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Scrooge von Duck (Paperon von Paperoni in the original Italian) was an anthropomorphic duck.


While his sister got married and gave birth to one Victor von Duckenstein, strong-willed and stingy Scrooge von Duck was sent to study in Ingolstadt, which he claimed "toughened him up" on top of teaching him sound business. He returned to Geneva a rich, bitter and cold-hearted man. When his sister sent Victor to live with him, Scrooge did his best to raise him the only way he knew how: sternly and harshly, stifling any sign of creativity the boy showed. He also took in another ward, Daisy Beth, the son of English friends of his, who would later become the sweetheart of Victor.

He was unsuccessful, fortunately; but, after one of Victor's experiments nearly burnt down the family house, he sent him to study in Ingolstadt as well. This far from discouraged Victor, unbeknownst to Von Duck; with the help of two his professors he even managed to complete his magnum opus, an alchemically-created living painting — the monstrous Growl. On the day of Daisy Beth's marriage with another relatives of the Duckensteins, Gladstone Clerval, von Duck, who had enthusiastically (but cheaply) supervised the festivities, then took the lead in the manhunt that followed from Growl seemingly kidnapping Wilm, Wolf and Waldo von Duckenstein, the youngest descendants of the von Duckenstein family, who had also come to live with Von Duck in the Bellerive House.

Behind the scenes

Scrooge von Duck appears in the 2016 story Duckenstein.

As the story is one of the Grandi Parodie, he is a historical counterpart to a present-day regular — namely, Scrooge McDuck. As to the "Frankenstein parody" aspect of things, however, he is unique to the story, replacing Victor Frankenstein's birth parents, who were not absentee in the book. He is, in fact, closest to a minor character in the novel, actually Clerval’s father, who wished to see his son become a businessman rather than further his education — ironically, in this version, it was in an act of rebellion that Clerval eventually set out to Ingolstadt, where his father had never set foot.

It is possible that Myopia von Duck, a scholar after whom a library in Duckburg is named, was a relative of Scrooge's; this would suggest that at some point, the Von Ducks followed the Von Duckensteins to Calisota. 

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