Western Animation: DuckTales
"All modern American literature comes from Huckleberry Finn. All modern American animation comes from DuckTales
(paraphrasing Chris Barat and Joe Torcivia
), from an essay
commemorating the series' 25th anniversary
is the series that jumpstarted the trend of Disney television cartoons.note Inspired By Carl Barks
' classic comics (and loosely adapting a few of his plots), the story centers on Scrooge McDuck, the billionaire uncle of famous Disney rage-a-holic Donald Duck
. As the series begins, Donald ships out to sea with the Navy, and Scrooge comes into the guardianship of his mischievous triplet nephews — Huey, Dewey, and Louie — and gains the one thing he could never buy with his amazing wealth: family.Also in the cast:
- Gyro Gearloose, Bungling Inventor.
- Duckworth, the loyal butler.
- Launchpad McQuack, a great pilot who could never get the hang of landing.
- Mrs. Bentina Beakley, the elderly housekeeper and nanny brought in to help raise the boys. Her first name was only ever heard in the pilot.
- Webbigail "Webby" Vanderquack, Mrs. Beakley's granddaughter, who moves in with her and becomes Scrooge's particular pet.
- Doofus Drake, a chubby Junior Woodchuck, who is Huey, Dewey, and Louie's friend and Launchpad's biggest fan.
- The Beagle Boys, an extensive clan of seemingly eusocial criminals led by their "Ma".
- Flintheart Glomgold, Scrooge's greatest business rival.
- Magica de Spell rounded out the villain cast as a sorceress obsessed with the magic held within "Scroogie Dahling's" Number One Dime.
- In later seasons, Good with Numbers accountant Fenton Crackshell, and his cybernetic Superhero alter ego Gizmoduck, an Affectionate Parody of RoboCop.
- Likewise, Bubba Duck and Tootsie, a prehistoric caveduck and his pet triceratops picked up during a Time Travel adventure, joined the cast later on.
- Gladstone Gander, Donald's Born Lucky cousin, would also make occasional guest appearances.
- Ludwig Von Drake makes a cameo at the end of "The Golden Fleecing"
The show was considered a great risk at a time when big budgets simply were not devoted to made-for-tv animation. Investing in high-quality animation and music and planning on a future in syndication? Hah, It Will Never Catch On
! Of course, Disney has a tradition of crazy projects becoming huge successes
, and DuckTales
proved to be no exception. It's considered a breakthrough in the industry, paving the way for the higher-quality, higher-budgeted shows in western animation. With 100 episodes over three seasons, DuckTales
was notably one of the longest-lived of Disney's television cartoons (its predecessor, Adventures of the Gummi Bears
, lasted for twice as many seasons, but only 65 episodes total). It spun off a theatrical film
in 1990, titled DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp
. Also, the show's two video game adaptation on the Nintendo
Entertainment System, like many other Disney-based games developed by Capcom, were examples of truly good licensed games
. See VideoGame.Duck Tales
for the tropes they give examples to. A remake of the original was developed by Way Forward
Games and released in 2013.
Of course, even DuckTales
has its detractors. Don Rosa was heavily critical of it
to the point of feeling like he was selling his soul by writing one DuckTales comic
because he needed the money
. He did say later on that he really didn't hate the series.
Speaking of comics, Boom! Kids
— the same studio that brought back Darkwing Duck
and Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers
— also brought back DuckTales
, with Warren Spector
as the writer. Between Executive Meddling
by the people at Boom to rush it out and the Disney licenses going to Marvel
, however, the ambitious globe-trotting plot that could have lasted as a Myth Arc
was compressed to four issues and rushed as hell; at the very least, though, the brief series went out in a blaze of glory, as it crossed over with Darkwing
for the first time since The Legend Of The Chaos God
A reboot of the series has been announced
for Disney XD
with a 2017 starting date.
Oh yeah, one more thing: the theme song will never leave your head
DuckTales (woo-hoo) provides examples of:
- Abhorrent Admirer: In "The Golden Fleecing", a harpy falls in love with Launchpad. He doesn't return the sentiments.
- Absent-Minded Professor: Gyro Gearloose had his moments of this.
- Absentee Actor: Scrooge notably does not appear at all in three episodes of the series: "Superdoo!", "Sir Gyro de Gearloose", and "Launchpad's Civil War". Huey, Dewey, and Louie missed about 7-8 episodes total in the series.
- In addition, there are episodes where Launchpad, Mrs. Beakley, and Webby are absent.
- Absolute Cleavage: Circe in "Home Sweet Homer" displayed this.
- As did Ludwig Von Strangeduck's sister in "Hotel Strangeduck" and Feathers Galore in "Double O Duck".
- Added Alliterative Appeal:
Scrooge: Now, keep your peepers peeled for priceless plunder.
Launchpad: Personally, I'd prefer to protect my posterior from predators.
("A DuckTales Valentine")
- Adipose Rex: In the episode "Status Seekers", the protagonists visit a remote island where the king is fat precisely because in their culture the fattest person is made king. Various attempts to bribe him with Worthless Yellow Rocks fail, and then Mrs. Beakley thinks of trying to bribe him with fattening processed foods instead.
- Adult Fear:
- In "Nothing to Fear", 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 they only wanted his money, for HD&L it was that unca Scrooge never loved them.
- The same episode also previously has Scrooge facing the fear of being penniless and having custody of the nephews removed from him as a result.
- Adventurer Outfit: Launchpad.
- Adaption Displacement: Its fairly easy to say that the episodes based on the original Carl Barks comics such as "The Land Of Tralala" or "Back to the Klondike" are far better known than the originals.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Scrooge hired Gyro to invent a security robot for his money bin that was so adamant about its job, it wouldn't even let Scrooge near it. This failure prompted Gyro to create the GizmoDuck suit for a person instead (since Scrooge wanted a security robot with "a brain").
- Alliterative Family: The Beagle Boys.
- Air-Vent Passageway
- All Animals Are Dogs: Bubba's pet triceratops Tootsie acted much more like a dog than a dinosaur.
- The animals that Webby tames either act like this, or silently humanlike.
- Alternative Foreign Theme Song: The Korean dub changes the melody from one to another.
- Artifact of Doom / Eldritch Abomination: The Golden Goose. It comes in the form of a small statue that can turn anything into gold, but when away from its fountain for too long, it comes to life and can turn anything to gold at will. Eventually, everything around it will involuntarily turn to gold, causing The End of the World as We Know It.
- Artistic License – Geography: Mount Vesuvius, Magica de Spell's lair, is represented like a solitary volcano amidst the sea - it's more similar to the volcanic islands north of Sicily, like Stromboli, than to real Vesuvius, which lies on southwestern coast of Italy. Since DuckTales usually uses fantasy landmarks, it's pretty jarring, especially if you're Italian.
- Always Second Best: Flintheart Glomgold always plays second fiddle to Scrooge. As you can imagine, he's none too happy about it.
- Always Someone Better: A rare subversion in that the Someone Better was the protagonist. Flintheart Glomgold is the one who's fanatically obsessed with beating Scrooge in the wealth game and becoming the World's Richest Duck.
- And a Diet Coke: when Burger Beagle orders a (rather large) meal from Gizmo Duck (he's pretending to be the drive-thru robot speaker), he orders a diet cola as well.
- And I Must Scream: The Golden Death in "The Golden Goose".
- And You Thought It Was a Game: In "Where No Duck Has Gone Before", it takes "Major Courage" most of the episode to realize that he's really in outer space with real aliens instead of on a set.
- Anger Born of Worry: in "Hero for Hire", Scrooge's joy that Launchpad was only Faking the Dead soon becomes rage.
Scrooge: Launchpad, you're alive! I'm going to kill you!
- Animation Bump: Two main studios were responsible for the show's animation; TMS Entertainment did most of the first season, while Wang Film Productions took over for a lot of the later episodes. Fans generally agree that the TMS episodes are way better animated than the Wang episodes, though the later episodes are still pretty decent.
- On top of that, there were two Stateside production teams as well; one headed up by Fred Wolf and Alan Zaslove, which worked on all the seasons, and one led by Bob Hathcock (who later directed The Movie), which also started working on the show in the second season after Wolf got involved with a certain other cartoon. The differences between the two American teams are less pronounced, though many feel that the Wolf/Zaslove team did a better job with action sequences, while Hathcock's episodes were visually richer and had more of a "Disney-esque" feel.
- Also present within the episodes themselves. With certain scenes being better animated than others.
- Animesque: Present in several of the TMS animated episodes.
- Anti-Advice: In one episode, Scrooge teams up with Gladstone Gander, whose luck has been supernaturally cursed. Scrooge exploits this by asking Gladstone which direction to go, then heading the opposite way.
- Anti-Villain: The Beagle Babes.
- A Round of Drinks for the House: after being totally humiliated in a bar, Scrooge McDuck subverts this trope:
- Art Shift: Scrooge's nightmare at the start of "The Unbreakable Bin".
- Assurance Backfire: In "The Golden Fleecing", one of the triplets tells Scrooge that "Launchpad taught us everything he knows about flying." Scrooge retorts, "Now I'm worried."
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: "Attack of the 50-Foot Webby".
- Author Tract: Some episodes dealt with themes such as capitalism vs organized labor (showing the importance of responsible management, without totally demonizing, when Uncle Scrooge lost his memory).
- Ax-Crazy: Admiral Grimitz, who "loves it when things go Kablooie".
- Back from the Dead: Merlock, the villain of DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp, somehow survived his fall from the stratosphere and went on to antagonize Donald Duck on one of his video games. Then again, His first wish was immortality.
- Badass Boast: played with
- Badass Family: The McDuck/Duck family. Uncle Scrooge, Donald, Huey, Dewey, and Louie are all pretty badass in their own way (yes, even Donald can be badass when the chips are down...well in the episodes where he's present at least).
- Badass Grandpa: Age has not affected Scrooge's spryness or spirit of adventure. The same can be said for El Capitan, who doesnt let the fact that he's apparently over 400 years old stop him from hunting his precious gold
- Bad Future: "Duck to the Future" has Magica take over and the triplets become Corrupt Corporate Executives.
- The Bad Guy Wins:
- In the end of "Till Nephews Do Us Part", the beagle boys actually succeed in robbing the bank.
- Although, we never see them after they announce their robbing, and we never see them actually stealing any money, making it possible that they were captured offscreen.
- Subverted with Glomgold. Whenever he enters a bet against Scrooge, he either loses at the last second, ends in a stalemate (thus preventing Glomgold from being richer then Scrooge) or his ill-gotten victory ultimately benefits Scrooge in the end.
- Bag of Kidnapping: In the episode "My Mother The Psychic" the Beagle Boys kidnap Fenton Crackshell's mother this way after learning from Flintheart Glomgold that she's using her new gained ability to look into the future to make Scrooge's financial decisions which is making him a lot of money.
- Baleful Polymorph: A Time Travel episode included a meeting with Circe, who, of course, turned Scrooge into a pig.
- Balloon-Bursting Bird: The episode "The Big Flub" revolves around an invention called Flubble Gum, which is a bubble gum allowing bubble blowers to fly. When Fenton Crackshell is floating around in the air, Scrooge McDuck mounts an improbable rescue scheme. Scrooge throws lots of Flubble Gum into a trash compactor along with water, mixes it up, and uses an air pump to blow a giant-sized bubble, causing Fenton's trailer to float into the sky. The rescue is successful, but a passing bird pecks at the bubble, bursting it and sending the trailer crashing to the ground.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: "Master of the Djinni" and DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp.
- Bee Afraid: In the episode "Till Nephews Do Us Part," Millionara is attacked by bees after the triplets spray her with honey disguised as bug repellent.
- Benevolent Boss: Although jokes about Scrooge McDuck's underpaid employees are just as widespread in DuckTales as in the comics, no one can deny that Scrooge's employees all like working for him. Launchpad once accepts a job from Flintheart Glomgold, only to get fired after a few minutes for crashing the plane; Launchpad muses how Mr. McD "never fired him that fast" and is eager to go back to presumably the one boss in the world patient enough and tough enough to hire such a pilot. When the boys accidentally get Scrooge's butler Duckworth fired, they apologize and tell him they'll miss him but still think any job "is better than being Uncle Scrooge's slave"; Duckworth says indignantly, "I love serving Mr. McDuck!" And when Scrooge goes looking for three cargo ships of his that have disappeared, he finds his crews being held prisoner (along with many others) on a bizarre seaweed island. Scrooge's captain tells him how hearing that he had arrived made them all feel hope for the first time in years, and they all had faith that, with him leading the way, they could escape (Scrooge doesn't let them down). Employees of McDuck Enterprises all seem to consider their boss benevolent, even if Good Is Not Nice.
- Better to Die Than Be Killed: Played with in "Hero for Hire". Launchpad yells to the cops that "you'll never take me alive!", but he's really setting up Faking the Dead.
- The Bermuda Triangle: When many of Scrooge McDuck's ships were disappearing in the Triangle, He sets out to locate his fleet and finally finds it, along with other ships, trapped in a huge mass of seaweed.
- Berserk Button: Never try to steal Scrooge's number one dime under any circumstances.
- The same goes for his money bin, or money in general. He didn't get this rich by giving up without a fight.
- Moreso, do not threaten or harm the nephews or Webbigail.
- And don't even try to take his ice cream either.
- And while Scrooge respects and seeks wealth, he hates those who don't make their riches square or use their wealth to bully others. In one notable example he is transported to an ancient kingdom and marvels at palace's treasure trove - similar to his own - only to be furious when he finds out an Evil Chancellor amassed it by outright stealing from his citizens, take over the operation and gives every penny back. While he is forced to work with unscrupulous people every once in a while, it tends to be very begrudging and he has little issue with stacking such deals against them to deliver their just desserts.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Many characters qualify, but Scrooge's nephews and Webby especially stand out here.
- Beyond the Impossible: The first plot arc featured a dog(?) who had been looking for the city of gold for centuries. When asked how he stayed alive that long, all he said was "Sheer willpower!"
- Big Damn Heroes: Webby does this in "Back Out In The Outback", and it's epic.
- Also Goldie does this in "Till Nephews Do Us Part", and it's amazing.
- Big Eater: Doofus and Burger Beagle eat more than any of the others.
- Bigger Stick: One time when the Beagle Boys try to break into Scrooge's Money Bin, Big Time wears a suit of armor and goes up against Scrooge driving a tank. He says the suit can withstand 80mm shells, and Scrooge tells him his tank uses 81mm shells.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Millionara Vanderbucks, a Gold Digger who nearly got Scrooge to marry her.
- Blame Game
- Brave Scot: Scrooge McDuck — Scottish Adventurer Archaeologist and Cool Old Guy.
- Breakout Character
- Broken Pedestal: Huey, Dewey, Louie, and Doofus idol worship Captain Courage, hero of the TV show "Courage of the Cosmos." The boys go on the show and are blind to the fact that their hero is just a vain, egotistical actor. When they realize that they have really been launched into outer space and real aliens have captured them, Courage panics, and the boys see what a coward he really is ("real heroes just do their jobs!").
- Brought Down to Normal: Gladstone by Magica de Spell in "Dime Enough For Luck"... which, if you're at all familiar with the Gladstone of the comics, is incredibly satisfying.
- Although she doesn't so much remove his luck as invert it; everything now goes wrong for him, which Scrooge is able to use to defeat Magica. Still pretty karmic punishment for some of his behavior in the comics, although the animated version was much less of a Smug Snake.
- Bungling Inventor
- But This Is Ridiculous!: Launchpad during "The Uncrashable Hindentanic" when they are flying through a meteor shower — "I've been on rocky flights before, but this is ridiculous!"
- Butt Monkey: Dijon
- By the Power of Grayskull!: "Blathering blatherskite!"
- Canada, Eh?: Parodied in "Ducky Mountain High".
- Cane Fu
- Canon Immigrant: Dijon, an arabian thief from The Movie gets to team up with Flintheart and the Beagle Boys for a two-parter in the series.
- Can't Kill You, Still Need You: Glomgold and the old captain attempt to kill Scrooge and his nephews to keep them from reaching the lost ship first. Then they discover their map being eaten by their donkey and hastily undo their attempt on Scrooge's life.
- Captain Crash: Launchpad, to the point of needing to be the picture of this trope.
- Captain Ersatz:
- Launchpad for Donald, presumably to keep Donald from stealing Scrooge's spotlight — and because of Donald's voice.
- One-shot character Major Courage was a copy of William Shatner's Kirk.
- Captain Space, Defender of Earth!: In a Show Within a Show.
- Cardboard Box Home: An Imagine Spot that happens during an episode where, long story short, Uncle Scrooge was broke, he imagines a parody of 'Lifestyles of the Rich And Famous' which focused on him living on the street and his cardboard house, which his butler tried to maintain spick-span (and an Overly Long Gag of him continuously answering to the reporter, in a somewhat-exasperated tone, that there was nothing else but cardboard involved in the house's construction).
- Cardboard Prison: Try to keep the Beagle Boys in jail. Just try.
- Card-Carrying Villain: The Beagle Boys really like being criminals, and aren't shy about saying so.
"As long as it's illegal, we'll be happy Beagles!"
- Even when they aren't guilty of anything, they still wear their prison jumpsuits and ID tags. They are also never seen without their burglar masks.
- Catchphrase: Quite a few actually.
- Scrooge: "Blow me bagpipes!" and "Curse me kilts!"
- Huey, Dewey, and Louie: "Quackeroony!"
- Launchpad: "No problem, Mr. Mc D!"
- Fenton: "Blabberin' Blatherskite!"
- Admiral Grimitz: "I love it when things go kablooie!"
- Chased Off into the Sunset:
- Done after Launchpad McQuack crashes a spaceship right into Scrooge McDuck's swimming pool.
- It happens to Launchpad again in the episode "The Golden Fleecing". At the end of the adventure, Launchpad is pursued by one of the lovestruck Harpies.
- Cheerful Child: Webby.
- Chick Magnet:
- Scrooge got the attention of Glittering Goldie, Millionara Vanderbucks, Magica De Spell, Mrs. Crackshell, and Ma Beagle. Even if he is the richest duck in the world, that's still quite an accomplishment.
- Also Launchpad was pretty popular with the ladies considering he attracted Feathers Galore, Sensen, and many other girls along the way.
- Chromatic Arrangement
- Chronically Crashed Car: The team's pilot would crash whatever he was provided with Once an Episode — including a living condor and a gadget plane that accidentally folded into a suitcase mid-flight.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Bubba the caveduck was introduced with much fanfare at the start of season two, only to vanish without a trace after a dozen or so episodes, mostly due to his unpopularity with the writers. He's never mentioned again.
- Circle of Standing Stones: In one episode, some druids were found to have a bone to pick with the McDuck clan, since one of Scrooge's ancestors had built his castle on their land. Why? Because there was a ring of large stone pillars already there, which made building it faster...and cheaper. It runs in the family.
- Classical Mythology: Because sometimes it went beyond mere Homage.
- Clear Their Name: The nephews have to do this for Scrooge in the episode where Glomgold frames him for burglary.
- Also the plot of "The Curse of Castle McDuck, where Scrooge's entire clan is accused of putting a curse on his hometown. It turns out the "curse" was in fact set up by a tribe of Druids as a Secret Test of Character for the McDucks.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Donald Duck and Launchpad.
- Cold Cash: Gyro Gearloose once did this to an invention by accident.
- Comic Book Adaptation: Yes, there's a Comic Book Adaptation of a cartoon based on a comic book based on a cartoon. Just go with it.
- Also includes a Shout-Out to Darkwing Duck, generally considered a Spin-Off to the series. In one comic where Scrooge's moon rock cufflinks lead to the group stranded on the moon and out of fuel for the rocket (long story), Launchpad mentions that the cufflinks, actually a cheaply synthesized artificial gem, can be picked up for a nickel in St. Canard. He then adds that he knows this "screwy duck and his daughter" over there.
- Continuity Nod: In "Robot Robbers", Scrooge is outraged that Gyro built more giant robots, reminding him that his last robot nearly killed them all, which was the plot of the previous episode, "Armstrong".
- Conscience Makes You Go Back: In the episode "The Golden Fleecing", Scrooge McDuck almost abandons Launchpad in danger over the Golden Fleece, but his friend's scream for help brings Scrooge to his senses.
- Conspicuously Light Patch: In the opening credits even.
- Cool and Unusual Punishment: When Glomgold gets caught framing Scrooge, the judge orders him to always keep a portrait of the world's richest duck in his house. Thus, Glomgold has to put up with Scrooge grinning down at him constantly.
- Cool Big Sis: The Beagle Babes become this to Webby.
- Cool Old Guy: Scrooge McDuck — he's done it all, and isn't afraid to be called to prove that he's done it.
- Also El Capitan from the five episode pilot due to the fact that he's over 400 years old and has stayed alive solely on willpower and determination to find more treasure. Less cool is his psychotic obsession with the Treasure Of the Golden Suns.
- Cool Old Lady: Mrs. Beakley definitely qualifies for this.
- Not to mention Glittering Goldie.
- Also Ma Beagle, who unlike her sons actually manages to evade the police most times she commits a crime.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Flintheart Glomgold is insanely jealous of Scrooge's status as the World's Richest Duck, and is willing to pull any kind of dirty trick he can think of to undermine his rival. That, and he's a conniving, thieving bastard in general...
- Cousin Oliver: Most fans felt Bubba was an unnecessary addition to the series. Even the writers didn't know what to do with him most of the time so Bubba spent most episodes tagging along with Huey, Dewey and Louie and doing whatever they did (much like Bean from Muppet Babies).
- Counting Bullets: Fenton does this. He has the ability to instantly count anything he sees. His first appearance includes counting how much buckshot Scrooge has shot into the ceiling.
- Crisis Makes Perfect: In "Top Duck", Launchpad (unsurprisingly) crashes spectacularly the first time he attempts the "Treetop Bebop Tuck and Roll". At the episode's end, he manages it to save Scrooge and the Money Bin.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Launchpad has his moments of this.
- Same with Fenton Crackshell when he becomes Gizmo Duck.
- Daddy's Girl: More like Grandpa's Girl, to describe the relationship between Uncle Scrooge and "my darlin' Webbigail."
- Darker and Edgier: Duck Tales was mostly a light-hearted kids show, but it had a few dark episodes. The nephews were once turned into gold statues, and there also were several episodes, where a character nearly dies.
- The alien robots in the episode "Money to burn" not only stole Scrooge's money bin, so they could melt down the coins to make new robots. But they also were really close to melting Scrooge and Launchpad into grease. Not to mention the Fridge Horror that these robots had probably killed off the alien race, who had once created them in the first place...
- The mites in "The Attack of the Metal Mites" were played very seriously, despite the fact that they were tiny insects. After all, they were designed to eat metal! So they caused plenty of damage all over the city, and they even devoured Fenton's otherwise indestructible Gizmoduck suit.
- Dartboard of Hate: Glomgold is shown to have one of Scrooge in his office in Ducks On the Lam. He even threw a tomahawk at it!
- Deadpan Snarker: Scrooge
- Duckworth has his moments as well.
- Death by Materialism: Nearly El Capitan in "Treasure of the Golden Suns"; Scrooge as a Running Gag.
- Debut Queue: The Five-Episode Pilot.
- Descriptiveville: A series about anthropomorphic ducks takes place in a city called Duckburg.
- Demoted to Extra: Donald was a major player in the original comics, but is just an occasional guest star in the show. Within the show itself, Launchpad and Doofus had drastically-reduced roles in the second season (Doofus only getting a non-speaking cameo in one episode). Uniquely, Bubba the Caveduck was Demoted to Extra immediately after the five episodes that set him up as a main character.
- Launchpad notably had reduced screentime, but wasn't almost entirely gone from the series. He was just moreso Out of Focus than anything else. On the other hand, this definitely counts for Magica (who was a recurring villain in season 1 but just appeared in one episode of season 2) and any Beagle Boy who wasn't Ma, Bouncer, Big-Time, Burger, or Baggy (never seen again outside of cameos during Super Ducktales)
- Depending on the Artist: There were a few episodes in the first season where the hats of the nephews had black, instead of the commonly used darker colors.
- Determinator: Scrooge and the Beagle Boys qualified for this and also El Capitan who refuses to die until he finds more treasure.
- Disaster Movie: Parodied in "The Uncrashable Hindentanic".
- Distracted by the Luxury
- Do-Anything Robot: Gizmo Duck, whose suit is supposed to be able to do anything, but he didn't have time to read the instruction manual. This is played for laughs later, when he's more familiar with the suit, with him being prepared for more trivial and minor things (such as having a satellite dish so his mother can watch TV on his display panel) than for the more important things.
- Doting Grandparent: Scrooge is this to the triplets, once Donald is his nephew and the triplets are Donald's nephews.
- Drunk with Power: In one episode, Fenton Crackshell is obliged to impersonate Scrooge, who has gone missing, and soon starts acting like a caricature of Scrooge, with all his negative personality traits at full blast and none of the mitigating positive ones, even when he's alone with people who know about the impersonation.
- Dumb Muscle: Bubba. Justified due to him being a prehistoric cave duck relying on primitive instincts.
- Dunking The Bomb: In one episode, Doofus looks up in the Junior Woodchuck Guidebook how to disarm a Martian bomb inside of a rocket. The solution given is to douse it with water. Launchpad decides on Scrooge's pool.
- Early Installment Weirdness: The TV special, Sport Goofy in Soccermania:
- Scrooge is voiced by Will Ryan, rather than Alan Young.
- He has a (human) butler named "Jeeves".
- Huey, Dewey, and Louie all wear red.
- No Webby, Mrs. Beakley, or Launchpad.
- The Beagle Boys don't have prison numbers on their shirts. They also wear orange and all look alike, making them appear closer to their comic counterparts
- Gyro's brief appearance also has him look closer to his comic incarnation than the thinner design the TV show gave him.
- In the show itself, in earlier episodes the Beagle Boys' relationship with Glomgold was a lot different, as they were enemies to him as much as Scrooge which force them into an Enemy Mine position in "Robot Robbers". This is a far cry from all later season one and season two episodes where the Beagle Boys are essentially thugs for hire for Glomgold.
- Enemy Eats Your Lunch: In "Hero for Hire", the Beagle Boys torment Doofus by eating his pancakes.
- Enemy Mine: There are times when Scrooge and/or his nephews are forced to work together with their enemies. First when they and the Beagle Boys wind up getting transported into the past due to a mishap with Gyro's time-stopper device, they had to work together to return to their own time. After that, Scrooge and Glomgold had to work together to stop the Beagle Boys and Ma from destroying the city with the giant construction robots. When Magica's shadow gains sentience and ejects her, she and Scrooge were forced to work together to stop the shadow as it was even more sinister than its host as it plotted to cover the world in eternal shadow. When the Beagle Boys abandon Ma Beagle after discovering stardom, she resorts to working with Scrooge to get them bombed and thus return back to her.
- Slightly lesser extent with Glomgold in "Til Nephews Do Us Part", when Millionaira after her wedding to Scrooge failed, she immediately tries to hook up with Glomgold since he's the 2nd richest duck in the world. He immediately runs, following Scrooge's lead to get away from her
Millionaira: "Is there a Mrs. Second Richest Duck in the World?"
Glomgold: "Uh... well I... uh... WAIT FOR ME, MCDUCK!"
- Enthralling Siren: In a retelling of The Odyssey. They're not bird-women, but, on the other hand, the main characters are bird-people.
- Establishing Character Moment:
"Penny for the poor?"
Scrooge: They're not worth it!
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: The Beagle Boys were tough as nails, but would do anything Ma Beagle asked without a second thought.
- Even Evil Has Standards:
- In the episode "Till Nephews Do Us Part", after Flintheart comforts Millionara, she starts flirting with him when she learns that he's the second richest duck in the world, and he immediately runs away for the sake of protecting his money.
- In "The Good Muddahs" when the Beagle Babes think their criminal influence has rubbed off on sweet, innocent Webby they feel terrible.
- In "My Mother the Psychic", Burger Beagle finds the idea of Fenton never visiting his mother again to be very vile.
- Everyone Loves Blondes: Fenton for Gandra. Also Future Doofus for Future Webby.
- Also Bubba for Julie in the episode "Bubbeo And Juliet".
- Everything's Louder With Bagpipes: The Beagle Boys has Burger Beagle "torture" some hostages with bagpipes in the episode "Full Metal Duck".
- Evil Counterpart: Scrooge is a tough, hard-beaked businessduck, but he's genuinely honest. His archnemesis Flintheart Glomgold has all of Scrooge's ambition and determination, but none of his morals or ethics.
- Evil Debt Collector: Even Scrooge McDuck isn't immune to this trope. One episode had the protagonists suffering from their worst nightmares. Scrooge's worst fear is debt collectors taking away everything he owns, even to the point of trying to take away Huey, Dewey and Louie.
- Evil Sorcerer: Magica de Spell, Circe, and Merlock.
- Exact Words: In "Robot Robbers", Gyro employs exact words to explain to Scrooge why he made the titular robots.
Scrooge: Gyro, I thought I told you never to build another robot!
Gyro: You said never to build another robot for you. So I built these for Mr. Glomgold.
- Webby is theorized to be a scandal-free stand-in for Dickie Duck, Scrooge's ex-girlfriend's granddaughter, or possibly a condensed version of Daisy's nieces.
- Fenton is a definite stand-in for Donald. In the second season, whenever the plot is based on a Carl Barks comic, Fenton (at least when he's not Gizmoduck) fulfills Donald's role the way Launchpad did in the first season.
- Faked Rip Van Winkle
- Family Theme Naming: Huey, Louie and Dewey.
- Fat Idiot: Burger Beagle, and to a lesser extent, Doofus.
- Fate Worse Than Death: The Golden Death from "The Golden Goose".
- Fattening The Victim: Double Subverted. "The Golden Fleecing". When the harpies kidnap Launchpad, he thinks that they're planning to eat him. They respond that, no, they just want him to stay for dinner. However, they didn't tell him that they were feeding him so a dragon could eat him.
- Fiction 500: Scrooge is the trope picture.
- Fiery Redhead: Robotica from "Metal Attraction", so very much.
- First Girl Wins: No matter what happens, Scrooge will always love his first girlfriend Goldie more than any other girl.
- Fish People: They appear in "Aqua Ducks" and "The Ducky Horror Picture Show".
- Four Finger Discount: Dijon, notoriously so.
- Five-Bad Band: The Beagle Boys usually take this role with varying positions.
- Flowers for Algernon Syndrome:
- In the episode "Bubba's Big Brainstorm", Bubba Duck becomes intelligent, civilized, and utterly ruthless and incapable of compassion, something indicated to be directly connected to his new intelligence. He becomes dumb and barbaric again when his brute strength is needed to pound a monster threatening his friends.
- In an earlier episode, Scrooge is racing against a villain to gain the magical Pearl of Wisdom, which grants infinite wisdom for a moment in the morning. Huey, Duey, and Louie are surprised that the islanders seem unconcerned about the prospect of having their pearl stolen by the villain or Scrooge. The reason soon becomes clear: Scrooge and the villain both get their wisdom moment simultaneously, and in that instant realize that stealing the pearl would be wrong and put it back where they found it. The chief chuckles and says the same thing happens all the time. (It helps that the Pearl only activates on the shore of the island.)
- In the episode "Superdoo!" Doofus finds an energy crystal from outer space that gives him super-abilities. Through his new powers he becomes the all-time Junior Woodchuck merit-badge-earning champion, but others dislike him even more than old laughable, clumsy and slow Doofus. He throws away the crystal, gives back his merit badges and later saves the camp without any superpowers, winning respect of others. Everyone is happy to have the old Doofus back, including Doofus himself.
- Forgot the Call: Happened to Scrooge where a whack on the noggin causes him to lose his accent, start working at his own plant as a menial laborer, organize a labor strike protesting the unfair business practices he himself imposed, and begin a relationship with Fenton Crackshell's mother.
- For the Evulz: Presumably the reason Glomgold framed Mad Dog in "Duckman of Aquatraz".
- Friend or Idol Decision: In "The Golden Fleecing", Scrooge twice has to make a decision between saving Launchpad and successfully taking the fleece.
- Friend to All Living Things: Webby.
- Furry Confusion: This is especially interesting in the episode "Back Out In The Outback" where Webby says "Animals Are My Favorite People".
- Even weirder is "Home Sweet Homer". Circe is a pig, who turns people into non-anthropomorphic pigs, and in a fit of Laser-Guided Karma is turned into a non-anthro pig herself.
- Gag Boobs: Boom-Boom Beagle.
- Genie in a Bottle: Twice. "Master of the Djinni" and DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp.
- Genius Ditz: Launchpad is a great pilot, but will crash almost every time he flies.
- Also Launchpad's little sister Loopy despite her initial ditzy qualities, is a pretty capable pilot and mechanic.
- Gentle Giant: Launchpad, Mrs. Beakley, and Gizmo Duck.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar:
- This exchange from "Robot Robbers":
Babyface: We're number 1! We're number 1!
Burger: I was gettin' tired of bein' treated like number 2.
- Similar to the above, "Horse Scent" has Scrooge comment on how "number 2" is an appropriate number for Glomgold's horse.
- Also, from the episode "Where No Duck has Gone Before"
Doofus Launchpad says he wouldn't know an asteroid from a...
- In the episode "A Case of Mistaken Secret Identity"
Launchpad I'm going to bare my soul.
Huey Can you do that on television?!
- In "The Good Mudduhs" Boom-Boom Beagle's prison number is 382238. (38-22-38)
- That's right, the busty and sexy beagle's measurements are also her prison number. Well done, Disney, well done.
- In the episode "Sir Gyro De Gearloose", Gyro and the others defeat the dragon by blasting its mouth with wine until it is drunk and tipsily flies off into the distance. Also, Merloon's accent turns the phrase "Work, Work, Work!" into an accidental Precision F-Strike.
- In "Once Upon A Dime", when Young Scrooge is in jail with the Beagle Boys, one of them sees Scrooge's kilt and calls it a nice skirt that his mother would kill to have, and that she has before.
- Also the attempted G-Rated Sex scene between Feathers Galore and Launchpad in the episode "Double-O-Duck".
- Or just the very fact that there was a parody of Pussy Galore from Goldfinger.
- The animators hid naughty pin-ups in the background of several episodes. The one in "The Treasure of the Golden Suns" Part 2 was too visible, and the scene was trimmed to remove it when it was rerun on the Disney Channel.
- In "Duckworth's Revolt", one of the aliens abducted by the plant aliens is an elephant-woman taking a bath, which, due to her bare chest lacking certain anatomical features, would be innocuous if it weren't for the alien elephant having a noticeable bust when she is fully clothed and inexplicably taking another bath when the plant aliens return their kidnapped victims to their home planets.
- One of the Beagle Boys' hostages actually attempts to commit suicide by jumping out the window in "Full Metal Duck" to escape the Beagle Boys' torturing of their hostages by playing the bagpipes.
- In "The Big Flub", Fenton asks Scrooge to shoot him with an arrow when he sees that demand for Pep has gone out of hand. Assisted suicide in a kid's cartoon!
- Glacier Waif: Bubba and Tootsie.
- Glamour Failure: Magica's spell that turns the Beagle Boys into copies of Scrooge's nephews in "Send in the Clones".
- Glass-Shattering Sound: A bird in one episode is capable of breaking all glass within a several-mile radius. This leads to problems for all the valuables that Scrooge stores in glass cases.
Mrs. Beakley: If the sound of a horn can do that, what would a C above high C do?
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: The eponymous robot's eyes shine in the episode "Armstrong", when it becomes clear that he's turned on Scrooge.
- Godzilla Threshold: In the episode "The Uncrashable Hindentanic" revolves around Uncle Scrooge and his new airship. His sidekick and perennial crasher of aircraft Launchpad desperately wants to fly it but is told that Scrooge actually wants to keep the airship in one piece. When the events of the episode conspire against this Scrooge eventually relents and tells Launchpad to take the wheel. They crash, but Launchpad accidentally takes out the opposition while saving the passengers.
"If we are going to crash anyway, we may as well crash with style."
- Gold Digger:
- Millionara Vanderbucks. The nephews invite a guest to prevent her from marrying Scrooge: Glittering Goldie. Millionara then meets Flintheart, who quickly realizes she nearly gave him the same fate Scrooge avoided.
- Also Ma Beagle when she fakes a marriage to Scrooge so she could be legally entitled to half of his fortune if he divorced her.
- Gold Fever: Identified by name.
- Gold Makes Everything Shiny
- Gone Horribly Wrong: In "Duck to the Future," Scrooge gives the nephews advice on cutting costs so they can get better at making a profit. After being sent by Magica DeSpell to the Bad Future where they're grown up, he discovers that their idea of cutting costs was to cheat their customers and rip their own employees off for everything they're worth. As you can expect, he was not happy with the results.
- Gone Horribly Right: Pretty much anytime Gyro Gearloose decides to follow Scrooge's instructions to a tee. Gizmoduck however, might actually be a rare positive example.
- Good Is Not Nice: Scrooge
- Gory Discretion Shot: Happens in "Launchpad's First Crash" when the Amazons kill the giant crab.
- Grand Finale: "The Golden Goose"
- Grandma, What Massive Hotness You Have: Even Scrooge's nephews admitted that Goldie was attractive despite her age.
- G-Rated Sex: This was attempted by Feathers Galore with Launchpad in the episode "Double-O-Duck".
- Great Big Book of Everything: The Junior Woodchuck guidebook. Includes topics on building remote controlled shark fins, homing devices to be mounted on drone planes, and magical thunderstorms (though that's debatable).
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Just the ducks. Averted by Scrooge however, in the instances where he wears his kilt.
- Hellhound: The hound's disguise in "The Curse Of Castle McDuck", specifically the hunter type.
- Heel-Face Turn: Scrooge's evil adult nephews turn on Magica when they learn that she sent him into the future so she could take over his business.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Launchpad for Feathers Galore.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Bubba chooses to permanently abandon his prehistoric time and life to be with Scrooge and saves his life in the process.
- Homage: Mostly to Greek mythology — stories and characters from the Trojan War, Greek gods, King Midas...
- Honorary Uncle: Scrooge is this to Webby.
- Hot Witch: Magica De Spell and Circe.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Launchpad's parents Ripcord and Birdy fit this description.
- Humiliation Conga: Courage of the Cosmos in "Where No Duck Has Gone Before". He gets curb stomped by an alien while showboating, reveals himself as a Dirty Coward in front of the nephews and Scrooge, and was reduced to a mascot.
- "I Can't Look" Gesture: In the Five-Episode Pilot, Scrooge and Donald say that they can't look and cover their eyes during one of Launchpad's landings. Launchpad says he can't look either and covers his eyes.
- Idiot Ball: Held by Huey, Dewey, and Louie for "A Case of Mistaken Secret Identity." Everything gets kicked off thanks to them being absolutely sure that Launchpad has to be Gizmo Duck's secret identity, claiming that they've never appeared together at the same time. This is in spite of the fact that they had previously seen the two side by side twice in the episodes "Money to Burn" and "Allowance Day." And that doesn't even take into consideration that, y'know, their beaks don't even look remotely the same.
- Idiot Hero: Launchpad, who in many episodes, saves his friends, or even the whole world while remaining a certified idiot. He's even admitted it on more than one occasion. The smartest he gets is Genius Ditz.
- Implacable Man: The Minotaur from "Raiders Of The Lost Harp".
- Also Big Time Beagle in a suit of armor is able to bypass all of the traps in Scrooge's money bin, except Scrooge's tank on the inside of the vault.
- Impossible Hourglass Figure: Boom-Boom Beagle.
- Incredible Shrinking Man: "Micro Ducks from Outer Space".
- Incredibly Lame Pun: Pretty much all of the characters' names (at least those who were introduced in this show, and even then, some who weren't).
- If I Can't Have You: Robotica nearly kills Gandra and almost destroys the money bin to make sure Gizmo Duck would be hers alone.
- Induced Hypochondria: In the episode "The Money Vanishes", the Beagle Boys steal Gyro's latest invention by convincing him he has Inventoritis from being too sedentary, and needs to start jogging... right this instant. He jogs away and they have the run of the laboratory.
- Inside a Computer System: "Scrooge's Last Adventure".
- Instant Awesome, Just Add Mecha: The Beagle Boys steal some in one episode.
- Not to mention Fenton the accountant becoming Gizmo Duck, Duckburg's greatest super hero.
- Also Scrooge's nephews and Webby when they wore the shrunken Gizmo suit.
- Interspecies Romance: Played straight with Bubba who's a duck who falls in love with Julie who's a pig, but subverted by Scrooge who's a duck that's forced to be in a fake wedding with Ma Beagle who's a dog.
- Ironic Echo: In "Where No Duck Has Gone Before", Scrooge obtains ownership of a studio that produces a show that Scrooge dislikes, and the star, Captain Courage, constantly reminds Scrooge that he has a five-year contract, especially after he accidentally blasts off into space with the nephews and upon finding out he really is in space, finds a way out and leaves them behind, refusing to come back for them. At the end, Scrooge turns the studio into a space museum, where Courage is forced to do humiliating work as a mascot, to which Scrooge reminds him of his fiveyear contract.
- Ironic Echo Cut: In "Master of the Djinni", Huey, Dewey, and Louie comment that Scrooge could use a dip in the pool after seeing the genie relaxing in it. We then cut to Scrooge in the desert, having to race Glomgold over who becomes the genie's master, saying that he could use a dip in the pool.
- I Surrender, Suckers: Scrooge does this to the Beagles in the first episode.
- He also does this to Magica's shadows in "Magica's Shadow War".
- It's All My Fault: Scrooge believes that his firing Launchpad drove him to becoming a bank robber.
- Jail Bake: Used by the Beagle Boys.
- One time, one of the guards got Genre Savvy enough to install an X Ray machine. Unfortunately, Ma Beagle apparently anticipated that and sent a cake that had nothing in it, but when Burger Beagle ate it, it gave him a case of the hiccups so bad, his brothers were able to use him as a jackhammer.
- Jerkass: Flintheart Glomgold and the Beagle Boys.
- Jerkass Genie: Played straight in the episode "Master Of The Djinni", but averted in DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Scrooge had his moments of this.
- Job-Stealing Robot: Armstrong. He quickly puts Launchpad and Duckworth out of a job, but not for long.
- Jungle Opera: It sometimes has this.
- Karma Houdini: Megabyte Beagle in the "Super DuckTales" serial is a straight example crossed with What Happened to the Mouse?. This guy takes control of the Gizmosuit and makes Gizmoduck the Beagles' unwilling servant, but after Huey, Dewey, and Louie come to Gizmoduck's rescue, switching his remote with that of a toy, Megabyte drops out of the story.
- One episode featured Flintheart Glomgold framing Scrooge McDuck with art theft and his only punishment was having to keep a portrait of Scrooge over his fireplace for fifteen years. And that's just to mention what's proven against him.
- Ma Beagle got away with everything except forging evidence of being Scrooge's wife and being arrested with her sons at the end of "New Gizmo Kids on the Block."
- Gandra Dee, Fenton Crackshell's love interest/girlfriend, only appeared in six episodes. But in two of them, she showed that she could be as ungrateful and cold-hearted towards Fenton as she pleased, and no one would call her out on her attitude.
- In "Metal Attraction", Fenton goes overboard with paying Gandra too much attention. But not only does she refuse to give him a simple "thank you" for doing all these things for her, she also gets mad at him and pushes him away from her without even explaining what he did wrong. Of course, the episode had to end with him promising to change, while nobody has anything to say about what she did.
- In "The Big Flub", Fenton has ended up in big trouble and asks for Gandra's help. But she refuses, even after he said "but I need you", claiming that he had ruined her precious reputation. And at the end of the episode, the poor guy still has to apologize to HER!
- Kids Are Cruel: "We created that magic rain cloud with our junior woodchucks chemistry set...JUST TO RUIN YOUR DAY!" This is one of Scrooge's worst fears brought to life.
- Lantern Bill of Justice:
- Launchpad, an Idiot Hero with a prominent chin.
- Subverted with Courage of the Cosmos. He has a heroic bill, but he's really a Dirty Coward.
- Laser-Guided Karma: In "Down and Out in Duckberg", Scrooge starts the episode acting far more miserlier than usual - raising a tailor's rent, refusing to give boat-repair money to a sea captain, and refusing to donate to a member of a Salvation Army Expy. Then Fritter O'Way, the Villain of the Week, shows up and claims that Scrooge's fortune now belongs to him, because of a long-forgotten debt involving their ancestors and a delivery of marbles, and he throws Scrooge out of the house. This is where karma steps in for Scrooge - the tailor who's rent he raised earlier can't give him a job, because the money that would have been used to hire help is now going towards paying the rent, and when he decides to try to resolve the debt himself by delivering the marbles, the sea captain's boat (which he borrowed) starts leaking because the captain couldn't afford to repair it. Luckily, Scrooge gets his fortune back, and takes a level in kindness at the same time.
- Last Name Basis: Many people don't know that Mrs. Beakley's first name is Bentina.
- Layman's Terms: The multi-parter that introduced Gizmoduck has a Beagle Boy named Megabyte Beagle, who describes his plans in technical terms, which would confuse his cellmate and family members to the point that they would then request him to "Say it in Beagle talk!"
- Leitmotif: Several: the villains' themes are more noticeable than others, however.
- Lighter and Softer: Scrooge himself is this compared to his original comic counterpart; in the comics Scrooge tended to shift between Jerk with a Heart of Gold displaying a Jerkass Façade and being a genuine Jerkass, who who could just as easily be the villain as the hero of a story. The Scrooge of DuckTales is much more jovial and less irritable, and can even be openly sentimental. Donald as well: in earlier incarnations, he loved cigars and really loved brawling while spitting out the Angrish. No more for DuckTales.
- Literal Ass Kicking: "Nothing to Fear" ends with Magica DeSpell being chased off by her fear cloud, which zaps her in the backside with lightning. Scrooge also states how she "got it in the end."
- Fenton Craskshell (Gizmo Duck) is literal-minded. Scrooge wants Fenton to liquidate his assets, except that he puts all of Scrooge's money in the lake.
- Gyro Gearloose is one as well. In one episode, to increase the budget for a cheap sci-fi show as part of a way of reinventing it, Scrooge has Gyro build a new spaceship that he wants to be as realistic as possible. Gyro's response? Make it an actual working spaceship. He proceeds to do something like this again in the "Super Ducktales" 5-parter: after recovering his money from the above example with Fenton, Scrooge asks Gyro to build a security guard for his money bin that won't let anyone get to the bin. Gyro again takes him too literally and programs it to not let anybody get to the bin, Scrooge included.
- Living Lie Detector: The magic harp from "Raiders of the Lost Harp." In singsong, "You are fibbing fibbing fibbing!"
- Living Shadow: "Magica's Shadow War".
- Logic Bomb: Fenton Crackshell defeats the Master Electronic Leader in their counting contest in "Super DuckTales" by asking how many bolts are in a jar. He then drops the bomb on M.E.L.:
"Sorry, M.E.L.! These are nuts, not bolts! Trick question! You lose!"
- The computer had earlier boasted to Fenton that it was the smartest one in the universe, and making such a silly mistake was all that was needed to invoke an explosive paradox.
- Lord Error-Prone: Gizmo Duck has a rather capable mechanical suit of armor and he's a quick thinker. Unfortunately all of his plans are absurd overkill and have drawbacks he never thought of because he went too far.
- Loud of War: During an escalating feud between Scrooge McDuck and his new neighbors, one of his assaults is to break out his favorite bagpipes and a speaker system. The neighbors' response? Accordion.
- Lounge Lizard: A literal one in "The Unsinkable Hindentanic."
- Man in the Iron Mask: "The Duck In The Iron Mask".
- Married In The Future: Once when Magicka deSpell sent Scrooge into the future he encountered a shapely Webbigail and a slimmed down Doofus who tell him they've gotten married. When he gets back to his own time, he tells Doofus to take care of Webby, which causes her to have a disgusted reaction.
- Meaningful Name: Many characters on the show had these.
- Mind-Control Eyes: Cinnamon Teal is able to use her gaze to control Donald into stealing the navy's master control for their new submarine.
- Minion with an F in Evil: The Beagle Babes.
- Miscarriage of Justice: In the episode "Duckman of Aquatraz," Scrooge McDuck is framed for theft by his rival Flintheart Glomgold and put into prison, where, conveniently, it turns out that his cellmate was also framed by Glomgold.
- Mistaken for Badass: There was an episode where Launchpad was recruited to fill-in for an injured spy.
- Mistaken for Dying: The "mechanic's report mistaken for doctor's diagnosis" premise was recycled in the episode "Scrooge's Last Adventure". Huey, Duey & Louie took Scrooge McDuck's grandfather clock to a mechanic after they accidentally broke it while playing inside. While at the same time, Scrooge was getting a checkup at the clinic. From there it turned into a parody of TRON.
- Money Fetish: Scrooge swims in it.
- Monster Mash: "The Ducky Horror Picture Show".
- Mr. Vice Guy: Scrooge.
- Mrs. Hypothetical: In a Bad Future where Magica takes over McDuck Enterprises, she renames the company "Magica McDuck Enterprises." Make of that what you will.
- Mythology Gag:
- The episode "Time Teasers" has two. One is that Pete appears in the episode as a peg-legged pirate named Captain Blackheart, which is a nod to the fact that Pete had a peg leg in the older Disney cartoons. The second one is that the birthday song Captain Blackheart sings to himself is sung to the tune of the Unbirthday song from Disney's adaptation of Alice in Wonderland.
- On a few occasions, Scrooge will claim to have made his fortune by being "tougher than the toughies and smarter than the smarties", which is part of his repeatedly used Badass Boast in the original comics. He actually says his comic boast near word-for-word in one of the pilot episodes.
- The Napoleon: The ironically named leader of the Beagle Boys, Big Time.
- In the episode "Status Seekers", the Blueblood Beagles counterpart to him is appropriately named Bonaparte.
- Never Found the Body: in "Hero for Hire", the police only find the Webbed Wonder's costume, not the body, after a supposedly fatal crash. This raises no one's suspicions.
- Never Mess with Granny:
- Ma Beagle is certainly the smartest and craftiest of her family of thieves, crooks and robbers. No wonder they loved her so much.
- Glittering Goldie counts, too. Because if you don't count her, she'll come after you with a shotgun.
- Mrs. Beakley has her moments. Especially when in Mama Bear mode.
- New Old Flame: Glittering Goldie.
- Nice Character, Mean Actor: "Where No Duck Has Gone Before." The actor who plays Courage of the Cosmos is an arrogant blowhard and a Dirty Coward.
- Nice Hat: A top hat like Scrooge's never goes out of style.
- Also Flinheart and Gladstone had some of these as well.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Several minor characters are parodies of Real Life celebrities, including Elvis Presley, Burt Bacharach, William Shatner and Gloria Swanson.
- No Indoor Voice: EL CAPITAN!
- Not Blood Siblings: Scrooge lets Webby call him "Uncle Scrooge" even though they're not biologically related.
- Not Good with Rejection: Gyro invents a robotic maid to help take the strain off Scrooge's housekeepers. His first attempt is so emotionless, it creeps everyone else out. So he dials up the emotions, creating a robo-Yandere who instantly falls in love with Gizmoduck, who unbeknownst to her is just a normal duck in Powered Armor. When he tries to let her down gently by explaining, she interprets it as him having another lover, and literally explodes in a rage.
- No Water Proofing In The Future: "Armstrong" involved a robot going on a berserk rampage, and only being stopped by being soaked in water. In "The Giant Robot Robbers," the cast tried to kill the robots using the same method, only for the Bungling Inventor to inform them he had learned from his mistake and waterproofed the new models.
- Number One Dime: Another Trope Namer.
- Nurse with Good Intentions: Scrooge is sick, and Webby wants to be his nurse. She starts with bringing him something to drink - stumbles, and splashes it all over him.
- Off Model: Present throughout the series. Largely with Ink & Paint. These small errors increased when Wang joined the series.
- "Down And Out in Duckberg" has a different style compared to the other episodes.
- Oh, Crap: In one episode, Launchpad visits Ma Beagle. He saw a picture of her with her children... the Beagle Boys.
- After Millionara Vanderbucks loses Scrooge and Flintheart consoles her, he gets this when she asks if there's a "MRS. Second Richest Duck in Duckberg."
- Oh Wait, This Is My Grocery List
- One Million BC: In the episode "Marking Time", Scrooge literally travels back to 1 million BC to find a land in which caveducks coexisted with dinosaurs. And yet, this is something of an aversion; after all, dinosaurs did coexist with seabirds. This would therefore imply that the Duck Universe takes place in the Paleocene, which would make sense, since that was a time dominated by six-foot birds.
- One-Wheeled Wonder: Gizmoduck. Besides the question of how he stays upright, one wonders where his feet go when he transforms.
- One-Winged Angel: Merlock turns into a Gryphon for the final battle. But he loses the source of his powers and falls to his Disney Villain Death.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: During part 2 of Bubba's introductory story arc, everyone in Tupei addresses Scrooge by Bubba's pet name for him, "Scooge". ("That's Scrooge!" "Whatever.")
- Overly Long Gag: "A sea monster ate my ice creeeeeeeam!!" To the point of becoming a meme.
- Papa Wolf: If you thought Scrooge was already a Badass Grandpa, you have not seen how dangerous he can be when protecting his Nephews, Webby, and innocent children in general.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: The Beagle Boys were fond of these.
- Especially their iconic masks, to the point where they'd probably be stealthier by not wearing them.
- An especially noteable one was from the episode "Ducks On the Lam" when Bigtime, calling from inside the moneybin after he, Burger and Bouncer have taken over, pretends to be Scrooge while calling around to the various Duckburg banks pretending to be Scrooge. Problem is, these are VIDEO phones, and Bigtimes disguise consists of a painting of Scrooge that he shoved his arms through and cut eyeholes in. Aside from the fact that the mouth doesnt move when he talks, you can clearly see the picture frame on the screen. Yet, it works perfectly.
- Parent Trap Plot
- Parent with New Paramour: "Til Nephews Do Us Part"
- Police Are Useless: They'd have to be if the villains are able to trick them into arresting Scrooge three times in the show's run.
- Pooled Funds: Naturally, since it stars Scrooge McDuck.
- Pun-Based Title
- Punny Name: The witch's name is Magica De Spell, or "Magic Spell".
- The Five-Episode Pilot has a conquestador named Joaquin Slowly ("walkin' slowly").
- Fenton's girlfriend Gandra Dee, a reference to actress Sandra Dee (of Gidget famenote ). Also a reference to the fact that she's a goose (also known as a "gander").
- Put on a Bus: Donald Duck gets this treatment in the opening episode, mostly because unlike in the original comics, animated!Donald is The Unintelligible and it would have been a hassle to keep him around as a major character who speaks frequently.
- Really 700 Years Old: El Capitan, a Conquistador from four centuries ago whose sheer mania for the gold he stole from South America has kept him alive out of pure willpower to find it once more.
- Recognizable By Sound: In "Hero for Hire", Scrooge, hearing the motor of Launchpad's helicopter, exclaims, "I'd know that sound anywhere!"
- Red-Headed Hero: Launchpad.
- Re Tool: Most of season 2 had episodes revolving around Duckberg and Scrooge's business ventures rather than more world exploration, they also centered around non-comic characters like Bubba and Gizmoduck.
- Reset Button: In "Master of the Djinni", Flintheart Glomgold's lack of care with his wishes got him stranded in a desert island with Scrooge. Forgetting he still had a wish, he unwittingly used it to wish he had never seen the lamp. Because of that wish, the past was altered so the explosion that allowed Scrooge and Flintheart to enter the cave also caused the lamp to fall from its pedestal into a pile of rubble, where it remained unseen by everyone who entered the cave.
Genie: (still trapped in the lamp) Hello? Anybody out there? Anybody out there?!
- Robot Girl: Robotica, obviously.
- Rogues Gallery: Flintheart Glomgold, Magica De Spell, and the Beagle Boys have been tormenting Scrooge for years.
- Rogues-Gallery Transplant: One episode featured the Phantom Blot as a villain, who originated as an antagonist in old Mickey Mouse comics.
- Money is Water: Do not attempt to dive into a pile of metal coins in Real Life. Even in the show, Scrooge is the only one with this ability. This fact leads to several villain concussions.
- Sometimes done inconstantly. There are episodes where the nephews can dive through coins too. Though perhaps Scrooge took the time to show them how.
- Parodied disturbingly here.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: This show was pretty good about this. King Arty managed to temporarily hold off Lestred's invasion in the episode "Sir Gyro De Gearloose". Then Homer helps Scrooge and his nephews reclaim his kingdom of Ithaquack from Circe in "Home Sweet Homer". Also the true ruler of the kingdom Roy, after the mask is removed was able help Scrooge and his friends save his kingdom in the episode "The Duck In The Iron Mask".
- Running Gag: There have been a couple of episodes where someone's name has been mispronounced, when they correct the crowd, they reply with "Whatever."
- From "The Duck That Would Be King":
Crowd: Hail "Skooge!"
Scrooge: That's SCROOGE!
- From the same episode:
Scrooge: Now get us out of here.
Mysterious Woman: You got it, Skooge.
Scrooge: That's SCROOGE.
Mysterious Woman: Whatever.
- And from the ending of the episode:
Crowd: Farewell, Scrooge!
- Another, from "Scrooge's Last Adventure": First, Huey, Dewey and Louie resort to Plan B when the clockmaker insists that he can't fix the grandfather clock they accidentally broke. Evidently, Plan B is throwing a tantrum until the clockmaker gives in. Later, Fenton Crackshell tries to get Scrooge to let him help in recovering his money from cyberspace. When Scrooge refuses, Fenton resorts to his Plan B, which is also throwing a tantrum until Scrooge gives in. Finally, Scrooge throws a tantrum after all he's been through and his grandnephews ask how he knew about Plan B.
- Satellite Love Interest: Gandra Dee has no purpose on the show other than being Fenton's love interest/girlfriend, and YMMV on if she's even a good girlfriend. She only appeared in six episodes though.
- Schizo Tech: This show has cars straight from The Fifties and family relationships work similar to that time, yet technology includes Ray Guns and the Force Field in the opening, while architecture is all over the place.
- Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: Scrooge McDuck in a nutshell. He loves his money to an almost disturbing degree, but: "I made [my money] on the seas, and in the mines, and in the cattle wars of the old frontier! I made it by being tougher than the toughies, and smarter than the smarties! And I made it square!"
- And he makes it very clear that as much as he loves his money, he loves his family more.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Flintheart Glomgold is essentially Scrooge's complete opposite (see Evil Counterpart above). He's a lying, cheating scoundrel who's more than willing to pull every dirty trick in the book to get what he wants.
- Also, Magica's evil nightmare version of Scrooge: "I'm rich! I can do anything! AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!"
- Seers: Fenton's mother for an episode.
- Self-Made Man: Scrooge.
- Servile Snarker: Duckworth.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Scrooge, Flintheart, and Gladstone.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: Magica De Spell actually looks pretty attractive when she transforms into "Vanna Flight" in the episode "Dime Enough For Luck".
- Also Mrs. Beakley to a certain extent.
- Shout-Out: Enough for its own page.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Dijon is a sneaky thief while his older brother Poupon is an honest monk.
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: Scrooge and Goldie.
- Space Does Not Work That Way: This applies to every time space exploration was in the episode.
- Species Surname: Par for the course with Disney character cartoons. Subverted with Duckworth, with appears to be a dog of some kind.
- In the episode "Ducky Horror Picture Show", he mentions a butler's convention in "Dogburg".
- "The Uncrashable Hindentanic" has a piano player named Burt Beakarach, who's actually a lizard. Obviously, characters who may have been ducks in pre-production may change species in the final product.
- Stalker with a Crush: Robotica, to the case of being a borderline Yandere.
- Also Bubba from the episode "Bubbeo And Juliet", which actually led to them becoming friends.
- Super OCD: El Capitan in his obsession over the Treasure of the Lost Suns, to the point he remembers every single individual piece of gold. This is his underdoing in each of his attempts, since he refuses to lose so much as a single dime of treasure, leading him to be duped by the heroes or attempt to double cross his team mate who is intent on getting a share (see Villain Team-Up).
- Scrooge's own money obsession borders this at times.
- Take That: In "Bermuda Triangle Tangle", Scrooge is forced to work with an incompetent captain named Foghorn, whose name is most likely a jab at Looney Tunes character Foghorn Leghorn.
- Theme Naming: On many occasions.
- Thief Bag: The Beagle Boys commonly use these.
- Time Stands Still: "Time Teasers".
- Title Montage: As with most Disney Afternoon series, many of the clips in the opening come from the series itself. There are a few exceptions, though.
- Title Theme Tune: One of the catchiest of all time.
- Took a Level in Badass: Fenton Crackshell when he became Gizmo Duck. Also adult Doofus and Webby in the episode "Duck To The Future". Then there's Scrooge when he becomes the "Masked Mallard".
- Took a Level in Dumbass: Launchpad had his moments of this. Especially when he becomes the "Webbed Wonder", and is tricked into robbing banks for the Beagle Boys because they tell him it's for a movie.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Scrooge's adult nephews in the episode "Duck To The Future".
- Also Scrooge himself when it came to dealing with Bubba. This got so bad that his own conscience was ashamed of him.
- Total Eclipse of the Plot: In "Allowance Day".
- Traveling Salesman: Filler Brushbill in "Much Ado About Scrooge." His valise has lots of items he either sells to people he runs into, or can use himself. (When he, Scrooge and the boys are surrounded by living trees, he scares the trees off with chainsaws from the valise. Scrooge then orders two dozen for his own lumber company.)
- Treasure Is Bigger in Fiction: Complete with the search of huge gemstones.
- Trigger Happy: Goldie.
- Trrrilling Rrrs: Scrrrooge. He is Scottish, after all.
- Tsundere: Goldie.
- Uncle Pennybags: Scrooge himself, naturally. He plays hardball when it comes to business, but he's an old softie when it comes to his family.
- The Unintelligible: In one episode, some of Donald Duck's shipmates (and even his own admiral) panic because they can't understand a word of what he's saying.
- Universal Driver's License: Launchpad McQuack can intuit how to operate any flying vehicle, from planes and helicopters to alien space ships and whatever invention Gyro Gearloose has cobbled together. But while he can fly anything (kinda), landing is another matter entirely: his personal Catch Phrase is "If it's got wings, I can crash it."
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Scrooge.
- Also it runs in the family, as Scrooge's nephews join forces with Magica De Spell in the future during one episode.
- Up to Eleven: You know about Scrooge's Money Bin, right? Gigantic building filled to the brim with cash? All that moolah is what Scrooge made himself. The rest of his fortune is spread throughout his businesses, industries, and resource operations.
- And with plenty more to spare in the bank. Richest duck indeed.
- Use Your Head: In "A Whale of a Bad Time," Donald finds the controls to Bluebottle's supersub, the Moby 2 (which was used to steal Scrooge's fortune at sea thanks to Bluebottle hired by Glomgold). When Donald asks what to do, Scrooge tells him this. Needless to say, Donald uses his head to bash in the controls, prompting Scrooge to go, "So that's how he exercises his mind."
- Valley Girl: Launchpad's little sister Loopy is one of these.
Like, totally to the ma-ax!
- The Vamp: Magica De Spell, Feathers Galore, Cinnamon Teal, Circe, and Boom-Boom Beagle.
- Villain Team-Up: Done several times. It seems a standard plot that many villains in the series would prove effective working together, if not for nearly all of them having a Chronic Backstabbing Disorder and ultimately causing both their downfalls by trying to steal all the profit for themselves.
- Waif Prophet: Sensen.
- The Walls Are Closing In: An episode had Scrooge and his nephews trapped in an Egyptian tomb with a wall with spears closing in on them. They're saved by pressing a hidden button activating a trapdoor.
- Also one of the rooms in the temple from "Bubba's Big Brainstorm".
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: At the end of "Top Duck", Launchpad thinks that his parents are ashamed of him, and learns that his parents actually couldn't be prouder of him.
- Wham Episode: It happens at the end of part 1 of the Golden Goose 2 parter. The first part of the episode ends when the Beagle Boys turn Huey, Dewey, and Louie into gold statues by the golden goose.
- "What Do They Fear?" Episode: "Nothing To Fear," which remains one of the most memorable episodes of the series because of the Mood Whiplash.
- What Have I Done: Scrooge is horrified when he realizes that his lust for the Golden Fleece is about to get Launchpad killed.
- What the Hell, Hero?:
- The reaction to Scrooge's treatment of Bubba upon returning to the present. While Bubba does cause some misfortune, he is a caveman and a little kid who honestly doesnt know any better.
- Huey, Dewey, and Louie are also shocked when Scrooge abandons Launchpad to a dragon to get the Golden Fleece.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Launchpad parodies it in the Five-Episode Pilot: "Yah, a snake! I hate snakes! No... that's somebody else. I sorta like snakes." Then one nearly eats him: "Now I hate snakes."
- Wig, Dress, Accent: Happens to Scrooge twice.
- To get past Magica in "Duck to the Future" he disguises himself as a salesman (and ditches the Scottish accent to complete it).
- "Blue Collar Scrooge" has him get hit with amnesia, and when he can't remember who he is, he asks "Any why am I talking with this accent?" in the normal voice of his VA, Alan Young. Without his glasses, accent, or even his famliar outfit, Scrooge shows up on Mrs. Crackshell's door, and she takes him in. He gets a job at McDuck Industries as "Pops," and is appalled at the conditions. "Pops" gets the workers to strike, just when Fenton arrives, having to impersonate Scrooge himself after days of Scrooge being missing. Once Scrooge recovers his memory, he also remembers what happened—though when he raises salaries by a dollar an hour, he faints. Mrs. Crackshell catches him, and he admits he's grateful for her helping him, too.
- Wingding Eyes: Scrooge sometimes gets dollar signs in his eyes.
- Witch with a Capital B: This will come to mind every time Scrooge calls Magica "You witch!" or "That witch!" Justified due to the fact that Magica is actually a witch.
- Work Off the Debt: when Scrooge temporarily loses all of his wealth due to a years-old contract, he and the group (Huey, Dewey, Louie, Webigail, etc.) eat at a high-end restaurant where they were regulars anyway, saying to put the charge on his account. The contract-holder says the account is his as well, and Scrooge says to "Put it on his account." The owner doesn't approve of this and puts them to work in the kitchen washing dishes.
- World of Funny Animals
- Yandere: Robotica at least until the end of "Metal Attraction".
- You Just Had to Say It: During "Sweet Duck of Youth", Louie asks what they're going to do. One of his brothers says, "Follow [the ghost]". Louie comments that he "had to say it."
- Your Worst Nightmare: "Nothing To Fear" starts by playing this for laughs before the nightmares suddenly become dark and heartbreaking. Not even Magica De Spell is spared this: once Scrooge and the boys face their fears, her own worst nightmare of one of her own spells coming back onto her comes true.
- You Wouldn't Hit a Guy with Glasses?: Gizmoduck tries invoking this (along with Wouldn't Hit a Girl) to stop the GICU2 security robotnote from attacking him. It doesn't work.