Carl Barks' Comics
- Gyro Gearloose trying to figure out why a bird is singing, as a way to test a machine that is, essentially, an electronic oracle in "The Know-it-all Machine".
Bird:Maybe I'm sad, maybe I'm glad, maybe I'm a little mad?
- The ending is also pure gold, as Gyro goes insane and proceeds to sing like a bird.
- Oh, and why did the bird sing? Gyro eventually uses a talk with animals machine to figure it out. The bird answers
- Speaking of Gyro, Helper vs. the desert in "The Sure-Fire Gold Finder".
- The ending is also pure gold, as Gyro goes insane and proceeds to sing like a bird.
- Against his tightwad instincts, Scrooge must spend several surplus million dollars when he runs out of vault space to store it. After hours of what is, for him, torture, Scrooge discovers he's earned more money all the while, so he still has the surplus regardless! His response is priceless.
- The boys' repeated failures with their animal calls in The Mines of King Solomon.
- The story is also funny when you consider the fact that back in 1951, in No Such Varmint, the triplets looked down on their Uncle Donald for taking up the practice of snake charming. Six years later and they are now charming animals, with Donald being somewhat annoyed as their insistence on doing so.
- In one comic, Scrooge is being followed by a thug, and tries to escape him...until he sees a wanted poster offering a 5000 dollar reward for the crook, at which point the tables are turned.
Don Rosa's Comics
- Seriously, everything regarding the Black Knight and his accent. Especially the ending of "The Black Knight Glorps Again":Scrooge: (after Donald's read a letter from the Knight) Why are you reading with his outrageous accent?Donald: Because he even writes with that outrageous accent.
- The strangeness escalation of Donald's TV shows in "Guardians of the Lost Library", where the hero's vehicle always bursts into flames for no reason. Be it a car.. .A speedboat... A horse... Even a comet.note
- In "Dream of a Lifetime", the Inception-like dream machine makes any sound Scrooge hears during his sleep will appear as a RELATED object in his dream. Note the word "RELATED"
Beagle Boy: Didnt your mother ever tell you not to eat prunes before bed?!
- Every time the dream shifts and Scrooge Discovers Donald his response is: "Nephew?! What the @*%# are you doing here?!" Even when Donald runs into him as a 10 year old shoeshine boy.
- Donald's reaction when he found out the new dream is set on the Titanic, and that of the final Beagle Boy when he realizes he's manhandling Klondike!Scrooge.
- The Running Gag about the Beagle Boy's thinking that Scrooge is having a sequnce of nightmares, not realizing he's genuinely enjoying reliving his adventures.
Goldie: Aint you kind of far from the sea, sailor?
- Donald meeting a young Glittering Goldie in Scrooge's dream about Klondike. It's funnier if you remember he's met her as a mellowed out old woman, but not in her snarky Femme Fatale prime.
- In the anniversary celebration A Little Something Special, Scrooge is bored out of his mind at a celebration in his honor, held away from his Money Bin. The speaker is a tall pig, but looking down, Scrooge sees that he casts Flintheart Glomgold's shadow. His next thought balloon is presented as a rebus:(Pig) + (Glomgold's Shadow) = (Glomgold) + (Magic) ; (Flintheart Glomgold) + (Magic) = (Magica) ; (Glomgold) + (Magica) = !!!!!
Mayor: Wont that ruin the festivities?
- Sadly, the rebus is not continued when he learns the Beagle Boys have also joined forces with Glomgold and Magica.
- It's even more hilarious when Scrooge then runs from the celebration, and Glomgold, in his disguise, desperately tries to beg the very confused Chief of Police to shoot the guest of honour down.
Glomgold: What did I do to deserve this?! Dont answer that.
- At the end, with their plan in ruins, Magica and the Beagle Boys decide to get revenge on Glomgold for screwing them over, and team up to loot HIS money bin in South Africa. Glomgold returns home in time to see the Beagle Boys emptying his bin while Magica runs off with his first Rand.
- In The Black Knight, Scrooge tried everything he can to stop the titular Black Knight. He asked the National Guard to launch a missile strike against The Black Knight, and...Soldier: Hmph! Scrooge McDuck just called and ordered an anti-tank missile for home delivery! What's he think we are, a pizza joint?Officer: Push the button, man! McDuck's taxes pay for 97.3 percent of this entire installation!
- Not that it does a damn thing, since the Knight's armor dissolves the entire missile, with the exception of the fins... which keep flying and almost impale Donald.
- "Escape from Forbidden Valley": Donald gets abducted by a female hadrosaur who thinks he's her baby. Parts of her treatment includes shoving worms down his throat to feed him before thinking a solution to end his screaming would be to make him sleep. Donald keeps protesting vividly as she places him on some vines shaped like a hammock, only to fall instantly to sleep once she starts rocking him. Later she finally gets tired of his screaming and... decides to spank him. Poor Huey, Dewey and Louie appear just in time to witness it.Huey: Is that hadrosaur doing what I think she's doing to unca Donald?Dewey: Giving him something he mighta needed since... "since dinosaurs ruled the Earth"?
- When he's rescured, Donald asks if they witnessed this. The nephews poorly try to lie about it.
- The giant moth who shows up when the group makes camp for the night, being drawn to their camp fire, and refuses to leave. It ends up spending the whole night there, even letting Dewey use it as a pillow, before departing the next morning.
- When the group later flees the Forbidden Valley, Donald tosses one of the dinosaur eggs Scrooge found in an abandoned nest to the female dinosaur to keep her from wrecking their escape craft. When Huey asks him what if that was a Tyrannosaurus egg (the female in question is a hadrosaur, a duck-billed herbivore dinosaur), Donald just responds that if it is, "one day, Forbidden Valley will have a very sweet-natured Tyrannosaur". When the second egg hatches, its revealed to be another hadrosaur
- When the cast is originally left in the Forbidden Valley, a Tyrannosaurus is accidently tripped over the wall sealing the valley away from the rest of the world, dumping him right by the tribespeople who left the main characters there. At the end, the ducks are wondering whatever happened to them, only for the reader to see them being chased by the tyrannosaur in the background. Scrooge later reveals that he got his desired trade deal with the tribe that he was looking for at the start of the story, as their village had been wrecked AGAIN (a reference to the original Forbidden Valley story when their village was first wrecked in a dinosaur stampede).
- The notorious Life And Times supplementary story The Prisoner Of White Agony Creek opens with the nephews finding the lock of Goldie's hair that Scrooge keeps in his trunk. The following discussion eventually veers into exactly what happened while Goldie lived with Scrooge at his gold claim. While the nephews have no idea, Donald certainly does and has a huge Oh, Crap! moment before ushering out his innocent nephews to keep them from hearing the very R-rated details of the story.
- In An Eye for Details, Rosa decides to explain why Donald can see the difference between Huey, Dewey and Louie, when they are seemingly exactly identical. Turns out he has developed an incredible eye for detail, which Scrooge immediately tries to exploit.
Donald: It's simple. Huey is the one with the tiny speck in his eye, Dewey has an extra wrinkle on his thumb, and Louie has a crooked freckle.
- The Running Gag that Donald mentions incredible minute details whenever Scrooge asks him to tell the difference between the boys.
- Scrooge fails again and again to exploit Donald's eye for detail, usually because he neglected to prepare Donald properly, or because he overworked him. At first, Donald spends too much time inspecting each device for minute and irrelevant differences, so Scrooge only gives him a second to inspect each. This causes Donald to destroy hundreds of them because they have different serial numbers.
- Another time, Scrooge lets him work at his own pace, and gives him a picture to compare a bunch of steel beams to. What he failed to mention is that the picture was of a defective beam, so Donald ends up clearing hundreds of beams with the exact same defect!
- The Dick Kinney/Al Hubbard story Fall Guy starring Donald and Fethry is pretty much one nine-page-long CMOF: Donald and Fethry are on a vacation by Niagara Falls, and Fethry keeps trying to go over the falls in a barrel, completely unaware that this is against the law. Through various accidents and mishaps, both the guard at the Niagara Falls◊ and Donald◊ end up in barrels and going over the falls, leaving Fethry to lament: "Everybody gets a turn but me!"
- One four-page William Van Horn story has Donald and Jones trying to stop their fighting by simply ignoring one another. This goes about as well as you could expect, particularly when both of them begin to suspect that the other isn't doing his fair share of ignoring. It escalates to what looks to be a really huge fight — and then, the story's last panel cuts away to a police car driving at top speed down the road with the police radio annoincing: "Calling all cars! Calling all cars! Two neighbors ignoring one another on Elm Street! Proceed with caution!"
- One story has Donald enter Bolivar (called "Bernie" in the story) in a talent contest for dogs, betting a month's dishwashing with Huey, Dewey and Louie that he'll win. When Bolivar is too lazy to be trained, Donald decides to cheat by outfitting him with a special collar made by Gyro Gearloose, one that makes Bolivar copy all the motions Donald makes. Come the talent show, Donald is all set to make Bolivar do an elegant dance on-stage — but accidentally hits his head and knocks himself out, causing Bolivar to lie completely still on the stage for the entire time he's on, to the boos and jeers of the audience. The story ends with Donald and Bolivar (still wearing the collar) both washing dishes, using the exact same motions, and glaring at one another.
- An Italian comic parodied Twilight. Daisy wrote it with Brigitta as an assistant/editor. It features Donald as "Edward Duckullen" and Daisy as Daisybella.
- Dickie Duck as Alice Duckullen, telling Jamestone(Gladstone) that she will use her future-seeing powers to see his every move before he makes it. Cue her instead getting next morning's television commercials.
- Magic Brigitta. Since Scrooge features into the story as Charlie Swan, she repeatedly tries to insert herself into the story and successfully woo him. Daisy no-sells every such attempt, and they get sillier each time.
- Fethry Duck as Carlisle. He is The Load here, but everyone dismisses it as just him getting senile after 300 years.
- Another Italian comic has this exchange between Scrooge and Gyro:Scrooge: (storming into Gyro's workshop) Gyro! I need your help more than ever!
Gyro: Don't tell me it's your spats again? Buy a new pair, for crying out loud! I've repaired your old spats twenty times!
Scrooge: It's not the spats.
Gyro (working himself up to a frenzy) They can't be fixed again! I'm only human! There's a limit to what I can do!
Scrooge: It's not the spats! I want you to send me back in time to 1775!
Gyro: What? That's all? (instantly calm again) I thought you were going to pester me about your spats again.
- One story featured Grandma winning an "all-rest vacation". Gus asks if he can come with her... to give her the good example, because he doesn't think she is able to rest. He then dares her to go one single minute idle hands. Cue her staying in place cleaning the floor by using her foot and a rag.
Grandma: *from the bus* LET ME OFF!
- The exact same scene is redone with the roles reversed: Grandma dares Gus to stay awake for one single minute. Cue him standing upright, eyes open, snoring.
- Then Donald and Fethry come to the farm to take care of it along with Gus. As the bus with Grandma is leaving, Fethry turns to "go combing the potato tree" with a rake, Donald is knocked out with said rake, and Gus is again asleep.
- And finally... rolling pin-fu. Seriously.
- The Italian saga Fantaleggende, published on the Italian "Topolino" weekly. Set in the middle ages, it tends to alternate normal or even epic moments with rather crazy things:
- The narrator. A minstrel whose audience will pepper with eggs, tomatoes and other things (including a cake. That he ate) when he takes a pause between a chapter of the current story and the next or starts a new story in the old setting (the audience wants something new). He also has troubles rhyming his narration-And was once caught plagiarizing The Betrothed reading directly from the book.
- Donald the Unsaddled, so-called because he falls from all horses. Including wooden ones when he was a child. Gyro procures him three pedal-powered mechanical horses, with rather hilarious consequences:
- The first one is too frail, and breaks after tripping on a rock;
- The second one is tougher and tracked. On the other hand, it can't cross rivers or jump ravines;
- The third one is winged, to jump over obstacles. And too heavy;
- The winged one gets modified with the addition of an energy crystal of alien origins, so that, with a little run-up, it will jump over obstables. Donald decides to play it safe, so he takes a long run-up... And lands on the moon;
- In the third and final story, the knights must go and fight pirates, but the mechanical horse is out of commission. Donald needs another steed, and jumps on Gyro's flying carpet. A broken flying carpet. The only reason he doesn't get on the moon is that he crashes on a communication device an alien traveling salesman was sending down on Earth, with Donald quickly mistaking the salesman for a genie due the lamp-like form of the device and the hologram making him look like a genie. The alien only humours him due the need to sell his merchandise, as he has his ship's hold still half-full...;
- Donald's first wish is, of course, a steed that won't unsaddle him. The alien has him steal the white elephant of a child sultan traveling to reach his realm.
- In the final story, Gyro invented a machine to multiply king Scrooge's coins. As it's actually a slot machine (not that he knows), you can guess how it goes.
- Later the alien salesman finally reaches Scrooge's castle, and his merchandise includes a slot machine. That he calls the one-armed bandit. Scrooge gets pissed.
- In the second story, Pete is called Bronze Leg, but everyone calls him Bronze Face-Italian slang for someone shameless.
- Whenever evil wizard Black Spot contacts his Dragon Pete from the moon through apparitions in fire or water, the apparition medium hits Pete.
- In Italian stories, the Running Gag of insulting garden gnomes, with the insult coming literally out of the blue every single time.
- In a 'classic' Paperinik story (that is, not one of the Paperinik New Adventures series), Rockerduck and Brigitta are talking about their troubles with Scrooge, when Rockerduck starts crying out Fyodor Dostoevsky's name, and we get this pearl:
- Brigitta: "Poor boy! Too much stress, you know? He cracked!"Rockerduck: "Ignore her! I'm not crazy! It's so easy! Dostevsky! Get it?"Brigitta: "No!"Rockerduck: "Dostoevsky! The Russian writer! The author of-"
- In Brigitta's debut story "The Last Babaloo", Scrooge got rid of her stalking for the day by promising him a beret in babaloo fur, believing that babaloo is just a nonsense word. Then his nephews inform him it's an actual and incredibly rare animal that is used to make fur clothing, leading to a priceless face. It gets even better when Scrooge, after hunting down the last babaloo referred to that in-story because the last beret of babaloo fur had been sold years earlier, finds out that he had bought that beret in 1898 and given it to Brigitta in their first encounter to try and get rid of her, before forgetting that babaloo was an actual word.
- "Zio Paperone e l'Ultima Avventura" ("Scrooge's Last Adventure") is mostly an epic-level story, but includes some funny moments in the last part:
- Magica's outfit after the Council of Witches turn her in a fairy for her latest failure in getting the Touch of Midas.
- After solving Magica's subplot and recovering the cash of the Money Bin, Scrooge and his family and allies plan to recover the rest of his fortune and the Money Bin, but Rockerduck and Glomgold currently have it and are about to raze the Bin and Killmotor Hill and their plan needs time. How do they get it? Easy: Fethry gets himself hired in the demolition crew. Cue Smash Cut to Fethry saying to a very pissed foreman that he's not coming closer because he doesn't want to get his feet in the quickly drying concrete that has trapped all the other workers.
- The fact it had been Fethry to come up with that.
- Jubal Pomp disguised as the Grand Visir of the Maharajah of Howduyustan and casually offering Rockerduck him a cup of diamonds (as in a cup filled with diamonds), a bucket or emeralds, or a few platinum ingots ("They're fresh, just arrived") as if they were snacks and drinks to perfect his cover. It has to be seen to be believed.
- In a Paperinik story the threat comes from time-displaced people and animals (including a Tyrannosaurus rex, seen fighting some conquistadores). Gyro reveals that it's a side effect of a device he invented, that, once charged, will change history. Gyro, of course, realized the danger and got rid of the blueprints. Did he burn them? Rip them? Eat them (all suggested by Paperinik)? No: he threw them in the trash can, because usually nobody can understand his inventions (as it happens, the villain of the story, professor Brain could, and kept Gyro's lab under surveillance). When Gyro and Paperinik track down Brain they both call Gyro an idiot for it.
- Brain succeeded in activating it but Paperinik managed to enter the new timeline where the villain rules over the world, and when he and a group of rebels discover how to restore the old one they lack the means due Paperinik's gadgets having exhausted their charge. What does Paperinik do? He finds a terminal of the time-changing device, goes back to the old timeline, and kidnaps his past self. And he does it by asking his counterpart if he sees his punch and then punching him out with the other. Even Future!Paperinik is surprised it worked...
- After seeing that Future!Paperinik is buff, Past!Paperinik asks him how did he train his body and learned martial arts, expecting the help of an Old Master. It was actually thanks to a series of VHS from a correspondence course.
- After a hard battle, the Paperiniks and the rebels have seized both Brain and the device to restore the old timeline, but the device's controls are crypted and Brain won't reveal the code, also boasting he's immune to Truth Serum and isn't ticklish. Then we see Future!Paperinik rolling his sleeves and getting permission from Past!Paperinik, and a Gilligan Cut later a very beaten Brain is telling them the code.
- The Paperiniks and the rebels restore the old timeline in such a way the device fails fully activating, with Past!Paperinik erasing his memory of the adventure to preserve the timeline. When the device fails fully activating, Brain orders his Mooks to attack Paperinik, with Gyro cowering behind the villain... And their faces as they see Paperinik inflict a brutal Curb-Stomp Battle are to be seen to be believed.
- The end of the parody of Les Misérables sees Javert finally catch Scrooge Valjean... And tell him he's been pardoned five years earlier. Scrooge's reaction is priceless.
- The fact Javert chased Scrooge's Valjean for five years straight just to tell him that, and leaves his life as soon as he does.
- At every edition of The World Cup, Magica's fanatism over Italy's national team.
- In 2018 Italy failed to get in the tournament. Cue Scrooge's complaining that this year Magica won't leave him alone for the duration (in fact the 2018 World Cup story on the Italian Mickey Mouse magazine starts with Magica trying an assault on the Money Bin while Scrooge's away).
- In "Uncle Scrooge and the Wonderful Old Slipper", Magica has a potion to make something irresistible-and she uses it to make Scrooge give her his entire fortune and economic empire in exchange for an old slipper. That Magica choose specifically because she knew how ridiculous it would be.
- Scrooge and everyone who saw the slipper fighting over it.
- Scrooge's reaction when Donald and the Nephews destroy the slipper and tell him what he did for it.
- In the end, Scrooge recovers the remnants of the potion... And uses it to have Magica sell him everything back for a button. That she promptly starts fighting Ratface over.
- One of Magica's best plans consisted in casting a spell that would push her magical powers to archmage levels, thus allowing her to take the Number One Dime without Scrooge being unable to stop her, but the spell requires a potion with number of rare ingredients, the last of which would be discovered alongside the full recipe only after recovering the second to last one. After an epic quest she arrives at the recipe and discovers the missing ingredient: her worst enemy's most prized possession. She has a Villainous Breakdown then and there.
- In one occasion, Scrooge had got the plans for Artificial Gravity technology from a stranded time traveler in exchange for help to try and build a time machine back home, only to have the plans snatched by Rockerduck's men disguised as the Time Police with the excuse introducing technologies before they were supposed to be invented is a crime and he's lucky they won't fine or arrest him. Thus Rockerduck introduces the technology decades early... And then the real Time Police takes notice, tracks down the time traveler to the Money Bin, and meets Scrooge who gleefully tells them when and where Rockerduck got the technology. Cue the Time Police blitzing Rockerduck and taking the plans directly from his hands while informing him that introducing a technology before it's supposed to be invented is indeed a crime and he's lucky they won't fine or arrest him for it or impersonating them."Who'd have expected that? My idea was so good it turned out being true."
- Scrooge and Donald trying to make sense when the real Time Police shows up at the Money Bin to collect the stranded time traveler and tell them what would have happened had they not got there months before Scrooge first met them.