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Nothing can stop Della Duck!

–Della

Della Duck is the twin sister of Donald Duck, the niece of Scrooge McDuck, the mother of Huey Duck, Dewey Duck, and Louie Duck, and the daughter of Hortense McDuck and Quackmore Duck.

Background

The character was created by Carl Barks. Although she went through changes over the years with her name and relations to Donald, she officially was established as Della Duck, twin sister to Donald by Don Rosa.

Personality

Despite the fact that Della was missing in action, she is known as an adventurous high-spirited, daring, and headstrong woman, who loves going on adventures with her family. 

In many early adventures, she has been shown to be smart, kind,  and compassionate to help her family and others out of trouble, making everyone around better. Although she is good-natured, Della is also mischievous And impulsive. She is referred to as a prankster in "The Secret(s) of Castle McDuck!", as it's shown she had a dark sense of humor.

However, it has been implied that her thrill-seeking attitude can blind her to the dangers and consequences of her actions, this apparent selfish impulsiveness is what led to her becoming lost in space, although in "The Most Dangerous Game...Night!", Scrooge reveals that Della did in fact have the ability to read a situation and perceive all the possible outcomes, and in "Last Christmas!", she was also shown to be far more family-oriented and less impulsive than previously implied. What young Donald perceived as thoughtless and reckless behaviour on Della's part was actually a well thought out plan to bond with him while simultaneously attempting to get Scrooge the best Christmas gift ever. 

In "What Ever Happened to Della Duck?!", it was shown that Della shares the traits of being as temperamental and impatient as her brother up to a point where she quotes his catchphrase: "Aw, phooey.", but in contrast to Donald, Della speaks more clearly. Also, after returning to Earth, when she first meets Launchpad and learns that he is a pilot as well, she displays a small act of hostility towards him; naively thinking Scrooge had replaced her with Launchpad after her disappearance. She also demonstrates a similar musical inclination, a sense of humor, love for adventure, and childish impulsiveness to Dewey, an enthusiasm for the Junior Woodchucks and a nerdy love of video games like Huey. And Louie's ability to read situations, perceive all possible outcomes and unintentionally cause trouble without understanding the consequences of their actions or the people they would hurt. Nonetheless, after witnessing how off-the-rails her childrens' antics could get, she works up the courage to show tough love in "Timephoon!" by grounding Louie after one of his schemes gets too crazy and nearly costs him his family.

Physical Appearance

Della Duck is a white anthropomorphic duck with shoulder-length hair and swoop bangs. She has a yellow-orange bill, legs, and feet. She is known to wear a brown flight jacket, tan shorts, a brown flight helmet, black goggles, and a light blue scarf.

When she appears in the present day, her hair is long and part of her jacket and shorts had been torn, leaving her right arm bare save for bandages around her forearm. She has a prosthetic left leg, after her original leg was crushed by the wreckage from the Spear of Selene's crash, and was forced to amputate it to avoid being crushed by collapsing debris.

After returning home to Earth, she got new clean clothing and cut her hair closer to its original style, though only slightly longer than shoulder-length.

Abilities

  • Genius-level intellect: Additionally, Della is pretty good at building machinery, as she built her own prosthetic leg and rebuilt the Spear of Selene. And Scrooge has stated in "The Most Dangerous Game...Night!" that Della was very good at figuring out shortcuts and calculating plans in their adventures. Though it's also shown that she isn't always the sharpest as she thought she could jump back to Earth from the Moon. Also, after returning to Earth, when she first met Launchpad and learned that he was a pilot as well, she naively thought that Scrooge had replaced her with Launchpad after her disappearance while displaying slight hostility towards him before leaving to confront her uncle.
  • Swordsmanship: Della has also proven to be skilled in a fight, as she has shown to be handy with a sword and other tools.
  • Piloting: Della also has skills as a pilot, as it was shown that she flew planes and somewhat flew a rocket-like an astronaut.

Relationships

Scrooge McDuck

Scrooge is Della and Donald's uncle through their mother, Hortense's side. They adventured together even in hardships, with her piloting skills acting as a big help in their adventures, Scrooge praised his niece more than his nephew, Donald, as they bonded more over their mutual love of adventure and discovery. When Della had the idea of exploring outer space, Scrooge decided to make the idea a reality and built the rocket Della had been designing - the Spear of Selene.

Scrooge originally intended for the rocket-ship to be a gift to Della in celebration of her triplets' births, but he realized too late that she discovered it earlier than expected and took the rocket for herself for a test run. Scrooge tried to navigate her through a sudden cosmic storm as she was entering orbit, but his attempts unfortunately ended in failure and his communications with Della and the rocket were cut off.

Desperate to get Della back from the depths of space, Scrooge spent an enormous chunk of his hard-earned fortune on search and rescue parties throughout space to find her. Despite his efforts, none were proven successful and eventually, his Board of Directors shut down the program over worries that his desperate attempts to find Della would lead him and his companies to bankruptcy. Della's disappearance and his unsuccessful attempts at saving her took a toll on Scrooge and his involvement in Della's disappearance into space caused Donald to leave and not contact him for nearly 10 years. Della's failed "test run" of the ship not only caused Scrooge to lose her, but it also caused him to lose his spirit of adventure itself.

After Della's return home, Scrooge is the first to welcome her home. However, Scrooge doesn't approve of Della's stubborn, thrill-seeking attitude since it can still blind her to the dangers and consequences of her actions as shown during her first adventure with one of her sons, Dewey.

Donald Duck

Donald is Della's twin brother, years prior to the main series, they had been very close and were always together on adventures with their Uncle Scrooge, with Donald being a transportation method for boats and Della for planes. In "Last Christmas!", in their pre-teens, Donald decided he would rather spend Christmas alone in his room playing his guitar, leaving Della upset, but eventually, he apologized to her and they spent Christmas together for the rest of the night, showing just how much they love, care, and treasure each other. It is also revealed that Donald was the one who gifted Della a blue scarf for her on Christmas, something which Della still wears to this day.

Later on, Della began designing plans of a rocket-ship for exploring outer space after realizing they had explored everywhere there was to on Earth, However, this put a spark in Donald and protested that the idea was too risky, especially with her eggs about to hatch. Despite this, Della disregarded Donald's warnings and flew a rocket-ship Scrooge made for her (originally planning to be a surprise) for a test run in orbit, but unfortunately crashed on the Moon. This event left a hold on Donald and Della's close relationship for nearly 10 years, but Della still holds onto a photo of her and Donald with their Uncle Scrooge and her newborn eggs. Later, in "The Golden Spear!", Donald is the first of the family to realize that Della is still alive when he spots the Spear of Selene landing on Earth for the first time in ages. He falls steps short of reuniting with her when his bad luck reactivates the Spear of Selene and he flies away in her place. It's somewhat Della's fault for Donald going into space.

Nevertheless, after reuniting in "Moonvasion!," even though they were mad at each other for their current situation, they quickly make up after realizing that they both missed each other.

Huey, Dewey, and Louie Duck

Huey, Dewey, and Louie are Della's children, she has yet to meet them all face-to-face in the present day, but first saw them on the TV while stranded on the Moon within the Spear of Selene wreckage. Dewey has time-travelled to the past and met her when she was about his age and he learned that she wanted to spend Christmas with Donald and catch Santa for Scrooge. Della's recklessness action has affected her kids, by feeling left behind, that it caused Dewey to act out, by seeking her out even in danger like in "The Last Crash of the Sunchaser!". It even got Louie to become afraid of adventures as shown in "The Most Dangerous Game...Night!".

They eventually meet for the first time in "Nothing Can Stop Della Duck!", Dewey first mistook her for a cyborg and Louie once thought she was an illusion created by Magica De Spell. Initially, Della's intended names for her children were Jet, Turbo, and Rebel. Nevertheless, she learned to get used to the names her brother gave them instead. When Della first saw her children for real face-to-face, she couldn't have been more proud of this moment than she already was. Dewey, having waited for this moment his whole life for a long time, rushed to hug his mother without hesitation. Then, Huey came next after he was impressed by his mother's responses to his questions using her Junior Woodchuck knowledge. Finally, though having had doubts about her, Louie finally learned to accept that his encounter with his mother was real and tearfully embraced her as well. Then, the rest of the boys joined in for a warm family group hug.

During her first day back on Earth, Huey and Dewey began to admire her talents much more while Louie still remained somewhat skeptic about her since he wasn't quite used to having a mother despite being happy to have her back. When Della tried to make up for all the life achievements and holidays she missed in one night by baking cakes in a rather awkward fashion, Dewey got a stomachache from eating one of them, but still loved his mother no matter what and despite Huey going temporarily deaf from all the noise made by Della's horns and almost getting hurt during a fun lesson of shield-surfing, he still loved his mother as well.

Nevertheless, Louie still remained a skeptic and somewhat terrified of his experience with his mother and the results of her actions during their relationships despite being happy to have her back. However, during the battle with the Gilded Man, when Della was willing to sacrifice herself to save him from getting crushed to death by the falling android and after miraculously surviving the attack, Louie was tearfully touched by his mother's efforts to keep him safe and finally learned to give her the love, gratitude, approval, and respect she deserved in the end.

In "Raiders of the Doomsday Vault!", Della and Dewey went on their first adventure together with Scrooge in Boarway. She began to grow more proud of her son when she learned that he shared a similar love for adventure and musical inclination like herself. Eventually, Della believed Dewey could do anything despite unexpected outcomes as a result of such beliefs as the latter tried to prove himself to his mother and earn the love he wanted so desperately. However, when Dewey finally got stuck in a situation he couldn't get himself out of until his mother saved him, Dewey was sad as he tried to apologize to his mother for letting her down and not being the adventurer she hoped he would be. Nevertheless, being the kind and caring person she is, Della simply reassured her son that she will always believe he can do anything without him ever having to prove anything to her as the two hugged each other in joy and happiness.

In "Happy Birthday, Doofus Drake!", Della and Huey bond through playing the computer game Legends of Legend Quest Dereznaroth. Della wearing a science-fiction uniform in the game wanted to get Huey to adventure with her.

In "Timephoon!", when Della finds out about Louie's Time Tub plans to get rich are causing disruptions in the space-time continuum, Della grills her youngest son for putting innocent lives in danger and grounds him though Louie pointed out how she'd done almost the same thing in taking a contraption without thinking of the consequences that had on her family.

Webby Vanderquack

Webby is a great admirer of Della's, for example in "The Golden Armory of Cornelius Coot!" praising her skills as an adventurer and thinking of Della as a professional even when she was younger than her. Della tells Webby that she is just as impressive and amazing in her own way.

History

Main article: Della Duck/Biography

Appearances

Comics

Season 1

Season 2

Quotes

The Great Dime Chase!

Scrooge, I've taken the Spear of Selene. I'm sorry.
                                  -Della's note to Scrooge.

The Shadow War!

Boys?
         -first line.

Last Christmas!

Merry Christmas, you guys. See you soon.
               -Della wishing her family a merry Christmas on the Moon.

Nothing Can Stop Della Duck!

'Sup, party people! I'm back in the hizou- Oh, no. Knew it was wrong as soon as I said it. Sorry, that was terrible. Can I get a do-over?
               -Della introducing herself to her family for the first time.

Timephoon!

Your little scheme to bypass the present almost cost us our future. This all stops now.You are grounded! No schemes, no treasures, and Louie Incorporated is done! Understand?
               -Della grounding Louie for putting her and the rest of the family in danger with his TimeTub scheme.

Video

Behind The Scenes

Promo

Other

Trivia

  • In Huey, Dewey, and Louie's first comic appearance, Della says their names in a different order. She calls them Louie, Huey, and Dewey. This is one of the few time the nephews are listed in a different order.
  • Della was occasionally referred to as Dumbella Duck, before Don Rosa's "The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck" established Della Duck as her one official name. However, in the episode "Last Christmas!", when she and Donald were young, it was revealed that the name Dumbella was just a name Donald used to tease her.
  • Della is the second known character in the series to have a physical disability due to the loss of her left leg, with the first being Black Heron having lost her right arm.
  • Della and her brother Donald are the first descendants of three major families; the Duck Family, Clan McDuck, and the Coot Family.
  • It is shown in "The Spear of Selene!" that her face and bill were much wider than Scrooge's or Donald's.
  • Della's Lullaby was written to the tune of the moon theme from the Remastered Video Game.


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References

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