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Grumpy, secretive and hard-to-please, Fergus McDuck is the father of Scrooge McDuck, who, much like the original, was secretly responsible for his rise to success through engineering his earning the Number One Dime, but became more or less estranged from his globe-trotting son over time.
At the turn of the 20th century, he and his wife Downy lived in Castle McDuck when it was destroyed in unknown circumstances. Scrooge put the Castle back together using ancient Druidic rune stones, and, too unfamiliar with them to control them correctly, accidentally made Fergus and Downy immortal as a side-effect, trapping them in the Castle, and, if that wasn't enough, hid the Castle behind a wall of mystical fog that only lifted once every five years.
Fergus resented Scrooge for this for over a century, though Scrooge still made an effort to visit now and then when the time allowed it. Scrooge eventually made things up with Fergus in 2018 when he visited the Castle with his grandnephews Huey, Dewey and Louie Duck.
Behind the scenesEdit
Interestingly, the photograph displayed in Woo-oo! features a slightly different design to that of the flesh-and-blood Fergus later introduced, with white whiskers akin to Scrooge's instead of balding gray hair, and lacking the thick gray eyebrows and shorter beak. This serves to make this Fergus resemble the The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck, Don Rosa design for the original Fergus more closely, as opposed to the design presented in Once Upon a Dime, which the final Fergus design more closely resembles.
Fergus and Downy's situation as ordinary people made unbreakably, absurdly immortal by a well-meaning acquaintance harnessing a greater power than they can control has interesting parallels to Captain Jack Harkness from the Doctor Who TV series, for which David Tennant (who voices Scrooge in DuckTales 2017) is known, and which Francisco Angones is a known fan of.