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[[caption-width-right:300:[[KarmaMeter The choice]]: Mascot, or Miscreant?]]

->''"I love the nostalgic, myself. I hope we never lose some of the things of the past."''
-->-- '''Creator/WaltDisney'''

''Epic Mickey'' is a Creator/{{Disney}} game for the UsefulNotes/{{Wii}} developed by Junction Point, spearheaded by Warren Spector of ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' and ''VideoGame/SystemShock'' fame. In an ambitious effort to help Disney [[WinBackTheCrowd restore Mickey Mouse's iconic status]], it brings back the happy memories of [[WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts Disney's classic short subjects]] and [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon feature length films]] from their [[TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation Golden Age]], [[TheSilentAgeOfAnimation Silent Age,]] [[TheDarkAgeOfAnimation Dark Age]], and [[TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation Renaissance Age]] as well as attractions from the DisneyThemeParks of old...

[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-MnhFSHTxU ...But NOT in the way anybody expected.]]

The story begins with Walt Disney's original cartoon star, WesternAnimation/OswaldTheLuckyRabbit, after finally getting Walt some success and recognition, being taken from him over both a budget dispute and a contract loophole, fading into obscurity, and being [[CaptainErsatz replaced by his younger half-brother]] MickeyMouse. [[ThrowTheDogABone Fortunately]], he becomes the first resident of a world created by [[Disney/{{Fantasia}} the wizard Yen Sid]] for [[WhatCouldHaveBeen forgotten and rejected Disney creations and ideas]]. This world, called [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Wasteland]] (based on the DisneyThemeParks), exists as a small model on a table within Yen Sid's tower. Oswald takes this world as his own, presenting himself as a king there. Soon after, Oswald teams up with WesternAnimation/TheMadDoctor, another early resident of Wasteland -- together, they create the [[MechaMook robotic]] [[XtremeKoolLetterz Beetleworx]], which serve as construction tools for Wasteland, as well as relocators for new residents of the world, and together they try to make Wasteland a comfortable home for the other lost Creator/{{Disney}} characters who later join them -- but Oswald grows resentful of his younger brother over time due to his increasing popularity. In a vain effort to emulate the life he never had, he makes a ''very'' large family with his [[InterspeciesRomance feline girlfriend]] Ortensia, and has WesternAnimation/TheMadDoctor build [[RobotBuddy robotic copies]] of WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck and WesternAnimation/{{Goofy}} to help him recreate the adventures Mickey went on -- but even this fails to fill the void.

Later on, Mickey himself stumbles into Yen Sid's tower, after being lured in by the wizard's mischevious (or malicious) magic mirror. Shortly after arriving, he sees Yen Sid put the finishing touches on Wasteland. Content with his progress, Yen Sid goes off to sleep, while Mickey decides to put his own touch on Wasteland--he spots the magic paintbrush Yen Sid was using and begins to fiddle with it, but accidentally creates a monster [[EldritchAbomination called the Shadow Blot]] [[NiceJobBreakingItHero and spills paint and paint thinner all over the model.]] [[OhCrap Hearing Yen Sid approaching]], Mickey tries to erase the Blot and quickly clean up... and ends up spilling even more thinner on the model, creating a gaping hole in it, and then flees back to his bedroom via the mirror before the wizard returns. Despite Mickey's attempt to hide his transgression, the not-so-dead Blot persists and enters Wasteland via the hole; there, it takes over Wasteland, twisting it into a [[DarkerAndEdgier sinister]] and [[CrapsackWorld dangerous]] version of the original, and drives Oswald and any resistance into hiding during the conflict, henceforth called "The Blot Wars". The Doctor promptly stabs Oswald in the back (as he had always wanted to) and sides with the Blot, [[TheStarscream if just to further his own agenda.]]

Decades later, having long forgotten the incident, Mickey is suddenly pulled into Wasteland from his home via the Blot. Mickey manages to grab the magic paintbrush before he is pulled in, so he can create and erase things with paint and [[BlackMagic thinner]]. After narrowly escaping from Dark Beauty Castle and the Doctor and Blot's attempt to remove his heart, as well as having a brief encounter with Oswald, Mickey's initial goal is to simply return home, but his discovery of the miserable state of Wasteland and its inhabitants, including old friends like Horace Horsecollar, cause him to change his plans.

Now the mouse must regain the trust of his resentful older half-brother Oswald, foil the Mad Doctor, and stop the Shadow Blot to save and restore Wasteland, all while trying to keep his heart, the symbol of those who remember and love him, which is all the Blot needs to escape into the real world.

So, if you haven't guessed already, this is the ''[[Franchise/KingdomHearts other]]'' series that turns [[MickeyMouse our hero]] into a complete {{badass}}, has a shadowy (pun intended) evil and heart stealing. It's also being adapted into a couple of [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids kids']] books and a prequel {{webcomic}} and graphic novel written by Creator/PeterDavid.

A sequel has been released, ''[[VideoGame/EpicMickey2ThePowerOfTwo Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two]]'' (selected from a batch of subtitles that also included ''Return of the Mad Doctor'' and ''Mystery on Mean Street'') and a portable side story Epic Mickey: PowerOfIllusion, both which have their own pages.

''Take note:'' It seems how much one will enjoy this game is [[LoveItOrHateIt extremely reliant on taste]]. Its pacing and design is heavily akin to {{Nintendo 64}} platformers like ''VideoGame/{{Banjo-Kazooie}}'', except ''modernised''. Some will find the whole game brilliant, others will find it sub-par. The only real consensus is that [[CameraScrew the camera can be rather wonky]] ([[NerfNow and perhaps]] [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/431 a bit "Goofy"),]] but even then, some will find it less of a bother than others.

%%comment%% No Edit Wars between "Phantom Blot" and "Shadow Blot," please.
'''Examples from ''Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two'' and ''Epic Mickey: Power Of Illusion'' should go on [[VideoGame/EpicMickey2ThePowerOfTwo their]] [[PowerOfIllusion respective]] pages.'''
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!!!This game provides examples of:

* ActionBomb: Spladooshes will sleep happily, but [[StuffBlowingUp if they wake up...]]
* AllThereInTheManual: A currently-available free iOS app has stories of the Wasteland before Mickey messes it up.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Pete Pan. He's a good fighter, but dear GOD, his body language... He pumps his ass in Mickey's face the first time they meet.
* AmusementParkOfDoom: Wasteland is, essentially, [[DisneyThemeParks The Unhappiest Place On Earth]] / [[NoDoubt The Real Tragic Kingdom]].
* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler:Ortensia]]'s fate, as well as [[spoiler:Clock Tower]]'s if you [[BlackMagic Thinner]] it.
* AntiFrustrationFeature: Mickey's reserves of Paint or Thinner will slowly return to one-third capacity if they ever fall below that amount.
* AntiHero: If you play towards the dark side of the KarmaMeter, Mickey can turn into one of these.
* AntiVillain: Oswald the Lucky Rabbit toward the start of the game, up until you manage to meet him in Mickeyjunk Mountain; he actively sets obstacles in Mickey's way in order to get rid of him, but his reasons for this are sympathetic and understandable. And he secretly still could be considered an AntiVillain after this until way later. (See YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness.) A ''definite'' Type II.
* ApatheticCitizens: The citizens of [=OsTown=] and Mean Street doesn't seem to mind that their cities are literally the only places that WesternAnimation/TheMadDoctor and [[BlobMonster the Shadow Blot]] haven't conquered yet. Heck, they won't even react when Mickey goes VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto on them. Thankfully averted with the Gremlins, who seems to be the only people around who at least try to help you.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: WesternAnimation/TheMadDoctor's Swiss-Army-torture-device has four settings: A large pair of shears, a massive corkscrew, a chainsaw, and at its highest setting (labelled with a skull and crossbones), a... toilet plunger? Even Mickey is surprised. [[spoiler:And then he learns it's used for... unorthodox heart surgery...]]
* ArtAttacker: Mickey uses a brush and paint thinner to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong.
* ArtShift: Gameplay segments use a relatively orthodox graphical style reminiscent of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy''. Cutscenes, however, are 2D and in a style influenced by the late [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Blair Mary Blair]], who did concept art for several {{Disney}} movies and the art for "It's A Small World."
* AscendedGlitch: [[spoiler:Instead of deciding whether or not to get the treasure or save the gremlin, it is actually possible to save ''both''. Thank the playtesters for this.]]
* TheAtoner: [[spoiler:Both Oswald and Mickey.]]
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Several of your foes can get easily distracted whenever a TV is placed in front of them. Including ''Oswald''.
* AttractMode: The opening prologue movie is even ''called'' "Attract Mode".
* AuthorAppeal: The reason why you're collecting pins is simply because Warren Spector himself collects Disney pins.
* BadassAdorable:
** Mickey, obviously, and probably Oswald too.
** The Bunny Kids; they're adorable and eat blotlings. [[FridgeHorror Wait, what?]]
* BeingGoodSucks: Not ''sucks'', exactly, but concerning many of the Good/Bad choices you can make in the game, be it using Paint or Thinner or doing a FetchQuest with two possible item choices; usually, the good choice is the harder to accomplish by far (three words: "Save the Sprite"), while doing the bad thing can take about two seconds.
* BenevolentArchitecture: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] towards the end, with Gus saying something about how convenient it is that there's a bunch of chandeliers with strong chains in a tower.
* BigBadDuumvirate: [[BlobMonster The Shadow Blot]] (now an EldritchAbomination made of paint and [[BlackMagic thinner]]) and WesternAnimation/TheMadDoctor, described by Spector as being the "brawn and the brains" of the pairing, respectively.
* BigDamnHeroes: Attempted, but unfortunately subverted when [[spoiler:Mickey and his friends try to use the Rocket to defeat [[EldritchAbomination the Shadow Blot]].]]
* BigBoosHaunt:
** Naturally, Lonesome Manor, based on TheHauntedMansion.
** The Lonesome Ghosts travel map as well, plus the aptly named The Haunted House.
* BlackMagic: The thinner. You actually need it on occasion, but if you're doing a "good" playthrough, you won't be using it a lot.
%%* BlobMonster: The Shadow Blot.
* BodyHorror:
** Quite a bit of this in the early concept art, and there's still some of this in the finished game. See the Disney/{{Dumbo}} Ride in Gremlin Village? They have no eyes.
** There was also a notion with Mickey's paint abilities to make it look as if he was channeling HIS OWN PAINT through the brush, but it looked too {{Narm}}-ish in testing by making Mickey look like he was getting male pattern baldness.
** Or even earlier when he was channeling thinner/paint with his HANDS, which then creates... [[http://hamilton74.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d37hfke this]].
** And don't even get started on Oswald when he was the main villain... [[http://hamilton74.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d37hkgg Phantom Blot Oswald anyone?]]
** In the final game, Mickey absorbed some of the Blot when dragged into the Wasteland, resulting in him appearing to ooze drops of ink. If you favor using [[BlackMagic thinner]], lots of ink will float off of him as a result.
* BrainInAJar: [[spoiler:Animatronic [[DonaldDuck Donald,]] Daisy, and {{Goofy}}]].
* BreakingTheBonds: How Mickey escapes the Mad Doctor in their first scene.
* BridgeLogic: An option for getting through the European section of Gremlin Village.
* BubblegloopSwamp: Bog Easy, based on New Orleans Square from the parks. Of course the "Gloop" happens to be paint thinner...
* ButThouMust: You can do things either by disregarding others, destroying things, and being a JerkAss, or by helping people out and giving your all to improve everyone's lives, but the story and all but two cutscenes are the same no matter what. The creators were disappointed by this, and are trying to make moral choices have more of an impact in the sequel.
%%* CameraCentering
* CameraScrew: One of the most common complaints so far.
** WordOfGod is that developing a camera for a 3D environment where walls and floors can appear and disappear ''at any time'' was a rather difficult challenge.
** With Nintendo handling publishing duties for the Japanese version, they're also looking to fix the camera issues for the new release.
* CaptainErsatz: Even though they predate them in initial designs, the game's portrayal of [[DeadpanSnarker Gremlin Gus]] and the Gremlins will remind you ''a lot'' of Papa Smurf and TheSmurfs.
* ChainsawGood: WesternAnimation/TheMadDoctor's machine in the opening.
* ChairReveal: Oswald does this in a cutscene.
* ChasteToons: Averted with Oswald, who's had a lot of kids in the years he's been in the Wasteland -- [[ExplosiveBreeder he's a rabbit, after all]]. And much to their father's chagrin, they adore "Uncle Mickey".
* GeniusBonus: His girlfriend, Ortensia, is a cat. Female cats are known to be VERY promiscuous.
* ChristmasRushed: WordOfGod is that ''Epic Mickey'' was rushed to reach store shelves by the 2010 holiday season, which explains a few of the game's rougher edges. Even with the rush, it still missed the "Black Friday" after-Thanksgiving shopping weekend.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder / TheStarscream: The Mad Doctor betrayed Oswald when he lost the Blot Wars, and then he allied with the Blot; he plans to eventually betray the Blot as well, once Mickey's heart has been taken.
* ClockworkCreature: The Beetleworx enemies are robots constructed from random parts that have the faces of various {{Disney}} characters painted on them. Defeating them requires erasing the painted parts.
%%** The Small World Clocktower Boss as well.
* ColourCodedForYourConvenience: The [[color:blue:blue]] fluid is paint, and the [[color:green:green]] fluid is thinner.
* ComicBookLimbo: This is essentially the setting.
* ConspicuouslyLightPatch: The main way of identifying what you can use Paint or Thinner on. Surfaces with bright, vibrant colors are composed of Paint, while thinned objects leave ghostly silhouettes behind. Additionally, anything you can spin move to activate or smash for shineys flashes iridescent.
* CoveredInKisses: [[spoiler:Oswald in the ending.]]
* CrapsackWorld:
** [[NiceJobBreakingItHero And it's Mickey's fault.]] However, the game's plot is about saving it. So it's more of AWorldHalfFull.
** Mickey can use thinner to make it ''[[VideoGameCrueltyPotential worse]]''.
* CreativeClosingCredits: Available right from the start in the Extras menu, featuring Blotlings doing various antics with the Brush.
* CyberneticsEatYourSoul: What happened to Captain Hook and the members of his crew that were turned into Beetleworx. [[spoiler:The latter can get better by turning back, the former without.]]
* DarkerAndEdgier: A loveable cartoon rabbit is portrayed as Mickey's jealous and semi-insane half-brother, living in a twisted nightmarish copy of Disneyland threatened by a mad scientist and a demonic monster, and the player has the option of turning Mickey back into the scrappy {{antihero}} he was back in the 30s.
* DeadlyRotaryFan: There are a series of these in the "World of Gremlins" dungeon (which imitates the "It's a Small World" ride). They spin too quickly for Mickey to easily get through unharmed, but he can use paint thinner to erase some of the blades long enough to pass by unscathed.
* DeadpanSnarker:
** Gremlin Gus seems to be a bit of this. Considering [[Creator/RoaldDahl who created him]], it makes sense.
** Oswald has his moments as well, especially when the player plays the "scrapper" mode.
-->''"I'd say good luck, but "heroes" don't need luck, right?"''
-->''"Yes sir. Spatters better watch out for you. You like that [[BlackMagic Thinner]]."''
-->''"That was an impressive display of destructive firepower."''
* DefeatMeansFriendship: For the purposes of quests that require combat, using Paint to befriend Blotlings counts the same as defeating them. This even applies to some of the bosses.
* DetectivesFollowFootprints: A series of quests, given to you by the detective, involves you following footprints to the same guy every time, where you have to buy back stolen objects. If you paint all the footprints, the thief will give you the object for free.
* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything: A requirement, as there's not too much of a way to figure out what you're going to add/remove. One example is the Skull Island Machine, where you can a) do nothing, b) destroy the machine with [[BlackMagic thinner]], or c) make it turn out cartoon characters with paint.
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:Ortensia]]. [[spoiler:Subverted (not in a good way) in that she had a FateWorseThanDeath, but all the same, she gets better.]]
%%* DoubleJump
* DownInTheDumps: Mickeyjunk Mountain.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Warren Spector heavily emphasizes the concept "Playstyle Matters". If you defeat a boss with [[BlackMagic thinner]] or fail a series of quests, it's going to affect the game's ending, and it ''will'' turn out worse than if you had redeemed the boss with paint or completed that important questline.
* {{Egopolis}}: [=OsTown=], named after the former king of Wasteland, Oswald. Complete with images of Oswald absolutely everywhere. Not to mention, according to the comics, apparently all of his children are named after him. All 420.
* EldritchAbomination: Shadow Blot and the Beetleworx.
* EraSpecificPersonality: The original KarmaMeter [[WhatCouldHaveBeen would have been based on this]]: Would you play Mickey like the scrappy fighter he was in the early '30s, or like TheHero he was later in his career? You could've also opted to play on the middle of the road, and acted more like the straight man he was in the late '30s, and for a while after.
* EternalEngine:
** Gremlin Village has elements of this, in the mass of gears that make It's a Small World work, plus elements in the Utilitunnel sections.
** The Travel Map ClockCleaners is this as well, being set inside a clock tower. It's similar to the ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' clock towers, really.
* EvilIsEasy: Frequently applies to the player. Many times, doing whatever it takes to get the "good" result in a quest requires more work then just blasting your obstacles with thinner. This frequently requires more creativity, too; sometimes, it's easy to fall into accepting the "bad" ending simply because you can't figure out how to resolve the problem with paint.
* EvilLaughter: Both WesternAnimation/TheMadDoctor and The Blot are fans of it. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by [[DeadpanSnarker Gus]] in a cutscene:
-->'''[[DeadpanSnarker Gus]]''': WesternAnimation/TheMadDoctor, did he go "Nya-ha-ha!"?
-->'''Oswald''': *flashback bubble to WesternAnimation/TheMadDoctor going "Nya-ha-ha!"* Yeah, he did. Why?
-->'''[[CaptainObvious Gus]]''': "Nya-ha-ha" always means bad news.
* EvilMakesYouUgly: Averted; while they did design an evil-looking "Scrapper" Mickey during development, they removed it from the final product, instead making it look like drops of ink are oozing off of him, just like the Shadow Blot. If you use more [[BlackMagic Thinner]] than paint, then more ink will ooze off as a result.
* EvilOverlooker: [[BlobMonster The Shadow Blot]] looks down on Mickey in [[http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/8427/7558epicmickey2d00cover.jpg this piece of art]].
* EvilTowerOfOminousness: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jJizAUFOqI The first level,]] Dark Beauty Castle, which is distantly visible from the game's main hub, Mean Street.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: It's Mickey Mouse embarking on a truly epic adventure to salvage a lost world that he himself brought to ruin, all while dealing with the inhabitants, the twisted, nightmarish terrain, WesternAnimation/TheMadDoctor and his Beetleworx, [[TheWoobie his vengeful, long forgotten half-brother]] who he didn't even know about until he arrived in this world, and the ever-looming menace of [[BlobMonster the Shadow Blot]] Mickey unleashed onto the Wasteland. Epic Mickey, ''indeed.''
* ExplodingCalendar: Used to show Mickey's sudden rise to fame in the intro.
* ExpositionFairy: Gus Gremlin, from an unmade feature, occasionally offers some advice on how to proceed.
* FatBastard: The Spladooshes. Big Bad Pete, and the other versions of Pete (except Pete Pan) could also apply.
* FairyCompanion:
** Mickey can attract up to three "Guardian Spirits" depending on his use of Paint and [[BlackMagic Thinner]], which can be launched at Blotlings to defeat them in a single shot.
** Not to mention (for a given definition of "Fairy") Gus, who fits a more conventional version of this role. He hovers about explaining things, introduces the new levels, [[StopHelpingMe asks if you want to enter/exit every building ever...]]
* FightingAShadow: Mickey's duel with [[spoiler:the Shadow Blot]] on top of Mickeyjunk Mountain.
* FloatingContinent: Wasteland appears to be made up of this.
* [[FollowTheWhiteRabbit Follow The Lucky Rabbit]]:
** A good part of the opening act is Mickey pursuing Oswald.
** In the GraphicNovel, Mickey even lampshades the fact that this is kind of like ''Literature/AliceInWonderland''.
* FlyingBooks: In the [[BigBoosHaunt haunted mansion]] level, you can choose to help the crystal ball woman get her books back. The only problem is they are flying around and you need to gum up the pages with paint to stop them.
%%* FreelookButton
%%* FreeRotatingCamera
* GambitPileup: WesternAnimation/TheMadDoctor is playing the Blot, [[spoiler:Oswald is playing Mickey, the [[EldritchAbomination REAL Blot]] is behind everything...]]
* GangplankGalleon:
** Ventureland/[[PiratesoftheCaribbean Pirates of the Wasteland]].
** The Travel Map Shanghaied as well. Fitting, considering it links Pirate Voyage to Skull Island.
* GenreBusting: Well, it ''is'' Mickey Mouse meets ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' and ''VideoGame/SystemShock''. Plus Warren Spector loves to drive Marketers Crazy with this trope.
* GenreThrowback: The entire game is one big love letter to Classic {{Disney}} in general, let alone TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation. Warren Spector even commented that the game is supposed to draw a lot of influence from Disney/{{Fantasia}}.
* GiantHandsOfDoom: The Small World clock boss.
* GoodIsNotNice: Mickey, depending on how you play.
* TheGoomba: Spatter Blotlings.
* GrimyWater: It's [[JustifiedTrope paint thinner]], actually, and looks/acts an awful lot like [[Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit the Dip]](understandably, since apparently some of the ingredients it's made of are paint-thinners).
* GuideDangIt:
** Seriously. If you value your sanity at all, ''don't'' try to collect everything in this game without a source of help.
** Using lock-on targeting in combat (you have to place your cursor over the enemy you wish to target, then hold down the C button for about half a second). It isn't mentioned in the manual, and it's so [[DamnYouMuscleMemory downright counter-intuitive]] at first that most reviewers didn't even know the feature existed.
** There's also the fact that you're supposed to point to where you want the anvils and [=TVs=] to go, which the game doesn't mention. It's entirely possible that you'll end up wasting several as you try to figure out why the [=TVs=] keep spawning 30 feet away above a bottomless pit.
** Figuring out how to beat the Small World Clock Tower by using paint can stump some people who don't know that you have to keep painting both of its arms until they're both fully blue and hopping on the one that lowers its palms in order to reach the face and then use paint on its face until it's redeemed.
* HandWave: One is given when Gus explains he can't fix the pipe organ for you because steam power's not his specialty. Oddly enough, this is the only time an explanation for Gus' lack of help is given despite there being many other places that could use one.
* HauntedHouse: Lonesome Manor.
* HeartContainer: Defeating a boss will reward you with an increased capacity for Paint or [[BlackMagic Thinner]], depending on what you defeated him ''with''. The player can also acquire (or purchase) upgrades to Mickey's maximum HP and sketches.
* HeelFaceTurn: Every villain except WesternAnimation/TheMadDoctor and [[spoiler:[[EldritchAbomination the true Shadow Blot]]]], assuming you defeated them with Paint. (Since Hook can't be defeated with paint, this involves freeing the Sprite so Pete Pan can fight Hook again.)
* HeroicSacrifice:
** [[spoiler:Mickey gives up his heart to rescue Oswald and [[DeadpanSnarker Gus]] from [[EldritchAbomination the Blot]] towards the end of the game.]]
** [[spoiler:Ortensia was petrified saving Oswald from the Blot.]]
* HiveMind: The Blotings function just like [[spoiler:the Flood and the Necromorphs do, with one leading mind, in this case Shadow Blot, controlling the other, smaller creatures]].
* HopelessWar: Before Mickey came to the Wastelands, Shadow Blot and the Mad Doctor had pretty much won the Blot War; they have conquered Oswald's castle and petrified [[spoiler:his wife Ortensia]], an act which sends him into a deep depression and causes him to lose his will to fight, leaving the fighting to small, weak bands of resistance groups. One of them, the crew of Captain Hook, has most of the members dead or turned into Beetleworx and the rest scattered leaderless in the jungle. Another group, The Gremlins, has been more successful in fighting off Blot's forces, but the sheer force of Blot's forces causes most of the Gremlins to be taken as prisoners, and their own village was under siege before Mickey helped in turning the tide.
* HostageForMacguffin:
** Near the game's climax, the [[spoiler:true]] [[EldritchAbomination Shadow Blot]] takes Oswald and [[DeadpanSnarker Gus]] hostage and demands Mickey's heart in exchange for their safety.
** {{Meta}}-example: Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, even after 80 years, was still owned by NBC/Universal, not Creator/{{Disney}}. To get him back into their intellectual property, {{Disney}} gave {{Universal}} one of their sportscasters, Al Michaels. Interestingly, [[Creator/WaltDisney Walt]] himself was happy that Creator/WalterLantz had been using Oswald and had been taken from Charles Mintz.
* HubLevel: As far as accessing the other levels, Mean Street serves as this, especially considering that its DisneyThemeParks counterpart, Main Street USA, is probably the best [[RealLife real-life]] example of the {{trope}}.
* InAWorld: Played completely straight in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ovuo_7p2ntg this trailer]] made for Tokyo Game Show 2010. [[RuleOfCool And it is awesome.]]
* InCaseYouForgotWhoWroteIt: It's generally referred to as ''Disney's'' Epic Mickey.
* InterspeciesRomance:
** When Mickey gets one of Hook's pirates to admit his love for Henrietta the Cow.
--> '''[[DeadpanSnarker Gus]]''': "Personally, I give them a few months, tops."
** Oswald and Ortensia; a [[CarnivoreConfusion rabbit and cat]], respectively.
* IronicNurseryTune:
** A non-reversed but creepy "Small World" plays during the Clock Tower boss fight.
** A somber rendition of the tune of "[[Disney/SleepingBeauty Once Upon a Dream]]'' is incorporated into the music of Dark Beauty Castle.
* {{Jerkass}}: [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Scrapper Mickey.]]
* JungleJapes:
** Well, there's this area in Venture Land called The Jungle...
** The travel map based on the 1929 short Jungle Rhythm looks to fit the {{trope}} too.
* KarmaMeter: More along the lawful / chaotic axis than good / evil -- it's a choice between the JerkAss Mickey began as, TheHero he became, or something in between. Both sides have their own abilities via the [[FairyCompanion Guardians]], and some level areas are only accessible to certain alignment choices.
* LaResistance: The Gremlins. They're one of the few groups still actively fighting [[BlobMonster the Shadow Blot]].
* {{Leitmotif}}: Mickey and Oswald have their own distinctive themes.
* LethalLavaLand: The Demon Caverns part of Rainbow Caverns in "Power of Two".
%% * LimelightSeries
* LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition: Comes with a Behind the Scenes DVD, a Mickey figure, and some decals for the UsefulNotes/{{Wii}} and [[PunBasedTitle Wiimote]].
* LostForever: ''Every single action stage''. According to [[http://www.totalvideogames.com/Disney-Epic-Mickey/preview-15659.html this article]], once you clear an action stage, you can't go back. Oh, and the game autosaves after important decisions. According to the dev team, this is so that players can't go back on their choices. Fortunately, there's a NewGamePlus option that allows you to go back to old levels.
* TheLostWoods: Fort Wasteland in the sequel.
* MacrossMissileMassacre: A fireworks version is used to defeat the [[spoiler:real Shadow Blot]].
* ManipulativeBastard: WesternAnimation/TheMadDoctor is manipulating [[BlobMonster the Blot]] for his own means. [[spoiler:Oswald is manipulating Mickey to build the rocket for him]].
* MarketBasedTitle:
** For some reason, the words of the title were swapped in the German version, so it's called "Mickey Epic".
** The Japanese version just added to the title so it's called "Disney Epic Mickey: Mickey Mouse and the Magic Brush".
* TheMerch:
** Showing up in DisneyThemeParks after the game's release was a lot of merch featuring old Mickey (including at least one shirt featuring a shot of him from ''Gallopin' Gaucho'', a short that fell into company CanonDisContinuity for having Mickey light a cigarette -with his foot- among other things.) This game is why.
** Of course, the whole "needing to make money from these properties in order to continue holding an extended copyright to them" thing probably helps, too. If Oswald becomes a regular member of the {{Disney}} crew, you can thank this game.
** {{Disney}}'s also planning some more directly ''Epic Mickey''-themed merch, most notably [[http://kotaku.com/5532673/disneys-dark-epic-mickey-also-coming-to-childrens-book-form books,]] [[http://wii.nintendolife.com/news/2010/06/epic_mickey_paintbrush_controller_and_charging_station a paintbrush-shaped Nunchuck shell, and an elaborate Wii Remote charger featuring sculptures of Mickey and the Shadow Blot.]] Disney seems a very confident in this game.
* MercyInvincibility: Averted... fall into a pool of [[BlackMagic thinner]] without a nearby platform -- or end up underneath one -- and you're almost guaranteed to quickly lose ''all'' of your health pips. And the CameraScrew the game often offers doesn't help at all.
%%* MikeNelsonDestroyerOfWorlds: Mickey.
* MinecartMadness:
** Shown in a concept pic at the London press conference.
** In game, a variation of this {{trope}} appears in the Travel Map Trolley Troubles. You don't have to stay atop the trolley, but it is necessary to keep it with you and to open gates for it to complete the map. May cross over with a strange type of EscortMission.
* ModularEpilogue: The ending gets filled in with shots of bosses and important characters behaving friendly and politely if Mickey helped them when he encountered them earlier (with the exception of [[spoiler:the Mad Doctor]]). All of these shots are accompanied with narration from the sorceror [[Disney/{{Fantasia}} Yen Sid]] that can be interchanged freely but still form a cohesive sentence about people's decisions and how they affect other people.
* Mook: Blotlings and Beetleworx
* MookMaker: The Beetleworx creators which will spit out another Beetleworx as soon as you've destroyed one. [[spoiler:The real Shadow Blot is one of these too, since all the Blotlings and the small Shadow Blot are just pieces that escaped out of the bottle.]]
* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: WesternAnimation/TheMadDoctor. Emphasis on "ambiguous": While he has helped Oswald by building the robot versions of Mickey's friends and the maintenance Beetleworx, [[TheQuisling he switched to the Blot's side when he started winning]] and is now his partner in the BigBadDuumvirate.
* MotorMouth: Oswald. Just try to keep up with what he's saying when you first meet him.
* MultipleEndings: Depending on [[KarmaMeter how you fought the bosses]]. [[spoiler:Although it seems that only what happens to certain characters changes in the various endings.]]
* NewGamePlus: Film reels and pins carry over between playthroughs.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: What started the whole mess. Later, the entire mess could have been finished, except [[spoiler:Oswald's WhatTheHellHero starts it over again]].
* NoFourthWall: Seriously, the plot focuses on cartoon characters who are jealous and/or depressed because they're not popular with audiences anymore! Heck, the only fourth wall the characters don't break is their relation to the actual player.
* NoticeThis: "Toon" objects (surfaces affected by Paint or Thinner) are lighter and more vibrantly colored than objects surrounding them; even when thinned, they leave a ghostly silhouette behind so the player can recognize that something's supposed to go there. This is similar to the ConspicuouslyLightPatch of traditional cel animations, where foreground objects were lighter tone than background objects due to being placed on a separate layer.
* NotSoDifferent: Oswald and Mickey. According to WordOfGod, Oswald and [[BlobMonster Shadow Blot]] count as this, too. [[spoiler:They both want to be famous in RealLife and use Mickey's heart in order to become that, and they're both willing to use less than morally right ways to get that heart; Oswald through deception and Shadow Blot through brute force]].
* NotSoInnocentWhistle: Oswald will shoot faces at Mickey when his back is turned. Turn around to face him again and he'll start whistling innocently. If you turn around while in first person view however, he doesn't stop teasing you.
* NotTheFallThatKillsYou: Between Mickey's DoubleJump, his spin attack, and his brush techniques, there are many ways to soften his momentum before actually impacting the ground.
* NostalgiaLevel: The 2D side-scrolling "travel zones," which take their inspiration from ClassicDisneyShorts, including:
** "Clock Cleaners"
** "Thru The Mirror"
** "SteamBoatWillie" (seems heavily inspired by the one in the Genesis/SNES game MickeyMania)
** "Plutopia"
** Three Oswald cartoons, including "Oh, What A Knight"
** "WesternAnimation/TheMadDoctor"
** ''Disney/SleepingBeauty''
** ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'', based on "The Sorcerer's Apprentice", with butterflies from "The Nutcracker Suite"
** And one non-2D section, Mickeyjunk Mountain, seems to be designed with this in mind. It's a level made out of old merchandise. A lot of it seems to be ancient, sure, but it also includes Super Nintendo and NES cartridges starring Mickey.
* OhCrap:
** Mickey's face [[WideEyesAndTinyPupils when he looks up]] and finds himself strapped down on a operation table in a dungeon.
** And Oswald -- when he finds out that Mickey caused the thinner disaster he literally dances with rage, challenging Mickey to a fight. He only remembers that he is dancing on the cork sealing the real Shadow Blot just as it cracks. His face and body language are priceless.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Pretty much everyone. The game basically has NoFourthWall and acknowledges time passed in RealLife. As cartoon characters, no one is really affected by aging. For example, Oswald and Mickey are 83 and 82, respectively, when this game takes place.
* OneHundredPercentCompletion: Requires multiple playthroughs, as several pins are mutually exclusive rewards of defeating or befriending each boss.
* OneSteveLimit:
** Averted; there are two extras named Ian. No attention is brought to this, though the game distinguishes them by referring to the pirate as "One Eyed Ian" and the ghost simply as "Ian."
** Then there's Constance, the one who was the original owner of the Lonesome Manor who was suspected to have killed all her husbands with the hatchet that you have to find for Horace, and there's the NPC Constance you can randomly talk to in Ventureland if you rescue the pirates.
* OneWingedAngel: As if things weren't bad enough, one of the concept arts (shown in ''Magazine/NintendoPower'') [[http://doope.jp/media/10q3/img1825_02.jpg shows a painted picture of Shadow Blot, ten times larger than before and having horns a lá Chernabog]].
* OnlySixFaces / YouAllLookFamiliar: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]]! Mickey [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] the similar appearances of many characters on his first walk through [[HubLevel Mean Street]]. [[DeadpanSnarker Gus]] describes them as "rough drafts", "extras", and concepts of characters "left and forgotten on the drawing board".
* PercussiveMaintenance: [[LaResistance The gremlins]] can fix ''anything'' by whacking it with a wrench. [[spoiler:Also how Oswald gets the rocket to work.]]
* PlayingTennisWithTheBoss: Petetronic.
* PluckyComicRelief: Mickey's sidekick, [[DeadpanSnarker Gus]], a gremlin veteran from a scrapped UsefulNotes/WorldWarII {{Disney}} cartoon.
* PortTown: Pirate Voyage and Tortooga qualify. They are based on the village from Pirates of the Caribbean, after all. Pirate Voyage even has little boats you can ride on.
* PoweredArmor: Petetronic has this in the form of augmentations to [[TronLines his outfit]].
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: From the "Clocktower Cleaners" digicomic, Oswald has:
--> "Don't... bring... up... MICE!"
* PuzzleBoss: Captain Hook; Paint has no effect on him, and [[BlackMagic Thinner]] merely dissolves his armor. You can either free the captured Sprite from the top of the rigging (with Hook dogging your steps), or use the various tracks scattered about the arena to extend the plank and send Hook down to the animatronic Crocodile waiting for him in the waters.
** [[SubvertedTrope Or]] you can simply continue to send Hook careening into the ship's walls, masts, and deck boards until he breaks apart from all the repeated impacts.
* RedemptionInTheRain: Justified. [[spoiler:It "rains" paint during the ending, restoring the Wasteland to its original state.]]
* RedEyesTakeWarning:
** WesternAnimation/TheMadDoctor's operating-robot, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero after Oswald breaks its console.]]
** Also the Slobbers (if you painted them friendly and somehow enough [[BlackMagic thinner]] got on them to turn evil again). They have [[color:red:red]] eyes only when they aren't under Mickey's influence.
* RemilitarizedZone: The travel map based on the Oswald cartoon "Great Guns".
* {{Retraux}}:
** The Mouse himself, with a design and personality hearkening back to the twenties and thirties. (True to form, his mouse ears shift position to retain the characteristic "Mickey Mouse" shape.)
** Special mention, however, must go to the "Scrapper Mickey" design, which goes all the way back to "Plane Crazy" for inspiration -- or, at least it did, before getting dropped.
* RiseToTheChallenge: One of the 2.5D ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'' stages late in the game has a rising flood of paint thinner.
* RobotBuddy: Oswald [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 tries to keep his sanity with the help of his robot friends.]] [[http://disney.adata.com.tw/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/epic-mickey-5-goofy.jpg They]] [[http://gameinformer.com/cfs-filesystemfile.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Components.PostAttachments/00.00.03.82.87/Donald.jpg aren't]] all that well put together, though.
* RuleOfThree: [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Hero, Wastelander, and Scrapper.]]
* SaveScumming: Averted. The game auto-saves after just about every karma-related decision you make, forcing you to live with whatever consequences result from it, and there is no other way to save the game.
* SceneryPorn and SceneryGorn: The Wasteland is [[http://wii.ign.com/dor/objects/786198/warren-spector-game-project-/images/e3-2010-disney-epic-mickey-screens-20100615020110644.html beautiful in its own way.]]
* SequelHook: After the ending credits, [[spoiler:Mickey is sealed away from the Wasteland... but his finger starts dripping ink, which means that some of the [[EldritchAbomination Shadow Blot's]] ink is still in him.]] [[spoiler:Could Mickey potentially become the next Blot?]]
* SequenceBreaking: [[WordOfGod The developers]] actually ''encouraged'' playtesters to sequence break, and then [[ThrowItIn put it into the finished product and called it a feature]]. If anything, this can only continue now that it's released... Here's an example. In [[{{Tomorrowland}} Tomorrow City]], try dropping a TV on the first platform last. This platform is the only one that electrifies the tracks, so you won't have to dodge them to get to the other platforms to power those up. However, unless you had some gremlin aid, the electricity is a much better thing to dodge than the thing it replaces when all three are powered. If you don't sequence break in the above way, you are much closer to the gate after dodging the electricity. Hence, this is actually a pretty equal trade-off.
* [[ShieldedCoreBoss Shielded Core Mooks]]: All Beetleworx have a layer of Paint armor that the player must dissolve via Thinner before they can inflict a damaging blow; the Beetleworx regenerate their armor after each hit.
* ShoutOut / ReferenceOverdosed: [[ShoutOut/EpicMickey Has its own page, again.]]
* ShownTheirWork:
** Besides including some of the more obvious theme park icons, some sketches even feature early [[DisneyThemeParks Disneyland]] icons like the [[http://www.pacificsites.com/~drhoades/tomorrow.htm Moonliner and Clock of the Future]]. Not to mention that the whole game is about obscure characters (such as an unused version of Smee from ''PeterPan'') coming back to the spotlight.
** [[LaResistance The Gremlins]] are from an unmade UsefulNotes/WorldWar2 film, though were still used in some military unit insignia and comics.
** In at least one interview, Warren Spector mentioned that even such seemingly insignificant elements as ''individual barrels'' were taken from {{Disney}} history. '''THAT'S''' [[ShownTheirWork showing your work.]]
** You remember the basketball court inside the Matterhorn? Yeah, guess what, [[TheDevTeamThinksofEverything it's actually IN the game in a hidden room on Mickeyjunk Mountain.]]
** You can also unlock access to WaltDisney's firehouse apartment on [[HubLevel Mean Street]].
* ShowsDamage: All enemies (including bosses) gradually turn [[color:blue:blue]] or [[color:green:green]] when struck by Paint or [[BlackMagic Thinner]]. Beetleworx in particular must have their armor dissolved away to reveal their weak points.
* SkippableBoss: Certain boss battles can be avoided if you made the right decisions.
* StarfishRobots: The Beetleworx, especially the Spinners and Tankers. Spinners have tick-like bodies and a wheel at the bottom; if Mickey gets too close, they use the wheel to travel as the legs become spinning blades. Tankers are mobile gatling gun turrets, some of which have paint jobs based on the Queen from ''Disney/SnowWhite''.
* SteamPunk: Not ''quite'' as heavily present as the concept art led many to believe, but elements of the style are still there - most notably in the Clock Cleaners level and the animatronic designs for [[DonaldDuck Donald]], Daisy, and {{Goofy}}.
** Some of Mickeyjunk Mountain looks a little bit similar to the old SteamPunk concept art, only toned down a whole lot more. Try comparing it to the concept art with the toppled over water tower to some of the places you see in MickeyJunk Mountain.
* StepfordSmiler: Isn't it weird on how cheerful and optimistic the peoples of [=OsTown=] and [[HubLevel Mean Street]] are when their entire world is nothing but Godforsaken and dead wastelands, ruled by a EldritchAbomination made by paint and dissolving [[BlackMagic Thinner]] and his traitorous right hand of a MadScientist and occupied by [[TheTerminator Skynet's]] death-machines and TheHeartless?
* StormingTheCastle: For the Endgame, of course.
* StoryBranching: Subverted here, where the player's ExpositionFairy explicitly hints that they may solve puzzles and defeat Bosses in multiple ways (typically with either Paint or Thinner) and the player must pick a course of action; this affects [=NPCs=]' opinions of Mickey throughout the adventure, but it has zero effect on the adventure itself, nor its ending (though ending cutscenes do reflect the actual choices made).
* StrongFamilyResemblance: Mickey and Oswald. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] by the fact that the former was originally created to be a CaptainErsatz for the latter.
* SuperDrowningSkills: If you even touch a DROP of water or any other liquid thats not [[BlackMagic thinner]] in the projector screen 2D levels, you will loose a health pip and can melt and/or drown.
* TakeAThirdOption: Unlike the other bosses, there are three ways to defeat Captain Hook. You can make him walk the plank, force him to smash into walls until he breaks, or have Pete Pan fight him instead.
* TakenForGranite: [[spoiler:Ortensia the cat. She's restored to normal in the ending.]]
* {{Tomorrowland}}: Tomorrow City, the [[CrapsackWorld Wasteland's]] equivalent of the [[RealLife real-life]] TropeNamer. It even has a ''{{Tron}}'' look, complete with TronLines.
* TheThreeTrials: Mickey has to go through three 2D action stages in Mickeyjunk Mountain based on old Oswald cartoons in order to meet with said rabbit.
* TookALevelInBadass:
** The [[strike:Phantom]] [[EldritchAbomination Shadow Blot]], according to Warren Spector, who says he was a lame villain, and they decided to make him a bit more powerful.
** Subverted with the gremlins. They get several feet taller, gain {{Teleportation}} and {{Flight}} and go from being able to repair planes to being able to fix (and possibly make) just about anything, but they're ridiculously easy to capture despite this and spend most of the game as [[DistressedDude distressed dudes]].
* {{Toon}}: Most of the main characters. The Beetleworx, weirdly enough, combine elements of this and EldritchAbomination.
* ToonTown:
** [[CrapsackWorld Wasteland]]. A very [[DarkerAndEdgier grim]] example.
** [=OsTown=] is based on the ToonTown at the parks, so it obviously fits this. [[HubLevel Mean Street]], the [[CrapsackWorld Wasteland's]] version of [[HubLevel Main Street USA]], also has elements of this, since the toons live there as well.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The commercials for the game spoil [[spoiler:[[EldritchAbomination the Shadow Blot]]'s defeat by [[MacrossMissileMassacre fireworks]].]]
* TraumaCongaLine: Oswald the "[[IronicNickname Lucky]]" Rabbit has been caught in one for ''80 years''.
* TronLines: Covering [[CrapsackWorld Wasteland's]] version of {{Tomorrowland}}, Tomorrow City.
* UndergroundMonkey: Spatter Blotlings and Beetleworx adopt different outfits and textures depending on which level you encounter them in.
* VideoGameCaringPotential: Dost thou remain an ideally friendly mouse...
-->'''[[DeadpanSnarker Gus]]''': "It's true what they say about you, you can make friends with anybody."
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: ...or regress back to what thou once were?
** You can even melt [=NPCs=] with [[BlackMagic thinner]]!
** There's a part in the first level where you can choose to let an innocent gremlin get launched so you can get a few quick bucks. ''Seriously.''
-->'''[[DeadpanSnarker Gus]]''': "Hey! Our land is barren enough without your help!"
** You can befriend baddies, then knock them off a ledge, knock them into a space with an unpainted object, then paint in the object, and lots of other cruel methods that won't necessarily influence your KarmaMeter.
* VisualPun: If you decide to be a good little Mickey and change back the animatronic pirates in Tortooga, one of the many symbols that the reversed machine will show is a screw and a baseball. [[IncrediblyLamePun Yeah.]]
* VoiceGrunting:
** Yen Sid is the only one who gives any audio narration; everyone else simply grunts, with the actual dialogue in subtitles.
** Averted in the sequel. It's been confirmed that everyone will have voiced dialogue.
* WalkThePlank: One of the ways of dealing with Animatronic Hook is to push him along the tracks on his ship to the plank... and right into the maw of Animatronic Tick Tock the Croc...
* WartimeCartoon: [[LaResistance The Gremlins]] were originally from an unmade one of these -- based on an idea by Creator/RoaldDahl, no less.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** The setting is an InUniverse example, with some characters lamenting things turned out differently. Oswald is especially like this.
** IRL, many gamers who followed the development of the game from the beginning, feel that the final product was significantly lacking in the kind of surreal, eldritch horror that much of the concept art was promising. One wonders what game we might have gotten if the developers had simply seen how much they could get away with...
* WhatTheHellHero:
** Most characters, including all of the extras, will call Mickey out on some level if he tends to use and abuse [[BlackMagic thinner]]. Negative major choices will also change how major characters view you. Interestingly enough, some characters will call you out for not being as [[DarkerAndEdgier edgy]] as they would have liked you to be if you use [[WhiteMagic paint.]]
** And [[DeadpanSnarker Gremlin Gus's]] basic reaction if and when Mickey chooses a treasure chest full of E-tickets over the safety of Gremlin Calvin and sends him flying via catapault.
** [[spoiler:When Mickey finally admits that ''he'' caused the [[BlackMagic Thinner]] Disaster, Oswald becomes livid. Unfortunately, this becomes ''Oswald's'' time to do a NiceJobBreakingItHero.]]
--->[[spoiler:'''Oswald:''' I should have known! You stole my life AND ruined my home! That's it! [[BringIt You and me, Mouse! Right now, c'mon!]] I've been waiting for this for years! This is gonna be my moment! (Cue Oswald's fury accidentally breaking the seal on the [[SealedEvilInACan REAL]] [[EldritchAbomination Shadow Blot]].)]]
** After completing one of Pete's "Bunny Kid Round-Up" quests on [[HubLevel Mean Street]], Oswald will complain if you talk to him.
* WhereItAllBegan: [[Disney/SleepingBeauty Dark Beauty Castle]] is both the tutorial level and TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon where Mickey and Oswald make their stand against the [[EldritchAbomination Shadow Blot]].
* WindowLove: [[spoiler:Mickey and Oswald in the mirror at the end of the game]].
* WombLevel: [[spoiler:The final level takes place ''inside'' the [[EldritchAbomination Shadow Blot]]]].
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: [[spoiler:The smaller Shadow Blot. His motives are just like Oswald's: he wants to be famous and loved by the people in {{real life}}. If you used paint, after [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYbFNLV329E Mickey's climactic battle with it]], he gives Mickey a big hug, leading [[DeadpanSnarker Gus]] to marvel: "''Huh''? He's actually kind of... ''sweet''."]]
* WorldWreckingWave: The [[BlackMagic Thinner]] Disaster.
* XMeetsY: While ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' was essentially Disney meets ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'', ''Epic Mickey'' is, in a sense, [[AmericanMcGeesAlice American McGee]] meets Disney -- OR ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' meets Mickey Mouse, with just a hint of ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}''. the thinner/painting feature is basically super mario sunshine meets infamous
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler:It is implied that Oswald planned to steal Mickey's heart and escape [[CrapsackWorld Wasteland]] once he got all the pieces needed to build the Moonliner Rocket]]. Fortunately, he has a change of heart when [[spoiler:Mickey defeats both the Mad Doctor and the [[EldritchAbomination Blot]]]].
* ZombieGait: [[spoiler:The lost cartoon souls inside the [[EldritchAbomination Shadow Blot]].]]

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