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From the Creator/{{Disney}} Comics centering around Scrooge [=McDuck=] and WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck. Best known thanks to the work of CarlBarks, Creator/DonRosa and, of course, ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales''.

This is a key part of the ComicBook/DisneyMouseAndDuckComics, which is a ModularFranchise that's formed when this {{Verse}} is used in tandem with the ComicBook/MickeyMouseComicUniverse.

See Creator/CarlBarks and Creator/DonRosa for Tropes specific to their stories. '''Numerous''' other authors in both America and Europe have written stories set in this universe with some of the more notable and popular ones being Al Taliaferro, Romano Scarpa, Marco Rota, Tony Strobl, Vicar, Daan Jippes, William Van Horn, Fecchi and Silvia Ziche. As such, there's a [[DependingOnTheWriter LOT of diversity between stories depending on who wrote them]].

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!!Examples:

* AdaptationExpansion: Of the ClassicDisneyShorts, utilizing several characters introduced there but giving them a more coherent setting and introducing numerous new characters.
* AbandonedMine: The third (and last) Carl Barks story featuring Flintheart Glomgold was about an abandoned gold mine being put for auction in Africa. Both Scrooge and Flintheart believed the mine to still have gold and Glomgold tried to prevent Scrooge from attending the auction. [[spoiler:The story had an open ending as we never get to know who won the auction or if the mine had enough gold to be worth the trouble.]]
* AllJustADream: There's an Italian comic where Donald takes a nap on a bed in Gyro Gearloose's workplace, but accidentally activates a dream device by releasing a nightmare potion. The rest of the comic features freaky scenes such as [[DirtyCop the Beagle Boys running the police force]] and pursuing Donald, Uncle Scrooge dying when he activates his Money Bin's self-destruct before turning into a [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever giant coin-monster]], and Little Helper becoming a robotic MadScientist by switching places with Gyro. At the end Donald wakes up back in Gyro's workplace and realizes it was all a dream.
** This is the conclusion that Donald comes to at the end of ''The Duck Who Never Was'', after wishing that he was never born and having a genie (Who happens to live in an urn instead of the typical vase) he met in the Duckburg Museum grant said wish. After Donald runs off and leaves the museum however the Genie's voice is seen emanating from the urn in which he lives, proving that it really did happen. This is partially revisited in the later story ''Treasury of Croesus''. When Donald, along with his uncle and nephews, once again visits the museum he see's the same urn from the previous story and is then the only one to notice the lid of the urn being lifted up by a hand from inside the urn, which looks to be in greeting to Donald.
** Also shown to be the case at the conclusion to Barks' "The Money Stairs''. Dealing with Donald and Scrooge competing to see whether there are some things that Scrooge's money can't accomplish it ends with Donald waking up and telling his nephews that he realized it was a dream after Scrooge offered to buy him a soda. In restrospect, the events being a dream make sense, as the story features Scrooge being fairly carefree with spending his money to beat Donald.
* AlwaysIdenticalTwins: Huey, Dewey and Louie naturally. It's especially evident in many of the comics storylines, as a lot of the time instead of their trademark red, blue and green the three of them wear identical black shirts.
* AsYouKnow
* {{Badass}}: ''Don't. Fuck. With [=McDuck=].'' Sometimes Donald Duck, too.
* BanditClan: The Beagle Boys
* BecomingTheMask: Has happened with Magica De Spell at least twice, each time under a relatively unknown author. ''A Gal for Gladstone'' (sometimes known as ''A Girl for Gladstone''), by Carol & Pat [=McGreal=], has her hex away Gladstone Gander's luck and then pretend to be an ordinary girl in order to get a shot at Scrooge's #1 Dime -- she ends up sufficiently touched by Gladstone's sincere devotion to her that she ends up forfeiting the dime so she can save his life. Handled better, in some people's opinion, in Kari Korhonen's ''Date with a Munchkin'', in which she kidnaps Daisy, takes on her shape, and pretends to be her, ending up chosing to stay at a Duckburg ball with Donald rather than go along with her original plan, willingly dispelling the illusion and leaving Donald because she can't bear to hurt Daisy by keeping him, and wondering to herself if what she got to feel during the facade actually makes up for the fact she still didn't get the dime.
* BreakoutCharacter: Scrooge [=McDuck=] started off as a supporting character / antagonist in a one-off Donald Duck story written by Carl Barks as a clear pastiche of Charles Dickens's ''A Christmas Carol''. Fifty years later Donald Duck has shown trouble keeping his own title in publication, while Scrooge is the star of one of the two longest-running classic Walt Disney comic properties (along with the anthology ''Walt Disney's Comics and Stories'').
* BunglingInventor: Gyro Gearloose.
* CannibalTribe: These always show up in jungle or tropical island settings, especially in the older stories.
* CelebrityParadox: Some of Don's Hidden Mickeys refer to Mickey's real-life status as a fictional character, while the Ducks are "real" people. Take into account that Donald started off as Mickey's co-star in the cartoons, and you see how this fits.
* ChasedOffIntoTheSunset: Frequently pops up in the European Scrooge [=McDuck=] stories, usually with Donald or Scrooge chasing after various characters. When one of many [[ZanyScheme plans to make more money]] fails, rather than accept responsibility, Scrooge [[NeverMyFault blames Donald Duck]]. The story then ends with an angry Scrooge chasing after Donald, often carrying a big club or mace. Huey, Dewey, and Louie usually look on, sometimes with [[UnusuallyUnInterestingSight indifference]] but sometimes [[ComedicSociopathy chortling with amusement]], unless it was Donald's plan in the first place, in which case their uncle chases them [[DontMakeMeTakeMyBeltOff twig in hand]]. And sometimes both happen at the same time, Donald being simultaneously the chaser and the chased. Other characters might appear depending on the story.
* ComicBookTime: Most apparent with Scrooge's history in the Klondike, which was perfectly plausible when Carl Barks introduced it in the comics but would've meant Scrooge was over a hundred by the time of [=DuckTales=]. Some Italian stories play with it to imply that he is effectively immortal. For example a story with Scrooge celebrating the New Year of 2000, has a brief flashback with him celebrating the New Year of 1900.
* ConvictedByPublicOpinion: A recurring theme. In ''Pool Sharks'' by Barks, Donald lets a couple of kids use his brand new swimming pool. This leads to dozens of kids getting wind of it, using and ruining the pool, which leads to their parents getting worked up about accidents happening to their kids, which leads to Donald closing the pool without ever having gotten to use it, which leads to everyone hating Donald. To be frank, the people of Duckburg are dicks.
* CoolOldGuy / CoolUncle: Scrooge, once CharacterDevelopment brings him out of being the crusty, skinflint, gouging, near-heartless old miser that he is when Carl Barks first introduces him to the Ducks Universe, anyway.
* CosmicHorrorStory: Yes, believe it or not, one of Donald's stories ("[[http://coa.inducks.org/story.php?c=D+2002-002 The Call of C'Rruso]]") is indeed a classic Cosmic Horror Story. Donald tries out for a singing competition organized by a renowned musician, and gets successfully recruited by having his voice altered by an apparent twin of this musician. It's later revealed that the entire world is actually the dream of Ar-Finn, a primordial cephalophoid monster which slumbers in an ancient city at the bottom of the sea. The two twins are manifestations of the monster's conflicting subconscious desires to either continue sleeping or wake up (which Donald's voice will make it do). When the creature does exactly that, the rest of the world vanishes as it no longer creates the world-dream, and everything in its vicinity shapes itself into its image, resulting in Donald and his nephews growing tentacles and stick eyes. It's eventually put back to sleep, but the story ends on a rather dark note as Donald contemplates everybody's existence as mere parts of the creature's imagination.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Donald is the most prominent example of this, most notably when he changes into the Duck Avenger, though he has plenty of BadAss moments even when he's just himself.
** Fethry is a less prominent version of the trope, as he usually succeeds by accident, but he has his moments of this as well. (and has a superhero identity, the Red Bat, as well, but one that's more of an IdiotHero compared to the Duck Avenger's badass)
** Even the Beagle Boys will, DependingOnTheWriter, sometimes display surprising competense and appear as a credible threat to Scrooge.
* CulturalTranslation: The comics are this all over the world, which makes things more varied and interesting. Though in some (fortunately few) cases it crosses over to bad ThinlyVeiledDubCountryChange.
* DeadpanSnarker: Scrooge. WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck and the nephews have their moments as well.
* DependingOnTheWriter: Oh, so very much. For one thing, there's quite a few characters that only appear in stories by some authors whose existences are ignored by others, including cousin Fethry, Birgita [=McBridge=], Donald's superhero alter ago, ComicBook/{{Paperinik|NewAdventures}}, Scrooge's butler Battista, Scrooge's half-brother Rumpus [=McFowl=], Scrooge's ''actual'' brother Gideon [=McDuck=], John D. Rockerduck for most American authors, Flintheart Glomgold for most Italian ones, ectera...
** One other thing that's wildly inconsistent between authors is the 'verse's relation to the ComicBook/MickeyMouseComicUniverse. Some authors have them share a universe, but have the Mouse stories set in a different town called Mouseton, whereas others have both set in Duckburg same as the Duck stories. Some authors seem to set the stories in separate continuities. As noted under CelebrityParadox, Don Rosa has an odd take on this: WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse seems to exist within his stories... as a cartoon character.
** The Italian-produced comics view the characters through a completely different cultural lens: most evident with Scrooge, who tends to be less of a crafty SelfMadeMan and more of a cross between CorruptCorporateExecutive and {{Cloudcuckoolander}}. It's not rare to see him cross the line from AntiHero to straight-up VillainProtagonist, or be used as the villain against Donald (who isn't much better).
*** Could be because as the Italian universe was set up during the Italian 50's, the era of neorealism, the Donald/Scrooge couple looks like the [[IBlameCommunism class struggle]] rather than Barks' AdventureDuo.
* DetectivesFollowFootprints: The comics get a lot of mileage out of this trope. For instance, they have a whole subtrope for characters exploiting the trope, knowing they are being followed, manipulating the footprints to mislead the pursuers.
* DramaticThunder
* DurableDeathtrap
* EasyAmnesia: This happens to Scrooge, his nephews, and the Beagle Boys at the conclusion to Carl Barks' ''Seven Cities of Cibola''. All of them wake up in a pile of rubble not remembering how they got there and proceed to return to Duckburg afterwards. They therefore never discover that all the treasure of the titular cities is buried beneath them and the world at large never learns of the amazing discovery either. This isn't the first time that Scrooge loses a treasure, but it is the one time where he doesn't even remember having found it.
* EleventyZillion: Used very often.
* EscapedAnimalRampage: One Carl Barks comic strip had Donald Duck walking around with a necklace that brings good luck. When he hears that a dangerous gorilla escaped he decides to turn the giant ape in, believing that he will be prevented by his Lucky device. Of course, it doesn't work.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: In "An Eye For Detail", the ''Beagle Boys'', of all people, call Scrooge a villain for overworking Donald.
* EveryCarIsAPinto: Mocked.
* ExtremeOmniGoat
* FamilyHeirloom: Very important to several characters. Scrooge typically views them as sentimental junk, but Grandma Duck, Donald and Gladstone were shown to hold those trinkets in high value. Gladstone, of all people, actually got off his tail and exerted physical effort to get a particular chandelier back.
** Grandma Duck is on another level though. In one comic, she has a shed full of old stuff.
** Scrooge keeps an old pocket watch he once had to present in perfect working conditions to the executors of a relative's will [[OnOneCondition to be allowed to claim the inheritance bequeathed to him by said relative]].
*** Don Rosa's ''Life and Times'' shows that the watch, along with a set of gold teeth, was given to him by his father when he first left home to find his fortune.
* FinishingEachOthersSentences: Huey, Dewey, and Louie are often scripted like this.
::--Since they're--
::--pretty much--
::--one character!
** Lampshaded in at least two Rosa stories where, when Scrooge mentions how alike they are, they immediately protest... saying the exact same words, perfectly synchronized, and even making the same facial expressions.
* FunetikAksent: Scrooge and his family.
* FunWithAcronyms: Woodchuck titles. The story W.H.A.D.A.L.O.T.T.A.J.A.R.G.O.N.[[labelnote:*]]When Huey And Dewey And Louie Originally Thought To Adapt Junior-woodchuck Attitudes, Regulations and Grandiose Organisational Nomenclature[[/labelnote]] is particularly full of this.
* {{Fiction 500}}: Scrooge, Flintheart Glomgold and John D. Rockerduck.
* FictionalCountry: There have been loads of these over the years as they're often disposable. Special mention must go to Barks for injecting real-world political satire into them, such as with Brutopia (a parody of the Soviet Union) or Unsteadystan.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: In the spirit of Barks.
* GameBetweenHeirs: The story "Family of Fore" features Scrooge [=McDuck=] and Flintheart Glomgold learning they're distantly related and must play a golf match against each other for a treasure left behind by a relative named Bogey [=McDivot=]. [[spoiler:After Scrooge wins]], both competitors are dismayed to learn the "treasure" is the golf course.
* GentlemanThief: Arpin Lusene. Or rather, [[BlatantLies his friend]] the Black Knight.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar
** "What did Scrooge and Goldie do in that shack that one night?", found in Don Rosa's own commentary. ''Website/{{Cracked}}'''s [[http://www.cracked.com/article_20236_6-insane-disney-comics-you-wont-believe-are-real.html 6 Insane Disney Comics You Won't Believe Are Real]] shows panels from a Don Rosa story called "The Prisoner of White Agony Creek" (which is a prequel to Rosa's "Hearts of Yukon", which is a sequel to Rosa's "King of Klondike", which is a prequel to Barks' "Back to Klondike"... it's quite complicated) where what at first looks like a fight between Goldie and Scrooge (given the sound effects and smoke emanating from the cabin) turns out to be something "not a hangin' offense in Langry, Texas, or anywhere else"[[note]]it turns out to be reconciliation between the two and he tries to revert to his stingy self by trying to give her 50 cents a day for hard work, not for sex[[/note]].
*** "Thank Gosh!"
* GreatBigBookOfEverything: The Junior Woodchucks' Guidebook. This is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d ''and'' [[JustifiedTrope explained]].
* GreenAesop: Barks' ''Land of the Pygmy Indians'' and the sequel by Don Rosa, ''War of the Wendigo'' both have Scrooge learning one of these. The first ends with him declaring part of the land he owns, which the titular Indians live on, a nature preserve and the second has him promising the same group, after one of his plant manager's devastates a forest in the north, to plant two trees for every one that he cuts down.
* GoodLuckCharm: A recurring theme in Barks stories and also later writers.
** "The Magic Hourglass" by Barks deals with a hourglass that enriches the people who hold it, and gives bad luck to the people who lose it. By the time the hourglass is activated, the meaning of luck changes dramatically for the cast.
** A later story "The Backdated Lucky Charm" published by Egmont was about Donald creating a lucky charm by following instructions from a book. The lucky charm is a special one that enchants and preserves happy moments so that they can last as long as the wearer wishes. When Donald wishes that a particularly good evening for dinner never ends, the entire evening falls into a pattern of eternal repitition, with Donald the only one noticing something's wrong. He had wished that moment never ended, so at the point at which the moment should end, it repeats itself. As Donald realizes later: ''That's not a lucky charm!'' (He finally cancels the curse by wishing that the event never happened, which makes the entire plot AllJustADream).
* HalfHumanHybrid: your average person off the streets of Duckburg has a black button nose, may have unusually shaped ears and something of a snout but doesn't really resemble any known animal. Some stories by Barks have actual realistically drawn humans which makes things more confusing.
** The story is that Barks for a while tried to incorporate realistic human characters into his stories against the prescriptions of the company, because he felt they were of higher artistic value than funny animals (and also enabled him to draw more "sexy" female characters). After a while his editor caught on and made him stop.
** It can get even weirder when characters appear who are basically humans with a ''beak''! (In fact, Gyro Gearloose comes very close to this.) Occasionally some colourist even has the gall to give such a character a [[UpToEleven human skin tone]], instead of white feathers... Gyro has human feet.''...
* HaveAGayOldTime: In the first ''Disney/TheThreeCaballeros'' comic Rosa did, he changed the lyrics of the eponymous song to remove the verse "the three gay caballeros". In the second one, the line is intact. You could almost swear there's a guy giving them a knowing gaze as they sing it that time...
* HeadsOrTails: In "Flip Decision", Donald is conned by a charlatan into believing in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flipism Flipism]]: the idea that all of life's choices can be made on the flip of a coin. HilarityEnsues, of course, though the coin does show uncanny predictive power.
* HistoricalInJoke
* {{Homage}}: The two stories with Disney/TheThreeCaballeros. Complete with them performing the theme song.
* HumanityOnTrial: In a ''Donald Duck'' comic, Donald is taken by SufficientlyAdvancedAliens (who mistake him for a sports champion who happened to be in Donald's vicinity) to represent Earth in an intergalactic tournament that will determine whether or not Earth will become part of their [[CityInABottle collection of miniaturized planets]]. He keeps losing each part of the competition horribly to the other champions, which include much stronger, faster, and intelligent aliens and robots. The way he eventually wins is ingenious: He claims that no form of life can sleep longer than him, which the other contestants challenge by going into hibernation for centuries or millennia. The judges angrily revoke the contest and send Donald back to his home world when they realize that they'll have to wait ''50,000'' years before they can declare the winner.
* HumanlikeHandAnatomy: WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck and the rest of the more FunnyAnimal bodied ducks have human-like arms and hands, but webbed feet.
** With 4 fingers on each hand, though.
** Interestingly, while Disney's ducks and other anthro birds typically have birdlike feet, Gyro Gearloose has human feet (he's also usually drawn with shoes, unlike Donald and the rest).
* ImpossibleThief: Arpin Lusene
* InadequateInheritor: Whether or not Scrooge views Donald as this tends to vary across multiple stories. ''Some Heir Over the Rainbow'', written in 1953, had Scrooge declare Huey, Dewey, and Louie his heirs, due to viewing Donald as this because of how he spent $1,000 that Scrooge secretely gave him, Gladstone, and the triplets. Notably, that story features Scrooge even considering Gladstone to be a better successor than Donald. However, ''Race to the South Seas'', from 1949, had Scrooge declare Donald as his heir at that story's end. 1956 had the story ''Two is Company'' where Scrooge is again trying to decide between Donald and Gladstone as to who will inherit his business. Then, 1961's ''Bongo on the Congo'' has Scrooge trying to teach Donald how to be a chief because he will inherit his business empire one day, and no mention is even made of the nephews doing so. So there are some stories showing the triplets being Scrooge's heirs and others showing that Donald is.
** And in terms of business savvy, there are stories where Donald does indeed show that he has what it takes to turn a profit. ''City of Golden Roofs'', 1957, in fact had him competing against Scrooge to see who the better salesman was and he's extremely successful at it. Though the story treats it as if Donald lost, as he ends it with a pile of money and golden jewels in comparison to Scrooge having a large lump of gold this could be debated, since the actual craftsmanship that went into making all of Donald's golden objects would probably make them more valuable than what Scrooge has.
*** Rosa's ''Crocodile Collector'' in fact has Scrooge attempt to cheat Donald out of the $10,000 he promised him for a rare crocodile, with the logic that since Donald brings him back a newborn it isn't worth the same price as a full-grown croc. Donald is perfectly aware Scrooge is doing this, but doesn't worry about it since he had the intelligence earlier to remember that the cave where he found the Crocodile was filled with ancient treasure, which he and his newphews collected, and then don't have to give Scrooge any part of since they got it on their own! Say what you want about him, but Donald has his moments where he does well for himself.
* InsaneTrollLogic: Italian stories like this. There's a story where Scrooge is continuously hit by lightning because he's "at the top of the world", a story where Scrooge moves in with a group of fishmen on the bottom of the sea to learn to handle deep sea pressure so he can cope with the pressure of being the world's richest, and a story where round-up unprocessed communal documents is the perfect retardant for a makeshift explosive because it's the slowest-moving anything in the universe. The stories just tend to handwave it off and ask you to pretend it makes sense.
* ItsAWonderfulPlot: ''The Duck Who Never Was'' does this to Donald Duck. [[TearJerker It works.]]
** A later European story outright ''titled'' "It's a Wonderful Life" does an even straighter adaptation, even keeping in the implication that Donald is considering suicide.
* LittleBitBeastly: The dog-nosed but otherwise human supporting cast.
* LongRunnerTechMarchesOn: With the notable exception of Don Rosa, most Duck-writers let their stories take place in the present. Thus, while none of the characters has aged a day, the technology since the times of Carl Barks has marched on.
* LovecraftLite: You could call ''Land beneath the Ground'' a Barksian version of Creator/HPLovecraft, surprisingly enough - just read it. And while you're at it, check out ''Ancient Persia'' ...''The Case of Charles Dexter Ward'', anyone? None of these are gloomy enough to count as real {{Cosmic Horror Stor|y}}ies, of course.
* MagicalNativeAmerican: The Peeweegah, a tribe of long-nosed pygmy Indians with the power to communicate with animals. First appeared in the Carl Barks story ''Land of the Pygmy Indians'', they then reappeared in the Don Rosa story ''War of the Wendigo''.
* TheMenInBlack: Recent European-produced stories sometimes include the half-parodic T.N.T (Tamers of Nonhuman Threats), of which Donald and Fethry are freelance agents, dealing with supernatural or alien threats to humanity while trying to hide their existence to the common public. Unlike many examples of this trope, the T.N.T. are unmistakable good guys and do not wear shades.
** In one T.N.T story, Donald got tired of the BoringButPractical janitor-like uniforms and tried invoking a more traditional [[TheMenInBlack MIB]] look by dressing himself and Fethry up in stylish black tuxedoes and CoolShades. This phase lasted for exactly two pages, and was abandoned when Donald and Fethry discovered that the CoolShades were too dark for them to see anything, and they walked straight out into a trafficked road. The results were AmusingInjuries and ruined tuxedoes.
* MoneyFetish: Scrooge swims in it.
* MusicSoothesTheSavageBeast: Inverted in an Italian ''Donald Duck Comic'' where Donald encounters an EldritchAbomination-type monster which dreams about the world so long as it remains dormant. Because its tastes are so alien, a beautiful singing voice will actually annoy it to the point of waking up and cause TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, but it finds a truly awful singing voice soothing and sleep-inducing.
* MrViceGuy: Scrooge and {{Greed}}.
* NeverSmileAtACrocodile: Hungry crocodiles have shown up from time to time to chase the Ducks, or as part of a SharkPool. Probably the most effective moment is in a Creator/DonRosa story where Donald and his nephews are searching the Nile for unique crocodiles with a hieroglyph mark on their backs. They enter a quiet subterranean temple altar, only to realize far too late that the entire room is filled with sleeping crocodiles.
* NonIdleRich: Scrooge
* NotAllowedToGrowUp: Huey, Dewey and Louie.
* NotThisOneThatOne: Happens a lot in stories where Scrooge [=McDuck=] takes his nephew(s) on a trip - mostly with ships for a reason.
* NumberOneDime: {{Trope Namer|s}}, with Scrooge treasuring the very first dime he ever made for an honest day's work. Because of Magica de Spell's avid pursuit of it to make an amulet that would grant her fortune, it often becomes [[{{Flanderization}} exaggerated]] into being the actual source of Scrooge's wealth. Don Rosa ''hated'' this interpretation of the #1 Dime.
** Ironically for someone noted for favoring ContinuityPorn from Carl Barks, he never did take note of the fact that CarlBarks actually ''did'' write a story in which Scrooge's fortune was aided by possession of a magical artifact; the 1950 story ''The Magic Hourglass''.
*** He did, and mentioned it in his commentary of ''Comicbook/TheLifeAndTimesOfScroogeMcDuck''. As this was from the period when Barks was still only experimenting with Scrooge's character, and hadn't yet come to interpret him as the ultimate SelfMadeMan, Rosa decided to quietly ignore this story in his personal continuity. If not for the lack of other means to make Chapter 11 interesting, Rosa would have ignored "Voodoo Hoodoo", where it's revealed Scrooge wasn't always the HonestCorporateExecutive that "made it square".
*** Rosa did this with a few stories Barks did, not taking them into his personal continuity. Whether he simply forgot about them, wasn't aware of them, or just outright ignored them is up for debate. For example, Rosa has the Ducks go to the typical moon that exists in our world in ''Attack of the Hideous Space Varmints'', but based on Barks ''Looney Lunar Gold Rush'' (1964) the moon is actually made out of solid gold. Furthermore, based on 1958's ''The Twenty-Four Carat Moon'' there's a second moon hidden behind the first one that is also made entirely out of gold.
* OlderHeroVSYoungerVillain: Scrooge to several members of his RoguesGallery.
* PhoneticAccent: Scrooge's family in ''Life and Times'' as well as Arpin Lusene
* PooledFunds: Scrooge, of course.
* PuttingTheBandBackTogether: In the second story featuring the Three Caballeros, Donald becomes especially depressed and Huey, Dewey and Louie decide to reunite the Three Caballeros in the hopes that it will cheer Donald up.
* RebusBubble
* RememberTheNewGuy: A ''lot'' of characters have been introduced over the years, and several of them (especially the ones created by Carl Barks and Romano Scarpa) tend to be treated as if they've always been around, just not on-page. Barks rarely set out to create recurring characters; rather, he would see potential in characters he created for the sake of one story and re-use them. One notable aversion is Magica De Spell, whose first appearance is a proper introduction story, as she and Scrooge are meeting for the first time. This was because Barks conceived her as a recurring villain from the start.
** A particularly noticeable example is the Beagle Boys, who in their first story only make a silent cameo appearance on the very last panel... ''after'' Scrooge has spent the entire story worrying about them.
* RetroUniverse: DependingOnTheArtist to which degree. (Although considering that the [[OutdatedOutfit iconic outfits of Scrooge and other characters]] have been consistently used by everyone...)
* RichesToRags: Happens to Scrooge in several WhatIf stories.
* SameSexTriplets: Huey, Dewey and Louie as a male example. April, May and June as a female example.
* SceneryPorn: Plenty of amazing pages appear.
* TheScrooge: Guess who. His salaries to Donald and his closest workers are usually in pennies, and he'll do basically everything to not pay any service.
* SecretIngredient: In one comic, Donald insists on putting ketchup on all of Daisy's cooking, much to her annoyance, because it just doesn't taste as good as Grandma Duck's food. When Daisy checks with Grandma, it turns out the old lady's secret ingredient is...ketchup, which she puts in everything.
* SelfMadeMan: Scrooge. The point being that the "making" was more important to him than "getting made" in the first place.
* SevenDeadlySins: There's a comic story where an ancient talisman worn by Donald causes the Seven Deadly Sins's personifications to emerge in Donald's shape and escape into Duckburg (except Sloth, who obviously didn't even bother to run). Donald and his nephews have GottaCatchThemAll in time before the Sins will remerge into a single monster and destroy the world.
* ShadesOfConflict: Frequently it enters BlackAndWhiteMorality, with clear cut (and {{Card Carrying|Villain}}) villains. But many times Scrooge and\or Donald are firmly into gray territories (Scrooge against his billionaire rivals is usually either GreyAndGrayMorality or BlackAndGrayMorality).
* ShoeShineMister: Scrooge famously won his Number One Dime shining shoes.
* ShoutOut: Rosa never wrote any Mickey Mouse stories, but that doesn't keep him from littering various Hidden Mickeys within his stories.
** The D.U.C.K. dedication also counts.
** ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'' gets quoted at least twice.
** Arpin Lusene is an obvious nod to ''Literature/ArseneLupin''.
** Another one from Arpin : at one point, he refers to Scrooge as "Ze chipskate! Ze '''picsou'''!'. Now, "picsou" ''is not'' a French word for "cheapskate". It is, however, Scrooge's name in the French version of his stories (Balthazar [[PunnyName Picsou]]).
** The afterwords for each chapter in ComicBook/TheLifeAndTimesOfScroogeMcDuck actually list all the {{Shout Out}}s. ''Film/CitizenKane'' was a popular one.
* SimpleYetOpulent: Scrooge does have expensive things, like his limo and mansion, but he's not flashy about it.
* SlidingScaleOfContinuity: The comics by Carl Barks and many other writers are Level 1 (Negative Continuity). Creator/DonRosa's stories, however, are Level 2 (Status Quo).
* SongsInTheKeyOfLock: My Bonnie lies over the ocean...
* StatusQuoIsGod: As well as NegativeContinuity, due to the numerous different writers who have written these stories with little to no regard for each other..
** Though the series in many ways is also great for aversions. As Scrooge is already the richest duck in the world, any treasures he finds will usually be a drop in the bucket. And so success or failure isn't as guaranteed as with other characters.
* TheStinger: An extra page for ''The Quest for Sampo''.
* TeachHimAnger: One story features DonaldDuck earning a living by teaching people anger. His Uncle Scrooge hires him to teach an actor to be angry so the actor can better perform his role in a soap-opera Scrooge is sponsoring. Scrooge says he's already spent so much money promoting the actor that hiring a replacement is out of question. Donald's lessons turned out to be a case of GoneHorriblyRight because the actor became angry enough to demand his payment to be tripled.
* ThisIsReality
* TightropeWalking: A variation of this trope happens when Daisy Duck is on a building site and walks out onto a bouncy, springboard-like plank to retrieve a hammer left near one edge where it could fall on someone. She points out that (in this story) she's a ballet teacher and such perfect balance is nothing special for her.
* TimeStandsStill: ''On Stolen Time'' by Rosa.
* {{Tsundere}}: Daisy Duck is one of the more iconic western examples, type A towards Donald. Considering it's Donald, most people consider her mood swings justified.
* TwistEnding: The last page of Don Rosa's ''Return to Xanadu'' reveals that the treasure Scrooge spent the story looking for was at the bottom of the lake of Xanadu the entire time, which is where one of Scrooge's own treasures, The Crown of Genghis Khan, then ends up.
* VillainTeamUp: ''A Little Something Special''
* VulcanHasNoMoon: In one comic, Earth appeared improbably big in the sky of Mars.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: In the Tony Strobl and Carl Barks story, "King Scrooge the First", the reason the immortal King Khan Khan wants to find the lost treasure of Sagbad so badly is because it contains the antidote to the immortality potion he took when he raided the city centuries ago. He has grown tired of endlessly outliving everything and everyone dear to him, and after getting his hands on it, gladly eats it and wanders into the desert to join the dust that is all that is left of his civilisation.
* WorseWithContext: In the story "Gyro's First Invention", Donald and Scrooge explain the events of "Christmas for Shacktown" to Gyro and how it will take 272 years, 11 months, three weeks, and four days to get all of Scrooge's money out of the hole it's trapped in (all umpteen fantasticatillion, three multiplujillion, nine obsquatumatillion, six hundred and twenty-three dollars and sixteen cents of it), culminating with this exchange:
-->'''Gyro:''' ''(smiling)'' No, Mr. [=McDuck=]! You miscalculated! It'll take six months...
-->'''Scrooge:''' ''(cheering up)'' Really! '''Not''' 272 years? Oh, joy! Oh, rapture!
-->'''Gyro:''' No, no! You had the '''years''' correct! Just a tad off on the '''months!'''
* WorthlessYellowRocks: Played with at the conclusion of Carl Barks' ''Twenty-Four Carat Moon''. Scrooge ends up getting to the second moon, which as the story's title suggest is made out of solid gold before any other Earthling, only to find an alien who claims to have arrived there some time ago, making the golden moon his. The alien agrees to trade the moon to earth for some dirt, which Scrooge naturally agrees to. However, the alien places the dirt in a machine he has, which turns it into an entirely new planet, with continents and oceans, that is capable of supporting life! The alien then flies off on the planet, completely satisfied, as he had come to place less value on the gold than he originally did when he came to the moon. This leaves Scrooge with possession of a moon made entirely out of gold, which is more than likely more than he's ever had previously, yet wondering whether or not he really got the better end of the deal.
** Also notable is that that much gold, with Scrooge stating in the story that the moon is 500 miles thick, would make all gold on the planet Earth completely worthless.
* WorthyOpponent: Scrooge and Arpin Lusene.
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