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No! Family is supposed to help you! Not hold you hostage!... You're the monster here and I know just the hunter to take you down!

–Lena standing up to Magica

Lena De Spell[1] is a being cast from Magica De Spell's shadow who appears in DuckTales (2017). Lena is voiced by Kimiko Glenn.

Relations

Lena is inspired by Minima De Spell and the original Magica's sentient shadow from Magica's Shadow War. She is the sentient shadow of Magica De Spell (2017) who had created her as a shadow figure, but took on the form of a teenage girl with the original intention of bringing about the end of Scrooge and his family. As Lena gained sentience, she believed that Magica was her aunt and wanted to be free from her, because of her abusive nature towards her.

Personality

Lena is the best friend of Webby Vanderquack. She's claimed being one year older than Webby [2]. She doesn't have similar traits to Magica because of her own desire to obtain Scrooge's No #1 Dime to gain her freedom, rather than revenge. Although she valued her friendship with Webby, she initially disliked family and was stubborn and rebellious. But upon realizing what family was for, she tried to warn Scrooge about Magica, but to no avail. She is shown to have become brave and selfless as she saved Webby's life and stood up to Magica, who doesn't care about her at all and took away her physical form. Lena survived and was trapped in Webby's shadow, until Webby and Violet freed her.

History

The Beagle Birthday Massacre!

After being left behind on the beach, Webby finds a series of fake messages in bottles and follows them to their creator, Lena. Lena invites Webby to a party held in the Duckburg Junkyard, not mentioning the party was a birthday celebration for notorious crime lord and Beagle family matriarch, Ma Beagle.

Leading the various branches of the Beagle family tree on a chase through the city, Lena and Webby develop a good friendship and jokingly reference the highlights of their adventure, much to the confusion of others.

However, at the end of the episode, Lena reveals her pendant and summons the shadowy spirit of her aunt Magica De Spell, informing her that her infiltration of Scrooge's inner circle was a success.

Terror of the Terra-firmians!

While heading home from the movies with the boys and Webby, they decide to explore an abandoned tunnel looking for mysterious beings called Terrs-firmians. Beakley finds them and scold Lena for being a bad influence on her granddaughter. After the tunnel begins to collapse from the creatures, Beakley lays unconscious and Magica tries to persuade her to leave her as she is in the way of their plans. Lena, using the amulet around her neck, levitates the train car off of Beakley and the two escape.

As Magica questions why she did it, Beakley apologizes for misjudging her and is still welcome to spend time with Webby. After Beakley leaves, Lena explains that she has to "play the long game" to earn more trust.

Jaw$!

At a sleepover with Webby, she drop a cursed jewel in Scrooge's money bin in order to search for Scrooge's dime. During this time, Webby makes her and Lena friendship bracelets, on of which Webby gives to her. Lena and Magica constantly fight over Lena's growing attachment to Webby which is put to the test when the jewel, manifested into a shark, begins eating people too.

Lena eventually uses magic in a positive way through her friendship with Webby and stops the shark. At her home, Magica reprimands her for ruining the plan and reminds her that she has to do what she say if she ever wants to be free from her. Lena sadly drops Webby's friendship bracelet in the water.

The Other Bin of Scrooge McDuck!

After Scrooge locks his Number One Dime in his "other bin," Lena entices Webby to explore the other bin where they encounter a few rooms with deadly prisoners to deadly artifacts. While searching, she encounters an object that shows her worst nightmare; betraying and hurting Webby after completing Magica's plan.

She argues once more with Magica over her and decides she's had enough. However, before she can tell Scrooge and Webby, Magica possesses her to keep her from revealing the truth.

The Shadow War!

At the beginning of the episode, Lena hears Launchpad talk to Scrooge over his gate intercom saying that the triplets and Webby had moved out. Magica, mad that she is unable to use Webby to her advantage, insults Scrooge to get into the house. After getting in, looks at what Scrooge has become with the pizza and soda cans strewn over the floor. Magica states, "It's a trick!" before continuing to make Scrooge poisoned tea to take the dime. After Scrooge spills his poisoned tea twice given to him by possessed Lena, Lena/Magica convinces him to start his days over without anything, including his #1 dime. After clearly showing suspicion, possessed Lena proceeds to attack Scrooge and wrestle the dime from him, releasing Magica De Spell. Magica traps the 2 of them in a cage and then listen to Lena say how she wants Scrooge's family. Magica, listening to the entire thing, proceeds to somehow destroy Lena into a shadow.

By reading Lena's journal, Webby and the triplets discover that Lena was created from shadow by Magica following the sorceress' last battle with Scrooge atop Mount Vesuvius.

Later they continue by showing more about Lena. Its said fifteen years ago Magica and Scrooge McDuck fought which ended in Scrooge sealing Magica away in his Number-One Dime. However, before Magica was sealed she gave her shadow corporeal form and transformed her staff into a necklace that would give the shadow magic. The shadow took the form of a young girl "Lena" and Magica would manifest in its own shadow to communicate with her and give Lena orders to enact her revenge.

Although Lena referred to Magica as her aunt the two held no love for each other with Magica seeing her as a tool for revenge and Lena desiring freedom from her, which Magica promised to give in exchange for helping her steal Scrooges dime before the Lunar Eclipse that would grant her enough power to escape and have her revenge.

During the final battle with Magica, Webby and Dewey are about to be destroyed when Webby's friendship bracelet given to Lena in "JAW$" glows with a blue light as a shield forms before Lena's spirit proceeds to attack Magica before appearing to be destroyed.

Despite her sacrifice to stop Magica, it is implied that Lena—or some part of her—survived and has merged with Webby's shadow.

Friendship Hates Magic!

At the beginning of this episode, Webby goes to the library, together with Lena, who is an invisible shadow. At the library, Webby meets a new friend, Violet, and they decide to have a sleepover, due to their similar interests.

While Lena is in the shadow dimension, she doesn't trust Violet at all, and tries to communicate with Webby to warn her, while she and Violet try to summon ghosts. Eventually, Webby and Violet get to communicate with Lena, by going into the shadow dimension, where multiple shadows surround Webby. These shadows turn out to be Lena's envy.

Together with Violet, Lena saves Webby from the Magica-looking shadows. At the end, Webby and Violet bring Lena back, with the power of Webby's friendship bracelet, and the three hang out, by making creepy face masks.

Happy Birthday, Doofus Drake!

In the begining of this episode Scrooge is going through his treasures senses something is wrong and goes searching for the disterbance then hears Webbie from a nearby room then opens the door and sees Lena, Webby, and Violet fighting a grizzly bear.

A Nightmare on Killmotor Hill!

Moonvasion!

In this episode, Lena was one of the allies recruited by the Lil Bulbs sent out by Gyro to get help for the rebellion against the moonlanders. She is first found hanging around at a playground keeping out of sight of the moonlanders before going to the money bin to offer help and plan. She is captured -presumably- along with the rest of Scrooge's allies by Lunaris' forces though before that manages to use her magic to fight off the Moonlanders with her friends including Violet. She then later appears after Lunaris defeat with Violet regrouping with the duck family unaware that the group is being observed by F.O.W.L.

Abilities

  • Skilled hand-to-hand combatant: As demonstrated throughout the series Lena is able to hold her own in hand to hand combat, especially when she nearly bested Magica while she was distracted.
  • Occult knowledge: Due growing up in the care of Magica, Lena possesses great knowledge of the occult and other things of mystical origins.
  • Sumerian Talisman Empowerment: Lena has a lot of abilities with the amulet in her possession. Without the amulet, she is essentially powerless. With the amulet fusing with her and therefore enabling Lena to use her magic at all times, this is no longer a weakness. She is shown to possess compassion and routinely takes risks for the good of her friends.
    • Telekinesis: Lena is shown able to lift heavy objects as seen in the episode "Terror of the Terra-Firmians!" where she uses it to lift the train and help Mrs. Beakley to get out from below it.
    • Transfiguration: Lena can transform objects into other things as shown in "Moonvasion!" where she transformed one of the moonlanders weapons into a bird.

Former Powers

As Magica's Shadow

As Webby's Shadow

  • Shadow Physiology: While in her original form which was shadow, Lena had similar abilities to that of a ghost such as phasing through walls and floating. These powers seem to be exclusive to her shadow form and cannot be used in her normal form.
    • Intangibility: In her shadow form Lena is intangible meaning she is able to phase through walls.
    • Levitation: In her shadow form Lena can briefly levitate off the ground, though not for long.

Equipment

  • Sumerian Talisman/Amulet: The talisman is the only object that allows Lena to control some abilities. So she constantly needs to wear it in case of emergencies and her evil aunt with her. Starting with her being freed from the shadow dimension, the amulet fused with Lena giving her access to its magical properties at all times.

Quotes

"Maybe, I'm tired of following orders." - Lena to Magica

"It's not an adventure if you're invited." - Lena to Webby

"Sure, blame the mysterious rebel, playing by her own rules." - Lena to Mrs. Beakley

"The amulet thing is already in the bin, so I just hang out here and wait, right?" - Lena To Magica in "Jaw$!"

Trivia

  • Lena is the latest of a number of niece characters created for Magica De Spell, her predecessors including Minima De Spell.
  • Lena was created by Magica, so technically Magica is not her aunt, in fact it would be in some ways her mother (in the sense of creator/creation).
  • Lena LeStrange was her placeholder name as a means of hiding the fact that she was related to Magica; the surname was used in the official summary for the DuckTales #8 comic.[1]
  • Lena probably does not age as she has not changed anything since her creation 15 years ago until "The Shadow War!" as seen in a flashback.
  • One of the covers of DuckTales (IDW) #9 says that Lena failed boarding schools.
  • Although it wasn't stated in the show due to time consuming issues, Lena currently lives with Violet. [3]

Appearances

Season 1

Season 2

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Angones, Frank. Question, there's been a bit of a confusion, is.... “reas-of-sunshine asked:
    Question, there's been a bit of a confusion, is Lena's last name LeStrange or deSpell?
    Le Strange was a placeholder from a long time ago to make sure that no one leaked the fact that she was a DeSpell. It was never meant as any kind of official anything.”
  2. Angones, Frank. Oh and how old is Lena? Ik that she's in her....
  3. https://suspendersofdisbelief.tumblr.com/post/187616858221/is-lena-staying-with-the-family-at-the-manor-or#notes
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