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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[[folder:In general]]

* AllThereInTheManual: Between each chapter, Rosa explains which "Barksian facts" he used to create it.
* AnAesop: Hard work and perseverance pays off! Don Rosa himself was shocked and touched to receive letters from people who would tell him that reading ''Life and Times'' inspired them in RealLife to work hard for their dreams and to not be afraid of failure. Not bad for a (technically) children's comic about an anthropomorphic duck.
* ArcWelding: Of Scrooge [=McDuck=]'s life.
* BeenThereShapedHistory: Scrooge, naturally
* BelligerentSexualTension: Scrooge and Goldie. Hortense and Quackmore as well.
* BetaCouple: Fergus [=McDuck=]/Downy O'Drake and '''ESPECIALLY''' Quackmore Duck/Hortense [=McDuck=] for Alpha Couple Scrooge [=McDuck=]/Glittering Goldie.
* BlueBlood: The Clan [=McDuck=].
* BookEnds: The series starts and ends with Scrooge going through his money and memories. Don lampshades this trope, saying, "It's just the sort of corny thing we writers and artists do."
* {{Bowdlerize}}: The series' frequent SymbolSwearing is removed in many translations to not include swearing at all.
* ContinuityPorn: Don Rosa attempts to explain every reference that Cark Barks had Scrooge make to his life before coming into contact with his nephews. The series therefore provides references and call backs to numerous stories written by Carl Barks. For example, the end of the first story, ''The Last of the Clan [=McDuck=]'', has Scrooge's father give him a watch and a set of golden teeth. The watch had shown up years previously in Carl Barks' ''Heirloom Watch''. That same story also references Barks' ''Whiskervilles'', ''The Horseradish Story'', and ''The Old Castle's Secret''. He even managed to take some stories into account that he did not personally enjoy too much, such as ''Voodoo Hoodoo'', in which Scrooge [=McDuck=], who is touted as having made his entire fortune square, fondly remembers the time he cheated an African tribe out of their land. Other stories are outright ignored, such as ''The Magic Hourglass'', which implied that the titular hourglass was responsible for Scrooge's wealth through luck.
* CoolHorse: Hortense, Scrooge's mare.
-->'''Scrooge:''' "I'll get Hortense later, cap'n! She's stretching her legs!"
-->'''Sailor on the mast:''' "Blimey! There's a bloomin' 'orse on the tops'l yardarm!"
* DefrostingIceQueen: Goldie -- not that she'd ever let Scrooge know that...
* DidNotGetTheGirl: Which as adamant and vocal a Scrooge/Goldie shipper as Don Rosa is, deserves major credit for maintaining.
* FieryRedhead: Hortense [=McDuck=]
* FunetikAksent: All Scottish characters (including Scrooge in his youth) speak with a funetik aksent.
--> "Ah'm Fergus [=McDuck=] and ah cannae trespass on me own land?!"
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Happens all the time thanks to Don Rosa's attention to details. Scrooge may be doing one thing with a minor repercussion shown in the background of the next panel.
* GenreBusting: It's a {{Funny Animal}}s comic book that follows all the conventions of the classic [[TheEpic Epic]] -- a truly modern epic.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Has its own [[Radar/TheLifeAndTimesOfScroogeMcDuck page.]]
* GoldFever: Kicks in for Scrooge at the end of ''The New Laird of Castle [=McDuck=]''
* GoodBadTranslation: The first two chapters of Life and Times were never translated in Egypt. The other ten chapters were published over a period of 10 consecutive weeks, starting from March 1996, and were titled ''Scrooge's Youth''.
* HearMeTheMoney: A talent of Scrooge [=McDuck=]'s.
%%* [[TheHerosJourney The [=McDuck=]'s Journey]]
%%* {{Historical In Joke}}s in spades, of course.
* HistoricalPersonPunchline: The series is rife with [[InThePastEveryoneWillBeFamous famous historical persons]], but their identities generally get revealed right away. There are exceptions though:
** In ''The Buckaroo of the Badlands'', Scrooge befriends a [[YoungFutureFamousPeople young]] man who chose to become a cowboy instead of continuing his political career. Scrooge inspires him to go back into politics. The story's last panel reveals this fellow's initials to be [[UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt T. R.]].
** In ''The Vigilante of Pizen Bluff'', Scrooge meets a lot of legends of TheWildWest: Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakley, P. T. Barnum, and the Daltons. And a Native American who escaped from his reservation and now performs in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. He is in the end revealed to be none other than [[spoiler: Geronimo, the famous Apache leader]]. (He ''does'' mention his name well before the reveal though. But it is not the name he became famous with, and therefore a GeniusBonus. Scrooge, by the way, recognizes this name immediately.)
* HorseOfADifferentColor: Scrooge [=McDuck=] has established his badass credentials several times with these. When he was left for dead in the South African Savanna, he went berserk against all the animals trying to eat or kill him and cowed a ''lion'' into becoming his steed. In Australia, he encountered an Emu and used it instead, at least until it ran off from an approaching flood. In the Klondike, he has used moose for transport on more than one occasion. In ''Hearts of the Yukon'', we also briefly see a rider arrive into Dawson City on a bear--but even he's scared of [[TheAce Samuel Steele]].
* IdeaBulb: Parodied in both ''The Vigilante Of Pizen Bluff'' and ''Hearts of the Yukon'', where an oil lamp being turned on by hand appears as a substitute, even though Scrooge already had an encounter with an actual lightbulb in ''Raider Of The Copper Hill''.
* IdenticalGrandson: Gyro Gearloose looks like his grandfather Ratchet.
* InTheBlood: {{Greed}} is in the [=McDuck=] blood.
* ISeeDeadPeople: As a young lad, Scrooge was the only one the ghosts of the [=McDuck=] clan would reveal themselves to, particularly Quackly.
* IShouldWriteABookAboutThis: Scrooge's sister Matilda made a scrapbook of letters, artifacts, and newspaper clippings from all his adventures, which appears on the first page of the original chapters and which the boys are looking at in the midquels.
* JerkassFacade: Both Scrooge and Goldie, which is why they never get together.
* LastOfHisKind: Scrooge is the last of the [=McDuck=] clan.
* LiteralAssKicking: Notably during the end of ''The Empire Builder From Calisota'', where young Donald Duck delivers a kick to Scrooge's ass. At the conclusion of ''The Richest Duck in the World'', Scrooge recalls this and kicks Donald's ass in return, solidifying his AdrenalineMakeover.
* LoveHurts: Scrooge and Goldie, no matter how much they both try to deny it.
* MeaningfulName: Why else would Scrooge's eventual love interest be named '''Gold'''ie?
* MediaWatchdog: Several illustrations with guns were altered because Disney only permitted guns to be shown if they weren't pointed at people.
* NoodleIncident: Taking every Creator/CarlBarks NoodleIncident ''ever'' and... [[BuffySpeak un-noodling them]].
* OhCrap: OnceAnEpisode right before every SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome where Scrooge kicks ass and takes names.
* PintSizedPowerhouse: Scrooge is just a scrawny duck who, by the time he reaches his prime, is capable of taking out fifty or some enemies with his ''bare hands.''
* ProtagonistJourneyToVillain: The entire series captures Scrooge's development through life, how his experiences and hardships shaped him from an optimistic youth to the money-hungry villain he was in his debut, and his eventual redemption. If you pay particular attention to the portraits of the main albums, he gets progressively meaner with each portrait until he ends up a broken old man.
* RagsToRiches: The series depicts Scrooge's ascension from a poor boy from Glasgow to the planet's richest duck.
* RealAfterAll: The ghosts of Castle [=McDuck=]
%%* SceneryPorn
* UsefulNotes/{{Scotland}}: Chapters 1, 5, and 9
* ShipperOnDeck: Donald Duck and the boys to Scrooge and Goldie.
%%* ShownTheirWork
* SlapSlapKiss: Scrooge and Goldie; plus, Hortense and Quackmore Duck.
* SpiritualSuccessor: Don Rosa and fans consider ''ComicBook/ALetterFromHome'', where Scrooge returns to Castle [=McDuck=], reconciles with Matilda, and finds a message his father left for him before he died as a {{sequel}}[=/=]conclusion to the series. (It's also a much better Templar treasure hunt than ''Literature/TheDaVinciCode''. And it's only 34 pages long!)
** It is also a sequel to ''Crown Of The Crusader Kings'', which is itself a sequel to ''The Fabulous Philosopher's Stone.''
* SymbolSwearing: Even printed on a newspaper at the end of "The Sharpie of the Culebra Cut" and a sign during "The Richest Duck in the World". Not present in "Of Ducks, Dimes, and Destinies" or "The Last of the Clan [=McDuck=]".
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Hortense and Matilda [=McDuck=]
* TriggerHappy: Annie Oakley in ''The Vigilante of Pizen Bluff'', Goldie, and Scrooge to an extent
* TryToFitThatOnABusinessCard: Most of the chapter titles are titles applied to Scrooge.
* UsedToBeASweetKid: As Scrooge's portaits above show.
* ViolentGlaswegian: Don't make Scrooge angry... or Hortense, while we're at it (Donald got his temper from ''both'' sides of the family!)
* VoodooZombie: Bombie the Zombie was enchanted by African voodoo priest Foola Zoola to get revenge on Scrooge [=McDuck=] for [[CharacterizationMarchesOn attacking his tribe and stealing his land]]. Scrooge, who strongly resembled his future nephew Donald, changed his appearance back just enough to confuse Bombie to leave him be. However, Bombie continued to pursue Scrooge for years as the curse was never lifted, and eventually went after Donald in Carl Barks's original story.
* WasItReallyWorthIt: Scrooge's quest for riches is accompanied with many losses, which at the end raises the question of if becoming the richest duck in the world had any sense after all.
* WeNamedTheMonkeyJack: Scrooge's horse Hortense, named after his equally fiery sister.
* TheWildWest: Chapters 3, 4, and 6B.

!Individual Chapters:


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

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

This chapter provides examples of:

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

[[folder:Chapter 1: The Last of the Clan [=McDuck=]]]
'''Released:''' Denmark- ''August 1992'', United States-''April 1994''\\
'''Dates:''' ''1877-1880''

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

This chapter provides examples of:

* BadassCreed: Scrooge's promise to be tougher than the toughies, smarter than the smarties and to make his fortune square.
* CallForward: The Whiskervilles were about to uncover Sir Swamphole [=McDuck=]'s alternate entrance to the castle's dungeons, as well as Scrooge's ancestors discussing if Sir Quackly should have shown him the hidden treasure, which would be discovered by Scrooge and his nephews in the Barks story ''The Old Castle's Secret'', about 70 years later.
* DeadAllAlong: The kind duck who presents the [=McDuck=]'s history to Scrooge is actually the ghost of Quackly [=McDuck=].
* DidntThinkThisThrough: Quackly [=McDuck=] sealed himself into a wall with the Templars' treasure in his eagerness to hide it.
* FeudingFamilies: The [=McDuck=] against the Whiskervilles.
* HauntedCastle: The [=McDuck=]'s ancestral castle is haunted by the ghosts of said ancestors.
* HellHound: The Hound of Whiskerville, a direct lift from TheHoundOfTheBaskervilles.
* IdentityDenial: Quackly's ghost denies being a [=McDuck=] because there are only four surviving [=McDuck=]'s isn't it?
* ImpoverishedPatrician: The [=McDuck=] clan is an empoverished clan of Scottish nobles.
* IntimidatingRevenueService: Scrooge was told his family doesn't fear anyone except tax collectors.
* ItRunsInTheFamily: All the [=McDuck=] were incredibly stingy. Scrooge is and will be no exception.
* TheLawOfConservationOfDetail: Pay attention at the feet of young Scrooge's castle guide. [[spoiler: You'll notice said guide is missing his shadow, which hints on his true nature of a ghost. Said ghost is one of Scrooge's ancestors.]]
* ALessonInDefeat: Fergus sets up his son to be given an american (thus worthless in Scotland) dime after hard work so that he learns to not be too trusting. It actually inspires Scrooge his BadassCreed.
* PintsizedPowerhouse: The [=McDuck=] were all runts but fearsome warriors too. Being very small when armor wasn't designed to let you see below you was a nice bonus.
* PostVictoryCollapse: Scrooge has to clean a pair of boots so dirty, it takes him half an hour and he nearly faints afterward from the effort.
* QuicksandSucks: The highlands contain quicksands, but the Whiskervilles, frightened by the fake ghost of Quackly [=McDuck=], run too fast to even notice them.
* RichesToRags: After the [=McDuck=] were driven out of their castle, Seafoam [=McDuck=] lost the family's fortune because of a disatrous trading ship sinking.
* ScarecrowSolution: Scrooge scares the Whiskervilles away by making a fake ghost.
* ShoeShineMister: For his tenth birthday, Scrooge gets a shoeshine kit from his father, and cleaning dirty boots becomes Scrooge's first job.
* ShoutOut: Sir Quackly's line "[=McDucks=] sailed forth in fear o' [[NoManOfWomanBorn no man born o' woman]]..." alludes to [[Theatre/{{Macbeth}} a rather famous play centered on Scotland]].
* ScoobyDooHoax: [[spoiler: The Hound that originally drove away the [=McDucks=] from their land were the Whiskervilles in disguise, in an attempt to get the land. They've kept the hoax up for centuries for the day when the [=McDucks=] finally fail to pay the taxes on the land and they can buy it.]]
** Scrooge also drives the Whiskervilles away from the castle by making his own hoax. He loads the armor of Sir Quackie with peat and lights it on fire, pretending that the faming ghost of Quackly is angered by the Whiskervilles' presence.
* TitleDrop:
-->'''Sir Quackly:''' After all, '''you''' are the '''Last''' of the '''Clan [=McDuck=]!'''\\
'''Scrooge:''' Last, but not '''least!''' Not from now on!
* ViolentGlaswegian: Everyone here is Scottish and ready for a fight with the rival family.
* YoungFutureFamousPeople: Scrooge, the future LivingLegend and richest duck in the world is featured as a 10 years old duck.

[[folder:Chapter 2: The Master of the Mississippi]]
'''Released:''' Denmark- ''August 1992'', United States- ''June 1994''\\
'''Dates:''' ''1880-1882''

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

This chapter provides examples of:

* AluminumChristmasTrees: A town called Monkey's Eybrow [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monkeys_Eyebrow,_Kentucky actually exists.]]
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking
--> ''Those pirates are guilty of stealing gold, demolishing a riverboat without a permit and [[DisguisedInDrag dressing up in women's clothing]]''.
** The fisherman stating "I bin ta three state fairs, two rodeos, ''an'a picnic,'' but that was the dangdest thang I ever seed!" His companion also reacts to "picnic" being on his list.
* CallForward: Angus chastises Scrooge for keeping a coin just for sentimental value, joking that he'd end up with a bin full of coins. It's a reference to, and inspires Scrooge's future money bin.
* ChekhovsGun: The Sawyer, trees trapped at the bottom of the Mississipi and which can violently spring out of the water, are introduced early and of course have some use at the end of the story.
* ContrivedCoincidence: Scrooge encounters a member of the Gearloose family and the Beagle Boys in Louisville. Later he winds up living alongside them in Duckburg, all three parties having decided to settle there completely independently of each other.
* CoolUncle: Angus [=McDuck=] is this to Scrooge. Subverted in that he pays his nephew a meager 30 cents a day.
* CreatorProvincialism: Why does Scrooge go to Louisville? Because that's where Don Rosa's from, so why not? That, and it really was one of the major ports of the Ohio river at the time.
* DramaticUnmask: Parodied, Scrooge exposes the Beagle Boys as wanted felons by taking off the masks that only covers the area around their eyes.
* EurekaMoment: Ratchet manages to save himself and Scrooge from a boiler explosion by having the idea of hiding inside another boiler and using cotton to cushion themselves.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Porker Hoggs is an antagonist but doesn't welsh on a deal. The Beagle Boys do. However, even the Beagle Boys disapprove of Angus when he seemingly is ready to let his nephew die for another treasure. Blackheart points out that he too would let his kin die if he could get rich, though.
* EvilerThanThou: The Beagle Boys to Porker Hogg. For added fun, the Beagles dispose of Porker immediately after Porker [[PetTheDog reveals his redeeming trait]] of [[IGaveMyWord never going back on a deal]].
* FaceFramedInShadow: The Beagle Boys, before they get their masks.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Pothole tells Scrooge he'll pay him 30 cents a day to work at his boat. Scrooge's reaction is to get an entertained look on his face and ponder "A man paying his own nephew only 30 cents a day to help him hunt treasure! Frugal... very frugal!" Donald apparently has Pothole to blame for his low salaries working with his uncle.
* GenerationXerox: Uncles hiring their nephews as sidekicks for dangerous, exciting adventures must be a [=McDuck=] family tradition.
* GoldFever: Scrooge and Angus seek out a stash of government gold worth 100,000$.
* HelloInsertNameHere: The future Beagle Boys are looking for a new gang name, but it is Scrooge who unwittingly aptizes them by calling them "Beagle Boys", which the thugs like.
* InevitableWaterfall: A waterfall is situated near Louisville.
* IShouldWriteABookAboutThis: Angus decides to become a writer relating his adventures on the Mississipi.
* LukeIAmYourFather: Scrooge meets Angus but takes some time to reveal that he is Angus' nephew.
* TheMagicPokerEquation: Subverted, Angus deliberately cheats in a very important hand of poker, and better than his opponent Porker Hoggs by having ''five'' aces in his hand.
* MuckingInTheMud: The Mississipi and by extension the sunken ship hiding the treasure, are very muddy.
* NaiveNewcomer: The young Scrooge is this, being inexperienced enough so that the first man he meets in Louisville steals his luggage.
* NoChallengeEqualsNoSatisfaction: When Scrooge and Angus find the treasure, Scrooge is a little disappointed to have become rich so rapidly and through luck rather than work. He doesn't keep the treasure for long.
* NotCheatingUnlessYouGetCaught: Averted, as with Porker Hog and Uncle Pothole's game demonstrates, cheating is not only commonplace, but it's considered rude not to. When Pothole beats him at cards (having 5 aces), Porker is more angry that his trick card device got jammed, and everyone just has a laugh at his expense.
* PaperThinDisguise: The Beagle Boys surprise Scrooge by disguising as old ladies. Scrooge remarks that the ''moustache'' should have tipped him off.
* RichesToRags: Scrooge temporarily manages a lucrative business before the Beagle Boys manage to ruin him and Scrooge now only has his family heirlooms and a few dollars to his name.
* RunningGag: Pothole describing how muddy the Mississippi river is.
* TemptingFate: The Beagle Boys hoping they'll never have to experience Scrooge stopping them from stealing money again, and Scrooge will more than once express a wish to never see them again either.
* TreasureHuntEpisode: This entry focuses on Scrooge looking for a treasure instead of building his fortune with business. Scrooge himself isn't too thrilled to become rich like this.
* [[UndergroundCity Underground Boat]]: The Drennan Whyte was in fact hidden underground, and not at the bottom of the river.
* UnderwaterRuins: The Beagle Boys witness the ruins of a ghost town lying at the bottom of the Mississipi.
* VillainBall: The Beagle Boys try to kill Scrooge by locking him inside a boat and make the boiler blow up, giving him time to escape.
* WretchedHive: Louisville is this.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: The second Porker Hog no longer has anything to offer the Beagle Boys, they renege on their deal with him, and toss him overboard to take the Dilly Dollar Treasure for themselves.

[[folder:Chapter 3: The Buckaroo of the Badlands]]
'''Released:''' Denmark- ''November 1992'', United States-''August 1994''\\
'''Dates:''' ''1882''

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

This chapter provides examples of:

* BearsAreBadNews: Scrooge and Roosevelt are cornered by a brown bear.
* BizarreSeasons: When it rains in the Rocky Mountains, trouts can swim in it.
* CattleBaron: Scrooge meets one immediatly after falling off the train, and would end up spending the next few years learning the cattle trade.
* ChaseScene: A hilarious one where everything chases everyone at the same time, namely a bison wearing a frightening dinosaur skull chase horrified Indians, a bear chases the [=McVipers=], and Scroog is trying to rein in his bull.
* {{Cowboy}}: The working type, those who guard and guide cattle. Scrooge becomes one in this chapter.
* CowboyEpisode: One of the few chapters featuring the Wild West and genuine cow boys.
* {{Fingore}}: Scrooge tricks Jesse James into thinking there's a treasure hidden in his dentures. When Jesse tries to reveal it... '''*TUMP*'''
* EldritchLocation: The Dakota Badlands.
* FlyoverCountry: Scrooge travels to the Great Plains, and marvels at the unhindered view of the aptly named "Sea of Grass".
* GoodSamaritan: Scrooge takes the time to save a stranger in the badlands, who turns out to be a young Theodore Roosevelt.
* HollywoodDarkness: Averted, Scrooge wanders around in a moonless night and doesn't see anything beyond his beak. He hilariously finds himself atop his own herd of cows.
* MeaningfulRename: Scrooge renames his horse "Hortense" in honor of his little sister, as they share the same bad temper.
* MoodyMount: Scrooge is given a temperamental horse named "Widow Maker".
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: While riding Hortense, Scrooge loses all of his clothes as she jumps. [[RuleOfThree Three times]]. Luckily, he doesn't fall off because his belt gets stuck on the saddle.
* PeekABooCorpse: A dinosaur fossil startles Scrooge, who proceeds to try to wrestle it.
* RousingSpeech: Roosevelt delivers one to a down-on-his-luck Scrooge, who had been feeling down by repeated failure. He reassures Scrooge's valour and rekindles the ambition within him.
* TheRustler: The [=McVipers=] try to steal a prized bull who was guarded by Scrooge.
* TheyHaveTheScent: Wandering Indians advise Scrooge to follow the [=McVipers=] through their foul odor.
* TrainJob: Jesse James and his gang try to rob the train in which Scrooge is travelling. It doesn't take long for Scrooge to disable them and force them to flee.

[[folder:Chapter 3B: The Cowboy Captain of the Cutty Sark]]
'''Released:''' Sweden - ''December 1998'', United States - ''February 1999''\\
'''Dates:''' ''1883''

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

This chapter provides examples of:

* TheBusCameBack: Scrooge runs into Ratchet again, who is trying to use geothermic energy to power his latest invention, a prototype car.
* OffModel: One panel is colored so that Scrooge is wearing his trademark red coat, even though he doesn't get it until ''The Billionaire Of Dismal Downs''.
* ShaggyDogStory: For Captain Moore -- throughout the story, he asks his crew for his camera, and when they finally get it out for a photo opportunity, it gets busted right before he could take a picture.
** Also for Scrooge himself - The enormous stampede Scrooge led into town caused enough damage to warrant hefty fines. The authorities had no claim on the protocar either, as Scrooge had plunged the only prototype into the harbor.
* TheStoic: Captain Moore, until the last panel he appears in. Even his assistant is caught by surprise by the sudden change of expression.
* UnSoundEffect: '''Literally.''' Complete with an editor's note explaining exactly why.

[[folder:Chapter 4: The Raider of the Copper Hill]]
'''Released:''' Denmark- ''January 1993'', United States- ''October 1994''\\
'''Dates:''' ''1884-1885''

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

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

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

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

This chapter provides examples of:

* AmusingInjuries: Scrooge is sent to cut off barbed wires off-screen, but when he appears, he is covered in sharp barbed wires. Although Scrooge explicitely says to hurts like hell, it's PlayedForLaughs. Another instance is Scrooge getting electrocuted.
* EasilyOverheardConversation: Everyone in town somehow overhears Howard saying to Scrooge that he needs to put the claim on his land to get rich.
* EndOfAnAge: The age of migrating great cow herds has ended as more people have claimed for themselves the lands on which cows feed.
* GreenEyedMonster: All of Scrooge's friends in the town immediately turn on him for striking it rich. It's one of many bitter lessons Scrooge will have to learn.
* HardWorkHardlyWorks: Scrooge works hard to mine for copper, but with no skill or luck, his attempt at finding copper are unsuccessful.
* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood: John Roderduck is a spoiled and unpleasant brat, no wonder the prospect of his father whipping him with a horsewhip comes off as hilarious instead of shocking.
* IdleRich: Howard Roderduck's wife and son are this. They actually look down on him for daring to ''[=*gasp*=]'', work with his hands.
* LoopholeAbuse: Howard tries to get Scrooge a claim to a very rich copper vein due to an obscure rule stipulating the person who owns land where the vein is closest to the surface gets the whole vein.
* MentorArchetype: Howard Roderduck becomes a mining teacher to Scrooge, and teaches him everything down to how to swing his pickaxe the good way.
* [[OneManArmy One-Duck Army]]: Scrooge proves himself worthy of this trope by fighting hundreds of miners to the last.
* SadisticChoice: Scrooge is offered 10,000$ for his copper vein, a ridiculoously low price. However a telegraph from his family urging him to come back home forces him to either abandon his family to get rich in the long term or take the 10,000$ he needs to travel right now at the cost of his future fortune. Scrooge chooses the 10,000$.
* SchmuckBait: Scrooge baits a bunch of miners who want his claim into his cabin by taunting them from seemingly inside. They are all trapped inside by Scrooge, who kicks the cabin into a nearby river.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: After being shocked by a live wire Scrooge was swinging on, faithful steed Hortense has this thought before marching off in a huff.
-->'''Hortense:''' ''(Thinking)'' I quit! Effective immediately!

* ShaggyDogStory: After literally having to fight off an army of people, Scrooge must abandon his claim to wealth and return to Scotland because his family needs him at the moment.
* SpoiledBrat: Rockerduck's son, John. Little does Scrooge know that the annoying little twerp will one day become his Nr 2 rival, though unlike Glomgold, they remain business rivals only, rather than bitter enemies.
* TelegraphGagSTOP
-->"Son - Terrible crisis for the clan [=McDuck=] stop need cash stop come home at once stop don't stop stop"
* VineSwing: Scrooge tries to go ahead of a mob of people by swinging above them with an electrical wire.
* WorthlessYellowRocks: In this case, Scrooge discovering copper is at first treated with contempt. However the news about electricity and the subsequent explosion in copper's value triggers a town-wide copper rush.

[[folder:Chapter 5: The New Laird of Castle [=McDuck=]]]
'''Released:''' Denmark- ''March 1993'', United States- ''December 1994''\\
'''Dates:''' ''1885''

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

This chapter provides examples of:

* ArmoredCoffins: When Scrooge falls into a pond with his armor, it becomes a weight pulling him to the bottom of the water and almost results in Scrooge dying.
* BackFromTheDead: Scrooge
* BadassBoast: Scrooge utterly dominates his duel with Argus and brags about how his previous adventures taught him everything there is at asskicking.
* BecauseDestinySaysSo: First time Scrooge is pretty much prophesied to become [[ItWasHisSled The Richest Duck in the World]].
* BlindWithoutEm: Downplayed; Scrooge now has to wear glasses to read, and predicts that his work will force him to wear them at all time.
* BlindAlley: Argus tries to run away from his duel with Scrooge, and while pursued, turns around a corner and [[NobodyHereButUsStatues poses as an armor]] to escape Scrooge's wrath.
* BreakOutTheMuseumPiece: Scrooge with the ancestral armors of the family for his duel with Argus.
* BroomstickQuarterstaff: Hortense chases off three Whiskervilles out of her castle with a broom.
* CasualDangerDialogue: Hortense [=McDuck=] as she's chasing off the Whiskervilles.
* ChekhovsGun: Averted; Scrooge mentions a cream cheese sandwich early in the story, but it doesn't serve anything. However Scrooge's number 1 dime does save him from drowning.
* CorruptCop: The sheriff Wenton Whiskerville tries to steal 10,000 from the [=McDuck=] then murder Scrooge, but seeing the ghosts of the [=McDucks=] frightens him away.
* DeathByGluttony: Sir Roast ate himself to death after raiding William the Lion's pantry.
* DramaticThunder: When Scrooge reappears in front of Argus, thunder and lightning accompany his return to make him look badass.
* DuelToTheDeath: Argus Whiskerville challenges Scrooge to a duel because of the humiliation of having been frightened by a fake ghost engineered by the latter. Thus both don armor and take up their swords and battle.
* FluffyCloudHeaven: The [=McDuck=] clan's dead ancestors seem to all reside in it. They also play golf in here.
* GloveSlap: One of the Whiskervilles challenges young Scrooge to a duel with a metal glove appropriated from a suit of armor. Poor Scrooge is seeing CirclingStars after that one, but he recovers pretty quickly.
* HarmlessElectrocution: Scrooge, in a moment of idiocy, points his sword upward in the middle of a storm, and gets hit by lightning. He comes out rather unharmed.
* HauntedCastle: The [=McDuck=] castle.
* ImpactSilhouette: When the Whiskerville are frightened away by the ghost of the [=McDuck=] clan, they crash through a door and leave their silhouette on the door, which is several inches thick of hard wood.
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: Or rather, to everything ''but'' that last one. Fergus and Scrooge are very upset to be called "liars" and "cowards," but they don't mind "tightwads."
* ItRunsInTheFamily: Scrooge confronts some of his ancestors, and avarice seems to be also an ancestral trait.
* LockedIntoStrangeness: Seeing a ghost whitened the Whiskervilles' hair. Seeing the ghost of all the ancestors renders them bald.
* NearDeathExperience: Scrooge seemingly dies, and is sent to Heaven. Quackly [=McDuck=] is appalled that such a promising young lad would die like this and works to send him back.
* TheNoseKnows: Scrooge learned from his meeting with Indians and tracks Argus by his scent.
* NotTooDeadToSaveTheDay: When the Whiskervilles plan on down right murdering Scrooge for getting the best of them, the ghosts of Scrooge's ancestors appears on the walls around them to scare them off for good.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: The ancestors are very judgemental toward Scrooge, mentioning his every failure, including future ones. Quackly however, retorts back with all the ancestors' own shortcomings.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Quackly was supposed to not interfere with the living, but restoring the glory of the [=McDuck=] Clan was more important to him.
* ShoutOut: Scrooge's ending line "There's always another rainbow!" refers to Barks' oil painting ''[[http://www.carlbarks.ws/images/armini/alwaysanotherrainbow.html Always Another Rainbow]]'' of Scrooge as a gold digger (which is the prospect Scrooge decides to pursue next).
* StayInTheKitchen: Fergus [=McDuck=] tells his brother to take "the women" home for their safety... including Hortense, who was shown to be their best fighter one page ago.

[[folder:Chapter 6: The Terror of the Transvaal]]
'''Released:''' Denmark- ''May 1993'', United States- ''February 1995''\\
'''Dates:''' ''1887-1889''

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

This chapter provides examples of:

* AmoralAfrikaner: The thief who steals Scrooge's cart and abandon him in the middle of the savanna.
* TheBeastMaster: Scrooge pressgangs a ''lion'' into serving as an emergency transport back to civilization.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Flintheart pretends to be an innocent duck stranded in the middle of the savanna as he plans to steal Scrooge's cart and abandon him in the middle of the savanna.
* BottomlessMagazines: Averted. Scrooge fires exactly twelve shots from his two six shooters, and is clearly seen reloading afterwards.
* ButForMeItWasTuesday
* ContinuityNod: The Kaffir de Gaffir gold mine opened during the episode. That was the gold mine Scrooge and Glomgold tried to outbid each other for in Creator/CarlBarks story "So Far and no Safari".
* CynicismCatalyst: This is the first confrontation from which Scrooge actually comes out worse than before. The betrayal he felt from someone who was pretending to be a friend turns him into a more distrustful and cold person. Illustrated by this line below:
-->'''Scrooge''': Villains of a more '''noble''' ilk than you made me cautious and resourceful and scrappy...but '''you'''...you just made me '''mean'''!
* DoesNotLikeGuns: Scrooge uses guns, but doesn't want to shoot anyone, even someone who stole from him.
* DownerEnding: A mild one, but Scrooge's adventure in South Africa doesn't even result in getting money, and his encounter with Flintheart made him more jaded than optimistic.
* EtTuBrute: Scrooge feels all the more betrayed because, until then, all of his enemies were antagonistic from the start or neutral and it's the first time someone pretended to be his friend to take advantage of him.
* TheFarmerAndTheViper: Glomgold steals all of Scrooge's supplies and abandoned him even after Scrooge saved his life. The trope is even mentioned:
-->'''Scrooge:''' I saved his life and shared my food with him, and '''this''' is how he repays me! What a... a viper!
* FreudianExcuse: Glomgold is the reason Scrooge decided not to trust anybody. Until then, Scrooge never had an enemy who pretended to be a friend.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: A talentless anonymous thief swears revenge on Scrooge, and in several years, will become one of Scrooge's archenemies.
* GoodSamaritan: Scrooge stops to help an Afrikaner tied to a bull, but soon sees how much his trust was rewarded.
* HumiliationConga: Scrooge's way of taking revenge on the thief who left him in the middle of the savanna before throwing him in prison.
** BulletDancing
** TarAndFeathers
* ImYourWorstNightmare: Scrooge says this to Glomgold before he calls him out, guns ablazing.
* KingOfBeasts: Scrooge uses a lion as a mount after outroaring it.
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: Scrooge tries to rescue Flintheart only to be betrayed because Flintheart is still a thief.
* SaveTheVillain: When Glomgold runs into the lion Scrooge rode into town, Scrooge laments, "Drat the luck! Now I gotta save his hide rather than tan it!"
* SpitTake: Flintheart spits out his soda when Scrooge reappears in town.
* StartOfDarkness: Glomgold was a thief and a jerk even before running into Scrooge for the first time, but this encounter is what set him on the path to become the monstrous CorruptCorporateExecutive that will remain Scrooge's bitter enemy for the rest of their lives.
* TaughtByExperience: Scrooge is proud to have learned his ways in the field. After being betrayed by Flintheart, Scrooge doesn't even want to discuss it with him.
* UngratefulBastard: Even after Scrooge saves his life, Glomgold betrays him the first chance he gets.
* UnknownRival: Glomgold is determined in the end to get revenge on Scrooge for humiliating him, but Scrooge just casually leaves him in jail without even bothering to learn his name.
* WeWillMeetAgain: The nameless thief (a younger Flintheart Glomgold) swears that he will get back at Scrooge for his HumiliationConga one day.
* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: When Scrooge goes on his RoaringRampageOfRevenge, he monologues about cutting himself loose and trash-talks the animals of the savanna he fights his way through.

[[folder:Chapter 6B: The Vigilante of Pizen Bluff]]
'''Released:''' Sweden- ''December 1996'', United States- ''October 1997''\\
'''Dates:''' ''1890''

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

This chapter provides examples of:

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

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

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

This chapter provides examples of:

* AccidentalMisnaming:
** Scrooge says a throwaway line, "Great! Now I'm John Philip Sousa!", causing his Aborigine companion to call him "Jonflip Zooza" for the rest of the story (Scrooge never corrects him).
** Averted in the Portuguese edition. He's called Benny Goodman (who was known as the King of Swing). That happens to be a rather awkward anachronism, though, as Benny Goodman wasn't even born in the timeframe of this story.
* AnimalStereotypes: One legend narrates the tale of a sly dingo stealing an egg and a courageous platypus pursuing him.
* BattleBoomerang: Scrooge gets to use one once to disarm a bandit.
* BecauseDestinySaysSo: Continued from Chapter 5, Scrooge's destiny of becoming the richest duck in the world is confirmed by an Aborigen legend.
* BottomlessPits: In the dream cave there is a seemingly bottomless pit so deep Scrooge doubts that all the rope in Sydney would help reach the bottom.
* CallForward: After Scrooge leaves for the Yukon, attention was drawn to the Dreamtale's depictions of the Goose Egg Nugget, the money bin, and Donald, Huey, Dewey, and Louie.
--> '''Jabiru Kapirigi:''' ''The great platypus finds a '''yellow egg?''' He builds a mighty '''nest?''' And what are these '''other''' figures? How confusing! What have they to do with an '''out-of-luck''' fossicker like poor Jonflip?''
* CelestialDeadline: Every century, an Aborigen "dream cave" reveals itself to narrate a legend.
* ChekhovsGun: The didjeridoo, which Scrooge uses to summon the dream cave, is also used as an emu call to permit his escape from said cave.
* ChekhovsLegend: The legend painted into the walls of the dream cave is actually a retelling of Scrooge's own misadventure. Moreover several other paintings basically describe his future life as the richest duck in the world.
* ForebodingFleeingFlock: A fleeing horde of kangaroos warns Scrooge of an incoming flood.
* GiantWallOfWateryDoom: A flash flood coming from the nearby mountains threatens to drown Scrooge, and the wave is not only several times higher than Scrooge, it is also remarkable in that it covers the whole desert.
* KangarooPouchRide: Scrooge uses a Kangaroo for transportation in order to get fast enough to the gold fields to grab a good claim. He is nevertheless too late though.
* KangaroosRepresentAustralia: Kangaroos of course make several appearances in the course of the story.
** HorseOfADifferentColor: That's beside him riding a camel and an emu at different points in the story.
* LandDownUnder: Set in Australia.
* MagicalNativeAmerican: Jabiru plays the Australian Aboriginal variant straight, introducing Scrooge to mysticism and Dreamtime (and inspiring Scrooge's passion for history).
* MenAreUncultured: Scrooge is this at first, because he's only interested in getting rich and doesn't see the interest of archaelogy. That the legend he happens to read actually comes true convinces him that there is value in history and sets up his path to becoming a CulturedBadass.
* PowerCrystal: Jabiru's crystal can help him see the way, and indeed shows Scrooge the way to wealth, by making him see the boreal aurors of Alaska.
* SarcasmBlind: Scrooge's aborigine companion actually believed Scrooge was "Jonflip". He also doesn't realize that the bushwhacker is intentionally stranding them.
* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: [[spoiler:Scrooge returning the opal.]]
* TimeAbyss: The dream cave's last visitor came 100 ago, respecting a rigorous cycle, and marks on the wall indicate that there were hundreds of visitors over time, making the cave paintings at least 20,000 years old. Even Scrooge is speechless at the ancienty of this tradition.
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: Nobody would know for a hundred years if you returned the opal or stole it. [[spoiler: Scrooge returned it.]] [[note]]The image at the trope's page is about this example.[[/note]]

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

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

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

This chapter provides examples of:

* AstonishinglyAppropriateInterruption:
-->'''Scrooge''': I have a hunch I'll be repaying you before you can say...
-->'''Random townfolk''': '''GOLD!'''
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: As soon as Scrooge arrives in White Agony Valley, he proceeds to investigate for traces of gold and finds the core vein easily.
* BarBrawl: At the beginning of the story, Wyatt Earp begins a brawl with another thug in a saloon.
* BearsAreBadNews: Inverted, Scrooge is bad news for bears.
* BigYes: Scrooge ponders what he'll do if the big, muddy "rock" he found is gold: "Will clean air smell any sweeter? Will sunny days shine any brighter? Will starry nights hold any more wonder? Or will I lose all that? Do I really want to be... rich? ''(beat)'' YES!!!"
* BreakingTheBonds: Scrooge doesn't simply break the chains - he pulls them so hard that the ship's chimneys he's chained to are torn apart, [[ShroudedInMyth though the scene is told as if it might not truly be what happened there, as the incident is both denied and embellished through history.]]
** According to Scrooge himself during the events of Hearts Of the Yukon, the chimneys collapsed due to a timely boiler explosion, and he took out Soapy and his gang in the resulting commotion. Whether he's just trying to downplay the events or not is left to the viewer.
* [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Corrupt Loan Shark]]: Soapy Slick is one of the few villains, alongside Flintheart, who has NO scruples or morals whatsoever, and even Glomgold would probably hesitate [[spoiler:about mocking Scrooge for his mother's recent death]].
* CallForward: Goldie mentions that with all the "sourdoughs and their gold dust, I expect to be ''glittering'' by spring!"
* TheCameo: Goldie, showing up as early as [[http://cdn.zocoi.com/169/07.jpg page 7]].
* DeathGlare: A truly disturbing one by Scrooge, accompained by a "creeEEAAkkk" sound effect as he pulls his chains and colored either normally or with a fiery palette. His beak isn't completely shown, [[NothingIsScarier so his full expression is ambiguous.]]
* DisasterDominoes: "Six hours and many miles back down the trail later, in Skagway --"
* TheDreaded: When Wyatt Earp realizes ''who'' he tried to bully into submission he's utterly scared and starts listing Scrooge's terrifying nicknames. Scrooge then lists a few others he earned outside the United States and remarks that Earp traveled very little.
* TheEndOfTheBeginning: This chapter marks the end of Scrooge's quest to becoming rich, but readers know that there is much more to come.
* ExperiencedProtagonist: Scrooge isn't the naive young duckling of the early chapters but a certified badass and survivalist who doesn't take crap from no one.
* FantasticRacism: [[PlayedForLaughs Goldie's saloon doesn't serve moose.]]
* FateWorseThanDeath: "I need more cash, but I can't waste any more time '''''[[BoldInflation earning]]''''' it! I must resort to '''''desperate''''' and '''''shameful''''' means! I need to (*shudder*) ''get a loan!''"
* FlashForward: Dawson City is introduced this way, contrasting the large city it would become later in the story from the two-building area it was at the dawn of the gold rush.
* GateGuardian: The locals of Dawson City fear a monster supposedly guarding the way to a hidden valley, but Scrooge discovers that it is only the preserved corpse of a mammoth standing thanks to the glacier around it.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Scrooge has them in one version instead of RedEyesTakeWarning. Made even more effective as in the next panel, the only source of light is Scrooge's petawatt DeathGlare.
* GoryDiscretionShot: We only see the consequences from Scrooge's rampage.
* GrimUpNorth: Alaska is so cold even fires freeze, but Scrooge can take it.
* InHarmonyWithNature: Subverted; Scrooge lives well with the surrounding nature, but already plans to replace it with lumber mills, mines and dams, such is his greed.
* KickTheDog: Soapy Slick mocks Scrooge about his dead mother, a particularly low blow from any villain featured so far.
* MassOhCrap: [[http://cdn.zocoi.com/169/20.jpg Scrooge's kidnappers]] as they [[UnstoppableRage notice]]...
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: One of Soapy Slick's goon calls Scrooge a sissy because of the Scottish tradition of wearing kilts.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: The most impressive appearance of the glare Scrooge would later hang on the walls of his money bin.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Against Soapy Slick.
* SceneryPorn: White Agony Valley is a piece of gorgeous untampered nature, with surrounding mountains, rivers and creeks that are equally breathtaking.
* ShroudedInMyth: The narration makes it clear that no one in Dawson fully knows what happened to Soapy's riverboat during Scrooge's epic rampage. "The whole incident was probably '''exaggerated''' in the many retellings that followed. Possibly, it didn't actually happen at all!"
* StrollingThroughTheChaos: [[http://media.photobucket.com/image/recent/Hyaroo/Scrooge/Scrooge12.jpg Scrooge doesn't care much for all the nonsense in Dawson.]] Amusingly enough, Scrooge later crosses a completely silent Dawson, for he has just torn a steamboat apart and is dragging a body around. Even the police are afraid!
* TapOnTheHead: How Soapy abducts Scrooge.
* TranquilFury: After his outrage, this is more or less Scrooge's mood as he brings Soapy Slick to justice.
* UnstoppableRage: What happens if you push Scrooge's BerserkButton hard.

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

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

This chapter provides examples of:

* AdaptationExpansion: While the whole series is basically this for Carl Barks' invention and stories of Scrooge, Don Rosa in particular felt how, no matter how much he loved the story "Back to the Klondike" where Goldie and Scrooge's past relationship to her is introduced, it wasn't quite explained how they went from fighting and mistreating each other to acting like they had been lovers when meeting again as old people. Don Rosa used that unanswered question as inspiration for this story.
* AnachronicOrder: This chapter was written a whole ten years after ''Hearts of the Yukon''. In fact, it's the last story Don Rosa wrote, as mentioned above.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Scrooge and Goldie.
* BlackComedy: Judge Roy Bean ''really'' wants to hang someone.
* {{Bowdlerize}}: The "Between the legs!" part has been watered down in some translations. In the Norwegian, for example, said line is kept, but Scrooge's wavering at his next line (realizing what he said) is removed, giving the indication that only Goldie got a suggestive meaning out of it, not Scrooge.
* ExplainExplainOhCrap: [[InvertedTrope Inverted.]] When Goldie finds the piece of paper containing something Scrooge had been admiring every night, she excitedly opens it, only to find that it's "only a stupid lock of someone's--". She then pauses in shock, realizing the lock of hair is ''hers.''
* FreudianSlip: After kissing Scrooge in order to distract him so Bat Masterson can knock him out, Goldie mentions how "I've been waiting to do that for a month! Uh... see him knocked cold, I mean!"
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Scrooge of all ducks is one in this chapter. When Goldie asks why he's living on beans and sourdough bread when the valley is full of game he could shoot, Scrooge explains he has an "agreement" with the animals: they don't eat him, so he doesn't eat them.
* HangingJudge: Judge Roy Bean.
* ImportantHaircut: Goldie loses a lock of her hair when Scrooge saves her from a bear. Scrooge secretly keeps the lock and [[MementoMacGuffin still has it 50 years later.]]
* InnocentInnuendo: "[[http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i212/Kerrah_photos/BetweenTheLegs.jpg Between the legs]]." Yeah, about as innocent as a FreudianSlip...
* ISurrenderSuckers: Don Rosa tries to soften Scrooge's kidnapping of Goldie by showing she could have easily escaped (not to mention killed him) but let him take her so she could find his hidden gold claim and get a better opportunity to rob him blind.
** Another interpretation is she used XanatosSpeedChess to turn her kidnapping into a XanatosGambit. Whether or not she escapes she has little to lose and a lot to gain.
* LeaveTheTwoLovebirdsAlone: Judge Roy Bean wisely decides they do '''''not''''' want to interrupt "what's going on in that cabin."
* TheMasochismTango: Goldie and Scrooge.
* AMatchMadeInStockholm: Scrooge ''had'' kidnapped Goldie, even if she had let him do it.
* OhCrap: Hilariously, both present-day Donald and Scrooge have this reaction to the boys asking Scrooge "what exactly happened" the month he and Goldie spent together at the cabin. Even as he couldn't know, Donald likely figured that a young Scrooge spending a month alone with a woman in said cabin probably wasn't all innocent...
* PostKissCatatonia: Goldie kisses Scrooge, and his shocked state gives the opportunity for Bat Masterson to knock him out. Cue him turning to Goldie to congratulate her, only to find her in the same state as well.
* PreviouslyOn: Pages [[http://cdn.zocoi.com/211/12.jpg 12]] and [[http://cdn.zocoi.com/211/23.jpg 23]].
* {{Retcon}}: In Carl Bark's story "Back to the Klondike", the flashback of Scrooge having tea with Goldie shows Scrooge looking at her with suspicion. When Don Rosa recreated the same flashback for this story, Scrooge is smiling at her instead. While this is being told, Donald is also seen in the background, giggling at how Scrooge was trusting of her [[DistractedByTheSexy "for some reason"]].
* SaveTheVillain: Subverted (in the correct use of the term) after Scrooge saves Goldie from going over the InevitableWaterfall. She tells him he has to go back to save "them", too... not the villains but the villains' ''sled dogs''.
* SexyDiscretionShot: If [[DidTheyOrDidntThey it really happened]] there's now way Don Rosa could have shown so in a Disney comic anyway, hence the cut to a lasting view of the cabin.
* ShoutOut: To ''Film/ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid''.
-->'''Sundance''': "Butch! We're goin' over the edge! I can't swim!!"
-->'''Butch''': "Hahaha! What're ya, crazy? The fall will prob'ly kill ya'!"
** Lampshaded in the very next panel: "Whoah! Deja vu!"
* SlapSlapKiss: Scrooge and Goldie eventually let out all their pent-up anger at each other before the famous implication that they end up having sex. They even provide the trope image.
* SleepingSingle: This is established rather unnecessarily clearly early on -- and apparently lasts until the last page.
* StalkingIsLove: Goldie finds the fact that Scrooge has been spending every night for the last few weeks swooning over a lock of her hair that he keeps in a strongbox enough incentive to return when she had the perfect chance to escape with his gold and the deed to his claim.
* ThatMakesMeFeelAngry: Played for comedy with Judge Roy Bean who always has the same ComicallySerious grumpy expression on his face, but says things like "I'm so happy I may weep" completely deadpan.

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

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

This chapter provides examples of:

* TheAce: Samuel Steele.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking:
-->'''Colonel Sam Steele''': "'''Halt''', [=McDuck=]! It won't do to add '''jaywalking''' to your already prodigious list of civil violations!"
* BaitAndSwitch: Scrooge enters town and sees everyone run away at the mention that "Steele" is coming. Scrooge then meets a giant thug at a bar, riding a ''bear'', speaking only in manly roars, eating his food with a bowie knife and so on. Suddenly the brute leaves, causing Scrooge to question this, to which the brute gets a terrified look and says "Didn't you hear? ''Steele's'' coming!"
* BulletproofFashionPlate:
-->'''Colonel Sam Steele''': "A superintendent of the North-Western Mounted Police does not get... 'Muddy'."
* CannotSpitItOut: Essentially the driving force of the plot.
* ConvectionSchmonvection: The climax is Scrooge and Goldie staring each other down in a burning building. Granted, Goldie eventually ends up fainting... only to quickly reveal she was just faking.
* DeliciousDistraction: When Scrooge finally gets to Dawson, he's prepared to fight off the local toughs, per the norm. When the claim-jumpers learn that Scrooge arrived on a shipment of food, the starving men instantly forget about the duck.
* DownerEnding: Leaves most readers wishing Don Rosa could have dismissed 'canon' and just let Scrooge and Goldie get together, dammit!
* TheDreaded: The mere mention of the name "Steele" is enough to make any Yukon resident involved in anything shady flee in terror.
* FluffyTheTerrible: The brute with a ''bear'' for a mount apparently calls it "Petunia Blossom".
* ForWantOfANail: Because of a random ice block to his head, Scrooge is knocked out cold and misses his opportunity to reunite with Goldie. One can only guess if his life might have turned out very different if not for that. Used to great TearJerker-effect in "The Dream of a Lifetime".
* FurryConfusion: A group of men are shown fighting over bacon in the same chapter that has an anthropomorphic pig. There's also Soapy Slick.
* HistoricalBadassUpgrade: Samuel Steele was certainly an exemplary officer of the RCMP who re-established order in the lawless Yukon during the Gold Rush, but Rosa tops this by making him TheAce. The meanest, orneriest prospector imaginable rides into town on a friggin' ''bear'', but is [[BreakTheBadass so scared of Steele that he rushes off before the man arrives]]. In fact, Steele is SO badass that [[BulletproofFashionPlate explosions can't even hurt him]].
* LargeHam: Steele. Goes with the territory of being TheAce. As his introduction to the comic shows someone arriving to town: [[TheBrute a Brute]] with the BeardOfBarbarism, {{BFG}}, and [[BearsAreBadNews a bear for the mount]]. Pretty badass? Actually he's somebody else ''afraid of Steele'' and ''running away''. [[UpToEleven That's how epic Steele is]].
* TheMasochismTango: Goldie and Scrooge, again.
* PoorCommunicationKills: Scrooge, why couldn't you just ''read the letter'', you idiot?![[note]]For those who don't like rhetorical questions, because he was afraid. After all, the only woman he ever loved was as cold-hearted and bitter as him. More harsh words could... well, we'll never know, now.[[/note]]
* TapOnTheHead: The ice block knocking Scrooge out.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Between Goldie and Scrooge.

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

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

* AbortedDeclarationOfLove: It's heavily implied that the letter Scrooge lost in the ice was [[spoiler: a love declaration or a marriage proposal to Goldie]]. Scrooge took the loss as a sign to focus entirely on his business ventures instead.
* AnachronicOrder: Written several years before any of the main ''Life and Times'' chapters.
* ContinuityNod: Goldie mentions that she rebuilt the Black Jack ballroom into a tourist hotel with money she "came into a while back", a nod to Carl Barks' first ever story where she is introduced: "Back to the Klondike". In it, Scrooge eventually challenges Goldie to a digging contest to see who can find gold first, and (despite his claims) purposefully loses by leading Goldie to a spot he buried nuggets 50 years ago.
* VillainDecay: Soapy Slick is still stuck in Dawson some 40 years after Scrooge left the area, and has been reduced to running a riverboat tour of the old gold rush territory. He's still a Jerkass of the highest order, but no longer possesses the resources to utilize it, and with the gold rush long over, his primary business is gone.
* WorthlessTreasureTwist: Scrooge lost his dogsled while leaving White Agony creek, which soon became frozen in the ice. However, he marked the spot so he could go back and retrieve it someday. Soapy spent the last 40 years waiting for the chance to steal it, assuming that the dogsled had something valuable on it. At the end, we learn that it was just a change of clothes, some prospecting gear, and a box of chocolates, though they're of great sentimental value to Scrooge.

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

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

This chapter provides examples of:

* BullyingADragon: Soapy Slick refuses to sign a receipt to prove that Scrooge's debt has been paid for and insults him in the process, forgetting that he's talking to the "King of the Klondike". One punch to the stomach latter, and the receipt is signed.
* ContinuityNod: Related to the above; Scrooge buries a cache of nuggets in the ground before leaving his claim "in case of emergency", the cache that Goldie would find in the first story featuring her by Carl Barks.
* CoveredInMud: Scrooge jumps into a quicksand bog to retrieve a '''two shilling''' golf ball.
* DiedHappilyEverAfter: Fergus dies peacefully in his sleep the day Scrooge and his sisters set out to Duckburg. His spirit, along with their mother, sees the siblings off before happily departing to the afterlife.
* EatTheRich: The people of Dismal Downs antagonize Scrooge because of their jalousy and a perceived slight from his part.
* FaceFault: A [[http://cdn.zocoi.com/170/10.jpg truly epic example]] that involves ''a triple backflip''.
* FreudianSlipperySlope: Scrooge's sisters find the lock of Goldie's hair and start teasing him about it while he tries to talk about his property in America:
-->'''Matilda and Hortense:''' Scroogey's got a gir-ruhl! Scroogey's got a gir-ruhl!
-->'''Scrooge:''' The girl -- I mean, the land -- is in the state of Goldiesota -- I mean Calisota -- in a small settlement called Goldieburg -- I mean Duckburg! Drat!
* GhostReunionEnding: At the end of the chapter "The Billionaire of Dismal Downs", the spirits of Scrooge's parents look at him as Scrooge and his sisters leave their ancestral home and reunite with one of their ancestors before passing on.
* GraveMarkingScene: Upon returning to the [=McDuck=] ancestral castle with his father and sisters, Scrooge takes a quiet moment to visit his mother's grave.
* {{Hypocrite}}: The people of Dismal Downs somehow complain about Scrooge having a bad temper when they started the argument first.
* IconicOutfit: Scrooge obtains his famous red coat in a hilariously low key Inversion of the SuitUpOfDestiny. A cheapstake salesman offers him 5 British pounds and the red coat for a fancy suit he got for free, of course Scrooge takes the quids.
* LoanShark: Downplayed, Scrooge's prices for a loan are outrageously high (half of one's gold in a claim) but he's honest about it, and actually makes sure that when someone asks for a loan, his employees will be paid fairly.
* NeverAcceptedInHisHometown: The Townspeople resent Scrooge for his newfound wealth, and Scrooge in turn comes to despise them for their hostility.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Scrooge participates in a sheep clipping contest where his long-time enemy Argus Whiskerville is holding the sheep. Scrooge plays the overeager contestant part to shave not only the sheep, but also Argus' beard and hair and get away with it.
* PooledFunds: Scrooge decides to indulge in it and brings barrels of money wherever he goes. His family thinks he's eccentric at best, a loon at worst.
* SelfMadeMan: After striking it rich thanks to his efforts and brains, Scrooge becomes a millionaire by tackling several businesses at the same time.
* ShoutOut: Right after a Scottish man has insulted Scrooge, he responds with "''grumble'' Peasant!"
-->'''Scottish Man''': [[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail Oh, what a giveaway! Did you hear him repressin' me? You heard it, didn't you?!]]
** The commentary directly states that the end scene was inspired by ''Film/TheGhostAndMrsMuir''.
* StrangerInAFamiliarLand: Although Scrooge spent his time in Scotland, a lifetime of tribulations around the world changed him too much to fit in his native town.
* SuckinessIsPainful: In the Highland Games, singing good poetry is one way to gather points, but Scrooge's song is so bad, the female judges faint.
* TogetherInDeath: It turns out that Scrooge's father had passed away in the night, and it was his spirit bidding him goodbye from the window. He's reunited with Scrooge's mother, who had died several years before.
* TownContestEpisode: Scrooge participates in the Highland Games to try to fit in.
* UnskilledButStrong: Scrooge's physical prowess could make him win the Highland Games by a landslide, but unfortunately for him, there are rules and the contest also requires skill in areas Scrooge never trained. For instance, a fishing competition requires the use of a rod whereas Scrooge uses his hands alone.

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

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

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

This chapter provides examples of:

* AccidentalMisnaming: Scrooge repeatedly gets the Junior Woodchucks' name wrong (until he finally and surprisingly gets it right).
-->"It's the Midget Gophers!"\\
"And you Runt Chipmunks can stay away!"\\
"Not Microbe Moles or Beagle Boys or even the president can push me around!"
* TheAllegedCar: Scrooge is introduced having bought a car, but he refused to buy trivial options such as brakes. He comes to regret this decision when said car begins to slide down from a hill.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Not only is Roosevelt the President of the United States, he acts like a FrontlineGeneral and shrugs off a fortification falling on him.
* BirdsOfAFeather: Quackmore and Hortense quickly fall in love because they realize that they are equally foul-tempered. In fact, their very first interaction is a heated argument that almost immediately turns into a LoveAtFirstSight experience for them both.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Hortense and Quackmore.
* BroomstickQuarterstaff: Hortense frightens away all the Rough Riders with her broom.
* ChanceMeetingBetweenAntagonists: Scrooge just happens to stumble upon the Beagle Boys.
* CoolVsAwesome: [[MemeticBadass Theodore Roosevelt]] and his army vs. [[AntiHero Scrooge]] [[{{Determinator}} McDuck]] and his moldy wooden fort.
* ExtremelyShortTimeSpan: This story takes place over the course of a day.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The Junior Woodchucks appear as a small trio of boy-scouts, and they mention having to find a way to reduce their Guidebook's size.
* GondorCallsForAid: The Junior Woodchucks, evicted from their fort by who they think is an enemy agent from Scotland, send a telegraph to the authorities for help. At the other end of their message is Theodore Roosevelt, who immediately goes to Duckburg with an army to repel the foreign invader.
* ImpactSilhouette: When Scrooge's car crashes into a corn field, it cuts a distinct silhouette amongst the plants.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Scrooge uses parts of his own fort as projectile to repel the Rough Riders. Overlaps with AbnormalAmmo.
* InstantlyProvenWrong: When Scrooge unwittingly finds the Beagle Boys, they deny having stolen one given animal from neighbouring farmers, only for said animal to cry.
* LamarckWasRight: We see Gladstone's mother and it looks like he inherited his good luck from his mother. Likewise, Hortense meets the equally irascible Quackmore, and their future romance will result in [[HairTriggerTemper Donald Duck]].
* TheSiege: Scrooge's fort at the top of Killmotor Hill is assieged by the United States army.
* SlapSlapKiss: Initially Hortense and Quackmore spit fire at each other for two minutes straight. Then spent another five looking longingly at each other's eyes. In the last panel, [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs Hortense is throwing a fit over baby names, while Quackmore watches her serenely.]]
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: The Beagle Boys absolutely didn't steal that animal!
* TheresNoKillLikeOverkill: Theodore calls in for a ''naval bombardment'' to bring down a moldy wooden fort.

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

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

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

This chapter provides examples of:

* ButHeSoundsHandsome: Scrooge while pretending to be Theodore in order to make a deal with the indian chief.
--> '''The chief:''' ''(after Scrooge accidentally points at the wrong place at a map)'' Hm... ten miles out into the ''pacific ocean?'' [Scrooge] is way off, but he must have ''good lungs!''
--> '''Scrooge:''' ''(as Theodore)'' Er... yes! Quite a remarkable fellow! Handsome, too!
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: While Scrooge and Theodor Roosevelt are discussing, Hortense and Matilda can be seen chasing two cowboys in the background, including chopping down the tree they try to hide in.
* {{Mayincatec}}: Literally -- [[http://cdn.zocoi.com/202/18.jpg an Aztec-designed jaguar statue, built by Incas, and the writing is Mayan]].
* MyGreatestFailure: Scrooge ''thinks'' his deal with Roosevelt was this, but it turned out it wasn't... making this is a SubvertedTrope in the correct use of the term.
* SerialRomeo: Hortense, Matilda and their obsession with cowboys.
* ShowSomeLeg: Matilda and Hortense try this, until Hortense blows their cover with a GroinAttack when the guard mentions a certain "holy terror" he once met in Duckburg.
* SpiceUpTheSubtitles: [[http://luchins.com/what-were-they-thinking/scrooge-mcduck/my-mind-is-boggled/ See here.]]

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

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

Don Rosa was double burdened by having to cover the longest timespan of any chapter along with portraying his hero as an unscrupulous robber baron. You can read what the experience was like for him [[http://archive.is/VFypG here]].

This chapter provides examples of:

* AttentionDeficitOhShiny: Scrooge takes 20 years to go back to Duckburg and reconciliate with his family because he smells business oportunities everywhere.
* ChairmanOfTheBrawl: Scrooge uses a wooden chair to fight Copperhead [=McViper=] and his gang.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Scrooge acted as one in this story. It drives his honest family away from him.
* CoversAlwaysLie: This chapter's cover shows Scrooge escaping from the sinking Titanic by carefully stepping on floating pieces of iceberg. What happened in the story is much less awesome - he escaped in one of the lifeboats.
* DarkestHour: One of the darkest days of the story is when Scrooge decides to take something he wants illegally and by force, driving a whole village away from their rightful land.
* DownerEnding: Although Scrooge finally becomes the richest duck in the world, he lost everything that once meant something to him in the process. He breaks with his family and becomes a lonely miser. His final victory laugh reads less like a moment of joy and more as [[LaughingMad a mad cackle]].
* EvilPaysBetter: Scrooge begins to wonder if it does.
-->'''Scrooge:''' Why should I have to be the only honest man in this cockeyed world?
* {{Floating Advice Reminder}}s: Scrooge struggles with his younger selves for the justification of his odious acts. An image of his dead father reminds him that self-respect should be what drives him to act, not greed.
* IgnoredEpiphany: The end of Scrooge's arc to full-on villain concludes with several fleeting moments where he realizes how badly he screwed up with his family in his quest for riches. If only the "Roster of the Rich" (revealing that he is now the wealthiest person on the planet) hadn't caught his eye and made him forget all about it.
* ImplacableMan: Bombie the Zombie is told to follow Scrooge forever until he is killed; not even having to cross entire oceans stops him.
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: Scrooge becomes meaner and more obsessed by money the richer he gets, to the point that when he has a change of heart and tries to reconciliate with his family, his newly discovered status as richest man in the world distracts him away from his family for 20 years.
* LandOfTulipsAndWindmills: During a TravelMontage showing Scrooge's business dealings around the world, there's a panel where he's in the Netherlands with a windmill in the background. Somehow he managed to sell the locals ''wind''.
* LiteralAssKicking: Child-aged Donald to Scrooge upon their first meeting. (Scrooge gets the chance to return the favor in the next chapter, though.)
* LonelyAtTheTop: The ending. Scrooge doesn't realize it yet, but Hortense knows all too well that all her brother is now left with is his money.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Shouted word by word when Scrooge repents from having driven a village of autochtones away from their lands.
* MyGreatestFailure: Scrooges is not the least bit proud of the one time he gained something in a villainous way.
* NoEndorHolocaust: The sinking of the RMS Titanic is presented mainly as the background to one of the zombie's chases after Scrooge, not looking like the tragic disaster which killed 1503 people at all. Even the casual way Scrooge found himself a place in a lifeboat, even though he was neither a woman nor a child, makes the whole thing less tragic.
* OutOfCharacterMoment: Albeit an important one and an in-story justification for CharacterizationMarchesOn.
* PaperThinDisguise: Scrooge tricks the village shaman and later Bombie the Zombie to think he's someone else by hiding his whiskers and removing his glasses.
* {{Retcon}}: The only major one in the series: in ''Voodoo Hoodoo'' Scrooge claimed he was in Africa in 1879 ("70 years ago") to make his second billion. Don Rosa just ignored the date.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: His newfound attitude.
* ShoutOut: The leader of the African tribe shouts "M'gawa niktimba!", a phrase lifted from the Creator/JohnnyWeissmuller {{Franchise/Tarzan}} films where it was a made-up [[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign exotic phrase]] used on several different occasions to mean whatever was needed for the script. Here it apparently means roughly "Grab him, stick him into the most embarrassing getup you can think of and then throw him out."
* SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids: Scrooge has adopted this philosophy by now.
* TookALevelInJerkass: As commented on by Hortense.
-->'''Hortense''': Getting richer and richer, and '''meaner and ornerier'''! That's all you do.
* UnscrupulousHero: Scrooge has developed into one --and even a borderline VillainProtagonist-- by this story. His life experiences have hardened him to the point that he's become a corrupt robber baron, he mistreats his family, and only derives joy from getting even richer. He remains a good guy only because of his brief but ignored epiphany moments.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: It's implied that Scrooge is indirectly responsible for the sinking of the ''Titanic'', as the iceberg just so happened to be the same piece of Arctic ice Bombie the Zombie fell into several years prior, and the Voodoo curse continually pulled him to Scrooge's location, which just so happened to be the ''Titanic''.
* WhatTheHellHero: Hortense's and Matilda's letter after they leave Scrooge.

[[folder:Chapter 12: The Richest Duck in the World]]
'''Released:''' Iceland- ''May 1994'', United States- ''February 1996''\\
'''Dates:''' ''Christmas 1947''

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

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

This chapter provides examples of:

* AdrenalineMakeover: Scrooge
-->'''Donald:''' You see what you've done? You li'l squirts have this poor old man all agitated!\\
'''Scrooge:''' I '''do''' seem to recall a li'l squirt who agitated part of me some years ago...\\
'''Donald: [[LiteralAssKicking WAK!]]'''\\
'''Scrooge: Thank you,''' nephew! I almost feel like... like '''me''' again!\\
'''Donald:''' ''Don't mention it.''
* AnAssKickingChristmas: In addition to the literal example to Donald, Scrooge taking down the Beagle Boys as they attempt to relieve him of most of his wealth is certainly applicable.
* BackForTheFinale: Blackheart Beagle returns some 40 years after Scrooge last saw him during the invasion of Fort Duckburg by Teddy Roosevelt, and he's brought his grandsons with him as the new Beagle Boys.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Scrooge regains his passion for life and adventure, and is able to start again with something he never had before - his family at his side.
* {{Homage}}: The beginning is a homage to ''Film/CitizenKane''.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Addressing the NumberOneDime's {{Flanderization}} into a lucky charm
%%* ParentalAbandonment: {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d
%%* RecursiveCanon: See SelfDeprecation.
* RetiredBadass: Scrooge at the beginning
* {{Retcon}}: Scrooge starts out very tired and bitter, contradicting his joyful and excited behavior he was in from the end of the ''Bear Mountain'' story after witnessing the events at his cabin. In his commentary for the chapter, Don Rosa handwaves it as the long car ride home from the cabin and resulting lack of sleep that caused his brief relapse in attitude.
* RuleOfFunny: In his commentary Don Rosa admits that he was uneasy about putting the Will Eisner award among Scrooge's trophies as it was from 1995, far after where the story was set. He then says that he's overthinking such a small throwaway gag, and compares it to [[Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit Roger Rabbit]] slipping his hand out of Handcuffs. He says he's trying to make his story as historically accurate as possible, but will let slip a few gags for humors sake.
* SelfDeprecation:
--> '''Donald:''' Let's just '''humor''' him! All this hokey junk proves he's... well... '''eccentric!''' ''(points to a portrait of Scrooge from 1897)'' See? One of those gag photos they make for tourists! Wotta phony scene!\\
'''Dewey:''' Hm. Looks real to me!\\
(Donald turns to a display holding the Will Eisner Comics Industry Award for ''[[RecursiveCanon The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck]]'')\\
'''Donald:''' Ha! Then how do you explain '''this?!''' Obviously all fakes!
* ShoutOut: Loads to ''Film/CitizenKane'':
** Right at the start of the story there is a black and white television report about Scrooge modeled after the one in ''Citizen Kane''.
** Scrooge is shown holding a snow globe depicting a scene from Yukon as he mutters "Goldie".
** While digging through Scrooge's storage room, Donald comes across Rosebud itself.
* TakeThat:
-->'''Scrooge:''' ''"Lucky" dime?!'' What thimble-headed gherkin invented '''that''' supreme bit of absolute balderdash?!\\
'''Donald:''' Oh, '''everybody''' says it, Unk!\\
'''Scrooge:''' Well, everybody is a '''nincompoop!'''
* UncannyAtmosphere: On the way to the money bin, the ducks notice and comment on the oddity of the presence of sidewalk Santas, even though there aren't many shoppers on Christmas Day. They turn out to be the Beagle Boys in disguise, who were following them under suspicion of the truth about the bin having three cubic acres of cash.

[[folder:The Dream of a Lifetime]]
'''Released:''' Norway- ''December 2002'', United States- ''May 2004''\\
'''Dates:''' ''Present''

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

This chapter provides examples of:

* AsYouKnow: Justified because the Beagle Boys are dumb enough to forget the plan in the middle of putting it into action.
* BedtimeBrainwashing: Huey, Dewey and Louie try to influence Scrooge's dreams to give him and Donald an advantage (like using coffee mugs to mimic the sound of hooves so horses appear). Each attempt backfires (like making it rain coffee mugs instead)... Until the smell of the Goose Egg Nugget gets him to dream about his time in Klondike.
* BullyingADragon: When the last remaining Beagle Boy still inside Scrooge's mind gets sick of trying to trick Scrooge into revealing the codes to his vault, and tries to use brute force instead. Unfortunately, at that point they're in Scrooge's dream about the events of ''Hearts of the Yukon'', and as Donald points out, THIS Scrooge isn't an 80 year old business man; he's the King of the Klondike, the man who tamed White Agony Creek, and took out a riverboat full of claim jumpers by himself. Cue OhCrap moment from the Beagle Boy just as Scrooge is turning red from fury.
* CannotTellALie: Scrooge can't ''not'' answer the Beagle Boys when they ask for his code. The explanation for this is that asking someone a question in their dream makes them think of the answer, and since the dream ''is'' what they're thinking...
* CrashingDreams: They try to take advantage of this in order to help Donald and Scrooge fight the Beagle boys, with several funny results.
* FightingDownMemoryLane: A mental battle while Scrooge dreams about his past.
* ForWantOfANail: Scrooge has had the same dream many times, right as he's about to confront Goldie in the burning Dawson Saloon, only to be knocked out, thus never letting them get together (which is what happened in real life); it always ends the same way, realistically, until Donald accidentally changes it, and Scrooge gets to talk to Goldie for the first time. After leaving that dream, Donald realizes the importance of the moment and convinces the nephews not to interrupt it by waking up the old man. As Donald, Gyro and the nephews leave the room, [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments several tears roll down the smiling Scrooge's cheeks]].
* LeaveTheTwoLovebirdsAlone: Hilariously, Scrooge and Dream!Goldie invoke this ''themselves'' when they finally reunite in Scrooge's Klondike dream only to realize Donald is watching them with great interest. Dream!Goldie points out a lever to Scrooge to which he pulls while giving his nephew a stare that just says "Leave us the @%*# alone!".
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: What happens to the last Beagle Boy after he pisses off Scrooge in the Klondike dream. Cue him crying afterwards about how he can't pick on someone TOUGHER than him, and that it's unfair to bullies.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: "Get--Out--Of--My--Dream!"
* RunningGag: "Nephew?! What the [[SymbolSwearing @*%#]] are ''you'' doing here?!"
** Also: "Nightmare?"
* TearsOfJoy: Scrooge cries these when he finally dreams about his and Goldie's reunion.
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: Donald's reaction when he finds out that one of Scrooge's dreams is taking place on the Titanic.
* YourMindMakesItReal: According to Gyro, you appear in the dream as "your mental image of yourself." So when Scrooge is dreaming about something that happened when he was 10-years-old, he has the strength and skills of a 10-year-old boy (despite retaining all his memories). Hence why, to enable Scrooge to beat the Beagle Boys, the kids had to get him to dream about a time when he was the unbeatable King of the Klondike -- physical rules shouldn't apply, but Scrooge can't be at his toughest unless he dreams of himself while he was at his toughest in reality.