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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 FOWL to the audience.|
|“||Your little adventure fantasy is coming to an end, McDuck!||„|
|~ Bradford revealing himself as the leader of F.O.W.L to Scrooge.|
Director Bradford Buzzard is the overarching antagonist of the 2017 DuckTales reboot franchise.
He is the overarching antagonist of the 2017 DuckTales reboot series, serving as the overarching antagonist of the first two seasons and the main antagonist of the third and final season.He is the overarching antagonist of the comic series.
He is an anthropomorphic vulture who appeared as chairman of McDuck Enterprises' board of directors along with Bentley and Buford throughout the first two seasons until it was revealed in the Season 2 finale that he is actually the founder and leader of FOWL and head of its High Command. He is one of Scrooge McDuck’s archenemies afterFlintheart Glomgold, Ma Beagle and Magica De Spell. He is also the grandson of the famous explorer, Isabella Finch, whose thirst for adventure unfortunately led him down the path of villainy.
|“||Bradford: Look what you turned me into: A BASE VILLAIN!
Bentina: The Sword of Swanstantine amplifies who you are inside!
Della: This is all you, you buzzard!
|~ Bentina and Della pointing out to Bradford that using the Sword of Swanstantine only reveals who he truly is in his heart, and that he is held accountable for his own actions.|
Before being revealed as the founder and leader of F.O.W.L., Bradford was already presented as a greedy person who only cared about the finances 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.
However, this is all a facade to hide his true nature: an extremely intelligent, sadistic, ruthless, uncaring and corrupt businessman who wants 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 for such an action. 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 and embezzling some of Scrooge's money behind the shadows, 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 minions' 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 members' supervillain-like schemes, believing they are doing nothing but drawing attention of F.O.W.L.'s operations to the authorities.
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 to save reality. Even when the triplets found out about Bradford's true nature, he surprises the triplets by pushing them into the Ramrod and runs away in a failed attempt to cover his tracks.
Bradford is considered to be delusional in nature as he stubbornly refuses to see himself as evil, believing his plans will ultimately bring order and stability to the world. He also dismisses the idea of F.O.W.L. being a supervillain organization several times, despite the fact that his agents truly see themselves as villains due to their notorious activities; even the heinous Taurus Bulba rightfully chews out Bradford for his complete cowardice and denial over it. Bradford also originally called the organization O.W.L. as he believed that his goal would be for the good of the world, 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 bad guy, he tells them that "bad guy" is only a matter of perspective and he would be considered one in the triplets' 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. Even in "The Last Adventure", when being turned into a monstrous form by the Sword of Swanstantine, Bradford furiously blames the Ducks for turning him into a 'base villain', only for the Ducks to furiously retort that he himself was always a villain as the Sword only reflects on his dark nature.
It was also shown that Bradford had at least some level of standards, though often for pragmatic reasons. He is against villains like General Lunaris and 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 chews him out for this, to which Bulba responds by going rogue against Bradford. 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. However, this all goes moot in "The Last Adventure" as Bradford has no qualms in reengineering the Solego Circuit's functions into eliminating objects and people from existence and the Papyrus for his true plot to rid the world of all adventures, showing that he and his standards are hypocritical in nature. This was further shown when he blamed the Ducks for Magica De Spell and General Lunaris' attacks, despite being aware that he was the one who set off the events behind the shadows in the first place. He even berated his agents for indulging into petty villainy such as an evil laughter, only for himself to engage as such while attempting to drop Donald into the black hole after outwitting Scrooge. Also, even though he has magical artifacts housed in storage and choosing not to use them for most of the series out of fear that it would cause more chaos, he still uses the Sword of Swanstantine against Scrooge in their final battle.
It was later revealed that the true cause of his evil nature was because he felt traumatized by the adventures that his grandmother Isabella Finch dragged him into when he was a child, despite the fact that his grandmother wanted to instill a sense of true adventure for a better life. However, because Bradford only saw the dark side of adventure (the dangers that he and his grandmother went through), he refuses to see past through this as he genuinely believes that adventures are causing chaos to the world and that the only way to bring order is to end all adventures.
It is also shown that he secretly despises Scrooge due to the latter's love of adventures, and that he is willing to harm Scrooge's family in order to coerce him to sign a contract (with the usage of the Papyrus) that would forbid Scrooge from ever adventuring again. This intention also drove Bradford in turning against his own minions as he willingly send Black Heron and his clones to their deaths in the Solego Circuit to avoid any possibility of causing unpredictable chaos by their actions; he even tried to do the same to Donald out of spite after successfully forcing Scrooge to sign the contract.
However, Bradford's power-hungry nature eventually led to him shedding all the redeeming qualities he once had and is willing to kill anyone who gets in his way, which proved to be his downfall as his disposal of Black Heron and his clones drove May and June to free Scrooge's family, depower the Solego Circuit and battle against him. Even Louie manages to exploit a major loophole in Bradford's contract by stating that family is the greatest adventure, to which the Papyrus obliges, which depowers Bradford and leaves him at the mercy of Magica, Flintheart Glomgold, Ma Beagle and the Beagle Boys, who furiously turn him into a mindless vulture as punishment for his crimes.
Overall, Bradford has proven to be one of the most vicious and heinous villains that Disney ever created. Despite his tragic backstory, good intentions and redemptive qualities, Bradford threw it all aside and allowed his hatred of adventure and the Duck family to consume him, making him no better than the threats (especially Lunaris and Bulba) that he opposed. He is more than willing to kill at least thousands of people, including children, simply out of his hatred of adventure. Moreover, he happily caused great harm to Scrooge and his family, despite the fact that Scrooge trusted him very much, and he would not hesitate to kill his closest allies or even members of his own family (as Buford and Bentley are his clones) all for the sake of power and destruction. All this makes Bradford one of the worst, and by far, the most personal and hated enemy of Scrooge and his family.
- Bentley and Buford Buzzard (formerly)
- Black Heron (formerly)
- John D. Rockerduck
- Gandra Dee (formerly)
- Phantom Blot
- Taurus Bulba (formerly)
- Fearsome Four (formerly)
- Don Karnage
- May and June (formerly)
- Ludwig Von Drake
- Bentina Beakley
- McDuck Enterprises
- Scrooge McDuck
- Donald Duck
- Della Duck
- Huey, Dewey and Louie
- Webby Vanderquack
- Launchpad McQuack
- Gyro Gearloose
- Fenton Crackshell-Cabrera/Gizmoduck
- Emily Quackfaster
- Flintheart Glomgold
- Ma Beagle
- Magica De Spell
- General Lunaris
- Lieutenant Penumbra
- Taurus Bulba
- Gandra Dee
- Sabrewing Family
- Lena Sabrewing
- Violet Sabrewing
- Gosalyn Waddlemeyer
- Darkwing Duck
- Santa Claus
- Goldie O'Gilt
- Kit Cloudkicker
- Molly Cunningham
- Gene the Genie
- May and June
Seasons 1 & 2
- It had been said that Bradford is over a hundred years old like Scrooge.
- Being one-quarter finch through his grandmother, Isabella Finch, Bradford is the second known interspecies hybrid character in the 2017 TV series' continuity, the first being Gladstone Gander.
- Bradford is the overarching antagonist of the entire series, as it was revealed in the finale that he was the one who told Della about the Spear of Selene in the first place, thus causing her to be lost in space and kicking off most of the events of the plot. This created a rift between Scrooge and his family that allowed Magica De Spell to get close enough to retrieve his number one dime and regain her physical form. Not to mention that Della's stranding would allow for General Lunaris to invade Earth (said invasion ironically being the very reason for Bradford and FOWL to initiate their direct attacks against the Duck family in the first place).
- Despite knowing he was mostly indirectly responsible for Magica's return and Lunaris' invasion, Bradford instead blamed the McDuck family for it all.
- 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.
- The only notable difference is that the middle member is shaped like a duck, while Bradford is a vulture, much like the other two members.
- Despite his villainy, Bradford did have a few standards even before or after his true nature was revealed.
- During Scrooge's (fake) funeral, his face at Glomgold when he barged to posture were those of pure anger and disgust.
- However, it can also be not out of standards, but out of annoyance since Season 3 establishes Bradford as a no-nonsense boss of F.O.W.L, and is disgusted and angered by Glomgold because what he is doing is what he considers annoying and nonsensical. It can also be due his obsession with order and what Glomgold is doing in what is supposed to be a funeral is disorderly in his eyes.
- Bradford chews out Bulba on the use of the Ramrod due to how it threatens to destroy the world, which he tells Bulba is not the intent of F.O.W.L. Not only that, he points out that the usage also risks Scrooge finding out, which ultimately happens.
- Despite this, Bradford had no problem using the Ramrod with the universe at risk with no remorse to trap the triplets, despite trying to modify it afterwards. If any, his excuses regarding Bulba's actions are extremely petty at best.
- Bradford had a machine that could destroy Duckberg and the world, but refuses to use it due to wanting to rule the world with an iron fist as a totalitarian dictator and imposing a forceful absolute order system on the population of the world.
- During Scrooge's (fake) funeral, his face at Glomgold when he barged to posture were those of pure anger and disgust.
- A plot hole created by the first episode is that Bentley is shown seated center and speaking rather than Bradford. All subsequent episodes have Bradford seated center and speaking, with it later revealed that the other two are clones who cannot speak in full coherent sentences.
- However, this could most likely either be just an oversight by the animators, or Bradford and Bentley had designs switched following production of the pilot.
- Alternatively, it could also be a reference to "Dirty Money", the High Command's first actual appearance, where the right and middle members swapped places, let alone speaking roles (in fact, there’s a scene where said member is talking to Ammonia Pine alone), which is possibly a subtle hint to Bradford's main villain status in Season 3. Coincidentally in both cases, the middle and far right members places were switched, giving credence to the idea even further than the first point.
- Although he lacked in adventures, Bradford’s grandmother should’ve been aware of her grandson’s trauma so that he wouldn’t have become the villain he was.
- In fact, it can be argued that Bradford is a dark representation of how the boys, particularly Huey, could have ended up had they not have a moral compass or possibly even proper parental guidance. His reactions to his childhood adventures are ultimately what shaped his world views, and it seemed Isabella never attempted to help with his emotional issues the way Scrooge/Donald/Della did for the boys. He has most similarities to Huey due to Junior Woodchuck's history and love of order.
- Unlike every other antagonist in the series, Bradford is the only one who doesn't see himself or his organization as evil, believing that stopping the McDuck family will help bring order to the world. Ironically, due to his heinous actions, he is considered to as the most despicable villain that the McDuck family ever faced; even other villains (such as Magica, Glomgold, the Beagle Boys, and Bulba) despise him for his heinous and deluded nature, though Bulba himself was still irredeemably atrocious. Even moreso, Bradford earned his ultimate comeuppance by being turned into a normal buzzard by Magica in the final episode, keeping him as a pet as a punishment for his atrocities.
- Bradford Buzzard at the Pure Evil wiki
- Bradford Buzzard at the Disney wiki
- Bradford Buzzard at the DuckTales wiki