica De Spell.
The Beagle Boys in the original series were voiced by individual voice actors. More specifically Terrance McGovern, Chuck McCann, Brian Cummings, Peter Cullen and Frank Welker, among others. Here, they're all voiced by one voice actor, Eric Bauza, and he manages to give each Beagle their own identity and voice.
Kimiko Glenn and Kate Micucci really make Lena and Webby stand out in the horror-oriented "The Other Bin of Scrooge McDuck!", conveying the fear and grief of their characters during the Nightmare Sequence in a chillingly convincing way.
Bobby Moynihan as Louie is typically laid back and has some skewed priorities, but in "The Secrets Of Castle McDuck", we see more of his vulnerable side when he's just as shocked and hurt as Huey that Dewey kept a secret about their mother from them. Damn! That's fine acting there.
While Jim Cummings is usually great, he's especially so here as Jim Starling, the original Darkwing Duck. What clinches it, though, is his terrifying portrayal of Jim after he decides to become Negaduck, really selling the FaceHeel Turn.
Kate Micucci, the new voice for Webby, sang a song about sex with ducks (NSFW) that specifically references Duck Tales around the 1 minute mark.
The line "might solve a mystery or rewrite history" from the original theme song, one of several completely untouched in the new one, becomes even more fitting with David Tennant as Scrooge. He's even shown to have a Time Machine just lying around doing nothing... (though admittedly Gyro-built time machines are a recurring plot-point in the comics, so this may not be an entirely conscious reference). Which is funny because Scrooge and Donald employ using a time machine to Return to time or saving their friends. and we think Scrooge did not know his time of his life got screwed up by time travelers.
Louie asks Scrooge how much his net worth is. The show came out just a few days after Disney commissioned an episode of Game Theory that asked exactly that question.
In "The Beagle Birthday Massacre", Webby says to the triplets, "Okay, how do you get rid of an evil clown?", when It (2017) came out just a month before and saw another group of preteens fighting a Monster Clown.
Another from Doctor Who: Scrooge's iconic nemesis Magica De Spell is voiced by Tennant's one-time companion Catherine Tate. Maybe forcibly erasing her memory wasn't such a good idea?
Becomes Heartwarming in Hindsight when this isn't the first time Catherine Tate's character unintentionally led to David Tennant's character, broken from the events of a previous episode, to fix his attitude.
The Third Doctor once said that "The shortest distance between two points is a straight line. But it's not necessarily the most interesting." It got turned on its head on their way to Atlantis when Scrooge pointed out that "the shortest distance between two points isn't always a straight line" and the trip became interesting when Dewey redrew the route meant to avoid danger into a straight line.
This show was partly advertised as homaging the comics. While there are references, they are mostly lowkey blink and you'll miss it moments. Meanwhile Legend of the Three Caballeros basically thrives on making downright esoteric references to the comics and various Disney animated media.
In the fanfic, Legend Of The Three Caballeros Dark Signs Of The Sun, the sixth chapter shows that the Three Caballeros world is connected to the Ducktales one, with Daisy already acquainted with Launchpad. The chapter was uploaded just three weeks before it was revealed that Daisy is appearing in Ducktales.
"The Shadow War!": Della's still alive and is trapped on the moon.
"The Duck Knight Returns!": Jim Starling's replacement is revealed to be Drake Mallard, who decides to become a real-life superhero. Meanwhile, Jim Starling undergoes a full-on FaceHeel Turn and becomes the reboot-verse's version of Negaduck.
"Moonvasion!": Scrooge's board of directors is actually the F.O.W.L. High Command. And among the agents of F.O.W.L. are Steelbeak, the Phantom Blot, John D. Rockerduck, and Gandra Dee.
The show's panel at SCDD revealed that not only characters like The Three Caballeros, D'jinn, and the like would return but so are characters from Talespin, Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers, and Goofy as well. But the biggest surprise for everyone was Gosalyn from Darkwing Duck and most of all, DAISY. Yes, THATDaisy.
If the panel was something, the trailer for Season 2 is even more intense, showing Flint getting aid from all of the enemies of the McDucks, including Magica, who not only gets her powers back, but seems to plan to get Lena back. And that's not even getting to General Lunaris planning his invasion of Earth with Donald as his captive.
Jerkass Woobie: All of the Beagle Boys despite being career criminals, mainly because of how horrible Ma Beagle treats them all.
A lot of younger fans who have never seen the original Duck Tales are interested in the show just because David Tennant is in it. Likewise, quite a few fans who were originally uninterested in the reboot but were won over by Tennant's involvement.
The show has both Wander over Yonder and Gravity Falls alumni, which most certainly prompted interest in this series, especially since both series had ended a year before this one aired.
Donald Duck's expanded role garnered interest from his fans who might not otherwise be interested.
Quite a few fans only expressed interest once it was revealed that Darkwing Duck was making an appearance, and teased that Jim Cummings would be voicing him again. And now that it's been revealed that he wasn't playing Darkwing, but Negaduck...
Webby has been shipped with all of the triplets, separately and together, with the "Roxanne" lookalike Recurring Extra, and with Lena. Now also with Violet Sabrewing as well as both Lena and Violet.
Donald is on his way to this status too, as he's already been shipped with Daisy Duck, Mrs. Beakley and Gabby McStabberson. Comic fans have also started to ship him with Magica De Spell, despite her being way more evil and dangerous in this adaptation. Donald has also been paired with Jose CariocaandPanchito Pistoles, who are both confirmed to appear in Season 2 note after all, they are three gay caballeros. Storkules has been popping up as well, thanks to the amount of Ho Yay between him and Donald in his only canonical appearance.
Flintheart Glomgold. He's an awful bastard to the ninth degree, but his hamminess and desire to one-up Scrooge make him an entertaining character to watch, helped by Keith Ferguson's stand-out VO performance. After "The Ballad of Duke Baloney" he quickly became the most popular and liked villain of this series, a major improvement over the 1987 and comics' Glomgold namely for having an actually fleshed out personality that justifies his hatred for Scrooge.
Gladstone Gander is a narcissistic layabout who lives a charmed life he did nothing to merit or deserve, but he's such a perfect foil to Donald and Scrooge, with his bizarre luck introducing a lot of cool storytelling and thematic density, and that he's a unique character for being neither a hero nor a villain, that many are willing to put up with him.
Mark Beaks is described by Word of God as a character "so broad and over the top" that fans will love being annoyed by him.
Magnificent Bitch: Scrooge's old flame and "ex-everything," Goldie O'Gilt, is a beautiful, conniving treasure hunter who rivals Scrooge himself in sheer wit and tenacity. Lacking Scrooge's scruples and possessed of a penchant for betrayal, Goldie has backstabbed Scrooge countless times to leave him in the wake of danger while she constantly walks off untouched. In her debut episode, Goldie plays both Scrooge and Flintheart in her pursuit of the Golden Lagoon, using Scrooge to locate the Lagoon for her before managing to fake her death with the Eye of Demogorgon and making off with the treasure herself, completely untouched in the end. Even through their constant quarreling and rivalry, Goldie and Scrooge retain a fierce, mutual respect for each other, with Goldie always knowing Scrooge will make it out alive out of whatever conundrum she leaves him in and Scrooge acknowledging her as his greatest Worthy Opponent.
Memetic Badass: After Donald Duck's temporary voice change in the season finale (so he's easier to understand), he becomes this. In fact, he even devises a good plan and uses reverse psychology on the nephews and Webby.
Beakley: Get ready for the storm.
Donald: I am the storm.
Beakley: Seriously, have you been saying things like that the whole time?
Fans saying that Webby's line "My heart! It's too full!" perfectly described their reaction to the triplets finally meeting their mother, with phrases such as "On this day, we are all Webby", or "Webby is us right now" also being used.
"MORE ANGST!", which is used to describe the scene from the trailer of Lena seeing herself in the mirror with Magica's signature serpent eyes and hair highlight and being tormented by her in another scene, which fans are just more horrified that Lena is going to suffer once more.
Upon Frank Angones revealing that one of the protagonists would die, fans began joking that it would be Louie.
Misblamed: After the highly praised pilot episode, some fans complained that the episodes that followed seemed to focus on the nephews, and especially Webby, at the expense of Scrooge and Donald, and that they were entirely in Duckburg. Co-producer Frank Angones later clarified that Disney was airing the show out of the intended order, offsetting the Duckburg/globetrotting ratio that was originally envisioned by the showrunners.note To elaborate: after the Pilot and "Daytrip of Doom", "The Impossible Summit of Mount Neverrest" (a globetrotting episode focusing on Huey and Scrooge) should have aired, then "Great Dime Chase" followed by "Beagles Birthday Massacre". As per the current slot, the fifth episode, "The Terror of the Terra-Firmians" was intended to be the 9th Episode, "The Infernal Internship of Mark Beaks" which is the 6th was originally supposed to be the 7th, "The House of the Lucky Gander" was to be the sixth following "Beagle's Birthday Massacre" but is now the 7th, and "The Living Mummies of Thoth-Ra" was the 8th but supposed to precede "Terra-Firmians".
All of the kids - Huey, Dewey, Louie, Webby, Lena, and Violet. Their childish personalities are endearing, their friendship and brotherhood with each other is heartwarming, and the designs for them invoke the image of cute children onto anthropomorphic birds.
It's revealed in "Jaw$!" that Magica De Spell has her own niece Lena enslaved to do her bidding. To make it even worse, "The Other Bin of Scrooge McDuck" has her now able to literally possess her to get what she wants. And then in the finale we find out that Magica created Lena, which for all intents and purposes makes Lena her daughter, and get to watch Magica kill Lena practically as soon as she's done what Magica created her for. Twice, if you count the murder of the physical body and the spirit that showed up later separately.
Jim Starling/Negaduck ran past the horizon and seemingly isn't going to be looking back. He took the fact that he wasn't going to be cast as Darkwing Duck in the big budget remake... a little poorly. As in he tried to hijack the picture, assaulted numerous guards and attempted to straight-up murder his replacement, including with an electric gun and a chainsaw. Then, after seemingly dying in an explosion, he's revealed to have become Negaduck, a completely evil villain.
Lunaris crosses it when it's revealed that he's planning on killing Huey, Dewey, and Louie just to break Scrooge and make him easier to finish off, something he gloats to Donald about with a sickening grin on his face. And when Penumbra learns of this, he electrocutes her without remorse. He crosses this further in the Season 2 finale when he eventually resorts to destroying the Earth, not caring if he kills his people who are on it.
From "Beware the B.U.D.D.Y. System!": "Let's Get Dangerous!" - in Jim Cummings's voice, no less.
The first few notes of the Moon theme at the ending of "The Shadow War!", accompanying the Wham Shot of Della's survival.
Negaduck's Evil Laugh at the end of "The Duck Knight Returns!"
Narm Charm: Don Cheadle voicing Donald Duck in the middle of the season finale is so out of place yet its also both hilarious and badass, especially seeing how the character is known of being hard to understand.
Obvious Judas: Scrooge's Board of Directors. It didn't help that production materials for the series that were shown behind-the-scenes (and thus freely available to see everywhere on the internet) had already clearly listed them under "Villains"; it was more of a matter of time when they would be revealed as villains, rather than how.
Donald's portrayal in this series, as a competent adventurer who's simultaneously an everyman and devoted father-like figure to Huey, Louie and Dewey. It surprises many who are just familiar with animated incarnations of Donald, unaware that this characterization is the norm in comics ever since Carl Barks' 40's work and to this day. On top of that, his appearance in the DuckTales (1987) series pilot has him portrayed as this, hinting at his Barks adventure origins. In fact, Donald's semi-ridiculous voice change in the season 1 finale is a reference to those same comics, as Donald is perfectly eloquent in print.
The treasure hunt adventure motif and appearances of tropes like the Atlantean Temple of Doom full of Durable Deathtraps and a swarm of snakes have already evoked comparisons to Indiana Jones, which are to be expected... because Indiana Jones was partially inspired by Carl Barks' Uncle Scrooge comics of the 1950s. Steven Spielberg was never shy about admitting how things like the Raiders of the Lost Ark rolling boulder Signature Scene was taken directly from Barks' story The Seven Cities of Cibola, or the mine-cart-through-a-flood chase from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom from the story The Prize of Pizarro. Like its 1987 incarnation, the show resembles Indiana Jones because Indiana Jones was inspired by Scrooge McDuck, not the other way around.
The idea of Dewey in particular wanting to stick out from his brothers was actually used in an episode of the original series, "The Duck in the Iron Mask". (The Nephews actually having different personalities dates from at least 1988, when an Italian comic book story had Huey and Louie dealing with their brother's first crush and not having any idea while they still think that Girls Have Cooties.)
Gyro's portrayal as a mad scientist (as in, a well-intentioned scientist who is also a certified loon) has actually been used in comics, mostly in the early Paperinik stories-where he knowingly collaborated with a criminal (as the Paperinik of the early stories acted only to avenge the wrongs he suffered as Donald, and had no qualms about committing crimes such as stealing Scrooge's money-filled bed while he slept on it), and even after Paperinik became more heroic he would from time to time 'demonstrate' his inventions on Donald's skin-such as when he came up with a pool that made those who bathed inside invulnerable, and demonstrated it by pushing Donald into it and then shooting him with rhino-hunt bullets. The earlier Barks comics also show him having anger issues◊.
The Nostalgia Critic sees an enjoyable similarity between Webby and Mabel from Gravity Falls, but she also bears a strong resemblance to earlier young Ellie from Up and the even earlier Gosalyn Mallard, so she's actually the latest in a line of spunky, spirited, adventurous young girls in Disney animation.
For another Gladstone and Luck thing, look at how Donald doesn't benefit even remotely from Gladstone being lucky. The Puppetteers were horrified when they learned that breeding Luck into humanity (of the same kind that Gladstone has) would extend only to humanity, and not to their allies.
Scrooge warning Louie he'll crack his skull if he tries diving into money like Scrooge does is often cited as if it's the first time Scrooge's money swimming hobby has ever been deconstructed. "Only Scrooge can swim in money, anyone else who tries will suffer the predictable consequences" has actually been the rule for over 60 years — Carl Barks was writing such moments as far back as his 1952 story "Only a Poor Old Man" (from the very first issue of the Uncle Scrooge comic), which has Scrooge tricking the Beagle Boys into diving into his money and getting knocked unconscious (when the boys ask Scrooge how he can do it, all he'll say is, "It's a trick.").
Many people were flabbergasted that The Phantom Blot one of Mickey Mouse's antagonists appearing in the Ducktales Universe. However this isn't the first time the Blot appeared, in the original 1987 Ducktales episode 'All Ducks on Deck' he appears as a one shot villain. He also appeared as one of the main antagonist in the obscure comic Wizards of Mickey which contains elements of both Mickey Mouse comics and Donald Duck comics such as Magica
Periphery Demographic: Donald Duck, Uncle Scrooge and the rest of the Ducks have large, built-in fan bases that consist of people outside of Disney XD's preteen audience that are already interested in this show's take on the characters. The fact that this is the first time the classic Disney characters have ever been used for serialized storytelling adds to this.
The creators have said this is what they want to do with Webby, who some fans of the original show found annoying or bland. The first trailer alone proves that - not only is Webby introduced with an amount of energy and spunk that the original was never shown with (also, holding a frickin' dagger), eagle-eyed viewers will notice her trademark Quacky Patch doll in the same scene... stuck to the wall with an ARROW. That's proof enough on how the creators are serious about un-Scrappyfing Webby. Once the show premiered, viewers agreed that the creators got the job done and she's become a fan favorite.
The original Beakley was never hated, but most people saw her as bland and forgettable. The new opening shows quick scenes of her taking an active role in the group's adventures, including driving Scrooge's jeep and helping all three of the nephews up from a ledge, at the same time! The fact that she does all of this with a stoic look on her face has made her new incarnation very popular with fans, who have also noticed her enhanced physique. That said, unlike Webby the original Mrs. Beakley had her badass moments, and was never The Scrappy in the first place, just less noticed or popular than other more prominent characters.
The original Gandra Dee was largely disliked by fans, as she was a Flat Character and Satellite Love Interest for Fenton who could often be insensitive towards him. This show gave her a redesign and re-worked her character into a punk independent scientist, which ended up being rather popular with the fans. The reveal that she's a member of F.O.W.L. just increased the excitement as people struggled to figure out just what this could mean for her future appearances.
Bubba is an interesting case, as the character himself is basically the same (aside from being smarter and gaining a more gorilla-like body), but the way he drives Huey nuts by refusing to conform to accepted ideas of what cave ducks were like is a very popular twist to his role that won over a lot of people who didn't care for him in the original series. More so when he is revealed to be the first ancestor of the McDucks.
The original Tootsie was an inaccurate dog-likedinosaur that, much like with the original Bubba, felt like an unnecessary addition to the cast. The show reworks her into a more realistic and badass Triceratops, which was better-received. Like the rebooted Bubba, her return to her original timeline ensured she didn't wore out her welcome.
The heroics he performs in Beware the B.U.D.D.Y. System!, and his general characterization in that episode, seem to have redeemed Launchpad, whom many thought 2017 was characterizing as much too dumb and ditzy in comparison to the original portrayal, who was a goofball but also had his moments of outstanding competence or bravery that made him more of a Bunny-Ears Lawyer than just the really, really, really incompetent pilot/driver who Scrooge should most definitely fire (and/or send to a mental institution) that he was coming across as previously.
Mark Beaks gets a more threatening status as a villain after the events of "Beware the B.U.D.D.Y. System!".
Lena was initially unpopular with some viewers for seeming like a shoehorned-in "cool" teen character and for drawing focus away from more established characters. The second half of Season 1 remedied this somewhat by turning Lena into The Woobie and revealing that there's more to her and her origins than meets the eye.
Jim Starling was disliked due to seeming to replace Drake Mallard as Darkwing Duck, but became more popular after Season 2's "The Duck Knight Returns" revealed that Drake Mallard does in fact exist in the setting, and Jim Starling turned out to be a new incarnation of fan-favorite Darkwing Duck villain Negaduck.
Delpad (Della/Launchpad) was originally one, as Launchpad only came into Scrooge's employ afterDella got stuck on the Moon. It stopped being this in season 2, when the two had more interactions with each other.
Violyn (Violet/Gosalyn) had gained a suprising following, but only after it was confirmed that Violet has two dads. Drakepad shippers would say the same for Gosalyn, and that's where the similarity forms.
Ship-to-Ship Combat: As of season 2, there's one between the Drakepad shippers (who migrated over from Darkwing Duck) and the Delpad shippers (who mostly came about with the premiere of this show). There had been tensions between the two groups for a while, but after the summary for "The Golden Armory of Cornelius Coot!" came out (which hinted at major interactions between Launchpad and Della that could potentially become Ship Tease), all bets were off.
For Season 1, the last scene of the two part pilot, and it's single line of dialogue.
For Season 2, the flashback showing Glomgold and Scrooge's first meeting.
Another one for season 2, Donald seeing Della's ship then accidentally being blasted off into space.
The season 2 episode "The Duck Knight Returns" gives us two of these: Jim Starling's replacement actor signing a Darkwing Duck poster with his real name Drake Mallard and the Wham Shot right at the end that shows us what has become of the now clinically insane Jim Starling...
Quite a few die-hard fans of the original have openly expressed dislike (or downright hatred) of the new animation and art style, going as far as to call it "cheap Flash garbage" (ignoring the fact that it's not animated in Flash).
Characters being changed:
A lot fans think Scrooge is way too nice and generous for a character who's named after one of the most famous tightwads in literature; it's probably due to changing social values but a lot of the character's humor is how cheap he is.
The fact Webby does not address Scrooge as "Uncle Scrooge", but merely "Mr. McDuck" — especially it's clear in "The Living Mummies of Toth Ra!" that Scrooge loves her just as much of the nephews. As of "From the Confidential Casefiles of Agent 22!," it looks like Webby will start calling him this now.
Huey, Dewey and Louie having separate personalities. A lot of the new crowd love the new characters as such, but making the nephews separate is upsetting for much of the comic fans, especially since the abysmally-received Quack Pack.
Gyro becoming an Insufferable Genius with "mad scientist" tendencies has upset many fans — especially since it takes away from what made Gyro so lovable in the original.
Launchpad. In the original he was somewhat ditzy, but still competent, extraordinarily brave, and a Woodchuck Scout Troop Leader that the children often looked up to as a hero. Here, his ditziness is exaggerated to the point of being a Manchild that even the kids almost never take him seriously.
Burger Beagle changed from being overweight who talked a lot into being both skinny and silent. Francisco Angones admitted on Tumblr this happened because Burger was a stereotypical fat guy and a target of bullying toward overweight people that had no place in the reboot.
Goldie O'Glit being turned from an amoral saloon girl into an amoral Catwoman-esque adventuress who's always one step ahead of Scrooge.
Doofus Drake goes from a nice, if bumbling, kid who's friends with the triplets to a Creepy Child and Spoiled Brat who essentially wants to torture Louie into blind obedience.
Remarkably averted, however, with Magica De Spell, who is almost nothing like her original version, yet the fans instantly fell in love with her portrayal as a deadly serious Knight of CerebusSealed Evil in a Can (Although some people do lament the lack of her Eastern European accent). Some people were soured with her new design, giving her green feathers instead of white although they do revert to white when she is Brought Down to Normal.
The replacement of fan favoriteJim Cummings with Jaime Camil as Don Karnage has provoked this reaction from many fans. The purpose is so the character would be voiced by a Latino actor, fitting for Don Karnage's supposed ethnicity; but the most scholarly of TaleSpin fans know that Karnage's accent is intentionally "a mix of Spanish, Cuban, French, and Ricky Ricardo" and tying him down to one particular, accurately-portrayed background is sort of missing the point. (His new design, with a broader snout and no tail, has also drawn criticism, not so much because the new design is unappealing per se as because the change was really unnecessary.)
Similarly, some fans of Legend of the Three Caballeros aren't happy that José Carioca and Panchito will be recast for their appearance in Season 2, especially since both their actors from that show have already provided voice work for the new Ducktales cartoonnote Eric Bauza (Jose in Legend of the Three Caballeros) as all of the Beagle Boys and Jaime Camil (Panchito in Legend of the Three Caballeros) as Don Karnage. Knowing the creators' preference for Actor-Shared Background, it's justified for José (as Eric Bauza is an American-Canadian dual citizen rather than Brazilian), but not for Panchito (as Jamie Camil is Mexican). And that's not even getting into how Carlos Alazraqui (Panchito) and Rob Paulsen (Jose) are again being replaced despite voicing them on House of Mouse and Mickey and the Roadster Racers .
The focus on the kids over Scrooge. Some fans of the first cartoon or the original Uncle Scrooge comics feel the show gives too much focus on the nephews and Webby both in single episodes and the overarching plotlines where they have far more proactive roles, while Scrooge is often a supporting player at best, and while he does get focus episodes, they are notably fewer in amount. Plus for some fans taking Donald and Scrooge, the title characters from the comics and pushing them out of the limelight in favor of the kids, undermines the show's claim of being Truer to the Text to them.
Fergus McDuck and Downy O'Drake are immortal, and, thus, still alive in this series. While this provides good opportunities for an adult Scrooge to interact with them, it's a wild departure from the Prime Universe, and one that foolhardily gives up two of the only unambiguous deaths of major supporting characters in the comics' Duckverse.
The upcoming character designs revealed at SDCC 2019 showed new designs for Butterbear and Rhinokey from The Wuzzles, but given a more realistic, Darker and Edgier design, as opposed to the other Disney Afternoon crossover characters who remain relatively close to how they looked in their respective original shows. Even those who aren't too familiar with the cartoon find the new designs too radically different from the rest of the characters.
Many fans feel this way about Donald, since one of the big draws for the reboot was that he was supposedly going to play a bigger role this time around and he has only appeared a handful times so far since the pilot, with some of those appearances being brief cameos. It's since been explained by Word of God, and subsequently confirmed in The Last Crash of the Sunchaser!, that he was spending most of his time working on repairing his houseboat so he and the boys can move back to the marina. Frank has said we will be seeing more of him in Season 2.
Fans loved the new take on Mrs. Beakley by giving her more of a bodyguard-type role, but aside from A Day in the Limelight in "From the Confidential Casefiles of Agent 22!," most of her appearances in the show have been minor, and she's had the same amount of screentime Donald has, namely not much. And unlike Donald, she doesn't even have an excuse for all her absences, and her screentime in Season 2 has remained limited.
Hortense hasn't been mentioned outside of the pilot. Francisco Angones has said that she and Quackmore died several years ago, though this hasn't been mentioned in-series yet. Matilda gets it even worse, not even being name-dropped by anyone at all - the only evidence for her existence in this continuity is a note on Webby's String Theory chart.
Gabby McStabberson made a huge impact in the pilot as a badass Dark Action Girl with the mellifluous voice of Jennifer Hale, and promptly disappeared. She finally showed up again in the Season 2 finale, but without any lines, implying a major reason for her absence is theyve been unable to get Hale back.
A lot of complaints in the episode "Who is Gizmoduck" revolve around how the episode felt like it was fitting three or four good stories into one single episode, making none of them feel really developed.
Dewey is Easily Forgiven by his brothers once they find out he's been keeping secrets of their mother from them. Quite a few fans are disappointed by the lack of lasting consequences for Dewey's decisions.
Toy Ship: Many people have already started shipping Dewey with Webby due to having similar personalities and also being close to each other during the theme song - not to mention how much time they spend together, sharing wonderful experiences with each other. However, Word of God has denied any possibility of Webby and any of the trio bros becoming a "thing". By the end of the second episode Louie and Webby began to gain popularity. And then Huey and Webby gain steam from the Terra-Firmian episode. Shipping Webby with Lena also starts to gain popularity, especially thanks to the pet names they call each other in the show. Seems regardless of the creators' intent, Webby is well on her way to being a Launcher of a Thousand Ships.
At a demo reel at San Diego Comic-Con 2017, fans were shocked to see another familiar duck: Darkwing Duck!
While not a specifically a character, the same demo reel showed an updated design for the Iron Vulture aircraft from TaleSpin, suggesting that characters from its series of origin could be popping up as well. The pilot bringing up Cape Suzette only furthers this, and a promo for the series' return not only confirms the appearance of the Sky Pirates, but also shows Don Karnage dueling Dewey.
Who would have thought that Della Duck, Donald's sister, and the triplets' mother, would have been involved in the plot at all, given that the animated canon never mentions them. Della appears in a painting in one of the last shots of the pilot, being brought into the animated canon for the first time.
The Sasquatch from A Goofy Movie appears in the Huey short, and then returns in "The Other Bin of Scrooge McDuck" as "Tenderfeet".
Although some people predicted it beforehand, it's still a surprise that Minima De Spell — a one-shot villain from the Ducktales comics — is going to be playing a role here, albeit under a different name.
The SDCC 2018 demo reel also introduces two characters into the animated canon: Fethry Duck and John D. Rockerduck. Many were especially surprised at the latter due to the belief that Mark Beaks was created to take his place for the show.
Even with the show's frequent references to the Disney Animation block, no one was expecting an episode centered around Castle Dunwyn and the Gummis.
The main antagonist of "The Richest Duck in the World!" is Bombie the Zombie, a character most people didn't think the series would adapt due to his controversial origins.
At SDCC 2019, the crew revealed more characters for season 3. Such surprises include: Gosalyn Mallard, Taurus Bulba, Goofy, Daisy Duck, the Rescue Rangers, adult versions of Kit and Molly from TaleSpin, and a realistic looking Butterbear from The Wuzzles!
While many people predicted F.O.W.L will appear after some mentions past episodes, the season 2 finale "Moonvasion!" reveals that one of the members is The Phantom Blot, a Mickey Mouse antagonist which no one saw it coming.
Almost certainly a factor in the decision to downplay Scrooge's Greed and cheapness. With now decade-long recession afflicting the States, what was once an amusing flaw would probably rub modern viewers the wrong way.
Similarly, the reason why Burger Beagle is changed from a Big EaterFat Comic Relief to a skinny crook is that the creators thought that fat jokes, popular in the 1980s, would be considered tasteless and encourage bullying of fat people nowadays. Despite this, they introduced the Ugly Failure Beagles in a later episode, who are a trio of loser stereotypes, including a fat one. No fat jokes were made around this character so far, though.
It also goes the other way, as Glomgold was changed from South African to Scottish in the '80s series due to their discomfort in having a character be associated with Apartheid. Now that it's long over, Glomgold in this series is revealed to actually be South African, and just pretending to be Scottish to mess with Scrooge.
What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Let's see here. Black comedy freely littered throughout? Check. A realistic depiction of abusive relationships with Magica forcing Lena to do her bidding? Double check. Characters often subject to trauma and realistic violence? Triple check. Yeah, there's definitely quite a few elements that make this show much darker than its predecessor.
The announcement of David Tennant as Uncle Scrooge has won over Duck fans and Whovians alike. If nothing else, Scrooge will finally be voiced by an actor who's actually Scottish! Not to mention, he pulls off Scrooge's voice very well, to the point that people are already hoping he becomes the official Scrooge voice for Disney going forward.
Many fans are rather impressed at the casting of Danny Pudi, Ben Schwartz and Bobby Moynihan as Huey, Dewey and Louie stating that having separate actors gives the triplets far more personality than the previous adaptions. So much so that they don't even mind the fact that Pudi, Schwartz and Moynihan don't bother trying the quacking speech for the triplets and instead use their normal voices.
Donald being a lead instead of being a seldom seen extra won over many fans of him. Especially when the first episode "Woo-oo!" aired, giving him a nuanced personality and making him stand out as a key character while still giving Scrooge, the Triplets, Launchpad and Mrs. Beakley and Webby their due. Many comics fans noted that this is the first time the animated Donald resembles the beloved comics version.
Many Carl Barks fans are happy that the reboot is going to be closer to the comics than the original series.
When Mickey and the Roadster Racers pulled The Other Darrin with Donald's voice completely out of nowhere with no explanation, fans became worried that Tony Anselmo had been replaced, or had needed to suddenly retire. The lack of any confirmation of Donald's voice actor for Ducktales, due to Disney's policies of not giving the voices of the classic cast major publicity, only exacerbated these worries. When the trailer dropped, and Donald spoke in Anselmo's voice, the worried fans all breathed a collective sigh of relief, as it became clear that his involvement in the reboot (and several other things) necessitated Daniel Ross voicing Donald in Roadster Racers.
The new intro, which is a tribute to the Carl Barks comics... AND has an faithful re-imagining of the 1987 intro, which features everyone chasing the #1 Dime. DuckTales, Woo-hoo indeed.
Which then somewhat backfired when Darkwing Duck was revealed to be a Show Within a Show rather than a proper Crossover. Of course, according to Frank Angones, this was only the beginning.Season 2 subsequently introduced a real Darkwing Duck, an actor who was playing the role in a big-screen reboot of the series and was, at Launchpad's urging, inspired to become Darkwing in real life after events on the set that also led to the cancellation of the film. Then the real cherry on top was when the in-universe show's actor gets an Evil Costume Switch and becomesNegaduck.
Donald Duck. The combination of his bad luck, overwhelming love of his nephews and earnest determination had many fans feeling sorry for the jerkish and short-tempered duck, many for the first time. Epitomized in the episode The Golden Spear!
Webby spent her whole life cooped up in the mansion without anyone to hang out with. Even when the triplets arrive, she's afraid they'll eventually ditch her because she's not normal like them.
Dewey, after seeing just how much learning about Della's disappearance has started getting to him. When he discovers that she could have betrayed Scrooge and Donald it ends up leaving him reluctant to continue finding out the truth, out of fear that she may not be who he thought she was.
Lena is revealed to be this at the end of "Jaw$!", being enslaved to do her evil aunt's bidding, with Magica not giving a damn about her wellbeing. It gets even worse in subsequent episodes, as it becomes clear that Magica is an abusive maniac, and when Lena tries to resist her and tell Scrooge the truth, Magica stops her by hijacking her body.
As it turns out, Scrooge himself. He was responsible for building the Spear of Selene and not talking down Della when the latter stole it to go up in space. He nearly bankrupt himself and sent many men to their doom trying to save her only to fail. To rub salt in the wound, when the triplets find out about the situation they think he didn't care to search for her because of his greed and and didn't talk her down because of his adventure lust. The bitter old man we saw at the beginning was all because Scrooge never moved on.
Drake Mallard is almost as big a fan of Jim Starling as Launchpad. He even explains that Darkwing Duck got him though a difficult childhood. Once Drake finally meets his childhood hero, Jim tries to kill him in a jealous rage.
Zan Owlson certainly falls under this category. At the start of the second season, she's introduced as competent and good-intentioned businesswoman ready to take over Glomgold Industries as its new CEO following Flintheart's disappearance and was planning on using the company as a force of good by forming a charity with Scrooge that was going to do a lot of good. Only then does Flinty comes back at the last minute and regains control over his company and Owlson is reduced to playing second fiddle to Psychopathic Manchild whose Card-Carrying Villain tendencies repeatedly undermine her attempts to draw in more profits for the company. Then, just when it seems she'll get to work with Scrooge, a competent businessman despite his thrill-seeking nature, she's forced to work under his lackadaisical and frivolous great-nephew who nearly gets her and two other employees killed, at which point she officially loses patience with the likes of Louie and basically gives up on trying to improve Duckberg's rich folks for the better.
Catherine Tate, a comedic actress, as the menacing villainess Magica De Spell. It should be noted that her original voice June Foray was also primarily a comedic actress, but in that show Magica was extremely hammy, whereas here she's a dead-serious Knight of Cerebus. That's only in her first speaking episode, though; later episodes show her with the Evil Is Hammy personality she's well known for, though she's still pretty dangerous.
Some people feel this way about the casting of Allison Janney as Goldie O'Gilt, mostly due to the lack of her southern drawl (never mind that in relation to what is known about her in the comics, it makes no sense for Goldie to have a Southern accent when she's an Irishwoman who immigrated to Dawson City). There are also those who think she's just essentially using her Charlene Doofenshmirtz voice .
Downplayed with Don Cheadle doing Donald's normal voice in the season 1 finale. While many people think he is good, they think it's unnecessary given that Tony Anselmo could've just used his regular voice.
A similar case happens in "Last Christmas!" while some were glad to have Russi Taylor voice young Donald in the same voice she used for Huey, Dewey and Louie in the 1987 DuckTales, others wonder why they didn't just pitch Tony's Donald voice higher, like with the triplets in House of Mouse and a few other properties.
Though Chris Diamantopoulos was praised for his performance as Drake Mallard in "The Duck Knight Returns!", considering how Jim Cummings was cast as Jim Starling aka Negaduck, some fans wished this had gone full circle and cast Cummings as Drake Mallard as well. Then again, the theme of the episode was about accepting newcomers who prove to do a capable and passionate job at performing, so this may be somewhat justified.