Can we talk about a really delicate and polemic topic?
In your opinion, what’s the nature of Fethry’s and Donald’s relationship?
In some comics they are close friends but in other comics Fethry is completely obsessed with Donald; his life is planned around Donald and he gets really sad everytime Don can’t give him attention.
We know that Don’s Fethry’s favorite relative – more than his parents or brother – which is a big deal. In some narratives Fethry’s extremely dependant of Donald, calling him if he can’t sleep, stalking him, casually breaking into his house just because he needs attention.
I’m not saying Fethry romanticaly loves Donald; actually I’m not even sure how much Fethry wants to be in a normative romantic relationship (Fethry’s and Gloria’s relationship is also weird)…
But I’m curious to know the opinion and headcanons of my followers on the topic. And yeah you can post anonimously if you want.
If you don’t mind a longish reply, I do have a few thoughts on the matter.
First, to cover the last topic on your post, I don’t believe Fethry is concerned in any fashion with a romantic relationship of any kind. I personally headcanon him as an asexual, similarly to Jughead from the Archie comics. From what we see of him and Gloria, it seems Gloria’s the half of the relationship that’s more focused on being in it. Though it can be argued that Fethry’s attention span is short and his focus is easily redirected, I just don’t think he finds romance interesting or necessary.
Now, Donald and Fethry, I think they’re closer than most in the Duck clan. Donald has connections to all of his cousins, his grandmother, Uncle Scrooge, a lot of his family truth be told, but it seems Donald interacts in more positive situations with Fethry than he does with the rest of his family. He may hesitate in spending time with Fethry willingly because he knows they will invariably end up in some bizarre situation but it’s not like how he hates seeing Gladstone or feels obligated to do whatever Scrooge tells him out of literal debt. I think it’s important to note that there’s no sense of competition between Donald and Fethry and I think that’s a refreshing change for Donald.
I think the phrase ‘he doth protest too much’ fits Donald in the case of Fethry because despite his occasional grumblings about his cousin, Donald still accepts Fethry and all of his eccentricities. He accepts the fad chasing and will humor Fethry. I think he recognizes that Fethry needs him and Donald’s quite a bit more mature than people generally give him credit for; he’ll take responsibility for others, even if he doesn’t like the idea. So, I do see them as close, but I’m not sure ‘friend’ is the right term. I think Goofy is Donald’s friend, Fethry is more a dependent, like the nephews in a way.