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 Number One Dime and swinging it around.
    • 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)
    • 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.
      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!
    • Oh... I thought that was referring to the infamous "between the legs" line. The Prisoner of White Agony Creek is a veritable goldmine of Getting Crap Past the Radar!
    • 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."

  • 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.
    • 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.
  • Huey, Dewey and Louie deducing that Scrooge has has owned the map to the Last Dutchmen mine for years and had never realized it. (The Vigilante of Pizen Bluff)
  • 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!