Donald Duck (The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse, seasons 1-5)

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Donald Duck (The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse: Seasons 1-5)
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Meet the "Disney" version of a certain black duck who was also flanderized.
Gender: Male
Type: Angrier, Uncaring, & Selfish Duck
Species: Anthropomorphic Duck
Portrayed by: Tony Anselmo
Status: Alive
Media of Origin: The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse|Mickey Mouse (2013)


Donald Duck is one of the main characters of the 2013 Mickey Mouse reboot. He is voiced by Tony Anselmo.

Unfortunately, he got flanderized during the first five seasons where he became unlikable. Because of that, despite being one of the "supporting protagonists" of the series, in the first five seasons Donald has frequently been depicted as anti-heroic and even antagonistic (though not completely evil), even going so far to become the direct antagonist to Mickey in certain episodes of those seasons despite being his best friend.

Bad Qualities

Note: This only applies to his character as depicted in Seasons 1-5 of The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse, where he was flanderized.

  1. He was flanderized from being a short-tempered-yet-likable, relatable, friendly, funny duck to an angrier, mean-spirited, and selfish duck who is a terrible friend to Mickey.
  2. He behaves rather mean and quite rude to Mickey when he's supposed to be his best friend and support him.
    • In "No Service" (arguably the episode where he was at his absolute worst), he cheats when he and Mickey drew straws and takes Mickey's clothes and laughs at him for being naked and blows a pin at him for mocking him in return, although he gets his comeuppance when he gets kicked out of the shack by Goofy for showing him Mickey's ID and gets humiliated on the beach naked when his full set of clothing falls off in the process.
    • In "Roughin' It", he doesn't care about Mickey's style of camping and selfishly brings his RV and he and Goofy cause Mickey nothing but pain and even hypocritically calls Mickey out for "ruining camping", when he literally brought the RV and ruined Mickey's camping activities and calls him a "hippie". Additionally, he practically screams at Mickey during this, despite him literally having done nothing to irritate him or Goofy prior.
    • In "No", he outright refused to help Mickey say the word "No" by saying "No" as in he doesn't care about his friend at all, but he eventually helps him say it.
    • In "Wonders of the Deep", when Mickey blames himself for getting Ludwig von Drake eaten by a clam and getting himself and Donald trapped, Donald comforts him, only to say it is his fault, showing no sympathy for him whatsoever.
  3. He even acts way more short-tempered than before, to the point that it becomes exaggerated and unfunny.
    • Donald may have been angry and short-tempered, especially in the original cartoons, but not to this extent.
    • In fact, according to Mickey in the episode "Split Decision", his temper is so completely out-of-control that his girlfriend Daisy will dump him for good if he doesn't control his temper, and he has been (literally) "blowing his stack at a drop of a hat".
  4. He can sometimes be angry for little to no reason at all.
    • In "The Adorable Couple", he and Daisy are grumpy and argumentative for no reasoning behind it which makes no sense, and could even cause a plot-hole as well.
  5. His actions come off as abusive and sadistic rather than funny.
    • In the first episode "No Service", he is shown to be very crude, such as how he made a rather risque and tasteless joke about "hot buns" shortly after leaving Mickey naked outside, hence offending and embarrassing Mickey further.
  6. He's not only mean-spirited to Mickey, but to his friends too.
    • In "Tapped Out", he acts extremely selfish and uncaring and outright refuses to help Mickey and Goofy who are being pummeled by Pete and only caring about his nachos being ruined and lashes out at Mickey for touching his nachos twice which is out-of-character for him.
    • In "Down the Hatch", he outright tried to kill Mickey and Goofy when they were shrunken and trapped in his body such as eating corn so it could fall on them.
    • In "Bronco Busted", he flat-out ditches his friends as he only accepted the millionaire's offer for the money to fix their car to be treated like a king and for money rather than actually caring about his friends' problem with the car.
  7. He sometimes gets no comeuppance for his actions, making him a Karma Houdini.
  8. Sometimes, he can be treated like a punching bag, even if he didn't do anything wrong to begin with.
  9. His flanderization is almost as bad as Daffy Duck's (his Warner Bros. counterpart) who was miscast as an evil villain.
  10. Oftentimes, while Tony Anselmo does a good job voicing him, it can get obnoxious at times due to the fact that he yelled at a majority of his lines, especially when he is rambling just like Tom's Owner (Gene Deitch Era).

Good Qualities

  1. He at least still kept his charm in the show.
    • He can sometimes be likable in some episodes.
  2. He is still way more likable in all other media outside of this show and has massively redeemed himself since season 6.
    • At least he only got one flanderization, unlike his girlfriend Daisy who had two flanderizations.
  3. He still cares about his friends, especially Daisy.
  4. He gets his comeuppances in episodes where he's very unlikable.
  5. His voice actor Tony Anselmo still does a good job voicing him as always.
  6. Like everyone else, his redesign in the show is cute and stays faithful to both his current and original designs.

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