[[quoteright:300:[[WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/mousehole.jpg]]]]
[[caption-width-right:300:Tom, ready for a game of cat-and-mouse.]]

The cartoon mouse's refuge: a neat arch-shaped hole cut into a wall at the floor, sometimes with a door.

If you have one of these in your house, expect your [[CartoonCheese perfectly triangular cheese wedges]] to go missing soon.

Often the gate to MouseWorld.



[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* A trademark schtick of ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' strips. Sometimes this even extends to windows with pots of flowers under them, mailboxes, welcome mats, etc.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* A rare live-action example, though more realistic looking, can be found in the movie ''Film/MouseHunt''.
* It also appears in ''Film/{{Willard}}'', created by the giant rat Ben chewing through the wall.

* Again, not mice, but ''Literature/TheLittles'' use this trope.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Episode 20 of ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' has a [[http://ibras.dk/montypython/episode20.htm#5 ratcatcher looking for rat holes in a house.]] The first one he finds is a Mouse Hole, complete with fake mice on a string.
* There is a mouse hole in Series/MrBean's apartment. In the ChristmasEpisode, he puts a mousetrap in front with a present on it.
* Pee-Wee Herman had a mouse hole in his playhouse. Except it didn't contain mice... instead, one would find a family of Claymation dinosaurs.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** While they're not mice, the Minish in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheMinishCap'' have several small holes that look like this. They do, indeed, lead to the Minish's Mouse World.
** Also, in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'', some areas have little holes that constantly spawn evil mice, which [[GoddamnedBats try their best to stay off your camera and tackle you from where you can't see them, stealing your rupees]]. Sometimes they even carry bombs. Either way, it's possible to negotiate with them by throwing some bait near their hole.
* In ''VideoGame/LuigisMansion'', these are all over the place. Some release golden mice, worth major dollars. Luigi can enter most or all with a special device, usually yielding more treasure. Or ghosts. Often both.
* One of the first puzzles of ''[[VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice Sam & Max Hit the Road]]'' requires you to grab a stash of cash from one of these.
* One puzzle in ''VideoGame/TheNeverhood'' involves getting a mouse to a wedge of CartoonCheese via ''a wall of mouseholes''. Your job was to figure out which holes the mouse would stop at.
* ''VideoGame/{{Glider}} PRO'' has a stock mouse hole that can appear in any old room.
* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' has [[RunningGag several]] of them, complete with CartoonCheese in front of them, the problem being that they are impossible to get (they are respectively [[UpToEleven stuck to the table, crystallised, and kept in a computerised safe]], plus a plate of cold spaghetti with an unplugged microwave somewhere in the middle). Examining the holes will result in a squeak being heard. In the GoldenEnding PlayableEpilogue all the cheeses are gone, presumably eaten by the mice. (The mouse with the spaghetti tries to eat it, but it's so rock-hard it gives up partway through.)
--> "Knowing the mouse might one day leave its hole and get the cheese... It fills you with [[ArcWord determination]]."
* ''VideoGame/SidAndAlsIncredibleToons'' substitutes mine tunnels for the standard cartoon mouse holes; Sid E. Mouse even puts a mining helmet before entering them, though Al can also squeeze through them in pursuit.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'', as in the picture above.
* Early ''WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse'' cartoons didn't show his house, but early comic strips and children's books did. It had a round, obviously mousehole-like front entrance despite Mickey's large, non-mouselike size. In 1931, Mickey's house began to be shown in the cartoons and had a normal front door there, after which the ancillary material was retconned to match.
* The "Pixie & Dixie and Mr. Jinks" shorts on ''WesternAnimation/TheHuckleberryHoundShow''
* WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes:
** The cartoons featuring Speedy Gonzales and, before that, Babbit and Ratstello.
** Sniffles lived in a mouse hole in some shorts as well, even earlier.
* Mostly averted in Creator/WaltDisney's ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'', but there is one.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Fluttershy may have purposefully installed a mouse hole in her cottage to shelter mice.
* Invoked in Creator/TexAvery's ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOH7ZCyonBg King-Size Canary,]]'' when the [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever jumbo-sized cat and mouse]] do this with a train tunnel (@ 7:02).
* You might notice the classic arch-shaped mouse holes in the skirting boards in the background on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', the vermin live in holes like this. The vermin in this case being owls.
* Motormouse lives in one in the ''Motormouse and Autocat'' segments of ''WesternAnimation/TheCattanoogaCats'',
* Winslow lives in one of these in ''WesternAnimation/CatDog''.
* The AnimatedAdaptation of Spencer Johnson's ''Literature/WhoMovedMyCheese'' depicts the mice's houses as arched Quonset huts, in contrast to the more squared-off houses of the littlepeople.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Episode [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS22E7HowMunchedIsThatBirdieInTheWindow How Munched is that Birdie in the Window?]]: In the intro, when the Simpsons entered their living room, Prof. Frink shrank them and they ran into the hole to escape the cat.
** An earlier gag had the family sitting down on the couch, only for the camera to zoom into a hole to show a mouse version of the family sitting on their couch.