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Nothing can stop Della Duck!

–Della's catchphrase

Della Duck is one of the nine main characters of 2017's DuckTales. She is the younger twin sister of Donald Duck, the niece of Scrooge McDuck, the cousin of Webby Vanderquack and the mother of Huey, Dewey, and Louie 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 highly 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 being manipulated by Bradford Buzzard into 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 behavior 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 the episode, "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; naïvely 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 children's 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.

History

Main article: Della Duck/Biography

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, a sea-green shirt, tan shorts, a brown flight helmet, black goggles, and a light blue scarf.

When she appears in the present day when she was standed on the moon, 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 & wears a fingerless glove on her right hand. She has a bionic left leg, after her original leg was crushed by the wreckage from the Spear of Selene's crash, and was forced to amputate it somewhere above the knee 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. She also replaces her flight helmet with a gray headband whenever she isn't adventuring as seen in episodes such as Timephoon!, The Richest Duck in the World!, the beginning of Moonvasion!, The Phantom and the Sorceress!, They Put a Moonlander on the Earth!, and one scene of The Last Adventure!.

Skills and Abilities

  • Skilled hand-to-hand combat: Della has shown to be a competent hand-to-hand combatant. Her expertise in combat is demonstrated in "What Ever Happened to Della Duck?!".
    • Swordsmanship: Della has also proven to be skilled in a fight, as she has shown to be handy with a sword and other tools.
  • Genius-level intellect: Additionally, Della is pretty good at building machinery, as she built her own bionic leg, and learned rocket science from a manual to rebuild the Spear of Selene over the course of five years. Also, Scrooge has stated in "The Most Dangerous Game...Night!" that Della was very good at figuring out shortcuts and calculating plans in their adventures. However, 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 and displayed slight hostility towards him before leaving to confront her uncle. In "GlomTales!" she made a hard security system to keep Louie in his room during his punishment.
    • Piloting: Della also has skills as a pilot, as it was shown that she flew planes and somewhat flew a rocket-like an astronaut.
    • Engineering: Della was able to create a fully functional prosthetic leg after she lost her real foot in her crash on the moon. She was also able to rebuild the Spear of Selene successfully before the Moon Mite dissolved her base and made it collapse. She also helped Launchpad rebuild the Sunchaser/Cloudslayer in The Golden Armory of Cornelius Coot!.
    • Survival skills: Della gained experience in surviving alone in uninhabitable areas such as the moon when she was lost for over a decade, as seen in the episode "What Ever Happened to Della Duck?!".
    • Video games: In "Happy Birthday, Doofus Drake!", she proved to be as agile and skilled a player as in real life.
    • Junior Woodchuck Knowledge: Like her eldest son, Huey, Della was a Junior Woodchuck herself, even bringing the guidebook to space. Later, in Challenge of the Senior Junior Woodchucks!, she is shown supporting Huey in her Junior Woodchuck outfit before getting thrust into an adventure with her Uncle Scrooge.
  • Indomitable Will: Della is a very driven and determined individual, as well as virtually fearless in the face of death and danger. She manage to survive on the moon with the oxygen gum and wanted to see her kids made her more driven to succeed.

Relationships

Main article: Della Duck/Relationships

Appearances

Season 1 (17%)

Season 2 (46%)

Season 3 (55%)

Comics

Quotes

The Great Dime Chase!

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

The Shadow War!

Boys?
-Della's first line.

Last Christmas!

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

What Ever Happened to Della Duck?!

Nothing can stop Della Duck!
-Della's catchphrase
Aw, phooey!
-Della's and Duck Family cursing
You won't stop me from getting home to my kids, you creepy crawly. I will not fail them again.
-Della yells in desperate anger at Moon Mite
Wait, the mite isn't a monster. It's a mother. [...] The mite isn't our enemy, it's just trying to survive. [...] Because a mother would do anything for the sake of her kids.
-Della realized that Moon Mite is also mother
Let me try something. I used to sing this old song to my boys before they hatched.
"Look to the stars, my darling baby boys,
Life is strange and vast, filled with wonders and joys.
Face each new sun with eyes clear and true,
Unafraid of the unknown, because I face it all with you."
-Della is sings her lullaby to the Baby Moon Mite

The Golden Spear!

I'm coming boys. Mom is coming home!
-Della is on the way home
I'm home.
-Della finally returned home

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? Hi Uncle Scrooge.
-Della introducing herself to her family for the first time.
Wait, Huey, Dewey, and Louie? No, no, no...their names were supposed to be Jet, Turbo, and Rebel...I told Donald. I wrote it down in case no one could understand him.
-Della annoyed & frustrated at Donald for giving her sons different names instead of the ones she had in mind.
Boys, I don't know what to say except I'm so sorry for ever stepping foot on that rocket, I never meant to leave you or miss your first steps or potty-training.... Wait, you are potty-trained, right? What I'm trying to say is... for a decade, I fought every day to get back to this family and I will fight every day to be a part of it, if you'll have me?
-Della apologizing to her kids
I missed you so much. You deserve to have the best mom and I'm going to be the best mom, starting right now.
-Della deciding to be the best mom
Huey, Dewey, Louie, I know you're not used to having a mom and I am not used to being one, but I'll figure it out as we go along in time.
-Della intends to figure out how to be a mom

Raiders of the Doomsday Vault!

My son literally running toward adventure. I've never been more proud of this moment.
-Della is proud of Dewey
I got you. I've always got you.
-Della comforting her son after saving his life
No, honey. I will always believe you can do anything, but you never have to prove anything to me.
-Della assures Dewey she can always believe he can do whatever he puts his mind to

Happy Birthday, Doofus Drake!

Whoh. Well at least he's out of his comfort zone.
-Della about Huey

The Golden Armory of Cornelius Coot!

But you did accomplish something. You made it farther than anyone else has. You don't have to be me. You just have to be Webby. And you have your own way of doing things that is unique, and special. You don't have to prove yourself to anyone, and oh boy; I should really apologize to Launchapd.
-Della comforting a devastated Webby and realizing that she herself should apologize to Launchpad

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.

GlomTales!

Okay, but you need to take care to not hurt the ones you love. And I'll be here to help you see the angles you can't.
-Della is proud of Louie after he used his scheme to save family from Glomgold's scheme.

The Richest Duck in the World!

Oh yeah. In the cruel void of space, it's easy to lose track of time. So one morning, I decided to have a staring contest in the mirror, but I was so desperate for human connection it lasted three weeks. To this day, I can't look in a mirror because I'm afraid I'll see "her".
-Della talks about what she did on the moon.

Moonvasion!

You met Penny on the moon? Is she okay? I miss her constantly trying to impale me.
-Della learning that Donald met Penumbra on the moon
What?!? (laughing holistically) You must be deleterious from hunger! Here have some delicious Oxey... Chew... Oh no. No, no, no. This is the moon all over again!
-Della briefly loses her mind then regains it when she realizes she is in the same predicament when she was on the moon
Louie: You know when I'm terrified, which is often, I try to remember this old song.
"Face each new sun with eyes clear and true,
Unafraid of the unknown..."
Della: "...Because I face it all with you." I wrote that song before I got lost. How did you hear it?
Louie: Well, Uncle Donald used to sing it to us when we were little.
-Louie comforting Della by singing her lullaby
Louie: Well, we survived that. So what do we do now?
Della: I don't know, but we'll do it together.
-Della promising Louie they'll do more adventures together.

Challenge of the Senior Junior Woodchucks!

Hoo-oo! The legacy is alive!
- Della is overjoyed during the Calisota Junior Woodchuck Graduation
That's my kid!
-Della cheering for Huey

Quack Pack!

On the moon.
-Della's catchphrase
Take it easy, honey. Back on the Moon, I used to snap too. Of course that was from soul-crushing loneliness.
-Della's talking to Huey
Send us home right now buddy!
-Della ordering Gene to return them to the real world.
Have some self-respect!
-Della fighting off on Launchpad's false girlfriends.
Wait, Goofy was really here this whole time?
-Della and her family discovers that Goofy was real through the whole adventure.

The Lost Harp of Mervana!

Time to send this fish back to school! I did it! I touched a gross fish!
-Della getting over her fear of fish to save her family

They Put a Moonlander on the Earth!

Just like old times, except it's you building the rocket in my backyard. Heh heh, need a hand?
-Della remembers the past with pleasure and offers help to Penumbra

The Trickening!

Look at the authenticity, the detail, this will scare any kid. I was wrong. Launchpad is a pro. Tonight's gonna be horrifying.
-Della is surprised at how Launchpad's place looks for Halloween
So what kind of haunted house we running? Gas station of horrors. Years ago, torched in an accident, we are what remains. L.P. is the evil mechanic, I'm your demonic helper, Donald, you're the victim.
-Della asks Launchpad what their haunted house is
Oh no, he's going to hurt everyone! Now is not the time to decide who was wrong about what. We've gotta stop him!
-Della goes after Launchpad to stop him from hurting more kids

Escape from the ImpossiBin!

Another classic Gyro failure, along with his tiny glasses, dumb tiny hat, and his complete inabilty to even perform the basic functions required to pass for a human being!
-Della venting out all her frustrations about Gyro

New Gods on the Block!

The rare Scrooge failure. First comes wallowing, then anger, then he shakes it off.
-Della telling the kids about what happens when Scrooge fails
Scroogie will come up with a new plan, and you guys will get that helmet.
-Della encouraging her boys and Webby
Hey, Scrooge will come to his senses and realize that you're the greatest team that he's ever had. Nothing bad is gonna happen!
-Della comforting her boys and Webby
Selene, Stokules, hi. What?
-Della greets Selene and Storkules before asking them what happened
They're kids! They feel like they need to constantly prove themselves to you!
-Della during the fight against the Titan viciously explains to Scrooge that the kids are depressed, because they are thinking that he plans to replace them

The First Adventure!

Is This deadly? How about this? (oof) Oh no! That's just easily broken.
-Young Della exploring Scrooge's office
Della: Who cares? To adventure!
Scrooge: Not adventure.
Della: To business trip!
-Young Della is ready to go on an adventure/business trip
Man, this is already the best!
-Young Della is happy of that danger which occurred after departure of Black Heron and Bradford Buzzard from the plane
Double dead pirate!
-Young Della after defeating living-dead Yellow Beak
Whoo! Ha-ha! We are actual kid adventurers!
-Young Della is overjoyed after conclusion of her first adventure

How Santa Stole Christmas!

Delivering presents for Santa was way better than trying to destroy him! Whee!
-Della after helping Santa deliver the gifts

The Lost Cargo of Kit Cloudkicker!

Oh, Kid Sky Prancer!
-Della recognizing Kit from flight school
Thanks for saving my son from the danger you put him in!
-Della being thankful to Kit before becoming angry that he almost got her son in trouble
The what?
-Della discovers that Kit already figured out about the Stone of What Was' power
Like a gazelle prancing in the sky!
-Della becoming majestically amazed by Kit's sky surfering
Told ya you were special! Look how steady it is!
-Della is happy for Dewey and impressed by his piloting skills
Be free, my noble friend.
-Della saying goodbye to Butterbear

The Last Adventure!

That's great! I'm very happy for you both!
-Della maintaining her rage as she is quietly angry that Donald is leaving with Daisy
Now let's take down those fiendish F.O.W.L. foes.
-Della is determined to fight against F.O.W.L.
WOO! That's my kid!
-Della cheering for Huey after he slides down and grab Troub-Bubble's hat and deflate it
I need you, you big palooka! We're a team! We lost so much time. I just got back, and you're moving out. I'm not... ready for our adventures to be over.
-Della breaking down after she finds out Donald is going on an adventure of his own with Daisy.
That's all you, ya buzzard!
-Della to Bradford Buzzard
A trip sounds good right about now!
-Della to Donald during the fight against Bradford Buzzard
On it! To adventure!
-Della's last line

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Trivia

  • The DuckTales reboot is Della's animated debut.
  • Della has the least number of appearances of all the nine protagonists of the series, (i.e. Scrooge, The Boys, Webby, Donald, Beakley, Launchpad & herself.)
  • This version of Della is very different than her appearance in comic series. She had blonde hair, had a bottom in form of a ruffled skirt and wore no pants like her brother and other family relatives as well as other anthropomorphic ducks including Daisy.
  • 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. She is also occasionally referred to as Thelma Duck, however, this alternate name has not been acknowledged in the series.
  • 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 may be an ambidextrous person, as she is shown to be left-handed in What Ever Happened to Della Duck?!, and also shown to be right-handed in The Lost Harp of Mervana!.
  • Della and her brother Donald are the first descendants of three major families; the Duck Family, Clan McDuck, and the Coot Family.
  • Della and Donald's confirmed birthday is June 9.
  • 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 Stage Theme that is in the Duck Tales video game.
  • Della’s husband (if she has/had one) never appeared or was even mentioned in the series. Since he was never around in his sons’ lives, Donald had to raise them in Della’s 11-year absence.
  • In The Lost Harp of Mervana!, it is revealed that Della is scared and disgusted by fish, to the point of barfing when she says something related to fish or fish anatomy.
  • In The Richest Duck in the World!, Della claims to have eisoptrophobia (fear of one's own reflection) a result of how she was so desperate for companionship during her 11-year ordeal, she started talking to her reflection in a mirror and started to believe it was a real person.
  • Della's appearances within each season gradually increased overtime. in Season 1 she only amassed a single appearance that didn't involve a photo nor flashback, in Season 2 her status grew to a recurring character after her return to Earth, and in Season 3 she was officially branded as a main character.
    • Her position as a newly main character also gave her a spot on the intro for season 3.

References

vedCharacters
1987
Scrooge McDuckHuey, Dewey, and Louie DuckWebby VanderquackLaunchpad McQuackBentina BeakleyDonald DuckDuckworthGyro GearlooseFenton CrackshellDoofus DrakeFlintheart GlomgoldMagica De SpellBeagle BoysBubba DuckGlittering Goldie
2017
Scrooge McDuckHuey, Dewey, and Louie DuckWebby VanderquackDonald DuckLaunchpad McQuackBentina BeakleyDella DuckGyro GearlooseFenton Crackshell-CabreraDarkwing DuckDuckworthFlintheart GlomgoldMagica De SpellBeagle BoysLena SabrewingViolet SabrewingFOWL
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