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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.
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!!Examples:

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

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[[folder: Literature ]]

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

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[[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.

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[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]

* A trademark schtick of ''{{Garfield}}'' strips. Sometimes this even extends to windows with pots of flowers under them, mailboxes, welcome mats, etc.
* ''{{Ziggy}}''

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* 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.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'', as in the picture above.
* Early ''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 ''TheHuckleberryHoundShow''
* Likewise the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' 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 WaltDisney's ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'', but there is one.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Fluttershy may have purposefully installed a mouse hole in her house 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 ''{{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.
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