Donald Duck is a caring, devoted, independent and fiery duck, who has taken responsibility for his sister's kids as their guardian. Giving them love and protection as if they were his children, doing anything to protect them from danger.
Donald is extremely overprotective of his nephews, to the point where he feels uncomfortable leaving them alone. Before his nephews met Scrooge McDuck, Donald never let them venture far, keeping a close eye on them as they tend to sneak away; as seen in the comic "The Chilling Secret of the Lighthouse!".
Yet once when he realized how capable they were during their first adventure with their great-uncle Scrooge McDuck in the pilot episode, Donald gives them the freedom to have adventures with Scrooge, although originally on birthdays or federal holidays until his houseboat exploded because of Dewey.
Donald has altruism and compassion for his family as well as other people, often answering requests to lend a hand. Even if either party may have treated him poorly in the past. Such as when he allowed Flintheart Glomgold's henchmen access to the submarine while Atlantis was falling apart. He does the same thing in The House of the Lucky Gander! where he tries to help his cousin Gladstone even though he despises Gladstone's smug luck and lax behaviour.
Donald is honest, straight-forward, aggressive, short-tempered, as when something is unfair or has angered him, he is the one to express his opinion on it in the loudest way possible. He doesn't hold back to express his fury and love, often resorting to temper tantrums as an outlet. This has gotten him into trouble, as his anger almost always leads to a chaotic rampage of quacking and a chain of comedic destruction. However, this can be used against his enemies. This is well displayed in Daytrip of Doom!, where Donald single-handedly took on two of the Beagle Boys (one being the significantly larger Bouncer) out of sheer rage for the kidnappers ransoming his boys.
He can also be quite stubborn, holding a high value to his independence and his desires. In the Daytrip of Doom!, Donald's attitude towards Mrs. Beakley in regards to her house rules is dismissive, to say the least, as he openly opposes her for any form of assistance. This self-proclaimed competition is immediately ignored, however, after finding the ransom note tied to a brick.
Although mostly well-meaning, Donald can prove to be unpredictable, as well as a "financial risk," as put by Huey in Who is Gizmoduck?! His explosive temper can be set off in moments of frustration, impatience, and typically when nothing goes his way.
This is likely due to his outstandingly terrible luck. In The House of the Lucky Gander! it was stated by Louie that Donald was "the unluckiest duck in the world." Donald's luck has been shown to extend to various levels of unfortunate circumstances, including physical injury, property damage, vocal misunderstandings, misplaced respect from others, unintended massive responsibilities, and a bittersweet lack of previous interests.
Even though his misfortunes set him up for failure, Louie states the best thing about Donald is that he never gives up. Persistent, devoted and stubborn, Donald's misadventures make him a survivor, a quality his nephews' respect. Webby even went as far as describing him as a daring hero in Woo-oo!.
Through all of Donald's emotional tendency of affection, protectiveness, and fury, Donald has shown to be insecure, as nothing comes easy for him. The opinion of others can sometimes drag him into being depressed. This is well shown in The House of the Lucky Gander!, where Donald's bad luck brings him down while his cousin Gladstone's good luck gives him everything, causing Donald to feel like a loser. Donald is discouraged further when his nephews favour Gladstone and Scrooge more than him, making him feeling hurt and belittled. This, however, has been known to change throughout the series. As seen in The Shadow War!, when asked by Webby to say one nice thing about a relative, the nephews prefer to only say nice things about Donald since after hearing about the story of what happened to their mother, they begin to appreciate how devoted he is to his family. As well as the reasoning as to why Donald has always been so overprotective of them in their lives. This cheers Donald up very much, knowing his nephews meant every word and allowing him to feel achieved as a guardian to them for all these years. And when Donald's confidence shows, he shows signs of great leadership and initiative, as seen in The Shadow War! when Donald takes charge of saving Scrooge.
Despite his negative personality, Donald's positivity, loyalty, and perseverance shine when he gives his all for the ones he loves.
Donald Duck is a white anthropomorphic duck with light blue eyes and a yellow-ochre bill, legs, and feet. He usually wears a sleek black sailor shirt with a white cap to match. As shown in "The Town Where Everyone Was Nice!", Donald's cap is an accordion.
Skills and Abilities
"You never had the common sense to give up before, why start now.?"
–Louie to Donald
Despite Donald's bad luck his impressive abilities are found in his bravery, determination and will to fight when he has to this usually is brought when he is protecting his family.
Dynamic Speed and Strength: During times when Donald gets angry, his abilities switch into high-gear. He becomes stronger, faster and way more determined when his family (more specifically his nephews) are in danger, and with his protectiveness compromise and he becomes bolder in saving those who are important to him.
Resilience: Due to Donald's bad luck, he can often get injured in the mishap but stand back up. This is shown on many occasions but the most impressive was in What Ever Happened to Donald Duck?! where he endured the rocket trip back to Earth even though it was unstable and he was unprepared.
Scrooge McDuck is Donald's uncle through his youngest sister, Hortense McDuck. He used to live with Scrooge inside McDuck Manor at least by his pre-teens, where they spent a lot of time together when he was younger, going on many adventures with Scrooge and his sister Della. After Della's disappearance into space on a rocket Scrooge built, Donald and Scrooge had a falling out due to Donald blaming Scrooge for the disappearance of Della, even though Scrooge spent half of his fortune attempting to bring her back. This lasted for ten years until the beginning of the series, when Donald asked Scrooge to babysit his nephews, due to almost being late for a job interview. Donald was skeptical and nervous to leave his nephews with Scrooge at first and later had his fears confirmed when he learned of Scrooge including the boys on his expedition to Atlantis. However, he eventually realized that Scrooge could also teach the boys how to survive tough situations while admitting he was overprotective. Due to an explosion on Donald's boat caused by Dewey for keeping the engine running, Scrooge agreed to let them move into McDuck Manor.
At times, Donald and Scrooge have shown to still care for one another deep down, as seen in The Most Dangerous Game...Night! when Donald and Scrooge share a brief hug over winning but try to shrug it off as nothing with a handshake soon after. Scrooge then admits he considers Donald a moocher that lives in his pool and eats his food, even though he's assisted him on a few profitable adventures. He and Scrooge mostly have a love-hate relationship, for example in The Town Where Everyone Was Nice! when he consistently hesitated to give Donald money to impress his friends but also refused to lose Donald after learning he wanted to bring the band back together. Also in The 87 Cent Solution! when the fake funeral was being held for Scrooge, Donald was the only one who wasn't told about the setup, leading him to believe he was dead. He can be seen mourning in front of the casket and even fainting at the sight of Scrooge still being alive, showing how much he truly still cares about his uncle's well-being.
Della is Donald's twin sister who isn't currently around, he does her the favour of being her children's guardian. Not much is said about Donald and Della's relationship, but based on Donald's behaviour in The Spear of Selene!, it's shown that Donald is very sensitive about her disappearance. Last Christmas! Donald was going through a punk rock phase, and try to become mature and independent in the process, but, he ends up leaving Della behind upsetting her. Yet he sees that later and is genuinely sorry about it that he apologize for and promises to stick together from then on. Before the events of Woo-oo!, Donald and Della were very close, as they travelled the world and went on adventures with their uncle Scrooge. Their relationship, however, had ended on a sour note for more than 10 years, as explained in The Last Crash of the Sunchaser!, when Donald was seen yelling at Della in a flashback about the risks of the outer space expedition she was intending on achieving. It is unknown whether or not they had another conversation before Della stole the Spear of Selene. At the end of 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 activates the Spear of Selene and he flies away in her place.
Huey, Dewey, and Louie are Donald's nephews and as well as being their uncle, Donald is also their guardian. Even though they can troublesome Donald loves them unconditionally as if they were his kids, and ten years with them has brought him to the point where Donald has become an overprotective father-figure to the triplets. In the events of Woo-oo! his protectiveness had gone to a ridiculous extent, and as seen in photographs Donald helps Dewey take his first steps while being surrounded by pillows, and when Donald is shown to have Huey wear football fatigues just to be the water boy. Yet even if he goes overboard his parental nature is in the right place. As shown time and time again that he will risk his own life to rescue his nephews.
Donald and Gladstone are cousins, and as they grew up they spent a lot of time together. However, even though he's family, Donald always had a strong dislike and even envy of Gladstone's luck. During their time growing up together, whenever something good happened to Gladstone, something bad happened to Donald; this irritated Donald making him feel insignificant. Yet despite their stark difference in fortune, he would still help him out because Donald is always there for the family. This is shown in The House of the Lucky Gander!.
Donald Duck knew Mrs. Beakley when he was younger during his "better" time with his Uncle Scrooge. At the end of Woo-oo! when Beakley talked to her granddaughter Webby and allowed her to continue to go on adventures with Scrooge, her influence lead to Donald giving his nephews more freedom and permission to continue to go on adventures with Scrooge. However, in Daytrip of Doom! Donald and Beakley got into a fight over house rules, with Beakley getting into an argument with Donald about breaking fire laws and using up the water bill. This, in turn, caused Donald to order multiple generators for his boat, with Beakley remarking "He is going to kill himself." They finally worked together when Donald showed her the ransom note left by the Beagle Boys. When they go up against the Beagle Boys, Beakley was impressed with how tough Donald was and by the end of the episode, Donald and Beakley were talking and appeared to be getting along better than before.
Very few interactions are shown between Donald and Webby, but Webby is known to be a fan of Donald and similar to Scrooge, idolizes him as one of the greatest adventurers of all time. As seen in The House of the Lucky Gander!, when he won, she hugged him. Then, in The Shadow War! when Donald said "Get away from my kids" as he was fighting off Magica's shadow army, there may be an implication that Donald has accepted her as his honorary niece (although he has not given her to call him Uncle Donald yet, as Scrooge did). Like his nephews, he also wants to protect Webby, for example in The Town Where Everyone Was Nice! when she was tied up by a plant tentacle he rescued Webby along with his nephews. And in The Golden Spear!, in the near end she gave him goodbye hug when they send him to the vacation.
During "The Town Where Everyone Was Nice!" Panchito and Jose are revealed to be Donald's best friends from college, with whom he made a band named The Three Caballeros. They reunite once more while Donald and his family are on a trip to Brazil to watch a legendary flower bloom. All three of them claim to be super rich and widely known for their careers, but they eventually admit to one another their low employments and status in the world. Nevertheless, the three are shown to be great friends as they work well together when defeating the blooming flower that came to life and attacked everyone while singing their signature song in the process. Even when returning home, they believe it would be a good idea to bring the band back together, but Donald's uncle Scrooge smashes Panchito's guitar (while claiming it to be because of turbulence) to ensure it wouldn't happen.
Jones used to be Donald's anger management counsellor. A short time after Donald's nephews hatched, Donald wanted to try and be a good and responsible parent for them, so he decided to go to Jones to find a way to relieve his anger and sudden outbursts. Although Donald spent most of his time punching bean bags, Jones was able to teach him to form the anger he had inside him into a protective instinct. This allowed Donald to take his anger out at the most convenient times to protect his family, as the thought of someone or something intending to put harm on his family would send him into an infuriating rage. Nevertheless, Jones and Donald's relationship remains negative due to Donald's inability to pay the bills for Jones' time with him.
Lunaris and Donald start as immediate enemies after Lunaris arrests Donald when he unexpectedly arrives on the Moon. With Donald imprisoned, Lunaris shows a crueller side to Donald by shutting his beak with a muzzle-like goldpiece and threatening to place him in the gold mines for being unruly. Later, when Lunaris announces his intentions to kill the nephews to weaken Scrooge's resolve, it only fuels Donald's rage to fight him. Donald then escapes on one of Lunaris' test rockets back to Earth, while Lunaris has no intention of stopping him because of his assumption that no one could survive the ride. Nevertheless, Donald and Lunaris encounter each other one last time to put an end to one another's plans. Lunaris almost gets the angle on Donald and his family during their spaceship battle, but Penumbra saves him and disables Lunaris' ship, putting an end to Lunaris' threats on Donald and his family.
Years ago, Donald and Della hatched from the same egg. At a younger age, the twins went to live with their uncle and Hortense's brother, Scrooge McDuck.
One fateful Christmas, Donald in his pre-teens locked himself away in his and Della's room entering a grungy punk-rock phase. Only that night, Donald encountered a strange boy who entered the room uninvited. When Donald approached him and demanded to know who he was, the boy claimed to be Bluey, his fifteenth step-cousin on his great-grandmother's niece's side from Canada. Donald would've been more skeptical of his sudden appearance if he wasn't aware of how complicated his family tree was, but shrugged it off.
When Bluey asked about his sister Della's whereabouts, Donald stated how she was camped behind the manor trying to capture Santa like she did every year. Although Donald wasn't willing to follow him on the search for Della, he was forced to go after Bluey stole his guitar and jumped out the window. When they approached her camping site, they noticed an unfinished camping tent and stains on the tree which turned out to be jelly. While they continued following her footprints deeper into the forest, Bluey asked Donald why he wouldn't have wanted to go on a Christmas adventure with her, with Donald replying how he believed to be too mature for silly adventures with his sister.
Once the footprints stop, Donald discovered a scarf he gave to Della last Christmas but was interrupted when a large creature known as a Wendigo began to chase them through the forest. Just as they were about to get away, Donald and Bluey suddenly set off a trap that left them hanging from a rope net. Immediately after, Della appeared from above them and was disappointed that she didn't catch the real Santa Claus. Donald was angry at Della for her recklessness in setting up all the traps out alone in the forest, while Della was more surprised that Donald even decided to show up.
Knowing that the monster would be closing in on them soon, Donald demanded that she cuts the rope faster while also referring to her as Dumbella. However, Della refused to continue cutting the rope until Donald apologized, but Donald was originally unsure of what he had to apologize for considering he hadn't seen Della all night. Bluey then pointed out that his decision to do nothing with her may have been the reason she was so upset, as she might not have cared much about capturing Santa Claus, but rather she wanted to spend Christmas having fun with her brother. After Donald apologized for ditching her on Christmas, Della then freed them from the trap just as the Wendigo had arrived.
As the three tried to fend off the beast, Donald was thrown to the ground and got his guitar smashed, which lead him to ragefully attack the Wendigo. He was able to push him towards the new netting trap set up, as both Della and Bluey successfully tied the monster up and later brought it over to the manor to let their uncle Scrooge deal with it. Once the monster was placed by the entrance, Donald apologized to Della once more for having left her without anyone to hang out with and promised to never spend another Christmas apart from one another.
After Bluey decided to hug Della without warning, she and Donald revealed they were already aware that Bluey was a relative from the future, noting that it was only the fourth weirdest thing that happened to them on Christmas. But just as Bluey was about to warn them about an event that was going to happen in the future, both Donald and Della kept his beak shut, worrying that whatever he was going to say could affect the time stream. Donald and Della told him to wait as they went back into the Manor to get Scrooge, but that was the last time they saw Bluey before he left to go back to his present. Later that night, Donald gifted Della a new scarf, and Della gifted Donald a new Christmas sweater, clothing which both of them continue to wear into their adult years.
For untold years, Donald, Della and Scrooge went on amazing adventures; Some of which Donald was an unfortunate victim. During most of their adventures, Donald specialized with boat transportation as they made numerous discoveries of lost locations, mystical artifacts, and barrel loads of treasure throughout. However, there eventually came a time where their worldwide adventures had become so successful, they had begun to run out of new places to search and explore.
This gave Della the idea to explore outer space, knowing it was the most uncharted territory in history. However, Donald protested because of the risks in the mission with the three child eggs recently conceived by Della about to hatch. Nevertheless, Della disregarded Donald's warnings and carelessly chose to hijack the rocket ship dubbed the Spear of Selene. She had already deduced that Scrooge wanted to keep it from her as a surprise, but it inevitably leads to her mysterious disappearance in an unpredictable cosmic storm, seemingly killing her.
Angry at Scrooge, Donald placed the blame on him for the accident. Although Scrooge spent much of his fortune to find Della, many of the rescue attempts failed, which lead Donald to walk away on his uncle and move out of the mansion with Della's eggs. Soon after the departure, the eggs hatched and instead of the names Della suggested of Jet, Turbo and Rebel, Donald instead decided to name them Hubert, Dewford and Llewelyn, but short for Huey, Dewey and Louie. During this time, he either bought or built himself a houseboat and remained at the docks of Duckburg to raise his triplet nephews. Over the next ten years, Donald struggled every day to raise the triplets as a single guardian and parent figure. During these years, he constantly tried to keep the boys out of the most minuscule of trouble, knowing the dangers they could face if they ever thought about following their mother, uncle, or even his footsteps of adventure.
The trip to Atlantis
During the events of "Woo-oo," Donald is planning to go in for a job interview but knows it's unsafe to leave his nephews alone due to their ongoing mischievous behaviour. Instead of leaving them back at the houseboat, Donald decides to take them to McDuck Manor with hopes that his Uncle Scrooge can watch over the boys, but is hesitant on the idea due to their past history and minimal contacting over the years. However, Donald unluckily runs into Scrooge just as they are arriving at the mansion simultaneously. This leads to some backtalk on both sides, but in the end Scrooge assures Donald he can handle the job.
Donald then drives to his job interview for an accountant opening, but is instead hired as a sailor for Glomgold Industries by Glomgold himself, as he asks Donald if he knows anything about Atlantis. While watching an employee training video alongside fellow workers Hack and Slash Smashnikov and Gabby McStabberson, Donald continues to phone Scrooge to assure himself that the triplets are not running into any trouble. However, as Donald is travelling with his fellow workers and new boss towards the supposed underwater location of Atlantis, he notices that Scrooge and the boys have already gotten there before him, leaving Donald infuriated
While inside the temple, Donald secretly follows the family around the temple to make sure they won't be harmed by the death traps, or Glomgold and his henchmen. Eventually, Donald and his group run into Scrooge and Dewey in the treasure room, with Scrooge questioning Donald as to why he's working for his sworn enemy, and Donald in defence saying he can't keep track of all his sworn enemies. This, however, leads Glomgold to use Donald as a hostage for Scrooge to back off from attacking him, as well as sealing Scrooge, Donald and Dewey inside the treasure room so he can take off with the jewel of Atlantis without Scrooge on his tail.
As the room begins to flood, Donald blames Scrooge for having gotten them into the situation in the first place, believing it to be the "Spear of Selene" all over again, to which Scrooge retaliates by claiming he wasn't responsible for that incident. Once Dewey realizes that the true jewel of Atlantis is right above them due to the fact it was an upside-down temple, Donald, Scrooge and Dewey pull the real jewel out from the statue above. Because of the Jewel being the main power source for the temple, the water begins to drain from the room. The group then reunite with the rest of Scrooge's group as they are fighting off Glomgold's henchmen, only for them to realize that Glomgold had abandoned his henchmen and took off with the submarine on his own.
This forces Gabby, Hack and Slash to beg Donald to allow them to come on Scrooge's submarine, to which Donald reluctantly complies. Once up to the surface with Scrooge presenting the real jewel of Atlantis to the news reporters, Donald admits to Scrooge about his overprotectiveness with the boys. Knowing that his nephews are bound to get into more trouble no matter what he does, Donald believes Scrooge can teach them how to get out of trouble instead. Donald initially has the idea that Huey, Dewey and Louie could visit Scrooge once in a while on special days such as birthdays, But as he is saying that, Donald's houseboat explodes in the background, leading Dewey to realize he had accidentally left the boat engine running. This allows Scrooge to offer Donald and the boys a temporary stay at his Mansion, with Donald accepting the offer. While the boys, Webby and Scrooge are re-sorting objects in the garage, Launchpad assists with placing Donald's houseboat in Scrooge's pool as a workplace for Donald to repair it.
New Life and New Adventures
A little while after Donald and the boys have moved in during "Daytrip of Doom," Scrooge begins to get frustrated with the new lifestyle, specifically because of Donald using his bathroom as his laundry room. During the meeting to discuss the house rules, Donald is the only one who stands against the rules, believing them to be unnecessary while also refusing to obey any commands set out by the housekeeper Mrs. Beakley. Later as Beakley is vacuuming, she notices an enormous amount of chords and extended outlets all leading to Donald's houseboat.
Following the chords outside, Donald states that he decided to live on his houseboat in the pool rather than within the mansion, believing he can stay out of Beakley's way if doing so. On the contrary, when asked by Beakley about splitting the water bill, Donald retaliates instead by clogging up the garden hose, sending a burst of water through the pipes and flooding the bathroom. Donald also attempts to further keep to himself by buying his own set of portable generators, allowing him to have no need to use any of McDuck Manor's power in the process. However, his idea was not well thought out, as many of the fuel tanks and generators soon begin to leak gasoline into the pool, and soon after igniting a large fire which brings damage to both the surface of the pool and the houseboat.
Donald is eventually able to put out the fire with the pool water, but just as he finishes, he is hit in the head with a brick thrown by one of the Beagle Boys. Once he regains consciousness, he reads the ransom note attached to the brick and soon realizes the Beagle Boys have captured Webby and his nephews, and is holding them hostage at Funso's Fun Zone. Donald attempts to warn Scrooge, but he was too busy sulking in his money bath, so instead he is forced to turn to Mrs. Beakley for help.
Once they drive over to the location, Burger and Bouncer are on the pier blocking their path, leading Beakley to believe they will require a certain strategy to fight them off. But much to her surprise, Donald's rage from the demanding of his boys also proves him to be a better fighter than Beakley had originally thought, leading her to believe that Donald really can take care of himself. Once the Beagle Boys are dealt with, they make their way into Funso's, only to realize that Webby and the boys have already successfully taken down the remaining captors Big Time and Ma Beagle. Once they returned home, Beakley shows Donald how to properly manage the boat's power with the mansion's circuit breaker, to which Donald thanks her for. He also questions Beakley as to how a housekeeper like herself knows so much about electricity and taekwondo. Beakley replies by stating she's a spy, as she begins laughing with Donald joining in, but it soon turns into an awkward moment with Donald looking at Beakley in confusion.
Sometime after in "The House of the Lucky Gander," Donald decides to join the gang on the trip to Macaw, to help his cousin Gladstone Gander after a call for help was recently sent to McDuck Manor. Although Huey claims one of Donald's mottos is family always helps family, Donald is still hesitant in helping due to his jealousy of Gladstone's supernatural good luck ever since they were young. They then land by the docks in front of a hotel known as The House of the Lucky Fortune, where they enter the building and take the elevator up to the penthouse where Gladstone's supposed to be. Although they hear cries for help at first as Donald and the gang enter the room, they soon realize it's Gladstone enjoying a massage from one of the panda employees.
Donald then begins to question Gladstone about the assistance he claimed he needed, but Gladstone shrugs it off by saying he wanted some people to help him share his winnings from the casino. Scrooge then decides to leave and continue his search for the Golden Cricket alongside Dewey, Huey and Webby, but Louie wants to stay and have fun with Gladstone. Gladstone pleads to Donald to let Louie come along, and Donald eventually agrees, but on the condition that he will tag along to make sure Louie doesn't get himself into too much trouble.
At the clothing store, Gladstone and Louie are luckily able to get their suits for free because of Gladstone's famous reputation among the hotel. But as for Donald, he is forced to pay up so he instead buys a cheaper shirt. Even so, he is tackled by the panda guards because the security bracelet is still attached to his shirt. As the games proceed, Gladstone has luckily been winning the grand prizes, while Donald is losing all of his chips due to his bad luck to the point where a slot machine falls on him, and he makes a spinning wheel lose control.
Eventually, Donald decides to give up, believing he has shown enough embarrassment of himself to Louie. But Gladstone claims he wasn't attempting to embarrass him, as he merely wanted to invite them to try and have a taste of the "good life." As much as Gladstone pleads to Donald to keep playing, Donald still insists on leaving and walks off, much to Gladstone's annoyance. Just as Donald and Gladstone are reaching the exit with the rest of the gang, it is revealed that Gladstone is actually trapped within the building as a prisoner.
The walls then begin breaking apart, and everything else within the building (including Donald and Louie's bought clothing) turned into cards, as the mastermind of the building reveals himself as Liu Hai, an ancient spirit of chance and fortune. Gladstone then goes on to explain that Liu Hai is considered a "Luck Vampire," who held him captive within the building to feast off of his natural good luck. He had also hoped that Donald in particular would come to save him, as because of Donald's natural bad luck, he believed it would break his winning streak so Liu Hai could let him go.
Scrooge then challenges Liu Hai to one game, where if Scrooge loses then they would be trapped there forever, and if Scrooge wins then they are all allowed to leave the building. Liu Hai accepts the challenge and sets up an obstacle course where the first person to cross the finish line would be the winner. But because Liu Hai is the one in charge of the game, he not only picks Gladstone to be his champion to run the course, but Scrooge is also forced to have Donald as his champion instead of himself. Donald then shows his anger at Gladstone for their willingness to come to help him, only to put the entire family in danger in the process because of him.
Gladstone apologizes but still proceeds to play as he isn't willing to sign up for a life of servitude. As the race goes on, Donald runs into numerous bad luck situations as he attempts to speed his way through the course, but Gladstone remains confident in his luck to the point where he casually walks through the course while still being ahead of Donald. Due to Gladstone's lead, Donald is about to give up once more, but Louie encourages him from afar to keep going, which allows Donald to have just enough strength to beat Gladstone from crossing the finish line first.
The rest of the family are now allowed to leave the building, but Liu Hai still retains full control over Gladstone. Scrooge then suggests to Liu Hai to take Donald instead, believing he is now the luckiest duck in the world considering he won the race. Liu Hai agrees and instead takes Donald as a prisoner while magically transporting the rest of the group back outside. Louie is outraged by Scrooge's choice to give up Donald, but Scrooge knew what he was doing as ten seconds later, Donald is thrown out of the building. Due to Donald's bad luck, Liu Hai had most of his power drained from him, as he then decides to beam himself and the building away.
Louie praises Donald for his heroic efforts at the end, and the kids also gather around him for a group hug. They then make their way back to the plane, with Gladstone still shrugging their victory off as his responsibility for his natural good luck, but Louie in return believes luck to be overrated. The gang then finally make their way to the mountain where the Golden Cricket rests, but everyone including Donald had already passed out from their recent adventure. With Scrooge also feeling underwhelmed at the sight of the cricket, he agrees to go back home.
Donald follows the group once more on a flight to Greece in "The Spear of Selene," but during a storm, their plane is struck by lightning and they end up crashing down on the island of Ithaquack. After realizing where they landed, both Donald and Scrooge demand they should leave immediately, but Launchpad claims it will take time before he figures out what the problem is with the plane. Meanwhile, the kids open the cargo carrier and hop out onto the island, much to Donald's annoyance. He then attempts to carry Huey and Louie back to the plane but is instead ambushed by a man who's revealed to be an old acquaintance of Donald's, Storkules.
Storkules introduces himself as one of the greatest heroes of Greece, as well as one of Donald's best friends, which he also considers his proudest accomplishment even though Donald himself considers them acquaintances. Scrooge then calls out to Donald to hurry up with gathering the kids before a certain someone wouldn't figure out they're, there but is then immediately approached by the man himself, Zeus. Zeus goes on to explain about how Ithaquack used to be a great vacation area for gods to rest and enjoy themselves, but then Scrooge came along and ended up out besting Zeus in events including monster-slaying, treasure finding, and sandcastle building. During this time, Donald had also just met Storkules and even had a pot painting created to show them as BFFs.
Zeus claims there was no one around because they didn't want to party with a god who was beaten by a mortal, but a pot painting Scrooge shows to Zeus said otherwise, as it shows Zeus kicking everyone out with lightning out of jealousy. Storkules continues to go on about his excitement with Donald and Scrooge's presence, but when Storkules questions Donald as to why Della is nowhere to be found, Donald takes a small glance at the boys and leaves his head down, unable to answer the question. Nevertheless, Storkules suggests they should embark on another amazing adventure to honour her, but Donald claims he's no longer a man of adventure. Even so, Storkules still manages to convince his father that they should throw a feast in honour of their guests' arrival.
But as the feast progresses, insults begin to be thrown back and forth by Scrooge and Zeus, and so Zeus decides they throw a new competition between both families to prove who is the superior party hounds. As he proceeds to explain, Scrooge and Donald attempt to sneak away once more with the boys, but they are halted when Zeus creates an electric forcefield that traps them within a dome-styled arena. With no other choice, Scrooge unwillingly allows his nephews Louie, Huey, and Donald to participate in the challenges. After changing into their tunics, their first challenge is announced to be the first to grab Aeolus's bag of wind, but Donald instead turns away from the race and refuses to participate. Even so, Huey manages to win for his family by using the bag's power and his tunic to his advantage and is able to fly over to touch the bag before Storkules can.
The next challenge involves frisbee distance, but even though Donald lazily threw his frisbee, he still manages to win because Storkules had thrown his frisbee so far, it manages to fly around the world and back, but just a little bit behind Donald's. The next challenge is revealed to be horse racing, in which Donald also wins without trying as he crashes into a rock, which causes the carriage to fly him ahead of the others and land straight onto the finish line. The next challenge is to create the best clay sculpture of themselves, but even though Storkules' sculpture was the best, Donald still wins because Storkules made his Sculpture's face resemble Donald.
The final challenge is to steal a golden fleece from an innocent-looking young girl, but this time Donald simply walks away refuses to do the challenge. When questioned by Storkules, Donald once again states he is through with adventure, knowing from experience that someone will always get hurt. Later into the challenge, it's revealed that the little girl is actually a mythical creature known as a Siren, whose singing acts as a mind-controlling enchantment to anyone who listens to it. Storkules ends up being the only one affected by the enchantment, leading Zeus to forcefully command him to destroy Scrooge and his family to win the game.
Meanwhile, Donald makes his way back towards the plane but is still unable to make it no matter how hard he tries to get through the forcefield. But once he hears cries for help from the boys, Donald returns to the playfield to fight off the mind-controlled Storkules from hurting his family. Scrooge then steps in to help Donald fight, but the hypnosis eventually wears off on Storkules after Louie manages to convince the Siren to stop singing. Storkules praises Donald for having saved him while in his hypnosis state, but Zeus is still not satisfied, leading Scrooge to suggest they do one final challenge to decide it all.
Knowing that Zeus will arrogantly force him to continue with the challenges until he proves victorious, Scrooge chooses to throw the final game, which Zeus celebrates by deciding to deactivate the forcefield and allowing the family to leave. With parting words, Storkules explains to Donald that he may be through with adventure, but the adventure will never be through with him, and that he considers him a hero whether he wants to be or not. Donald in return finally decides to call Storkules his friend, leading Storkules to hug him tightly as he proclaims the day to be the best day of his life. As the family proceed to leave, Dewey and Webby return to the group, only for Dewey to accidentally beat Zeus at the final challenge. This leads the gang to hurry back to the plane before they get another taste of Zeus's wrath, only for them to realize that Launchpad still hasn't begun his repairs on the plane.
Later during "McMystery at McDuck McManor," Donald is briefly seen running out of the mansion and driving off with his car. knowing that it is Scrooge's birthday, he refuses to get tied up in a string of conflicts once again, considering Scrooge despises the day that reminds him of how old he truly is.
In "Jaw$," Donald is seen sitting beside Lena in the living room while they're waiting for the rest of the family to return from their adventure. Once the boys and Scrooge enter the mansion, Donald walks over to the entrance and attempts to help the boys lift a large golden plate they recovered among their other treasure discoveries. Although they have trouble lifting it, Beakley comes in to collect the new treasure and is able to lift the plate with not only Donald and the boys still holding on, but also just a single hand.
Later that night as Donald is sleeping on a beach float in the pool, Launchpad used one of Scrooge's helicopters to carry Donald's houseboat over to Scrooge's money bin. This is due to the Money shark incident that is happening within the bin because of Lena's cursed gem that was placed inside of it earlier that day. Due to the circumstance, and the gang requires a boat to assist them in the hunting for the money shark. The next morning, Launchpad returns the boat to the pool while waking Donald up in the process, only for Donald to realize the severely damaged state the boat had suffered from the battle at the bin.
A little while after in "Who is Gizmoduck," Donald, accompanied by Huey, tries to make a case for himself for a loan from the bank. However, he is ultimately denied due to the bank considering him a financial risk, leading him to have an outburst on one of the pens attached to a string. While Huey attempts to convince the bank teller into providing him a small business loan, the bank begins to get robbed by the Beagle Boys. When Bigtime, Burger and Bouncer approach Huey, Donald attempts to defend him but was unable to because of the string knot he accidentally tied himself up with during his outburst.
Luckily during the robbery, McDuck Enterprises intern Fenton Crackshell-Cabrera is also present and able to gain access to the experimental robotic suit he carries with him. Once equipped into the suit, he is able to thwart off the Beagle Boys from robbing the bank, but accidentally causes mass damage in the process. Reporter Roxanne Featherly gives an interview to Huey to describe the events, while Donald is seen beside them trying to put out the flames from any of the burning money.
Donald does not make an appearance in "The Secret(s) of Castle McDuck," but he is mentioned all throughout the episode. Donald is first mentioned by Huey about him and the gang having gone behind Donald's back for the destination they're heading towards. While inside Castle McDuck, Huey, Dewey and Louie laugh at a framed painting of their uncle Donald when he was their age, only for them to discover a riddle placed behind the frame which they presume to be a clue to the Knights Templar treasure.
Meanwhile, during dinner with Scrooge and his parents Downy and Fergus McDuck, Scrooge tries to act like he has become more of a family man by dressing Launchpad into Donald's clothing, and making them believe he and Donald have had a close and healthy relationship for a while. During the dinner, Fergus begins to grow suspicious of "Donald's" backstory and new appearance, but immediately drops it after Launchpad's performed outburst similar to Donald's. Meanwhile, with Huey Dewey and Louie, the path they discover from the riddle leads them to the final resting place of all their ancestors. Because the riddle was on the back of Donald's painting, they decide to enter Donald's tomb to search for more clues. After fending off a demon dog lurking around the tunnels, the boys then discover one of Donald's blue sailor hats stuffed inside a bag found in his tomb. They then conclude that considering the "borrowed crown" from the riddle was Donald's hat, the riddle hunt was actually just an elaborate prank Donald's sister Della set up for him a long time ago.
In "The Last Crash of the Sunchaser," it is revealed that Donald and the triplets have been staying with Scrooge for the past six months. Donald is the only one among the Manor inhabitants to back out on the trip to Monacrow because of his nearing completion of repairing the houseboat. However, while Donald states to Huey that the boat will be ready to get back to the Marina in a couple of days, explosions are seen in the background near the pool. This leaves Donald with doubts in his mind about completing the repairs fast enough, but still proceeds to get to work while the others take the Sunchaser for the trip.
By the next day, Donald is luckily able to fully restore the houseboat faster than he imagined, as when the boys return he is seen making the finishing touches for the paint job. Donald was skeptical about why they had returned so early, but nevertheless announces to them about the boat being fully restored. Seeing Huey, Dewey and Louie upset even over the news, Donald asks them about what happened on the trip. When Dewey admits they found out about the Spear of Selene incident, Donald becomes dispirited, as the boys then board the boat and request that they leave the mansion and go back to the Marina.
Three days later in "The Shadow War," Donald and the boys are back on the Audubon Bay and have just finished moving their belongings back onto the boat with Webby's help. Noticing the boys still feeling gloomy over their departure from the mansion, Donald tries to cheer the boys up with some fish and crackers. While Webby is the only one willing to eat them, Donald notices Dewey's absence and was about to run over to the steering wheel, only to find him by a staircase as he claims he wasn't stealing the boat this time. Donald continues to notice the boys' upsetting state, as he witnesses them throwing away all the artifacts they had collected on all their adventures with Scrooge.
This encourages Donald to move the boat to the city of Cape Suzette for a fresh start, as he announces to the boys his intentions to move there first thing tomorrow, much to their excitement. Later while Donald is placing back the kitchen equipment, Webby and Launchpad barge into the room and begin setting food around the counter. When Donald demands to know what's going on, Webby informs him that she and Launchpad are throwing him and the boys a "heartwarming farewell dinner," to which Donald reluctantly allows.
Once the dinner is set up, Webby shows them to the dinner table where she intends to have the theme of the feast being "culinary journey through Duckburg," in the hopes that Donald and the boys will change their mind about leaving Duckburg. Once everyone is seated with Mrs. Beakley also having shown up for the boat party, Webby gives a toast and suggests they all say one nice thing about a relative. Dewey decides to pick Donald because he began to realize how devoted he is to his family over others, with Huey, Louie and Launchpad also complimenting Donald in the process.
Webby tries to imply to the boys to say something about Scrooge, but when Dewey begins to question why they've been acting strangely throughout the dinner, Launchpad inflates a bounce house inside the houseboat to change the subject. This is when Beakley starts to catch on to what Webby and Launchpad were attempting to pull off, but instead of making them come clean, she decides to join them in convincing the boys to stay. Beakley then approaches the boys with one of Scrooge's favourite desserts, but also begins to guilt-trip them about their decision to leave the mansion. She goes on to explain about Scrooge's search for Della almost leaving him bankrupt and broken on the inside from her disappearance, and how it's illogical for them to shove Scrooge out of their lives when they had already lost a family member dear to them in the past.
Even so, Dewey decides to call out Mrs. Beakley and the others on their attempt to guilt-trip them into going back to the mansion, claiming they have already made up their minds about going to Cape Suzette. Donald, on the other hand, decides to reject the idea of leaving, believing what Beakley is saying about Scrooge to be true. He also believes that Scrooge truly needs them in his life, as do they with him, stating that their family has been apart for too long and it's time for all of them to come back together. Eventually, all three boys join Donald in a group hug, having concluded that they should return to the mansion.
But just then, an explosion is heard outside as Donald and the others run out to see what's happening. As they gaze upon McDuck Manor, they notice an enormous surge of power swirling around it, with evil sorceress Magica De Spell revealed to be the main cause of it. As Magica makes her way towards Scrooge's Money Bin, she casts a spell on the city of Duckburg that causes everyone's shadows to come to life and turn against them, with Donald and the others included. Just as Beakley is about to suggest a plan to save Scrooge, another group consisting of Gyro Gearloose, Lil Bulb and Manny meet up with them after their own shadows wrecked their laboratory at the bin.
Donald tries to suggest a plan to save Scrooge, but no one can fully understand what he's saying. This prompts Gyro to force Donald to swallow a voice box he invented, which allows Donald to speak with clear enunciation. Donald proceeds to announce that it is up to them to save Scrooge, as he encourages them by quoting "these ducks don't back down." Although Beakley was about to suggest a plan, Donald cuts her off and devises his own plan. He orderes Gyro, Manny and Bulb to charge the bridge to distract Magica's shadow forces, Launchpad to fly with the Sunchaser to catch Magica's attention, and Beakley and himself to sneak around the back of the bin using his houseboat.
Webby, Huey, Dewey and Louie want in on the action as well, but Donald orders them to stay on the docks, believing Magica to be too dangerous of a foe for them to take on. Beakley initially wants to take control of the wheel, but Donald disagrees, claiming it's his boat and thus his rules. However, as they're making their way towards the bin, Magica and her shadows already begin attacking the boat, and eventually the boat engine overheats. Seeing no other option, Donald is forced to abandon his boat and swim the rest of the way towards the money, while Beakley is left to guard the boat against the shadows.
Once he makes his way into the bin, he notices the kids have already made their way into the bin and defends them as they're about to be cornered by Magica's shadows. When Donald finishes dealing with all the shadows, he reveals to the kids that he intentionally told them not to come as he already knew they were planning to get into the bin their own way. But as more shadow reinforcements are incoming, Donald decides to fend them off while the kids move forward to save Scrooge from Magica in the vault (which had already been broken into from above). As the fight proceeds, Donald is successfully able to fight off the shadows but runs into problems of his own as the voice box begins to cause electric shocks to his body, and a shadow with a Gizmoduck suit is about to attack.
Once all the shadows are dealt with, Donald and the rest of the group still standing enter the vault to assist Scrooge and the kids with the fight against Magica. As Scrooge flicks Magica's staff towards the vault entrance, Donald tries to grab it, but he instead slides down onto the money pile as the magical orb on the staff falls on his head and breaks. This causes all the remaining shadows to disappear, along with Magica losing all her powers from the eclipse to Scrooge and his family. With the battle won and Magica having fled, Beakley informs Donald about the sinking of his boat, and Donald himself coughs up the voice box and reverts to his normal voice. Scrooge then offers everyone a swim in his Money bin of coins, As a way of celebrating for not only defeating Magica but also bringing the family back together once more.
The Return to McDuck Manor
Four months later in "The Most Dangerous Game Night," Donald and the boys are reinstated back to McDuck Manor along with the other workers of both the household and Scrooge's businesses. One day after another gruelling adventure for Louie, he suggests to Scrooge that they do something simple such as game night. This excites Scrooge so much, he announces game night surprisingly to everyone, including Donald who slips and falls into the pool. When Scrooge orders everyone to partner up, Donald is selected by Scrooge to be his partner. Scrooge then threatens Donald if they were to lose, he will take him out of the will, with Donald more surprised that he was on the will in the first place.
During the game of charades, Donald is the one acting out the thing they're supposed to be, while Scrooge is able to guess the who he is faster than anyone imagined. This eventually leads to Webby and Dewey to realize that Scrooge chose Donald as a partner because of their expertise in non-verbal communication. Even though Donald and Scrooge show minor bickering with the last guess, they easily beat Dewey and Webby because of Dewey's inability to guess what Webby is on the first try.
During the game of Jenga, Donald becomes impatient on Scrooge's slow steadiness with the blocks, with Scrooge retaliating by recalling other past experiences of reassembling. Luckily he is able to take the block out safely and Scrooge and Donald share a brief hug in celebration, but both of them immediately shrug it off and shake hands instead. When it is Dewey and Webby's turn, the block tower immediately falls over as Huey and Louie begin to freak out all of a sudden. Donald and the others begin to grow suspicious about Huey and Louie's odd behaviour, so they decide to move forward to the next game in the dining room.
The final game is a game known as Scroogeopoly, but some of the group have their suspicions that the game is rigged considering Scrooge is the one who made it. As the game proceeds, Dewey and Webby end up losing their money to Scrooge because of rental debts and tax fees, while Donald continuously lands in jail. However, the game is interrupted when a shrink ray carried by flies shrink Donald, Scrooge, Webby, and Dewey as they land on the game board. They are then confronted by a miniature race known as the Gyropuddlians, who had also captured Launchpad and Gyro earlier that night.
Louie (who was still normal-sized) then strategizes a plan for everyone to defeat the Gyropuddlians. He orders Launchpad to crash his way out of his trap, Donald and Scrooge to fend off the Gyropuddlians from attacking anyone else, Huey to tie up the Gyropuddlian they have accidentally increased in size, and Dewey and Webby to get up to the flies holding the shrink ray. During the fight, Dewey and Webby believe it's be better for Donald and Scrooge to do their job because they assume them to be more in sync, judging from the previous games they played. Scrooge disagrees, stating how he's a billionaire while Donald's a moocher who eats his food and lives in his pool.
He also states that driving each other crazy but still caring about each other more than anyone else doesn't make you friends, it makes you family. This fills Dewey and Webby with encouragement, as they're then able to use a leaning card as a launchpad to reach high enough towards the flies. From there, they manage to lower the shrink ray for Louie to retrieve it, as he then grows everyone who was shrunken back to their normal size. But although they had just finished the massive fight, Scrooge remains more concerned about proceeding with the board game.
Later in "The Depths of Cousin Fethry," Donald assists Scrooge in reorganizing his office with Huey and Dewey present, when suddenly a radio transmission begins coming in on Scrooge's desk. Scrooge requests that the boys do not pick up the call, as he knows it's their cousin Fethry Duck calling from a secret deep-sea laboratory. While Donald adds that Fethry is "cuckoo bananas," Scrooge explains that every time they respond, it only ever turns into a fools' errand while embarking on a needlessly dangerous adventure. Donald also emphasizes all the explosions that occurred, while stating the adventures to be a big waste of time in the end. But even when learning about Donald and Scrooge's history with Fethry, once they leave the room the boys immediately respond to the call.
Donald later accompanies the family on a trip to Brazil in "The Town Where Everyone Was Nice," where they plan to attend the blooming of a large and rare flower known as the Drosera occidendum. Donald, however, has his own plans for the trip, as it gives him the chance to reunite with his friends Jose Carioca and Panchito Pistoles. When the kids question who they are, Scrooge reveals they were Donald's college buddies and had also formed a band together known as the Three Caballeros. Soon after, Donald and the others notice José skydiving down from a plane, and Panchito stepping towards them with a guitar solo, with Scrooge whispering to Donald how much more impressive they seem than him.
Donald approaches them in celebration of their reunion, as they then share a secret handshake before greeting the rest of the family. When José and Panchito introduce themselves to the triplets, José and Donald reminisce about a time when Donald insisted he could juggle the eggs containing the triplets, and Panchito adds that he accidentally dropped one while doing so. When Scrooge questions about the fees for the trip, José states that he already took care of everyone's stay, having had the experience as an international travel consultant. Panchito also announces his status as a pop star who is always shrouded in fame for his singing talent.
When the boys ask Panchito and José to tell them anything embarrassing about Donald, they reveal how Donald was always the cool one because of his status as a Globetrotting adventurer with his Uncle Scrooge. But when they ask Donald about his current work, Donald begins to feel the pressure as he believes he's done nothing worthwhile with his life. When looking to Huey and Scrooge for help, Huey suggests he plays the part of someone successful. Donald then approaches Panchito and José by claiming he's a billionaire, with Huey adding how he intends to take over the family business so Scrooge can retire.
Although Scrooge dislikes the idea, he is forced to go along with it as the role of a helpless old man, in fear that he may be forced to pay for the trip if Donald is caught lying. During Lunch, Donald intends to order something casual, but Huey instead suggests he orders something more cultural to keep up with the act. After lunch and inconspicuous whistling between Donald, Panchito, and José over the bill, Panchito suggests that Donald should pay because of his supposed rich status. This forces Donald to take Scrooge's wallet, but Scrooge is so hesitant on forking over his money that Huey has to step in from under the table and personally hand the wallet to Donald.
Later, Donald, José and Panchito take a stroll through the town while reminiscing about many of their previous band concerts. Some of them include Donald getting concussions due to severe hits to the head because of his unbearable singing talent, but Donald claims he has no memory of those events (implying he got amnesia). They all continue to reminisce about how carefree and enjoyable their youth was, but also know that they have all grown up and gained new responsibilities for their lives. To lighten the mood, the Caballeros decide to dance and create rhythms to a nearby radio song, where Donald plays the accordion from what was originally thought to be just his sailor hat.
Soon after, Donald announces abruptly to Huey and Scrooge that he and his friends plan to get the band back together, much to their surprise. Scrooge is furious at the news after Donald claims he will be the one to pay for the tour and instruments, which causes the two of them to brawl over the wallet once more. Later, Huey attempts to reason with Donald by explaining to him the fees that will be involved with the tour, and how he has no money to pay for all of it. Nevertheless, Donald shrugs it off as he believes that considering Scrooge is rich, he can pay him back at some other point.
But just then, Dewey, Louie and Webby run towards the rest of the group and warn them that the writing on the fountain at the center of town isn't a legend. Instead, it's revealed to be a warning with Donald and the rest of the group meant to be the real feast of the flower. Although Donald is reluctant on leaving at first, he eventually agrees and leaves to go find José and Panchito while the others flee back to the plane. Once he finds them, both Panchito and José are insistent on staying, believing the crowd outside is waiting to hear their performance.
Due to Panchito and José's ongoing persistence in performing outside and for the tour, Donald is forced to admit that there wasn't going to be a tour. He also confesses he lied about being a billionaire when in actuality he's broke, and he only lied to try and impress them. Although Panchito ridicules Donald for lying to them, José then admits he was also lying about being a travel consultant, but in actuality a flight attendant who cashed in all his airline points to pay for the trip. Panchito is then forced to admit he was lying as well, as he isn't actually a superstar but instead a small birthday party performer, who wanted the tour to help him relaunch his career.
During their confessions, they notice the commotion happening outside with the plant having captured the rest of the group. Although Donald initially plans to dive straight in to attack, Panchito and José instead suggest they move on with the performance using their signature song, but the same way they did in a previous concert where they had to fight their way through the crowd. As they proceed to sing the song, they begin attacking the plant while saving the rest of the group in the process.
During the last few lines, Donald's singing voice becomes so deafening, the plant rots away as it then frees everyone else from its grasp. On the plane ride back home, Panchito suggests they should get the band back together for real, which Donald believes to be a great idea. However, Scrooge still isn't keen about the idea and while still pretending to be a helpless old man, he grabs Panchito's guitar and smashes it to the ground to ensure the idea won't happen.
During "Storkules in Duckburg," Donald sees the opportunity to make extra money by renting out the spare bedroom in his houseboat due to the boys moving to their own room in the Manor. After stealing one of Scrooge's chandeliers to make the room look more appealing, he accidentally runs into Storkules while on the boat. Although Donald demands he leaves because of his new roommate arriving soon, he is horrified to realize that Storkules himself is his new roommate after noticing his belongings on top of the boat.
When Donald asks Storkules why he's in Duckburg, Storkules explains that because of his idling hobbies, his father Zeus grew agitated with him and launched a hail of creatures known as Harpies on Maceduckia out of rage. As punishment for Storkules' childish acting, Zeus threw him out of Greece while ordering him to become more of a responsible adult. With Storkules considering Donald to be the most responsible person he knows, he decided to come to Duckburg to learn more from him, much to Donald's displeasure.
The next morning, Donald is awoken to the sounds of an explosion coming from the kitchen. When he goes to check it out, he immediately notices flames around the kitchen counter with Storkules attempting to put them out. Storkules defends his actions by saying when he activated the stove, a large hissing sound came out of it (flames and smoke). Believing that a foe filled it with dangerous monsters, he pulled the Stove out from the wall and threw it outside the boat. Donald begins to reach his breaking point and decides to set some ground rules between him and Storkules, by showing him a list of rules he must follow as the role of a roommate. One of which Donald points out is paying the rent on time, but although Storkules assumes he can pay with his friendship, Donald blatantly writes on the rules that friendship isn't money.
Donald suggests to Storkules that he finds himself a job, but while he's saying that they notice a swarm of Harpies flying close to the Manor. Storkules moves to keep them away from the Manor, while Donald shouts out to him about the rule of no pets on the boat either. Meanwhile, Louie, Webby, and Huey hire Storkules to be the catcher for their new Harp-be-gone business, but Donald is not aware that the Harpies Storkules has been catching are being stored in his bedroom closet. However, one night after Louie realized his business was in danger because there were no more Harpies left to catch, he sneaks into Donald's room while he is asleep with the idea of letting the captured Harpies roam free again.
However, Storkules catches Louie just as he is about to let them out. During their minor conversation, Donald is eventually woken up while Storkules and Louie struggle to convince him to go back to sleep. But when Donald notices the Harpies inside his closet, Louie attempts to shrug it off as a pet he wants to keep, but he was not aware of Donald's no pets rule for the houseboat. This leads Donald to willingly open the closet door, and thus lets the Harpies loose as they begin swarming the manor. As angry as Donald is with Storkules, he still decides to deal with the Harpies situation himself.
Even so, when Storkules shouts to Donald that their friendship was the one thing he loves most, this leads the Harpies to steal the boat and fly away with Donald still on board (considering Harpies prey on anything people love most). In order to save Donald, Storkules uses his super jumping ability while taking Louie with him to jump onto the houseboat still in the air. Just as Donald is about to fall from the boat while barely hanging onto the rudder, Storkules manages to reach out and grab him right when he slips. Instead of staying angry at Storkules, Donald hugs him as a way of thanking him for saving his life.
Donald then assists Louie in throwing all the Harp-be-gone merchandise he stored on the boat, as the merchandise attract the Harpies which lead them to lower the boat back down to the mansion. While returning home, Storkules expresses how he isn't noble enough to remain roommates with Donald. Although Donald isn't intending to stay roommates with him either, he is willing to help Storkules find an apartment somewhere in Duckburg, much to Storkules' delight.
On Christmas night in "Last Christmas," Donald is seen decorating the lawn and inflating snowmen while singing Christmas carols to himself. However, Scrooge comes outside and demands Donald to take the decorations down. While Donald believes Scrooge's lawn to be the perfect spot for a winter wonderland, Scrooge reminds him that he has a pilot who can't tell the difference between Christmas lights and landing lights. As Donald then notices a plane coming straight for him, he rushes to take all the decorations down but ties himself up with the Christmas lights in the process.
Donald later barges into Dewey's room to get him into the Christmas spirit, but notices him trying to hide something under his pillow. When Donald snatches the item away, he realizes it's the family photo of him, Della, Scrooge, and the triplets while they were still eggs. Knowing that Dewey's feeling down for spending another Christmas without his mother, Donald decides to let him be, while also feeling upset on the way out.
Later that night, Scrooge and Dewey return from their time travel adventures and introduces Donald and the other Manor inhabitants to the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. Dewey then approaches Donald for a hug with Donald welcoming him back from his trip, leaving Dewey to wonder if Donald remembers what happened the Christmas night he ran into him. The two then join in with the rest of the group in singing Christmas carols for the remainder of the night.
A while after in "The 87 Cent Solution," Donald is seen helping Gyro experiment on the security systems in the Money bin. In most of the footage, Donald is seen being knocked down by numerous booby traps Gyro had set up for burglar emergencies. Afterwards, Donald is seen crying on Scrooge's casket after his supposed death from "golden fever," while shouting how too young he was to have died and runs away from sadness. But when he returns, he sees Scrooge in front of him alive and well, leading him to faint and for Louie to realize he forgot to tell Donald about the setup to get Glomgold to confess his time freezing scheme.
The Departure From Earth
Later on in "The Golden Spear," years of adventure begins to molt Donald's feathers to the point where they will fall off from stress. to prevent further damage, Donald decides to take is easy one afternoon and rests on a prescription hammock meant for stress relief. But as he's calmly reading a book, Huey and Webby interrupt Donald's rest because they want to ask him for his old VCR to watch a video of the Necronomicon set. Huey tries to lower Donald's worries by claiming there was nothing supernatural happening with the video. nevertheless, a few moments later zombies begin to rise from the ground just as Donald was getting comfortable again, forcing him to run off.
While the zombies are chasing Huey and Webby, Donald also struggles to defend them as he uses a chainsaw to try killing the zombies, but their split limbs continued to move on their own nonetheless. Huey then uses a reverse spell from his Junior Woodchuck Guidebook to send the dead back underground, but Donald loses most of his head feathers due to a zombie's arm still stuck to his head. Donald begins to get further paranoid over the adventurous distractions, as he then makes his way to his houseboat to rest better. However, he is once again interrupted after Dewey arrives with flying shoes, and Storkules appearing in front of him while explaining Dewey's journey on becoming the messenger of the gods.
Unfortunately, Zeus is displeased with Dewey's new status, as he begins reigning lighting around the houseboat while declaring war on Dewey himself. Dewey assures Donald that everything was going to be alright, but Donald is then struck with a bolt of lightning while collapsing into the pool as more feathers continue to fall off him. As Donald is about to attack Zeus with Storkules using his hammock as a slingshot, Donald attempts to back out but decides to go through with it once realizing Zeus is about to attack Dewey. Eventually, the battle is won and Storkules decides to give him further words of bravery, but Donald ignores him and walks off with his hammock, believing everything was still fine.
Donald then decides to sneak into Scrooge's bedroom closet for some peace, only for Scrooge to come in and find not only Donald, But also Louie who was searching Scrooge's clothing for spare change, and a mysterious goat standing in between them. The goat then speaks and clarifies his form only acting as terrestrial, and that the laws of man don't apply in the ethereal realm of Goatoom, a nether world of untold treasures. Much to Scrooge and Louie's excitement, they enter the portal to the realm, with Donald forcibly tagging along. Eventually they return, but Donald's mental state starts to become increasingly agonizing to the point where he then curls up in a ball from his constant inability to rest.
Dewey, Webby and Huey then barge into the room asking Donald for assistance on their next adventures, but Donald instead ignores them all while taking his hammocking and leaving the room, claiming everything was not fine. He then returns to his houseboat and decides to throw the hammock away, realizing its ineffectiveness in stress relief. But just then, Scrooge, Huey, Dewey, Louie, Webby, and Storkules enter the room and surprise Donald with a month-long cruise in the Caribbean for him to finally relax. Although Donald is hesitant with leaving the kids behind, Huey assures him they have an entire family now to keep them safe. Scrooge then tells him to have a relaxing time (especially since the cruise is non-refundable), and the kids give him a farewell hug for safe travels.
However, that evening while Donald is waiting at the bus stop with his luggage, he notices a rocket ship crashing to the ground and immediately recognizes it as the Spear of Selene. When he runs over to the crash site, he calls for his sister Della numerous times as he then boards the ship to look for her. But when climbing back up to the cockpit, he accidentally lands his hand on a button that initiates a relaunch sequence for the rocket. Donald desperately tried to exit the ship before the launch begins, but to no avail, as he and the ship are sent flying into the sky.
Immediately after in "Nothing Can Stop Della Duck," Donald is still trapped within the Spear of Selene freaking out over his predicament, as he and the ship make its way into orbit. Eventually, the rocket starts to spiral out of control and crash-lands on the Moon. When Donald escapes from the rocket, he is luckily able to find a pack of Gyro's Oxy-Chew gum invention that allows him to breathe in space. Suddenly, he is approached by two aliens pointing weapons at him named Gibbous and Zenith, who are inhabitants of the Moon from a race known as the Moonlanders. Donald claims to have come in peace, but neither Gibbous or Zenith can understand him due to his natural voice. However, General Lunaris of the Moonlanders approaches Donald, as he then orders the soldiers to seize him.
Sometime after the crash in "What Ever Happened to Donald Duck," Donald is held as both a captive and example of motivation for Lunaris during his speech to his fellow Moonlanders. He makes them believe Donald is a supposed spy that was captured and admitted the Earth's plan to invade them. Lunaris then places a golden strap on Donald's beak to keep him from telling the truth, much to Donald's annoyance as he attempts to slip it off using his feet. Meanwhile, Lunaris places a badge on Moonlander soldier Penumbra, and promotes her to captain for supposedly first figuring out Earth's plans to invade through Donald and Della.
Donald is then transported to the Tranquility prison while witnessing the construction of golden rocket ships, designed similarly to the Spear of Selene through Della's rocket manual. While inside his cell and with the guard gone, Donald intends to break out of the prison by bashing his head into the rock wall, causing minor cracks. But as Lunaris and Penumbra are making their way towards Donald's cell, he attempts to cover it up with a nearby poster. However, Lunaris instead decides to order Penumbra to transport Donald over to the gold mines for labor duty, where hopefully it will break Donald's spirit of any attempts to escape. Once Lunaris leaves and Penumbra opens the cell, Donald tries to maneuver his way around her, but to no avail.
Eventually, Penumbra pins Donald to the wall and admits her acquaintance relationship with his sister, as well as her awareness of Lunaris' lies. Knowing that neither of them want the invasion to happen, Penumbra believes that considering Donald is of the same family who built the rocket ship, he has a good chance of finding a certain weakness to the ships that can deactivate them for good. Although Donald had no idea how to find it, Penumbra mistakes his shaking head as an Earth yes. They then begin walking over to Lunaris' private hangar to find the rocket ship's blueprints but are noticed by Gibbous and Zenith along the route.
As a cover story, Penumbra states she was merely sparring with Donald as practice for the invasion, much to Gibbous and Zenith's delight as they then take turns punching Donald. As they continue making their way down the hall, Penumbra orders Donald to take the small tunnel system to the hangar to avoid being further spotted by other soldiers, as she claims she will meet him there. As Donald makes his way through the tunnel system, he is forced to crawl away from a Moon bug approaching him. While doing so, he accidentally drops through a hole that brings him into the Soldier's barracks while they're all asleep.
Donald carefully maneuvers his way around the room without waking anyone up, but the bug from earlier makes its way into the room as well. This leads Donald to soothing all the soldiers the bug is crawling around to keep them asleep, but as soon as the bug crawls on Donald himself, he shrieks and alerts the entire room. Luckily, Donald's spasms to the bug crawling around him also allows him to defeat all the soldiers, as Penumbra arrives to the room and is impressed at Donald's ability to handle himself. Donald and Penumbra then make their way into the hangar, and as Donald is about to lean on part of the wall, it is revealed that Lunaris has a secret war room hidden with the Moonlander's holographic technology.
Penumbra proceeds to analyze the computer's information, as the entire room then fills up with hologram screens containing photos of inhabitants from Earth, including Donald's entire family. Penumbra realizes that Lunaris has already been prepping an invasion since before Della even arrived on the Moon and that he observantly identified anyone or any place among Earth he deemed a threat to the invasion. They then stumble upon a control system used for a machine centred in the room, where it reveals Lunaris had already attempted to create rockets of his own, which Penumbra believes is why Lunaris wanted Della's manual in the first place.
Just then, a screen pops up of Roxanne Featherly giving a live news report, which allows Penumbra to discover a transmission device. She decides to the device to Donald and orders him to get to the highest point to warn Earth about the looming invasion, but is suddenly electrocuted by the badge Lunaris placed on her earlier, and falls to the ground unconscious. Lunaris himself arrives, as Donald nevertheless continues to make his way on top of the machine to send the message. However, Lunaris stands in his way to stop him from making it to the top, forcing Donald to try and fight his way there against Lunaris.
Unfortunately, Donald's hits are futile, as Lunaris then begins to gloat by explaining how instead of attacking his smart, tough and sharp Uncle Scrooge first, he intends to eliminate his nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie first to break Scrooge's spirit. With Donald growing furious at the idea of Lunaris putting harm onto his nephews, he commences into his rage form and puts up a decent fight against Lunaris. Even so, despite Donald's efforts, Lunaris still manages to outmaneuver him but also allows Donald to swift by him with the transmission device to send a message to Earth.
Donald decides to send the message to Scrooge by saying the invasion is going to be around a month from then, and that he'll be back home soon. Just as the message is sent, Lunaris snatches the device from Donald and breaks it to prevent any further communication to Earth. In order to escape from the Moon, Donald slides down the machine and into one of Lunaris' test rockets, where he is forced to initiate launch to avoid Lunaris capturing him once again. However, during takeoff as Donald is entering the Earth's orbit, he begins to feel immense pressure due to the increasing speed of the rocket, but motivates himself through his nephews' safety to stay strong during the ride. Meanwhile on Earth, Scrooge receives Donald's message but is unable to understand the warning due to the poor reception. At which time, Donald's rocket is seen flying across Duckburg for a short time, unknown to Scrooge or anyone else.
A couple of months later in "Moonvasion," it is revealed that Donald survived the ride on the rocket, but had crash-landed on a deserted island in the middle of nowhere with no communication or transportation to the outside world. To survive, Donald spent most of his time eating sand and drinking seawater, while also growing a beard and imagining himself a friend made out of watermelon he dubbed Melon. But one day, he discovers the Sunchaser had also just crash-landed onto the island. Upon further inspection, he discovers Webby, Huey, Dewey, Louie, and Della were aboard the plane during the crash as he notices them leaving the wreckage. Donald is most surprised to see Della among them, as with Della discovering Donald, after having been away from one another for over eleven years. but as they approach one another, they both grow furious and demand to know where the other has been.
Della states that if he was still home when she got back he would've known that she had been stuck on the Moon, while also adding that the Moon was currently invading Earth. Donald then states his awareness of the invasion beforehand, which is why he sent a warning to them during his own time on the Moon, but Della claims they never received a warning. Dewey initially tries to break up the fight, but then tackles Donald to the ground after previously realizing he was supposed to be named Turbo by Della, but Donald instead decided to name him Dewey. Although the fighting between Della and Donald continues, eventually they both angrily state how much they missed each other, and make up with a tearful hug.
However, Della and the others begin to get a little freaked out after witnessing Donald mimic his voice through Melon. Melon then explains Donald's mysterious whereabouts by stating his escape from the Moon with the assistance of Penumbra, along with his hard lifestyle while on the island. Although Donald believes his family had been searching for him for months, in actuality they believed until now he had been taking an extended stay on the cruise he was supposed to go on. Even so, Donald knows the best option is to go back to Duckburg to help Scrooge, after learning how big of a threat Lunaris is from the time he spent on the Moon fighting him.
Della, on the other hand, disagrees, believing the best idea is to stay as far away from the Moonlanders as possible to keep each other safe. Later, Della attempts to convince everyone they should just stay and live on the island, but everyone else takes into consideration of the danger themselves and Earth are in, while also adding that they may as well be living on the Moon. Although Della herself also begins to lose it, once she realizes it is the Moon all over again, she kicks Melon far into the ocean out of anger, much to Donald's surprise.
While Della is alone and upset at herself in the plane wreckage, Louie tries to cheer her up by recalling an old song he's known since he was little. Della then realizes the song is the same lullaby she used to sing to them before they hatched, as Donald approaches them and adds that he used to sing that song to the triplets every night when they were young. This motivates Della enough to face the unknown together as a family, but she is still unsure about how to get back to Duckburg. Just then, Della and Donald's cousins Fethry and Gladstone arrive on the island as they are riding on top of Fethry's friend Mitzy.
Gladstone explains that just before the invasion happened, a gust of wind luckily blew his Gladyear Blimp away from the city and along the ocean, which allowed him to meet up with Fethry. During which time, he discovered a trail of melons around the ocean which lead them to the island Donald and the others are currently on, but Donald is appalled to see that the watermelon Gladstone is eating is his imaginary friend Melon. Nevertheless, everyone boards Mitzy (with Donald now fully shaved) and they make their way back to Duckburg to help stop the invasion.
Back in Duckburg, Scrooge and his remaining allies are attempting to disable Lunaris' mothership to stop it from orbiting around the Moon, fast enough that it would inevitably freeze the entire planet. Although Scrooge and the others aren't able to defeat Lunaris in a fistfight, Donald and the others arrive in the nick of time to help disable to ship. With the help of Launchpad who had slingshotted into the ship, Mitzy is able to break apart one of the legs keeping the ship stable, forcing Lunaris to flee with the ship back into space.
Once the ship is out of sight, Donald climbs down from Mitzy to greet Scrooge. However, Scrooge is initially angry at Donald for not giving him his assistance during the invasion, believing he had been loathing around on the vacation cruise the entire time he was gone. Just as Donald's about to lose his temper with Scrooge, the hand and face gestures Della and the kids were giving behind Donald's back acts as a signal to Scrooge saying that it wasn't the case. Just then, Lunaris turns his ship back around to head for Earth, while announcing that if the Earth won't live in fear of the Moon, then they'll die in fear of it.
In order to stop Lunaris from destroying the Earth, a small group consisting of Donald, Della, Scrooge, Webby, Huey, Dewey, and Louie board a nearby unguarded invasion ship and make their way into space to destroy Lunaris' mothership once and for all. As they approach the mothership and begin taking fire from Lunaris, Scrooge acts as the commander of the ship, Dewey and Louie fire the lasers while Huey and Webby aimed, and Donald and Della continue to fight over which one will take control over the ship's movement. Although Donald believes to be the better pilot because of his sailing skills, Della proves otherwise and is favoured to be the better controller because of her piloting skills and previous rocket trips.
Although the size difference is not in their favour, the group manages to put up a sufficient amount of damage on Lunaris' blasters for the first couple of strikes on his ship. Della then flies the ship towards the back of the mothership's rocket engine, hoping to place the final blow on disabling the ship's power supply. However, this turns out to be a trap by Lunaris, as he then activates hidden lasers centered around the mothership's rocket engine. This forces Della to move in closer to the rocket engine, as every time she tries to move elsewhere from the ship, their rocket would only get further damaged. With no angle out and their weapons disabled, Lunaris increases the power on the mothership's engine to place enough heat on the group's rocket and will soon cause it to explode.
But just as Lunaris is about to proclaim victory over the family, he receives an alert that another ship is headed straight for his own. It is then revealed Penumbra had taken the original Spear of Selene from the Moon, as she then flies it into the mothership's engine, causing it to explode. Luckily Penumbra survives the explosion, as she ends up flying straight into the glass screen of the group's ship. Della originally wants to introduce her to her family (including Donald whom she already met), but realizes she has to let her into the ship before she slips away from the screen.
With Lunaris' ship now disabled, Goddess of the Moon Selene informs him of his new role as the Earth's newest Moon (much to his dismay), while her brother Storkules proceeds to move the Earth back into orbit. Meanwhile, Donald and the others crash-land their invasion rocket back onto Earth right in front of McDuck Manor. The Moonlanders then make peace with all the inhabitants of Duckburg after realizing their leader's true intentions, as Donald and the rest of the family witness the citizens being uncuffed and acting civil with the other Moonlanders. When Donald and Della are asked by Louie what they should do now, Della then hugs Donald and the kids while claiming she wasn't sure herself, but whatever it is they will do it together. Donald then joins in with everyone else on the group shot standing alongside Della, unaware he and everyone else are being watched by another looming threat.
In the first episode of the 2017 series Woo-oo!, Donald's contemporary blue and yellow sailor shirt, including the red bowtie, briefly appear before being destroyed in Donald's efforts to prepare for a job interview. Donald later appears in photographs wearing the outfit, but it is never seen again for either the first or second season. Donald later receives a bowties black and white version of his sailor shirt, a design calling back to the original Donald Duck comics, after being hired for a short time by Glomgold.
In "The Spear of Selene!" Donald and his family were revealed to have made friends with the Greek Gods Storkules and Selene before the series and before Della's disappearance.
In "The Most Dangerous Game...Night!" it's revealed that both Donald and Scrooge are experts at non-verbal communication due to thirty years of constantly trying to guess what Donald's saying
As seen in "Last Christmas!," Donald used to have an emo hairstyle when he was still a pre-teen, as well as an obsession to writing songs with his electric guitar.
Donald's confirmed birthday is June 9. Coincidentally, it was the same day that The Wise Little Hen debuted (which Donald originated from).
A recurring theme for Donald during this series is his inability to keep his boat together. In Woo-oo!, his boat was destroyed due to Dewey keeping the engine running for too long. In Daytrip of Doom!, the boat suffered fire damage while setting up generators. In Jaw$!, the boathouse is further damaged by the confrontation with the money shark. In The Last Crash of the Sunchaser!, even with Donald's confidence in the boat being nearly repaired, explosions from the boat can easily be seen in the background. In The Shadow War!, his boat is once more destroyed once Beakley failed to stop the shadow monsters from tearing the boat apart, and soon after causing it to sink into the water.
Donald and his sister Della's parents have never been seen in person nor through a flashback throughout the entire series, making it unknown as to when they went to live with Scrooge before the Spear of Selene incident.
Donald's voice actor for this series is also the current voice for Donald in other media.