History ComicBook / DisneyDucksComicUniverse

8th Jan '18 12:39:51 AM DragonQuestZ
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From the Creator/{{Disney}} Comics centering around Scrooge [=McDuck=] and WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck. Best known thanks to the work of Creator/CarlBarks, Creator/DonRosa and, of course, ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales''.

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From the Creator/{{Disney}} Comics centering around Scrooge [=McDuck=] and WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck. Best known thanks to The major works were by Creator/CarlBarks and Creator/DonRosa. This also includes the work of Creator/CarlBarks, Creator/DonRosa and, of course, ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales''.
''Franchise/DuckTales'' franchise.
18th Nov '17 10:51:15 PM Synchronicity
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* WealthsInAName:
** Scrooge [=McDuck=]'s name plays on the character of Scrooge in ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'', i.e. a rich miser.
** One of Scrooge's recurring nemeses is Flintheart Glomgold, a greedy miser. Gold, of course, is a precious metal, and "glom" is a slang term for "hoard" or "seize."
** No less than ''four'' separate other business rivals of Scrooge are called "Gotrocks" [[note]]("Mr. Gotrocks" is common American slang for someone who has a lot of money and goes around flaunting it; a "rock" being an old slang term for a large diamond)[[/note]].
5th Nov '17 12:18:21 PM grund
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* WackyRacing: The italian 4-part story "La Grande Corsa" (The Big Race) has a [[TimeMaster time controlling]] midget steals Scrooge's dime and makes him participate in a rally (in the Duckburg from past, present and future) against his opponents, and with the help of his friends and family, in order to take it back.
3rd Nov '17 5:05:19 PM MadAnthony94
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* ArtisticLicenseGeography: ''Once and Future Duck'' puts Camelot at Cadbury Castle, which isn't a problem in itself (it's one of several hypotheses that are unlikely to be discredited)... but the characters easily get back and forth between it and Stonehenge, in less than a day, ''on foot''. Stonehenge and Cadbury Castle are about forty miles apart.
2nd Nov '17 8:17:40 AM RedScharlach
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* ArtifactOfDoom: An italian story center around a mysterious item from outer space that did absolutely nothing, but was still more an Artifact of Doom than a MacGuffin. It was so absolutely and completely useless anything done with it was automatically a waste of time and amounted to nothing. It was in the possession of Scrooge [=McDuck=] first, so he naturally tried to make money out of it, but his every attempt merely broke even, until he managed to sell it to Rockerduck (at zero profit). As time went on, the sheer uselessness of the item made it hold a peculiar fascination to people, and news of it apparently spread globally. Everyone was in fact so affected by the uselessness that they began to turn apathetic and think nothing was worth doing because it was useless, or were inspired to start doing completely useless things themselves. A researcher then came to the conclusion that the item could cause TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt unless it was launched back into space to remove its effect on the collective psyche. [[spoiler:But when they did this, the story subverted its own premise, because the item saved the entire planet; it was picked up by an alien armada of doom, whose leader consequently decided attacking the Earth would be pointless, and decided not to bother.]] Perhaps a TrueNeutral equivalent of the default evil Artifact of Doom.

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* ArtifactOfDoom: An italian Italian story center around a mysterious item from outer space that did absolutely nothing, but was still more an Artifact of Doom than a MacGuffin. It was so absolutely and completely useless anything done with it was automatically a waste of time and amounted to nothing. It was in the possession of Scrooge [=McDuck=] first, so he naturally tried to make money out of it, but his every attempt merely broke even, until he managed to sell it to Rockerduck (at zero profit). As time went on, the sheer uselessness of the item made it hold a peculiar fascination to people, and news of it apparently spread globally. Everyone was in fact so affected by the uselessness that they began to turn apathetic and think nothing was worth doing because it was useless, or were inspired to start doing completely useless things themselves. A researcher then came to the conclusion that the item could cause TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt unless it was launched back into space to remove its effect on the collective psyche. [[spoiler:But when they did this, the story subverted its own premise, because the item saved the entire planet; it was picked up by an alien armada of doom, whose leader consequently decided attacking the Earth would be pointless, and decided not to bother.]] Perhaps a TrueNeutral equivalent of the default evil Artifact of Doom.



** In Italian comics, Donald has a superhero / AntiHero alter ego called Paperinik, who is Donald with a costume based on [[GentlemanThief Fantomius]] with a domino mask and Donald's signature hat, yet ''nobody'' noticed in spite of people knowing their resemblance. It's explained, as in the previous case, due a combination of people not wanting to believe the lazy Donald is the city's idol and [[TheDreaded scariest person]], Donald and Paperinik having appeared before people at the same time (due either robots taking Donald's place or volunteers replacing Paperinik), and Paperinik being a MasterOfDisguise who has disguised himself as Donald multiple times (or, in one memorable occasion, as [[ItMakesSenseInContext a monster disguised as Paperinik disguised as John Rockerduck disguised as Paperinik]]). The rather obscure video game adaptation, ''PK: Out of the Shadows'', reinforces the difference by adding the fact that, as Paperinik, Donald uses a voice modulator to disguise his voice (while Donald is still voiced by Tony Anselmo, Paperinik's voice is done by Creator/RobPaulsen).

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** In Italian comics, Donald has a superhero / AntiHero alter ego called Paperinik, who is Donald with a costume based on [[GentlemanThief Fantomius]] with a domino mask and Donald's signature hat, yet ''nobody'' noticed in spite of people knowing their resemblance. It's explained, as in the previous case, due to a combination of people not wanting to believe the lazy Donald is the city's idol and [[TheDreaded scariest person]], Donald and Paperinik having appeared before people at the same time (due either robots taking Donald's place or volunteers replacing Paperinik), and Paperinik being a MasterOfDisguise who has disguised himself as Donald multiple times (or, in one memorable occasion, as [[ItMakesSenseInContext a monster disguised as Paperinik disguised as John Rockerduck disguised as Paperinik]]). The rather obscure video game adaptation, ''PK: Out of the Shadows'', reinforces the difference by adding the fact that, as Paperinik, Donald uses a voice modulator to disguise his voice (while Donald is still voiced by Tony Anselmo, Paperinik's voice is done by Creator/RobPaulsen).



* ComicBookTime: Most apparent with Scrooge's history in the Klondike, which was perfectly plausible when Carl Barks introduced it in the comics but would've meant Scrooge was over a hundred by the time of [=DuckTales=]. Some Italian stories play with it to imply that he is effectively immortal. For example a story with Scrooge celebrating the New Year of 2000, has a brief flashback with him celebrating the New Year of 1900.
* ContinuityNod: Don Rosa pretty much formed his entire career working with the Duck Family around this. Nearly all, if not all, of his stories reference a previous one ''or'' one of Carl Barks stories in some shape or form. The greatest contribution to this might be Scrooge's trophy room inside his Money Bin, which Rosa features in a few of his stories, such as ''Return to Xanadu''. It allows for the display of various treasures and items that Scrooge and his nephews have collected on their previous adventures, such as the golden fleece (From Barks ''The Golden Fleecing''), the goose egg nugget (From Barks ''Back to the Klondike''), and the crown of Genghis Khan (From Barks ''The Lost Crown of Genghis Khan'').

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* ComicBookTime: Most apparent with Scrooge's history in the Klondike, which was perfectly plausible when Carl Barks introduced it in the comics but would've meant Scrooge was over a hundred by the time of [=DuckTales=]. Some Italian stories play with it to imply that he is effectively immortal. For example example, a story with Scrooge celebrating the New Year of 2000, 2000 has a brief flashback with him celebrating the New Year of 1900.
* ContinuityNod: Don Rosa pretty much formed shaped his entire career working with the Duck Family around this. Nearly all, if not all, of his stories reference a previous one ''or'' one of Carl Barks stories in some shape or form. The greatest contribution to this might be Scrooge's trophy room inside his Money Bin, which Rosa features in a few of his stories, such as ''Return to Xanadu''. It allows for the display of various treasures and items that Scrooge and his nephews have collected on their previous adventures, such as the golden fleece (From Barks ''The Golden Fleecing''), the goose egg nugget (From Barks ''Back to the Klondike''), and the crown of Genghis Khan (From Barks ''The Lost Crown of Genghis Khan'').



-->'''Scrooge to his Donald:''' You seem to forget, nephew, that i've had some success with "wacky legends"--like Jason's golden fleece, the philosopher's stone, king solomon's mines, vulcan's hammer, and plenty more!

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-->'''Scrooge to his Donald:''' You seem to forget, nephew, that i've I've had some success with "wacky legends"--like Jason's golden fleece, the philosopher's stone, king solomon's mines, vulcan's hammer, and plenty more!



** There's quite a few characters that only appear in stories by some authors whose existences are ignored by others, including cousin Fethry, Birgita [=McBridge=], Donald's superhero alter ago, Paperinik, Scrooge's butler Battista, Scrooge's half-brother Rumpus [=McFowl=], Scrooge's ''actual'' brother Gideon [=McDuck=], John D. Rockerduck for most American authors, Flintheart Glomgold for most Italian ones, ectera...
** One other thing that's wildly inconsistent between authors is the 'verse's relation to the ComicBook/MickeyMouseComicUniverse. Some authors have them share a universe, but have the Mouse stories set in a different town called Mouseton, whereas others have both set in Duckburg same as the Duck stories. Some authors seem to set the stories in separate continuities. As noted under CelebrityParadox, Don Rosa has an odd take on this: WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse seems to exist within his stories... as a cartoon character.

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** There's quite a few characters that only appear in stories by some authors whose existences are ignored by others, including cousin Fethry, Birgita [=McBridge=], Donald's superhero alter ago, Paperinik, Scrooge's butler Battista, Scrooge's half-brother Rumpus [=McFowl=], Scrooge's ''actual'' brother Gideon [=McDuck=], John D. Rockerduck for most American authors, Flintheart Glomgold for most Italian ones, ectera...
etc.
** One other thing that's wildly inconsistent between authors is the 'verse's relation to the ComicBook/MickeyMouseComicUniverse. Some authors have them share a universe, but have the Mouse stories set in a different town called Mouseton, whereas others have both set in Duckburg same as Duckburg, like the Duck stories. Some authors seem to set the stories in separate continuities. As noted under CelebrityParadox, Don Rosa has an odd take on this: WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse seems to exist within his stories... as a cartoon character.



* DurableDeathtrap: Donald and his uncle Scrooge [=McDuck=] along with their nephews Huey, Luey and Dewey, often run into these .

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* DurableDeathtrap: Donald and his uncle Scrooge [=McDuck=] along with their nephews Huey, Luey and Dewey, and Louie, often run into these .
these.



* FunWithAcronyms: Woodchuck titles. The story W.H.A.D.A.L.O.T.T.A.J.A.R.G.O.N.[[labelnote:*]]When Huey And Dewey And Louie Originally Thought To Adapt Junior-woodchuck Attitudes, Regulations and Grandiose Organisational Nomenclature[[/labelnote]] is particularly full of this.

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* FunWithAcronyms: Woodchuck titles. The story W.H.A.D.A.L.O.T.T.A.J.A.R.G.O.N.[[labelnote:*]]When Huey And Dewey And Louie Originally Thought To Adapt Junior-woodchuck Attitudes, Regulations and Grandiose Organisational Organizational Nomenclature[[/labelnote]] is particularly full of this.



* InsaneTrollLogic: Italian stories like this. There's a story where Scrooge is continuously hit by lightning because he's "at the top of the world", a story where Scrooge moves in with a group of fishmen on the bottom of the sea to learn to handle deep sea pressure so he can cope with the pressure of being the world's richest, and a story where round-up unprocessed communal documents is the perfect retardant for a makeshift explosive because it's the slowest-moving anything in the universe. The stories just tend to handwave it off and ask you to pretend it makes sense.

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* InsaneTrollLogic: Italian stories like this. There's a story where Scrooge is continuously hit by lightning because he's "at the top of the world", a story where Scrooge moves in with a group of fishmen on the bottom of the sea to learn to handle deep sea pressure so he can cope with the pressure of being the world's richest, and a story where round-up unprocessed communal documents bureaucratic red tape is the perfect retardant for a makeshift explosive because it's the slowest-moving anything in the universe. The stories just tend to handwave it off and ask you to pretend it makes sense.



** Paperinika, alias Daisy, goes through Donald's same problem at balancing superhero work and civilian identity. Thankfully, her GadgeteerGenius did ''not'' wipe her memory of her identity, so she has a confident.
** The infamous BelligerentSexualTension between Paperinik and Paperinika is only made worse by the fact they hate each other as superheroes (or at least ''try'') and are loyal to their respective significant others... Who just happen to be each other.

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** Paperinika, alias Daisy, goes through Donald's the same problem at with balancing superhero work and civilian identity. Thankfully, her GadgeteerGenius did ''not'' wipe her memory of her identity, so she has a confident.
confidante.
** The infamous BelligerentSexualTension between Paperinik and Paperinika is only made worse by the fact they hate each other as superheroes (or at least ''try'') and are loyal to their respective significant others... Who who just happen to be each other.



** An italian Donald Duck story revolves around Donald Duck, Fethry Duck and Gladstone Gander recieving an inheritance from a distant uncle, who has a secret condition for who will be given his estate, which will be revealed after spending the night in his old castle. Donald and Fethry agree to team up and share the estate to try and offset Gladstone's infuriating luck. After several misadventures during the night, the executor of the will reveals that the uncle wanted his inheritor to be like him; lazy and plagued with bad luck. Donald has bad luck, but works hard. Gladstone is lazy but is extremely lucky. So, the inheritance goes to Fethry, who is both lazy and has bad luck. Unfortunatly for Fethry and Donald, the estate consists mostly of a massive debt, which wont be covered by selling off its assetts, meaning that Gladstones luck saved him by having him lose the inheritance.

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** An italian Italian Donald Duck story revolves around Donald Duck, Fethry Duck and Gladstone Gander recieving an inheritance from a distant uncle, who has a secret condition for to determine who will be given his estate, which will be revealed after spending the night in his old castle. Donald and Fethry agree to team up and share the estate to try and offset Gladstone's infuriating luck. After several misadventures during the night, the executor of the will reveals that the uncle wanted his inheritor to be like him; lazy and plagued with bad luck. Donald has bad luck, but works hard. Gladstone is lazy but is extremely lucky. So, So the inheritance goes to Fethry, who is both lazy and has bad luck. Unfortunatly Unfortunately for Fethry and Donald, the estate consists mostly of a massive debt, which wont won't be covered by selling off its assetts, assets, meaning that Gladstones Gladstone's luck saved him by having him lose the inheritance.
12th Oct '17 6:12:57 AM WolfMattGrey
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* EastwardEndeavor: This trope backfired in Carl Barks' classic "Tralla La" story. Uncle Scrooge is so stressed by his money-centric life that he tries to escape it for a while, searching for a place without a monetary system to relax. He and his nephews discover [[TheShangriLa Tralla La]], hidden in the Himalayas. However, Scrooge brings his troubles with him, accidentally making bottle caps the new money of Tralla La and ruining the paradise he was looking for.

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* EastwardEndeavor: EastwardEndeavor:
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This trope backfired in Carl Barks' classic "Tralla La" story. Uncle Scrooge is so stressed by his money-centric life that he tries to escape it for a while, searching for a place without a monetary system to relax. He and his nephews discover [[TheShangriLa Tralla La]], hidden in the Himalayas. However, Scrooge brings his troubles with him, accidentally making bottle caps the new money of Tralla La and ruining the paradise he was looking for.
12th Oct '17 1:02:56 AM WolfMattGrey
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* EastwardEndeavor: This trope backfired in Carl Barks' classic "Tralla La" story. Uncle Scrooge is so stressed by his money-centric life that he tries to escape it for a while, searching for a place without a monetary system to relax. He and his nephews discover [[TheShangriLa Tralla La]], hidden in the Himalayas. However, Scrooge brings his troubles with him, accidentally making bottle caps the new money of Tralla La and ruining the paradise he was looking for.
** A sequel by Don Rosa has the ducks searching for the mythical city of Xanadu and discovering it's actually Tralla La. The bottle cap situation was solved while they weren't there and Tralla La was back to being an utopia. Scrooge and co. start to enjoy it again until they accidentally flood the city. They actually solve that problem (ironically with the help of the bottle caps, forged into saws to access the floodgate) and leave the city for good.
30th Sep '17 6:55:22 PM MadAnthony94
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* {{Nephewism}}:
** The relation between Donald and the triplets is a contender for the TropeMaker. Donald himself also spends a lot of time with his own uncle Scrooge. And Scrooge is eventually revealed to have left Scotland at a young age to live with his own uncle Pothole (though only briefly). You'd think it was a family tradition.
** Gladstone and Fethry both have nephews, Shamrock and Dugan, who basically play for the triplets the same role their uncles play for Scrooge. So does Gyro, come to think of it.
28th Sep '17 1:00:23 PM Morgenthaler
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** There's an Italian comic where Donald takes a nap on a bed in Gyro Gearloose's workplace, but accidentally activates a dream device by releasing a nightmare potion. The rest of the comic features freaky scenes such as [[DirtyCop the Beagle Boys running the police force]] and pursuing Donald, Uncle Scrooge dying when he activates his Money Bin's self-destruct before turning into a [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever giant coin-monster]], and Little Helper becoming a robotic MadScientist by switching places with Gyro. At the end Donald wakes up back in Gyro's workplace and realizes it was all a dream.

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** There's an Italian comic by Marco Rota where Donald takes a nap on a bed in Gyro Gearloose's workplace, but accidentally activates a dream device by releasing a nightmare potion. The rest of the comic features freaky scenes such as [[DirtyCop the Beagle Boys running the police force]] and pursuing Donald, Uncle Scrooge dying when he activates his Money Bin's self-destruct before turning into a [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever giant coin-monster]], and Little Helper becoming a robotic MadScientist by switching places with Gyro. At the end Donald wakes up back in Gyro's workplace and realizes it was all a dream.
27th Sep '17 6:33:02 PM SwampAdder
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* LoveTriangle: Averted. Despite the fact that Brigitta Mac Bridge and Glittering Goldie love the same man, Scrooge [=McDuck=], these two quite different ladies have never been in conflict in the rare comic stories where they both appear. In Scarpa's story ''Arriva Paperetta Yè-Yè'' ("The Arrival of Dickie Duck"), Brigitta feels really sad when she sees Scrooge and Glittering together for a brief moment, but then Glittering comforts her and says that she assumes Brigitta loves Scrooge's stinginess more than himself and Brigitta thanks for Glittering's "kind" words and calls her "my friend".

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* LoveTriangle: Averted. Despite the fact that Brigitta Mac Bridge and Glittering Goldie love the same man, Scrooge [=McDuck=], these two quite different ladies have never been in conflict in the rare comic stories where they both appear. In Scarpa's story ''Arriva Paperetta Yè-Yè'' ("The Arrival of Dickie Duck"), Brigitta feels really sad when she sees Scrooge and Glittering Goldie together for a brief moment, but then Glittering Goldie comforts her and says that she assumes Brigitta loves Scrooge's stinginess more than himself and Brigitta thanks for Glittering's Goldie's "kind" words and calls her "my friend".
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