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A Little Something Special is a 1997 Disney comic written and drawn by Don Rosa.

It is the 50th anniversary of Scrooge McDuck's arrival in Duckburg, the city that he built from scratch with his investments. While a prize is awarded for whoever can give Scrooge his most desired present, a team-up between the primary members of Scrooge's Rogues Gallery threatens to disrupt the celebrations.

A Little Something Special provides examples of:

  • Acting Unnatural:
    • One of the Beagle Boy disguised as one of Donald's nephews (thanks to a spell by Magica) attempts to make Donald buy his disguise by talking "how cute lil' ducks talk".
    Beagle Boy!Dewey: [with doe eyes and feminine body language] We sowwy we talk naughty, unca ducky! Oo give-um big hug?
    Donald: Saaay... did somebody slip these kids some silly-pills down at that party?
    • Really, all of the Beagle Boys. One of them is disguised as Grandma Duck, and acts like a gangster in front of Donald, even rolling up her sleeves to fight him.
  • And This Is for...: Scrooge to Blackheart Beagle: "Take that for 1880! And 1882! And 1902! And for Christmas 1947!"
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  • Big Damn Kiss: While one-sided as Scrooge is too petrified to respond, Goldie gives him this upon her surprise visit at the end.
  • Big Damn Reunion: A heartwarming and hilarious scene between Scrooge and Goldie at the end.
  • Born Lucky: Gladstone Gander actually weaponizes his lucky streak when the main villain is about to escape by asking the police captain to put a bounty on his head, causing a sudden wind to dispatch the villain and landing in front of Gladstone's feet so that he can collect the reward.
  • Didn't Think This Through:
    • Magica fails to realize that, with Scrooge's fortune being stolen from him, his number one dime won't be useful.
    • Blackheart Beagle and the Beagle Boys fail to keep Scrooge's money because Blackheart, who came up with the whole plan in the first place, didn't learn that the train tracks he planned to use to take the money from Duckburg were condemned for not being able to support a loaded train. The loot ends up falling into the town's sewer system.
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  • Hidden Villain: The team-up between the Beagle Boys, Flintheart Glomgold, and Magica DeSpell on Scrooge's 50th anniversary in Duckburg is orchestrated from afar by Duckburg's first citizen: Grandpa Blackheart Beagle.
  • I Own This Town: It's said in this story that Scrooge owns 99.9% of all lands and businesses in Duckburg but never tries to tell the Mayor how to run the town.
  • Insistent Terminology: Magica corrects those who call her a "witch" by saying she's a "sorceress".
  • I Will Wait for You: As Scrooge insists with his Hidden Heart of Gold that Goldie should leave, she comments with a smile that she'll wait for him.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Flintheart Glomgold, who financed the plan, ends up being robbed of his Number One Rand and as much money as the Beagle Boys can carry. When he asks what he did to deserve this, he adds a "don't answer that".
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Scrooge is puzzled to learn that the town is celebrating his fiftieth year in Duckburg. The book actually marks the fiftieth anniversary of his appearance in comics.
  • Meaningful Look: Scrooge pretends to be bothered by Goldie coming to see him and angrily tells her to leave after she kisses him, but once she's left, his expression becomes starstruck and he sheds a happy tear, having received the "most desired gift" he secretly wanted.
  • Meaningless Villain Victory: Thanks to teaming up with Scrooge's other enemies, Magica DeSpell actually obtains her goal of stealing Scrooge's Number One Dime, which she needs to melt down for a special amulet. However, Scrooge points out that the spell specified the first dime of the world's richest man, making it worthless when the rest of Scrooge's fortune has been stolen by the Beagle Boys.
  • Plot Hole: Both Scrooge and Blackheart seem to forget that Grandma- who's Scrooge's sister's mother-in-law- has lived in Duckburg longer than either of them.
  • Rebus Bubble: There's a more elaborate than usual application of this trope as Scrooge puts together the facts to realize that Glomgold and Magica have teamed up. The image at the trope's page features this example.
  • Rhetorical Question Blunder: After the villains' scheme is foiled, Magica and the Beagle Boys decide to make the best of it and rob Flintheart blind instead. Flintheart laments, "What did I ever do to deserve this?", before hastily adding, "Don't answer that!".
  • "Shut Up" Kiss: One that goes horribly wrong. The Beagle Boys show up in the Money Bin when Scrooge is away, disguised as the Duck's friends and relatives thanks to a transmutation wand belonging to Magica DeSpell. Donald gets wary when he sees "Daisy" consorting with "Gladstone", his romantic rival. He decides to plant a kiss on "her" just when damage to Magica's wand causes them to (partially) transform back to their real forms. Poor Donald has to reach for the Brain Bleach afterwards.
  • The Shadow Knows: When Flintheart Glomgold has assumed another form thanks to Magica's transmutation wand, Scrooge is able to figure out his real identity because Glomgold's shadow is unchanged.
  • Title Drop: The one who tells Scrooge that she has "a little something special" for him in the end is Goldie.
  • Villain Team-Up: Scrooge's three main foes—The Beagle Boys, Magica DeSpell, and Flintheart Glomgold—all join forces, and are led by Blackheart Beagle. This collaboration is made possible because their interests do not actually overlap: Magica only wants Scrooge's Number One Dime, the Beagle Boys want the rest of Scrooge's fortune and don't care about the Dime, and Glomgold doesn't want anything from Scrooge per se, just to see his business rival ruined. As a result, the three do not betray one another, but all live up to the deal they made at the start of the team-up. Of course, once the team-up is over, nothing prevents the Beagle Boys and Magica from joining forces to plunder Glomgold...