Lena is the best friend of Webby Vanderquack. She's claimed to be one year older than Webby. 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. Lena realized that all families were not like Magica. She then moved in with Violet, and Violet's two dads adopted her.
Lena is a slim teenage duck with white hair with the end being pink who wears a teal collared shirt with a black long-sleeved shirt that has gray stripes over it, and light green laced shoes with the tip being white. After gaining her own magic, she gained a white outfit with teal gloves and tights. Her eyes were also full blue and her hairstyle was overturned.
Magica is Lena's aunt/mother (creator). When Lena gained sentience, she believed that Magica was her aunt and wanted to be free from her, because of her abusive nature towards her. Magica was demanding and emotionally neglectful to her giving no love whatsoever, making Lena bitter toward family until she made a group of friends that made her feel different.
Lena first encounters Violet in the library in "Friendship Hates Magic!" When seeing Webby and Violet bond over their love for the supernatural and mystical history, Lena gets jealous of Webby's new friend. Even though Webby can't hear her Lena shouts out her disapproval of Violet and gets worried and over-protective when seeing Magica's amulet. During a séance, Lena accidentally brings them to the shadow realm and she and Violet argue at first but then they worked together to save Webby from creatures known as Tulpas.
Once the three returned to the real world, Lena was glad to not only have brought her old friend back but find a new one in the process. According to Frank Angones, it was meant to be mentioned in "A Nightmare on Killmotor Hill!" that Lena moved in with Violet and her parents but this was cut out of the episode. "Challenge of the Senior Junior Woodchucks!" shows this and Lena being a supportive sister cheering for Violet during the competition.
Webby is Lena's best friend, and they met in "The Beagle Birthday Massacre!" when Webby stays back on the beach while the boys went sailing. Luring Webby by creating fake bottled messages, Webby was interested in her friendship as she found her sharp wit and her worldly travels to be very cool. As Lena invited her to venture with her through their trials with the Beagle Boys, they developed a very close bond. Even when Lena was going against Huey, Dewey, and Louie, she stood by Webby and was supportive of her. Webby loves having the mischievous Lena as a friend, which is what Lena needed to assist Magica De Spell to get Scrooge's number one dime for her freedom. However, after many adventures and sleepovers, Lena found it hard going against Webby. Lena wants to look out for her, yet it's hard for Lena to fight Magica alone.
Lena stepped up and suggested they look for Terra-firmians in "Terror of the Terra-firmians!" showing some belief and doubt in Webby's claim. Lena and Huey may have shown some bonding as they spent so much time in the underground subway system, though Lena enjoys teasing Huey about his nerdy ways with the Junior Woodchuck Guidebook.
In "The Split Sword of Swanstantine!" Lena and Huey paired up to find the pieces belonging to the Sword of Swanstantine, but are confronted by Steelbeak during the journey. However in the midst of an attack, Lena managed to stop time so that they can work out a way to take him on.
Not wanting to fight, Huey decides to run simulations to see if he can diplomatically handle Steelbeak, but all simulations fail. Lena then spotted a door labeled "The Duke of Making a Mess" and opens it to find a savage version of Huey. Huey reveals that he hides that part of himself as it is not who he is, but Lena tells him that that is what they need. Huey finally gives in and awakens to the real world where he manages to take on Steelbeak and physically defeats him. Lena has shown to have great admiration for Huey's fighting skills.
After being left behind on the beach, Webby finds a series of fake messages in bottles and follows them to their creator, Lena, at an abandoned amphitheater.
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.
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 scolds 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.
At a sleepover with Webby, Magica tells Lena to 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, one 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, beginning to eat people too, it even eats Huey, Dewey, and Louie.
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 says if she ever wants to be free from her. Lena sadly drops Webby's friendship bracelet in the water.
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. And Magica controls her body.
At the beginning of the episode, Lena (Magica) 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 were 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 Scrooge's #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 listens to Lena to 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 the shadow by Magica following the sorceress' last battle with Scrooge atop Mount Vesuvius.
Later they continue by showing more about Lena. It is 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 Scrooge's 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.
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. In 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.
At the beginning of this episode, Scrooge is going through his treasures, senses something is wrong and goes searching for the disturbance. He then hears Webby from a nearby room then opens the door and sees Lena, Webby, and Violet fighting a Warewolf.
The triplets, Webby, Violet, and Lena are having a sleepover. Lena tries to keep them all awake to hide from Magica, but she ends up going to sleep because the others are fast asleep. When they all wake up they realize they're in a shared dream, and Lena tries to wake herself up constantly because Magica keeps haunting their dreams. Lena falls into her nightmare and gets turned into Magica and her friends mistake her for Magica and fight her before realizing that "Magica" is actually Lena and save her. When they wake up they find out that Magica has been controlling their dreams, and Lena destroys the technology she used on them and she finally gets to sleep well.
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 Violet and the rest of her friends. She then later appears after Lunaris' defeat with Violet, regrouping with the duck family and unaware that the group is being observed by F.O.W.L.
Lena appears before and after the challenge, accompanying Violet, Ty, and Indy. Prior to the challenge, she enthusiastically cheers Violet on and instructs her on trash-talking Huey. At the ceremony for Violet's victory, Lena again expresses great enthusiasm, running up to Violet and hugging her after she is named Senior Woodchuck.
Lena struggles to manage her magic powers properly and accidentally places her friends and herself in a video game at the mansion.
During a sleepover, Gladstone Gander arrives at the mansion and begs for Webby, Lena and Violet's help as his luck disappears.
Violet assumes that the Phantom Blot is responsible who captures the magic. As Lena continues to struggle in controlling her magic powers, Webby suggests seeking help from Magica which Lena automatically refuses. Webby eventually persuades Lena to go and she reluctantly accepts.
Lena, Webby, Violet and Gladstone travel to seek Magica's help. When arriving, Magica tries to get her powers back from Lena through her amulet. Lena decides to leave at the first hurdle as she argues with Magica again but Webby tells her that Magica is the only one that is able to help her.
After Lena tells her that she can defeat the Phantom Blot by herself, Magica urges Lena to get inside the hideout where she explains how dangerous the Phantom Blot is from her past experiences. Magica agrees to help train Lena to use her powers correctly and eventually manages to control them. As they train, the Phantom Blot emerges and tries to steal Lena's magic powers.
After nearly getting defeated, Webby and Violet remind Lena about the good she can do with her powers and she eventually.
As she defeats the Phantom Blot, Lena gains a new form with her own magic aura. As she hugs Webby and Violet, Magica gets hold of the amulet and she regains her powers.
Magica and Lena briefly battle each other to a point where Magica falls to the ground. Lena tells her that she wants to use her new magic powers for good and she leaves Magica. Lena then flies off with Webby and Violet back to the mansion.
Lena and Violet accompany Scrooge, the triplets and Webby on a mission to retrieve the pieces of the Split Sword of Swanstantine. To their surprise, they find that F.O.W.L. is already there, lying in wait. While Scrooge battles Black Heron, the kids pair off, with each pair setting out in search of a piece of the sword. Lena pairs up with Huey, and they quickly discover the blade. However, Steelbeak appears and assaults the duo. Lena uses her powers to transport herself and Huey into the latter's mindscape, so that they can have an infinite amount of time to plan for the immediate fight with Steelbeak. To her frustration, Huey asks her to run innumerable simulations, and each time, he tries to outwit the villain rather than fight him. Lena grows weary of this approach but Huey will not listen to her. Suddenly, Lena discovers a secret vault within Huey's mind -- a vault which houses his out-of-control alter-ego, The Duke of Making a Mess. Lena persuades Huey to embrace and control this dark side of himself, rather than lock it away. When Huey agrees to do so, Lena transports herself and the former back to reality, and Huey fights Steelbeak. Huey heeds Lena's advice and learns to use his more violent side to overwhelm Steelbeak, in what Lena describes as the best butt-kicking she has ever seen. They successfully retrieve the blade, and ultimately Scrooge's group is able to secure the Split Sword in its entirety.
Unfused from the amulet, as she does wear it, Lena learns that she has Magic of her own without the amulet, and after Phantom Blot is defeated, Magica gains her powers back as she takes the amulet, and Lena uses her own Magic, leaving the Sumerian Talisman with Magica.
As Magica's Shadow
Levitation: In her shadow form Lena levitates the train car off of Beakley and the two escape.
As Webby's Shadow
Shadow Physiology: While in her original form which was a 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.
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 probably does not age as she has not changed anything since her creation 15 years ago until "The Shadow War!" as in a flashback, though this is left ambiguous as it could've easily been because it was through Webby's imagination since she was still wearing her stripped shirt when made in the flashback despite claiming to have gotten it from the Feather Weights band with Angones stating she wasn't lying about that.
One of the covers of DuckTales (IDW) #9 says that Lena failed boarding schools.
The Ducktales Character Designer Tim Moen named Lena once with the surname "LeStrange" on his Instagram Account, he did this because, in order to conceal Lena's connection to Magica, she was originally referred to as "Lena LeStrange", an unofficial placeholder name.
Lena's shirt came from the Feather Weights band during their concert in Paris.
It has been confirmed by Frank that Lena's new outfit is called the Super Sorceress Outfit and that it activates when she uses the full breadth of her powers.
↑Twitter - Frank Angones. “Who? Oh, do you mean Lena Sabrewing?” in response to "Could be Lena DeSpell." It is unclear when Lena would have changed her name to Violet's surname though.
↑ 2.02.1Angones, 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.”