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|“||This has gone too far. The ducks almost cost us the world today. And without the world, who would we larceny against? The pieces are finally in place. Time to come out of the shadows, take control and end Clan McDuck. If the McDuck family wants an adventure… we'll give them their last.||„|
|~ Bradford revealing himself as the leader of F.O.W.L to the audience.|
|“||We are F.OW.L. We have to be smarter than that. We're not trying to destroy the world, we're going to steal it out from underneath McDuck's nose.||„|
|~ Bradford expressing F.O.W.L's goals.|
Director Bradford Buzzard is the overarching antagonist of the 2017 DuckTales reboot series, serving as the overarching antagonist of Seasons 1 and 2 and the main antagonist of the third and final season.
Throughout most of the series, he was the chairman of Scrooges company and one of the members of the board of directors along with Bentley and Buford until it's revealed in the Season 2 finale that he is actually a member of The High Command and leader of FOWL.
Before being revealed as the leader of F.O.W.L, Bradford was already presented as a greedy person who only cared about the money of McDuck enterprises, is described as cheap, and it shows as he continually pushes for Scrooge to make cuts to spending. Despite being part of Scrooge's board of directors and the chairman of the company, Bradford is shown to not have the best relationship with Scrooge, frequently arguing with him on many occasions, mostly about the budget of the company. Though despite this, he was shown to have been reasonable on some occasions, as he did allow Scrooge to search for Della Duck for over 10 years before shutting him down after it was clear all he was going to do was bankrupt himself, though Bradford was also shown to have smiled at it. Bradford also seemed genuinely disgusted at Glomgold for disrespecting Scrooge at his fake funeral, showing he possibly could have had some heart.
After revealing himself as the leader of F.O.W.L, Bradford is shown to be ruthless and uncaring, wanting nothing more than to take over the world and being perfectly fine with the idea of eliminating Scrooge's entire family just to achieve their goal. Bradford is also shown to have no problem with hurting children even before he was revealed as the leader of F.O.W.L; he had suggested to Louie that they cut funding to the magic wards on a mysterious island in the Heron Sea. His facial expressions and body language imply that he knew exactly what he was doing when he tricked Louie into releasing the Bombie, a being that would hunt Louie down. After he reveals himself as the leader of F.O.W.L, he puts the triplets into situations that could get them killed several times. He also has an even stronger desire for money than shown before, wanting to commit grand larceny on a global scale, all to fund more of F.O.W.L's operations.
Just like with Scrooge, Bradford is also shown to have a poor relationship with the other members of F.O.W.L. He and Black Heron argue frequently, and Bradford is often annoyed by his other minion's lack of intelligence. He is also shown to mistreat his minions; for example, he placed a mechanism in Steelbeak’s metal beak, allowing him to clamp him when he feels like it. He also gets annoyed with the other member's supervillain-like schemes, believing they are doing nothing but drawing attention to F.O.W.L's operations.
Bradford is also shown to be a massive coward, running away from any danger he gets himself into and often relying on surprise or cheap tactics to win. For example, in "Let's Get Dangerous", he is more focused on escaping rather than putting himself in danger, and when Louie figures out he is the leader of F.O.W.L, he surprises the triplets, pushing them into the RamRod and runs away.
Bradford also doesn't believe himself to be evil, believing his plans will ultimately bring order and stability to the world. He dismisses the idea of F.O.W.L being a group of supervillains several times, even when his agents see themselves as ones. He also originally called the organization O.W.L, believing that his goal was good, and only added the Fiendish part at the beginning when Heron refused to help if he didn't. Adding to this, when he was unmasked by the triplets as the leader of F.O.W.L and they called him a crook, he tells them that "bad guy" is a matter of perspective. In "The First Adventure!", it is revealed Bradford was once an accountant for S.H.U.S.H, and did have good intentions in his goals, wanting to rule the world from behind the shadows because he saw how much stopping chaos was costing the organization, only founding F.O.W.L when Ludwig von Drake dismissed his idea.
Despite Bradford's evil nature though, he is shown to at least have some level of standards, though often for pragmatic reasons. He is against villains like General Lunaris and Taurus Bulba's attempts to destroy the world as Bradford wants to rule it from the shadows. When Bulba's RamRod threatens to destroy the world, Bradford also chews him out on how that is not F.O.W.L's goal, to which Bulba responds by going rouge, which Bradford seems to be genuinely unhappy with. He also thinks some things are too dangerous to be used, only wanting the Papyrus of Binding because he sees it as a threat to order.
- Bentley and Buford Buzzard
- Black Heron
- John D. Rockerduck
- Gandra Dee
- Phantom Blot
- Taurus Bulba (formerly)
- Ludwig Von Drake
- Scrooge McDuck
- Donald Duck
- Della Duck
- Bentina Beakley
- Huey Dewey and Louie
- Webby Vanderquack
- Launchpad McQuack
- Gyro Gearloose/Gizmoduck
- Emily Quackfaster
- Flintheart Glomgold
- Magica De Spell
- General Lunaris
- Lieutenant Penumbra
- Taurus Bulba
- Lena Sabrewing
- Violet Sabrewing
- Bradford is the Greater-Scope Villain of the entire series, as it was him stopping Scrooge from continuing to search for Della that kicked off most of the events of the plot. He is also later revealed to be the founder of F.O.W.L, and has been acting behind in the shadows throughout the entire series.
- Bradford is likely based on the middle member of the trio of The High Command as they both are the most prominent speaking, the one giving the most orders to the rest of F.O.W.L and are the leader of the trio.
- Unlike every other antagonist in the series, Bradford is the only one who doesn't see himself or his organization as evil, believeing that stopping the McDuck family will help bring order to the world.