History Comicbook / TheLifeAndTimesOfScroogeMcDuck

2nd Dec '16 9:36:24 PM nabu-san
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*AmusingInjuries: Scrooge is sent to cut off barbed wires off-screen, but when he appears, he is covered in sharp barbed wires. Although Scrooge explicitely says to hurts like hell, it's PlayedForLaughs. Another instance is Scrooge getting electrocuted.
*EasilyOverheardConversation: Everyone in town somehow overhears Howard saying to Scrooge that he needs to put the claim on his land to get rich.
*EndOfAnAge: The age of migrating great cow herds has ended as more people have claimed for themselves the lands on which cows feed.



* [[OneManArmy One-Duck Army]]

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*HardWorkHardlyWorks: Scrooge works hard to mine for copper, but with no skill or luck, his attempt at finding copper are unsuccessful.
* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood: John Roderduck is a spoiled and unpleasant brat, no wonder the prospect of his father wiping him with a horsewhip comes off as hilarious instead of shocking.
*IdleRich: Howard Roderduck's wife and son are this. They actually look down on him for daring to ''[=*gasp*=]'', work with his hands.
* LoopholeAbuse: Howard tries to get Scrooge a claim to a very rich copper vein due to an obscure rule stipulating the person who owns land where the vein is closest to the surface gets the whole vein.
* MentorArchetype: Howard Roderduck becomes a mining teacher to Scrooge, and teaches him everything down to how to swing his pickaxe the good way.
* [[OneManArmy One-Duck Army]]Army]]: Scrooge proves himself worthy of this trope by fighting hundreds of miners to the last.
* SadisticChoice: Scrooge is offered 10,000$ for his copper vein, a ridiculoously low price. However a telegraph from his family urging him to come back home forces him to either abandon his family to get rich in the long term and take the 10,000$ he needs to travel right now at the cost of his future fortune. Scrooge chooses the 10,000$.
* SchmuckBait: Scrooge baits a bunch of miners who want his claim into his cabin by taunting them from seemingly inside. They are all trapped inside by Scrooge, who kicks the cabin into a nearby river.


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* ShaggyDogStory: After literally having to fight off an army of people, Scrooge must abandon his claim to wealth and return to Scotland because his family needs him at the moment.


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*VineSwing: Scrooge tries to go ahead of a mob of people by swinging above them with an electrical wire.
*WorthlessYellowRocks: In this case, Scrooge discovering copper is at first treated with contempt. However, once the news about electricity and the subsequent explosion in copper's value triggers a town-wide copper rush.
1st Dec '16 12:41:39 PM nabu-san
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*BearsAreBadNews: Scrooge and Roosevelt are cornered by a brown bear.
*BizarreSeasons: When it rains in the Rocky Mountains, trouts can find in it.


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*ChaseScene: A hilarious one where everything chases everyone at the same time, namely a bison wearing a frightening dinosaur skull chase horrified Indians, a bear chase the McViper, and Scroog is trying to rein in his bull.
*Cowboy: The working type, those who guard and guide cattle. Scrooge becomes one in this chapter.
*CowboyEpisode: One of the few chapters featuring the Wild West and genuine cow boys.


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*EldritchLocation: The Dakota Badlands.
*FlyoverCountry: Scrooge travels to the Great Plains, and marvels at the unhindered view of the aptly named "Sea of Grass".
*GoodSamaritan: Scrooge takes the time to save a stranger in the badlands, who turns out to be a young Theodore Roosevelt.
*HollywoodDarkness: Averted, Scrooge wanders around in a moonless night and doesn't see anything beyond his beak. He hilariously finds himself atop his own herd of cows.
*MeaningfulRename: Scrooge renames his horse "Hortense" in honor of his little sister, as they share the same bad temper.
*MoodyMount: Scrooge is given a temperamental horse named "Widow Maker".


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*PeekABooCorpse: A dinosaur fossil startle Scrooge, who proceeds to try to wrestle it.
*RousingSpeech: Roosevelt delivers one to a down-on-his-luck Scrooge, who had been feeling down by repeated failure. He reassures Scrooge's valour and rekindle the ambition within him.
*TheRustler: The McViper try to steal a prized bull who was guarded by Scrooge.
*TheyHaveTheScent: Wandering Indians advise Scrooge to follow the McViper through their foul odor.
*TrainJob: Jesse James and his gang try to rob the train in which Scrooge is travelling. It doesn't take long for Scrooge to disable them and force them to flee.

30th Nov '16 9:04:47 PM nabu-san
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* ChekhovsGun: The Sawyer.

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* CallForward: Angus chastises Scrooge for keeping a coin just for sentimental value, joking that he'd end up with a bin full of coins. It's a reference to, and inspires Scrooge's future money bin.
* ChekhovsGun: The Sawyer.Sawyer, trees trapped at the bottom of the Mississipi and which can violently spring out of the water, are introduced early and of course have some use at the end of the story.



* CoolUncle: Angus [=McDuck=] is this to Scrooge. Subverted in that he pays his nephew a meager 30 cents a day.



* DramaticUnmask: Parodied, Scrooge exposes the Beagle Boys as wanted felons by taking off the masks that only covers the area around their eyes.
* EurekaMoment: Ratchet manages to save himself and Scrooge from a boiler explosion by having the idea of hiding inside another boiler and using cotton to cushion themselves.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Porker Hoggs is an antagonist but doesn't welsh on a deal. The Beagle Boys do. However, even the Beagle Boys disapprove of Angus when he seemingly is ready to let his nephew die for another treasure. Blackheart points out that he too would let his kin die if he could get rich, though.



* InevitableWaterfall

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* InevitableWaterfallGoldFever: Scrooge and Angus seek out a stash of government gold worth 100,000$.
* HelloInsertNameHere: The future Beagle Boys are looking for a new gang name, but it is Scrooge who unwittingly aptizes them by calling them "Beagle Boys", which the thugs like.
* InevitableWaterfall: A waterfall is situated near Louisville.
* IShouldWriteABookAboutThis: Angus decides to become a writer relating his adventures on the Mississipi.
* LukeIAmYourFather: Scrooge meets Angus but takes some time to reveal that he is Angus' nephew.
* TheMagicPokerEquation: Subverted, Angus deliberately cheats in a very important hand of poker, and better than his opponent Porker Hoggs by having ''five'' aces in his hand.
* MuckingInTheMud: The Mississipi and by extension the sunken ship hiding the treasure, are very muddy.
* NaiveNewcomer: The young Scrooge is this, being inexperienced enough so that the first man he meets in Louisville steals his luggage.
* NoChallengeEqualsNoSatisfaction: When Scrooge and Angus find the treasure, Scrooge is a little disappointed to have become rich so rapidly and through luck rather than work. He doesn't keep the treasure for long.


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* PaperThinDisguise: The Beagle Boys surprise Scrooge by disguising as old ladies. Scrooge remarks that the ''moustache'' should have tipped him off.
* RichesToRags: Scrooge temporarily manages a lucrative business before the Beagle Boys manage to ruin him and Scrooge how only has his family heirlooms and a few dollars to his name.


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* TreasureHuntEpisode: This entry focuses on Scrooge looking for a treasure instead of building his fortune with business. Scrooge himself isn't too thrilled to become rich like this.
* [[UndergroundCity Underground Boat]]: The Drennan Whyte was in fact hidden underground, and not at the bottom of the river.
* UnderwaterRuins: The Beagle Boys witness the ruins of a ghost town lying at the bottom of the Mississipi.
* VillainBall: The Beagle Boys try to kill Scrooge by locking him inside a boat and make the boiler blow up, giving him time to escape.
* WretchedHive: Louisville is this.
28th Nov '16 6:36:58 PM nabu-san
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* QuicksandSucks: The highlands contain quicksands, but the Whiskervilles, frightened by the fake ghost of Quackly [=McDuck=], run too fast to even notice them.
28th Nov '16 6:29:11 PM nabu-san
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* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Happens all the time thanks to Don Rosa's attention to details. Scrooge may be doing one thing with a minor repercussion shown in the background of the next panel.



* RagsToRiches: The series depicts Scrooge's ascension from a poor boy from Glasgow to the planet's richest duck.



* WasItReallyWorthIt: Scrooge's quest for riches is accompanied with many losses, which at the end raises the question of if becoming the richest duck in the world had any sense after all.



** Both Sir Swamphole's entrance into the castle and Sir Quackly's treasure (Which is the one the other ancestors ask him about and why he didn't give it to Scrooge. They specifically say YOUR treasure, not the Templar treasure that the McDucks were guarding as revealed in the story you're referring to.) are a CallForward to ''The Old Castle's Secret'', in which both show up, not ''A Letter From Home''.

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** Both Sir Swamphole's entrance into the castle and Sir Quackly's treasure (Which is the one the other ancestors ask him about and why he didn't give it to Scrooge. They specifically say YOUR treasure, not the Templar treasure that the McDucks [=McDucks=] were guarding as revealed in the story you're referring to.) are a CallForward to ''The Old Castle's Secret'', in which both show up, not ''A Letter From Home''.Home''.
* DeadAllAlong: The kind duck who presents the [=McDuck=]'s history to Scrooge is actually the ghost of Quackly [=McDuck=].
* DidntThinkThisThrough: Quackly [=McDuck=] sealed himself into a wall with the Templars' treasure in his eagerness to hide it.
* FeudingFamilies: The [=McDuck=] against the Whiskervilles.
* HauntedCastle: The [=McDuck=]'s ancestral castle is haunted by the ghosts of said ancestors.
* HellHound: The Hound of Whiskerville, a direct lift from TheHoundOfTheBaskervilles.
* IdentityDenial: Quackly's ghost denies being a [=McDuck=] because there are only four surviving [=McDuck=]'s isn't it?
* ImpoverishedPatrician: The [=McDuck=] clan is an empoverished clan of Scottish nobles.
* IntimidatingRevenueService: Scrooge was told his family doesn't fear anyone except tax collectors.
* ItRunsInTheFamily: All the [=McDuck=] were incredibly stingy. Scrooge is and will be no exception.



* IntimidatingRevenueService: Scrooge was told his family doesn't fear anyone except tax collectors.

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* IntimidatingRevenueService: ALessonInDefeat: Fergus sets up his son to be given an american (thus worthless in Scotland) dime after hard work so that he learns to not be too trusting. It actually inspires Scrooge his BadassCreed.
* PintsizedPowerhouse: The [=McDuck=] were all runts but fearsome warriors too. Being very small when armor wasn't designed to let you see below you
was told his family doesn't fear anyone except tax collectors. a nice bonus.
* PostVictoryCollapse: Scrooge has to clean a pair of boots so dirty, it takes him half an hour and he nearly faints afterward from the effort.
* RichesToRags: After the [=McDuck=] were driven out of their castle, Seafoam [=McDuck=] lost the family's fortune because of a disatrous trading ship sinking.


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* ShoeShineMister: For his tenth birthday, Scrooge gets a shoeshine kit from his father, and cleaning dirty boots becomes Scrooge's first job.


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** Scrooge also drives the Whiskervilles away from the castle by making his own hoax. He loads the armor of Sir Quackie with peat and lights it on fire, pretending that the faming ghost of Quackly is angered by the Whiskervilles' presence.


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* ViolentGlaswegian: Everyone here is Scottish and ready for a fight with the rival family.
* YoungFutureFamousPeople: Scrooge, the future LivingLegend and richest duck in the world is featured as a 10 years duck.
27th Nov '16 9:47:05 PM MadAnthony94
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* ContrivedCoincidence: Scrooge encounters a member of the Gearloose family and the Beagle Boys in Louisville. Later he winds up living alongside them in Duckburg, all three parties having decided to settle there completely independently of each other.
14th Nov '16 7:39:07 AM MadAnthony94
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** HorseOfADifferentColor: That's beside him riding a camel and an emu at different points in the story



* SarcasmBlind: Scrooge's aborigine companion actually believed Scrooge was "Jonflip".

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* MagicalNativeAmerican: Jabiru plays the Australian Aboriginal variant straight, introducing Scrooge to mysticism and Dreamtime (and inspiring Scrooge's passion for history).
* SarcasmBlind: Scrooge's aborigine companion actually believed Scrooge was "Jonflip". He also doesn't realize that the bushwhacker is intentionally stranding them.
16th Sep '16 1:08:00 PM Lancelot07
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* BlackComedy: Judge Roy Bean ''really'' wants to hang someone.
31st Jul '16 1:39:44 PM Morgenthaler
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31st Jul '16 1:36:37 PM Morgenthaler
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* GhostReunionEnding: At the end of the chapter "The Billionaire of Dismal Downs", the spirits of Scrooge's parents look at him as Scrooge and his sisters leave their ancestral home and reunite with one of their ancestors before passing on.
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* TogetherInDeath

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* TogetherInDeathTogetherInDeath: It turns out that Scrooge's father had passed away in the night, and it was his spirit bidding him goodbye from the window. He's reunited with Scrooge's mother, who had died several years before.
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