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Gladstone Gander
Background information
Feature films
Television programs DuckTales
Mickey Mouse Works (mentioned)
House of Mouse (cameo)
Video games Donald Duck: Goin' Quackers! (N64, PS1 & PS2 versions only)
Park attractions
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Animators
Voice Rob Paulsen
Corey Burton
Performance model
Designer Carl Barks
Inspiration
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names
Personality Annoying, egocentric braggart with uncanny luck
Appearance
Nationality
Species
Birthday
Occupation Donald Duck's rival
Lucky duck
Alignment
Alignment Neutral
Affiliation
Affiliations
Goal To date Daisy Duck
Home Duckburg
Relatives Goostave Gander (father), Daphne Duck (mother), Black Duck Gander (Paternal Uncle), Quackmore Duck, Hannibal Duck, and Eider Duck (Maternal Uncles), Hortense McDuck, Lulubelle Loon, and Adriane of Australia (Maternal Aunts), Susiebelle Swan (maternal great-aunt), Shamrock Gander (nephew), unknown twin niece Donald Duck, Fethry Duck, Della Duck, Abner Duck, and Dietbald Duck (maternal cousins), Gus Goose, Fred Goose and Paperozzo Goose (Maternal second-cousins), Elvira Coot and Humperdink Duck (Maternal Grandparents), Lieutenant Gander (Paternal Grandfather), Sir Gladstone Gander of Basketville (Paternal Great-Grandfather), Lochbert Gander (Paternal Great-Great Granfather), Sir Crabstone Gander of Basketville (Paternal Great-Great-Great Uncle), Nicolas Gander (Paternal Great-Great-Great Grandfather), McTavish Duck, Andold "Wild Duck" Temerary, and Aydis (Maternal Ancestor)
Pets
Allies Daisy Duck, Donald Duck (sometimes)
Minions
Enemies Donald Duck, Magica De Spell, Pete
Likes Being lucky, Daisy Duck
Dislikes When his luck fails him
Powers and abilities His uncanny luck
Weapons His cane
Fate
Quote "I think, the reason for living is when... Whoa! What do you know! I just found a nickel!"

Gladstone Gander is a character created by Carl Barks, first introduced in the story "Wintertime Wager" in Walt Disney's Comics and Stories #88 (January, 1948). He is a lazy and infuriatingly lucky goose who never fails to upset his first cousin Donald Duck.

Role in the comics

Gladstone's luck defies probability and provides him with anything he desires, with hardly the need of effort. As Disney comics writer Don Rosa has commented on the character: "Gladstone is unwilling to make the slightest effort to gain something that his luck cannot give him, and, when things go wrong, he resigns immediately, certain that around the next corner a wallet, dropped by a passer-by, will be waiting for him." For all his luck Gladstone has no achievements to be proud of and no true ambitions, as he is incapable of long-term planning. All of this is in stark contrast to his relative Scrooge McDuck, who is also capable of taking advantage of opportunities but works hard to create situations favorable for him, is strongly motivated by his ambitions and takes pride in forming his fortune by his own efforts.

He is a rival of Donald for the love of Donald's girlfriend Daisy Duck. Gladstone is also considered among the prime candidates for Scrooge McDuck's succession. For all of these reasons, he and Donald have formed an intense rivalry with each other. Gladstone's arrogance and outrageous luck, combined with Donald's own ego and belief he can still best him despite all odds—or as Don Rosa's version of Scrooge comments, "Donald's eternal tendency towards self-destruction" have set the stage for many stories featuring the two cousins' confrontations.

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Gladstone with Gyro Gearloose.

Barks gradually developed Gladstone's personality and at first used him frequently—in 24 stories between 1948 and 1953, the first five years of his existence. Gladstone's luck evolved slowly. In his first three appearances in 1948 ("Wintertime Wager", "Gladstone Returns", "Links Hijinks"), he was portrayed as the mirror image of Donald: an obstinate braggart, perhaps just a little bit more arrogant. In his next two appearances, "Rival Beachcombers" and "The Goldilocks Gambit", Gladstone is portrayed as merely lazy and irritable, and also gullible. The breakthrough of his lucky streak occurs in December 1949, and the long adventure story "Luck of the North". His and Donald's rivalry over Daisy is established in "Donald's Love Letters" (1949), "Wild About Flowers" (1950), and "Knightly Rivals" (1951), and as potential heirs to Scrooge's fortune in "Some Heir Over the Rainbow" (1953). After that, Barks felt unable to develop the character further, finding him basically unsympathetic, and began using him less frequently. But by then, Gladstone had found a steady place in the Duck universe. He was first used by a different Duck comic artist in 1951: "Presents For All" by Del Connell and Bob Moore.

His exact relation to the Duck Family Tree is somewhat uncertain. In Carl Barks' original version of the family tree from the 1950s, Gladstone was the son of Luke the Goose and Daphne Duck, who died by overeating at a free-lunch picnic. He was later adopted by Matilda McDuck and Goosetave Gander. Later, Barks is reported to have done away with the adoption, which was never featured in any story. (Of course, no stories denying the event were published.) In a more recent version of the family tree created by Don Rosa, Daphne Duck (Donald's paternal aunt) married Goosetave Gander and the two were Gladstone's parents. This is consistent with what Gladstone says in "Race to the South Seas": "Scrooge McDuck is my mother's brother's brother-in-law". Don Rosa's stories follow this viewpoint; in "The Sign of the Triple Distelfink" (first published on February 4, 1997), he added the fact that Gladstone was born on the day of Daphne's birthday on 1920, under the protection sign of the Triple Distelfink, thus inheriting his mother's luck.

Appearances in other media

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Gladstone with Magica De Spell

Outside of comics, Gladstone appeared in several episodes of DuckTales, where he was voiced by Rob Paulsen. In the episode "Dime Enough for Luck", Gladstone is an unwitting stooge for Magica De Spell in one of her attempts to steal Scrooge's Number One Dime. He returns in the episode "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. McDuck", where he accidentally bids on an item that turns out to be valuable. This inspires Scrooge to bid on the next item—a trunk containing Dr. Jekyll's formula—which sets the plot in motion. He also makes non-speaking cameo appearances in the episodes "Sweet Duck of Youth" and "Till Nephews Do Us Part".

Although he didn't appear in Mickey Mouse Works, his name was mentioned on a punch card in "Donald's Rocket Ruckus". However, he made a cameo appearance in the House of Mouse episode "Goofy For A Day", in the Penguin Waiters advertisement.

Gladstone also appears in the video game Donald Duck: Goin' Quackers! in his traditional role as Donald's rival for Daisy's affections. In this game, he was voiced by Corey Burton.

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External links


DuckTales
DuckTales

Media: DuckTales (Episode list) | Videography | Gladstone comic | Magazine | Video game (HD remake | Soundtrack) | Disney Comics | DuckTales 2 | The Quest for Gold | DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp | Raw Toonage | Boom! Studios comic | Scrooge's Loot

Heroes and Allies: Scrooge McDuck | Huey, Dewey and Louie | Launchpad McQuack | Webby Vanderquack | Betina Beakley | Duckworth | Gyro Gearloose | Doofus Drake | Fenton Crackshell | Donald Duck | Bubba the Cave Duck | Tootsie the Triceratops | Gene the Genie | Glittering Goldie | Admiral Grimmitz | Duchess of Swansylvania

Villains: Beagle Boys (Big Time, Burger, Bouncer, Baggy, Bankjob, Bugle, and Babyface) | Ma Beagle | Flintheart Glomgold | Magica De Spell | Poe De Spell | El Capitan | Merlock the Magician | Dijon | Cinnamon Teal | Dracula Duck | Armstrong

Locations: Duckburg | Atlantis | The Money Bin

Organizations: Junior Woodchucks

Objects: Number One Dime | Junior Woodchucks Guidebook | Gizmosuit | Gene's Lamp | Merlock's Talisman | Sun Chaser | Millennium Shortcut | Gyro's Helicopter

Songs: DuckTales Theme | Three Cheers for Bubba Duck | Boogie Beagle Blues | Moon Stage Theme

Other: Carl Barks | The Disney Afternoon | Darkwing Duck | Quack Pack | Disney XD (Netherlands) | Let's Go to Disneyland Paris

 

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