Originally appeared in Donald Duck Four Color Comics #178, created by Carl Barks
Nominated by Dana Gabbard
Scrooge McDuck is a most unlikely pop-culture icon. Unlike most media stars, he's elderly. His personality is also rather prickly. The ultimate self-made man, he exults in his wealth and has little interest in conventional enjoyments.
Perhaps not the most likeable personage — yet in his no-nonsense, can-do approach to life he captures something of the essential American spirit of the pioneer and the dreamer. However dire the situation he somehow summons the ingenuity to reverse the situation and emerge triumphant.
And as he famously proclaimed "No man is poor who can do what he likes to do once in a while!"