He is often shown as having little social competence, however, and is often portrayed as being very forgetful, sometimes even somewhat senile.
In spite of being a world-renowned scientist, psychiatrist, and lecturer, Ludwig is incredibly wacky, somewhat bumbling and, as he puts it, "Kooky! He is known for being extremely intelligent and more than likely to know nearly everything about a certain topic ranging from science to music.
He prides himself in his intellect, and never hesitates to attempt to convince others of his genius, to the point where he can be somewhat of an egotist.
Kahl was said to have been inspired in part by Picasso when finalizing Ludwig's design.Von Drake comes from Vienna, Austria, and has a fascination with knowledge.In Ludwig's second animated appearance, "The Hunting Instinct", Walt Disney says that Ludwig has obtained degrees from such universities as Oxford, Cambridge, and Heidelberg, and, in one of his comic strip appearances, Ludwig himself claims that he has obtained "about 98 degrees" in total.After Ludwig's conclusion from the anthology series, the character would appear randomly in various spots, such as "Donald Duck's 50th Birthday" The Magical World of Disney broadcast in 1984 and "Down and Out with Donald Duck" in 1987, both of which featured Ludwig dealing with Donald's unstable temper.Also in 1987, Von Drake co-hosted "Disney's DTV Doggone Valentine" television special alongside Mickey and Jiminy Cricket.By 1954, he had his own weekly anthology TV series, called Disneyland, on ABC.