->''"All modern American literature comes from ''[[Literature/AdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn Huckleberry Finn]]''. All modern American animation comes from ''Duck Tales''."''
-->--'''Eric Wing''' (paraphrasing '''Chris Barat and Joe Torcivia'''), from [[http://playcontrol.net/ewing/jibberjabber/ducktales-25th-anniversary.html an essay]] commemorating the series' 25th anniversary

'''''[=DuckTales=]''''' is the series that jumpstarted the trend of Disney television cartoons.[[note]]Although both ''WesternAnimation/TheWuzzles'' and ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears'' preceded it.[[/note]] InspiredBy Creator/CarlBarks' classic comics (and loosely adapting a few of his stories), the series centers on Scrooge [=McDuck=], the billionaire uncle of famous Disney rage-a-holic WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck and Donald's triplet nephews: Huey, Dewey, and Louie.

As the series begins, Donald ships out to sea as he has enlisted in the Navy (the {{Inverse}} reason why he's not one of the main characters as in the original comics[[note]]The real behind-the-scenes reason why DonaldDuck has such a small role in DuckTales compared to the Carl Barks comics has everything to do with ExecutiveMeddling. The late Roy E. Disney (Walt Disney’s nephew) didn’t have high opinions about television animation (viewing it more as a necessary evil to make money, rather than having any artistic value at all) and, as chairman of the main feature animation division, he imposed a policy which prohibited the television animation division from using the Fab 5 (Disney/MickeyMouse, Donald, Goofy, Minnie and Pluto) without his express permission. Remember that in 1984/85, when DuckTales began in development, Roy E. Disney had recently booted out Walt Disney’s son-in-law Ron Miller as CEO and had brought in the new management team of Michael Eisner and Frank Wells, and in return for which all he wanted to do was to head the feature animation division and to be the protector of the Disney legacy the way he saw it. Eventually, as the years passed, the Fab 5 policy began to wither away with the introduction of ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'', ''WesternAnimation/QuackPack'' and ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse''; but by then, of course, DuckTales had already been cancelled long ago (having much do to with the lackluster business and reception made by ''WesternAnimation/DuckTalesTheMovieTreasureOfTheLostLamp'').[[/note]]), and Scrooge comes into the guardianship of the mischievous triplet nephews and gains the one thing he could never buy with his amazing wealth: family.

'''Also in the cast:'''
* Gyro Gearloose, BunglingInventor.
* Duckworth, the loyal butler.
* Launchpad [=McQuack=], a [[AcePilot great pilot]] [[CaptainCrash who could never get the hang of landing.]]
* Mrs. Bentina Beakley, the elderly housekeeper and nanny brought in to help raise the boys. Her first name was only ever heard in the pilot.
* Webbigail "Webby" Vanderquack, Mrs. Beakley's granddaughter, who moves in with her and becomes [[MoralityPet Scrooge's particular pet.]]
* Doofus Drake, a chubby Junior Woodchuck, who is Huey, Dewey, and Louie's friend and Launchpad's biggest fan.
* The Beagle Boys, an extensive clan of seemingly eusocial criminals led by their "Ma".
* Flintheart Glomgold, Scrooge's [[CorruptCorporateExecutive greatest business rival]].
* Magica de Spell rounded out the villain cast as a sorceress obsessed with the magic held within "Scroogie Dahling's" NumberOneDime.
* In later seasons, GoodWithNumbers accountant Fenton Crackshell, and his cybernetic {{Superhero}} alter ego Gizmoduck, an AffectionateParody of Franchise/RoboCop.
* Likewise, [[{{Expy}} Bubba Duck]] and [[AllAnimalsAreDogs Tootsie]], a prehistoric caveduck and his pet triceratops picked up during a TimeTravel adventure, joined the cast later on.
* [[SmugSnake Gladstone Gander]], Donald's BornLucky cousin, would also make occasional guest appearances.
* Ludwig Von Drake makes a cameo at the end of "The Golden Fleecing"

The show was considered a great risk at a time when big budgets simply were not devoted to made-for-tv animation. Investing in high-quality animation and music and planning on a future in syndication? Hah, ItWillNeverCatchOn! Of course, Disney has a tradition of [[Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs crazy projects becoming huge successes]], and ''[=DuckTales=]'' proved to be no exception. It's considered a breakthrough in the industry, paving the way for the higher-quality, higher-budgeted shows in western animation. With 100 episodes over three seasons, ''[=DuckTales=]'' was notably one of the longest-lived of Disney's television cartoons (its predecessor, ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears'', lasted for twice as many seasons, but only 65 episodes total). It spun off [[TheMovie a theatrical film]] in 1990, titled ''WesternAnimation/DuckTalesTheMovieTreasureOfTheLostLamp''. Also, the show's two video game adaptation on the Creator/{{Nintendo}} Entertainment System, like many other Disney-based games developed by Capcom, were examples of [[SugarWiki/NoProblemWithLicensedGames truly good licensed games]]. See ''VideoGame.DuckTales'' for the tropes they give examples to. A remake of the original was developed by WayForward Games and released in 2013.

Of course, even ''[=DuckTales=]'' has its detractors. Creator/DonRosa [[http://stp.ling.uu.se/~starback/dcml/creators/rosa-on-himself.html#los was heavily critical of it]] to the point of feeling like he was selling his soul by [[http://stp.ling.uu.se/~starback/dcml/creators/rosa-on-himself.html#dtm writing one DuckTales comic]] because [[MoneyDearBoy he needed the money]]. [[http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=53526 He did say later on that he really didn't hate the series.]]

Speaking of comics, [[Creator/KaboomComics Boom! Kids]] -- the same studio that brought back ''ComicBook/DarkwingDuck'' and ''ComicBook/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' -- [[http://www.newsarama.com/comics/boom-ducktales-ongoing-series-110217.html also brought back]] ''[=DuckTales=]'', with [[VideoGame/EpicMickey Warren Spector]] as the writer. Between ExecutiveMeddling by the people at Boom to rush it out and the Disney licenses going to Creator/{{Marvel|Comics}}, however, the ambitious globe-trotting plot that could have lasted as a MythArc was compressed to four issues and rushed as hell; at the very least, though, the brief series went out in a blaze of glory, as it crossed over with ''Darkwing'' for the first time since ''ComicBook/TheLegendOfTheChaosGod''.

A reboot of the series has been [[http://tvweb.com/news/ducktales-new-animated-series-2017-disney-xd announced]] for Creator/DisneyXD with a 2017 starting date.

Oh yeah, one more thing: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34Sb0hGUNIQ the theme song]] [[EarWorm will never leave your head]]. '''''{{E|arWorm}}ver.'''''

!!''[=DuckTales=]'' (woo-hoo) provides examples of:


[[folder:Tropes A-D]]
* AbhorrentAdmirer: In "[[Recap/DuckTalesS1E26TheGoldenFleecing The Golden Fleecing]]", a harpy falls in love with Launchpad. He doesn't return the sentiments.
%%* AbsentMindedProfessor: Gyro Gearloose had his moments of this.
* AbsenteeActor: Scrooge notably does not appear at all in three episodes of the series: "[[Recap/DuckTalesS1E45Superdoo Superdoo!]]", "Sir Gyro de Gearloose", and "Launchpad's Civil War". Huey, Dewey, and Louie missed about 7-8 episodes total in the series.
** In addition, there are episodes where Launchpad, Mrs. Beakley, and Webby are absent.
** Neither Bubba the Cave Duck or Fenton Crackshell/Gizmoduck appear in the movie and no explanation is given for their absence.
%%* AbsoluteCleavage: Circe in "Home Sweet Homer" displayed this.
%%** As did Ludwig Von Strangeduck's sister in "Hotel Strangeduck" and Feathers Galore in "Double O Duck".
* AdaptationNameChange: Scrooge [=McDuck=]'s secretary Miss Quackfaster is called Miss Featherby.
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal:
-->'''Scrooge''': Now, keep your peepers peeled for priceless plunder.\\
'''Launchpad''': Personally, I'd prefer to protect my posterior from predators.\\
("A [=DuckTales=] Valentine")
* AdiposeRex: In the episode "Status Seekers", the protagonists visit a remote island where the king is fat precisely because in their culture the fattest person is made king. Various attempts to bribe him with WorthlessYellowRocks fail, and then Mrs. Beakley thinks of trying to bribe him with fattening processed foods instead.
* AdultFear:
** In "[[Recap/DuckTalesS1E5NothingToFear Nothing to Fear]]", Magica [=DeSpell=] used real-life images of Uncle Scrooge & co.'s worst fears to descend upon them. For Uncle Scrooge, this took the form of being told by Huey, Dewey and Louie that they secretly couldn't stand him and they only wanted his money, for HD&L it was that unca Scrooge never loved them.
** The same episode also previously has Scrooge facing the fear of being penniless and having custody of the nephews removed from him as a result.
*** FaceYourFears: In the end, the real Scrooge, HD&L band together to face their evil-magic versions. The nephews sling mud at Magica's "Scrooge" to turn him into a penny which vanishes, while Scrooge embraces the nephews. He then tells the "evil versions" of HD&L:
----> And as for you three kilt-nippers, my boys love me, therefore '''you're not my boys!!'''
*** Which cause the evil nephews to shrink and vanish.
%%* AdventurerOutfit: Launchpad.
* AdaptionDisplacement: Its fairly easy to say that the episodes based on the original Creator/CarlBarks comics such as "The Land Of Tralala" or "Back to the Klondike" are far better known than the originals.
* AIIsACrapshoot:
** Scrooge hired Gyro to invent a security robot for his money bin that was so adamant about its job, it wouldn't even let Scrooge near it. This failure prompted Gyro to create the [=GizmoDuck=] suit for a person instead (since Scrooge wanted a security robot with "a brain").
** In the episode "[[Recap/DuckTalesS1E2Armstrong Armstrong]]", Armstrong (one of Gyro Gearloose's creations) malfunctions and starts stealing Scrooge's money.
** Another episode has Gyro make a robot maid. She quickly turns into a StalkerWithACrush on Gizmoduck. She does not react well to his lack of interest and goes ballistic once she, correctly, starts to suspect that there is another woman.
%%* AlliterativeFamily: The Beagle Boys.
%%* AirVentPassageway
* AllAnimalsAreDogs:
** Bubba's pet triceratops Tootsie acted much more like a dog than a dinosaur.
** The animals that Webby tames either act like this, or silently humanlike.
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: The Korean dub changes the melody from one to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpEFfM8qtQM another]].
* ArtifactOfDoom / EldritchAbomination: The Golden Goose. It comes in the form of a small statue that can turn anything into gold, but when away from its fountain for too long, it comes to life and can turn anything to gold at will. Eventually, everything around it will involuntarily turn to gold, causing TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.
* ArtisticLicenseGeography: Mount Vesuvius, Magica de Spell's lair, is represented like a solitary volcano amidst the sea - it's more similar to the volcanic islands north of Sicily, like Stromboli, than to real Vesuvius, which lies on southwestern coast of Italy. Since ''[=DuckTales=]'' usually uses fantasy landmarks, it's pretty jarring, especially if you're Italian.
* AlwaysSecondBest: Flintheart Glomgold always plays second fiddle to Scrooge. As you can imagine, he's none too happy about it.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: A rare subversion in that the Someone Better was the protagonist. [[TheRival Flintheart]] [[EvilCounterpart Glomgold]] is the one who's fanatically obsessed with beating Scrooge in the wealth game and becoming the World's Richest Duck.
* AndADietCoke: when Burger Beagle orders a (rather large) meal from Gizmo Duck (he's pretending to be the drive-thru robot speaker), he orders a diet cola as well.
* AndIMustScream: [[TakenForGranite The Golden Death]] in "The Golden Goose".
* AndYouThoughtItWasAGame: In "Where No Duck Has Gone Before", it takes "Major Courage" most of the episode to realize that he's really in outer space with real aliens instead of on a set.
* AngerBornOfWorry: in "Hero for Hire", Scrooge's joy that Launchpad was only FakingTheDead soon becomes rage.
-->'''Scrooge''': Launchpad, you're alive! ''I'm going to kill you!''
* AnimationBump: Two main studios were responsible for the show's animation; Creator/TMSEntertainment did most of the first season, while Creator/WangFilmProductions took over for a lot of the later episodes. Fans generally agree that the TMS episodes are ''way'' better animated than the Wang episodes, though the later episodes are still pretty decent. It's also noticeable that the later episodes are more looser and cartoonier than the earlier ones, with a much higher framerate as a result.
** On top of that, there were two Stateside production teams as well; one headed up by Fred Wolf and Alan Zaslove, which worked on all the seasons, and one led by Bob Hathcock (who later directed TheMovie), which also started working on the show in the second season after Wolf got involved with [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 a certain other cartoon]]. The differences between the two American teams are less pronounced, though many feel that the Wolf/Zaslove team did a better job with action sequences, while Hathcock's episodes were visually richer and had more of a "Disney-esque" feel.
** Also present within the episodes themselves (both TMS and Wang's). With certain scenes being better animated than others.
* {{Animesque}}: Present in several of the TMS animated episodes.
* AntiAdvice: In one episode, Scrooge teams up with Gladstone Gander, whose luck has been supernaturally cursed. Scrooge exploits this by asking Gladstone which direction to go, then heading the opposite way.
%%* AntiVillain: The Beagle Babes.
* ARoundOfDrinksForTheHouse: after being totally humiliated in a bar, Scrooge [=McDuck=] subverts this trope:
-->And to show you there are not hard feelings, [[OutOfCharacterMoment I want to pay for a drink to everyone]]... who didn’t laugh at me!
* ArtShift: Scrooge's nightmare at [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XILgu6x4epc the start]] of "The Unbreakable Bin".
* AssuranceBackfire: In "The Golden Fleecing", one of the triplets tells Scrooge that "[[CaptainCrash Launchpad]] taught us everything he knows about flying." Scrooge retorts, "Now I'm worried."
%%* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: "Attack of the 50-Foot Webby".
%%* {{Auction}}
* AuthorTract: Some episodes dealt with themes such as capitalism vs organized labor (showing the importance of responsible management, without totally demonizing, when Uncle Scrooge lost his memory).
* AxCrazy: Admiral Grimitz, who "loves it when things go Kablooie".
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: Merlock, the villain of ''WesternAnimation/DuckTalesTheMovieTreasureOfTheLostLamp'']], somehow survived [[DisneyVillainDeath his fall from the stratosphere]] and went on to antagonize Donald Duck on one of his video games. Then again, [[spoiler: His first wish was [[FridgeBrilliance immortality.]]]]
* BadassBoast: played with with Launchpad: If it's got wings,[[CaptainCrash I can crash it"]].
* BadassFamily: The [=McDuck=]/Duck family. Uncle Scrooge, Donald, Huey, Dewey, and Louie are all pretty badass in their own way (yes, even Donald can be badass when the chips are down...well in the episodes where he's ''present'' at least).
* BadassGrandpa: Age has not affected Scrooge's spryness or spirit of adventure. The same can be said for [[spoiler: El Capitan, who doesnt let the fact that he's apparently over 400 years old stop him from hunting his precious gold]]
* BadFuture: "Duck to the Future" has Magica take over and the triplets become {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s.
* TheBadGuyWins:
** In the end of "Till Nephews Do Us Part", [[spoiler: the beagle boys actually succeed in robbing the bank.]][[note]]Although, we never see them after they announce their robbing, and we never see them actually stealing any money, making it possible that they were captured offscreen.[[/note]]
** Subverted with Glomgold. Whenever he enters a bet against Scrooge, he either loses at the last ''second'', ends in a stalemate (thus preventing Glomgold from being richer then Scrooge) or his ill-gotten victory ultimately benefits Scrooge in the end.
* BagOfKidnapping: In the episode "My Mother The Psychic" the Beagle Boys kidnap Fenton Crackshell's mother this way after learning from Flintheart Glomgold that she's using her new gained ability to look into the future to make Scrooge's financial decisions which is making him a lot of money.
* BalefulPolymorph: A TimeTravel episode included a meeting with Circe, who, of course, turned Scrooge into a pig.
* BalloonBurstingBird: The episode "The Big Flub" revolves around an invention called Flubble Gum, which is a bubble gum allowing bubble blowers to fly. When Fenton Crackshell is floating around in the air, Scrooge McDuck mounts an improbable rescue scheme. Scrooge throws lots of Flubble Gum into a trash compactor along with water, mixes it up, and uses an air pump to blow a giant-sized bubble, [[ItMakesSenseInContext causing Fenton's trailer to float into the sky]]. The rescue is successful, but a passing bird [[BubbleGumPopping pecks at the bubble, bursting it]] and sending the trailer crashing to the ground.
%%* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: "Master of the Djinni" and ''WesternAnimation/DuckTalesTheMovieTreasureOfTheLostLamp''.
* BeeAfraid: In the episode "Till Nephews Do Us Part," Millionara is attacked by bees after the triplets spray her with honey disguised as bug repellent.
* BenevolentBoss: Although jokes about Scrooge [=McDuck's=] underpaid employees are just as widespread in ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' as in the comics, no one can deny that Scrooge's employees all like working for him. Launchpad once accepts a job from Flintheart Glomgold, only to get fired after a few minutes for [[CaptainCrash crashing the plane]]; Launchpad muses how Mr. [=McD=] "never fired him that fast" and is eager to go back to presumably the one boss in the world patient enough and tough enough to hire such a pilot. When the boys accidentally get Scrooge's butler Duckworth fired, they apologize and tell him they'll miss him but still think any job "is better than being Uncle Scrooge's slave"; Duckworth says indignantly, "I love serving Mr. [=McDuck!=]" And when Scrooge goes looking for three cargo ships of his that have disappeared, he finds his crews being held prisoner (along with many others) on a bizarre seaweed island. Scrooge's captain tells him how hearing that he had arrived [[HopeBringer made them all feel hope for the first time in years]], and they all had faith that, with him leading the way, they could escape (Scrooge doesn't let them down). Employees of [=McDuck=] Enterprises all seem to consider their boss benevolent, even if GoodIsNotNice.
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: Played with in "Hero for Hire". Launchpad yells to the cops that "you'll never take me alive!", but he's really setting up FakingTheDead.
* TheBermudaTriangle: When many of Scrooge [=McDuck=]'s ships were disappearing in the Triangle, He sets out to locate his fleet and finally finds it, along with other ships, trapped in a huge mass of seaweed.
* BerserkButton:
** Never try to steal Scrooge's number one dime under any circumstances.
** The same goes for his money bin, or money in general. He didn't get this rich by giving up without a fight.
** Moreso, [[PapaWolf do not threaten or harm the nephews or Webbigail.]]
** [[ItMakesSenseInContext And don't even try to take his ice cream either.]]
** And while Scrooge respects and seeks wealth, he ''hates'' those [[CorruptCorporateExecutive who don't make their riches square]] or use their wealth to bully others. In one notable example he is transported to an ancient kingdom and marvels at palace's treasure trove - similar to his own - only to be ''furious'' when he finds out an EvilChancellor amassed it by outright stealing from his citizens, take over the operation and ''gives every penny back.'' While he is forced to work with unscrupulous people every once in a while, it tends to be very begrudging and he has little issue with stacking such deals against them to deliver their just desserts.
%%* BewareTheNiceOnes: Many characters qualify, but Scrooge's nephews and Webby especially stand out here.
* BeyondTheImpossible: The first plot arc featured a dog(?) who had been looking for the city of gold for centuries. When asked how he stayed alive that long, all he said was "Sheer willpower!"
%%* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler: Webby]] does this in "Back Out In The Outback", and it's epic.
%%** Also [[spoiler: Goldie]] does this in "Till Nephews Do Us Part", and it's amazing.
* BigEater: Doofus and Burger Beagle eat more than any of the others.
* BiggerStick: One time when the Beagle Boys try to break into Scrooge's Money Bin, Big Time wears a suit of armor and goes up against Scrooge driving a tank. He says the suit can withstand 80mm shells, and Scrooge tells him his tank uses [[OhCrap 81mm shells]].
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Millionara Vanderbucks, a GoldDigger who nearly got Scrooge to marry her, hiding her EvilGloating from him.
%%* BlameGame
* BraveScot: Scrooge [=McDuck=] -- Scottish AdventurerArchaeologist and CoolOldGuy.
%%* BreakoutCharacter
* BrokenPedestal: Huey, Dewey, Louie, and Doofus idol worship Captain Courage, hero of the TV show "Courage of the Cosmos." The boys go on the show and are blind to the fact that their hero is just a vain, egotistical actor. When they realize that they have really been launched into outer space and real aliens have captured them, Courage panics, and the boys see what a coward he really is ("real heroes just do their jobs!").
* BroughtDownToNormal: Gladstone by Magica de Spell in "Dime Enough For Luck"... which, if you're at all familiar with [[LuckyBastard the Gladstone of the comics]], is ''incredibly'' satisfying.
** Although she doesn't so much remove his luck as invert it; everything now goes ''wrong'' for him, which Scrooge is able to use to defeat Magica. Still pretty karmic punishment for some of his behavior in the comics, although the animated version was much less of a SmugSnake.
%%* BunglingInventor
* ButThisIsRidiculous: Launchpad during "The Uncrashable Hindentanic" when they are flying through a meteor shower -- "I've been on rocky flights before, but this is ridiculous!"
%%* ButtMonkey: Dijon
%%* ByThePowerOfGreyskull: "Blathering blatherskite!"
%%* CanadaEh: Parodied in "Ducky Mountain High".
%%* CaneFu
* CanonImmigrant: Dijon, an arabian thief from [[WesternAnimation/DuckTalesTheMovieTreasureOfTheLostLamp The Movie]] gets to team up with Flintheart and the Beagle Boys for a two-parter in the series.
* CantKillYouStillNeedYou: Glomgold and the old captain attempt to kill Scrooge and his nephews to keep them from reaching the lost ship first. Then they discover their map being eaten by their donkey and hastily undo their attempt on Scrooge's life.
%%* CaptainCrash: Launchpad, to the point of needing to be the picture of this trope.
* CaptainErsatz:
** Launchpad for Donald, presumably to keep Donald from stealing Scrooge's spotlight -- and because of [[TheUnintelligible Donald's voice]].
** One-shot character Major Courage was a copy of Creator/WilliamShatner's Kirk.
** Ping the Pitiless from the episode "The Right Duck" is a spoof of ''ComicStrip/FlashGordon'' villain Ming the Merciless.
* CaptainSpaceDefenderOfEarth: In a ShowWithinAShow.
* CardboardBoxHome: An ImagineSpot that happens during an episode where, long story short, UncleScrooge was broke, he imagines a parody of 'Lifestyles of the Rich And Famous' which focused on him living on the street and his cardboard house, which his butler tried to maintain spick-span (and an OverlyLongGag of him continuously answering to the reporter, in a somewhat-exasperated tone, that there was nothing else but cardboard involved in the house's construction).
* CardboardPrison: Try to keep the Beagle Boys in jail. Just try. (Though no longer allowing them [[JailBake cake deliveries]] would be a fine start.)
* CardCarryingVillain: The Beagle Boys ''really'' like being criminals, and aren't shy about saying so.
--> "As long as it's illegal, we'll be happy Beagles!"
** Even when they aren't guilty of anything, they still wear their prison jumpsuits and ID tags. They are also never seen without their burglar masks.
* {{Catchphrase}}: Quite a few actually.
** Scrooge: "Blow me bagpipes!" and "Curse me kilts!"
** Huey, Dewey, and Louie: "Quackeroony!"
** Launchpad: "No problem, Mr. Mc D!", "If it has wings, I can crash it", and "Don't worry, I'm okay!"
** Fenton: "Blabberin' Blatherskite!"
** Admiral Grimitz: "I love it when things go kablooie!"
* ChasedOffIntoTheSunset:
** Done after Launchpad [=McQuack=] crashes a spaceship right into Scrooge McDuck's swimming pool.
** It happens to Launchpad again in the episode "The Golden Fleecing". At the end of the adventure, Launchpad is pursued by one of the [[AbhorrentAdmirer lovestruck Harpies]].
%%* CheerfulChild: Webby.
* ChickMagnet:
** Scrooge got the attention of Glittering Goldie, Millionara Vanderbucks, Magica De Spell, Mrs. Crackshell, and Ma Beagle. Even if he is the richest duck in the world, that's still quite an accomplishment.
** Also Launchpad was pretty popular with the ladies considering he attracted Feathers Galore, Sensen, and many other girls along the way.
* ChildHater: Millionara Vanderbucks in "Till Nephews Do Us Part''. Upon marrying Scrooge, she intends to send Huey, Dewey and Louie to military school and Webby to finishing school.
--> '''Millionara''' (upon first meeting Webby and the nephews): Children! How ghastly! [[BlatantLies . . . Er, how charming!]]
%%* ChromaticArrangement
* ChronicallyCrashedCar: The team's pilot would crash whatever he was provided with {{Once an Episode}} -- including a living condor and a gadget plane that accidentally folded into a suitcase mid-flight.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Bubba the caveduck was introduced with much fanfare at the start of season two, only to vanish without a trace after a dozen or so episodes, mostly due to his unpopularity with the writers. He's never mentioned again.
* CircleOfStandingStones: In one episode, some druids were found to have a bone to pick with the [=McDuck=] clan, since one of Scrooge's ancestors had built his castle on their land. Why? Because there was a ring of large stone pillars already there, which made building it faster...and cheaper. It runs in the family.
* Myth/ClassicalMythology: Because sometimes it went beyond mere {{Homage}}.
* ClearTheirName: The nephews have to do this for Scrooge in the episode where Glomgold frames him for burglary.
** Also the plot of "The Curse of Castle [=McDuck=], where ''Scrooge's entire clan'' is accused of putting a curse on his hometown. [[spoiler:It turns out the "curse" was in fact set up by a tribe of Druids as a SecretTestOfCharacter for the [=McDucks=].]]
%%* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Donald Duck and Launchpad.
%%* ColdCash: Gyro Gearloose once did this to an invention by accident.
* ComicBookAdaptation: Yes, there's a ComicBookAdaptation of a [[RecursiveAdaptation cartoon based on a comic book based on a cartoon]]. Just go with it.
** Also includes a ShoutOut to ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'', generally considered a SpinOff to the series. In one comic where Scrooge's moon rock cufflinks lead to the group stranded on the moon and out of fuel for the rocket (long story), Launchpad mentions that the cufflinks, actually a cheaply synthesized artificial gem, can be picked up for a nickel in St. Canard. He then adds that he knows this "screwy duck and his daughter" over there.
* ContinuityNod: In "Robot Robbers", Scrooge is outraged that Gyro built more giant robots, reminding him that his last robot nearly killed them all, which was the plot of the previous episode, "Armstrong".
* ConscienceMakesYouGoBack: In the episode "The Golden Fleecing", Scrooge [=McDuck=] almost abandons Launchpad in danger over the Golden Fleece, but his friend's scream for help brings Scrooge to his senses.
%%* ConspicuouslyLightPatch: In the opening credits even.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: When Glomgold gets caught framing Scrooge, the judge orders him to always keep a portrait of the world's richest duck in his house. Thus, Glomgold has to put up with Scrooge grinning down at him constantly.
%%* CoolBigSis: The Beagle Babes become this to Webby.
* CoolOldGuy:
** Scrooge [=McDuck=] -- he's done it all, and isn't afraid to be called to prove that he's done it.
** Also El Capitan from the five episode pilot due to the fact [[spoiler: that he's over 400 years old and has stayed alive solely on willpower and determination to find more treasure. Less cool is his psychotic obsession with the Treasure Of the Golden Suns.]]
* CoolOldLady: Mrs. Beakley definitely qualifies for this.
** Not to mention Glittering Goldie.
** Also Ma Beagle, who unlike her sons actually manages to evade the police most times she commits a crime.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Flintheart Glomgold is insanely jealous of Scrooge's status as the World's Richest Duck, and is willing to pull any kind of dirty trick he can think of to undermine his rival. That, and he's a conniving, thieving bastard in general...
** Also [[GoldDigger Millionara Vanderbucks.]]
* CousinOliver: Most fans felt Bubba was an unnecessary addition to the series. Even the writers didn't know what to do with him most of the time so Bubba spent most episodes tagging along with Huey, Dewey and Louie and doing whatever they did (much like Bean from ''Muppet Babies'').
* CountingBullets: Fenton does this. He has the ability to instantly count anything he sees. His first appearance includes counting how much buckshot Scrooge has shot into the ceiling.
* CowboyEpisode: ''Ducks of the West''. Scrooge's oil wells go dry, and he heads out to Texas with Huey, Dewey and Louie in tow.
* CrisisMakesPerfect: In "Top Duck", Launchpad ([[CaptainCrash unsurprisingly]]) crashes spectacularly the first time he attempts the "Treetop Bebop Tuck and Roll". At the episode's end, he manages it to save Scrooge and the Money Bin.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Launchpad has his moments of this.
** Same with Fenton Crackshell when he becomes Gizmo Duck.
* DaddysGirl: More like Grandpa's Girl, to describe the relationship between Uncle Scrooge and "my darlin' Webbigail."
* DarkerAndEdgier: Duck Tales was mostly a light-hearted kids show, but it had a few dark episodes. The nephews were once turned into gold statues, and there also were several episodes, where a character nearly dies.
** The alien robots in the episode "Money to burn" not only stole Scrooge's money bin, so they could melt down the coins to make new robots. But they also were really close to melting Scrooge and Launchpad into grease. Not to mention the FridgeHorror that these robots had probably killed off the alien race, who had once created them in the first place...
** The mites in "The Attack of the Metal Mites" were played very seriously, despite the fact that they were tiny insects. After all, they were designed to eat metal! So they caused plenty of damage all over the city, and they even devoured Fenton's otherwise indestructible Gizmoduck suit.
* DartboardOfHate: Glomgold is shown to have one of Scrooge in his office in ''Ducks On the Lam''. He even threw a tomahawk at it!
%%* DeadpanSnarker: Scrooge
%%** Duckworth has his moments as well.
%%* DeathByMaterialism: Nearly El Capitan in "Treasure of the Golden Suns"; Scrooge as a RunningGag.
%%* DebutQueue: The FiveEpisodePilot.
* {{Descriptiveville}}: A series about anthropomorphic ducks takes place in a city called Duckburg.
* DemotedToExtra: Donald was a major player in the original comics, but is just an occasional guest star in the show. Within the show itself, Launchpad and Doofus had drastically-reduced roles in the second season (Doofus only getting a non-speaking cameo in one episode). Uniquely, Bubba the Caveduck was DemotedToExtra ''immediately after the five episodes that set him up as a main character.''
** Launchpad notably had reduced screentime, but wasn't almost entirely gone from the series. He was just moreso OutOfFocus than anything else. On the other hand, this definitely counts for Magica (who was a recurring villain in season 1 but just appeared in one episode of season 2) and any Beagle Boy who wasn't Ma, Bouncer, Big-Time, Burger, or Baggy (never seen again outside of cameos during Super Ducktales)
* DependingOnTheArtist: There were a few episodes in the first season where the hats of the nephews had black, instead of the commonly used darker colors.
* {{Determinator}}: Scrooge and the Beagle Boys qualified for this and also El Capitan [[spoiler: who refuses to die until he finds more treasure.]]
%%* DisasterMovie: Parodied in "The Uncrashable Hindentanic".
%%* DistractedByTheLuxury
* DoAnythingRobot: Gizmo Duck, whose suit is supposed to be able to do anything, but he didn't have time to read the instruction manual. This is played for laughs later, when he's more familiar with the suit, with him being prepared for more trivial and minor things (such as having a satellite dish so his mother can watch TV on his display panel) than for the more important things.
%%* DotingGrandparent: Scrooge is this to the triplets, once Donald is his nephew and the triplets are Donald's nephews.
* DrunkWithPower: In one episode, Fenton Crackshell is obliged to impersonate Scrooge, who has gone missing, and soon starts acting like a caricature of Scrooge, with all his negative personality traits at full blast and none of the mitigating positive ones, even when he's alone with people who know about the impersonation.
%%* DumbMuscle: Bubba. Justified due to him being a prehistoric cave duck relying on primitive instincts.
* DunkingTheBomb: In one episode, Doofus looks up in the [[GreatBigBookOfEverything Junior Woodchuck Guidebook]] how to disarm a Martian bomb inside of a rocket. The solution given is to douse it with water. Launchpad crashes in Scrooge's pool.

[[folder:Tropes E-I]]
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness:
** The TV special, ''Sport Goofy in Soccermania'', which served as a precursor to the series:
*** Scrooge is voiced by Will Ryan, rather than Alan Young.
*** Instead of Duckworth, Scrooge has a younger unnamed [[{{Dogfaces}} dogface]] butler.
*** Huey, Dewey, and Louie all wear red.
*** No Webby, Mrs. Beakley, or Launchpad.
*** The Beagle Boys don't have prison numbers on their shirts. They also wear orange and all look alike, making them appear closer to their comic counterparts
*** Gyro's brief appearance also has him look closer to his comic incarnation than the thinner design the TV show gave him.
** In the show itself, in earlier episodes the Beagle Boys' relationship with Glomgold was a lot different, as they were enemies to him as much as Scrooge which force them into an EnemyMine position in "Robot Robbers". This is a far cry from all later season one and season two episodes where the Beagle Boys are essentially thugs for hire for Glomgold.
** In "Robot Robbers", Burger Beagle for some reason speaks with Bouncer Beagle's voice. This is interesting to note because they are both voiced by the same actor.
%%* ElmuhFuddSyndwome: Recurring character Webra Walters has this speech impediment.
* EnemyEatsYourLunch: In "Hero for Hire", the Beagle Boys torment Doofus by eating his pancakes.
* EnemyMine: There are times when Scrooge and/or his nephews are forced to work together with their enemies. First when they and the Beagle Boys wind up getting transported into the past due to a mishap with Gyro's time-stopper device, they had to work together to return to their own time. After that, Scrooge and Glomgold had to work together to stop the Beagle Boys and Ma from destroying the city with the giant construction robots. When Magica's shadow gains sentience and ejects her, she and Scrooge were forced to work together to stop the shadow as it was even more sinister than its host as it plotted to cover the world in eternal shadow. When the Beagle Boys abandon Ma Beagle after discovering stardom, she resorts to working with Scrooge to get them bombed and thus return back to her.
** Slightly lesser extent with Glomgold in "Til Nephews Do Us Part", when Millionaira after her wedding to Scrooge failed, she immediately tries to hook up with Glomgold since he's the 2nd richest duck in the world. He immediately runs, following Scrooge's lead to get away from her
--> '''Millionaira''': "Is there a Mrs. Second Richest Duck in the World?"
--> '''Glomgold''': "Uh... well I... uh... WAIT FOR ME, [=MCDUCK=]!"
* EnthrallingSiren: In a retelling of ''Literature/TheOdyssey''. They're not bird-women, but, on the other hand, [[EnforcedTrope the main characters are bird-people]].
* EstablishingCharacterMoment:
-->"Penny for the poor?"
-->'''Scrooge:''' They're not worth it!
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas:
** The Beagle Boys were tough as nails, but would do anything Ma Beagle asked without a second thought.
** Averted with Ping the Pitiless from "The Right Duck", who imprisoned his own mother for jaywalking.
* EvenEvilHasStandards:
** In the episode "Till Nephews Do Us Part", after [[EvilCounterpart Flintheart]] comforts [[GoldDigger Millionara]], she starts flirting with him when she learns that he's the second richest duck in the world, and he immediately runs away for the sake of protecting his money.
** In "The Good Muddahs" when the Beagle Babes think their criminal influence has rubbed off on sweet, innocent Webby they feel terrible.
** In "My Mother the Psychic", Burger Beagle finds the idea of Fenton never visiting his mother again to be very vile.
* EveryoneLovesBlondes: Fenton for Gandra. Also [[spoiler: Future Doofus for Future Webby.]]
** Also Bubba for Julie in the episode "Bubbeo And Juliet".
* EverythingsLouderWithBagpipes: The Beagle Boys has [[BigEater Burger Beagle]] "torture" some hostages with bagpipes in the episode "Full Metal Duck".
* EvilCounterpart: Scrooge is a tough, hard-beaked businessduck, but he's genuinely honest. His archnemesis Flintheart Glomgold has all of Scrooge's ambition and determination, but none of his morals or ethics.
* EvilDebtCollector: Even Scrooge McDuck isn't immune to this trope. One episode had the protagonists suffering from their worst nightmares. Scrooge's worst fear is debt collectors taking away everything he owns, even to the point of trying to take away Huey, Dewey and Louie.
* EvilSorcerer: Magica de Spell, Circe, and Merlock.
* ExactWords: In "Robot Robbers", Gyro employs exact words to explain to Scrooge why he made the titular robots.
-->'''Scrooge''': Gyro, I thought I told you never to build another robot!
-->'''Gyro''': You said never to build another robot for you. So I built these for Mr. Glomgold.
** In the episode "Liquid Assets", Gyro is told by Scrooge to build a robot that won't let anyone near his money bin. Gyro creates a security robot for his money bin that was so adamant about its job, it wouldn't even let Scrooge near it.
** Later on, during that same story arc, Gyro ([[LampshadeHanging boy, Gyro sure loves this trope]]) is constructing the Gizmoduck suit. When he asks Scrooge for a activation password, Scrooge replies that "any nonsense will do". Gyro goes to a thesaurus and discovers "blatherskite" as a synonym for "nonsense".
* {{Expy}}:
** Webby is theorized to be a scandal-free stand-in for Dickie Duck, Scrooge's ex-girlfriend's granddaughter, or possibly a condensed version of Daisy's nieces.
** Fenton is a definite stand-in for Donald. In the second season, whenever the plot is based on a Creator/CarlBarks comic, Fenton (at least when he's not Gizmoduck) fulfills Donald's role the way Launchpad did in the first season.
* FakedRipVanWinkle
* FamilyThemeNaming: Huey, Louie and Dewey.
* FatIdiot: Burger Beagle, and to a lesser extent, Doofus.
* FateWorseThanDeath: The Golden Death from "The Golden Goose".
* FatteningTheVictim: DoubleSubverted. "The Golden Fleecing". When the harpies kidnap Launchpad, he thinks that they're planning to eat him. They respond that, no, they just want him to stay for dinner. However, they didn't tell him that they were feeding him so a ''dragon'' could eat him.
* {{Fiction 500}}: Scrooge is the trope picture.
* FieryRedhead: Robotica from "Metal Attraction", so very much.
* FirstGirlWins: No matter what happens, Scrooge will always love his first girlfriend Goldie more than any other girl.
* FishPeople: They appear in "Aqua Ducks" and "The Ducky Horror Picture Show".
* [[FiveFingerDiscount Four Finger Discount]]: Dijon, notoriously so.
** Also the Beagle Boys.
* FiveBadBand: The Beagle Boys usually take this role with varying positions.
** BigBad: Ma Beagle or Big Time Beagle.
** TheDragon: Big Time Beagle or Bouncer Beagle.
** EvilGenius: Big Time Beagle or Megabyte Beagle.
** TheBrute: Bouncer Beagle or Bankjob Beagle.
** DarkChick: Ma Beagle, Boom Boom Beagle.
* FlowersForAlgernonSyndrome:
** In the episode "Bubba's Big Brainstorm", Bubba Duck becomes intelligent, civilized, and utterly ruthless and incapable of compassion, [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop something indicated to be directly connected to his new intelligence.]] He becomes dumb and barbaric again when his brute strength is needed to pound a monster threatening his friends.
** In an earlier episode, Scrooge is racing against a villain to gain the magical Pearl of Wisdom, which grants infinite wisdom for a moment in the morning. Huey, Duey, and Louie are surprised that the islanders seem unconcerned about the prospect of having their pearl stolen by the villain or Scrooge. The reason soon becomes clear: Scrooge and the villain both get their wisdom moment simultaneously, and in that instant realize that stealing the pearl would be wrong and put it back where they found it. The chief chuckles and says the same thing happens all the time. (It helps that the Pearl only activates on the shore of the island.)
** In the episode "Superdoo!" Doofus finds an energy crystal from outer space that gives him super-abilities. Through his new powers he becomes the all-time Junior Woodchuck merit-badge-earning champion, but others dislike him even more than old laughable, clumsy and slow Doofus. He throws away the crystal, gives back his merit badges and later saves the camp without any superpowers, winning respect of others. Everyone is happy to have the old Doofus back, including Doofus himself.
* ForgotTheCall: Happened to Scrooge where a whack on the noggin causes him to lose his accent, start working at his own plant as a menial laborer, organize a labor strike protesting the unfair business practices he himself imposed, and begin a relationship with Fenton Crackshell's mother.
* ForTheEvulz: Presumably the reason Glomgold framed Mad Dog in "Duckman of Aquatraz".
* FriendOrIdolDecision: In "The Golden Fleecing", Scrooge twice has to make a decision between saving Launchpad and successfully taking the fleece.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Webby.
* FurryConfusion: This is especially interesting in the episode "Back Out In The Outback" where Webby says "Animals Are My Favorite People".
** Even weirder is "Home Sweet Homer". Circe is a pig, who turns people into non-anthropomorphic pigs, and in a fit of LaserGuidedKarma is turned into a non-anthro pig herself.
* GagBoobs: Boom-Boom Beagle.
* GenieInABottle: Twice. "Master of the Djinni" and ''WesternAnimation/DuckTalesTheMovieTreasureOfTheLostLamp''.
* GeniusDitz: Launchpad is a great pilot, but will crash almost every time he flies.
** Also Launchpad's little sister Loopy despite her initial ditzy qualities, is a pretty capable pilot and mechanic.
* GentleGiant: Launchpad, Mrs. Beakley, and Gizmo Duck.
* GlacierWaif: Bubba and Tootsie.
* GlamourFailure: Magica's spell that turns the Beagle Boys into copies of Scrooge's nephews in "Send in the Clones".
* GlassShatteringSound: A bird in one episode is capable of breaking all glass within a several-mile radius. This leads to problems for all the valuables that Scrooge stores in glass cases.
** [[GlassShatteringSound Ice Breaking Sound]]: In "Maid of the Myth", Mrs. Beakley uses her opera singing to bring down an avalanche, [[ItMakesSenseInContext letting her racing team cross a crevasse]].
-->'''Mrs. Beakley''': If the sound of a horn can do ''that'', what would a C above high C do?
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: The eponymous robot's eyes shine in the episode "Armstrong", when it becomes clear that he's turned on Scrooge.
-->"I...AM...ARMSTRONG. I...AM...YOUR...''FRIEND.'"
* GodzillaThreshold: In the episode "The Uncrashable Hindentanic" revolves around Uncle Scrooge and his new airship. His sidekick and perennial crasher of aircraft Launchpad desperately wants to fly it but is told that Scrooge actually wants to keep the airship in one piece. When the events of the episode conspire against this Scrooge eventually relents and tells Launchpad to take the wheel. They crash, but Launchpad accidentally takes out the opposition while saving the passengers.
-->"If we are going to crash anyway, we may as well crash with style."
* GogglesDoNothing: Launchpad's almost always wears his goggles atop his head.
* GoldDigger:
** Millionara Vanderbucks. The nephews [[BatmanGambit invite a guest to prevent her]] from marrying Scrooge: [[spoiler: Glittering Goldie.]] Millionara then meets Flintheart, who [[OhCrap quickly realizes]] she nearly gave him the same fate Scrooge avoided.
** Also Ma Beagle when she fakes a marriage to Scrooge so she could be legally entitled to half of his fortune if he divorced her.
* GoldFever: Identified by name.
* GoldMakesEverythingShiny
* GoneHorriblyWrong: In "Duck to the Future," Scrooge gives the nephews advice on cutting costs so they can get better at making a profit. After being sent by Magica [=DeSpell=] to the Bad Future where they're grown up, he discovers that their idea of cutting costs was to cheat their customers and rip their own employees off for everything they're worth. As you can expect, he was not happy with the results.
* GoneHorriblyRight: Pretty much anytime [[LiteralMinded Gyro Gearloose]] decides to follow Scrooge's instructions to a tee. Gizmoduck however, might actually be a rare ''positive'' example.
* GoodIsNotNice: Scrooge
* GoryDiscretionShot: Happens in "Launchpad's First Crash" when the Amazons kill the giant crab.
* GrandFinale: "The Golden Goose"
* GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave: Even Scrooge's nephews admitted that Goldie was attractive despite her age.
* GRatedSex: This was attempted by Feathers Galore with Launchpad in the episode "Double-O-Duck".
* GreatBigBookOfEverything: The Junior Woodchuck guidebook. Includes topics on building remote controlled shark fins, homing devices to be mounted on drone planes, bicycle-propelled helicopters, Martian rockets, and magical thunderstorms (though that's debatable).
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal: Just the ducks. Averted by Scrooge however, in the instances where he wears his kilt.
** Also averted by Launchpad, given his very humanlike build.
* HeatWave: ''A Whale of a Bad Time'' begins with Huey, Dewey and Louie kvetching about hot weather and a broken air conditioner.
* {{Hellhound}}: The hound's disguise in "The Curse Of Castle [=McDuck=]", specifically the hunter type.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Scrooge's evil adult nephews turn on Magica when they learn that she sent him into the future so she could take over his business.]]
** Following his role as a clumsy lackey, Dijon at least tries to give up stealing and live an honest life--[[StickyFingers even though he's not very good at it]].
%%* HeroesWantRedheads: Launchpad for Feathers Galore.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Bubba chooses to permanently abandon his prehistoric time and life to be with Scrooge and saves his life in the process.]]
* {{Homage}}: Mostly to [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek mythology]] -- stories and characters from the Trojan War, Greek gods, King Midas...
* HonoraryUncle: Scrooge lets Webby call him "Uncle Scrooge" even though they're not biologically related.
%%* HotWitch: Magica De Spell and Circe.
%%* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Launchpad's parents Ripcord and Birdy fit this description.
* HugeRiderTinyMount: In "Luck O' The Ducks", Scrooge, the Nephews and Launchpad ride miniature horses. The trope is most noticeable with Launchpad, whose horse tries to buck its heavy load.
* HumiliationConga: Courage of the Cosmos in "Where No Duck Has Gone Before". He gets [[CurbStompBattle curb stomped]] by an alien while showboating, reveals himself as a DirtyCoward in front of the [[ImYourBiggestFan nephews]] and Scrooge, and was reduced to a mascot.
* [[ICantLookGesture "I Can't Look" Gesture]]: In the FiveEpisodePilot, Scrooge and Donald say that they can't look and cover their eyes during one of [[CaptainCrash Launchpad's]] landings. Launchpad says ''he'' can't look either and covers ''his'' eyes.
* IdiotBall: Held by Huey, Dewey, and Louie for "A Case of Mistaken Secret Identity." Everything gets kicked off thanks to them being absolutely sure that Launchpad has to be Gizmo Duck's secret identity, claiming that they've never appeared together at the same time. This is in spite of the fact that they had previously seen the two side by side ''twice'' in the episodes "Money to Burn" and "Allowance Day." And that doesn't even take into consideration that, y'know, their beaks don't even look remotely the same.
* IdiotHero: Launchpad, who in many episodes, saves his friends, or even the whole world while remaining a certified idiot. He's even admitted it on more than one occasion. The smartest he gets is GeniusDitz.
* ImplacableMan: The Minotaur from "Raiders Of The Lost Harp".
** Also Big Time Beagle in a suit of armor is able to bypass all of the traps in Scrooge's money bin, [[spoiler: except Scrooge's tank on the inside of the vault.]]
%%* ImpossibleHourglassFigure: Boom-Boom Beagle.
%%* IncredibleShrinkingMan: "Micro Ducks from Outer Space".
* IncrediblyLamePun: Pretty much all of the characters' names (at least those who were introduced in this show, and even then, some who weren't).
* IfICantHaveYou: Robotica nearly kills Gandra and almost destroys the money bin to make sure Gizmo Duck would be hers alone.
* InducedHypochondria: In the episode "The Money Vanishes", the Beagle Boys steal Gyro's latest invention by convincing him he has Inventoritis from being too sedentary, and needs to start jogging... right this instant. He jogs away and they have the run of the laboratory.
%%* InsideAComputerSystem: "Scrooge's Last Adventure".
* InstantAwesomeJustAddMecha: The Beagle Boys steal some in one episode.
** Not to mention Fenton the accountant becoming Gizmo Duck, Duckburg's greatest super hero.
*** Also Scrooge's nephews and Webby when they wore the shrunken Gizmo suit.
* InterspeciesRomance: Played straight with Bubba who's a duck who falls in love with Julie who's a pig, but subverted by Scrooge who's a duck that's forced to be in a fake wedding with Ma Beagle who's a dog.
* IronicEcho: In "Where No Duck Has Gone Before", Scrooge obtains ownership of a studio that produces a show that Scrooge dislikes, and the star, Captain Courage, constantly reminds Scrooge that he has a five-year contract, especially after [[spoiler: he accidentally blasts off into space with the nephews and upon finding out he really is in space, finds a way out and leaves them behind, refusing to come back for them.]] At the end, [[spoiler: Scrooge turns the studio into a space museum, where Courage is forced to do humiliating work as a mascot]], to which Scrooge reminds him of his five-year contract.
* IronicEchoCut: In "Master of the Djinni", Huey, Dewey, and Louie comment that Scrooge could use a dip in the pool after seeing the genie relaxing in it. We then cut to Scrooge in the desert, having to race Glomgold over who becomes the genie's master, saying that he could use a dip in the pool.
%%* ISurrenderSuckers: Scrooge does this to the Beagles in the first episode.
%% ** He also does this to Magica's shadows in "Magica's Shadow War".
* ItsAllMyFault: Scrooge believes that his firing Launchpad drove him to becoming a bank robber.

[[folder:Tropes J-R]]
* JailBake: Used by the Beagle Boys.
** One time, one of the guards got GenreSavvy enough to install an XRay machine. Unfortunately, Ma Beagle apparently anticipated that and sent a cake that had nothing in it, but when [[BigEater Burger Beagle]] ate it, it gave him a case of the hiccups so bad, his brothers were able to use him as a jackhammer.
%%* {{Jerkass}}: Flintheart Glomgold and the Beagle Boys.
%%* JerkassGenie: Played straight in the episode "Master Of The Djinni", but averted in ''WesternAnimation/DuckTalesTheMovieTreasureOfTheLostLamp''.
%%* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Scrooge had his moments of this.
* JobStealingRobot: Armstrong. He quickly puts Launchpad and Duckworth out of a job, but not for long.
%%* JungleOpera: It sometimes has this.
* KarmaHoudini: Megabyte Beagle in the "Super [=DuckTales=]" serial is a straight example crossed with What Happened to the Mouse?. This guy takes control of the Gizmosuit and makes Gizmoduck the Beagles' unwilling servant, but after Huey, Dewey, and Louie come to Gizmoduck's rescue, switching his remote with that of a toy, Megabyte drops out of the story.
** One episode featured Flintheart Glomgold framing Scrooge McDuck with art theft and his only punishment was having to keep a portrait of Scrooge over his fireplace for fifteen years. And that's just to mention what's proven against him.
** Ma Beagle got away with everything except forging evidence of being Scrooge's wife and being arrested with her sons at the end of "New Gizmo Kids on the Block."
** Gandra Dee, Fenton Crackshell's love interest/girlfriend, only appeared in six episodes. But in two of them, she showed that she could be as ungrateful and cold-hearted towards Fenton as she pleased, and no one would call her out on her attitude.
*** In "Metal Attraction", Fenton goes overboard with paying Gandra too much attention. But not only does she refuse to give him a simple "thank you" for doing all these things for her, she also gets mad at him and pushes him away from her without even explaining what he did wrong. Of course, the episode had to end with him promising to change, while nobody has anything to say about what she did.
*** In "The Big Flub", Fenton has ended up in big trouble and asks for Gandra's help. But she refuses, even after he said "but I need you", claiming that he had ruined her precious reputation. And at the end of the episode, the poor guy still has to apologize to HER!
** The harpies in "[[Recap/DuckTalesS1E26TheGoldenFleecing The Golden Fleecing]]." Yes, they don't really want to feed people to the dragon, but they've been doing it for years and...they get a rest from the dragon's roaring.
** In the episode where the cast visits a village in China, the village mayor betrays them, kidnaps the Nephews, and threatens to ''murder'' them unless Scrooge convinces Launchpad to [[ItMakesSenseInContext stop showering the village in dimes]]. While his plan is ultimately foiled, not only that he not receive any punishment for attempting to murder children who had nothing to due with what he blamed Scrooge and Launchpad for, he and Scrooge end up parting on good terms!
* KidsAreCruel: "We created that magic rain cloud with our junior woodchucks chemistry set...[[NarmCharm JUST TO RUIN YOUR DAY!]]" [[spoiler:This is one of Scrooge's worst fears brought to life.]]
** Some of the triplets' [[ClassicDisneyShorts original mischevious behaviour]] ''does'' perk up in the series, especially early on.
* LandDownUnder: ''Back Out in the Outback''. Features miniature UFO's, opals. a sheep station, and a variety of marsupials.
* [[LanternJawOfJustice Lantern Bill of Justice]]:
** Launchpad, an IdiotHero with a prominent chin.
** Subverted with Courage of the Cosmos. He has a heroic bill, but he's really a DirtyCoward.
* LaserGuidedKarma: In "Down and Out in Duckberg", Scrooge starts the episode acting far more miserlier than usual - raising a tailor's rent, refusing to give boat-repair money to a sea captain, and refusing to donate to a member of a SalvationArmy {{Expy}}. Then Fritter O'Way, the VillainOfTheWeek, shows up and claims that Scrooge's fortune now belongs to him, because of a long-forgotten debt involving their ancestors and a delivery of marbles, and he throws Scrooge out of the house. This is where karma steps in for Scrooge - the tailor who's rent he raised earlier can't give him a job, because the money that would have been used to hire help is now going towards paying the rent, and when he decides to try to resolve the debt himself by delivering the marbles, the sea captain's boat (which he borrowed) starts leaking because the captain couldn't afford to repair it. Luckily, Scrooge gets his fortune back, and [[TookALevelInKindness takes a level in kindness]] at the same time.
* LastNameBasis: Many people don't know that Mrs. Beakley's first name is [[spoiler: Bentina.]]
* LaymansTerms: The multi-parter that introduced Gizmoduck has a Beagle Boy named Megabyte Beagle, who describes his plans in technical terms, which would confuse his cellmate and family members to the point that they would then request him to "Say it in Beagle talk!"
* {{Leitmotif}}: Several: the villains' themes are more noticeable than others, however.
* LighterAndSofter: Scrooge himself is this compared to his original comic counterpart; in the comics Scrooge tended to shift between JerkWithAHeartOfGold displaying a JerkassFacade and being a genuine {{Jerkass}}, who who could just as easily be the villain as the hero of a story. The Scrooge of ''[=DuckTales=]'' is much more jovial and less irritable, and can even be openly sentimental. Donald as well: in earlier incarnations, he [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Maho5R656xM loved cigars]] and really loved brawling while spitting out the Angrish. No more for ''[=DuckTales=]''.
* LiteralAssKicking: "Nothing to Fear" ends with Magica [=DeSpell=] being chased off by her fear cloud, which zaps her in the backside with lightning. Scrooge also states how she "got it in the [[{{Pun}} end]]."
* LiteralMinded:
** Fenton Craskshell (Gizmo Duck) is literal-minded. Scrooge wants Fenton to liquidate his assets, except that he puts all of Scrooge's money in the lake.
** Gyro Gearloose is one as well. In one episode, to increase the budget for a cheap sci-fi show as part of a way of reinventing it, Scrooge has Gyro build a new spaceship that he wants to be as realistic as possible. Gyro's response? Make it an actual working spaceship. He proceeds to do something like this again in the "Super Ducktales" 5-parter: after recovering his money from the above example with Fenton, Scrooge asks Gyro to build a security guard for his money bin that won't let anyone get to the bin. Gyro again takes him too literally and programs it to not let anybody get to the bin, Scrooge included.
* LivingLieDetector: The magic harp from "Raiders of the Lost Harp." In singsong, ''"You are fibbing fibbing fibbing!"''
%%* LivingShadow: "Magica's Shadow War".
* LogicBomb: Fenton Crackshell defeats the Master Electronic Leader in their counting contest in "Super [=DuckTales=]" by asking how many bolts are in a jar. He then drops the bomb on M.E.L.:
--> "Sorry, M.E.L.! These are nuts, not bolts! Trick question! You lose!"
** The computer had earlier boasted to Fenton that it was the smartest one in the universe, and making such a silly mistake was all that was needed to invoke an explosive paradox.
* LordErrorProne: Gizmo Duck has a rather capable mechanical suit of armor and he's a quick thinker. Unfortunately all of his plans are absurd overkill and have drawbacks he never thought of because he went too far.
* LoudOfWar: During an escalating feud between Scrooge [=McDuck=] and his new neighbors, one of his assaults is to break out [[EverythingsLouderWithBagpipes his favorite bagpipes]] and a speaker system. The neighbors' response? Accordion.
%%* LoungeLizard: A literal one in "The Unsinkable Hindentanic."
* ManInTheIronMask: "The Duck In The Iron Mask".
* MarriedInTheFuture: Once when Magicka deSpell sent Scrooge into the future he encountered a [[SheIsAllGrownUp shapely Webbigail]] and a slimmed down Doofus who tell him they've gotten married. When he gets back to his own time, he tells Doofus to take care of Webby, which causes her to have a disgusted reaction.
* MeaningfulName: Many characters on the show had these.
* MindControlEyes: Cinnamon Teal is able to use her gaze to control Donald into stealing the navy's master control for their new submarine.
* MinionWithAnFInEvil: The Beagle Babes.
* MiscarriageOfJustice: In the episode "Duckman of Aquatraz," Scrooge McDuck is framed for theft by his rival Flintheart Glomgold and put into prison, where, conveniently, it turns out that his cellmate was also framed by Glomgold.
* MistakenForBadass: There was an episode where Launchpad was recruited to fill-in for an injured spy.
* MistakenForDying: The "mechanic's report mistaken for doctor's diagnosis" premise was recycled in the episode "Scrooge's Last Adventure". Huey, Duey & Louie took Scrooge McDuck's grandfather clock to a mechanic after they accidentally broke it while playing inside. While at the same time, Scrooge was getting a checkup at the clinic. From there it turned into a parody of ''Main/{{TRON}}''.
* MoneyFetish: Scrooge swims in it.
%%* MonsterMash: "The Ducky Horror Picture Show".
%%* MrViceGuy: Scrooge.
* MrsHypothetical: In a BadFuture where Magica takes over [=McDuck=] Enterprises, she renames the company "Magica [=McDuck=] Enterprises." [[ShipTease Make of that what you will]].
* MythologyGag:
** The episode "Time Teasers" has two. One is that Pete appears in the episode as a peg-legged pirate named Captain Blackheart, which is a nod to the fact that Pete had a peg leg in the older Disney cartoons. The second one is that the birthday song Captain Blackheart sings to himself is sung to the tune of the Unbirthday song from Disney's adaptation of ''Disney/AliceInWonderland''.
** On a few occasions, Scrooge will claim to have made his fortune by being "tougher than the toughies and smarter than the smarties", which is part of his repeatedly used BadassBoast in the original comics. He actually says his comic boast near word-for-word in one of the pilot episodes.
** In "Yuppy Ducks", Huey mentions a baseball team called the Calisota Stealers. Calisota is a fictional state created by Carl Barks that is said to be where Duckburg is located in the ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse.
* TheNapoleon: The {{iron|y}}ically named leader of the Beagle Boys, Big Time.
** In the episode "Status Seekers", the Blueblood Beagles counterpart to him is appropriately named Bonaparte.
* NeverFoundTheBody: in "Hero for Hire", the police only find the Webbed Wonder's costume, not the body, after a supposedly fatal crash. [[GenreBlind This raises no one's suspicions.]]
* NeverMessWithGranny:
** Ma Beagle is certainly the smartest and craftiest of her family of thieves, crooks and robbers. [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas No wonder they loved her so much.]]
** Glittering Goldie counts, too. Because if you don't count her, she'll come after you with a shotgun.
** Mrs. Beakley has her moments. Especially when in MamaBear mode.
%%* NewOldFlame: Glittering Goldie.
* NewsMonopoly: Happens in a couple episodes:
** In ''A Case of Mistaken Secret Identity'', several talk shows are seen speculating on Gizmoduck's true identity.
** In ''The Masked Mallard'', several networks are covering the Masked Mallard's having turned to crime.
* NiceCharacterMeanActor: "[[Recap/DuckTalesS1E4WhereNoDuckHasGoneBefore Where No Duck Has Gone Before]]." The actor who plays [[CaptainSpaceDefenderOfEarth Courage of the Cosmos]] is an arrogant blowhard and a DirtyCoward.
* NiceHat: A top hat like Scrooge's ''never'' goes out of style.
** Also Flinheart and Gladstone had some of these as well.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Several minor characters are parodies of RealLife celebrities, including ElvisPresley, Burt Bacharach, Creator/WilliamShatner, Gloria Swanson and Creator/JohnWayne.
* NoIndoorVoice: EL CAPITAN!
* NotGoodWithRejection: Gyro invents a robotic maid to help take the strain off Scrooge's housekeepers. His first attempt is so emotionless, it creeps everyone else out. So he dials up the emotions, creating a robo-{{Yandere}} who instantly falls in love with Gizmoduck, who unbeknownst to her is just a normal duck in PoweredArmor. When he tries to let her down gently by explaining, she interprets it as him having another lover, and literally explodes in a rage.
* NoWaterProofingInTheFuture: "Armstrong" involved a robot going on a berserk rampage, and only being stopped by being soaked in water. In "The Giant Robot Robbers," the cast tried to kill the robots using the same method, [[ALessonLearnedTooWell only for the]] BunglingInventor [[ALessonLearnedTooWell to inform them he had learned from his mistake and waterproofed the new models.]]
* NumberOneDime: Another TropeNamer.
* NurseWithGoodIntentions: In "[[Recap/DuckTalesS1E11Scroogerello Scroogerello]]", Scrooge is sick, and Webby wants to be his nurse. She starts with bringing him something to drink - stumbles, and splashes it all over him.
* OffModel: Present throughout the series. Largely with Ink & Paint. These small errors increased when Wang joined the series.
** "Down And Out in Duckberg" has a different style compared to the other episodes.
* OhCrap:
** In "Where No Duck Has Gone Before", Launchpad, the boys, and Major Courage all have their own terrified reactions as they realize they're really in space with real aliens.
** In "Hero for Hire", Launchpad visits Ma Beagle. He saw a picture of her with her children... the Beagle Boys.
** In " Till Nephews Do Us Part ", after Millionara Vanderbucks loses Scrooge and Flintheart consoles her, he gets this when she asks if there's a "MRS. Second Richest Duck in Duckberg."
%%* OhWaitThisIsMyGroceryList
* OneMillionBC: In the episode "Marking Time", Scrooge literally travels back to 1 million BC to find a land in which caveducks coexisted with dinosaurs. And yet, this is something of an aversion; after all, dinosaurs did coexist with seabirds. This would therefore imply that the DuckUniverse takes place in the Paleocene, which would make sense, since that was a time dominated by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gastornis six-foot birds]].
* OneWheeledWonder: Gizmoduck. Besides the question of how he stays upright, [[FridgeLogic one wonders where his feet go]] when he transforms.
* OneWingedAngel: Merlock turns into a Gryphon for the final battle. [[spoiler:But he loses the source of his powers and falls to his DisneyVillainDeath.]]
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: During part 2 of Bubba's introductory story arc, everyone in Tupei addresses Scrooge by Bubba's pet name for him, "Scooge". ("That's ''Scrooge!''" "Whatever.")
* OverlyLongGag: "A sea monster ate my ice creeeeeeeam!!" [[MemeticMutation To the point of becoming a meme.]]
* PapaWolf: If you thought Scrooge was already a BadassGrandpa, you have not seen how ''dangerous'' he can be when protecting his Nephews, Webby, and innocent children in general.
* PaperThinDisguise: The Beagle Boys were fond of these.
** Especially their iconic masks, to the point where they'd probably be stealthier by not wearing them.
** An especially noteable one was from the episode "Ducks On the Lam" when Bigtime, calling from inside the moneybin after he, Burger and Bouncer have taken over, pretends to be Scrooge while calling around to the various Duckburg banks pretending to be Scrooge. Problem is, these are {{VIDEO phone}}s, and Bigtimes disguise consists of a ''painting'' of Scrooge that he shoved his arms through and cut eyeholes in. Aside from the fact that the mouth doesnt move when he talks, you can clearly see the picture frame on the screen. Yet, it works perfectly.
%%* ParentTrapPlot
%%* ParentWithNewParamour: "Til Nephews Do Us Part"
* PoliceAreUseless: They'd have to be if the villains are able to trick them into arresting Scrooge three times in the show's run.
* PooledFunds: Naturally, since it stars Scrooge [=McDuck=].
* PricelessMingVase: In ''The Bride Wore Stripes'', the Beagle Boys use a Ming Vase as a baseball bat, of course breaking it in the process.
* ProjectileToast: In ''Sir Gyro de Gearloose'' Gyro tries to fix a toaster that's so off-whack it's shooting the toast through the ceiling. He goofs it up and ends up causing the toaster to break through the table and hit the floor.
* PunBasedTitle
* PunnyName: The witch's name is Magica De Spell, or "Magic Spell".
** The FiveEpisodePilot has a conquestador named Joaquin Slowly ("walkin' slowly").
** Fenton's girlfriend Gandra Dee, a reference to actress Sandra Dee (of ''Film/{{Gidget}}'' fame[[note]]The original movie, but not the TV series.[[/note]]). Also a reference to the fact that she's a goose (also known as a "gander").
* PutOnABus: Donald Duck gets this treatment in the opening episode, mostly because unlike in the original comics, animated!Donald is TheUnintelligible and it would have been a hassle to keep him around as a major character who speaks frequently.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: [[spoiler: El Capitan, a Conquistador from four centuries ago whose sheer mania for the gold he stole from South America has kept him alive out of pure willpower to find it once more.]]
* RecognizableBySound: In "Hero for Hire", Scrooge, hearing the motor of Launchpad's helicopter, exclaims, "I'd know that sound anywhere!"
%%* RedHeadedHero: Launchpad.
* RefuseToRescueTheDisliked: In the episode "Magica's Shadow War", Magica's raven Poe turns up and begs Scrooge to save her after her LivingShadow locks her in a closet. Given that Magica is one of the most persistent members of his RoguesGallery, Scrooge refuses, until the nephews tell him they probably need her help catching the shadow.
* ReTool: Most of season 2 had episodes revolving around Duckberg and Scrooge's business ventures rather than more world exploration, they also centered around non-comic characters like Bubba and Gizmoduck.
* ResetButton: In "Master of the Djinni", Flintheart Glomgold's lack of [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor care with his wishes]] got him stranded in a desert island with Scrooge. Forgetting he still had a wish, he unwittingly used it to wish he had never seen the lamp. Because of that wish, the past was altered so the explosion that allowed Scrooge and Flintheart to enter the cave also caused the lamp to fall from its pedestal into a pile of rubble, where it remained unseen by everyone who entered the cave.
-->'''Genie:''' ''(still trapped in the lamp)'' Hello? Anybody out there? Anybody out there?!
* RobotGirl: Robotica, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin obviously.]]
* RoguesGallery: Flintheart Glomgold, Magica De Spell, and the Beagle Boys have been tormenting Scrooge for years.
* RoguesGalleryTransplant: One episode featured the Phantom Blot as a villain, who originated as an antagonist in old Mickey Mouse comics.
* [[SandIsWater Money is Water]]: Do not attempt to dive into a pile of metal coins in RealLife. Even in the show, Scrooge is the only one with this ability. This fact leads to several villain concussions.
** Sometimes done inconstantly. There are episodes where the nephews can dive through coins too. Though perhaps Scrooge took the time to show them how.
** Parodied disturbingly [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3KRQSpORW0 here]].
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: This show was pretty good about this. King Arty managed to temporarily hold off Lestred's invasion in the episode "Sir Gyro De Gearloose". Then Homer helps Scrooge and his nephews reclaim his kingdom of Ithaquack from Circe in "Home Sweet Homer". Also [[spoiler:the true ruler of the kingdom Roy, after the mask is removed]] was able help Scrooge and his friends save his kingdom in the episode "The Duck In The Iron Mask".
* RunningGag: There have been a couple of episodes where someone's name has been mispronounced, when they correct the crowd, they reply with "Whatever."
** From "The Duck That Would Be King":
---> '''Crowd:''' Hail "Skooge!"
---> '''Scrooge:''' That's SCROOGE!
---> '''Crowd:''' Whatever!
** From the same episode:
---> '''Scrooge:''' Now get us out of here.
---> '''Mysterious Woman:''' You got it, Skooge.
---> '''Scrooge:''' That's SCROOGE.
---> '''Mysterious Woman:''' Whatever.
** And from the ending of the episode:
---> '''Crowd:''' Farewell, Scrooge!
---> '''Scrooge:''' That's SKOOGE! *[[DoubleTake double take]]* ...whatever!
** Another, from "Scrooge's Last Adventure": First, Huey, Dewey and Louie resort to Plan B when the clockmaker insists that he can't fix the grandfather clock they accidentally broke. Evidently, Plan B is throwing a tantrum until the clockmaker gives in. Later, Fenton Crackshell tries to get Scrooge to let him help in recovering his money from cyberspace. When Scrooge refuses, Fenton resorts to his Plan B, which is also throwing a tantrum until Scrooge gives in. Finally, Scrooge throws a tantrum after all he's been through and his grandnephews ask how he knew about Plan B.

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* SatelliteLoveInterest: Gandra Dee has no purpose on the show other than being Fenton's love interest/girlfriend, and YMMV on if she's even a good girlfriend. She only appeared in six episodes though.
* SausageStringSilliness: Scrooge McDuck uses sausages on a string to tame a "ghost" dog in ''The Curse of Castle McDuck''.
* SaveTheWorldClimax : The ''DuckTales'' Grand Finale, ''The Golden Goose;;, starts out with tussle between Scrooge and Glomgold over the cursed artifact (which can turn anything it's beak touches into gold, with the right magic word). The story escalates when the Golden Goose sets off the "golden death" - and Scrooge must return the goose to it's magic fountain before the entire world turns to gold!"
* SchizoTech: This show has cars straight from TheFifties and family relationships work similar to that time, yet technology includes {{Ray Gun}}s and the ForceField in the opening, while architecture is all over the place.
* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: Scrooge [=McDuck=] in a nutshell. He loves his money to an almost disturbing degree, but: "I made [my money] on the seas, and in the mines, and in the cattle wars of the old frontier! I made it by being tougher than the toughies, and smarter than the smarties! And I made it square!" Additionally, he makes it very clear that as much as he loves his money, he loves his family more.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Flintheart Glomgold is essentially Scrooge's complete opposite (see EvilCounterpart above). He's a lying, cheating scoundrel who's more than willing to pull every dirty trick in the book to get what he wants.
** Also, [[spoiler: Magica's evil nightmare version of]] Scrooge: "I'm rich! I can do anything! [[EvilLaugh AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!]]"
%%* {{Seers}}: Fenton's mother for an episode.
%%* SelfMadeMan: Scrooge.
%%* ServileSnarker: Duckworth.
* SewerGator: While searching the sewers in the "A Drain On The Economy" episode, the Beagle Boys dress up as a gator to frighten off the nephews. Then the Beagle Boys run into a ''real'' sewer gator.
--> '''Louie''': Uh, is it true that alligators live in the sewers?\\
'''Huey''': Well, according to the Junior Woodchuck Guidebook-Aah!
* SharpDressedMan: Scrooge, Flintheart, and Gladstone.
* SheCleansUpNicely: Magica De Spell actually looks pretty attractive when she transforms into [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed "Vanna Flight"]] in the episode "Dime Enough For Luck".
** Also Mrs. Beakley to a certain extent.
* ShoutOut: Enough for [[ShoutOut/DuckTales its own page]].
* ShrunkInTheWash: In one episode, the ''Gizmo Duck suit'' gets shrunk in the wash, conveniently ending up just the right size for Huey, Dewey, Louie, and Webby to wear it.
* SiblingYinYang: Dijon is a sneaky thief while his older brother Poupon is an honest monk.
%%* SlapSlapKiss: Scrooge and Goldie.
* SlidingScaleOfContinuity: Level 3.
* SpaceDoesNotWorkThatWay: This applies to every time space exploration was in the episode.
* SpeciesSurname: Par for the course with Disney character cartoons. Subverted with Duckworth, with appears to be a dog of some kind.
** In the episode "Ducky Horror Picture Show", he mentions a butler's convention in "Dogburg".
** "The Uncrashable Hindentanic" has a piano player named Burt Beakarach, who's actually a lizard. Obviously, characters who may have been ducks in pre-production may change species in the final product.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Is it [=GizmoDuck=], Gizmo Duck or Gizmoduck? Even on this very wiki, the tropers can't decide!
* StalkerWithACrush: Robotica, to the case of being a borderline {{Yandere}}.
** Also Bubba from the episode "Bubbeo And Juliet", which actually led to them becoming friends.
* SteamNeverDies: The most incongruous example is in the episode Armstrong, where Gyro's newly invented robot saves Scrooge's gold train (pulled by a steam locomotive) from a rockslide. The episode later features such modern technology as automatic garage door openers, computers and satellites!
* SuperOCD: El Capitan in his obsession over the Treasure of the Lost Suns, to the point he remembers every single individual piece of gold. This is his underdoing in each of his attempts, since he refuses to lose so much as a ''single'' dime of treasure, leading him to be duped by the heroes or attempt to double cross his team mate who is intent on getting a share (see VillainTeamUp).
** Scrooge's own money obsession borders this at times.
* TakeThat: In "Bermuda Triangle Tangle", Scrooge is forced to work with an incompetent captain named Foghorn, whose name is most likely a jab at WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes character Foghorn Leghorn.
** When Fenton and his mother are trying to [[MakesSenseInContext get the Gizmosuit off using a remote control]], Fenton tells her to turn it to PBS because they're that desperate.
* ThemeNaming: On many occasions.
* ThiefBag: The Beagle Boys commonly use these.
%%* TimeStandsStill: "Time Teasers".
* TitleMontage: As with most ''DisneyAfternoon'' series, many of the clips in the opening come from the series itself. There are a few exceptions, though.
* TitleThemeTune: One of the catchiest of all time.
* TookALevelInBadass: Fenton Crackshell when he became Gizmo Duck. Also [[spoiler: adult Doofus and Webby]] in the episode "Duck To The Future". Then there's [[spoiler: Scrooge]] when he becomes the "Masked Mallard".
* TookALevelInDumbass: Launchpad had his moments of this. Especially when he becomes the "Webbed Wonder", and [[spoiler: is tricked into robbing banks for the Beagle Boys because they tell him it's for a movie.]]
* TookALevelInJerkass: [[spoiler: Scrooge's adult nephews]] in the episode "Duck To The Future".
** Also Scrooge himself when it came to dealing with Bubba. This got so bad that his ''own conscience'' was ashamed of him.
%%* TotalEclipseOfThePlot: In "Allowance Day".
* TravelingSalesman: Filler Brushbill in "Much Ado About Scrooge." His [[BagofHolding valise]] has lots of items he either sells to people he runs into, or can use himself. (When he, Scrooge and the boys are surrounded by living trees, he scares the trees off with chainsaws from the valise. Scrooge then orders two dozen for his own lumber company.)
* TreasureIsBiggerInFiction: Complete with the search of huge gemstones.
%%* TriggerHappy: Goldie.
* TrrrillingRrrs: Scrrrooge. He is Scottish, after all.
* {{Tsundere}}: Goldie.
* UnclePennybags: Scrooge himself, naturally. He plays hardball when it comes to business, but he's an old softie when it comes to his family.
* TheUnintelligible: In one episode, some of Donald Duck's shipmates (and even his own admiral) panic because they can't understand a word of what he's saying.
* UniversalDriversLicense: Launchpad [=McQuack=] can intuit how to operate any flying vehicle, from planes and helicopters to alien space ships and whatever invention [[MrFixit Gyro Gearloose]] has cobbled together. But while he can ''fly'' anything (kinda), ''landing'' is another matter entirely: his personal CatchPhrase is "[[CaptainCrash If it's got wings, I can crash it.]]"
* UsedToBeASweetKid: Scrooge.
** Also [[spoiler: it runs in the family, as Scrooge's nephews join forces with Magica De Spell in the future during one episode.]]
* UpToEleven: You know about Scrooge's Money Bin, right? Gigantic building filled to the brim with cash? All that moolah is what Scrooge made ''himself''. The rest of his fortune is spread throughout his businesses, industries, and resource operations.
** And with plenty more to spare in the bank. Richest duck indeed.
* UseYourHead: In "A Whale of a Bad Time," Donald finds the controls to Bluebottle's supersub, the Moby 2 (which was used to steal Scrooge's fortune at sea thanks to Bluebottle hired by Glomgold). When Donald asks what to do, Scrooge tells him this. Needless to say, Donald uses his head to bash in the controls, prompting Scrooge to go, "[[DeadpanSnarker So]] ''[[DeadpanSnarker that's]]'' [[DeadpanSnarker how he exercises his mind.]]"
* ValentinesDayEpisodes: Two:
** ''Back to the Klondike'' Scrooge goes back to his claim in the Yukon, meeting his old girlfriend, Goldie.
** ''A DuckTales Valentine'': Having been stuck with a magic arrow, Scrooge falls in love with Aphroducky, the mythological Goddess of Love. This is considered one of the less popular episodes of ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'', and that's an understatement.
*** ''A DuckTales Valentine'' did introduce a great concept. True love doesn't have to mean a romantic partner. To break Aphroducky's spell, the one under it had to acknowledge their true love. Launchpad's true love was not a person at all - it was an activity, and Scrooge's was his nephews and Webby. Plus the episode's hilarity lies in all the awkward, [[SickeninglySweethearts extreme displays of affection]].
* ValleyGirl: Launchpad's little sister Loopy is one of these.[[note]]While she does use the lingo, her voice sounds less "valley girl" and more British.[[/note]]
--> Like, totally to the ma-ax!
* TheVamp: Magica De Spell, Feathers Galore, Cinnamon Teal, Circe, and Boom-Boom Beagle.
* VillainTeamUp: Done several times. It seems a standard plot that many villains in the series would prove effective working together, if not for nearly all of them having a ChronicBackstabbingDisorder and ultimately causing both their downfalls by trying to steal all the profit for themselves.
%%* WaifProphet: Sensen.
* TheWallsAreClosingIn: An episode had Scrooge and his nephews trapped in an Egyptian tomb with a wall with spears closing in on them. They're saved by pressing a hidden button activating a trapdoor.
** Also one of the rooms in the temple from "Bubba's Big Brainstorm".
* WellDoneSonGuy: In "Top Duck", Launchpad thinks that his parents are ashamed of him for messing up a performance as a teenager and for all the crashing he does. He wants to show them he's a real [=McQuack=]. However, he learns that his parents actually couldn't be prouder of him.
** In fairness, it's easy to be intimidated when your father's a NoCelebritiesWereHarmed version of Creator/JohnWayne!
* WhamEpisode: It happens at [[spoiler:the end of part 1 of the Golden Goose 2 parter. The first part of the episode ends when the Beagle Boys turn Huey, Dewey, and Louie into gold statues by the golden goose.]]
* WhatDoTheyFearEpisode: "Nothing To Fear," which remains one of the most memorable episodes of the series because of the MoodWhiplash.
* WhatHaveIDone: Scrooge is horrified when he realizes that his lust for the Golden Fleece is about to get Launchpad killed.
* WhatTheHellHero:
** The reaction to Scrooge's treatment of Bubba upon returning to the present. While Bubba does cause some misfortune, he is a caveman and a little kid who honestly doesnt know any better.
** Huey, Dewey, and Louie are also shocked when Scrooge abandons Launchpad to a dragon to get the Golden Fleece.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Launchpad parodies it in the FiveEpisodePilot: "Yah, a snake! I hate snakes! No... that's somebody else. I sorta like snakes." Then one nearly eats him: "Now I hate snakes."
* WigDressAccent: Happens to Scrooge twice.
** To get past Magica in "Duck to the Future" he disguises himself as a salesman (and ditches the Scottish accent to complete it).
** "Blue Collar Scrooge" has him get hit with amnesia, and when he can't remember who he is, he asks "Any why am I talking with this accent?" in the normal voice of his VA, AlanYoung. Without his glasses, accent, or even his famliar outfit, Scrooge shows up on Mrs. Crackshell's door, and she takes him in. He gets a job at McDuck Industries as "Pops," and is appalled at the conditions. "Pops" gets the workers to strike, just when Fenton arrives, having to impersonate Scrooge himself after days of Scrooge being missing. Once Scrooge recovers his memory, he also remembers what happened--though when he raises salaries by a dollar an hour, he faints. Mrs. Crackshell catches him, and he admits he's grateful for her helping him, too.
* WingdingEyes: Scrooge sometimes gets dollar signs in his eyes.
* WitchWithACapitalB: This will come to mind ''every time'' Scrooge calls Magica "You witch!" or "That witch!" Justified due to the fact that Magica is '''actually''' a witch.
* WorkOffTheDebt: when Scrooge temporarily loses all of his wealth due to a years-old contract, he and the group (Huey, Dewey, Louie, Webigail, etc.) eat at a high-end restaurant where they were regulars anyway, saying to put the charge on his account. The contract-holder says the account is his as well, and Scrooge says to "Put it on his account." The owner doesn't approve of this and puts them to work in the kitchen washing dishes.
* WorldOfFunnyAnimals
* {{Yandere}}: Robotica [[spoiler: at least until the end of "Metal Attraction".]]
* YouJustHadToSayIt: During "Sweet Duck of Youth", Louie asks what they're going to do. One of his brothers says, "Follow [[[ScoobyDooHoax the ghost]]]". Louie comments that he "had to say it."
* YourWorstNightmare: "Nothing To Fear" starts by playing this for laughs before the nightmares suddenly become dark and heartbreaking. [[spoiler: Not even Magica De Spell is spared this: once Scrooge and the boys [[FaceYourFears face their fears]], ''her own worst nightmare'' of one of her own spells coming back onto ''her'' comes true.]]
* YouWouldntHitAGuyWithGlasses: Gizmoduck tries invoking this (along with WouldntHitAGirl) to stop the [=GICU2=] security robot[[note]]A possible parody of the ED-209, also from ''Franchise/RoboCop''.[[/note]] from attacking him. It doesn't work.