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Flintheart Glomgold: Ha! I can catch more fish, even in the middle of a storm! Take that, McDuck boat—which I'm just now realizing was a metaphor for my hatred of Scrooge McDuck! Webby: Why would you do that?! Flintheart Glomgold: Because I'm FLINTHEART GLOMGOLD! AND I ALWAYS WILL BE! AH HA HA HA HA HA!
~ Flintheart Glomgold after regaining his memories.
I left Duke Baloney behind in South Africa! Long live Glomgold! Glomgold! Glomgold!
~ Flintheart Glomgold.
Duke Baloney, better known as his persona Flintheart Glomgold, is one of the two central antagonists of the 2017 DuckTales reboot series.
Glomgold is about as wealthy as he is determined and focused on defeating Scrooge and usurping his position as the richest duck in the world. In fact, unlike other depictions of Glomgold, this version's main motivation is his total obsession with either killing or beating Scrooge, and thus he puts less focus on scheming up ways to make money and more on devising death traps and ways to befall his nemesis. He makes no attempt to hide his goals unless he is pretending to be on Scrooge's side (and even then, he doesn't do a very good job), and is bold enough to try and blow up Scrooge's office on live television. He even claims that trying to kill Scrooge is his "whole thing"; implying that he really doesn't have much other motivation in life.
Outside of trying to outright kill Scrooge, Glomgold is concerned with beating him at just about anything, be it treasure hunting, sports, and even the pursuit of love and happiness. He takes great pride in even the most minor of victories, like when Scrooge lets him win a coin toss in "The Missing Inks of Moorshire!", and thinks that his accomplishments will anger or invoke the jealousy of his rival. This is yet again seen in the aforementioned episode when he hires Louie as his caddie, claiming Scrooge's own flesh and blood has turned against him, and in "The Golden Lagoon of White Agony Plains!", he loves to make Scrooge envious by getting together with his ex-girlfriend Goldie O' Gilt (excessively ignorant to the fact that she doesn't like him), though Scrooge denies this.
In spite of his failures, Glomgold is arrogant enough to believe that he has the upper hand at any given moment and that this may lead to Scrooge's downfall. Thus, he is totally enraged whenever his plot is foiled or when Scrooge outsmarts him, as well as whenever he loses or appears to be losing. He hates being ignored and treated like a third wheel, too, and buts into a situation whenever he can if he feels attention is being drawn away from him. His own narcissism is shown to totally warp his own perception of himself, as, in all of his paraphernalia, plans, and even his own mind, he views himself as tall, handsome and attractive, while Scrooge is often left poor and defeated by him. He also frequently concocts excessively long speeches to exemplify his victory, which usually just end up boring Scrooge and his other enemies.
Despite his incompetence and overconfidence, Glomgold can be quite clever and resourceful, like in "Woo-oo!", where he hires Donald Duck to work for him only to use him as a hostage when Scrooge gains the upper hand. In the same episode, he also turns on his own henchmen and leaves them to drown in Atlantis, proving his claims of his employees being the greatest treasure of all nothing but a farce, and in "Moonvasion" where even though General Lunaris had seen through all of Scrooge's plans, Glomgold's stupidity from his unorthodox plans helped thwart Lunaris' plans due to their unpredictable nature, though Glomgold was also trying to use this incident as a way to get his company back, after having previously lost his bet with Scrooge. Also, despite his hatred of Scrooge, he does have genuine respect for the latter's butler, Duckworth, and remembers him quite fondly.
Brilliant! I want Scrooge alive when I shove the Jewel of Atlantis in his smug face! He thinks he's so rich, and so Scottish, well, I'm wearing a kilt, McDuck! A KILT!
~ Glomgold expressing his hatred of Scrooge.
When I pull this lever, liquid hot gold will spew out of this Derek, and it will complete the Glomgold trifecta—stealing your girlfriend, ending you, and becoming THE RICHEST DUCK IN THE WORLD! Ah ha ha ha, ha ha ha ha ha!!!
~ Glomgold to Scrooge.
Scrooge was hoping everyone would forget Flintheart Glomgold. But I'm unforgettable! (Scrooge: You literally forgot yourself! And you were happy.) I'm only happy when you're unhappy!
~ Glomgold to Scrooge, once his amnesia is over.
(Scrooge: Come now, Flinty, why would I ever agree to some ridiculous wager?) Oh, I can think of a reason. [Glomgold shows the money clip] (Scrooge: Where did you get that?) Oh, this? I've had it since I pilfered it from you as a wee child! (Scrooge: That was you?!) I beat you before, and I can do it again. Unless you're afraid of being second best. (Scrooge: I'll never come in second to a vainglorious grifter like you.) Then prove it.
~ Glomgold revealed to Scrooge that it was the one who had stolen his golden money clip, the day of their first meeting.
Glomgold's real name, Duke Baloney, is a reference to the Duke of Baloni; a character from the original comics who was described as the second richest duck in the world prior to Glomgold's introduction.
This version of Glomgold can be seen as Scrooge's evil counterpart, which makes sense since both of them were shoeshiners when they were children and had dreams of becoming rich one day. Both were given a dime on their jobs (Fergus (indirectly) for Scrooge and Scrooge for Glomgold) and impacted them in their lives. Scrooge managed to use the dime to move to America to find his fortune and work smarter while Glomgold on the other hand, felt cheated when Scrooge gave him a dime and pickpocketed Scrooge's million dollar just to earn his fortune through dishonest methods. Another difference is that Scrooge is a full-grown man while Glomgold is an immature manchild.
Glomgold can also be considered as a dark mirror of Dewey as they both like to scheme, which for Dewey it is about setting up challenges due to his love of adventure and wanting excitement despite the danger involved. However, while Glomgold has a bad habit of losing touch with reality, even when his actions either hurt his business or get him into trouble due to his plans often being unrealistic, Dewey on the other hand is more willing to back down from a challenge, when he recognizes being in over his head when the challenge is too dangerous to attempt.
Glomgold could also serve as a foil to Louie, since they both are bussinessmen, who want to be very rich. But while Glomgold is extremist, Louie still has honourable side, as he deeply cares about his family.
Glomgold is also the first antagonist in reboot, to be protagonist's (mostly triplet's) dark counterpart. He is followed by Doofus Drake (Louie's dark parallel), and then Bradford Buzzard (Huey's dark parallel and Webby's polar opposite).
In the "Dewey Dew-Night" online shorts, there is a recurring joke in which Dewey apologizes to Glomgold for bumping him off the show, accompanied by the latter shouting "What?!" in response.
Glomgold is the first antagonist to appear in the reboot series.