Awesome / The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck

Scrooge McDuck
  • Rampaging across the African savannah and intimidating a lion into serving as a mount, then publicly smacking down and humiliating a young Flintheart Glomgold, who had just left him to die in the savanna. (The Terror of the Transvaal)
    • And how did Scrooge intimidate that lion? By roaring at it!
  • Choosing to leave a sacred opal in its place, when he knew his theft wouldn't be discovered for a thousand years. (Dreamtime Duck of the Never-Never).
  • Most of The King of the Klondike:
    • Cowing Wyatt Earp by simply taking out his #1 Dime and swinging it around. Seriously, Scrooge's legend had grown so much by this point that even the legendary marshall was awed by him.
    • How he surveys his new claim for gold - getting a hike with an eagle that snatched him, and how he casually remarks that it got him a better view - and when he decides to cut off the ride, he just cuts off a rope to get loose from the bird, making a lasso in mid air and aims for the nearest tree to dampen the impact. Then - he lassos the top of the tree, and hits the ground feet first - exactly at the right spot.
    • Upon establishing a dig site, he spends time building a cabin. Alone. Which included chopping down trees and carrying them on his back. Not impressive enough? He carries such trees, which could easily be as heavy as 2,000 pounds bare minimum, uphill while remarking that he's exhausted- and he refers to this as 'light hauling'!
    • Bringing down an entire steamboat around Soapy Slick, with his bare hands, after Soapy makes fun of the death of Scrooge's mother.
      • You really need to read that to fully comprehend just how badass Scrooge is.
    • His discovery of the Goose Egg Nugget:
      "Great honk, this rock is heavy! How could it weigh so much unless... unless it's gold! Gotta rinse off the mud! A nugget this big would make me the richest man in the Klondike! But if it is gold, that wil mean my quest is finished! I'll be rich! I'll never be the same again! Will clean air smell any sweeter? Will sunny days be any brighter? Will starry nights hold any more wonder or will I lose all that? Do I really want to be... rich?" (ponders; gets a glim of gold in eyes) "YES!!!" (washes rock) "It's GOLD! SOLID GOLD! As big as a goose egg! Ha ha ha ha ha... I'm RICH! RICH! RICH!"
    • ... and the "The End" message is replaced with "The Beginning."
    • Related to The King of the Klondike, there is.
  • Going back to rescue the bad guy's sled dogs (but not the bad guys themselves) from an ice floe about to go over a waterfall. (The Prisoner Of White Agony Creek) The bad guys survive anyway due to crashing into Soapy Smith's riverboat below the falls.
    Soapy: I don't know why, but somehow, I have the feeling that McDuck just cost me a second riverboat...
    • And then there's later in the story where he and Goldie's ultimate Slap-Slap-Kiss relationship leads to... well, probably the best case of Getting Crap Past the Radar in a Disney Story. Extra points for the interference of Hanging Judge Roy Bean, who up until this point had been portrayed as a comically strict Knight Templar who tried to hang people for basically any reason.
      Roy Bean: Based on careful deliberation (and many years of experience with life), it is the verdict of this court that what's going on in that cabin is not a hangin' offense in Langtry, Texas — or anywhere else. Thank gosh!
    • Chasing after Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid through the Yukon while riding two caribou at once and dual-wielding a pair of pickaxes. It doesn't get much more badass than that.
  • Beating up Theodore Roosevelt in The Sharpie of the Culebra Cut.
    • Not to mention almost negotiating perpetual rights to the airplane and the movie camera in exchange for keeping his mouth shut about the archaeological treasures he's found.
  • Taking out a group of Beagle Boys fifty years his junior in The Richest Duck In The World.
    • From that same chapter, showing a very skeptical Donald his ginormous money bin.
  • Scrooge gets one by collapsing Fort Duckburg on Teddy Roosevelt in (and then preparing to fight him with a piece of wood the size of a telegraph pole) (The Invader of Fort Duckburg)
    "It'll be a dark day when I give in to a mere superpower."
  • "Cold Heart of the Klondike" from the Life and Times album, which was written for Scrooge and Goldie:
    Oh me! Oh life! Here in the wild
    Nothing but two cold Klondike hearts
    Charm of a dancehall girl
    A true star of the North
    Those precious 30 days
    A letter in the snow
    Love lost yet always there
    A burning need of life
  • Scrooge defeating Angus Whiskerville in an old fashioned duel (complete with plate armor and swords), despite the old bastard cheating like crazy. It's covered in the Life And Times album track "Duels And Cloudscapes".
  • Scrooge taking on the Dalton Gang alongside Geronimo himself. He takes down the gang after they steal the revolvers belonging to Buffalo Bill and Angus McDuck, not realizing that a western show actor wouldn't load his guns with real bullets.

  • When Goldie first encounters the frozen mammoth that serves as the guardian to Scrooge's mine, she does not faint like he expected but whips out a derringer and shoots it... which Scrooge quickly realizes she could have done to him any moment before that. (The Prisoner of White Agony Creek)
  • Hortense McDuck defending Castle McDuck from the Whiskerville, complete with Casual Danger Dialogue... (''The New Laird of Castle McDuck")
  • ... topped, of course, by scaring away the United States Cavalry with a broom. (The Invader of Fort Duckburg)
  • Howard Rockerduck working his tail off to help Scrooge register his copper claim, knowing all the while that he'll lose his own mine in Raider of the Copper Hill, because he hopes it will teach his own son a lesson. It's also implied that he does it to share the sheer experience of prospecting again with Scrooge, the way he once felt when he was a gold miner during the 1848 gold rush.
    • Also, he taught Scrooge how to be a prospector for two cents. This makes him indirectly responsible for Scrooge becoming rich.
  • Every deceased member of the McDuck clan, popping out to frighten away the Whiskervilles in The New Laird of Castle McDuck, which finally drives off the bastards from Dismal Downs for good.
  • Huey, Dewey and Louie deducing that Scrooge has owned the map to the Last Dutchmen mine for years and had never realized it. (The Vigilante of Pizen Bluff) Cue Scrooge's Oh, Crap! moment when he realizes he glued the map face down into the memory album.
  • When Scrooge's Uncle Pothole makes the mistake of talking down to Annie Oakley, her response is to blow the bowl of his corncob pipe off with a rifle blast (The Vigilante of Pizen Bluff):
    Pothole: I... I think I riled her!
    Buffalo Bill: Nah! When she really gets mad, she'll aim for the other end of your pipe!
  • Don Rosa's most awesome act was resisting the urge to ignore the infamous robber baron Noodle Incident and not only working it into the story but depicting it and what it does to Scrooge so well.
  • When Scrooge gets knocked out while making a deal, Matilda and Hortense get a crowning moment by deciding to teach him a lesson, by making the deal in exchange for Roosevelt's stuffed bear (The Sharpie of the Culebra Cut)...
    • ... And then Huey Dewey and Louie get a moment forty years later, by pointing out something that Scrooge missed: that he is the owner of the very first teddy bear, as important (and expensive) an artifact as any of his other finds.
  • Theodore Roosevelt, bronco-busting a giant jaguar statue in a landslide down a mountain.
    George: Mr. President, are you all right, sir?
    Roosevelt: Yes, George, but this jaguar is about to cause a big mess!