[[TheLifeOfNobTMouse http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/2009-10-26-adventure1.jpg]]
[[caption-width:330:Would you leave the fate of the universe up to these wallies?]]

->"Oh my!"
-->'''Nob T. Mouse''', [[CatchPhrase all the time]]

''[[http://www.nobmouse.net/ The Life of Nob T. Mouse]]'' is a [[GenreBusting surrealist science-fantasy comedy]] webcomic. [[LongRunners Created in 1996]], it is the oldest British web comic and, according to research by TheWebcomicsCompany podcast, either the 16th or 17th webcomic ever created.

The strip began as a series of hand-drawn and hand-lettered comics, coloured in coloured pencils and updated intermittently before the creator, Creator/ZoeKirkRobinson took an [[OrphanedSeries eight-year (unannounced)]] [[SeriesHiatus hiatus]]. She [[UnCancelled picked up where she left off]] in the middle of 2007 and began co-writing the strip with her partner, Jennifer Kirk, in 2008. This has the odd effect of making it one of the oldest continuing webcomics, but not one of the longest-running.

The premise of the comic is to subvert the standard view of reality and make a joke while doing so. Plot points range from the totally random to discussions on how a child might explain the world if she had overheard half a physics lecture, missed the point and then tried to explain it to someone else, who wrote it down.

While clearly influenced by the dadaist and surrealist movements, the artistic style also mimics children's pictures by ignoring perspective to a great extent, using primary colours and containing an army of characters that are, effectively, splats of colour with feet.

The comic was originally the sole purview of one writer-artist, Zoe Robinson, but now the writing duties are shared between Robinson and her partner, JenniferKirk, while Robinson continues to produce the artwork on her own.
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!!This comic provides examples of:
* {{Affectionate Parody}} - ''[[Series/DoctorWho Doctor Nob]]'' and ''[[Franchise/StarTrek Nob Trek]]''.
* AllThereInTheManual - The website has little biographies hidden on it, accessible by accessing individual blog posts and then clicking on the name of the post's author. These biographies give a little insight into the world of the comic. According to the website:
** Robinson did not create the Nob Mouse universe, she won the rights to the characters and supplementary material off Hubert Schlongson when she beat him in a drunken game of poker.
** Schlongson originally wrote the ''Blobland Band'' stories to pay his gambling debts.
* {{Art Evolution}} - It began as crude, hand-drawn comics in pen-and-ink with coloured pencils and poor lettering. It's now rounded, streamlined and coloured/shaded on computer, with computer lettering. For examples, compare [[http://www.nobmouse.net/1996/12/05/welcome-mr-nob/ the first strip]] with [[http://www.nobmouse.net/2010/09/24/a-growl-in-the-dark/ this one from 14 years later]].
* ArtShift - * Used to demonstrate [[http://www.nobmouse.net/2010/12/10/into-another-world/ passage between universes]], or shifts in genre.
* AttentionDeficitCreatorDisorder - The series sometimes stops for days on end without warning, because Zoe has found [[AllOverTheHouse something]] [[InkProofCannon else]] [[TheWebcomicBuilder she'd]] [[TheWebcomicsCompany rather]] [[Literature/BuildingTales do]]. When Jennifer began co-writing, this got a lot less frequent however.
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace - and so can everyone from Blobland.
* {{Big Bad}} - [[spoiler:The Pie Ghosts of Somewhere]] in ''Pie Noon''; King Nastie from the ''Nasties'' stories (although he's also something of a [[TheDragon Dragon]]); Frederick (to some extent); and Grandfather Time.
* BilingualBonus: Bricky speaks Laterian, which sounds a bit like 'Latin'. 'Later' is Latin for Brick.
* {{The Blind Leading The Blind}} - It's often the case that ''none'' of the cast know what they're doing, but they do it anyway. [[CrazyEnoughToWork Sometimes it works out]].
* BoundAndGagged - Occasionally, the Big Bad will try this to keep the Blobland Band and their allies from ruining their plans. It never works out.
* BSideComics - The interlude strips that ran during ''Pie Noon''.
* {{The Cameo}} - Emily and Tesrin from ''AllOverTheHouse'' appeared in [[http://www.nobmouse.net/2009/05/15/revenge-of-the-nasties-epilogue/ this]] ''Revenge of the Nasties'' story.
* {{Cephalothorax}} - most of the cast are simply giant heads with limbs attached.
* {{Catch Phrase}} - Several.
-->'''Franky''': Wait up, I've got to get a hat!
-->'''Nob T. Mouse''': Oh my!
-->'''Wilf''': Hello, everybody.
* CharacterBlog - Hubert Schlongson occasionally pops up on the website to provide [[http://www.nobmouse.net/tag/anecdotes/ increasingly surreal anecdotes]] about his time visiting Nob Mouse and friends.
* {{Character Development}} - All the main characters, and many of the minor characters, have become more rounded as time goes on.
* ChekhovsGun - Although Spam's CrowdMaster trolley was a problem at first, it certainly came in handy when dealing with Grandfather Time's minions.
* {{Christmas Special}}s - Seasonal stories in which Santa usually needs Nob Mouse's help to deliver presents on time.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}} - Franky, Frederick, ... actually, the entire cast to some extent.
* ContinuityNod - Series Two and Three often make passing references to previous stories, such as:
** In ''Pie Noon'', Doctor Franky arrives in Blobland using a Phase Induction Bubble first introduced in ''Parallel Land''.
** Nob Mouse and Co. visit Memory Lane to figure out why [[AllOverTheHouse Emily and Tesrin]] arrived in Blobland.
** The door to Frederick's secret lab in ''Pie Noon'' is covered in the same 'warnings' as his original secret lab in ''Nob & The Pies''.
* {{Cross Over}} - Although the characters don't meet save for a cameo, the Nob Mouse story ''The Great Tea Adventure'' crosses over with the ''AllOverTheHouse'' story ''Homeward bound''. Both act as lead-in stories, for their respective characters, to the crossover story ''[[http://www.nobmouse.net/2009/12/04/unscheduled-stop/ All over the mouse]]''; which ran in tandem on both comics' sites.
* CrisisCrossover - The ''All over the mouse'' storyline and its lead-in stories almost certainly qualify here.
* {{DadaComics}} - arguably the whole comic is one big example of this.
* DoomsdayDevice - Frederick tends to make these.
* EasterEgg - The biographies of Robinson and Schlongson, accessible only through clicking on their names in blog posts.
* EldritchAbomination - Grandfather Time is definitely one of these.
* ExactTimeToFailure - Used as a joke in ''Pie Noon'':
--> '''Computer''': Malfunction! The universe will be destroyed in 50 seconds.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: The comic details the life of Nob T. Mouse.
* FictionalDocument - ''The Blobland Gang'' is a set of books, [[AnimatedAdaptation TV]] & radio shows, and even [[TheMovie a film]]. They are all based on [[AuthorAvatar Hubert Schlongson]]'s visits to Blobland to learn about the adventures of Nob Mouse and Co.
* {{FillerStrip}} - they tend to be jokes about why there's no comic on that particular day; like [[http://www.nobmouse.net/2009/11/23/why-the-long-pause/ this strip]]:
--> '''Franky''': Nob! Nob! Why are there no updates?
--> '''Nob Mouse''': Because the writers messed up on their scheduling...
* FunnyAnimal - Given that Nob is a 'mouse', Wilf is a 'dog' and Frederick is a 'rabbit', this is given an abstract, almost cubist, twist.
* GoMadFromTheRevelation - The reason for Frederick's madness is [[spoiler:he saw the true form of Grandfather Time]].
* {{Hidden Depths}} - Frederick [[http://www.nobmouse.net/2008/07/25/a-trip-down-memory-lane-part-4/ wasn't always]] a pie-obsessed nutcase with a tendency to endanger the universe...
* HalloweenEpisode: ''[[http://www.nobmouse.net/2008/10/13/the-scary-house-part-one/ The Scary House]]''.
* IdiotBall - Franky is one.
* IntelligibleUnintelligible - Bricky can say only 'Pop' but this doesn't stop him being a useful ideas man.
* InvisibleAnatomy: How else would Jip put his hat on? Averted with Wilf and Frederick however, as these guys use prehensile ears to manipulate objects.
* ItRunsOnNonsensoleum - The comic is the epitome of this. One example in many is that waving a jelly on a stick with pink-icing buns stuck on it will summon a letterbox that lets you post yourself to another universe.
* {{Little Known Facts}} - which, in an almost inevitable inversion, sometimes turn out to be true.
* KnightOfCerebus: Grandfather Time.
* LongRunners: The comic began in 1996, making it one of the oldest webcomics.
* MindRape: Grandfather Time did this to Frederick, turning him into a prototypical MadScientist.
* TheMultiverse - subverted through ''[[http://www.nobmouse.net/quantum-history/ Quantum History]]'', in which every point in time is effectively a separate reality. Also, played straight through the multiple alternate universes and, arguably, alternate continuities shown throughout the series. Examples:
** In ''[[http://www.nobmouse.net/1998/01/10/parallel-land-part-1/ Parallel Land]]'', an entirely separate universe with its own history is shown. This universe reappears briefly in ''[[http://www.nobmouse.net/2007/06/24/pie-noon-part-1/ Pie Noon]]''
** In ''[[http://www.nobmouse.net/2008/04/14/interlude-doctor-nob/ Doctor Nob]]'', we see Nob Mouse as a [[Series/DoctorWho time/space traveller]] instead of a café owner.
** In ''[[http://www.nobmouse.net/1997/03/01/nob-trek/ Nob Trek]]'' and [[http://www.nobmouse.net/2008/07/21/nob-trek-the-next-adventure-part-1/ its]] [[http://www.nobmouse.net/2009/06/05/the-wacky-space-races-part-one/ sequels]], the Blob City denizens live aboard a starship shaped like a giant cheese with oars.
** In ''[[http://www.nobmouse.net/1999/07/01/nasties-part-1/ Nasties!]]'' there are at least three other universes, with at least two of those having a separate history.
* {{Odd Shaped Panel}} - Skewed ellipses with part of a character popping out of them occur so often they are almost a signature effect in Robinson's long-form comics.
* OlderThanTheyLook: The ''Memory Lane'' story makes it clear that Nob Mouse was born prior to the founding of Blob City but in ''The bureaucratic empire'' a Blob City law is mentioned that is [[http://www.nobmouse.net/2010/05/19/the-bureaucratic-empire-part-9/ dated to 244]]. If the dating used in Blob City is based on the year the city was founded, that makes Nob Mouse over 240 years old.
* OutOfGenreExperience: In ''The Squeeze'', a surreal comedy comic suddenly turns into film noir.
* PaintingTheMedium: Apparently people in Blobland [[http://www.nobmouse.net/2008/09/05/asterisks/ can't hear anything replaced by asterisks]] in speech bubbles.
* Part Time Hero: Nob Mouse. He is a mayor, cafe owner and part-time adventurer who just wants a quiet life but apparently can't have one.
* PeoplePuppets: In ''Parallel Land'', [[spoiler:the parallel universe version of Nob Mouse]] is being remote-controlled by [[spoiler:the parallel universe version of Wilf]].
* PrivateEyeMonologue: Jip does this in ''[[http://www.nobmouse.net/2009/07/10/the-squeeze-part-one/ The Squeeze]]'', a film noir parody strip from ''TheLifeOfNobTMouse''.
* PowerTrio: Two sets. WordOfGod is that this is down to Robinson preferring to write about Nob Mouse and Franky, while Kirk prefers to write about Wilf and Spam.
-> The main trio:
-->'''Super Ego''': Nob Mouse
-->'''Id''': Franky
-->'''Ego''': Bricky
-> The secondary trio:
-->'''Super Ego''': Spam
-->'''Id''': Wilf
-->'''Ego''': Kevin
* PowerUp: Wilf gets one of these when he opens [[http://www.nobmouse.net/2010/01/27/all-over-the-mouse-part-seventeen/ a literal can of ''Whoop Ass'']] in order to battle Grandfather Time.
* PowerWalk: Used when Wilf, Franky and Bricky head into battle against the minions of Grandfather Time.
* PromotedFanboy: In-universe example. Zoe was a fan of Hubert Schlongson's ''Blobland Band'' stories and originally made ''TheLifeOfNobTMouse'' as a fanfiction comic, before meeting Schlongson and winning ownership of the copyright to the ''Blobland Band'' franchise off him in a game of poker.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis - Frederick delivering his final words to Grandfather Time during ''[[http://www.nobmouse.net/2010/02/17/all-over-the-mouse-part-twenty-four/ All over the mouse]]''.
-->'''Frederick''': You! Broke! My! Mind!
* TheRant: The news section is occasionally used to tell extra anecdotal stories.
* RunningGag: Several:
-->Kevin's inability to comprehend metaphor.
-->Spam's inventions will go wrong.
-->Every series on the site's 'Stories' page includes a claim that "some claim [it] is the Golden Age of Nob Mouse stories"
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: The strip sits firmly in the middle, with idealistic stories and tones masking a dark and cynical core. The [[http://www.nobmouse.net/2010/04/28/the-bureaucratic-empire-part-1/ ''Bureaucratic Empire'' storyline]] is a good example of this.
* ShooOutTheClowns: Notice how often Bricky is missing from the more modern stories.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent - [[http://www.nobmouse.net/2009/07/10/the-squeeze-part-one/ This ''film noir''-inspired detective story]] where most of the main case appear to be petty crooks of some kind. The art style and the writing are significantly different to anything else the comic has done.
* SpeechBubbles: Grandfather Time has translucent black speech bubbles without tails. Everyone else gets normal speech bubbles.
-->However, in the past, everyone got a speech bubbles whose outlines were the same as their main colour.
* StoryArc - Several. The longest is probably the establishment of Memory Lane in its titular storyline. At first it seems like an abortedarc but then it reappears in ''All over the mouse''.
* {{Surrealism}} - Robinson studied the surrealist movement for her school art classes and regularly discusses the influence of surrealism on the comic.
* ThresholdGuardians: Nob Mouse is forced to [[spoiler:risk killing Frederick]] [[spoiler:(who is effectively his adopted father)]] in order to save the world during ''Pie Noon''.
* TheUnseen - Hubert Schlongson is mentioned in ''All Over the Mouse'' and even writes the occasional anecdotal story in the site's blog but he has never actually been shown anywhere.
* WaddlingHead: Most of the cast.
* WeirdScience - Anything Frederick and Doctor Franky create will undoubtedly fit the bill.
* WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs - Although the warped logic, surreal look and unconventional use of language in the series suggests it is influenced by LSD, Robinson is teatotal and created the comic simply as a way of letting off steam during exam revision.
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