Comic Book / The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck

"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

Keno Don Rosa's The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck was the ultimate Arc Welding project by the Carl Barks Promoted Fanboy already famous for his Continuity Porn. Defying Comic-Book Time, Don Rosa's 12-part epic takes every (reasonably possible) Noodle Incident, adventure, and reference from 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 Donald Duck 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 Self-Made Man 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 Theodore Roosevelt, and Mentors like Howard Rockerduck that helped mold him into the Anti-Hero Jerk with a Heart of Gold we've known him as. The epic is packed with Character Development, adventure, Continuity Nods, Leaning on the Fourth Wall, a miraculous amount of violence and innuendo that got past the radar, and of course Don Rosa's trademark Scenery Porn 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 Midquels since they were Flashbacks about more adventures from Scrooge's glory days... essentially Arc Welding within Arc Welding. Most of the midquels use a Framing Device 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".

A concept album based on the book by 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 Midquels and Prequels), 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"

    In general 

  • All There in the Manual: Between each chapter, Rosa explains which "Barksian facts" he used to create it.
  • Arc Welding
  • Been There, Shaped History: Scrooge, naturally
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Scrooge and Goldie. Hortense and Quackmore as well.
  • Beta Couple: Fergus McDuck/Downy O'Drake and ESPECIALLY Quackmore Duck/Hortense McDuck for Alpha Couple Scrooge McDuck/Glittering Goldie.
  • Blue Blood: The Clan McDuck.
  • Book Ends: 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 Symbol Swearing is removed in many translations to not include swearing at all.
  • Continuity Porn: 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.
  • Cool Horse: 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!"
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Goldie — not that she'd ever let Scrooge know that...
  • Did Not Get the Girl: Which as adamant and vocal a Scrooge/Goldie shipper as Don Rosa is, deserves major credit for maintaining.
  • Fiery Redhead: Hortense McDuck
  • Funetik Aksent: 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?!"
  • Genre-Busting: It's a Funny Animals comic book that follows all the conventions of the classic Epic — a truly modern epic.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Has its own page.
  • Gold Fever: Kicks in for Scrooge at the end of The New Laird of Castle McDuck
  • Good Bad Translation: 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.
  • Hear Me The Money: A talent of Scrooge McDuck's.
  • The Hero's Journey
  • Historical In Jokes in spades, of course
  • Historical Person Punchline: The series is rife with famous historical persons, but their identities generally get revealed right away. There are exceptions though:
    • In The Buckaroo of the Badlands, Scrooge befriends a 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 T. R..
    • In The Vigilante of Pizen Bluff, Scrooge meets a lot of legends of The Wild West: 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 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 Genius Bonus. Scrooge, by the way, recognizes this name immediately.)
  • Horse of a Different Color: 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 Samuel Steele.
  • Idea Bulb: 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.
  • Identical Grandson: Gyro Gearloose looks like his grandfather Ratchet.
  • In the Blood: Greed is in the McDuck blood.
  • I Should Write a Book About This: 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.
  • Jerkass Fašade: Both Scrooge and Goldie, which is why they never get together.
  • Last of His Kind: Scrooge is the last of the McDuck clan.
  • Literal Ass Kicking: 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 Adrenaline Makeover.
  • Love Hurts: Scrooge and Goldie, no matter how much they both try to deny it.
  • Meaningful Name: Why else would Scrooge's eventual love interest be named Goldie?
  • Media Watchdog: Several illustrations with guns were altered because Disney only permitted guns to be shown if they weren't pointed at people.
  • Noodle Incident: Taking every Carl Barks Noodle Incident ever and... un-noodling them.
  • Oh Crap!: Once an Episode right before every Moment of Awesome where Scrooge kicks ass and takes names.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: 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.
  • Protagonist Journey to Villain: 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.
  • Real After All: The ghosts of Castle McDuck
  • Scenery Porn
  • Scotland: Chapters 1, 5, and 9
  • Shipper on Deck : Donald Duck and the boys to Scrooge and Goldie.
  • Shown Their Work
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: Scrooge and Goldie; plus, Hortense and Quackmore Duck.
  • Spiritual Successor: Don Rosa and fans consider A Letter from Home, 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 The Da Vinci Code. 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.
  • Symbol Swearing: 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".
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Hortense and Matilda McDuck
  • Trigger Happy: Annie Oakley in The Vigilante of Pizen Bluff, Goldie, and Scrooge to an extent
  • Try to Fit THAT on a Business Card!: Most of the chapter titles are titles applied to Scrooge.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: As Scrooge's portaits above show.
  • Violent Glaswegian: Don't make Scrooge angry... or Hortense, while we're at it (Donald got his temper from both sides of the family!)
  • Voodoo Zombie: Bombie the Zombie was enchanted by African voodoo priest Foola Zoola to get revenge on Scrooge McDuck for 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.
  • We Named the Monkey "Jack": Scrooge's horse Hortense, named after his equally fiery sister.
  • The Wild West: Chapters 3, 4, and 6B.

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    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 Time Travel prequel. Inspired by hearing Scrooge relate the story of earning his Number One Dime to his grand-nephews while she's spying on him, Magica de Spell uses a Time Travel 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 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 You Can't Fight Fate.

This chapter provides examples of:

  • Early-Bird Cameo: Howard Rockerduck, who would return for an important role in "The Robber of the Copper Hill."
  • Episode 0: The Beginning: 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.
  • Generation Xerox: Not only the justifications mentioned in Time Travel Tense Trouble and Uncanny Family Resemblance 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.
  • No More for Me: 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.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: According to the Word of God aversion of Stable Time Loop. 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 Time Travel altogether. Confused? All right — A Witch Did It!
  • Time Travel Tense Trouble:
    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?
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: Magica briefly mistakes Scrooge's father Fergus for Scrooge himself.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Tired of running away, Magica pointed out to Fergus she's a woman, (mistakenly) believing that's be enough to keep him from hitting her. She didn't know Scrooge's greed was a family trait.

    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 Number One Dime — 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:

  • Badass Creed: Scrooge's promise to be tougher than the toughies, smarter than the smarties and to make his fortune fair and square.
  • Call Forward: 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 A Letter from Home, about 80 years later.
    • Both Sir Swamphole's entrance into the castle and Sir Quackly's treasure (Which is the one the other ancestors ask him about and why he didn't give it to Scrooge. They specifically say YOUR treasure, not the Templar treasure that the Mc Ducks were guarding as revealed in the story you're referring to.) are a Call Forward to The Old Castle's Secret, in which both show up, not A Letter From Home.
  • The Law of Conservation of Detail: Pay attention at the feet of young Scrooge's castle guide. 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.
  • Intimidating Revenue Service: Scrooge was told his family doesn't fear anyone except tax collectors.
  • Scarecrow Solution: Scrooge scares the Whiskervilles away by making a fake ghost.
  • Shout-Out: Sir Quackly's line "McDucks sailed forth in fear o' no man born o' woman..." alludes to a rather famous play centered on Scotland.
  • Scooby-Doo Hoax: 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.
  • Title Drop:
    Sir Quackly: After all, you are the Last of the Clan McDuck!
    Scrooge: Last, but not least! Not from now on!

    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:

  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking
    Those pirates are guilty of stealing gold, demolishing a riverboat without a permit and 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.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The Sawyer.
  • Creator Provincialism: 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.
  • Eviler Than Thou: The Beagle Boys to Porker Hogg. For added fun, the Beagles dispose of Porker immediately after Porker reveals his redeeming trait of never going back on a deal.
  • Face Framed in Shadow: 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.
  • Generation Xerox: Uncles hiring their nephews as sidekicks for dangerous, exciting adventures must be a McDuck family tradition.
  • Inevitable Waterfall
  • Not Cheating Unless You Get Caught: 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.
  • Running Gag: Pothole describing how muddy the Mississippi river is.
  • Tempting Fate: 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.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: 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.

    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, a friend 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:

  • Cattle Baron: Scrooge meets one immediatly after falling off the train, and would end up spending the next few years learning the cattle trade.
  • Fingore: Scrooge tricks Jesse James into thinking there's a treasure hidden in his dentures. When Jesse tries to reveal it... *TUMP*
  • Naked People Are Funny: While riding Hortense, Scrooge loses all of his clothes as she jumps. Three times. Luckily, he doesn't fall off because his belt gets stuck on the saddle.

    Chapter 3 B: 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 Hero Insurance.)

This chapter provides examples of:

  • Off Model: 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.
  • Shaggy Dog Story: 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.
  • The Stoic: Captain Moore, until the last panel he appears in. Even his assistant is caught by surprise by the sudden change of expression.
  • Un Sound Effect: Literally. Complete with an editor's note explaining exactly why.

    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 The Wild West 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 Self-Made Man Howard Rockerduck, who, to the disdain of his wife and Spoiled Brat son (one John D. Rockerduck) who have forgotten his humble beginnings, teaches him the art of prospecting. But Wait, There's More!

Rockerduck: This man has a homestead on land where the Anaconda copper vein is only five feet deep! 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 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. You'll have their respect, but no longer their love.

This chapter provides examples of:

  • Green-Eyed Monster: 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.
  • One-Duck Army
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: 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!
  • Spoiled Brat: 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.
  • Telegraph Gag STOP
    "Son - Terrible crisis for the clan McDuck stop need cash stop come home at once stop don't stop stop"

    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 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. No Big Deal. Now the McDucks can move back into the castle, and Scrooge can move on with making his fortune... this time, in gold.

This chapter provides examples of:

    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 Humiliation Conga, 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 .

This chapter provides examples of:

  • The Beast Master: Scrooge pressgangs a lion into serving as an emergency transport back to civilization.
  • Bottomless Magazines: Averted. Scrooge fires exactly twelve shots from his two six shooters, and is clearly seen reloading afterwards.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday
  • Continuity Nod: 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 Carl Barks story "So Far and no Safari".
  • Et Tu, Glomgold?
  • The Farmer and the Viper: 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!
  • Freudian Excuse: Glomgold is the reason Scrooge decided not to trust anybody. Until then, Scrooge never had an enemy who pretended to be a friend.
  • Humiliation Conga
  • I'm Your Worst Nightmare: Scrooge says this to Glomgold before he calls him out, guns ablazing.
  • Save the Villain: 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!"
  • Start of Darkness: 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 Corrupt Corporate Executive that will remain Scrooge's bitter enemy for the rest of their lives.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Even after Scrooge saves his life, Glomgold betrays him the first chance he gets.
  • Unknown Rival: 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.
  • We Will Meet Again

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

A prequel to the Carl Barks 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 The Wild West, 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. Oh Crap!!

This chapter provides examples of:

  • Exactly What I Aimed At: Provides the page picture.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Uncle Pothole says while watching Scrooge's brawl, "That would never get past the censors." Of course, he was getting inspiration for his dime novels from the whole fight...
  • Imagine Spot: 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 Marty Stu versions of himself and Bill in-story.
  • It Will Never Catch On: 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!"
  • Oh Crap!:
    • Uncle Pothole's reaction once he learned the Native-American he's been insulting was 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.
  • The Reveal: Scrooge knew all along, but towards the end of the story, it's revealed that the old Indian warrior is actually Geronimo
  • Super Window Jump
  • Twilight of the Old West
  • Who Would Want to Watch Us?:
    Scrooge: No one would be interested in reading the adventures of a rough and tumble prospector like me.

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

From Darkest Africa 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 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 Number One Dime in the process, and eventually gets a chance to steal the opal himself as the cave collapses so that 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:

  • Accidental Misnaming:
    • 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.
  • Because Destiny Says So: Continued from Chapter 5.
  • Call Forward: 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?
  • Kangaroo Pouch Ride: 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.
  • Land Down Under
  • Sarcasm-Blind: Scrooge's aborigine companion actually believed Scrooge was "Jonflip".
  • Screw the Money, I Have Rules!
  • What You Are in the Dark: Nobody would know for a hundred years if you returned the opal or stole it. Scrooge returned it.

    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," 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 Crowning Moment of Awesome faster than you can say "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:

  • Big "YES!": 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 (beat) YES!!!"
  • Berserk Button: Soapy Slick and his mooks taunt the chained Scrooge by reading letters from his parents (which he hadn't read himself yet) out loud, laughing at their misfortune. When Slick reveals that Scrooge's mother has passed away, hell breaks loose.
  • Breaking the Bonds: Scrooge doesn't simply break the chains - he pulls them so hard that the ship's chimneys he's chained to are torn apart, 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.
  • 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 about mocking Scrooge for his mother's recent death.
  • Call Forward: Goldie mentioning that with all the "sourdoughs and their gold dust, I expect to be glittering by spring!"
  • The Cameo: Goldie, showing up as early as page 7.
  • Death Glare: 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, so his full expression is ambiguous.
  • Disaster Dominoes: "Six hours and many miles back down the trail later, in Skagway —"
  • The Dreaded: When Wyatt Earp realizes who he tried to bully into submission he's utterly scared and start listing Scrooge's terrifying nicknames. Scrooge then lists a few others he earned outside the United States and remarks that Earp traveled very little.
  • The End of the Beginning
  • Fate Worse Than Death: "I need more cash, but I can't waste any more time earning it! I must resort to desperate and shameful means! I need to (*shudder*) get a loan!"
  • Flash Forward: 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.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Scrooge has them in one version instead of Red Eyes, Take Warning. Made even more effective as in the next panel, the only source of light is Scrooge's petawatt Death Glare.
  • Gory Discretion Shot
  • Kick the Dog
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": Scrooge's kidnappers as they notice...
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: The most impressive appearance of the glare Scrooge would later hang on the walls of his money bin.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge
  • Shrouded in Myth: 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!"
  • Strolling Through the Chaos: 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!
  • Tap on the Head: How Soapy abducts Scrooge.
  • Tranquil Fury: After his outrage, this is more or less Scrooge's mood as he brings Soapy Slick to justice.
  • Unstoppable Rage

    Chapter 8 B: 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 Carl Barks 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, Unresolved Sexual Tension, denial, a visit from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, an incident with an Inevitable Waterfall, and getting rid of an Unwanted Rescue 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:

  • Adaptation Expansion: While the whole series is basically this for Carl Barks' invention and stories of Scrooge, Don Rosa in particular felt that, 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.
  • Anachronic Order: 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.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Scrooge and Goldie.
  • Destructo-Nookie note 
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: Inverted. When Goldie finds the piece of paper containing something Scrooge had been admiring every night, she excitedly opens it, only to angrily find that it's "only a stupid lock of someone's—". She then pauses in shock, realizing the lock of hair is hers.
  • Freudian Slip: 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!"
  • Friend to All Living Things: 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.
  • Hanging Judge: Judge Roy Bean.
  • Important Haircut: Goldie loses a lock of her hair when Scrooge saves her from a bear. Scrooge secretly keeps the lock and still has it 50 years later.
  • Innocent Innuendo: "Between the legs." Yeah, about as innocent as a Freudian Slip...
  • I Surrender, Suckers: 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 Xanatos Speed Chess to turn her kidnapping into a Xanatos Gambit. Whether or not she escapes she has little to lose and a lot to gain.
  • Leave the Two Lovebirds Alone: Judge Roy Bean wisely decides they do not want to interrupt "what's going on in that cabin."
  • The Masochism Tango
  • A Match Made in Stockholm
  • Post-Kiss Catatonia: 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.
  • Previously On: Pages 12 and 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 "for some reason".
  • Save the Villain: Subverted (in the correct use of the term) after Scrooge saves Goldie from going over the Inevitable Waterfall. She tells him he has to go back to save "them", too... not the villains but the villains' sled dogs.
  • Sexy Discretion Shot
  • Shout-Out: To Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
    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!"
  • Sleeping Single: This is established rather unnecessarily clearly early on — and apparently lasts until the last page.
  • Stalking Is Love: 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.

    Chapter 8 C: 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 Berserk Button) 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..." Love Hurts, and pride conquers all.

This chapter provides examples of:

  • The Ace: Samuel Steele.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking:
    Colonel Sam Steele: "Halt, McDuck! It won't do to add jaywalking to your already prodigious list of civil violations!"
  • Bulletproof Fashion Plate:
    Colonel Sam Steele: "A superintendent of the North-Western Mounted Police does not get... 'Muddy'."
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Essentially the driving force of the plot
  • Convection Schmonvection: 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.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: The brute with a bear for a mount apparently calls it "Petunia Blossom".
  • For Want of a Nail: 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 Tear Jerker-effect in "The Dream of a Lifetime".
  • Furry Confusion: A group of men are shown fighting over bacon in the same chapter that has an anthropomorphic pig. There's also Soapy Slick.
  • Large Ham: Steele. Goes with the territory of being The Ace. As his introduction the comic shows someone arriving to town: a Brute with the Beard of Barbarism, BFG, and a bear for the mount. Pretty badass? Actually he's afraid of Steele and running away. That's how epic Steele is.
  • The Masochism Tango
  • Poor Communication Kills: Scrooge, why couldn't you just read the letter, you idiot?!note 
  • Tap on the Head: The ice block knocking Scrooge out.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: Between Goldie and Scrooge.

    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.

  • Aborted Declaration of Love: It's heavily implied that the letter Scrooge lost in the ice was a love declaration or a marriage proposal to Goldie. Scrooge took the loss as a sign to focus entirely on his business ventures instead.
  • Anachronic Order: Written several years before any of the main Life and Times chapters.
  • Continuity Nod: 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 Bark's 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.
  • Villain Decay: 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.
  • Worthless Treasure Twist: 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.

    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:

  • Continuity Nod: 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.
  • Died Happily Ever After: 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.
  • Face Fault: A truly epic example that involves a triple backflip.
  • Freudian Slippery Slope: 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!
  • Grave Marking Scene: Upon returning to the McDuck ancestral castle with his father and sisters, Scrooge takes a quiet moment to visit his mother's grave.
  • Never Accepted in His Hometown: The Townspeople resent Scrooge for his newfound wealth, and Scrooge in turn comes to despise them for their hostility.
  • Shout-Out: Right after a Scottish man has insulted Scrooge, he responds with "grumble Peasant!"
  • Stranger in a Familiar Land
  • Together in Death

    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 Theodore Roosevelt 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:

    Chapter 10 B: 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:

    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 Noodle Incident 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 considered ignoring this story altogether, dismissing it on the grounds of Characterization Marches On. Instead, he 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 Number One Dime, 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 here.

This chapter provides examples of:

  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Scrooge acted as one in this story.
  • Covers Always Lie: 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.
  • Darkest Hour
  • Downer Ending: 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 a mad cackle.
  • Evil Pays Better: Scrooge begins to wonder if it does.
    Scrooge: Why should I have to be the only honest man in this cockeyed world?
  • Floating Advice Reminders
  • Ignored Epiphany: 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.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope
  • Literal Ass Kicking: Child-aged Donald to Scrooge upon their first meeting. (Scrooge gets the chance to return the favor in the next chapter, though.)
  • Lonely at the Top: 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.
  • My God, What Have I Done?
  • My Greatest Failure
  • No Endor Holocaust: The sinking of the RMS Titanic is presented mainly as the background to one of the zombie's chases after Scrooge, not looking like 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.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: Albeit an important one and an in-story justification for Characterization Marches On.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: 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.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!
  • Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: Scrooge has adopted this philosophy by now.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass
  • Unscrupulous Hero: Scrooge has developed into one -and even a borderline Villain Protagonist- 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.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: 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.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Hortense's and Matilda's letter after they leave Scrooge.

    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, Number One Dime. ("'Lucky dime!' How @#*% 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 (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:

  • Adrenaline Makeover: 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: WAK!
    Scrooge: Thank you, nephew! I almost feel like... like me again!
    Donald: Don't mention it.
  • An Asskicking Christmas: 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.
  • Back for the Finale: 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.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: 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 Citizen Kane.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Addressing the Number One Dime's Flanderization into a lucky charm
  • Parental Abandonment: Lampshaded
  • Recursive Canon: See Self-Deprecation.
  • Retired Badass: 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.
  • Rule of Funny: 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 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.
  • Self-Deprecation:
    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 The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck)
    Donald: Ha! Then how do you explain this?! Obviously all fakes!
  • Take That:
    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!
  • Uncanny Atmosphere: 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.

    The Dream of a Lifetime 
Released: Norway- December 2002, United States- May 2004
Dates: Present

A Mental Time Travel 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 adrenaline junkie.

This chapter provides examples of:

  • As You Know: Justified because the Beagle Boys are dumb enough to forget the plan in the middle of putting it into action.
  • Bedtime Brainwashing: 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.
  • Bullying a Dragon: 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 isnt an 80 year old business man, he's The King Of Klondike, the man who tamed White Agony Creek, and took out a riverboat full of claim jumpers by himself. Cue Oh Crap! moment from the Beagle Boy just as Scrooge is turning red from fury.
  • Cannot Tell a Lie: 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...
  • Crashing Dreams: They try to take advantage of this in order to help Donald and Scrooge fight the Beagle boys, with several funny results.
  • Fighting Down Memory Lane
  • For Want of a Nail: 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, several tears roll down the smiling Scrooge's cheeks.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: What happens to the last Beagle Boy after he pisses off Scrooge in the Klondike dream. Cue him crying afterwards about how he cant pick on someone TOUGHER than him, and that it's unfair to bullies.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "Get—Out—Of—My—Dream!"
  • Running Gag: "Nephew?! What the @*%# are you doing here?!"
    • Also: "Nightmare?"
  • Tears of Joy: Scrooge when he finally dreams about his and Goldie's reunion.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: Donald's reaction when he finds out that one of Scrooge's dreams is taking place on the Titanic.