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Recap / Duck Tales S 1 E 5 Nothing To Fear

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The evil nephews throw Scrooge out of his mansion.
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Magica casts a spell over the McDuck mansion, causing everyone to hallucinate their worst nightmares.

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  • Adult Fear:
    • Magica De Spell 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.
    • Meanwhile, Doofus, a fellow duck on the Junior Woodchucks with Huey, Dewey, and Louie, faces fears of having trouble with a school bully. To make things worse, it seems he really does have this problem.
  • Attack of the Killer Whatever: Duckworth sees the limo become a monster and Doofus is threatened by a banana he is trying to eat.
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  • Big Ol' Eyebrows / Evil Eyebrows: On closeups the evil versions of both Scrooge and Huey, Dewey, and Louie have these as telltale signs that they aren't the real deal.
  • Blame Game: Huey, Dewey and Louie get into an argument about responsibility when Nightmare!Quackenbush shows up.
    Louie: Whose idea was it to not to do our homework?
    Dewey and Huey: YOURS!
    Louie: Whose idea was it to listen to my idea?
  • Borrowed Catch Phrase: Scrooge says "Quackaroonie!" along with the triplets during the climactic confrontation with Magica.
  • Cumulonemesis: Magica DeSpell summons an evil cloud over the McDuck manor, that brings the heroes' worst fears to live. After Scrooge and his nephews overcome their fear, the cloud turns against Magica instead (her worst fear) and chases her away, repeatedly zapping her with lightning.
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  • Evil Debt Collector: Even Scrooge McDuck isn't immune to this trope. 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 Laugh: The nightmare version of Scrooge, which only brought the boys' to tears.
  • Face Your Fears: In the end, the real Scrooge, HD&L band together to face their evil-magic versions. The nephews sling mud at Magica's "Scrooge" to turn him into a penny which vanishes, while Scrooge embraces the nephews. He then tells off the "evil versions" of HD&L, causing the evil nephews to shrink and vanish:
    And as for you three kilt-nippers, my boys love me, therefore you're not my boys!!
  • Food Eats You: A giant banana monster threatens to eat Doofus Drake as one of his nightmares.
  • The Game Come to Life: A video-game villain materializes because the boys are afraid of him. The hero from the game comes to life as well, but gets vaporized by the villain.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: When Magica runs off while getting zapped by her own fear monster, Scrooge calls after her: "You deserve to get it in the end, you old fuddy duddy."
  • 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.
    • Doofus' fear manifests as school bully Bully Beagle who constantly picks on him.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Magica falls victim to her own spell.
  • Literal Ass-Kicking: When the fear cloud turns on Magica, it zaps her in the butt with lightning. Scrooge even makes a pun on how she "got it in the end".
  • Manly Tears: Scrooge breaks down weeping after the illusions of Huey, Dewey, and Louie tell him he's an old fogey and only good for the money they can mooch off him.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: The monster banana after it turns big and mean.
  • Resentful Guardian: The boys' deepest fear manifests as an illusion of Scrooge who tells them that he's been behind all the things that have been scaring them as he never wanted them there anyway.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: The nightmare version of Scrooge representing the boys' fear that he never loved them uses this as the excuse for how he was able to create the cursed rain cloud. "I'm rich! I can do anything!"
  • Spoofing in the Rain: Doofus sings a ditty that is clearly based on "Singing in the Rain."
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Doofus disappears early on in the third act of the episode after deciding not to eat a banana because of his previous experience.
  • "What Do They Fear?" Episode / Your Worst Nightmare: The episode 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.
  • Your Little Dismissive Diminutive: The video game villain gloats that he's going to "conquer your puny little planet, starting with this puny little mansion."

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