|“||I always said that youth was wasted on the young, so... give me yours.||„|
|~ Ponce de Leon confirming Louie's suspicions as he reveals his true colors.|
Ponce de Leon is the main antagonist of the 2017 DuckTales reboot episode "The Forbidden Fountain of the Foreverglades".
Originally an ancient Spanish Conquistador, after discovering the titular fountain and its powers, he became the owner of the Conquistador Inn, where he used the fountain's water to rob the youth of his teenage visitors. He is based on the Spanish explorer of the same name.
He was voiced by Nestor Carbonell.
What Makes Him Pure Evil?
- As shown in a flashback, when he first discovered the Fountain of the Foreverglades, he initially sacrificed his crew members in order to steal their life and make himself young.
- In the years following the fountain's discovery, he redirected its water to the pool of the newly-built Conquistador Inn, where he used it to drain the youth of its teenage customers for himself, leaving them elderly and often near death.
- What worse is that it seems that he could use plants to be younger, but he using people instead.
- When they discover his true identity, he traps the Duck triplets, with the intent of stealing their youth later and planning to make them so old that they won't even remember him disclosing his backstory and motive to them.
- He attempts to directly kill Scrooge McDuck and Goldie O'Gilt when they discover his true identity, stating that they "don't deserve eternal youth".
- When he falls into his life-draining pool during his fight with the aforementioned two, he attempts to drag Scrooge down with him, either to drown him or to let him age to death.
- While he does treat his customers well and gives them good service even after he drains their life, at the end of the day, he obviously doesn't actually care for their wellbeing. It's only to maintain his hotel's five-star rating and attract more potential victims to the hotel.
- Despite being involved in some funny moments, the show still treats him, specifically, as a serious threat.
- While villains like Bradford Buzzard (who murdered his brothers/clones and Black Heron in cold-blood and planned on killing everybody who is even slightly connected to adventure), Taurus Bulba (who threw his college professor Waddlemayer to another dimension and tried to destroy all of reality to remake it to his liking) and General Lunaris (who manipulated the Moonlanders into tricking them into believing that Della Duck betrayed them, threatened to kill the triplets to Donald Duck and tried to destroy Earth) have done worse than him, at least on a bigger scale, he still stands out, primarily for draining the youth and lifespans of his customers over the course of centuries. Not to mention he has less resources than them and couldn't destroy a planet even if he did want to.
- Ponce de Leon is one of the two Pure Evil DuckTales 2017 reboot villains (alongside Taurus Bulba) to appear as one-shots, though Ponce de Leon ended up dead, whereas Taurus' fate is left ambiguous.
- He is the only Pure Evil DuckTales 2017 reboot villain who officially died (although General Lunaris chance of surviving isn't great either, considering the nature of his predicament).
- So far, he is the only version of Juan Ponce de Leon to be Pure Evil.
- It possible that he made horrible crimes against American indigenous, as his Real Life counterpart did. If yes, then it'll make Ponce de Leon worse.