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->''"The quality of your lives depends on what you make of them! The only limits to adventure are the limits of your imagination!"''
-->-- '''Scrooge [=McDuck=]''', ''The Richest Duck in the World''

[[Creator/DonRosa Keno Don Rosa's]] MagnumOpus, ''The Life and Times of Scrooge [=McDuck=]'' was the ultimate ArcWelding project by the CarlBarks PromotedFanboy already famous for his ContinuityPorn. Defying ComicBookTime, Don Rosa's 12-part epic takes every (reasonably possible) NoodleIncident, adventure, and reference from [[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Scrooge McDuck's]] life in Barks' comics and organizes them into a coherent, plausible timeline.

The saga begins when Scrooge is ten years old in 1877 and ends with meeting his nephew WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck at the time of his premiere story in Christmas 1947. In-between, the series tells the story of how a poor lad from Scotland traveled the globe building up a fortune and financial empire by being smarter than the smarties and tougher than the toughies to become the richest man in the world, having every possible adventure a {{Badass}} SelfMadeMan could find. The series gives us our best look at Scrooge's family -- his parents, uncles, and sisters -- and shows how he met enemies like Flintheart Glomgold and the Beagle Boys, friends like TheodoreRoosevelt, and {{Mentors}} like Howard Rockerduck that helped mold him into the AntiHero JerkWithAHeartOfGold we've known him as. The epic is packed with CharacterDevelopment, adventure, {{Continuity Nod}}s, LeaningOnTheFourthWall, a miraculous amount of violence and innuendo that got past the radar, and of course Don Rosa's trademark SceneryPorn and insane amount of historical, geographical, and cultural research.

The 12 original chapters were released in issues of ''Uncle Scrooge'' from April 1994 through February 1996. They were published together in an anthology in June 2005. In the spirit of Disney's love of midquels, in September 2006, Gemstone released ''The Life and Times of Scrooge [=McDuck=] Companion'', which turned 7 of Don Rosa's previously published ''Uncle Scrooge'' stories (and 1 brand new story) into {{Midquel}}s since they were {{Flashback}}s about more adventures from Scrooge's glory days... essentially ArcWelding within ArcWelding. Most of the midquels use a FramingDevice of Donald, Huey, Dewey, and Louie unearthing Scrooge's trunk of memorabilia in his money bin and asking questions about the stories behind its contents, prompting said flashbacks.

Most of the stories (including the midquels) were released in Europe before appearing in the American ''Uncle Scrooge'' series; for example, the original twelve chapters appeared in countries including Denmark, Germany, and Norway in 1992. The release dates given below give the first publication and then its American equivalent.

This work earned Don Rosa the Will Eisner Comic Industry Award in 1995 for "Best Serialized Story".

[[http://www.blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=183317 A concept album]] based on the book by [[Music/{{Nightwish}} Tuomas Holopainen]], simply titled ''Music Inspired By The Life and Times of Scrooge'', was released in April 2014.

All together, in chronological order in-universe (including {{Midquel}}s and {{Prequel}}s), the series consists of:

[[folder:Chapters]]
* Chapter 0: "Of Ducks, Dimes, and Destinies"
* Chapter 1: "The Last of the Clan [=McDuck=]"
* Chapter 2: "The Master of the Mississippi"
* Chapter 3: "The Buckaroo of the Badlands"
** Chapter 3 B: "The Cowboy Captain of the Cutty Sark"
* Chapter 4: "The Raider of the Copper Hill"
* Chapter 5: "The New Laird of Castle [=McDuck=]"
* Chapter 6: "The Terror of the Transvaal"
** Chapter 6 B: "The Vigilante of Pizen Bluff"
* Chapter 7: "The Dreamtime Duck of the Never-Never"
* Chapter 8: "The King of the Klondike"
** Chapter 8 B: "The Prisoner of White Agony Creek"
** Chapter 8 C: "Hearts of the Yukon"
** "Last Sled to Dawson"
* Chapter 9: "The Billionaire of Dismal Downs"
* Chapter 10: "The Invader of Fort Duckburg"
** Chapter 10 B: "The Sharpie of the Culebra Cut"
* Chapter 11: "The Empire Builder From Calisota"
* Chapter 12: "The Richest Duck in the World"
* "The Dream of a Lifetime"
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[[folder:In general]]

* ArcWelding
* {{Badass}}: Scrooge.
* BeenThereShapedHistory: Scrooge, naturally
* BelligerentSexualTension: Scrooge and Goldie. Hortense and Quackmore as well.
* BetaCouple: Fergus [=McDuck=]/Downy O'Drake and '''ESPECIALLY''' Quackmore Duck/Hortense [=McDuck=] for Alpha Couple Scrooge [=McDuck=]/Glittering Goldie.
* BlueBlood: The Clan [=McDuck=]
* BookEnds: The series starts and ends with Scrooge going through his money and memories. Don lampshades this trope, saying, "It's just the sort of corny thing we writers and artists do."
* ContinuityPorn
* CoolHorse: Hortense, Scrooge's mare.
-->'''Scrooge:''' "I'll get Hortense later, cap'n! She's stretching her legs!"
-->'''Sailor on the mast:''' "Blimey! There's a bloomin' 'orse on the tops'l yardarm!"
* DefrostingIceQueen: Goldie -- not that she'd ever let Scrooge know that...
* DidNotGetTheGirl: Which as adamant and vocal a Scrooge/Goldie shipper as Don Rosa is, deserves major credit for maintaining.
* DoingItForTheArt
* FieryRedhead: Hortense [=McDuck=]
* FunetikAksent: All Scottish characters (including Scrooge in his youth) speak with a funetik aksent.
--> "Ah'm Fergus [=McDuck=] and ah cannae trespass on me own land?!"
* GenreBusting: It's a {{Funny Animal}}s comic book that follows all the conventions of the classic [[TheEpic Epic]] -- a truly modern epic.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: And ''how!'' The most [[DestructoNookie famous incident]] went on to become a MemeticMutation for the fans.
* GoldFever: Kicks in for Scrooge at the end of ''The New Laird of Castle [=McDuck=]''
* HearMeTheMoney: A talent of Scrooge [=McDuck=]'s.
* TheHerosJourney
* {{Historical In Joke}}s in spades, of course
* HistoricalPersonPunchline: The series is rife with [[InThePastEveryoneWillBeFamous famous historical persons]], but their identities generally get revealed right away. There are exceptions though:
** In ''The Buckaroo of the Badlands'', Scrooge befriends a [[YoungFutureFamousPeople young]] man who chose to become a cowboy instead of continuing his political career. Scrooge inspires him to go back into politics. The story's last panel reveals this fellow's initials to be [[TheodoreRoosevelt T. R.]].
** In ''The Vigilante of Pizen Bluff'', Scrooge meets a lot of legends of TheWildWest: Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakley, P. T. Barnum, and the Daltons. And a Native American who escaped from his reservation and now performs in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. He is in the end revealed to be none other than [[spoiler: Geronimo, the famous Apache leader]]. (He ''does'' mention his name well before the reveal though. But it is not the name he became famous with, and therefore a GeniusBonus. Scrooge, by the way, recognizes this name immediately.)
* IdeaBulb: Parodied in both ''The Vigilante Of Pizen Bluff'' and ''Hearts of the Yukon'', where an oil lamp being turned on by hand appears as a substitute, even though Scrooge already had an encounter with an actual lightbulb in ''Raider Of The Copper Hill''.
* IdenticalGrandson: Gyro Gearloose looks like his grandfather Ratchet.
* InTheBlood: {{Greed}} is in the [=McDuck=] blood.
* IShouldWriteABookAboutThis: Scrooge's sister Matilda made a scrapbook of letters, artifacts, and newspaper clippings from all his adventures, which appears on the first page of the original chapters and which the boys are looking at in the midquels.
* JerkassFacade: Both Scrooge and Goldie, which is why they never get together.
* LastOfHisKind: Scrooge is the last of the [=McDuck=] clan.
* LiteralAssKicking: Notably during the end of ''The Empire Builder From Calisota'', where young Donald Duck delivers a kick to Scrooge's ass. At the conclusion of ''The Richest Duck in the World'', Scrooge recalls this and kicks Donald's ass in return, solidifying his AdrenalineMakeover.
* LoveHurts: Scrooge and Goldie, no matter how much they both try to deny it.
* MeaningfulName: Why else would Scrooge's eventual love interest be named '''Gold'''ie?
* MediaWatchdog: Several illustrations with guns were altered because Disney only permitted guns to be shown if they weren't pointed at people.
* NoodleIncident: Taking every CarlBarks NoodleIncident ''ever'' and... [[BuffySpeak un-noodling them]].
* OhCrap: OnceAnEpisode right before every SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome where Scrooge kicks ass and takes names.
* PintSizedPowerhouse: Scrooge is just a scrawny duck who, by the time he reaches his prime, is capable of taking out fifty or some enemies with his ''bare hands.''
* ProtagonistJourneyToVillain: The entire series captures Scrooge's development through life, how his experiences and hardships shaped him from an optimistic youth to the money-hungry villain he was in his debut, and his eventual redemption. If you pay particular attention to the portraits of the main albums, he gets progressively meaner with each portrait until he ends up a broken old man.
* RealAfterAll: The ghosts of Castle [=McDuck=]
* SceneryPorn
* UsefulNotes/{{Scotland}}: Chapters 1, 5, and 9
* ShipperOnDeck : Donald Duck and the boys to Scrooge and Goldie.
* ShortRunInPeru
* ShownTheirWork
* SlapSlapKiss: Scrooge and Goldie; plus, Hortense and Quackmore Duck.
* SpiritualSuccessor: Don Rosa and fans consider ''ComicBook/ALetterFromHome'', where Scrooge returns to Castle [=McDuck=], reconciles with Matilda, and finds a message his father left for him before he died as a {{sequel}}[=/=]conclusion to the series. (It's also a much better Templar treasure hunt than ''Literature/TheDaVinciCode''. And it's only 34 pages long!)
** It is also a sequel to ''Crown Of The Crusader Kings'', which is itself a sequel to ''The Fabulous Philosopher's Stone.''
* SymbolSwearing: Even printed on a newspaper at the end of "The Sharpie of the Culebra Cut" and a sign during "The Richest Duck in the World". Not present in "Of Ducks, Dimes, and Destinies" or "The Last of the Clan [=McDuck=]".
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Hortense and Matilda [=McDuck=]
* TriggerHappy: Annie Oakley in ''The Vigilante of Pizen Bluff'', Goldie, and Scrooge to an extent
* UsedToBeASweetKid: As Scrooge's portaits above show.
* ViolentGlaswegian: Don't make Scrooge angry... or Hortense, while we're at it (Donald got his temper from ''both'' sides of the family!)
* WeNamedTheMonkeyJack: Scrooge's horse Hortense
* TheWildWest: Chapters 3, 4, and 6B.
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!Individual Chapters:

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[[folder:Chapter 0: Of Ducks, Dimes, and Destinies]]
'''Released:''' Denmark -''June 1995'', United States - ''April 1996''\\
'''Dates:''' ''1877''

The last story Don Rosa completed before the 12-part series proper, later included as a sort of TimeTravel {{prequel}}. Inspired by hearing Scrooge relate the story of earning his NumberOneDime to his grand-nephews while she's [[SurveillanceAsThePlotDemands spying on him]], Magica de Spell uses a TimeTravel candle to go back in time to the day Scrooge earned the dime so she can get it before he ever owns it. After some hijinks with Scrooge's father and Howard Rockerduck, she succeeds, and it's while waiting for the return trip to start that she realizes the [[ButterflyOfDoom implications]] -- by preventing Scrooge from ever owning the dime, it's ''no longer'' the first coin owned by the richest duck in the world, therefore it's worthless to her, and she's forced to give it back to him and return to the future empty-handed, causing a net difference of zero. Tough luck, but YouCantFightFate.

This chapter provides examples of:

* EpisodeZeroTheBeginning: Made after the series concluded, but given the "Chapter 0" moniker because it was a retelling of the first chapter detailing Magica's involvement during her time travel.
* GenerationXerox: Not only the justifications mentioned in TimeTravelTenseTrouble and UncannyFamilyResemblance but also, Fergus chased Magica for the dime and she admitted she'd feel disappointed if he didn't since he's Scrooge's father.
* NoMoreForMe: In the background, a man with a bottle of beer in hand sees Magica disguising herself with magic, and as she leaves the alley, his arm can be seen pouring his beer on the floor.
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: According to the WordOfGod aversion of StableTimeLoop. Magica ''does'' change the original timeline by buying the dime from the ditch digger, but then she undoes the effects by giving Scrooge the dime anyway, therefore undoing all the changes she already made, therefore undoing her TimeTravel altogether. Confused? All right -- [[AWizardDidIt A Witch Did It!]]
* TimeTravelTenseTrouble:
-->'''Magica:''' This is like all the times in the past that Scrooge himself has chased me in the future. I mean... what am I talking about?
* UncannyFamilyResemblance: Magica briefly mistakes Scrooge's father Fergus as Scroogey himself.
* WouldHitAGirl: Tired of running away, Magica pointed out to Fergus she's a woman, (mistakenly) believing that's be enough to [[WouldntHitAGirl keep him from hitting her]]. She didn't know Scrooge's greed was a family trait.
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[[folder:Chapter 1: The Last of the Clan [=McDuck=]]]
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'''Released:''' Denmark- ''August 1992'', United States-''April 1994''\\
'''Dates:''' ''1877-1880''

Chapter One, of course, tells how a 10-year-old Scrooge first went into business with a shoeshining kit his father made him for his birthday and earned his NumberOneDime -- an American dime that was worthless to him in Scotland and made him vow to be "sharper than the sharpies and tougher than the toughies" so that he would never be cheated again. After three years of shining shoes, selling firewood and peat, and protecting the [=McDuck=] ancestral castle from the [=McDucks'=] rival clan the Whiskervilles, 13-year-old Scrooge leaves home to seek his fortune in America.

This chapter provides examples of:

* BadassCreed: Scrooge's promise to be tougher than the toughies, smarter than the smarties and to make his fortune fair and square.
* CallForward: The Whiskervilles were about to uncover Sir Swamphole [=McDuck=]'s alternate entrance to the castle's dungeons, which would chronologically later be discovered by Huey, Dewey, and Louie in "The Old Castle's Secret".
* TheLawOfConservationOfDetail: Pay attention at the feet of young Scrooge's castle guide. [[spoiler: You'll notice said guide is missing his shadow, which hints on his true nature of a ghost. Said ghost is one of Scrooge's ancestors.]]
* IntimidatingRevenueService: Scrooge was told his family doesn't fear anyone except tax collectors.
* ScarecrowSolution: Scrooge scares the Whiskervilles away by making a fake ghost.
* ShoutOut: Sir Quackly's line "[=McDucks=] sailed forth in fear o' [[NoManOfWomanBorn no man born o' woman]]..." alludes to [[Theatre/{{Macbeth}} a rather famous play centered on Scotland]].
* ScoobyDooHoax: [[spoiler: The Hound that originally drove away the [=McDucks=] from their land were the Whiskerville's in disguise, in an attempt to get the land. They've kept the hoax up for centuries for the day when the [=McDucks=] finally fail to pay the taxes on the land and they can buy it.]]
* TitleDrop:
-->'''Sir Quackly:''' After all, '''you''' are the '''Last''' of the '''Clan [=McDuck=]!'''\\
'''Scrooge:''' Last, but not '''least!''' Not from now on!
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[[folder:Chapter 2: The Master of the Mississippi]]
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'''Released:''' Denmark- ''August 1992'', United States- ''June 1994''\\
'''Dates:''' ''1880-1882''

Scrooge's first American venture is with his Uncle Angus "Pothole" [=McDuck=] on his riverboat in New Orleans. The two of them go on Scrooge's first treasure hunt for a sunken ship in the Mississippi, the Drennan Whyte, with some help from Gyro Gearloose's grandfather, Ratchet Gearloose. In the process, Scrooge meets (and names) his first generation of Beagle Boys. Their next meeting two years later ends with the destruction of the riverboat Scrooge bought from his uncle. Out of options in the riverboat business and still no profit to show for it, 15-year-old Scrooge moves West. (Meanwhile, his Uncle Pothole goes into the dime store novel business.)

This chapter provides examples of:

* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking
--> ''Those pirates are guilty of stealing gold, demolishing a riverboat without a permit and [[DisguisedInDrag dressing up in women's clothing]]''.
* ChekhovsGun: The Sawyer.
* CreatorProvincialism: Why does Scrooge go to Louisville? Because that's where Don Rosa's from, so why not?
* FaceFramedInShadow: The Beagle Boys, before they get their masks.
* GenerationXerox: Uncles hiring their nephews as sidekicks for dangerous, exciting adventures must be a [=McDuck=] family tradition.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: The second Porker Hog no longer has anything to offer the Beagle Boys, they renege on their deal with him, and toss him overboard to take the Dilly Dollar Treasure for themselves.
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[[folder:Chapter 3: The Buckaroo of the Badlands]]
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'''Released:''' Denmark- ''November 1992'', United States-''August 1994''\\
'''Dates:''' ''1882''

After a short encounter with Jesse James, Scrooge finds himself a cowboy in Montana protecting a prize steer from cattle rustlers, the [=McVipers=]. He hopes to gain his fortune as the manager of a ranch in the future, but for now, he gains the nickname Buck [=McDuck=], [[TheodoreRoosevelt a friend]] [[BeenThereShapedHistory whom he recommends go back into politics]], and a tough but ornery horse he names after his similar-tempered sister, Hortense, who will be around for a few chapters.

This chapter provides examples of:

* CattleBaron: Scrooge meets one immediatly after falling off the train, and would end up spending the next few years learning the cattle trade.
* {{Fingore}}: Scrooge tricks Jesse James into thinking there's a treasure hidden in his dentures. When Jesse tries to reveal it... '''*TUMP*'''
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: While riding Hortense, Scrooge loses all of his clothes as she jumps. [[RuleOfThree Three times]]. Luckily, he doesn't fall off because his belt gets stuck on the saddle.
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[[folder:Chapter 3B: The Cowboy Captain of the Cutty Sark]]
'''Released:''' Sweden - ''December 1998'', United States - ''February 1999''\\
'''Dates:''' ''1883''

During his stint as a Montana cowboy, Scrooge takes a trip on the famous Cutty Sark clipper to deliver two longhorn bulls to the sultan of Djokja in Java for an annual bullteam race. When Scrooge's bulls are stolen, his efforts to get them back results in "a Scottish cowboy steam[ing] into port on a run-aground ship"... and subsequently losing all the money from his sale in paying fees, fines, and bills for the damages caused on this adventure. (Apparently, this was in the days before HeroInsurance.)

This chapter provides examples of:

* OffModel: One panel is colored so that Scrooge is wearing his trademark red coat, even though he doesn't get it until ''The Billionaire Of Dismal Downs''.
* ShaggyDogStory: For Captain Moore -- throughout the story, he asks his crew for his camera, and when they finally get it out for a photo opportunity, it gets busted right before he could take a picture.
** Also for Scrooge himself - The enormous stampede Scrooge led into town caused enough damage to warrant hefty fines. The authorities had no claim on the protocar either, as Scrooge had plunged the only prototype into the harbor.
* TheStoic: Captain Moore, until the last panel he appears in. Even his assistant is caught by surprise by the sudden change of expression.
* UnSoundEffect: '''Literally.''' Complete with an editor's note explaining exactly why.
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[[folder:Chapter 4: The Raider of the Copper Hill]]
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'''Released:''' Denmark- ''January 1993'', United States- ''October 1994''\\
'''Dates:''' ''1884-1885''

The end of the cattle boom in TheWildWest means yet another career change for Scrooge: prospecting. He likes his chances with copper mining since he strikes his claim just when some new-fangled invention called electricity causes a demand for copper. While working his homestead near the Anaconda Hill Copper Works ("the richest hill on Earth"), he meets millionaire SelfMadeMan Howard Rockerduck, who, to the disdain of his wife and SpoiledBrat son (one John D. Rockerduck) who have forgotten his humble beginnings, teaches him the art of prospecting. ButWaitTheresMore

->'''Rockerduck:''' This man has a homestead on land where the Anaconda copper vein is only five feet deep! [[BasedOnATrueStory The Law of Apex of 1849]] says that whoever owns the land where an ore vein is closest to the surface owns the entire vein! Scrooge [=McDuck=] owns the Anaconda Copper Mine!

After a wild fight with claim jumpers (the first of many in his life), Scrooge believes he's finally found [[HopeSpot the key to his fortune]], until he gets a telegram from home urgently asking him to bring money to help with a crisis. Unable to wait to turn a limitless profit from the copper mine, he sells it back to the original owners and returns to his family with the money, taking away one important lesson from his experience:

->"Get lost, Mr. Big-Shot-Copper-King!"\\
'''Scrooge:''' They were my friends! What did I do?\\
'''Rockerduck:''' You got rich, son. Best get used to it like -''sigh'' I did. [[LonelyAtTheTop You'll have their respect, but no longer their love.]]

This chapter provides examples of:

* GreenEyedMonster: All of Scrooge's friends in the town immediately turn on him for striking it rich. It's one of many bitter lessons Scrooge will have to learn.
* [[OneManArmy One-Duck Army]]
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: After being shocked by a live wire Scrooge was swinging on, faithful steed Hortense has this thought before marching off in a huff.
-->'''Hortense:''' ''(Thinking)'' I quit! Effective immediately!
* SpoiledBrat: Rockerduck's son, John. Little does Scrooge know that the annoying little twerp will one day become his Nr 2 rival, though unlike Glomgold, they remain business rivals only, rather than bitter enemies.
* TelegraphGagSTOP
-->"Son - Terrible crisis for the clan [=McDuck=] stop need cash stop come home at once stop don't stop stop"
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[[folder:Chapter 5: The New Laird of Castle [=McDuck=]]]
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'''Released:''' Denmark- ''March 1993'', United States- ''December 1994''\\
'''Dates:''' ''1885''

Scrooge arrives back in Dismal Downs just as his family is about to lose their land and castle if they don't pay the back taxes from falling behind in the payments (the clan has struggled to maintain ownership of the castle even if the [[ContinuityNod demon hound]] has made it too dangerous to live there). Scrooge's bank draft from the sale of his copper mine saves the castle, his destiny to become "the cheapest, stingiest, most miserly, turnip-squeezingest, penny-pinching tightwad on Earth" saves his life (the dead should ''not'' interfere in the land of the living), and the ghosts of Scrooge's ancestors save him when he's nearly killed in a duel with the Whiskervilles. NoBigDeal. Now the [=McDucks=] can move back into the castle, and Scrooge can move on with making his fortune... this time, [[GoldFever in gold]].

This chapter provides examples of:

* BackFromTheDead: Scrooge
* BecauseDestinySaysSo: First time Scrooge is pretty much prophesied to become [[ItWasHisSled The Richest Duck in the World]].
* CasualDangerDialogue: Hortense [=McDuck=] as she's chasing off the Whiskervilles
* FluffyCloudHeaven
* HauntedCastle
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: Or rather, to everything ''but'' that last one. Fergus and Scrooge are very upset to be called "liars" and "cowards," but they don't mind "tightwads."
* ShoutOut: Scrooge's ending line "There's always another rainbow!" refers to Barks' oil painting ''[[http://www.carlbarks.ws/images/armini/alwaysanotherrainbow.html Always Another Rainbow]]'' of Scrooge as a gold digger (which is the prospect Scrooge decides to pursue next).
* StayInTheKitchen: Fergus [=McDuck=] tells his brother to take "the women" home for their safety... including Hortense, who was shown to be their best fighter one page ago.
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[[folder:Chapter 6: The Terror of the Transvaal]]
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'''Released:''' Denmark- ''May 1993'', United States- ''February 1995''\\
'''Dates:''' ''1887-1889''

Scrooge's first attempt at gold prospecting takes him to South Africa, where he meets a Boer also on his way to the Johannesburg goldfields who offers to be his guide. Scrooge awakens the next morning to find his new "friend" has vanished, stolen his supplies, and left him to perish out on the rand. Furious at being double-crossed, he makes his way to civilization in his typical {{Badass}} fashion, finds the scoundrel, vents his anger in a HumiliationConga, and throws him in jail. He doesn't strike it rich in the low-grade Transvaal soil and eventually packs up and leaves with the vow never to trust anybody again, thanks to a lesson from his least noble enemy yet, whatever-his-name-was [[note]]Flintheart Glomgold[[/note]].

This chapter provides examples of:

* TheBeastMaster: Scrooge pressgangs a ''lion'' into serving as an emergency transport back to civilization.
* BottomlessMagazines: Averted. Scrooge fires exactly twelve shots from his two six shooters, and is clearly seen reloading afterwards.
* ButForMeItWasTuesday
* ContinuityNod: The Kaffir de Gaffir gold mine opened during the episode. That was the gold mine Scrooge and Glomgold tried to outbid each other for in CarlBarks story "So Far and no Safari".
* [[EtTuBrute Et Tu, Glomgold?]]
* TheFarmerAndTheViper: Glomgold steals all of Scrooge's supplies and abandoned him even after Scrooge saved his life. The trope is even lampshaded:
-->'''Scrooge:''' I saved his life and shared my food with him, and '''this''' is how he repays me! What a... a viper!
* FreudianExcuse: Glomgold is the reason Scrooge decided not to trust anybody. Until then, Scrooge never had an enemy who pretended to be a friend.
* HumiliationConga
** BulletDancing
** TarAndFeathers
* ImYourWorstNightmare: Scrooge says this to Glomgold before he calls him out, guns ablazing.
* SaveTheVillain: When Glomgold runs into the lion Scrooge rode into town, Scrooge laments, "Drat the luck! Now I gotta save his hide rather than tan it!"
* StartOfDarkness: Glomgold was a thief and a jerk even before running into Scrooge for the first time, but this encounter is what set him on the path to become the monstrous CorruptCorporateExecutive that will remain Scrooge's bitter enemy for the rest of their lives.
* UngratefulBastard: Even after Scrooge saves his life, Glomgold betrays him the first chance he gets.
* UnknownRival: Glomgold is determined in the end to get revenge on Scrooge for humiliating him, but Scrooge just casually leaves him in jail without even bothering to learn his name.
* WeWillMeetAgain
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[[folder:Chapter 6B: The Vigilante of Pizen Bluff]]
'''Released:''' Sweden- ''December 1996'', United States- ''October 1997''\\
'''Dates:''' ''1890''

A {{prequel}} to the CarlBarks comic '' Return to Pizen Bluff''. Scrooge reunites with his Uncle Pothole, who has become famous thanks to his novels about his adventures saving his nephew Scrooge... but anyway, the two [=McDucks=] join forces with P.T. Barnum, Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakley, and Geronimo to track down the Dalton Gang when they rob Barnum's wild west show. Before the posse bids good-bye, lamenting the impending death of TheWildWest, Scrooge has them all autograph one of the show's handbills, which Matilda [=McDuck=] later pasted into her scrapbook... and which the triplets determine contains a map to the Lost Dutchman's Mine on the back. OhCrap!

This chapter provides examples of:

* ExactlyWhatIAimedAt (page picture)
* GoryDiscretionShot: Uncle Pothole says while watching Scrooge's brawl, "That would never get past the censors." [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall Of course, he was getting inspiration for his dime novels from the whole fight...]]
* ImagineSpot: When Uncle Pothole and Buffalo Bill enter an abandoned building with the Daltons hiding behind a doorway for an ambush, Dalton clones suddenly spring out from elsewhere and Pothole and Bill fight them off, with Bill's hair noticably turning darker. Cut to the Daltons still standing near the doorway with dumbfounded expressions, and back in the chaos, Uncle Pothole has suddenly become ridiculously muscular, while Buffalo Bill is decorated with honors and his hair is completely black. Everything suddenly returns to normal, where it is revealed that Pothole was just writing a dime novel draft on the fly.
** Especially noteworthy, since it depicts Pothole writing MartyStu versions of himself and Bill ''in-story''.
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: Uncle Pothole's idea for a new kind of magazine with "adventures told in a series of drawings, and the dialogue written into some kinda bubbles!"
* OhCrap: Uncle Pothole's reaction once he learned the Native-American he's been insulting was Geronimo.
** In present day, Scrooge has this reaction when he realizes that the old playbill he kept as a souvenir and is now glued to the scrapbook really IS the map to the LostDutchmanMine. This is a lead in to a later Don Rosa story.
* TheReveal: Scrooge knew all along, but towards the end of the story, it's revealed that the old Indian warrior is actually [[spoiler: Geronimo]]
* SuperWindowJump
* TwilightOfTheOldWest
* WhoWouldWantToWatchUs:
-->'''Scrooge:''' No one would be interested in reading the adventures of a rough and tumble prospector like me.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Chapter 7: The Dreamtime Duck of the Never-Never]]
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'''Released:''' Denmark- ''June 1993'', United States- ''April 1995''\\
'''Dates:''' ''1893-1896''

From DarkestAfrica to Pizen Bluff to Kalgoorlie, Australia, Scrooge continues his quest for gold. But first, he saves an Aborigine wiseman from a bandit, and hears the legend of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dreamtime Dreamtime]]. The wiseman also shows him the cave with the Dreamtime story painted and carved into its walls, along with a sacred opal the size of a melon. Scrooge then has to stop the bandit from stealing the relic, losing his NumberOneDime in the process, and eventually gets a chance to steal the opal himself as [[CollapsingLair the cave collapses]] so that [[WhatYouAreInTheDark no one would even discover the theft for a hundred years]]. After making his choice, he's rewarded by the miraculous return of his dime and inspiration from the last segment of the legend with pictures that look like the aurora borealis in the Yukon...

This chapter provides examples of:

* AccidentalMisnaming:
** Scrooge says a throwaway line, "Great! Now I'm John Philip Sousa!", causing his Aborigine companion to call him "Jonflip Zooza" for the rest of the story (Scrooge never corrects him).
** Averted in the Portuguese edition. He's called Benny Goodman (who was known as the King of Swing). That happens to be a rather awkward anachronism, though, as Benny Goodman wasn't even born in the timeframe of this story.
* BecauseDestinySaysSo: Continued from Chapter 5.
* CallForward: After Scrooge leaves for the Yukon, attention was drawn to the Dreamtale's depictions of the Goose Egg Nugget, the money bin, and Donald, Huey, Dewey, and Louie.
--> '''Jabiru Kapirigi:''' ''The great platypus finds a '''yellow egg?''' He builds a mighty '''nest?''' And what are these '''other''' figures? How confusing! What have they to do with an '''out-of-luck''' fossicker like poor Jonflip?''
* KangarooPouchRide: Scrooge uses a Kangaroo for transportation in order to get fast enough to the gold fields to grab a good claim. He is nevertheless too late though.
* LandDownUnder
* SarcasmBlind: Scrooge's aborigine companion actually believed Scrooge was "Jonflip".
* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: Nobody would know for a hundred years if you returned the opal or stole it. [[spoiler: I would.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Chapter 8: The King of the Klondike]]
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'''Released:''' Denmark- ''July 1993'', United States- ''June 1995''\\
'''Dates:''' ''1896-1897''

The beginning of Scrooge's glory days as a sourdough in the Klondike Gold Rush. "His exploits before this time were the dues he paid to make it this far," [[http://personal.sdf.bellsouth.net/d/a/danshane/scroopage/los292_1.htm as Don Rosa puts it]]. "His past adventures each taught him lessons about work and endurance (and people) and were all preparations for this moment, when he would finally get rich from nothing but his own hard work, perseverance and know-how." But before Scrooge strikes it rich with his unearthing of the Goose Egg Nugget (another monetary memento he'll never spend) on his claim at White Agony Creek, he faces a minor setback when he's kidnapped by Soapy Slick and a bunch of thugs who push him towards his scariest CrowningMomentOfAwesome faster than you can say "[[WhatAnIdiot What a bunch of idiots]]!" One destroyed river barge and one thrown grand piano later, Scrooge is a legend in the Yukon...

... and this is only "The Beginning".

This chapter provides examples of:

* BerserkButton: Soapy Slick and his mooks taunt the chained Scrooge by reading letters from his parents (which he hadn't read himself yet) out loud, laughing at their misfortune. When Slick reveals that [[spoiler:Scrooge's mother has passed away]], hell breaks loose.
* BreakingTheBonds: Scrooge doesn't simply break the chains - he pulls them so hard that the ship's chimneys he's chained to are torn apart, [[ShroudedInMyth though the scene is told as if it might not truly be what happened there, as the incident is both denied and embellished through history.]]
** According to Scrooge himself during the events of Hearts Of the Yukon, the chimneys collapsed due to a timely boiler explosion, and he took out Soapy and his gang in the resulting commotion. Whether he's just trying to downplay the events or not is left to the viewer.
* [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Corrupt Loan Shark]]: Soapy Slick is one of the few villains, alongside Flintheart, who has NO scruples or morals whatsoever, and even Glomgold would probably hesitate [[spoiler: about mocking Scrooge for his mothers recent death]].
* TheCameo: Goldie, showing up as early as [[http://cdn.zocoi.com/169/07.jpg page 7]].
* DeathGlare: A truly disturbing one by Scrooge, accompained by a "CREAK/creeEEAAkkk" sound effect as he pulls his chains and colored either normally or with a fiery palette. His beak isn't completely shown, [[NothingIsScarier so his full expression is ambiguous.]]
* DisasterDominoes: "Six hours and many miles back down the trail later, in Skagway --"
* TheDreaded: When Wyatt Earp realizes ''who'' he tried to bully into submission he's utterly scared and start listing Scrooge's terrifying nicknames. Scrooge then lists a few others he earned outside the United States and remarks that Earp traveled very little.
* TheEndOfTheBeginning
* FateWorseThanDeath: "I need more cash, but I can't waste any more time '''''[[BoldInflation earning]]''''' it! I must resort to '''''desperate''''' and '''''shameful''''' means! I need to (*shudder*) ''get a loan!''"
* FlashForward: Dawson City is introduced this way, contrasting the large city it would become later in the story from the two-building area it was at the dawn of the gold rush.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Scrooge has them in one version instead of RedEyesTakeWarning. Made even more effective as in the next panel, the only source of light is Scrooge's petawatt DeathGlare.
* GoryDiscretionShot
* KickTheDog
* MassOhCrap: [[http://cdn.zocoi.com/169/20.jpg Scrooge's kidnappers]] as they [[UnstoppableRage notice]]...
* RedEyesTakeWarning: The most impressive appearance of the glare Scrooge would later hang on the walls of his money bin.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge
* ShroudedInMyth: The narration makes it clear that no one in Dawson fully knows what happened to Soapy's riverboat during Scrooge's epic rampage. "the whole incident was probably '''exaggerated''' in the many retellings that followed. Possibly, it didn't actually happen at all!"
* StrollingThroughTheChaos: [[http://media.photobucket.com/image/recent/Hyaroo/Scrooge/Scrooge12.jpg Scrooge doesn't care much for all the nonsense in Dawson.]] Amusingly enough, Scrooge later crosses a completely silent Dawson, for he has just torn a steamboat apart and is dragging a body around. Even the police is afraid!
* TranquilFury: After his outrage, this is more or less Scrooge's mood as he brings Soapy Slick to justice.
* UnstoppableRage
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Chapter 8B: The Prisoner of White Agony Creek]]
'''Released:''' Finland- ''May 2006'', United States- ''September 2006''\\
'''Dates:''' ''1897''

In his last comic ever, only found (in English) in the ''Companion'' anthology, Don Rosa answers the question Creator/CarlBarks didn't even want to ask: What exactly happened between Scrooge [=McDuck=] and Glittering Goldie during the month they lived together on White Agony Creek? Oh, just some innuendo, constant fighting and insults, UnresolvedSexualTension, denial, a visit from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, an incident with an InevitableWaterfall, and getting rid of an UnwantedRescue attempt, culminating in a night of wild, violent, destructive hatesex that makes Scrooge fearfully realize how vulnerable he is to his feelings for Goldie. The next morning, he sends her back to Dawson, sure that the woman with the coldest heart in the Yukon could never care about him anyway, both of them too proud to admit the truth.

This chapter provides examples of:

* BelligerentSexualTension: Scrooge and Goldie.
* DestructoNookie [[note]][[MemeticMutation You know, for kids!]][[/note]]
* DidTheyOrDidntThey: Although what else could they have been doing? Hate... cuddling?
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Apparently, guns pointed at people are off limits, but heavily-implied hatesex is a-okay!
** Somehow [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-_l8ib5qxBbg/Tu9x1jtbr4I/AAAAAAAADCc/8wW1xVkrXvw/s1600/wa02.jpg even Donald knows what happened.]]
** An interesting detail to behold is how Goldie's original design by Carl Barks featured her flatchested like most female Disney ducks, but when drawn by Don Rosa, she's got a clear visible pair of breasts. Even as an old lady in later stories, her cleavage is still very much present. Don Rosa drew booth Magica and Daisy the same way; it's part of his regular art style.
* HangingJudge: Judge Roy Bean.
* ImportantHaircut: Goldie loses a lock of her hair when Scrooge saves her from a bear.
* InnocentInnuendo: "[[http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i212/Kerrah_photos/BetweenTheLegs.jpg Between the legs]]." Yeah, about as innocent as a FreudianSlip...
* ISurrenderSuckers: Don Rosa tries to soften Scrooge's kidnapping of Goldie by showing she could have easily escaped (not to mention killed him) but let him take her so she could find his hidden gold claim and get a better opportunity to rob him blind.
** Another interpertation is she used XanatosSpeedChess to her turn kidnapping into a XanatosGambit. Either escape or not she has little to lose and a lot to gain.
* LeaveTheTwoLovebirdsAlone: Judge Roy Bean wisely decides they do '''''not''''' want to interrupt "what's going on in that cabin."
* TheMasochismTango
* AMatchMadeInStockholm
* PostKissCatatonia: Goldie kisses Scrooge, and his shocked state gives the opportunity to Bat Masterson to knock him out. Cue him turning to Goldie to congratulate her, only to find her in the same state as well.
* PreviouslyOn: Pages [[http://cdn.zocoi.com/211/12.jpg 12]] and [[http://cdn.zocoi.com/211/23.jpg 23]].
* SaveTheVillain: Subverted (in the correct use of the term) after Scrooge saves Goldie from going over the InevitableWaterfall. She tells him he has to go back to save "them", too... not the villains but the villains' ''sled dogs''.
* SexyDiscretionShot
* ShoutOut: To ''ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid''.
-->'''Sundance''': "Butch! We're goin' over the edge! I can't swim!!"
-->'''Butch''': "Hahaha! What're ya, crazy? The fall will prob'ly kill ya'!"
** Lampshaded in the very next panel: "Whoah! Deja vu!"
* ShrugOfGod
-->"I still never show exactly what happened that long night in the cabin on White Agony Creek... that's for each of us duck fans to imagine in our own minds. I have my own idea, but after all, this is a Disney comic!"
-->~Keno Don Rosa, '''The Making of ''Hearts of the Yukon'''''
* SleepingSingle: This is established rather unnecessarily clearly early on -- and apparently lasts until the last page.
* StalkingIsLove: Goldie finds the fact that Scrooge has been spending every night for the last few weeks swooning over a lock of her hair that he keeps in a strongbox enough incentive to return when she had the perfect chance to escape with his gold and the deed to his claim.
* StockholmSyndrome[=/=]LimaSyndrome: The UnfortunateImplications of Scrooge's and Goldie's relationship. Does the fact that it's [[TheMasochismTango mutual]] (she drugs and rolls him, he kidnaps her) make it better or worse?
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Chapter 8C: Hearts of the Yukon]]
'''Released:''' United States- ''September 1995''. No previous publication.\\
'''Dates:''' ''1898''

Desperately wanting to see Scrooge again but not wanting to admit she loves him, Goldie decides there's only one logical thing to do: take advantage of the town's hatred for Scrooge and press charges against him for kidnapping her with the newly arrived Royal Canadian Mounted Police. (Anyone could press charges against him but she was the only one who wasn't afraid of hitting Scrooge's BerserkButton) Scrooge makes the dangerous journey back to town in a storm as a wildfire burns out of control and almost meets up with Goldie in the burning Blackjack Saloon before a fire hose knocks him unconscious. Thanks to some help from his friend Casey Coot, and Goldie tricking the RCMP into thinking ''he'' saved ''her'' from the fire instead of the other way around, Scrooge clears his name, gets his gold claim reinstated, and heads back to White Agony Creek. On the way, a mountie delivers a letter to him from Goldie... which he refuses to open, preferring "to pretend that there's '''one''' person in this sorry world that I might... that I can..." LoveHurts, and {{pride}} conquers all.

This chapter provides examples of:

* TheAce: Samuel Steele.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking:
-->'''Colonel Sam Steele''': "'''Halt''', [=McDuck=]! It won't do to add '''jaywalking''' to your already prodigious list of civil violations!"
* BulletproofFashionPlate:
-->'''Colonel Sam Steele''': "A superintendent of the North-Western Mounted Police does not get... 'Muddy'."
* CannotSpitItOut: Essentially the driving force of the plot
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Trying to make his way back to Dawson, Scrooge nearly collapses in a blizzard and hallucinates about Goldie. When hearing sleigh bells, his vision of Goldie unintentionally turns into a reindeer to which "Goldie" comments on how she's "starred better roles in dreams than his" and "look me up when you're ready for an adult dream".
** "Innocent woman? In ''Dawson?"''
* LargeHam: Steele. Goes with the territory of being TheAce. As his introduction the comic shows someone arriving to town: [[TheBrute a Brute]] with the BeardOfBarbarism, {{BFG}}, and [[BearsAreBadNews a bear for the mount]]. Pretty {{Badass}}? Actually he's ''afraid of Steele'' and ''running away''. [[UpToEleven That's how epic Steele is]].
* TheMasochismTango
* PoorCommunicationKills: Scrooge, why couldn't you just ''read the letter'', you idiot?![[note]]For those who don't like rhetorical questions, because he was afraid. After all, the only woman he ever loved was as cold-hearted and bitter as him. More harsh words could... well, we'll never know, now.[[/note]]
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Between Goldie and Scrooge.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Last Sled to Dawson]]
'''Released:''' United States-''June 1988''. No previous publication.\\
'''Dates:''' ''1898''

An excerpt from Don Rosa's first story to feature Glittering Goldie. After depositing one million dollars from his gold claim into the bank in Whitehorse, Alaska, Scrooge buys some land from Casey Coot, packs up a sled of supplies, and bids good-bye to White Agony Creek forever, planning to... do ''something'' (or meet ''someone'') in Dawson and then settle down for good. Losing his sled and supplies (and almost his life) in a blizzard on Mooseneck Glacier, however, convinces him he's on the wrong track. Giving up his plan to settle down, Scrooge buys the Whitehorse Bank and begins his life as a businessman, from now on giving his heart to nothing except money.

* AbortedDeclarationOfLove: It's heavily implied that the letter Scrooge lost in the ice was [[spoiler: A love declaration or a marriage proposal to Goldie]]. Scrooge took the loss as a sign to focus entirerly on his business ventures instead.
* VillainDecay: Soapy Slick is still stuck in Dawson some 40 years after Scrooge left the area, and has been reduced to running a riverboat tour of the old gold rush territory. He's still a Jerkass of the highest order, but no longer possesses the resources to utilize it, and with the gold rush long over, his primary business is gone.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Chapter 9: The Billionaire of Dismal Downs]]
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'''Released:''' Sweden- ''November 1993'', United States- ''August 1995''\\
'''Dates:''' ''1898-1902''

After his various businesses in Whitehorse turn him from a millionaire into a billionaire, Scrooge finally returns home to his father and sisters (now living in Castle [=McDuck=]) to make his ancestral Scotland the home base for his planned worldwide financial empire. Two days among the locals, their customs, and their games, however, make Scrooge feel so out of place that he doesn't think he could ever prosper here. He tells his family about the land he bought in some settlement called Duckburg and asks them to move with him to America. His sisters are only too eager to go, but his father claims he's too old to move again. He agrees Scrooge has outgrown the life they knew in Dismal Downs but tells his children to go start a new life in America without him. The next morning, the [=McDuck=] siblings unknowingly wave good-bye to the spirits of their parents before they go to eternal rest in an ending Don Rosa was surprised got past the radar.

This chapter provides examples of:

* DiedHappilyEverAfter: Fergus dies peacefully in his sleep the day Scrooge and his sisters set out to Duckburg. His spirit, along with their mother, sees the siblings off before happily departing to the afterlife.
* FaceFault: A [[http://cdn.zocoi.com/170/10.jpg truly epic example]] that involves ''a triple backflip''.
* FreudianSlipperySlope: Scrooge's sisters find the lock of Goldie's hair and start teasing him about it while he tries to talk about his property in America:
-->'''Matilda and Hortense:''' Scroogey's got a gir-ruhl! Scroogey's got a gir-ruhl!
-->'''Scrooge:''' The girl -- I mean, the land -- is in the state of Goldiesota -- I mean Calisota -- in a small settlement called Goldieburg -- I mean Duckburg! Drat!
* NeverAcceptedInHisHometown
* ShoutOut: Right after a Scottish man has insulted Scrooge, he responds with "''grumble'' Peasant!"
-->'''Scottish Man''': [[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail Oh, what a giveaway! Did you hear him repressin' me? You heard it, didn't you?!]]
** The commentary directly states that the end scene was inspired by ''Film/TheGhostandMrsMuir''.
* StrangerInAFamiliarLand
* TogetherInDeath
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Chapter 10: The Invader of Fort Duckburg]]
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'''Released:''' Iceland- ''March 1994'', United States- ''October 1995''\\
'''Dates:''' ''1902''

Waiting for Scrooge in Duckburg, Calisota is an unwelcome reunion with the Beagle Boys and a ''little scuffle'' with TheodoreRoosevelt and the Rough Riders before convincing them he's not a foreign invader. Eventually, he secures his land on Killmotor Hill (formerly Killmule Hill) and begins construction of his money bin. Meanwhile, Hortense hits it off with the only person in the world who can match her temper, Quackmore Duck.

Don Rosa thought this chapter turned out the best because it only had to cover a timespan of a few days and thus had the best pacing in the series.

This chapter provides examples of:

* AccidentalMisnaming: Scrooge repeatedly gets the Junior Woodchucks' name wrong (until he finally and surprisingly gets it right).
--> "It's the Midget Gophers!"
--> "And you Runt Chipmunks can stay away!"
--> "Not Microbe Moles or Beagle Boys or even the president can push me around!"
* BelligerentSexualTension: Hortense and Quackmore.
* CoolVsAwesome: [[MemeticBadass Theodore Roosevelt]] and his army vs. [[AntiHero Scrooge]] [[{{Determinator}} McDuck]] and his moldy wooden fort.
* ExtremelyShortTimeSpan
* SlapSlapKiss: Initially Hortense and Quackmire spit fire at each other for two minutes straight. Then spent another five looking longingly at each other's eyes. In the last panel, [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs Hortense is throwing a fit over baby names, while Quackmore watches her serenely.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Chapter 10B: The Sharpie of the Culebra Cut]]
'''Released:''' France- ''February 2001'', United States- ''August 2004''\\
'''Dates:''' ''1906''

Scrooge tells Donald and the triplets about the "worst bargain I ever made!" He happens to try excavating for gold in Panama at the same time the Panama Canal is under construction. Unfortunately for world progress, Scrooge owns the mountain right in the Canal's path and refuses to sell, even to his old friend President Roosevelt, for anything short of the U.S. Treasury. One avoided international incident and several series of steam-shoveling hijinks later, Scrooge ends up unconscious while he and Teddy are supposed to be making the deal for his mountain, so his sisters make it for him: they trade Scrooge's gold claim for a teddy bear.

Donald is thrilled to hear how his mother got the best of Scrooge. His ecstasy quickly ends when the boys realize Scrooge doesn't own just any old teddy bear but the ''first'' teddy bear ever made... the "world's most valuable toy." Even when Scrooge [=McDuck=] loses, he wins.

This chapter provides examples of:

* {{Mayincatec}}: Literally -- [[http://cdn.zocoi.com/202/18.jpg an Aztec-designed jaguar statue, built by Incas, and the writing is Mayan]].
* MyGreatestFailure: Scrooge ''thinks'' his deal with Roosevelt was this, but it turned out it wasn't... making this is a SubvertedTrope in the correct use of the term.
* ShowSomeLeg: Matilda and Hortense try this, until Hortense blows their cover with a GroinAttack when the guard mentions a certain "holy terror" he once met in Duckburg.
* SpiceUpTheSubtitles: [[http://luchins.com/what-were-they-thinking/scrooge-mcduck/my-mind-is-boggled/ See here.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Chapter 11: The Empire Builder From Calisota]]
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'''Released:''' Iceland- ''April 1994'', United States- ''December 1995''\\
'''Dates:''' ''1909-1930''

This is the chapter where Don Rosa had to address a NoodleIncident most Scrooge fans try to ignore: the story from ''Voodoo Hoodoo'' about how Scrooge hired a band of thugs to chase an African tribe off their land so he could use it for a rubber plantation -- a blatantly criminal, despicable, completely unjustifiable act not at all in sync with making money "square." Don Rosa considered ignoring this story altogether, dismissing it on the grounds of CharacterizationMarchesOn. Instead, he decided to make it the turning point in Scrooge's life -- the trigger that set him down the road of {{greed}} and cynicism toward becoming the hardened, villainous character he was when Barks first introduced him to the world. After crossing the line he swore never to cross since he earned his NumberOneDime, Scrooge avoids Duckburg and his sisters for 23 years. When he returns, he has achieved his dream of becoming the richest man in the world, but loses his family in the process, after meeting his nephew for the first and last time for 17 years.

Don Rosa was double burdened by having to cover the longest timespan of any chapter along with portraying his hero as an unscrupulous robber baron. You can read what the experience was like for him [[http://personal.sdf.bellsouth.net/d/a/danshane/scroopage/los295_1.htm here]].

This chapter provides examples of:

* BittersweetEnding: Although Scrooge finally becomes the richest duck in the world, he also loses his family. It could just as well be interpreted as a DownerEnding, as the story makes it quite clear that Scrooge has lost everything that really meant something to him at one time and has become utterly consumed by material gain. His victory laugh reads less like a moment of joy and more as [[LaughingMad a mad cackle]].
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Scrooge acted as one in this story.
* CoversAlwaysLie: This chapter's cover shows Scrooge escaping from the sinking Titanic by carefully stepping on floating pieces of iceberg. What happened in the story is much less awesome - he escaped in one of the lifeboats.
* DarkestHour
* EvilPaysBetter: Scrooge begins to wonder if it does.
-->'''Scrooge:''' Why should I have to be the only honest man in this cockeyed world?
* {{Floating Advice Reminder}}s
* IgnoredEpiphany: The end of Scrooge's arc to full-on villain concludes with several fleeting moments where he realizes how badly he screwed up with his family in his quest for riches. If only the "Roster of the Rich" (revealing that he is now the wealthiest person on the planet) hadn't caught his eye and made him forget all about it.
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope
* LiteralAssKicking: Child-aged Donald to Scrooge upon their first meeting. (Scrooge gets the chance to return the favor in the next chapter, though.)
* LonelyAtTheTop: The ending. Scrooge doesn't realize it yet, but Hortense knows all too well that all her brother is now left with is his money.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone
* MyGreatestFailure
* NoEndorHolocaust: The sinking of the RMS Titanic is presented mainly as the background to one of the zombie's chases after Scrooge, not looking like tragic disaster which killed 1503 people at all. Even the casual way Scrooge found himself a place in a lifeboat, even though he was neither a woman nor a child, makes the whole thing less tragic.
* OutOfCharacterMoment: Albeit an important one and an in-story justification for CharacterizationMarchesOn.
* {{Retcon}}: The only major one in the series; in ''Voodoo Hoodoo'' Scrooge claimed he was in Africa in 1879 ("70 years ago") to make his second billion. Don Rosa just ignored the date.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney
* SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids: Scrooge has adopted this philosophy by now.
* TookALevelInJerkass
* UnscrupulousHero: Scrooge has developed into one by this story. His life experiences have hardened him to the point that he's become a corrupt robber baron, he hates his family, and only derives joy from getting even richer. He remains a good guy only because of his brief but ignored epiphany moments.
* WhatTheHellHero: Hortense's and Matilda's letter after they leave Scrooge.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Chapter 12: The Richest Duck in the World]]
[[quoteright:305:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/scrooge1947_6461.jpeg]]
'''Released:''' Iceland- ''May 1994'', United States- ''February 1996''\\
'''Dates:''' ''Christmas 1947''

The conclusion of [=TLaToSM=] picks up right before the end of Barks' ''Christmas on Bear Mountain'', when Donald Duck and his nephews meet their Uncle Scrooge for the first time. At first, they don't believe the legends about his worldwide adventures or a bin full of three cubic acres of money, so Scrooge opens the bin up for the first time in five years and shows them his fortune, along with his famous Lucky--er, NumberOneDime. ("'Lucky dime!' How [[SymbolSwearing @#*%]] insulting!") The tour is interrupted by a new generation of Beagle Boys, giving Scrooge the perfect chance to show Donald and the boys what he's really made of.

Even after the Beagle Boys are caught and arrested, Scrooge ([[CardboardPrison very rightly]]) doesn't believe for a minute that he's seen the last of them this time. He looks forward to many future adventures with his new family. Huey, Dewey, and Louie are as excited at the thought as Scrooge, but Donald doesn't see anything interesting about going "on a trek to some dusty warehouse to look for a long-lost ledger." Good thing you won't be doing any of that, then...

This chapter provides examples of:

* AdrenalineMakeover: Scrooge
-->'''Donald:''' You see what you've done? You li'l squirts have this poor old man all agitated!\\
'''Scrooge:''' I '''do''' seem to recall a li'l squirt who agitated part of me some years ago...\\
'''Donald: [[LiteralAssKicking WAK!]]'''\\
'''Scrooge: Thank you,''' nephew! I almost feel like... like '''me''' again!\\
'''Donald:''' ''Don't mention it.''
* AnAssKickingChristmas: In addition to the literal example to Donald, Scrooge taking down the Beagle Boys as they attempt to relieve him of most of his wealth is certainly applicable.
* BackForTheFinale: Blackheart Beagle returns some 40 years after Scrooge last saw him during the invasion of Fort Duckburg by Teddy Roosevelt, and he's brought his grandsons with him as the new Beagle Boys.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Scrooge regains his passion for life and adventure, and is able to start again with something he never had before - his family at his side.
* {{Homage}}: The beginning is a homage to ''Film/CitizenKane''.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Addressing the NumberOneDime's {{Flanderization}} into a lucky charm
* ParentalAbandonment: {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d
* RecursiveCanon: See SelfDeprecation.
* RetiredBadass: Scrooge at the beginning
* {{Retcon}}: Scrooge starts out very tired and bitter, contradicting his joyful and excited behavior he was in from the end of the ''Bear Mountain'' story after witnessing the events at his cabin. In his commentary for the chapter, Don Rosa handwaves it as the long car ride home from the cabin and resulting lack of sleep that caused his brief relapse in attitude.
* SelfDeprecation:
--> '''Donald:''' Let's just '''humor''' him! All this hokey junk proves he's... well... '''eccentric!''' ''(points to a portrait of Scrooge from 1897)'' See? One of those gag photos they make for tourists! Wotta phony scene!\\
'''Dewey:''' Hm. Looks real to me!\\
(Donald turns to a display holding the Will Eisner Comics Industry Award for ''[[RecursiveCanon The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck]]'')\\
'''Donald:''' Ha! Then how do you explain '''this?!''' Obviously all fakes!
* TakeThat:
-->'''Scrooge:''' ''"Lucky" dime?!'' What thimble-headed gherkin invented '''that''' supreme bit of absolute balderdash?!\\
'''Donald:''' Oh, '''everybody''' says it, Unk!\\
'''Scrooge:''' Well, everybody is a '''nincompoop!'''
* UncannyAtmosphere: On the way to the money bin, the ducks notice and comment on the oddity of the presence of sidewalk Santas, even though there aren't many shoppers on Christmas Day. They turn out to be the Beagle Boys in disguise, who were following them under suspicion of the truth about the bin having three cubic acres of cash.
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[[folder:The Dream of a Lifetime]]
'''Released:''' Norway- ''December 2002'', United States- ''May 2004''\\
'''Dates:''' ''Present''

A MentalTimeTravel epilogue. The Beagle Boys use an invention of Gyro's to infiltrate Scrooge's mind while he's dreaming to find the combination to his money bin. Donald has to go into Scrooge's dreams to try to stop them and ends up on a fast-paced ride through Scrooge's favorite memories of his life. To the Beagles' frustration, there's no money in them! Even in his sleep, Scrooge [=McDuck=] is an unquenchable [[NonIdleRich adrenaline]] [[InHarmsWay junkie]].

This chapter provides examples of:

* AsYouKnow: Justified because the Beagle Boys are dumb enough to forget the plan in the middle of putting it into action.
* BedtimeBrainwashing: Uncle Scrooge is being sleep brainwashed by his three grandnephews so that he would change the dream setting to fight off the Beagle Boys who have invaded his dream to steal the vault lock combination.
* BullyingADragon: When the last remaining Beagle Boy still inside Scrooge's mind gets sick of trying to trick Scrooge into revealing the codes to his vault, and tries to use brute force instead. Unfortunately, at that point they're in Scrooge's dream about the events of Hearts Of The Yukon, and as Donald points out, THIS Scrooge isnt an 80 year old business man, he's The King Of Klondike, the man who tamed White Agony Creek, and took out a riverboat full of claim jumpers by himself. Cue OhCrap moment from the Beagle Boy just as Scrooge is turning red from fury.
* CrashingDreams: They try to take advantage of this in order to help Donald and Scrooge fight the Beagle boys, with several funny results.
* FightingDownMemoryLane
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Though subtly (for a change). Watching Scrooge's beating of the Beagle Boy, Donald excitedly comments on what a "tiger" Scrooge used to be, to which dream!Goldie suggestively runs her hands over her hair and hip and comments "Sailor boy, if you only knew..."
* InSpiteOfANail: Scrooge has the same dream many times, right as he's about to confront Goldie in a burning building only to be knocked out, thus never letting them get together. Each time, he does something different, trying to save her without getting knocked out, but it always ends the same way until Donald changes it, and Scrooge gets to talk to Goldie for the first time. After leaving that dream, Donald realizes the importance of the moment and convinces the nephews not to interrupt it by waking up the old man. As Donald, Gyro and the nephews leave the room, [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments several tears roll down the smiling Scrooge's cheeks]].
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: What happens to the last Beagle Boy after he pisses off Scrooge in the Klondike dream. Cue him crying like a pussy afterwards about how he cant pick on someone TOUGHER than him, and that it's unfair to bullies.
* RunningGag: "Nephew?! What the [[SymbolSwearing @*%#]] are ''you'' doing here?!"
** Also: "Nightmare?"
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: Donald's reaction when he finds out that one of Scrooge's dreams is taking place on the Titanic.
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