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[[caption-width-right:350:The [[WesternAnimation/SteamboatWillie mouse of 1928]] [[MyFutureSelfAndMe meets the mouse of today]].]]
->''"When people laugh at Mickey Mouse, it's because he's so human; and that is the secret of his popularity. I only hope that we don't lose sight of one thing that it was all started by a mouse."''
-->-- '''Walt Disney'''

In 1928, Creator/WaltDisney had just lost the rights to his big cartoon star, WesternAnimation/OswaldTheLuckyRabbit, to Charles Mintz at [[{{Creator/Universal}} Universal Studios]] and needed a replacement. UbIwerks, one of three animators[[note]] The other two being Les Clark and Wilfred Jackson[[/note]] who had stuck with Walt after the Oswald fiasco, designed a mouse inspired by a pet mouse Walt had back in his farm life. Walt [[WhatCouldHaveBeen originally intended to name the new character Mortimer Mouse]], but his wife, Lillian Bounds, suggested he go with the cuter-sounding name of Mickey.

And the rest is history.

Getting Mickey off the ground wasn't an easy task, though. Two cartoons, ''PlaneCrazy'' and ''The Gallopin' Gaucho'' were made and given limited release, but they failed to impress audiences or find a distributor. For the third film, ''SteamboatWillie'', they added a synchronized soundtrack. The addition of sound to the series paid off and made Mickey one of the most prominent cartoon stars of the time.

The early Mickey Mouse cartoons are some of the most prominent examples of MickeyMousing ever done in a cartoon--it was done to the point where many, many cartoons were built ''solely'' around the novelty of the characters being able to tap or move to the beat of the soundtrack.

However, despite the initially massive popularity of the shorts, a critical flaw of Mickey soon became apparent--as cute and appealing as he was, he was pretty [[TheEveryman non-descript in personality]]. While hints of a mischievous personality were given in the earliest shorts, it soon gave way to Mickey becoming a generic everyman, possibly to guarantee that cosmopolitan audiences wouldn't complain about kids watching Mickey do something naughty. [[note]] Fortunately, this only applies to the animated cartoons--the comics by FloydGottfredson had MUCH more leeway in what they could do with Mickey, and actually gave him some character to work with.[[/note]] While this was initially fine (since sound alone was still enough to keep audiences coming) it turned out to be a very, very bad idea in the long run--by the early 30's, storymen were quickly starting to run out of ideas for how to keep Mickey's antics interesting, and thus had to fall back more on the characters that surrounded him to have anything to work with. On top of that, FleischerStudios unleashed their newest star PopeyeTheSailor in 1933. The gruff, spinach eating AntiHero and his cartoons took the nation by storm, quickly toppling the domesticated Mickey in popularity. Fortunately, Disney's SillySymphonies kept the studio afloat, especially with the success of Disney/ThreeLittlePigs that same year.

By 1935, Mickey's cartoons had upgraded to color, but his days as a headlining star in his own shorts was beginning to end--WesternAnimation/PlutoThePup was soon dominating several of his shorts, and newcomers WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck and WesternAnimation/{{Goofy}} quickly took control of the Mouse's cartoons, resulting in several beloved team-up cartoons like "Disney/LonesomeGhosts".

In 1940, Disney tried to give Mickey a comeback via the Sorcerer's Apprentice segment of ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}''. Unfortunately, the film bombed and thus negated this comeback. During this time, Mickey was slightly redesigned to have more expressive eyes than before.

As time went by, Mickey's shorts became less and less frequent in number, overshadowed by his contemporaries and reduced to a bit player. While another attempt at a comeback was done via the Mickey And The Beanstalk segment of ''FunAndFancyFree'', it was once again a failure. In 1953, Disney finally retired Mickey, his last of the original theatrical cartoons being "The Simple Things".

For the next several decades, Mickey would still appear in TV reruns, TheMickeyMouseClub and merchandise, in addition to still being the face of the company, but it wasn't until 1983 that he would make his cartoon comeback in the featurette MickeysChristmasCarol. While the film was billed as Mickey's comeback, he was still reduced to a minor role in the film as the character of Bob Crachitt, with Scrooge [=McDuck=] headlining the cartoon instead. Mickey would cameo with BugsBunny in the 1988 hit Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit. In 1990, Disney gave him another featurette, "The Prince and the Pauper", where Mickey received a central role in a cartoon for the first time in decades. 1995 then proceeded to give us a DarkerAndEdgier update of the character, via the theatrical cartoon RunawayBrain, obviously borrowing influence from the more adventurous Mickey of the Floyd Gottfredson comics. Unfortunately, it caused a big stir among parents, causing the short to fall into company Discontinuity, and Mickey's cartoon career was once again put on ice--well, ''theatrical'' cartoon career. For Disney blessed Mickey with a TV revival called Mickey Mouse Works, later retooled into WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse. Essentially lower budget versions of the original cartoons, both programs went on to be big hits. In 2003, Mickey got a direct-to-video film along with Donald and Goofy called ''WesternAnimation/MickeyDonaldGoofyTheThreeMusketeers''. In 2006, Mickey recieved a preschooler show called WesternAnimation/MickeyMouseClubhouse.

But in 2010, Disney once again attempted a DarkerAndEdgier Mickey Mouse story, but this time with a video game--headlined by Warren Spector, creator of VideoGame/DeusEx and SystemShock, and then-closet Disney fanboy. The video game, EpicMickey, brought the mouse back to his roots, reuniting many of the classic Disney characters, including Disney's original cartoon star and Mickey's lost half-brother, OswaldTheLuckyRabbit. Critical reception was hit or miss, but the game was a hit, selling over a million copies on release. A sequel was made called ''Epic Mickey: The Power Of Two'', but it didn't sell very well, and Disney closed down Junction Point so they could detour their gaming production elsewhere, ending the franchise.

That hasn't been the only major Mickey's contribution to the video game medium. In 1990, Disney licensed CastleOfIllusion developed by {{Sega}} for the SegaGenesis and SegaMasterSystem. It was a 2D side-scrolling platform game with Mickey as the main character. The game became a major hit and it's considered to this day as an all-time classic which even had a sequel: WorldOfIllusion, released in 1992. It's also remarkable his prominent role in the popular KingdomHearts series, from SquareEnix, in which he displays a BadassAdorable personality and [[Franchise/StarWars Yoda]]-like combat skills.

A theatrical film starring Mickey is currently in development. If it gets the greenlight, it may become the first theatrical Disney film that properly stars Mickey and where the story concerns him through the whole thing in the company's history! We can still hope that Mickey will go on and on into the future, to be loved by old and new generations.

In 2013, Disney hired Paul Rudish to produce 19 new Mickey Mouse animated shorts for the DisneyChannel, Disney.com and the Disney Shorts YouTube channel. The first season began airing on the Disney Channel on June 28th, starting with WesternAnimation/NoService and ended with only 18 shorts. A second season was announced to air April 11th, 2014. The first season can be seen online [[http://video.disney.com/ here]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/user/DisneyShorts/videos here]]. Also in 2013, Mickey starred in a new theatrical short ''WesternAnimation/GetAHorse'', a throwback to Mickey's early days as a scrappy barnyard character.

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[[folder: Mickey Mouse Filmography]]
!1928
* PlaneCrazy: May 15, WaltDisney: Made in secret by Disney and Ub while they were still finishing the last Oswald cartoons. Ub animated the whole short on two weeks notice. Debut of Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Originally a silent cartoon. Runner-up on The50GreatestCartoons.
* The Gallopin' Gaucho: August 2, WaltDisney: Second short produced in the series. Originally a silent cartoon.
* SteamboatWillie: November 18, WaltDisney: First Mickey Mouse cartoon with sound, the one short that got Disney Studios off the ground and kicked off TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation. One of The50GreatestCartoons.

!1929
* The Barn Dance: March 14, WaltDisney
* The Opry House: March 28, WaltDisney: The first short where Mickey wears his famous WhiteGloves.
* When the Cat's Away: May 3, WaltDisney: An odd short in the series, depicting Mickey and Minnie as actual household mice.
* The Plow Boy: Walt Disney, June 28: First appearance of Horace Horsecollar.
* The Karnival Kid: Walt Disney, July 31: Mickey's first speaking appearance--his first lines being "Hot dogs!"
* Mickey's Follies: Wilfred Jackson, August 28: First appearance of Patricia Pig, and debut of Mickey's original theme song "Minnie's Yoo Hoo".
* Mickey's Choo-Choo: Walt Disney, October 1
* The Barnyard Battle: Burt Gillett: October 10
* The Jazz Fool: Walt Disney, October 15
* Jungle Rhythm: Walt Disney November 15
* "Haunted House" Walt Disney December 2
* "Wild Waves" Walt Disney December 21

!1930

* "The Barnyard Concert" Walt Disney April 5
* "Just Mickey" Walt Disney March 14
* "The Cactus Kid" Walt Disney May 15
* "The Fire Fighters" Burt Gillett July 25
* "The Shindig" Burt Gillett July 29
* "The Chain Gang" Burt Gillett September 5: First appearance of Pluto.
* "The Gorilla Mystery" Burt Gillett October 10
* "The Picnic" Burt Gillett October 23
* "Pioneer Days" Burt Gillett December 5
* "Minnie's Yoo Hoo" Walt Disney December 25: A sing-a-long reel made for the Mickey Mouse Clubs featuring Mickey leading a rendition of the theme song from "Mickey's Follies".

!1931

* "The Birthday" Burt Gillett January 7
* "Traffic Troubles" Burt Gillett March 14
* "The Castaway" Wilfred Jackson April 6
* "The Moose Hunt" Burt Gillett May 3: The first of two speaking appearances of Pluto.
* "The Delivery Boy" Burt Gillett June 13
* "Mickey Step's Out" Burt Gillett July 7: Pluto's second and last speaking appearance, where he says "[[TheJazzSinger Mammy]]" at the end.
* "Blue Rhythm" Burt Gillett August 18
* "Fishin' Around" Burt Gillett September 25
* "The Barnyard Broadcast" Burt Gillett October 10
* "The Beach Party" Burt Gillett November 5
* "Mickey Cuts Up" Burt Gillett November 30
* "Mickey's Orphans" Burt Gillett December 9
* "Around the World In Eighty Minutes": An otherwise live action feature contains a very brief animated segment featuring the lovable mouse.

!1932

* "The Duck Hunt" Burt Gillett January 28
* "The Grocery Boy" Wilfred Jackson February 11
* "The Mad Dog" Burt Gillett March 5
* "Barnyard Olympics" Wilfred Jackson April 15
* "Mickey's Revue" Wilfred Jackson May 25: Debut of {{Goofy}}.
* "Musical Farmer" Wilfred Jackson June 23
* "Mickey in Arabia" Wilfred Jackson July 18
* "Mickey's Nightmare" Burt Gillett August 13
* "Trader Mickey" Dave Hand August 20
* "The Whoopee Party" Wilfred Jackson September 17
* "Touchdown Mickey" Wilfred Jackson October 15
* "The Wayward Canary" Burt Gillett November 12
* "The Klondike Kid" Wilfred Jackson November 12
* Parade Of The Award Nominees: November 18: Technically not a Mickey Mouse cartoon, although it does have Mickey appearing in the opening, in his very first color appearance, no less!
* Mickey's Good Deed: December 17

!1933

* Building a Building
* TheMadDoctor
* Mickey's Pal Pluto: First appearance of Pluto's Devil & Pluto's Angel.
* Mickey's Mellerdrammer
* [[YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe Ye Olden Days]]
* The Mail Pilot
* Mickey's Mechanical Man
* Mickey's Gala Premier
* Puppy Love: First appearance of Minnie's dog Fifi.
* The Pet Store
* The Steeplechase
* Giantland

!1934

* Hollywood Party: While this is actually an MGM movie, the bulk of which is live action, Mickey does make a brief appearance, in an interesting [[RogerRabbitEffect live-action / animation]] encounter with Jimmy Durante.
* Shanghaied
* Camping Out
* Playful Pluto: A short that has gained recognition among Disney animators for the famous "Flypaper Sequence", a milestone in personality animation.
* Gulliver Mickey
* Mickey's Steamroller
* Orphan's Benefit: First appearance by DonaldDuck in a Mickey cartoon. First cartoon featuring Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy all in the same cartoon, though not performing as a team.
* Mickey Plays Papa
* The Dognapper
* Two-Gun Mickey

!1935

* Mickey's Man Friday
* Disney/TheBandConcert - First full length Mickey Mouse cartoon in color. One of The50GreatestCartoons.
* Mickey's Service Station First cartoon with Mickey, Donald, and Goofy acting as a team. Runner-up on The50GreatestCartoons.
* Mickey's Kangaroo - Last Black & White Mickey Mouse cartoon.
* Mickey's Garden
* Mickey's Fire Brigade: Second team-up of Mickey, Donald and Goofy. First Disney short that disney legend [[NoteworthyDisneyStaff Bill Tytla]] animated on.
* PlutosJudgementDay: First short where Mickey is redesigned to have a pear-like body.
* On Ice

!1936

* Mickey's Polo Team
* Orphan's Picnic
* Mickey's Grand Opera
* Thru the Mirror: Runner-up on The50GreatestCartoons.
* Mickey's Rival
* Moving Day: Runner-up on The50GreatestCartoons.
* Alpine Climbers
* Mickey's Circus (The first appearance of Salty the Seal)
* Donald & Pluto: Billed as a Mickey Mouse short, although he is [[WolverinePublicity completely absent from it.]]
* Mickey's Elephant

!1937

* The Worm Turns
* Magician Mickey
* Moose Hunters
* Mickey's Amateurs
* Hawaiian Holiday: Notable for a scene of animation done by animation veteran ShamusCulhane--he did the sequence of Pluto and his encounter with a pesky crab.
* ClockCleaners: One of The50GreatestCartoons.
* Disney/LonesomeGhosts: Runner-up on The50GreatestCartoons.

!1938

* Boat Builders
* Mickey's Trailer: Runner-up on The50GreatestCartoons.
* The Whalers
* Mickey's Parrot
* BraveLittleTailor: One of The50GreatestCartoons.

!1939

* Society Dog Show: Last Mickey Mouse Dot-Eyes Cartoon.
* Mickey's Surprise Party: Rare Mickey Mouse short with a Nabisco promotion at the end, made for the World Fair. First appearance of Mickey Mouse with his redesigned eyes.
* The Pointer: Runner-up on The50GreatestCartoons.
* The Standard Parade

!1940

* Tugboat Mickey
* Pluto's Dream House
* Mr. Mouse Takes A Trip
* The Sorcerer's Apprentice (Released as segment #3 in ''Fantasia'')

!1941

* The Little Whirlwind
* A Gentleman's Gentleman
* Canine Caddy
* The Nifty Nineties
* Orphan's Benefit: A ShotForShotRemake of the 1934 short.
* Lend a Paw: Semi-remake of "Mickey's Pal Pluto". Also won the 1941 AcademyAward, beating out the debut of [[FleischerStudios Max Fleischer]]'s first [[SupermanTheatricalCartoons Superman cartoon]].

!1942

* Mickey's Birthday Party
* Symphony Hour

!1946

* Squatter's Rights

!1947

* Mickey and the Beanstalk: The second half of the feature film FunAndFancyFree.
* Mickey's Delayed Date

!1948

* Mickey Down Under
* Mickey and the Seal

!1951

* R'Coon Dawg

!1952

* Pluto's Party
* Pluto's Christmas Tree

!1953

* The Simple Things: The last of the original theatrical Mickey Mouse cartoons.

!1955

* Mickey Mouse Club: Made appearances in animated openings for the show.

!1983

* MickeysChristmasCarol: Mickey's first film in several decades, although he only plays a minor role in it.

!1990

* Disney/ThePrinceAndThePauper

!1995

* RunawayBrain

!2013

* Steamboat Willie Redux: A recreation of ''Steamboat Willie" celebrating Mickey's 85th anniversary using various [[ArtShift animation styles]].
* WesternAnimation/GetAHorse: Theatrical short utilizing old Walt recordings.

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[[folder: Mickey Mouse (TV series) Filmography]]
!Season 1
* WesternAnimation/NoService
* {{WesternAnimation/Yodelberg}}
* WesternAnimation/CroissantDeTriomphe: Spoken in French. Shown first as a sneak preview.
* WesternAnimation/NewYorkWeenie
* WesternAnimation/TokyoGo
* [[WesternAnimation/StayinCool Stayin' Cool]]
* {{WesternAnimation/Gasp}}
* {{WesternAnimation/Panda-monium}}
* WesternAnimation/BadEarDay
* WesternAnimation/GhoulFriend
* WesternAnimation/DogShow
* WesternAnimation/OSoleMinnie: Spoken in Italian.
* {{WesternAnimation/Potatoland}}: Double-length short.
* [[{{WesternAnimation/Sleepwalkin}} Sleepwalkin']]
* {{WesternAnimation/Flipperboobootosis}}
* WesternAnimation/TappedOut
* WesternAnimation/ThirdWheel
* WesternAnimation/TheAdorableCouple

!Season 2
* Cable Car Chaos
* Fire Escape
* Eau de Minnie
* The Boiler Room

!Unconfirmed
* O Futbol Classico: According to [[https://tv.yahoo.com/news/mickey-mouse-returns-disney-channel-cartoons-122400749.html this article]], this was to be a season 1 short. Whether it was pushed back to season 2 or scrapped is unknown.
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!Media featuring Mickey

Notable Mickey shorts:
* ''PlaneCrazy''
* ''SteamboatWillie''
* ''TheMadDoctor''
* ''Disney/TheBandConcert''
* ''ClockCleaners''
* ''MovingDay''
* ''Disney/LonesomeGhosts''
* ''BraveLittleTailor''
* ''MickeysChristmasCarol''
* ''Disney/ThePrinceAndThePauper''
* ''RunawayBrain''
* ''WesternAnimation/GetAHorse''

Feature films:
* ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}''
* ''Disney/FunAndFancyFree''
* ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' - In which it is shown that he and BugsBunny actually get along pretty well.
* ''Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas''
* ''Disney/{{Fantasia 2000}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/MickeyDonaldGoofyTheThreeMusketeers''
* ''Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas''

Television shows:
* ''TheMickeyMouseClub''
* ''Mickey Mouseworks'' / ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse''
* ''WesternAnimation/MickeyMouseClubhouse''

{{Video game}}s:
* ''MickeyMousecapade''
* ''CastleOfIllusion''
* ''Land Of Illusion''
* ''WorldOfIllusion''
* The ''DisneysMagicalQuest'' series
* ''MickeyMania''
* The ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'' series
* The ''EpicMickey'' series

Comic books:
* ComicBook/MickeyMouseComicUniverse
* WizardsOfMickey

Also of note is Mickey's appearance on the [[DisneyAnimatedCanon Walt Disney Animation Studios]] VanityPlate.

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!!Tropes that apply to Mickey:

* AdaptationPersonalityChange: Mickey may be an odd variation in that it was his adaptation interpretations that ''avoided'' such a change. While the Mickey of ClassicDisneyShorts was slowly tamed into TheEveryman, the comics continued to refer to his earlier more adventurous and abrasive persona for a long period of time. ''EpicMickey'' even plays with this, allowing you to choose between evolving Mickey into either his former or latter persona.
* AlliterativeName
* TheArtifact: Some animators noted that as time went by and the characters got more and more realistic, Mickey's old-school abstract design, as well as his perspective-defying ears got more and more outdated and out of place. A full-on redesign was out of the question due to familiarity, so Disney briefly tinkered with Mickey's design in the early 40's, making his design more loose and organic, as well has having his ears work in perspective--this can be seen most prominently in the short "The Little Whirlwind". For some reason, they quickly went back to the original design afterwards. However, the ears not matching up with perspective was {{Handwaved}} as early as 1929, in "The Karnival Kid": [[spoiler: Those aren't really Mickey's ears--it's a loose fitting hat.]]
* AscendedToCarnivorism: "The Worm Turns" is about Mickey inventing a spritzer that can cause prey animals to turn against their respective predators: A fly attacks a spider, a mouse attacks a cat, a cat attacks Pluto, and finally Pluto attacks Pete the dogcatcher.
* AuthorAvatar: For WaltDisney.
* BadassAdorable: In ''KingdomHearts'' and ''EpicMickey'' and certain shorts.
* BearsAreBadNews: Done in ''The Pointer''.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: On occasion.
* BlackBeadEyes: In his original designs.
* BlowingARaspberry: Used to do this all the time in his early cartoons, all the way back to ''SteamboatWillie''.
* TheCameo: Mickey appears briefly in the cartoon segment of the live action film "Hollywood Party", alongside Jimmy Durante.
* CaptainErsatz: Of OswaldTheLuckyRabbit, who was already an [[CaptainErsatz ersatz]] of FelixTheCat. We're not saying {{Expy}} here, because Walt technically never owned Oswald to begin with.
** Mickey would get his own [[CaptainErsatz ersatz]] in [[LadyPlayYourMandolin short-lived Merrie Melodies star Foxy]].
* CartoonConductor
* CelibateHero: By word of {{Walt|Disney}}, Mickey and Minnie are happily married outside of their acting career, but do not have a sex life.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Currently: Either the Everyman and the cartoon character that everybody knows and loves, or the Keyblade/Paintbrush-wielding Badass that Kingdom Hearts/Epic Mickey fans know and love.
** 1928: The guy who forced Minnie to kiss him was also a bit of a jerk and didn't mind harming his enemies.
** Epic Mickey returns to his original characterization, sort of. Mickey's pranks set in motion the dangerous events of the game and he has the option of either helping the inhabitants of the world he inadvertently endangered (becoming The Hero and looking more heroic) or looking out for himself and just trying to get back to his world (becoming The Scrapper and looking more sinister). Essentially, the player has the option of making Mickey like his modern self or his original self.
** Mickey's change is kind of justified when you think modern Mickey is the grown up and matured classic Mickey.
** Mickey in the Walt-era cartoons was prone to almost Bugs Bunny-levels of retribution (such as his magical pranks on Donald in Magician Mickey), and had quite a low tolerance for things not going his way, notably pulling a gun on Donald in Symphony Hour when the Duck tried to ditch a Concert GoneHorriblyWrong.
* ChasteToons: In his comic strip, he was given a pair of nephews named Morty and Ferdie. They've rarely appeared in animation (their only appearances there being ''Mickey's Steamroller'', a cameo in ''Boat Builders'', and Morty as Tiny Tim in ''Mickey's Christmas Carol'').
* CheatedAngle: Mickey's ears are always round, no matter what angle you're looking at him from.
* ClothesMakeTheLegend: Mickey's red shorts, buttons, WhiteGloves and oversized shoes are iconic.
* ColossusClimb (his method of defeating a giant).
* ConjoinedEyes: In the earliest cartoons, ''PlaneCrazy'' and ''The Gallopin' Gaucho''.
* CoveredInKisses: Minnie sometimes does this to him.
* DeadpanSnarker: In MickeyMouseWorks and HouseOfMouse.
* DemotedToExtra: In a lot of projects, Mickey would be billed at the star only for DonaldDuck (in attractions like Mickey's Philharmagic) or Pluto (in most of the later shorts) or even Uncle Scrooge (in ''[[YetAnotherChristmasCarol Mickey's Christmas Carol]]'') to be the real focus of the feature.
* DescendedCreator: Walt Disney himself was the initial voice of Mickey, at least until the 40's and 50's.
* DownerEnding: In ''The Barn Dance'', [[spoiler:Minnie dumps Mickey for Pete, [[OutOfCharacterMoment who surprisingly acts like a gentleman in this short]]. The cartoon ends with Mickey [[BreakingTheFourthWall facing the viewers and sobbing]].]]
* TheEveryman: More pronounced after the {{Flanderization}}.
* ExtremeDoormat: When his NiceGuy persona is exaggerated enough, he will take a lot of crap from friends and foes alike with naive optimism. [[BewareTheNiceOnes He sometimes bites back though.]]
* {{Flanderization}}: All because of the Hays Code, really, he became LighterAndSofter and as a result less popular.
* ForgotToPayTheBill: The plot of "Moving Day" is set in motion by the fact that Mickey and Donald Duck haven't paid the rent in six months.
* FurryConfusion: Mickey is, well... [[RodentsOfUnusualSize pretty big for a mouse]]. And there's been at least a couple shorts where Mickey encounters an actual tiny mouse.
* FurryDenial: One strange rule that Disney sometimes enforces to this day is that Mickey is to never be shown with cheese. "Cheese makes Mickey seem like a mouse. He's not really a mouse, you know, he's really more of a human." However, in HouseOfMouse, he was shown several times both purchasing and eating cheese, so it appears familiarity lead this to eventually be subverted.
* GroinAttack: Poor Mickey gets hit in the crotch ''15 times'' by a fencepost in the 1930 short "The Chain Gang".
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal: He rarely wears a shirt.
** FullyDressedCartoonAnimal: During his DorkAge.
* HappilyFailedSuicide: An old comic book story. Mickey jumps off a bridge but lands on a boat. An angry sailor (who resembles Pete) yells that he throws stowaways overboard. Mickey starts pleading by saying he can't swim.
* HauntedHouse: Featured in the appropriately named "Haunted House", as well as Disney/LonesomeGhosts.
* TheHero
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: In his guest spot on ''WesternAnimation/{{Bonkers}}'' and the first ''KingdomHearts'' game.
* InterspeciesFriendship: With Goofy and Pluto.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: In his earliest shorts.
* KidHero: [[VagueAge Sometimes]].
* LimitedWardrobe: Red shorts with big buttons on them, yellow shoes, and WhiteGloves.
* LongLostRelative: OswaldTheLuckyRabbit.
* {{Mascot}}: Arguably this has done more to hurt his image than help it. Which is partly why ''EpicMickey'' was made.
* MickeyMousing: The [[TropeNamers Trope Namer]]. Happened more in his early shorts.
* MooseAreIdiots: The "Moose Hunters" short. "Kiss me!"
* MoralDissonance: He engages in animal cruelty in his earliest shorts, usually by using live, conscious animals as musical instruments, and it's PlayedForLaughs.
* NiceGuy: Except in some of his earlier appearances.
* NiceMice
* NotSoAboveItAll: Even after becoming the straight man, there were times Mickey displayed a breaking point such as in "Magician Mickey" where after being heckled one too many times by Donald he puts the Duck through a magical HumiliationConga or "Symphony Hour" where he threatens Donald ''[[BewareTheNiceOnes with a handgun]]'' to keep him from abandoning the other performers during their disastrous concert.
* OfficialCouple: With Minnie Mouse.
* OutOfFocus: Later on WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck, WesternAnimation/{{Goofy}} and even WesternAnimation/{{Pluto| The Pup}} became far more popular, being the characters who had an easier time adapting to the ScrewySquirrel and IronButtMonkey archetypes becoming more popular in animation in the 40's. Though Mickey remains the symbol of {{Disney}}.
* PieEyed: Occasionally in early shorts, when he doesn't just have BlackBeadEyes. He returned to this look in the 2013 flash-animated shorts.
* PrehensileTail: Especially in the early shorts, when he'd often use his tail as a kind of third hand to pick things up and manipulate them.
* PressGanged: The aptly-named "Shanghaied". The cartoon begins with Mickey and Minnie already on the ship, but it's not hard to tell how they got there.
* TheProtagonist
* PublicDomainAnimation: "TheMadDoctor" is one of the very few Disney shorts to slip into the PublicDomain, although its extremely rare for it to appear in compilations (the only known time is in "Attack of the 30's Characters" from Thunderbean) due to legal fears over the usage of a copyrighted character like Mickey.
* TheQuietOne: Mickey was this in several of his 1930's shorts.
* ReTraux: The 2013 shorts will return Mickey and his friends back to their rubberhose roots from the late 20's-mid 30's while the backgrounds will resemble backgrounds from 50's and 60's cartoons.
* RedOniBlueOni: The blue to WesternAnimation/{{Donald Duck}}'s red.
* RodentsOfUnusualSize: In the earliest cartoons to feature both him and DonaldDuck together, Mickey is much taller than Donald. Nowadays he's generally the same height as Donald, but he's still a three foot tall mouse.
* RogerRabbitEffect: As early as the 1934 film "Hollywood Party" (which was one of the ''very'' few non-{{Disney}} works where Mickey was allowed to appear) and of course, his appearance in Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit. He appeared along-side then-chairman Michael Eisner in his promo appearances and in a theme park movie. In both ''Fantasia'' and ''Fantasia 2000'', he thanks the conductor of the orchestra after his own sequence.
** He even appeared at the end of a ''[[TheMuppets Muppet TV special]]'' where the Muppets head to Disney World, made to promote a planned acquisition of the Muppet brand by Disney.[[note]]Jim Henson left the contracts unsigned before his death; his family decided to cancel the deal. Disney would have to wait until 2004 to get the Muppets.[[/note]] In this special, ''Mickey'' is the Disney CEO!
* ScrewySquirrel: In his earliest appearances. His appearance with BugsBunny ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' is a {{callback}} to those days.
* SignatureLaugh: A quick, good-natured "Ha-ha!"
* SpeciesSurname
* TheSpeechless: In his earliest shorts, up until ''The Karnival Kid''. Lampshaded briefly in the video ''The Spirit of Mickey,'' in which 1950s!Mickey asks 1920s!Mickey, "Hey, you! Are you the first original Mickey Mouse?" and the latter's response is, "Squawk!"
* StandardizedLeader: In many of his pairing with [[GrumpyBear Donald]] and [[TheDitz Goofy]]. DependingOnTheWriter however, he is sometimes distinguished as an eccentric [[ThePollyanna Pollyanna]] or an ExtremeDoormat.
* StraightMan: Whenever Donald and Goofy are around.
* TookALevelInBadass: In all but one of his appearances in the KingdomHearts series, Mickey Mouse has apparently taken several. He is not only an amazingly skilled wielder of the Keyblade, but is a beloved king, and a BadassLongcoat in his first real appearance.
** He's also like this in EpicMickey, but as a pragmatic fighter utilizing a magical brush.
** He was also very much like this in the 1930s-1950s comic strip serials later reprinted as ''Walt Disney's Comics and Stories'', where he was an heroic action-adventure detective with Goofy as a not-too-dumb sidekick. The huge, evil cat Pete (then called Black Pete, or Pegleg Pete if it was a nautical tale) was his constant adversary. Kids could pick up some cool historical and geographical facts in these stories.
** As far as non-canon parodies go, there's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TF4_4g1B2Ug this]] excerpt from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', where he [[BadBoss beats up]] Music/TheJonasBrothers.
* TooManyBabies: In "Mickey's Nightmare", Mickey dreams about getting married to Minnie, after which a flock of storks drops about twenty babies down his chimney in rapid succession.
* TheTrickster: In the very earliest days.
* UnderestimatingBadassery: Especially in ''Shanghaied'', ''Two-Gun Mickey'', and ''RunawayBrain''.
* VocalEvolution: Walt Disney first voiced Mickey in "The Karnival Kid" with a much deeper bellow ("HOOOT DOG!!!"). By his third speaking role in "Mickey's Choo Choo", his trademark soft spoken falsetto is established. Walt's final roles as Mickey sound slightly lower pitched and worn, allegedly due to his smoking habit making it harder for him to replicate the voice anymore.
** Actually, Carl Stalling (who later went on to score music for Warner Bros.), provided Mickey's voice in "The Karnival Kid".