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Curse me kilts!

–Scrooge McDuck

Scrooge McDuck is the main character in the 2017 DuckTales Series.

Biography

He is a Scottish duck, and is the richest businessman in the world. He goes to extreme lengths to save even small amounts of money, especially his Number One Dime.

Early Life

Number One Dime

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Earning his Number One Dime

Several years ago when Scrooge was a young boy, he was a shoe shiner in the city of Glasgow. One day while working, Burt the Ditchdigger came with boots cemented in mud and hired Scrooge to shine his shoes. Scrooge worked and worked, shining his shoes until they sparkled. In return, the man paid Scrooge with a single American dime.[1]

Moving to America

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Moving to America

Proud of his hard work, the American dime inspired Scrooge to move to the United States of America, where he would eventually find his fortune.[1]

Early Adventures

Neverrest Ninny

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Scrooge and George, about to scale Mount Neverest

On Christmas day, 75 years prior to the series, Scrooge made his first million dollars and wanted to mark the occasion by doing something nobody has ever done before; climbing to the top of Mount Neverrest. He hired a renowned mountaineer, George Mallardy, to lead his expedition up the mountain. But due to Scrooge's inexperience and over-package on emergency supplies, Mallardy mocked him mercilessly. When Scrooge and Mallardy were tied together on a rope and dangling from a cliff, Mallardy insisted that Scrooge would lighten his load, but Scrooge refused believing the supplies were still needed. Frustrated, Mallardy cut scrooge loose and he fell of Mount Neverrest so Mallardy could continue himself. A myth of this incident spread around, but it stated that instead of Mallardy trying to kill Scrooge, he tried to save him. Scrooge was branded "The Neverrest Ninny".

The Good Life

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Basking in a pile of treasure

Scrooge was a very adventurous, outgoing and brave man, even in his older years. Some of his exploits include defeating a Rock Giant and carving a statue out of its leg and solving the mystery of the Chupacabra and swimming in a pile of gold.[2] During an adventure with Della Duck, Scrooge remarks that he's done 'aboot' everything in his life, from prospecting to treasure hunting and even farming chickens.[3]

The Golden Chicken

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Scrooge and his family exploring the temple

On an adventure in a jungle, Scrooge McDuck, accompanied by his niece and nephew, Della Duck and Donald Duck respectively. The trio eventually came across an ancient city and temple, ruled by the mighty Montemplumage. Scrooge and Della make haste while they enter the temple, while Donald lags behind the group, making pessimistic quips along the way. While walking down a hallway, Scrooge came across an bird-like artifact in a cage. Della examines the artifact while Scrooge recognizes the bird as the greatest treasure Montemplumage ever owned, the Golden Chicken. Much to the confusion of the group, the chicken came to life and begins to attack the group. Scrooge deduces that the chicken was not Montemplumage's greatest treasure, but actually his greatest nightmare. The chicken begins to grow in size as it continues to assault Donald while Scrooge and Della try to came up with a solution to stop the being.

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confronting the Golden Chicken

Scrooge and Della uncover a room covered in ancient symbols. Scrooge was quickly able to learn what the symbols mean, recognizing them as the rules of a game and Della gets to work on trying to solve the puzzle. The two are able to solve the puzzle, but to their confusion and anger, it just seems to drop Cacao Beans from a vent located in a stone heads mouth. However, as Donald quickly realizes, the beans are magical and cause him to shrink after he eats them. Scrooge convinces the chicken to eat the Cacao Beans and causes it to also shrink. After several helpings of the beans, the chicken was small enough to fit in the cage. Sometime later, the trio are enjoying a train ride. Scrooge decides to keep the golden chicken as a keepsake.

Doom Valley and Iceland

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Scrooge in Doom Valley

Intrigued by a mystery of sheep seemingly appearing out of nowhere in various Chinese restaurants, Scrooge, Della and Donald set off in an adventure in Doom Valley. Believing their appearances tied to the ancient myth of Hilarius Goosesson, Scrooge and his family quickly discovered a viking village "frozen in time". Fascinated by the fact that the vikings are still living in Doom Valley, Scrooge didn't get much time to properly study the area as he and the others were quickly attacked by the vikings. The battle was one sided however, as Della defeated the vikings by herself, eventually leading to Scrooge's party and the vikings to come to an understanding and stopped fighting. After realizing their plight with their magic sheep losing power given the hot and dry temperature, Scrooge devised a plan and dropped off several industrial grade refrigerators in the valley, all straight from McDuck Money Bin.

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Scrooge receiving a sheep from Hilda

The plan was largely a success as the vikings ended up using the refrigerators to cool the sheep, thus powering the Vortex. However a problem arrived when only 99 of the 100 required sheep appear. In an act of quick thinking, Scrooge shoved Donald into the vortex, powering it but freezing Donald in the process. Regardless of the tiny hiccup near the end, the plan worked greatly and the vikings were happy with the vortex working again. The daughter of Hilarius Goosesson, Hilda Goosesson, claims that'll keep the Vortex powered for 1000 years. To show her thanks, Hilda gave Scrooge his own sheep, which he found adorable. Afterwards, Scrooge, Dell and Donald boarded a boat to Iceland. While Donald was annoyed that he was still frozen, Scrooge and Della reflect on their trip and looked forward to going to Iceland.

Time Traveling Jellybeans

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Scrooge in France, being confronted by Nostradogmus

Now in France, Scrooge, Della and Donald headed off to Nostradogmus's Castle in order to reap any treasures the sixteenth century prophet may hold in his castle. Now in the castle, Scrooge explained to his niece and nephew that Nostradogmus created magic jellybeans with the property that allowed its consumer to travel back in time, and that he's rumored to have six left in his castle. Scrooge marveled at Nostradogmus's dedicated to learning new skills, how he spent an unknown amount of time mastering baking cookies. Quickly, Della discovered the six other jellybeans in a painting of Nostradogmus's cookies. As the discovered the jellybeans, the ghost of Nostradogmus himself came to punish Scrooge and co. Before they could react, they fell down a trap door, but as they're falling, Della ate one of her beans, allowing them to teleport away.

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Scrooge being cornered

As they ran away, Scrooge came across an armory. Getting the brilliant idea to try and loot weapons and armor from the armor, he and his family rush in, only to find it was guarded by monstrous skeletons the whole time. Cornered and afraid, the eat another Jellybean and find themselves in a bed room. They started to rest briefly, but their relaxation was quickly interrupted by fiery boulders that chased after them. Eating another Jellybean, they appeared before Nostradogmus himself, who sicked a pack of ghost dogs after them. Scrooge however, comes up with a plan to time travel before they were confronted by Nostradogmus and beat him at his own game by baking cookies. The plan works, but Donald was baked into a giant cookie in the process. Showing a surprisingly noble side, Nostradogmus admits defeat and lets them go. Some time later, Scrooge and Della pull up at Duckburg Elementary, where they let young kids eat Donald's cookie, freeing him in the process.

Undated Events

Scrooge has apparently partaken in multiple rebellions in the past.[4] Curiously, Scrooge apparently has a history with Santa Claus, given his great displeasure at hearing his name.[5]

Background

Personality

I made my name being tougher than the toughies and smarter than the smarties.

–Scrooge McDuck[2]

Once an avid adventurer, Scrooge started to slow down and began spending more time back at home, until his nephews rekindled his desire for adventure. Scrooge values hard work and integrity, and continues to be a hard worker in his old age. He wishes to instill values of hard work and dedication to his great-nephews, as seen in "The Great Dime Chase!".

Stern, yet kind-hearted, Scrooge takes great care in mapping out his paths, using the knowledge he has gained over the years to keep himself safe and out of harm's way. He is happy to impart his knowledge to others, provided that they are willing to listen. Scrooge has shown great compassion for others on a number of occasions, such as leading revolutions against corrupt governments[6] or by using his own inventory of refrigerators to help the Viking village of Doom Valley without asking anything in return,[7] and showed concern when it seemed like his plan was failing.

Scrooge can also be quick tempered, especially where his pilot, Launchpad is concerned. His rival, Flintheart Glomgold also brings out his temper, though in a different way. Scrooge is determined not to let Flintheart ever take his position of richest duck in the world. In spite of his rather gruff demeanor, Scrooge shows a softer side from time to time. He adores cute animals[7] and shows his grand-nephews and Webby sincere affection. He was also very close with his niece, Della Duck and showed her a great deal of warmth, care and respect in their many adventures together. Likewise, although Scrooge is generally honest and kind, he is willing to manipulate others for personal gain.[8] Although generally brave and courageous, Scrooge is not so foolhardy to never show fear. When cornered in Nostradogmus's castle by an army of skeleton warriors, he was visibly frightened.[8]

Scrooge is shown to have an obsessive side, such as when he wanted to stop at nothing to climb Mount Neverest, even putting the children's life at risk to further his goal. Nevertheless, Scrooge will ultimately put the safety of others above his selfish desires. In his younger years, Scrooge showed a slightly more naive personalty who didn't think things through as well. While he was a skilled business man, his skills in exploration and adventuring know-how weren't fine tuned, which lead to the creation of the "Neverrest Ninny". When cornered in Nostradogmus's castle by an army of skeleton warriors, he was visibly frightened.[8]

Physical Appearance

Scrooge is an elderly duck with a slightly hunched stance. He appears to be fairly short in comparison to other ducks. Scrooge wears a rust-colored outfit with two pockets. He also wears a small pair of glasses. Scrooge is almost never seen without his large, black top hot nor his trusty cane.

Skills and Abilities

Physical Prowess

Scrooge McDuck is a very strong duck physically. With raw strength, he was able to defeat a Rock Giant. His physical strength and finesse has been demonstrated throughout his many adventures, but has its limits. Scrooge was almost pushed to his limit during an exploration in an unknown jungle where after outrunning a tribe of savage natives and defeating a crew of pirates, Scrooge was winded and suffered from back problems.[9]

Intelligence

Self-described as being "smarter than the smarties", Scrooge has proven himself to be extremely intelligent on numerous occasions, from his business sense to his knowledge over ancient history.[3] Scrooge has proven himself to be an adequate translator, able to read ancient languages such as Atlantean and the unknown language of Montemplumage's City.[2][3]

Miscellaneous

Scrooge has many useful talents and skills, such as farming, treasure hunting and prospecting.[3]

Appearances

Shorts (33%)

  • Meet Scrooge McDuck!
  • Donald's Birthday!

Episodes (81.82%)

Season 1 (81.82%)

Comics (57%)

Games

Relationships

Donald Duck

Donald is Scrooge McDuck's nephew. About 10 years before the events of Woo-oo!, Donald went on many adventures with Scrooge, along side with Della. Donald and Scrooge, had not talked to each other since then, it had something to do with the Spear of Selene". Donald had never told Huey, Dewey, and Louie about Scrooge being their uncle. After Donald's home was destroyed, he is willing to move in with Scrooge, and allows Huey, Dewey, and Louie to continue to go on adventures with Scrooge.

Over time, the two's differences between each other mellowed out and they began to treat each other more like family, granted, family members at odds with each other. Scrooge has called Donald lazy[9], but it's clear the two care a lot for one another. When Scrooge received experimental medical treatment from Rip Van Wrinkle, Donald rushed over to see if he was okay and was furious when he learned of the treatments negative side effects.[9]

Della Duck

Scrooge was shown to have a loving relationship with Della Duck, and was much closer to her then Donald. He and Della got along incredibly well as they both shared a great adventurous spirit and tenacious attitude. Together they made a ferocious team that was nearly unstoppable. After Della's disappearance, Scrooge grew more bitter, detached and lost his adventurous spirit for several years to come.

The Kids

Scrooge is protective of the kids, Huey, Dewey, Louie and Webby. He cares a great deal about them and enjoys instilling good values and smarts into them, teaching them skills in business activities and adventuring. He can, however, put his own desires above their safety from time to time as he caves into his more negative, obsessive traits, but these moments are rare and Scrooge almost always shows remorse during them. An example of one of these moments can be seen in The Impossible Summit of Mt. Neverrest!, where Scrooge put his personal goal of scaling Mount Nevererest over the safety of Huey, Dewey and Webby, which nearly lead to their deaths.

Trivia

  • David Tennant said that in "every episode a new corner of Scrooge's past is revealed."
  • Much of Scrooge's backstory is adapted from the comics written by Carl Barks and Don Rosa.
    • For example, his origin as a Shoe Shiner was lifted from the first story in The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck.

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Great Dime Chase!
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Woo-oo!
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Old Montemplumage Had a Chicken!
  4. This is the dumbest rebellion I've ever been part of.

    –Scrooge McDuck, The Living Mummies of Toth-Ra!

  5. That man [Santa Clause] is not allowed in my home! He knows what he did.

    –Scrooge McDuck, The Impossible Summit of Mt. Neverrest!

  6. The Living Mummies of Toth-Ra!
  7. 7.0 7.1 A Viking at My Door!
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Cheating like Nostradogmus
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Go, Go, Golden Years!
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