“I made my fortune by being smarter than the smarties and tougher than the toughies! And I made it square!”
― Scrooge McDuck
Scrooge McDuck is a Scottish duck created by Carl Barks. He is Donald Duck's rich, miserly uncle and great-uncle to triplets, Huey, Dewey, and Louie. Beyond obtaining wealth, Scrooge's exploits also provided valuable lessons in both a practical and moral sense, which he would make certain to reflect on in his following years. With age, Scrooge became wise and knowledgeable, and regularly puts this wisdom to good use when raising his nephews, specifically Huey, Dewey, and Louie, and has shown pride in their eagerness to learn the value of a dollar.
Why He's The Richest Duck In The World
- From humble origins as a poor shoeshine, to the Richest Duck in the World, Scrooge's accomplishments are nothing to scoff at. He's been solving mysteries and rewriting histories for over a hundred years, he might even be immortal! It's not out of the picture, Scrooge has been exposed to countless magical McGuffins across his equally countless adventures, to the point of becoming completely nonchalant and casual or even merely annoyed when it comes to ghosts, zombies, pirates, ghost zombie pirates, actual gods, ect.
- While Scrooge may be a cheap pennypincher, there is a deeper reason to this. As previously stated, Scrooge started off as a humble shoeshine, and he made his rise to the top by being smarter than the smarties, tougher than the toughies, sharper than the sharpies, and most importantly of all, he did it square. To him, every single gold coin in that Money Bin of his is a sign of his growth and a part of his rightfully-earned legacy, and he's too attached to that to let it go.
- This is actually what his many enterprises are for. They can all bring in the big bucks to build mansions and money bins (as Scrooge feels no sentimentality towards the dollars he makes through corporate means), and those can be used to stash the countless treasure, artifacts, and other memorabilia gained from his countless fantastical adventures.
- 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 and his extended family safe and out of harm's way. He is happy to impart his knowledge to others, provided that they are willing to listen.
- Not unlike his famous nephew, Scrooge also has some anger issues of his own, which can often be entertainingly silly to show that he isn't flawless, but can also be really cool whenever it's used righteously, such as in situations where he and/or his family is being threatened.
- Thanks to his legacy and reputation for being, well, Scrooge McDuck, Scrooge believed that he could accomplish anything on his own because that's how he became Scrooge McDuck in the first place. He didn't need anyone then and he doesn't need anyone now. But when his nephews came into his life, he started to become a family man, and learned to accept that he can't do everything on his own just because he's Scrooge McDuck. His growth from a cold-hearted miser to a loving uncle is incredibly well done and very endearing, being at it's best in the 2017 DuckTales series.
- Has great and iconic voice portrayals by the late Alan Young and David Tennant, that both capture his character very well.
The Only Bad Quality
- While his greed and temper are important traits of his character, it can be easy to take them too far in a bad way. In one story from Don Rosa, he is disrespectful toward his own sisters and destroys the tribal villages just because they were disrespectful toward his name.
- Scrooge is one of the only Disney comic characters to have ever been given a confirmed age; in the 1955 one-pager Watt an Occasion, written and drawn by Scrooge's creator Carl Barks, Scrooge celebrates his 75th birthday.
- He played his namesake "Ebeneezer Scrooge" in "Mickey's Christmas Carol", a Disney movie based on Charles Dicken's "A Christmas Carol" with the Mickey Mouse characters (not to mention Jiminy Cricket from Pinocchio made a guest appearance) play as the characters.
- The exact amount of money he owns is never actually officially agreed upon.
- According to Barks' The Second Richest Duck, Scrooge is worth "one multiplujillion, nine obsquatumatillion, six hundred twenty-three dollars and sixty-two cents."
- The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck notes that Scrooge amounts to "five multiplujillion, nine impossibidillion, seven fantasticatrillion dollars and sixteen cents".
- In "The Menehune Mystery", Donald gives the only time Scrooge's net worth has been mathematically represented, saying that Scrooges wealth amounted to $500,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.16 (five hundred quattuorvigintillion dollars and sixteen cents).
- Notably, this is not only more money than exists on earth, it is more money than could be stored on earth, or in the solar system.
- In 2007, Forbes listed his wealth at a much more modest $28.8 billion, and in 2013 it was recounted again to $65.4 billion.
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