Ebenezer Scrooge Puppet
Character information
Primary wardrobePajamas
HomeThe Polar Express
EnemiesHero Boy, Hero Girl, Know-It-All
Background information
Motion captureTom Hanks
VoiceTom Hanks (film)
Jim Hanks (video game)
Appeared inThe Film and the Video Game
"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 doubter! You don't believe! You're a doubter! You don't believe!"
— The Ebenezer Scrooge Puppet scaring Hero Boy.

The Ebenezer Scrooge Puppet is an object in the film and the main villain in 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, back to the main passenger car.

Role in the Video Game

In the video game, the Scrooge puppet plays a much larger role and appears to be able to operate on his own. 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 prevent them from reaching the North Pole.

The Scrooge puppet is first seen spying on the children while they look out the window at Herpolsheimer's, much to his disgust. Later, after stealing the tickets, he gets some Jack-in-the-Boxes to assist him with in prevent the children from getting their tickets back. However, with the help of Hero Boy, the children were able to retrieve their tickets.

Hero Boy has a food fight with the Scrooge puppet and some of his friends in the dining car while trying to retrieve Know-It-All's ticket. The puppet fights Hero Boy again while he was trying to apply the emergency brake for Billy.

After all the tickets were retrieved, Scrooge becomes angry and steals Hero Girl's ticket, which results in her being put in charge of driving the train. However, Hero Boy finds the ticket and, with the help of the Hobo, gets to the locomotive by skiing down the mountain.

Later, Hero Boy and Hero Girl encounter the Scrooge puppet again while trying to return to the passenger cars after having been at the locomotive. He has become very large and gained an opening in his chest that shows 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.


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

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