Morgana Macawber is a powerful — if still in need for some improvement — sorceress of the reputable Macawber Family. When she settled in St. Canard, she tried her hand at the criminal life to acquire the money to pay off her student loans, but she reformed after a few encounters with Darkwing Duck. The two almost instantly formed a romantic bond that eventually swayed Morgana to do better, going so far as becoming a member of the Justice Ducks. Like any witch, she has familiars, including a spider named Archie, and two bats named Eek and Squeak. She has black streaked hair a lá Bride of Frankenstein and always wears a clinging red dress with minor scarves or shawls. She has earned Darkwing's trust, as she is one of only four characters that he has intentionally revealed his secret identity to. According to Flapping Terror's Interview with Tad Stones, she and Darkwing were intended to get married and have children of their own; Tad even believed it would make for a good spin-off series. The name McCawber is a play on the words "macabre" and "macaw" (even though she seems to be a duck.) She is voiced by Kath Soucie.
Morgana's entire brood is introduced in "Monsters R Us", as well as people she refers to as Uncle, Granny and Auntie in "Fungus Amongus". Her father, Moloculo, is very protective of his daughter and dislikes that she is dating a "normal" or non-magic user. She also has an aunt called "Aunt Nasty" and a cousin named Globby who both appear again with Moloculo in the episode "Hot Spells". All of her relatives follow classic monster movie tropes (see Design section). Many of the Macawber Family have studied at the Eldritch Academy of Enchantment.
Uncle, Auntie, and Granny from "Fungus Amongus" are transformed into mushrooms at the end of their episode, never to be seen again. Morgana describes this as "another unfortunate side effect" of the pizza mushroom process, though it is unclear if she means that her relatives were turned into mushrooms, or if they were magically animated mushrooms all along, like the pizza mushrooms.
Originally an evil sorceress, Morgana changed her ways and became a romantic interest for Darkwing, as well as joining up with the Justice Ducks. Morgana is shown to possess a very short temper at times, especially when Darkwing has a hard time trusting her, which is shown in the season one episode "My Valentine Ghoul."
Morgana is designed as a horror movie femme fatale. Her on-screen look includes elements of the Bride of Frankenstein (hair), Morticia Addams (hidden feet), and various other movie creations. Likewise her persona screams of horror movie goddesses, switching rapidly from the sultry purr of a succubus to the roaring unstable scream of Shakespeare's three witches. She is some mix of vampire and witch, as she engages in conjurations of a witch or sorceress, but is accompanied with insectan and bat familiars (Eek, Squeak, and Archie the spider) as a Vampire would be. And, of course, she bewitches Darkwing just like a succubus or Bride of Dracula would. Onscreen, she is usually referred to as a witch or sorceress.
Her family are similarly Movie Monster tropes. "Uncle" and the rest of the board of Macawbers Mushrooms were a ghoul, a Jekyll/Hyde lady, a spidery fiend or Renfield, and a reanimated cavewoman; and her later family in "Monsters R Us" include a ghoulish undead vampire, a classic cackling witch, a cyclops, and a blob.
Disney Comics comicsEdit
Disney Adventures comicsEdit
Negaduck holds Morgana's pet mice hostage so that she will give him the power to scare people with just a look ánd transport him to a place with many happy people he can test his new ability on. Thinking quickly, Morgana agrees, promising no tricks. She gives Negaduck a blindfold to wear during the spell, which he can take off after counting to 10. Then Morgana zaps him into the middle of a house of mirrors at a funfair.
Boom Studios! comicsEdit
- Despite both being part of the protagonist team, there is not a single piece of 1990s fiction to feature both Morgana Macawber and Honker Muddlefoot, with "Malice's Restaurant" being a particularly wasted opportunity. The first fiction to allow them any sort of interaction is 2011's "F.O.W.L. Disposition".