YMMV: The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck

  • Angst Aversion: For people expecting a lighthearted Disney read, it might be a bit jarring with the heavy use of Love Hurts (between Scrooge and his love interest) and eventual dark turn the story takes which ultimately leads it to a Downer Ending. Even as the final ending turns the tables and leaves things on a much happier note (with the arrival of Donald and his nephews giving Scrooge an Adrenaline Makeover), people have been noted to say they have a hard time reading "The Empire Builder from Calisota" and beyond a second time, and, for romantic souls, "Hearts of the Yukon" can be down right painful.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • In Voodoo Hoodoo, Scrooge looked like Donald Duck when Bombie the Zombie first went after him because that was his natural youthful appearance. Here, it was just a disguise, including the flattened sideburns, which are never visible in other pictures of him with Bombie.
    • Any claims that Scrooge's Number One Dime is "lucky"note  are just rumors spread by an ignorant public.
    • Goldie wasn't really kidnapped. She was acting in order to get Scrooge to lower his guard and reveal where he'd hidden the deed to his claim to her.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Scrooge briefly mentions his weakening eyesight in Chapters 5 and 10, foreshadowing when he eventually begins wearing his familiar spectacles. These otherwise inconsequential moments become hard to read once you know of Don Rosa's later, much more tragic and painful struggles with his own deteriorating eyesight.
  • Genius Bonus: The fact that Carl Barks already had made Goldie wait for Scrooge in his old cabin for fifty years before he returned to him, something Don Rosa elaborated further in his narrative doesn`t make this less of a Genius Bonus, considering that Henrik Ibsen had used the same plot device in Peer Gynt - Solveig waited for Peer in his old cabin just as long (Whether Barks actually knew that much of Ibsen, is a moot point).
  • Heartwarming Moment: The ending of The Dream of a Lifetime.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • The Dream of a Lifetime involves the Beagle Boys invading Scrooge's dream, via a device stolen from Gyro, in order to steal the combination to his money bin. Guess which movie involving entering dreams in order to steal secrets came out 8 years later?
    • The last Beagle Boy to be ejected from Scrooge's dream met the Scrooge from the Klondike days and, after being defeated by him, threatened to sue Scrooge for "cruelty against bullies", since he couldn't brutalize anyone tougher than him. In "Attaaack!", Scrooge was complaining about being too old and feeble to handle criminals, prompting a Beagle Boy to claim he'd not like to meet Scrooge during his prime.
    • You know how Huey, Louie and Dewey are Not Allowed to Grow Up, but have remained their 10-year-old selves for what's approximately hundreds of stories? Contrast with Scrooge who spends half a story being a 10-year-old, before visibly aging by the end of it.
  • Holy Shit Quotient: Chapter 3 B: "The Cowboy Captain of the Cutty Sark". When you start to believe nothing can actually beat the Krakatoa's explosion, Don Rosa makes sure to prove you wrong.
  • Memetic Badass: Even Donald (who was previously skeptical to the tall tales of his uncle's past), acknowledges that Scrooge was the ultimate Bad Ass in his Klondike days.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: About the only thing that separates the whole story from being an adult adventurous comic is the fact that it's inhabited with Petting Zoo People.
    • That and fights never ending in anything more than Amusing Injuries, even for villains. The few characters that do die do so off page.