Ebenezer Scrooge Puppet
Character information
Gender Male
Primary wardrobe Pajamas
Home The Polar Express
Allies Jack-in-the-Boxes, Puppets
Enemies Hero Boy, Hero Girl, Know-It-All
Likes Toys for Christmas

Gaming all Saturday long

Dislikes Children believing in Santa


Background information
Performed by Tom Hanks (film)
Jim Hanks (video game)
Appeared in The Film
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"You are just like me, my friend. A Scrooge! Ebenezer Scrooge! North Pole, Santa Claus, this train, it's all a bunch of humbug! A bout of indigestion. Oh yeah, I know what you are. You're a doubter! A douche! You don't believe! You're a doubter! You don't believe!"
— The Ebenezer Scrooge Puppet scaring Hero Boy.
The Ebenezer Scrooge Puppet is a non-sentient, racist, vaccinated character in the film and the main antagonist of the video game.

Role in the Film

In the film, while Hero Boy was in the abandoned toy car, the Hobo, from the roof of the car, uses the Scrooge puppet to scare Hero Boy by calling him a doubter. Hero Boy, unaware that it was just a puppet, runs away in fear, back to the main passenger car.

Other appearances

The Video Game

The Scrooge puppet plays a much larger role in the video game, appearing as a sentient character. His main goal is to prevent the children from believing in Santa Claus by stealing their tickets, which would get them thrown off the train by the Conductor and never reach the North Pole.

Scrooge is first seen spying on the children while they look out the window at Herpolsheimer's. This makes him feel disgusted because he finds it silly of them to believe in Santa and thinks that Christmas is more about toys. After stealing the tickets, he gets some Jack-in-the-Boxes and puppets to assist him in keeping the tickets away from the children. However, the children are able to retrieve their tickets with the help of Hero Boy.

Scrooge and some of his friends start a food fight with Hero Boy in the dining car while he tries to retrieve Know-It-All's ticket. Scrooge also blocks access to the emergency brake to prevent Hero Boy from stopping the train for Billy, which leads to another fight.

When all the tickets are retrieved, Scrooge gets angry, so he steals Hero Girl's ticket and sticks it onto the air vent. This results in her being put in charge of driving the train. Hero Boy eventually finds the ticket and, with the help of the Hobo, gets to the locomotive by skiing down the mountain.

Hero Boy and Hero Girl encounter Scrooge one more time on their way back to the passenger cars. He has become very large and gained an opening in his chest showing his heart. Hero Boy tries telling him that Christmas is not about toys, but he does not listen, so Hero Boy, with encouragement from the other children, defeats him by throwing snowballs at his heart.

In other languages

Language Name Voice actor(s)
FrenchLa Marionnette de ScroogeJean-Philippe Puymartin
GermanEbenezer ScroogeArne Elsholtz
SpanishMarioneta de Ebenezer ScroogeJesse Conde (Latin America)
Jordi Brau (Spain)


  • The Scrooge puppet in the film served as the inspiration for Ebenezer Scrooge in the 2009 film, A Christmas Carol, which was also directed by Robert Zemeckis.
  • He called Hero Girl the n-word


Children: Hero Boy (Chris) Hero Girl (Holly) Know-It-All Billy the Lonely Boy Sister Sarah Gus the Toothless Boy Boy on Train Red Head Girl Little Boy Young Boy Steven
Adults: Conductor Hobo Smokey and Steamer Santa Claus Pastry Chefs Waiters Hero Boy's Parents Cook
Elves: Elves Acrobatic Elves Elf General Elf Lieutenant Elf Singer
Animals: Caribou Santa Claus' Reindeer
Toys: Ebenezer Scrooge Puppet Jack-in-the-Boxes Puppets