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- Just Scrooge’s relationship with Webby. He allows her to call him Uncle Scrooge even though they’re not related and it’s so clear that he loves her and she loves him just as much as any family member.
- Launchpad and Doofus’ friendship can be counted as heartwarming in general. Even when the whole world is picking on him, Doofus still believes in Launchpad till the end, and Launchpad is very affectionate and protective towards his "little buddy." This is especially adorable considering that not a lot of other people in Duckburg seem to really want the youngster around. With this in mind, it's no wonder Doofus thinks Launchpad is the greatest thing since sliced bread.
- This whole series, especially the episodes with Donald proved that although Donald and his nephews drive each other crazy sometimes, they truly love each other!
- The True Companionship between the members of the McDuck household. The various members come from a variety of different backgrounds with different personalities. Yet Scrooge and the boys are very much benevolent to their staff, and the others have stuck their necks out to help and protect their bosses even when it goes above and beyond the call of duty.
- "Don't Give Up the Ship" is as heartwarming as it is heartbreaking.
- Donald leaves for the Navy and leaves his three nephews in the care of his Uncle Scrooge. But before he goes, he gives them a little farewell speech.
- When Scrooge shows up and tries to dissuade Donald, Donald says that he's already enlisted and wants to see the world. Then he tells him to take care of his nephews and that he chose Scrooge to take care of them because he's the only one he trusts his nephews with.
- Throughout the first half of the episode, the kids misbehave and Scrooge just ignores or scolds them, at one point questioning Donald's parenting skills. Needless to say, the kids got pretty defensive over their Unca Donald.
- After they overhear Scrooge tell his butler how troublesome they are, they even run away from home, hoping to go back to Donald.
- As Scrooge is having a TV interview over his industrial growth, a reporter notes how his family must be proud of his success. At this point, Scrooge stammers, unable to quite divulge on the subject. Eventually he admits his life has actually been pretty lonely until his nephews came along, at which point it comes to him, he has "the boys", speaking proudly and eagerly of their spunk and likeness to himself, oblivious that at this very point they are indeed vigorously trying to protect one of his treasures from the Beagle Boys.
- After Launchpad crashes and goes missing during the race with Armstrong, the triplets stand at the starting line waiting for him even after it gets dark. It takes direct urging from Duckworth to get them back to the mansion.
- When Launchpad finally returns after the race, Duckworth tells him they were all very concerned and tells him to go inform Scrooge and the boys that he's okay.
- Magica DeSpell used real-life images of Uncle Scrooge & co.'s worst fears to descend upon them. For Uncle Scrooge, this took the form of being told by Huey, Dewey and Louie that they secretly couldn't stand him and resented having to live with him. In the end, the way to drive off the nightmares turned out to be to confront them with reality.
Uncle Scrooge: My boys love me — so you're not my boys!
- And he was right.
- Note that his nightmare did not involve poverty. His love for his nephews is all he cared about.
- And earlier, one of his nightmares involved seeing his money bin totally empty, and the bill collectors hounding him. He asks them what they'd possibly want since all of his money is gone. They state that they'll take his nephews away from him. His worst fear was losing his boys over his money.
- The ending. See part of it here.◊
Ripcord: Launchpad, I'm so proud of —Launchpad: Mom and Loopy. I know, I know, Dad. I just wish you were proud of me, but —Ripcord: Launchpad, will ya shut your beak and listen to me for just one minute? I'm so proud of ya, I'm about to explode. But ya never give me the chance to say so.Launchpad: R-r-really? You're not just saying that?Birdy: Oh, we're all proud of you, Launchpad.Ripcord: You're a McQuack, son, right down to your tailsection.
- Huey, Dewey, and Louie all talk about how they want to grow up to be just like Uncle Scrooge, and then argue over who's the most like him. Scrooge's proud look while steering the boat says it all.
- After Uncle Scrooge is found missing, after being stolen by the sea serpent you can see one of the nephews comforting Webby and even rubbing her back even while they are all crying.
- While it gets less so after Scrooge's Gold Fever almost overwhelms him, it's sweet that Launchpad agrees to be the harpies' "big deipno" (even though he's rattled by what's happened so far) because he knows how important getting the Fleece is to Scrooge and wants him to be happy.
- Scrooge willingly gives up the golden fleecing to save Launchpad, who was about to be eaten by a dragon.
- This moment afterwards:
Harpy #1: I don't believe it!Harpy #2: Look what you've done!Scrooge: I had no choice. He was about to roast my friend.
- Scrooge tells the story of how he developed his fortune, with his nephews constantly asking him if that was when he got rich. Finally, at the end, he tells them he only felt rich when the boys and Webby came to live with him and he had a family and then they all go for a swim in Scrooge's money vault, together. There's something beautiful about that.
- The whole episode, but especially Donald's choked final statement:
You are the best nephews I could ever have.
- When the mission hasn't gone exactly the way it was supposed to, Mrs. Beakley reminds Scrooge (who has narrowly escaped a potential demise) that the most important thing is, "we still have you."
- The animated version may have been drastically changed, but the ending is just too sweet and beautiful and genuinely romantic not to make your heart melt.
Scrooge: You didn't steal my gold, but I'm afraid you've stolen my heart.
- After Scrooge fires him, Launchpad is feeling down and Doofus spends the whole episode trying to pick him up.
- In the same episode, Scrooge finds out that Launchpad is the Webbed Wonder. He is overwhelmed with guilt when he believes he pushed Launchpad into a life of crime. From then on he is determined to find Launchpad first since he knows that if the police find him, Launchpad will be locked up for life.
- When Scrooge appears to tell the police not to shoot, Launchpad is so touched that Scrooge still believes in him and becomes even more determined to get his money back.
- It's also rather adorable that Launchpad isn't concerned at this point about the repercussions for him so much as he is the repercussions for Scrooge and Doofus if he can't put things right.
- While it's also listed on the Tear Jerker page, Scrooge's anguished reaction to Launchpad's apparent death demonstrates loud and clear that the pilot isn't just a source of cheap labor or a verbal punching bag to him.
- At the end of the episode, Scrooge doesn’t even blame Launchpad for the robberies, understanding that his friend was tricked.
- Doofus has been having a rather bad day, never being able to match his fellow Woodchucks and being mocked by them for his faults. Tired and discouraged, he plods up to Launchpad, who takes the moment to bend down and give his "little buddy" a pep talk, which succeeds in cheering him up.
- Scrooge slowly earns the respect of his burly cellmate, punctuated when he manages to arrange a visit from his mother. In return, he attempts to bust Scrooge out of jail. While it's a short sighted act, you have to commend his sheer determination to give Scrooge his freedom as payback for his kindness.
- At the end of the episode, Launchpad, giving an acceptance speech for the honor Duckburg is giving him over having saved the Earth from the threat of a Martian bomb, calls Doofus up on the stage to share the honor, saying that, "He believed in me when everyone else thought I was an idiot. It's thanks to him I'm a hero." The TV spot ends with Doofus hugging Launchpad.
- In the end of the story arc that introduced Bubba ("Ali Bubba's Cave"), Bubba loses his cave in the present day when the steam cannon used to get the diamonds in the cave to Scrooge destroys the cave in the process (and Bubba had already given his life in the past up for Scrooge and the boys). Seeing how badly Bubba missed this last link to his past, Scrooge takes Bubba in and gives him a mock-up of the cave for Tootsie and Bubba to live in.
- Launchpad letting everyone stay at his home after the Beagle Boys rob Scrooge of his money and then take the mansion from him. It becomes more heartwarming when you remember that back in "Down and Out in Duckburg" when Scrooge had also lost both his wealth and home he was afraid of going to Launchpad for help because he believed that Launchpad wouldn't want to give him the time of day anymore now that he was poor. Looks like he underestimated Mr. McQuack.
Launchpad: Feel free to crash here; I do it all the time! I know it's cramped, but what's important is that we're together!
- Scrooge's reaction. He's just had an absolutely horrible day, having lost everything to the Beagle Boys, and Scrooge is short-tempered enough under normal circumstances. But he thanks Launchpad, his tone indicating that he knows Launchpad has given them all the help he can — and much more than he's obliged to.
- After Launchpad succeeds in push-starting the ship and somehow getting from fin to cockpit before the ship plunges into the robot planet's molten metal, Scrooge remarks that Launchpad never stops amazing him.
- The conclusion. For most of the first two episodes prior to becoming Gizmoduck, Fenton is just up screwing up worse and worse and is starting to be seen in-universe by Scrooge as The Load. In the final part where the Money Bin is stolen by some robots that want to melt it and everything with it down in order to create more robots, their leader MEL exposes Fenton as Gizmoduck and sentences him and Scrooge to be executed. Scrooge loses all faith at this point, but Fenton manages to singlehandedly defeat MEL without the use of his Gizmoduck suit by simply using his natural talents to show up his supposed superior computing skills, and then manages to rescue Scrooge and Launchpad and recover the Money Bin. After the trio return to Earth and the Money Bin is replaced, Scrooge proudly tells him to show up to work the next morning. Fenton has finally earned Scrooge's respect. Fenton/Gizmoduck racing out of the Bin yelling that he's two somebodies tops it off.
- When Webby is kidnapped by the Beagle Babes, Webby demands they tell her a story, but they tell it wrong so Webby tells them her own sweet version and they fall asleep.
- When M’ma thinks her son will never come to see her again thanks to her mistreatment to him, she breaks down in tears and rushes off to a mother-son therapy (which is actually a trick of the Beagle Boys.)
- In the same episode, Fenton is so touched to hear that she did so and breaks down in tears when she goes missing.
- At the end when M’ma's powers vanish, Fenton is so happy to get his M’ma back and they finally go on the picnic that he was so eager to get to.
- When Fenton gets his girlfriend Gandra Dee to model for the Pep commercials, she complies when Fenton tells her she is beautiful. Too bad that this is one of those occasions where Gandra is at her worst, since she later snaps at Fenton when everyone backlashes to Pep causing everyone to become weightless.
- The triplets' sheer determination that Mrs. Beakley will have nice things on her birthday, even if they have to fight their uncle every step of the way to make him spring for them rather than the much worse (and cheaper) items he wants, is very sweet.
- Scrooge falls under a love spell that has him ignoring his family and his business. Huey, Dewey, Louie, and Webbigail find out the way to break the spell is to threaten to take away the one thing that the person truly loves. So what do they do? Trick Scrooge into thinking he'll lose his wealth if he stays with the woman he's with. However, it doesn't work, and Scrooge seems to part with his money willingly. It's only when the kids' lives are in danger that Scrooge snaps out of his spell in order to save the children under his care.
- For all the flack Gandra Dee gets for being seen as a Satellite Love Interest who is at times excruciatingly ungrateful to her boyfriend, after Fenton becomes sick for real after spending the episode feigning illness to trick Scrooge into letting him off work early so he can take a vacation, Gandra is seen taking care of him.
The Comic Books
- "The Gold Odyssey":
- Launchpad going after Laird when he finds out he brainwashed Doofus. Unwise? Quite possibly. But it's a great representation of how much he cares about his "little buddy."
- Scrooge and the boys are also more protective of Doofus than normal. The boys order Doofus behind them to protect him from Laird and Scrooge goes out front with Launchpad to defend them.
- The "Rightful Owners" arc:
Launchpad: "...I feel like we let you down."Scrooge: "Launchpad, you never have and never will let me down."
- One for the comic books. In issue #4, a dispirited Scrooge gives a brief one.
Scrooge: Boys...Webby...yes, even you, Launchpad...you're my family. When I say "myself", you're part of myself. I couldn't have done this without you.
- Also at the end, Donald brings in Camille Leon. The boys go crazy with glee and Daisy greets him with an affectionate, "Don!" While Donald tells them to "hold [their] horses" until he can get Camille into custody, he's clearly glad that they're so happy to see him.
- At the very end, the triplets and Webby question Scrooge about a statement he made to Rockerduck about "if you want something done right, do it yourself" — didn't they help? Scrooge smiles and gives the following response:
- The next-to-last panel shows the party happily engaged in a Group Hug.
- The crossovers with Darkwing Duck:
- At the end of the first comic, Quackwerks is handed over to Scrooge who puts Launchpad in charge of it, after saying how much he trusts him. This actually highlights a heartwarming Fridge Brilliance in DuckTales as a whole series — Scrooge McDuck constantly gripes about Launchpad's idiocy, crash habit, and anything else he can think of, but he continually lets him be in a position to harm his earnings or his kids — two things we know he cares about. Scrooge wouldn't let Launchpad do those things if he didn't trust him much more than he generally implies.
- Scrooge and DD discuss why they bring their kids along on their adventures. While DD states that Gosalyn usually sneaks along despite being told otherwise, Scrooge says that the long term benefits (seeing the world, the lessons learned outside a classroom) are one reason. The truth is that Scrooge can't stand being away from them for too long, and that he doesn't want to drive them away like he did his immediate family in the past.
- At the very end of the arc, after spending much of their previous time together snarking at one another, Scrooge and Darkwing Duck give each other a glare after their latest exchange of barbs...and then just smile and shake hands.
- The remake of the video game has some heartwarming moments scattered throughout it. One of them is found in the Himalayas level, when Scrooge rescues Bubba from the ice block he was frozen in. All throughout, Scrooge is talking to the young cave-duck quite fondly, promising to get him back to Duckburg safe and sound.
- A couple more can be seen at the end of the very finale of the remake:
- Scrooge's willingness to give up his Number One Dime to save his nephews:
Scrooge: "That dime's not worth ten cents next to the lives of those boys!"
- And just after the final level, Scrooge admits to the boys that while they might've lost the treasures to Magica De Spell's summoning ritual, what he values most of all is that they got to share a big adventure together.
- Scrooge's willingness to give up his Number One Dime to save his nephews:
- The remake itself was a great big feel in the hearts of fans everywhere, being an amazing expansion of one of the most nostalgic games of the NES.