The universe in which the {{Disney}} comics based around Mickey Mouse and his friends takes place. Major contributors to this [[TheVerse Verse]] include Creator/FloydGottfredson, RomanoScarpa and PaulMurry.


See also ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse, and the ModularFranchise they both form, the ComicBook/DisneyMouseAndDuckComics. Since this is such a [[PrintLongRunners long-running series]], you're likely to find more than a few {{Dead Horse Trope}}s.

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!!The Mickey Mouse comic universe includes examples of the following tropes:

* AccidentalAimingSkills
* AlliterativeName - Most characters have one. Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Peg-Leg Pete, Horace Horsecollar, Clarabelle Cow...
* AllJustADream
* AlwaysMurder: Inverted. Mickey has solved thousands of cases, but (naturally) it's never murder, or other seriously dark crimes.
* AnimalSuperheroes - A good portion of the main cast have superhero identities. Donald Duck has Papernik/Super Duck/The Duck Avenger. Goofy has Super Goof. Even Mickey gained superpowers and dressed up as a superhero, although in his case the superhero antics caused quite a bit of trouble.
* AppliedPhlebotinum - Romano Scarpa mastered this trope. One of the wackiest examples is a supercriminal with a flying saucer... that has a magnet that attracts ''tomatoes''... which he refines into an extremely potent explosive substance. Don't try to think about it too much.
* ArrestedForHeroism
* ATeamFiring - These being Disney comics for kids, you can't really expect anyone to get hit. Actually a common tactic Mickey uses is to bring nothing to a gunfight, disarm the crook by some improvised means and then arrest him using his own gun.
* BangBangBANG
* BankRobbery
* BatFamilyCrossOver - Occasionally, there will be some of these with the ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse.
* BeneathSuspicion
* BigBallOfViolence
* BigDamnHeroes
* BondVillainStupidity
** The Phantom Blot in ''Mickey Outwits The Phantom Blot'', but it's actually justified. Near the end of the story, he reveals that [[spoiler: he's too soft-hearted to actually watch someone die,]] so to make up for it, he'd composed elaborate {{Death Trap}}s to try and kill Mickey off instead.
* BoundAndGagged - Whenever someone gets kidnapped somehow. It also tends to happen whenever Mickey gets played for a DistressedDude. Which means that it happens quite often.
* BoxedCrook
* BungledSuicide Mickey himself - seriously! In one of the earlier daily strips of the comics back when it was first starting, Mickey got into a depressive spell because he thought Minnie loved someone else instead of him. And for several weeks worth of comic strips, he tried and failed to kill himself. Over and over and over again. Then he finally decided that life was worth living and stopped trying. See ''Website/{{Cracked}}'''s [[http://www.cracked.com/article_20236_6-insane-disney-comics-you-wont-believe-are-real.html 6 Insane Disney Comics You Won't Believe Are Real]].
* CapturedByCannibals - More so in the older stories, before that kind of thing became politically offensive.
* CardboardPrison
* CassandraTruth
* CaveBehindTheFalls
* ClickHello
* ClearMyName - You'd think Mickey's help in catching criminals in the past would somehow stop this from happening. [[StatusQuoIsGod But it's a fictional comic book we're talking about here]].
* CloningBlues
* ComicBookTime
* ContinuityCreep - Mickey's comics started out as daily gag strips for a newspaper, but as he began to have longer-running adventures, the following stories often referred to previous stories when using a recurring villain or character.
* ContinuityDrift
* ContrivedCoincidence
* ConvenientlyPlacedSharpThing
* ConvictedByPublicOpinion
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment
* CuriosityKilledTheCast
* CurseOfTheAncients - Everyone was using these ''way'' before UsefulNotes/TheComicsCode even existed, so it's never really caused much awkwardness in the way that GoshDangItToHeck tends to. Besides, can you honestly picture Mickey Mouse or any typical classic cartoon character using normal swear words while remaining in character?
* {{Deathtrap}}
* DecoyLeader
* DescriptiveVille
* DistressCall - At times, the beginning of a plot, or a major point in it. Mickey's also been suckered in by [[DefensiveFeintTrap Fake Distress Calls]] more than once.
* DoubleEntendre: several times in ''Love Trouble''.
--> ''(while canoeing)''
--> '''Mortimer:''' "Hi there, Millicent ! Your boyfriend [Mickey] is kinda slow, isn't he ?"
--> '''Millicent:''' "He's not as slow as you think... and he's '''very''' smooth !"
* DramaticEllipsis
* DrillSergeantNasty
* {{Elseworld}} - ''ComicBook/WizardsOfMickey'', for one. And in a BatFamilyCrossover with the Duck Universe, the ''Disney's Hero Squad: Ultraheroes'' MiniSeries is this as well...
* DudeWheresMyRespect - Mickey has solved numerous baffling mysteries, rescued many victims of kidnapping, caught countless crooks [[CardboardPrison multiple times]], returned stolen goods worth millions to their rightful owners, worked for the government, and even caught malicious spies from other countries. And yet no one thinks he's ever done anything special at all, and the stories themselves go to great lengths to point out how little he's thought of. He hardly gets ''any'' respect; given all he's accomplished, you'd expect him to be at least a ''little'' famous, but it's pretty rare for anyone to actually recognize what he's done. [[HumbleHero Mickey's too nice to really be concerned about it]], but to readers it can be [[KickTheSonOfABitch incredibly frustrating]].
** Some of the Italian strips indicate that he is at least somewhat famous, and actually has a movie made of his exploits, but prefers to remain as anonymous as possible.
* EnemyMine - It's almost to the point of FriendlyEnemies or Rivalry when this happens with Pete. ''Almost''.
* EraSpecificPersonality
* EveryoneIsASuspect
* EveryoneKnowsMorse
* EvilVsEvil - In the ''Orb Saga'', the plot's BigBad and the Phantom Blot get in a squabble over the {{MacGuffin}}s.
* FantasyCounterpartCulture
* FantasyKitchenSink
* {{Fauxreigner}} - Pete has done this on occasion while in disguise.
* FictionalCounterpart
** Here's one from the 2010 story ''Mickey Mouse and the Orbiting Nightmare'':
-->'''Reporter:''' [[TheTwilightSaga ...And actress Bella Breakhearts, star of every vampire movie this year!]]
* FiringInTheAirALot - In the Western-themed ''Sheriff of Nugget Gulch (1937)'', Goofy does this on the back of a train and gets him and Mickey stuck in the jailcar for the rest of the trip. They get taken to the sheriff's office at the next stop, and Mickey manages to persuade him that they aren't actually outlaws and that it was just a mistake. They walk out the door, and out of excitement, [[TooDumbToLive Goofy shoots around in the air again]]. HilarityEnsues.
* {{Frameup}}
* FreezeRay
* FunetikAksent - Goofy. And Eega Beeva.
** In the early Floyd Gottfredson strips, ''most'' of the characters, including Mickey, talked with a FunetikAksent. This was toned down after a while, and Goofy became one of very few character who didn't completely lose his accent.
* FunnyAnimal
* FunWithAcronyms - ''Mickey Mouse and the World to Come (2010)'' has ABROAD - the '''A'''merican '''B'''ureau of '''R'''eally '''O'''utlandish and '''A'''stonishing '''D'''evelopments.
* FurryComic
* FurryConfusion: ''Website/{{Cracked}}'''s [[http://www.cracked.com/article_20236_6-insane-disney-comics-you-wont-believe-are-real.html 6 Insane Disney Comics You Won't Believe Are Real]] shows panels from an educational comic in an issue of ''Look'' magazine showing Dr. Mickey Mouse testing sulfa drugs on common mice.
* GoneHorriblyRight
* GoofyPrintUnderwear
* GossipEvolution - A key point in ''Sheriff of Nugget Gulch'', where Goofy's ridiculous misuse of FiringInTheAirALot on the back of a train gets him and Mickey a reputation as dangerous & gutsy {{Outlaw}}s in the next town before they even arrive, complete with their own gritty bandit names.
* GotVolunteered - In ''Mickey Joins The Foreign Legion''. He gets "volunteered" because someone jabbed him from behind with their spear. Causing him to yelp out in pain, which was of course taken as an act of volunteering.
* GreatDetective - Sometimes Mickey's [[AmateurSleuth hobby of solving crimes]] is raised to this level of skill (and sometimes also made his profession), particularly when he goes up against a similarly elevated Phantom Blot. A couple of stories also point out that he'd be a great ''criminal'' if he wanted to due to that same ingenuity.
* GunTwirling - Mickey does this in ''Sheriff of Nugget Gulch'' right after ''[[ImprobableAimingSkills shooting a hole through the middle of a coin someone flipped into the air]]''.
* TheGreatestStoryNeverTold
* HarmlessFreezing
* HarmlessVoltage
* HeyWait
* HopeSpot
* IdenticalStranger - It's almost ridiculous how many times Mickey's discovered that someone looks exactly like him or similar enough that they could be mistaken for each other with a few adjustments or disguises.
** ''The Monarch of Medioka (1938)'': This is used for PrinceAndPauper switch.
** ''Mickey's Dangerous Double (1953)'': Mickey's got a CriminalDoppelganger and has to [[ClearMyName clear his name]].
** Pete himself had one of these in one story, in the form of the benevolent ruler of a small foreign country. Naturally, he took advantage of this to try and seize control of said country by [[SwappedRoles swapping roles]].
** Then there's all Goofy's identical relatives. One of them, [[{{Expy}} the adventurer archaeologist Arizona Goof]], even stars in numerous strips of his own.
** [[http://disneycomics.free.fr/Ducks/Barks/show.php?s=date&loc=1945/W_OS_79-01R A rare Mickey story by Carl Barks]] used this trope on Minnie for disturbing and hilarious results.
* [[IHaveYourWife I Have Your Dog]] - Surprisingly enough, when Mickey's being blackmailed somehow, it isn't with Minnie being the one to protect - it's his dog, Pluto. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming It's actually really sweet how much Mickey is willing to do to save his canine pal]].
* IndyPloy - Mickey's notorious for using these.
* InevitableWaterfall
* InnSecurity
* InSpiteOfANail
* InspectorJavert - Mickey tends to act like this towards Pete, never believing he's mended his ways and sometimes suspecting him on principle. He's nearly always right, but it's still more prejudice than intuition.
* ItsPersonal
** From ''Fatal Distraction (2003)'':
--->'''Mickey''': It's never about the ''jail time'', Pete! This is ''personal!'' It always ''has'' been, and you ''know'' it!
* JustBetweenYouAndMe - In ''The Mail Pilot'', Pete shows us how it's done:
-->'''Pete''': Tell 'im de rest, Shyster! ''He'll'' never live t'tell nobody! Haw! Haw! Haw!"
* LaserGuidedAmnesia
* LeaveTheTwoLovebirdsAlone
* LikeRealityUnlessNoted
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters - Hey, it's one of those PrintLongRunners, what did you expect?
* LockedRoomMystery
* LockingMacGyverInTheStoreCupboard - Or someplace where it's possible to find a ConvenientlyPlacedSharpThing.
* MacGyvering
* MadScientist - These have been staple villains from the earliest times.
* MatchlightDangerRevelation
* MechaMooks
* MentalTimeTravel
* MindManipulation - There's a bunch of this in various forms throughout the comic's run.
** HypnoRay
** ManchurianAgent
** MindControlConspiracy - Courtesy of the Phantom Blot.
** MindControlDevice
** WeakWilled - Except it's typically not really a matter of willpower; ''anyone'' can be hypnotized successfully unless they use AppliedPhlebotinum or are just [[TooDumbToFool too dumb to be hypnotized]].
* MirrorUniverse - In one series of comics, it's especially disconcerting in that the Phantom Blot, a ManipulativeBastard and trademark villain, is a superhero.
* MistakenForBadass - ''Goofy'', of all people.
* [[MistakenForSpies Mistaken For A Spy]]
* ModularFranchise - When paired with the ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse. The ''Orb Saga'', for example, is set in it.
* MotiveMisidentification
* NaziGermany - Some of the comic's run was during WorldWarII... so naturally, there were several [[WartimeCartoon anti-Nazi-themed stories]]. These were probably a slap in the face to Hitler himself, [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18748_6-brutal-leaders-their-ridiculous-secret-hobbies.html who happened to be a fan of Disney's works]].
** AdolfHitler
** GratuitousGerman
** HitlerAteSugar - Peg-Leg Pete, being the established villain by that time, was naturally portrayed in at least one story to have been an undercover high-ranking Nazi spy all along, giving off the message of [[UnfortunateImplications "He's evil, so he must be a Nazi!"]]
** StateSec
** ThoseWackyNazis
* NewJobEpisode - In ''The Bellhop Detective (1940)'', Minnie forces Mickey to enter a contest where the winners get job positions. He receives a job as a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin bellhop]], but inevitably ends up spending more time trying to solve a mystery at the hotel than actually learning to do his job right.
* NoExportForYou - There are ''hundreds'' to ''thousands'' of the comics created internationally that haven't been officially translated to English.
* NoFameNoWealthNoService
* NotMeThisTime
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat
* NoOneGetsLeftBehind
* NoOneShouldSurviveThat
* NotSoGreatEscape
* OfficialCouple - Mickey and Minnie. Horace and Clarabelle, too, but depending on the story.
* OnOneCondition
* OperationJealousy - Minnie starts this a lot, usually as an attempt to get Mickey to pay more attention to her instead of going off on adventures. In one story, Mickey manages pulled a CounterZany on her before things get sorted out.
* OrWasItADream
* PaperThinDisguise - And they usually work, too, no matter who's using them.
* PassedOverInheritance - PlayedForLaughs with [[strike:Dippy Dawg]] Goofy in an early strip.
* PettingZooPeople - Anyone that's not a normal critter or a funny animal is a [[{{Dogfaces}} Dogface]].
* PoirotSpeak
* PoliceAreUseless - Not in all stories, but it is in a great many of them.
* {{Premiseville}} - Mickey's hometown, Mouseton.
* PrinceAndPauper - ''The Monarch of Medioka''.
* PrintLongRunners - Since 1939, folks! Early 1930's if you count when it was a newspaper strip and not in comic book format. Off and on at times, admittedly, but hey... it's still around!
* PurelyAestheticEra
* TheRadioDiesFirst
* RansackedRoom
* ReassignmentBackfire
* RefusedByTheCall
* RidiculouslyAverageGuy - A recurring joke throughout the comics; Mickey is often selected for special opportunities ''because'' he's so average - in the eyes of everyone but his friends and the reader, of course.
** In ''Mickey Mouse and the Orbiting Nightmare (2010)'':
--> '''Reporter:''' We chose him because a group made up of such staggeringly famous people also needs an utterly ordinary everyman!
* RippleEffectProofMemory
* RobotMe - Take a look at ''Mickey Mouse: The World of Tomorrow (1944)''.
* RoguesGallery
* SanDimasTime
* SaveTheVillain - Despite the fact that Pete's tried multiple times to [[AttemptedRape rape his girlfriend]], kill him horribly, hurt innocent bystanders, and other crimes, Mickey somehow feels obligated to save him if he's about to die. [[UngratefulBastard This doesn't often]] [[TheFarmerAndTheViper end too well]].
* SecretTest
* SelectiveObliviousness
* SharedUniverse
* ShipShapeShipwreck
* SkyPirates
* SneezeOfDoom
* SoMuchForStealth
* SpeciesSurname - Mickey, Minnie, and Mortimer ''Mouse'' (none of whom are related to each other), Clarabelle ''Cow'', Horace ''Horse''collar...
* StayInTheKitchen - In earlier stories, when this kind of thing wasn't really frowned upon, Mickey would generally tell Minnie this. She rarely listened, though.
* SubmarinePirates: Doctor Vulter
* SupervillainLair
* SurveillanceAsThePlotDemands
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial
* SymbolSwearing - Especially in earlier comics.
* TalkingIsAFreeAction
* TechnicalPacifist - The Phantom Blot cannot bear to watch someone die. Doesn't stop him from trying to kill Mickey, however.
* TenMinuteRetirement
* TickleTorture - Well... according to the story ''Mickey Joins The Foreign Legion'' where it's used, Mickey is apparently [[AnythingButThat very ticklish]].
* TimeyWimeyBall
* TookALevelInBadass: Mickey himself, repeatedly. Over the decades he's Taken A Level In Badass more than once, though thanks to the fact that outside the comics he's still largely viewed as the cute, smiling mouse, he's been particularly subject to BadassDecay -- until a new generation of writers and artists show up and have him Re-Take A Level In Badass. The most consistent thing in the comics is turning him into a genius AmateurSleuth (often with Goofy as his PluckyComicRelief {{Sidekick}}), though some stories have presented him as a severe andrenaline junkie. The recent KingdomHearts representation of Mickey as a BadassLongcoat is really just one more instance in a long line of Badass levels for Mickey.
* TrainEscape
* TrainStationGoodbye
* TreasureMap - Used a ''lot'', and is one [[TheCall recurring motive]] for Mickey to seek out adventure.
* TrojanPrisoner
* TyrantTakesTheHelm
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight
* VerticalKidnapping - This happened to Mickey in the beginning of ''Mickey Mouse Joins The Foreign Legion'', a non-fatal variant which was actually a legitimate kidnapping.
* VillainsActHeroesReact
* VillainTeamUp - in ''The Past Imperfect'' (1998) numerous Mickey enemies get together; in other stories, it's common for two to pair up.
* WakingUpElsewhere
* WalkThePlank
* WaterWakeup
* WeNeedToGetProof
* WholePlotReference: Happened somewhat often, like in the Donald Duck comics: for example, one story was a Bowdlerized WPR of ''{{Misery}}'' (Mickey writes a novel series about an Expy of the Phantom Blot, decides to stop writing only for the Blot to kidnap him and force him to write one where he wins) and another was an equally Bowdlerized adaptation of ''Theatre/ArsenicAndOldLace'' (with the old ladies being Robin Hood style thieves instead of murderers but with everything else remaining almost the same, down to the characters' first names)
* WhyWontYouDie
* YouMeddlingKids - If Mickey hadn't been so dogged in chasing him down, the Blot would've gotten away scot-free in his debut scheme. To quote:
-->'''Phantom Blot:''' I lost because of the most stubborn, idiotic, persistent little fool that ever lived! '''That pest!''' *points at Mickey*
* YoungGun - When Mickey goes out West in certain stories, he's one of these. Sometimes he advances to TheGunslinger, ImprobableAimingSkills and all.
* YouTalkinToMe - Goofy does this in a Western story...
* {{Zeerust}}
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