->''He's the greatest! He's fantastic! Wherever there's danger he'll be there!\\
He's TheAce! He's amazing! He's the strongest, he's the quickest, he's the best!\\
Danger Mouse!\\
Danger Mouse!!\\
-->-- Opening theme

British animated series by Creator/CosgroveHall, running on Creator/{{ITV}} from 1981 to 1992, starring (now [[UsefulNotes/KnightFever Sir]]) Creator/DavidJason as the voice of Danger Mouse, a mouse who is the world's greatest secret agent. Accompanied by his somewhat more timid (and bumbling) hamster partner, Penfold (voiced by comedy veteran Creator/TerryScott), Danger Mouse saves the world each week from a variety of menaces ranging from fiends such as criminal mastermind and arch-enemy Baron Silas Greenback, as well as monsters and even their own narrator. Although an entertaining and original series in its own right, ''Danger Mouse'' actually began as a parody of ''Series/DangerMan'' (which is better known in the United States as ''Secret Agent'', and as the forerunner of ''Series/ThePrisoner'').

Not to be confused with the [[Music/DangerMouse music producer of the same name]] (aka Music/BrianBurton). David Morgan-Mar of ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'' has also taken Danger Mouse as a nickname.

A revival of the show consisting of 52 episodes was announced in June 2014, 23 years after the end of its original run and 5 since the closing of Cosgrove Hall. Alexander Armstrong has been tapped to voice Danger Mouse with Kevin Eldon as Penfold, Stephen Fry as Colonel K, and Dave Lamb as the narrator. Shauna [=McDonald=] will voice a female Professor Squawkencluck, the niece of the original Professor Squawkencluck. Production of the new series, which debuted in 2015, is affected at Boulder Media in UsefulNotes/{{Dublin}}, UsefulNotes/{{Ireland}} (''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'', ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball''). [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dmq13dD47g Watch a trailer for the revival here.]]
!!Wherever there is danger, there'll be tropes!
* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: The location of the villain's hideout in "Planet of the Toilets".
* AccentAdaptation: Odd example in Stiletto Mafiosa. In the original broadcast he had an Italian accent, but when the show was handed over to Nickelodeon in America, he was redubbed with a Cockney accent. The DVD set by A&E gives him back the Italian accent, which is quite a surprise to people who grew up on the Nickelodeon cartoons. A few of Stiletto's lines were changed as well- as seen in "Public Enemy No. 1" after DM suffers his amnesia-inducing bump to the head, there is this exchange:
-->'''Stiletto:''' All right...I am surrendered!\\
'''DM:''' Hmmm? Oh...how do you do, Mr. Surrendered.\\
'''Stiletto:''' Eh? Is that-a English joke, signor? (''In America with Stiletto's accent change, the line was changed to "Don't you know who I am, guv?"'')
** In the 2015 reboot, [[TakeAThirdOption he's a Cockney putting on a really terrible Italian accent]].
* TheAce: DM himself; his ThemeSong even tells you outright!
** In the 2015 series, Danger Mouse and Jeopardy Mouse are tied for world's greatest secret agent (though they may have been bested by [[TakeAThirdOption El Hazard Mouse]]) and, despite her [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny susceptibility to bright lights]], Danger Moth is the second greatest.
* ActionGirl: Professor Squawkencluck and Jeopardy Mouse in the 2015 reboot.
* ActionHoggingOpening:
** Two sets of bomb-dodging, multi-sword wielding spider, rescuing Penfold from an alligator pit, then jumping into the FlyingCar and over to the narrator.
** Taken UpToEleven in the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iURK1rareA0 2015 intro]] - with DM dodging exploding lasers to rescue Penfold from a giant laser cannon, the two leaping off a cliff to dodge the [[ExplosiveOverclocking resulting explosion]], causing them to skydive and glide over a lava pit far below with a [[NotQuiteFlight wing-suit]] and landing in the FlyingCar with it, flying through a stylised London and giant glass Union Flag (Whilst dodging the raining shards at high speed), before [[EjectionSeat ejecting out]] to [[IndyEscape dodge the giant rolling bomb]] that makes up the title logo. And all with an exciting modernised version of the classic theme, no less!
* AdaptationSpeciesChange: In the original series, Dr. Augustus P. Crumhorn III was a wolf. In the reboot, he's a Doberman.
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: Frequently used, and just as frequently [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by the narrator:
-->"London, a city shrouded in shadows. From Shoreditch to Shooters hill, from Shaftesbury Street to Shepherds Bush, shoppers shrink as shady shapes shuffle shiftily. Who can shatter the sinister shutters? Shout for the nation's shield! [[GotMeDoingIt Shend for Dangermoushe!]]"
** The main characters are usually given descriptive titles, with DM as "the White Wonder", Penfold "the Hopeless Hamster", and Greenback "the Terrible Toad".
* AIIsACrapshoot:
** The rebellious electrical appliances in "Mechanised Mayhem" are being controlled by a sentient supercomputer bent on [[TakeOverTheWorld world domination]]. DM and Penfold cause it to crash (literally) by reciting the "My dog has no nose."/"How does he smell?"/"Terrible!" joke.
** HEAD in the remake episode "Big Head Awakens" is a computer invented by Professor Squawkencluck to protect HQ. It quickly decides to "protect" the building by seizing control of it and imprisoning everyone, and then escalates to trying to "protect" the world the same way.
** Grovel, the robot servant to the alien Quark, fits this to a tee.
-->'''Quark:''' Jangs, when I find the idiot what programmed you...
** Doctor Loocifer, an evil computerised toilet, whose plans to conquer the world are inevitably lavatorial or sewer-related.
* AllJustADream: The episode "Danger Mouse Saves The World...Again."
* AmericansAreCowboys:
** Played straight in "The Trip to America", in which the only American DM meets is a cowboy.
** Averted in "The Statue of Liberty Caper": The White House Secret Service Men all wear sunglasses and talk in government-ese, and the crowd viewing DM and Penfold's ticker tape parade at the end are regular folk.
** Also averted in the 2015 reboot, which introduces DM's own DistaffCounterpart Jeopardy Mouse and her boss General Schwartznut as America's answer to DM and Colonel K.
* AmnesiacsAreInnocent: In "There's No Place Like Greenback", Baron von Greenback loses his memory and becomes an amiable and childlike personality. [[spoiler:An invoked trope, as he's faking it.]]
* AmnesiaDanger: In "There's No Place Like Greenback", Baron von Greenback loses his memory after getting a whiff of the amnesia gas he was planning to use on London, leaving DM and Penfold to try to restore his memory so he can tell them how to deactive the gas emitter before the timer runs down and it activates. [[spoiler:It turns out the Baron was only faking the whole time, to keep DM distracted.]]
* AndStarring: In the revived series, the ending credits usually have a uniform list of the voice talent, but the 2015 ChristmasEpisode inserts an "And" before the final two names: Richard Ayoade (as the episode's villain) and Creator/BrianBlessed (as SantaClaus).
* AnimalsNotToScale: In the remake, everyone is human sized, unlike the original series (well, [[YourSizeMayVary usually]] unlike the original series). This means the pillar box HQ is the size of a building.
* AnimalThemedSuperbeing: In the 2015 series, all of the agents under Colonel K other than DM are funny animals whose species is prefixed with the word "danger", including Danger Bug, Danger Hedgehog, Danger Mackerel, Danger Mole, Danger Moth, Danger Penguin, and Danger Snake.
* AnimatedSeries
* AnimationBump:
** For the show's low budgets, DM's dance for the tickleohippuses in "Multiplication Fable" was quite fluid.
** From what has been shown, the revival is Flash animated, but ironically still far more detailed and fluid than the original hand drawn episodes.
* AnvilOnHead: In "From Duck to Dawn", Count Duckula attempts to drop a safe on DM.
* ArbitrarySkepticism: The 2015 ChristmasEpisode has Professor Squawkencluck, despite the weird things she sees on a daily basis, flatly refusing to believe that Santa Claus is real, even when she's standing at the North Pole talking to him.
* TheArtifact: The revived series only has single-episode stories, so there are no cliffhangers and no need for the associated FindOutNextTime narration -- but that was such a popular feature of the old series that it's included in the revived series anyway. During the climactic fight scene of an episode, the action freezes, the LemonyNarrator does an "Is this the end for our heroes?" speech, and then the episode resumes and gives an immediate answer. In "From Duck to Dawn" DM drives off a cliff and the narrator starts asking cliffhanger-y questions, then stops himself and notes the episode's just started.
* ArtisticLicensePhysics: Gets a LampshadeHanging from the narrator at the end of the revival episode "The Other Day the Earth Stood Still" (which features, among other things, the idea that if the Earth stops spinning there will be no gravity).
* AskAStupidQuestion:
** From "Bandits, Beans and Ballyhoo":
-->'''Colonel K:''' They don't call him El Loco for nothing.\\
'''DM:''' Yes. Um...why ''do'' they call him El Loco?\\
'''Colonel K:''' Went off the rails at the age of 3.
** From "Greenfinger":
-->'''Professor Squawkencluck:''' Not even my translation device.\\
'''Penfold:''' Ooh! Does it translate languages?\\
'''Professor Squawkencluck:''' No, it cuts and dries hair.\\
'''Translation Device:''' Of course it translates languages, you foolish hamster.
* TheAtoner: Parodied in "Escape from Big Head", where Penfold tearfully relates the lengths he went to to atone for the hideous crime of borrowing a pencil and forgetting to give it back.
* AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever:
** "Big Penfold" deals with the effects of a size-changing device on... well, the clue's in the title.
** In "Chicken Run," Penfold grows to giant size after jumping into a feeder full of Professor Squawkencluck's growth serum. He winds up being the episode's hero as a result, capturing Greenback and Stiletto in the process.
* AttackOfTheKillerWhatever: In "Planet of the Toilets", the world's first self-aware robot toilet leads its brethren in a revolution against the human oppressors.
* AwesomeButImpractical: In the 2015 episode "Greenfinger", Danger Mouse goers into battle against a massive swarm of evil space bees. His primary weapon on his ship? A giant robotic arm wielding an massive rolled-up newspaper- that, of course, he eventually ends up breaking.
* BadBadActing:
** At the beginning of "The Four Tasks of Danger Mouse", Greenback reveals to Danger Mouse that he is behind Penfold's kidnapping, and shows him a live feed of Penfold in his cell. Penfold claims he is being treated well, but the fact that he makes this claim in an awkward, wooden monotone clearly indicates that he is just saying what he has been told to say (if the occasional prompting from Greenback wasn't enough of a giveaway):
--->'''Danger Mouse:''' Penfold! Are you all right?\\
'''Penfold:''' ''(monotone)'' I'm - being - treated - well.\\
'''Greenback:''' Good, good!\\
'''Penfold:''' ''(still monotone)'' The frost in my cell is very pretty, I am not hungry anyway, and, erm, erm...\\
'''Greenback:''' And the beetles!\\
'''Penfold:''' Oh yes. And the beetles are awfully friendly.
** In the last act of "The Duel," after Penfold has been hypnotized by "Madame Stiletto" -- not just monotone, but also in "Madame's" fake Roma accent:
--->'''Penfold:''' I want-a to go-a for a ride on-a Big Dipper.\\
'''DM:''' Yes, yes, alright, we're ''on'' the Big Dipper!\\
'''Penfold:''' An' I-a will not-a tell-a you... it is-a a trap!\\
'''DM:''' Alright! Then don't!
** DM and Penfold do the opening of "Bandits, Beans And Ballyhoo" after the narrator storms off. Their dialogue is delivered hammily and slowly.
--->'''DM:''' ''(gestures to the lift)'' Come on, erm... Penfold, my faithful assistant!\\
'''Penfold:''' ''(clears throat)'' I'm coming, Danger Mouse. 'Cor, it's nice to be back in the Mayfair headquarters of the world's greatest secret agent! ''(he indicates DM, who mugs at the camera and shows off his badge)''\\
'''DM:''' Yes. Although that holiday in Mexico was most enjoyable. ''(Penfold shows the "Mexico" label on their luggage)''\\
'''Penfold:''' Yes. It certainly was, Danger Mouse.
** In "Danger World", when DM has to act like a coward, he starts off like this, but gets more convincing later on.
** In "The World Wide Spider", when DM, after panicking over spiders the whole episode, admits he is "slightly unnerved" by them, Penfold deadpans "Gosh. I had no idea. You hide it so well."
* BadMoonRising: In "From Duck to Dawn", the moon over Transylvania is enormous, full, and blood red.
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace:
** In "The Other Day the Earth Stood Still", DM, Penfold and Colonel K all can.
** DM and Penfold seem to be able to breathe in space after being shot into it in "The Bad Luck Eye Of The Little Yellow God."
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: After DM causes the Mega-Brain computer to blow up in "Mechanised Mayhem," it eventually stops Greenback's travel device from attacking their HQ. Greenback wants a bigger and better computer, and the Mega-Brain computer crash lands on top of him and Stiletto.
-->'''Stiletto:''' Oh, well...it-a could been worse, Barone.\\
'''Greenback:''' How worse, you dolt?\\
'''Stiletto:''' Well, ya coulda wanted the Q.E. II! ''(they both laugh, but then they hear a steamship horn; they glance up, groan "Oh, no!" as the Q.E. II lands on top of them)''
* BehindAStick: In "Danger at C Level", DM hides behind a palm tree considerably thinner than he is while trailing Stiletto.
* BellyMouth: The alien Quark in the revived series has one, which speaks with a deeper voice and a blunter personality that the one in his head.
* BigBad: Baron Silas Greenback. In the 1979 pilot "The Mystery Of The Lost Chord", he was named Greenteeth. In the 2015 reboot, Silas's name is slightly extended to Baron Silas Von Greenback. In what could be a bit of {{Foreshadowing}}, the head of the International Egg Company (1981 episode "Chicken Run") identifies him as Baron Von Greenback.
* BigBadWannabe: Dr. Crumhorn, a wolfish creature introduced in series 10, has Penfold imprisoned ("Penfold Transformed") and calls Greenback a "fat and feckless fool." Of course, Greenback takes umbrage and sends in Stiletto in a Penfold outfit to pair up against Crumhorn's Penfold robot in a bid to see who can destroy Danger Mouse first.
* BigfootSasquatchAndYeti: Featured in "The Four Tasks Of Danger Mouse" and "Bigfoot Falls."
* BigShadowLittleCreature:
** In the cold open of "Welcome to Danger World!", DM and Penfold enter a cave where a flickering light casts an enormous dragon shadow on the wall. The dragon itself turns out to be smaller than Penfold.
** Isambard King Kong Brunel's introduction in "The Inventor Preventer".
* BirthdayHater: In "Happy Boom Day", Baron Greenback hates birthdays because his have always been awful, and sets out to ruin every birthday in the world.
* BizarreAndImprobableBallistics:
** In "The Duel", Greenback claims to have hit all targets in a shooting gallery. He hands DM a shotgun with the muzzle bent almost entirely back on itself. DM then one-ups him by aiming the bent shotgun just right that the shot {{Pinball Projectile}}s off the edges of the gallery, hitting every target, including one last ricochet that takes a long pause to arrive.
** In their first scene of "The Bad Luck Eye of the Little Yellow God", DM and Penfold are playing snooker. DM is lining up his shot when the alarm heralding an incoming message from Colonel K sounds, causing him to miscue wildly... and still manage to pot all six coloured balls, in the correct order (yellow, green, brown, blue, pink, black).
--->'''Colonel K:''' Ah, DM. D'you believe in luck?\\
'''DM:''' Luck? Good heavens, no, sir!\\
'''Penfold:''' ''(indignant)'' What, after a shot like that!?
** In "Afternoon Off With The Fangboner," DM can shoot a golf ball in all eighteen holes in one shot. (He actually hits it in seventeen holes, but the ball rolls in the eighteenth after he and Penfold leave.)
--->'''DM:''' I sometimes wonder if that round-in-one at Gleneagles was just a fluke.
* BizarroUniverse: The Tower of Terror. Also, "Rhyme And Punishment" and the "potty part of the Universe" in "Custard."
* BlandNameProduct: In the reboot, one of the recurring background elements is an ad for Pear Computers.
* BlindWithoutEm: Penfold. [[JustifiedTrope Well, he is a very molish-looking hamster]]. Hamsters are in general very near-sighted (and color-blind to boot). Possibly an example of ShownTheirWork.
* BodyDouble: In "Never Say Clever Again", Greenback kidnaps all of the world's leaders -- or rather, as it turns out, all of the world's leaders except the Queen, plus Danger Mouse in an incredibly convincing disguise.
* BorrowedCatchphrase: When DM is panicking about spiders in "The World Wide Spider", Penfold says "DM, shush. Um, sir."
* {{Bowdlerise}}: Stiletto's lines for international shows were re-recorded with a different accent to avoid offence. See AccentAdaptation.
* BraggingThemeTune: Possibly the most bragging theme tune ever:
-->He's the greatest! He's fantastic! \\
Wherever there's danger he'll be there! \\
He's the ace! He's amazing! \\
He's the strongest, he's the quickest, he's the best! \\
Danger Mouse! ... Danger Mouse! ''Danger Mouse!''
* BraveScot: Professor Squawkencluck in the 2015 reboot.
* BulletTime: In "Big Head Awakens", DM has a fight scene with Panda-Minion, who is disguised as a milkman and throws single-serve tubs of yoghurt as if they were grenades. At one point, the scene goes into bullet time so DM can taste a tub of yoghurt as it narrowly misses his head.
* BusmansHoliday: In "Danger at C Level", Penfold needs a holiday, so he and DM go on an ocean cruise -- the same day that Baron von Greenback attempts to take over the world with giant sea monsters.
* ByTheLightsOfTheirEyes: Standard for any scene set in darkness.
* CallBack: In "Penfold Transformed," Greenback plants Stiletto in a Penfold costume with Danger Mouse and refers to the mistake he made creating too many in "Tiptoe Through The Penfolds."
* CameraAbuse:
** When the Danger Agents are staggering around after being mentally attacked in "Never Say Clever Again", Danger Moth rams face-first into the camera.
** At the end of "From Duck to Dawn", Count Duckula transforms into a bat and flies off, shouting a [[MediumAwareness Medium-Aware]] WeWillMeetAgain boast back at DM -- and then flies straight into the camera because he's not watching where he's going.
* CaptivityHarmonica: Penfold does the honours when he and DM are imprioned in "Escape from Big Head".
* CartoonBomb: You know what you're in for after the opening credits.
* {{Catchphrase}}:
** "Oooh, crumbs!", "Good grief", "Penfold, ''shush''", "Ah, good show, D.M!", "Si, Barone" ("Roight, Baroni" for Americans), "You're ''not laughing''" etc. etc. Everyone gets one.
** The revived series gives Greenback a habit of demanding a ransom of "all ze money in ze world!"
* CatsAreMean: "Planet Of The Cats" and Greenback's feline robot in "Cat-astrophe."
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: In the 2015 series, DM is depicted as generally very competent when on his missions, but some flaws-- namely his [[{{Pride}} ego]] and tendency to [[AttentionWhore showboat]] or otherwise [[TheComicallySerious not take things seriously]] [[AcquiredSituationalNarcissism when he thinks he's in control of the situation]]-- have become more evident to balance things out. Likewise, Penfold is still a patented coward, but he has since become much more adept at coming up with the necessary ideas to make things right again.
** Over time, this has also been applied to [[GadgeteerGenius Professor Squawkencluck]] and [[DistaffCounterpart Jeopardy Mouse]], almost in response to early accusations of PositiveDiscrimination. Whilst still very temperamental and snarky, a more humorous and [[AdorkAble adorkable]] side to Squawkencluck has become more evident (Like doing a dance and singing ''"Go Squawky, go Squawky, get your groove on!"'' when eagerly revealing Big Head 2.0 in "Escape from Big Head", and having a massive fear of clowns as seen in "Attack of the Clowns"), whilst Jeopardy Mouse gets a few [[TheComicallySerious comically-serious]] moments along with a few demonstrating she's NotSoDifferent from her British counterpart.
* ChekhovsGag:
** In the first episode of the reboot, DM gets fired because the show can no longer afford to pay for the damage his action scenes cause. This news is accompanied by a rather unusual {{Sting}}, because they've also had to economize on the incidental music. Over the course of the episode, the incidental music returns to normal, but when the truth of Baron von Greenback's evil plan is revealed, it gets the same cheap sting.
** In the same episode, DM tries to find a new line of work as a taxi driver, only to have his cab clamped by a traffic warden. The traffic warden reappears at the end of the episode and helps capture Baron von Greenback by clamping the Frog's Head Flyer.
* ChekhovsGun:
** In "Big Penfold", an eccentric scientist presents three equally-ridiculous solutions to the problem at hand, all of which are rejected; by the end of the episode, all have played a part (though never in the way he envisaged) in solving the crisis.
** In "Frankensquawk's Monster", the Swiss Army Sock.
* ChestInsignia: Danger Mouse has his initials in a red circle on his chest.
* ChristmasEpisode: "The Snowman Cometh", in the revived series, is a double-length episode in which a snow-themed IneffectualSympatheticVillain kidnaps Santa on Christmas Eve in an attempt to prove he's a serious threat.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: [[TheVoiceless Leatherhead]], Greenback's other crow henchman, who only appears in the pilot and two episodes of the main series.
** [[TheGhost Miss Boathook and Fifi]] are absent from the 2015 reboot.
* CivilianVillain: In the first episode of the 2015 reboot, Baron von Greenback claims to have gone straight and invested his ill-gotten loot into a legitimate enterprise selling Safety Mouse guard robots that will make destructive heroes like Danger Mouse obsolete. DM attempts to prove there's something sinister going on, but his first attempts only end up making him look paranoid. He turns out to be right in the end, of course.
* {{Cliffhanger}}: The stories in Series 2-4 aired in five minute segments every weekday. The first four episodes generally ended with a cliffhanger over a ToBeContinued screen, and at the beginning of the next day's episode, the narrator would deliver a PreviouslyOn summary to remind viewers where they were the previous day. For example, Episodes 4 and 5 of "Close Encounters of the Absurd Kind" are bridged by a scene in which Penfold is sucked out of the airlock of a spaceship:
-->'''Narrator:''' ''(at the end of Episode 4)'' Is Penfold destined to be the first Penfold to [[Franchise/StarTrek go where no Penfold has gone before?]] Can Danger Mouse get him back? Can our heroes escape from their alien captors? Will the guard lose his no-claim bonus on his hoverpod? And where ''is'' Baron Greenback? To find out, tune in next time to Danger Mouse in "Close Encounters of the Absurd Kind"!\\
''(at the beginning of Episode 5)'' Colonel K warns Danger Mouse that the evil Baron Greenback is out to steal the Big Ear tracking station. But as he tries to seek out the evildoers, Penfold disappears in midair! About to be destroyed by Greenback's missile, Danger Mouse is sucked miraculously out of its path, and held prisoner by the strange creatures who idiotnapped Penfold. Mistakenly believing that they have been captured by the Baron, our heroes escape their captors, but while searching for a door to the outside, are once more parted! Will they ever meet again? Stay tuned for Part 5 of "Close Encounters of the Absurd Kind"!
* ClipShow: "Demons Aren't Dull" uses scenes from previous episodes in the segment where DM is being humiliated on a testimonial show. "The Return Of Count Duckula" uses a slightly altered segment from "The Four Tasks Of Danger Mouse."
* TheCollector: The villain of the episode "Danger Fan" is [[spoiler:the eponymous fan, who decides it's no longer enough to have every action figure ever made of Danger Mouse and his friends and enemies, and starts kidnapping the people themselves to add to his collection]].
* ComicBookAdaptation: Danger Mouse regularly appeared in ITV-Thames' "Look-In" series of books and was generally very faithful (adding a new character--Greenback's "white sheep" nephew Hopalong Casually). Displaced in {{Marvel}} Comics' editions (seen in issues of the ''WesternAnimation/CountDuckula'' book)--no pillar box, OffModel art (an eyebrow over DM's eyepatch), and continuity issues (Miss Boathook seen as a sexpot who in one story flirts with DM).
* CompositeCharacter: Count Duckula in the reboot retains his vegetarianism from the spin-off.
* CompressedVice: In "Greenfinger", a plot point is Penfold's obssession with making jam, which he shows no signs of in any other episode.
* ContinuityCameo: Count Duckula makes a brief non-speaking appearance at the villains' Christmas party in the 2015 ChristmasEpisode. He later appears properly in the episode "From Duck to Dawn", making it an EarlyBirdCameo.
* ContinuityCavalcade: The episode "Danger Fan" contains an enormous number of references to earlier episodes from the old and the new series.
* ContinuityNod: Many of the other competitors in the deadly game show in "Quark Games" are adversaries from earlier episodes.
* ContrivedCoincidence: In "The Return of Danger K", Penfold's blog has only one reader -- who turns out to be the one person in the world who would take offense at his latest post.
* ConvectionSchmonvection: In the 2015 ChristmasEpisode, DM defeats a giant snowman by lassoing him and flying him off to the Sun, and he doesn't even start to melt until he comes into physical contact with the Sun's surface.
* ConvenienceStoreGiftShopping: In the 2015 ChristmasEpisode, DM and Penfold give Professor Squawkencluck a hair dryer -- the same as they do every year, she notes -- and Penfold is ''relieved'' when his present turns out to be socks, because DM usually gives him something dangerous (and had intended to again this year, but got his presents mixed up).
* CoolCar: DM's wheels, officially named "The Hero's Car" (or the Mk. III/IV depending on which incarnation).
* CoolShip: The Frog's Head Flyer (also HumongousMecha relative to the rest of the cast of course).
* CowardlySidekick: Penfold. In the first series episode "Rogue Robots", the narrator reveals that his codename is "The Jigsaw", because "when confronted with a problem, he goes to pieces." If he's not trying to make excuses not to go on the latest adventure, he's running off screaming or cowering behind the more traditionally heroic Danger Mouse.
* CrazyPrepared:
** In the revived series, DM's car frequently turns out to be equipped with devices designed for precisely the bizarre situation he's encountered. (For instance: when faced with giant insects, he activates a robot arm wielding an enormous rolled-up newspaper.) Lampshaded in the 2015 ChristmasEpisode, where the car turns out to have a device specifically designed for effecting a mid-air rescue of Santa Claus; DM remarks that Professor Squawkencluck had never believed it would ever actually be needed.
** Apart from all the spy gadgets, the Professor's lab is revealed in "Pink Dawn" to be fully equipped with everything necessary for a MakeoverMontage, even though the Professor is not at all girly and never uses any of that stuff herself.
* CreativeClosingCredits:
** In the episode "Greenfinger", the usual closing credits music is replaced by the episode's guest character singing.
** In the 2015 ChristmasEpisode, the closing credits music has Christmassy adornments like ringing bells, and the CartoonBomb at the end is decorated like a Christmas pudding.
* CriminalAmnesiac: DM in "Public Enemy No. 1". Greenback makes DM think he's a bandit called the White Shadow and sends him on a crime spree. Unfortunately for all involved, including Greenback, DM turns out to be just as good at committing crimes as he usually is at stopping them.
* CrisisMakesPerfect: In "Big Penfold", much is made of Penfold's inability to catch thrown or dropped objects. At the climax of the episode, the fate of the world depends on him catching something first try, and he does.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Penfold on a few occasions. He takes the initiative in "Public Enemy No. 1" (when DM gets amnesia) and "Beware Of Mexicans Delivering Milk" (after DM's strength is sapped). This is inverted in "Penfold Transformed" as the Penfold robot (whom DM assumedly doesn't know ''is'' a robot) answers a crossword puzzle clue that DM can't:
-->'''Penfold Robot:''' Having trouble with the crossword, chief?\\
'''DM:''' Um...\\
'''Penfold Robot:''' What's the clue?\\
'''DM:''' "Overgrown, confused, having lost its way initially but winds up taking charge."\\
'''Penfold Robot:''' How many letters?\\
'''DM:''' Eight.\\
'''Penfold Robot:''' "Governor."\\
'''DM:''' What?\\
'''Penfold Robot:''' "Governor." An anagram of "overgrown" without the "W" which "lost its ''way initially''." First letter in "way." You see?
* CurseCutShort: In "Planet of the Toilets", the world's first self-aware robot toilet leads an uprising of its brethren, announcing to the human race that "I'm through with taking your -- "
* CuteButCacophonic: Professor Squawkencluck sometimes lapses into this in the 2015 remake, when she raises her voice. It's best seen in ''The Unusual Suspects'', when she's admonishing Danger Mouse and Penfold for popping the bubble wrap the Formula X they're delivering is concealed in-
-->'''Squawkencluck:''' Remember- Formula X is a powerful weapon, and must not fall into the wrong hands-
-->''[DM and Penfold are ignoring her, and popping sheets of the bubble wrap]''
-->'''Squawkencluck:''' '''''[[SuddenlyShouting WHAT ARE YE DOING?!]]'''''
-->'''Penfold:''' ''[Still ignoring her]'' It's hard to stop, isn't it?
-->'''Danger Mouse:''' I could literally do this ''all day''.
-->'''Squawkencluck:''' ''[Shrieking]'' '''''[[SayMyName DANGER MOOOOOOUSE!]]'''''
* DangerRoomColdOpen:
** "The Other Day the World Stood Still" opens with DM rescuing Penfold from Martians, in what turns out to be a training simulation.
** "Welcome to Danger World!" opens with DM and Penfold on an adventure that turns out to be another simulation, which comes to an abrupt halt when it's revealed that Penfold has hacked it to make the monster much smaller and less threatening. (He's terrified of it anyway.)
** "Frankensquawk's Monster" opens with a training simulation that's supposed to teach DM how to use Professor Squawkencluck's latest invention.
* DarkHorseVictory:
** In Jeopardy Mouse's first episode, she and Danger Mouse spend the entire thing arguing about which of them is really the greatest secret agent in the world, but in the end they settle their differences and prepare to capture Greenback together -- only to be beaten to the punch by Italy's El Hazard Mouse.
** In Jeopardy Mouse's second episode, she and Danger Mouse compete in a DeadlyGame, only for Penfold to win at the last minute, entirely by accident.
* DeadlyGame: The Quark Games in the episode of the same name.
* DescriptionCut:
** From the opening of "Dream Machine":
--->'''Narrator:''' Springtime in England, on a day unlike any other. ''(a sparkling green cloud floats over the Houses of Parliament)'' For on this day, that crown prince of malevolent ne'er-do-wells, Baron Silas Greenback, cast an evil shadow across the country's capital, starting a chain of events that were to develop to nightmarish proportions for the world's greatest detective. ''(exterior shot of DM's pillarbox bearing a note saying "No milk today. Thank you")'' Who, even now, stands in readiness, coiled like a panther, ready to spring to the defence of the weak and the helpless!\\
''(inside DM's pillarbox, DM and Penfold are sprawled across the sofa, fast asleep)''\\
'''Narrator:''' ''(irritated)'' ... I ''said'', "coiled like a panther, ready to spring"- oh, forget it...
** "Never Say Clever Again":
--->'''Narrator:''' Meanwhile, back on Earth, the disappearance of their political masters has sent the people into a frenzy of panic and confusion!\\
''[ordinary, calm street scene]''\\
'''Narrator:''' Ahem, "a frenzy of panic and confusion"?\\
''[citizens start screaming and running around]''\\
'''Narrator:''' Thank you.
* DestructiveSaviour: Danger Mouse is depicted as one in the first episode of the reboot, leading to the secret service temporarily deciding that he's more trouble than he's worth.
* DiagonalCut: In "From Duck to Dawn", DM is trapped in a cage. He produces a couple of laser cutters, waves them around in an apparently random fashion, then puts them away... and the top half of the cage slides away along a clean diagonal cut.
* DickDastardlyStopsToCheat: Baron Greenback invokes this trope in "The Duel", most notably in the car race. And, as with Dick Dastardly, his pauses to cheat end up costing him victory (albeit deliberately so) in some of the events.
* DisembodiedEyebrows: Penfold's float in the air above the rims of his spectacles.
* DisguisedInDrag: In "Pink Dawn", DM and Penfold have to dress up as princesses to gain Dawn's trust. There are a few jokes about Penfold seeming to be just a bit too into it.
-->'''Professor Squawkencluck:''' ...we turn you into princesses!\\
'''DM:''' Whaaat?!\\
'''Penfold:''' Ooh, sequins! ...I mean, 'Whaaat?!'.
* DisneyVillainDeath: Although he doesn't actually die, [[EvilTwin Baron Silas Von Penfold]] is defeated this way in ''Very Important Penfold'' after being knocked off the roof of a building and falling into his own Twystyverse portal.
* DistaffCounterpart: In the 2015 reboot, Professor Squawkencluck is female with a Scottish accent as opposed to being male and having a German accent (and is a chicken instead of a mole). Justified however, as it turns out she's the niece of the Professor from the original series.
* DoNotAdjustYourSet: In "From Duck to Dawn", Count Duckula takes over the airwaves to broadcast his hypnotic signal world-wide. His broadcast even breaks in on the secret channel Colonel K uses to communicate with DM.
* TheDragon: Stiletto.
* DrivingTest: In "Danger Fan", DM has to do a test to renew his Danger licence, and the examiner would not be out of place in a trope-standard driving test episode.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: "Masters of the Twystyverse" ends with Sinister Moth being set up as a new villain, only for her to [[SelfDisposingVillain get distracted by a black hole and immediately fly into it]].
* DumbassHasAPoint: "The Aliens Are Coming" has DM and Penfold as the welcoming party of an alien spacecraft arriving in Scotland. The craft they encounter is described by Penfold as a "clockwork mushroom," which DM dismisses. Turns out Penfold was right--it was a toy clockwork mushroom the aliens almost leave behind.
* DubNameChange: Scotland got, in addition to the usual version, a version of the series dubbed into Scottish Gaelic. The translators faced a dilemma -- how to explain why the hero has a "DM" logo on his chest when neither "danger" nor "mouse" begins with either of those letters in Gaelic? The solution they settled on was to give the hero the arbitrary but nicely Scottish name of "Donnie Murdo".
* DumbMuscle: Panda-Minion in the revived series.
* DynamiteCandle: In a flashback in "Happy Boom Day", the young Greenback has a traumatic birthday featuring exploding candles on the birthday cake.
* EatTheBomb:
** In "The Return of Danger K", there is an explosive carrot claimed to be "powerful enough to destroy a tank". Colonel K deals with it by swallowing it whole, and suffers no harm beyond a brief puff of smoke from his ears.
** In "The Snowman Cometh", DM swallows a bomb to dispose of it.
* EfficientDisplacement: "Trouble with Ghosts" has Baron Greenback and his henchman Stiletto making neat holes in a wooden door as they flee from DM and Penfold wearing ghost sheets.
* EmbarrassingMiddleName: "Sinister Mouse" reveals that Penfold has one, but we don't get to hear the name itself, only see DM's reaction when he hears it.
* EmbarrassingSlide: In "Welcome to Danger World!", Colonel K accidentally shows DM and Penfold footage of himself doing aerobics instead of footage of the danger of the week.
* EnemyMine: In "Escape from Big Head", a robot police force imprisons heroes and villains alike, and they join forces to escape.
* ExpressiveMask: In the revived series, the upper rims of Penfold's spectacles bend to follow the movement of his eyebrows.
* EverybodyLaughsEnding: At the end of "The Other Day the Earth Stood Still", Penfold expresses a hope one day he'll qualify as Danger Hamster, and known for short as "DH". DM points out that this might offend Danger Hedgehog -- "You know how prickly he is." They both laugh, and the narrator joins in.
* EveryoneHatesFruitCakes: In the 2015 ChristmasEpisode, the villain says that if DM gets anywhere near defeating him, "I'll eat my hat". One brief fight scene later, he's choking the hat down, remarking as he does that it tastes even worse than fruit cake.
* EveryoneHatesMimes: In "Danger at C Level", a giant seamonster attacks France and eats a mime. The mime's audience cheer.
* EverythingsLouderWithBagpipes: In "Who Stole the Bagpipes", Baron Greenback is trying to build a sonic death ray with 10,000 bagpipes that he has stolen.
* EvilBrit: Baron Greenback; justified since it's a British production. The 2015 series however, makes him an evil German instead.
* EvilIsPetty: In "Never Say Clever Again", Greenback has a complicated plan to become ruler of the entire world -- so that he can lounge around eating chocolates and nobody can tell him to stop.
* EvilSoundsRaspy: Baron Silas Greenback, bordering on VaderBreath.
* EvilTwin: Sinister Mouse, who comes from a MirrorUniverse in the episode of the same name. The final scene reveals [[spoiler: there is also an evil Penfold]].
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Grovel, the robot servant of the alien Quark. Every time his name is called, he drops to the ground, grovels and apologizes.
* ExpositoryThemeSong
* EyeColourChange: In "Pink Dawn", Dawn's eyes go all pink when she gains RealityWarper powers.
* EyepatchOfPower: DM has this in both versions. He doesn't actually need it due to actually having two eyes, but wears it anyway as part of the outfit - in fact, he actually wears it on the wrong eye in one episode and switches it over accordingly. In the reboot, it's an "iPatch," allowing him technical prowess out in the field when he needs it.
* {{Fainting}}: DM himself, uncharacteristically, faints dead away at the prospect of confronting the world's largest spider in "The World Wide Spider".
* FallOfTheHouseOfCards: Done on an enormous scale in the first episode of the 2015 reboot, with an entire skyscraper shaped like a house of cards. An aircraft passing at high speed causes all the windows in the surrounding skyscrapers to shatter, but leaves the house of cards apparently unharmed -- until a bystander, having remarked on its lucky escape, reaches out and touches it, whereupon the whole thing collapses.
* FantasticVoyagePlot: "The Invasion of Colonel K" centres around Greenback shrinking himself, Nero, and Stiletto down to microscopic size to literally get into Colonel K's brain and learn all the state secrets he knows. DM and Penfold are also shrunk down to microscopic size to go in after them.
* FeedTheMole: In "The Unusual Suspects", DM attempts to smoke out the mole by telling each agent a different lie about where he's hidden the MacGuffin and seeing if any of them take the bait.
* FictionalSocialNetwork: In the revived series, a social networking site called [=SpamChops=] fills the plot functions of Youtube and Facebook.
* FictionalUnitedNations: United Earth, seen in the 2015 reboot.
* FilmingForEasyDub: The low animation budget means that characters often speak when seen from behind or in silhouette or otherwise with their mouths obscured, especially in the early series. This is most obvious in scenes taking place in Danger Mouse's car; Penfold can only be seen from the nose up, while DM frequently turns his head at just the right angle to hide his mouth while speaking.
* FinishingEachOthersSentences: Played for laughs in "The Return of Danger K":
--->'''Danger Mouse:''' Penfold and I are a team. We work together so well we can even finish each other's--\\
'''Penfold:''' Baths!\\
'''Danger Mouse:''' "Sentences", Penfold.
--->'''Danger Mouse:''' Let's go, Penfold, there isn't a moment to--\\
'''Penfold:''' Eat!\\
'''Danger Mouse:''' "Lose", Penfold.
* FlyingCar: The Mk. III converts instantly between driving on the road and flying through the air by deploying (or retracting) a set of wings.
* FollowYourNose: When Greenback releases a cloud of noxious gas on London in "There's No Place Like Greenback", it's shown doing things like forming itself into hands that ring doorbells to gain entry to people's houses.
* FoodEatsYou: When Penfold is complaining about how dangerous recent missions have been in "Danger at C Level", a CutawayGag shows him being attacked and eaten by a plate of spaghetti bolognese.
* FreakLabAccident: Creates the superpowered villain in "Pink Dawn".
* FreezeFrameBonus:
** In "Danger Mouse On The Orient Express", a number of signs indicating cities the train is going through are passed by rapidly. The last one is the sign for [[UsefulNotes/TheLondonUnderground the Willesden Green tube station]].
** In "Agent 58", a portrait of Count Duckula in his SpinOff design can be seen at the villain convention.
* FunnyAnimal: The whole cast. DM is a mouse, Penfold and his aunt are hamsters, Greenback is a toad, Stiletto is a crow and Colonel K. is...er, either a [[WordOfGod chinchilla]] or chinchilla disguised as a walrus.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: In "Danger at C Level", DM attempts to save the world without interrupting Penfold's holiday, resulting in several scenes where DM fights a monster in the background while an oblivious Penfold plays his computer in the foreground.
* GenderFlip: Professor Squawkencluck is a woman in the new series-- and an [[RaceLift actual chicken]], besides.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Extremely rare, but not unknown--
** The fog monster of old London Town in "The Four Tasks Of Danger Mouse" disguises himself as a bath house where DM is taking a shower. The fog monster dissipates afterward- leaving DM in front of us, bare-bottomed.
** DM delivers this couplet in "Penfold B.F." as Penfold (as inept rhyming superhero The Blue Flash) continues to mess up his attempts to capture a Patagonian pygmy pigeon:
---> '''DM:''' Penfold, you're being quite absurd,\\
And you deserve to get the bird!
** A rather mild instance: In "Turn Of The Tide", Penfold makes a malapropism of the name of the moon crater Copernicus, calling it "copper knickers." In the same episode he also refers to Lars Bosom (large bosom).
** One of the video games is called ''Danger Mouse in Making Whoopee!''.
** In episode 4 of the 2015 series, Professor Squawkencluck describes her latest invention as "small, but immensely powerful". DM smugly retorts "Often said about yours truly", to which Squawkencluck replies "In your dreams".
** Also in the reboot, Jeopardy Mouse's boss is General E. Normous Schwartznut, which is pretty self-explanatory.
** "Danger Fan" starts with DM and Penfold en route in the Mark III and Penfold trying to have breakfast with DM spotting a giant snowman. DM tells Penfold "Hold on to your sausage!"
** In "Tomorrow Never Comes", Danger Mouse actually gets away with (admittedly minor) cursing when The Princess escapes on a flying unicorn--
---> '''DM:''' ''[[PrecisionFStrike Damn!]]'' She got away.
* TheGhost:
** Colonel K's secretary, Miss Boathook.
** DM's French lady friend Fifi, whom he doesn't like to talk about.
* GoneHorriblyRight: In "Escape from Big Head", Professor Squawkencluck tries to help the agency by creating a fleet of robots that will automatically detect and capture criminals. Upon activation, they immediately capture all the Danger Agents for various minor offences committed in the course of their world-saving duties, and the Professor herself for running a weapons laboratory in a residential area.
* GoneHorriblyWrong: In "Frankensquawk's Monster", Professor Squawkencluck's mother's attempt to get her husband to clean up his mess [[spoiler:turns him into an enormous mess monster that menaces London]].
* GoshDarnItToHeck: The effect of Birch Badboy's Rude Ray in "The Return of Danger K".
* GotMeDoingIt: In "Chicken Run", the character of Flying Officer Buggles Pigeon is a parody of the stereotypical upper class RAF officer, and his VerbalTic of ending sentences with "what?" is both confusing and, apparently, contagious:
-->'''Buggles:''' Good show, what?\\
'''Penfold:''' What?\\
'''Buggles:''' What?\\
'''Penfold:''' You said "what".\\
'''Buggles:''' No, you said "what".\\
'''Penfold:''' ''(irritated)'' Because ''you''... said "what".\\
'''Buggles:''' Hm? Jolly confusing, what?\\
'''DM:''' What? ''(groans)'' Oh, this- I'm at it now!
* GrandFinale: "The Intergalactic 147", for the original series.
* GravitySucks: In "The Other Day the World Stood Still", DM and Penfold do a training simulation set in space, complete with AntiGravity. When they're done, DM switches off the simulation (and the AntiGravity) while Penfold is floating in mid-air. Penfold has time to complain that DM might have waited until he was on the ground before gravity catches up with him.
* HardLight: Colonel K's hologram in the new series. Sometimes. It varies, often within the same scene, depending on RuleOfFunny. For instance, in "Big Head Awakens", the hologram attempts to drink a non-hologrammatic cup of coffee: it's able to pick up the cup, but the liquid it pours into its mouth drops straight through.
* {{Headdesk}}
* HeartwarmingOrphan: Parodied with the crippled StreetUrchin Tiny Tim in the 2015 ChristmasEpisode.
* HeelFaceTurn: "The Ultra Secret Secret" has Greenback presumably wanting to join forces with Danger Mouse in staving off an alien attack. Subverted in that the alien attack is Greenback's ruse to lure DM and Penfold to their doom.
** Again in the 2015 debut. Greenback offers guard robots for the world leaders after DM is fired, but the robots are used to imprison the leaders.
* HerCodeNameWasMarySue: In "The Duckula Show", Duckula kidnaps the writers and forces them to make him the star. He defeats opponents with little to no effort, gets constantly praised by other characters and Jeopardy Mouse asks him out.
* HereWeGoAgain: The end of "Gremlin Alert."
* HeroicBSOD: Several episodes or serials end in ways DM and/or Penfold were not anticipating, causing one or both of them to shut down in some way.
** In "Close Encounters of the Absurd Kind", DM spends the serial convinced that his and Penfold's stint on Dr. Zokk's spaceship is just part of an elaborate scheme by Greenback, pretending to be Dr. Zokk himself. However, in the episode's final scene, he is confronted by Greenback in the Frog's Head Flyer... which is then abducted by Dr. Zokk to continue his Earthling anatomy lessons. After spending a moment with a ThousandYardStare, DM laughs nervously and then passes out, leaving Penfold trying to bring him round.
** In "The Odd Ball Runaround", DM and Penfold have spent the serial scrambling to retrieve a rugby ball containing secret plans from Greenback's castle. When they finally get back to London, Colonel K tells them that they are planning to send Greenback a set of decoy plans while they get the real plans off the ground... and the decoy plans are the ones in the rugby ball. Penfold is so distraught he breaks down sobbing and has to be consoled by Danger Mouse.
** At the end of "Penfold B.F.", DM and Penfold have finally caught the Patagonian pygmy pigeon being used as a carrier pigeon, and Colonel K has decoded the message the pigeon was carrying... which turns out to advise against using Patagonian pygmy pigeons as messengers, as they have no sense of direction. DM and Penfold groan and faint dead away.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: DM and Penfold. Which, of course, means RuleThirtyFour is in full force. Any BigNo reaction to this fact would be understandable.
** Look for Rule 34 to be amplified in the new series as a female agent--Jeopardy Mouse--will be introduced.
** In the 2015 remake, a FreezeFrameBonus of Danger Mouse's passport lists Penfold as his ''spouse''!
* HeyWait: In "Never Say Clever Again", Greenback is in the middle of kidnapping the Queen, after disabling the Danger Agents with mind-altering phlebotinum, when Penfold calls for him to halt -- then wishes the Queen a happy birthday before wandering back into mental incoherence.
* HisNameReallyIsBarkeep: In "Frankensquawk's Monster" it's revealed Professor Squawkencluck's first name is actually Professor.
* {{Hologram}}: Colonel K uses one to communicate with DM in the reboot.
* HologramProjectionImperfection: Colonel K's hologram in the reboot has the traditional scan lines and bluish tinge -- except when there's a joke to be got out of someone mistaking it for the real thing.
* HollowWorld: In the episode "Journey to the Earth's '[[{{Pun}} Cor]]!'"
* HurricaneOfPuns: Often during the ToBeContinued segments at the end of the first four parts of the five-part serials, but they show up everywhere. Some juicy ones, to boot.
** From "The Man From GADGET":
--->'''Murphy:''' Egregious M. Murphy, senior sales representative of Gadgets Incorporated.\\
'''DM:''' Egregious M. Murphy? [[WhatsAHenway What's the "M" for?]]\\
'''Murphy:''' The M-4 is a motorway that runs from London to South Wales, ask me another [[Series/{{Mastermind}} Magnus]]!\\
'''Penfold:''' This is definitely getting worse.
** From "What a Three-Point Turn-Up for the Book", as DM and Penfold look for their bicycles:
--->'''Narrator:''' Has Danger Mouse taken to handlebars because he must dash? (Moustache? Must dash? Get it?)
** In "Turn Of The Tide", Professor Squawkencluck gets frustrated with an explanation of what's caused the ocean to submerge London and started screaming some amount of "Nein, nein, nein!" Whenever he did, Penfold would be nearby with a calculator, reading off the total of the "nines".
** Almost everything the rebellious machines say in "Mechanised Mayhem" is some sort of appliance or electricity pun.
*** When Danger Mouse and Penfold find their flat's appliances have unionised:
---->'''Telephone:''' My comrades and I have risen against exploitation to cast off our domestic bondage! We're sick of being picked up and put down!\\
'''Vacuum Cleaner:''' Or being pushed around!\\
'''Iron:''' Or being hard pressed!\\
'''Television:''' And stared at!\\
'''Mixer:''' From now on, we shall stir things up! ''(spins his beaters)''\\
'''Kettle:''' Let off steam! ''(does so)''\\
'''Telephone:''' And speak for ourselves! From now on, ''we'' are the rulers!\\
'''12-Inch Ruler:''' Especially me![[note]]Though one might note that a ruler is not a machine, the ruler appears to be metal, so it may have a calculator built in.[[/note]]
*** Later, during the appliances' rally in Trafalgar Square:
---->'''Telephone:''' Now, let me give you the lead! We must show these humans watt's watt!\\
'''Danger Mouse:''' Penfold, there's only one way to stop that thing plugging his points.\\
'''Penfold:''' What's that, Chief?\\
'''Danger Mouse:''' Sock-et. ''(...)''\\
'''Penfold:''' I wish I hadn't asked. I'd rather be going ohm!\\
'''Telephone:''' Look out! 'Amp-ere them all you can!\\
'''Vacuum Cleaners:''' Okay! Charge! ''(they race after Penfold; Danger Mouse grabs the telephone, which makes strangled gasps)''\\
'''Danger Mouse:''' Aha! So sorry, you've been cut off!\\
'''Vacuum Cleaners:''' ''(having cornered Penfold)'' Ha! This one's in the bag!\\
'''Penfold:''' Ahhh! Oooh! Oooh crikey!\\
'''Danger Mouse:''' Don't get taken in, Penfold!\\
'''Penfold:''' ''(to camera)'' [[LamePunReaction Any more jokes like that and it'd be almost worth it!]]
** [[LamePunReaction Really bad puns]] are duly lampshaded, like this one from "Tut Tut, It's Not Pharaoh":
--->'''DM:''' (''to mummy parking lot attendant'') We're looking for the amulet of Eggonophus.\\
'''Mummy:''' Have you tried the Pyramids of Cheops?\\
'''DM:''' No.\\
'''Mummy:''' Better step on it, then.\\
'''DM:''' Why's that?\\
'''Mummy:''' The Cheops shut at half past five. Ha, ha...ha ha ha ha.\\
'''DM:''' (''long suffering'') Good grief. That joke's worse than one of yours, Penfold.
* HypnoticEyes: Count Duckula.
* HypocriticalHumour:
** The Penfold robot in "Penfold Transformed", after DM wonders aloud if he's all right because he's smart, helpful and not cracking stupid jokes:
--->'''Penfold robot''': (''[[BreakingTheFourthWall Turns to the camera]]'') He's talking to a crowd of invisible people and he's asking if ''I'm'' alright?
** In "The Spy Who Stayed In With a Cold", Danger Mouse claims he's the most modest secret agent.
** From "Where There's a Well, There's a Way":
--->'''DM:''' Come on, Penfold. You'll have people laughing at you.\\
'''Penfold:''' (''to us'') So what does he think this is? ''Theatre/KingLear''?
** In "The Snowman Cometh", Professor Squawkencluck scolds Penfold for trying to open his presents early, telling him that the anticipation and uncertainty is part of the pleasure, and then runs her own present through a scanner to find out what's in it.
* IdeaBulb: Parodied in "The Other Day the Earth Stood Still". While floating in zero gravity amidst a variety of household items, Penfold has an idea at the same moment as a lightbulb floats into place above his head.
* IGaveMyWord: In "Danger at C Level", DM promises Penfold that they'll go on a holiday with no adventuring, and when Colonel K calls him to report that the world is in peril he turns the mission down, averring that "Danger Mouse's word is his bond". (Colonel K eventually gets him to change his mind, though.)
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: In 2015's "The Return of Danger K", Colonel K frees DM and Penfold from their brainwashing by reminding them that they are still, at heart, British agents.
* ImmuneToMindControl: When Danger Mouse and Penfold go up against the sinister Count Duckula, there's a running joke about Penfold being immune to the Count's mind control powers.
-->'''Duckula''': You are getting very sleepy...\\
'''Penfold''': No, I'm not.
** Inverted in "Hear Hear" as Penfold is not affected by Greenback's vocal control because he has cotton in his ears.
* IllPretendIDidntHearThat: In "The Other Day the World Stood Still", Greenback brings the world to a standstill with giant red stop lights placed everywhere. When Penfold [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim suggests simply driving through the red lights]], DM says this verbatim.
* ImAHumanitarian: Oddly, Count Duckula. Although he's stuck to his his vegetarian diet, the Count has found a way to use the power of "telly" to turn his hypnotized viewers into living vegetables, thus creating the perfect audience and "healthy snacks".
* InconvenientItch: When DM ties up Greenback in the first episode of the reboot, he demands that someone untie him -- or at least scratch his itchy nose.
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: The Snowman in the revived series.
* InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals:
** Danger Mouse meets [[OtherMeAnnoysMe his evil self]] in "The Good, the Bad and the Motionless".
--->'''DM:''' I'm not going to be pushed around by two percent of me!
** In "The Spy Who Stayed In With A Cold", Agent 57 turns himself into DM as DM himself is held hostage by the Motorized Mongols.
** The thousand clones of Penfold in "Tiptoe Through the Penfolds". Also the thousand clones of DM in "The Dream Machine", created as Penfold said "Danger Mouse" a thousand times.
** The episode that introduces DM's American counterpart, Jeopardy Mouse, also has an American hot dog seller who's a dead ringer for Big Mike, the pie vendor whose stall is always set up near DM's HQ.
** In "There's No Place Like Greenback", DM and Penfold visit Baron von Greenback's childhood home, a village where everybody looks exactly like the Baron apart from their clothes and hairstyles. [[spoiler:It turns out the whole thing is an elaborate trap set up by the Baron, and the villagers are all robots.]]
* InexplicablyTailless: Danger Mouse is always depicted without a tail, despite being a mouse.
* InkSuitActor: Tennis star John [=McEnroe=] is caricatured as a robot in "Duckula Meets Frankenstoat".
* InMediasRes: "Quark Games" begins with DM and Penfold already in the midst of the games, promptly lampshaded as they stop what they're doing and try to remember how they got there.
* InteractiveNarrator: The narrator sometimes holds conversations with the characters, often to prompt them to stick to the script, occasionally gets attacked by the threat of the week, and sometimes cause reality to visibly change by narrating it differently.
* InterfaceWithAFamiliarFace: The AI created by Professor Squawkencluck in "Big Head Awakens" has a stylized version of the Professor's own face.
* {{Invisibility}}: "The Return of Danger K" introduces Ivana the Invisible, who apart from being invisible herself flies an invisible jet (which Penfold bumps his head on because he can't see it) that fires invisible missiles (which are consequently rather difficult to dodge).
* IsThisThingStillOn: In "The Invasion of Colonel K", one of Greenback's first acts inside Colonel K's body is to take over his voice box and manipulate him into telling Danger Mouse and Penfold that they're fired because of government cutbacks. After telling them they'll also have to leave the flat they've been provided, Greenback takes a moment to gloat:
-->'''Greenback:''' Hee hee hee hee! Victory at last!\\
'''Colonel K:''' Hee hee hee hee, victory at last.\\
'''Greenback:''' Ah. ''(presses button)'' Forgot to switch off.
* JetPack:
** Rocket boots feature in "Pink Dawn". Naturally, DM flies elegantly while Penfold can't keep his balance and goes all over the place.
** There's a proper jet pack in "The Other Day the World Stood Still". Naturally, DM flies elegantly while Penfold can't control it and goes all over the place.
* JokerImmunity: Can apply to Greenback, whose fate after some episodes where his ship or one of his devices explodes before him are unclear yet he returns in ensuing episodes. This is most notable in "Statues" where the statue of chef [[PunnyName Monsieur Smaquing Lippes]] comes to life with the intent of turning Greenback into a dish of frog's legs. The ungodly groan offscreen indicates Smaquing Lippes succeeded.
* JustInTime: Played with in "Greenfinger", where DM reaches the self-destruct device with only six seconds left on the clock, decides that's not close enough to be properly dramatic, and waits a few more seconds (while Penfold panics in the background) before disarming it with one second remaining.
* KindaBusyHere: In "Greenfinger", the Professor makes a friendly call to DM while he's in the middle of a battle -- and he can't admit he's in the middle of a battle, because it only happened because he ignored her earlier advice.
-->'''Professor Squawkencluck:''' Is there something happening there?\\
'''DM:''' No, nothing, it's all fine.\\
''[giant plant slams DM's car into the river]''\\
'''DM:''' Sorry, gotta go, it's raining.
* KitchenSinkIncluded: Professor Squawkencluck's demonstration of the new features added to the Mark IV in "The Other Day the World Stood Still". (An impressed Penfold then remarks that it can do just about everything except tapdance -- and the Professor demonstrates that it can do that, too.)
* KneelBeforeZod:
** Baron Greenback's purpose in "Viva Danger Mouse" is to plant cactus needles in the seat cushions of the world's dignitaries so "I can bring them to their feet before bringing them to their knees!"
** In "Danger Mouse On The Orient Express", DM exclaims that Greenback's plans to eliminate all of Europe's tourist sites and force tourists to visit his museum of Barry Manilow record sleeves will "bring the world to its knees!"
* IKnowYouKnowIKnow: Taken to extreme lengths in "The Statue of Liberty Caper" where almost half the episode consists of DM and Greenback trying to outguess each other.
--> '''DM''': You see, I guessed that you would guess I would guess what you had guessed and guessed that your guess would be the guess I guessed you guessed.\\
'''Greenback''': What?\\
'''DM''': I'm not saying it again. I can't!
* LampshadeWearing: How Professor Squawkencluck hides from a hostile robot in the first episode of the reboot.
* LandmarkingTheHiddenBase:
** In "The Other Day the World Stood Still", Baron Von Greenback's secret lair is at the Eiffel Tower.
** In "Jeopardy Mouse", Greenback's base is at Stonehenge's less-well-known sibling, Bouncyhenge.
* LaserHallway:
** There's one protecting the Baron's lair in the first episode of the reboot.
** In "Greenfinger", Professor Squawkencluck has one in her lab in an attempt to prevent DM playing with any of her stuff while she's away.
* LastNameBasis:
** DM's assistant's full name is Ernest Penfold, but with the exception of at least one early episode, he's otherwise only ever addressed by his last name.
** Played with in "Frankensquawk's Monster". Professor Squawkencluck's mother addresses her as "Professor", and when DM laughs, she explains that "Professor" ''is'' her first name: her full name and title is Professor Professor Squawkencluck.
* LastSecondShowoff:
** In the episode "Greenfinger", DM reaches a self-destruct device that needs disarming with only six seconds left on the clock, decides that's not close enough to be properly dramatic, and waits a few more seconds (while Penfold panics in the background) before disarming it with one second remaining.
** In "The Inventor Preventer", DM does this repeatedly, to Penfold's increasing annoyance.
* LazyArtist:
** Lampshaded in "Quark! Quark!" When Penfold asks why he and DM are disguised as a camel, DM explains it's because the animators couldn't draw horses.
** In "The Good, the Bad and the Motionless", DM's evil alter ego has Penfold in suspended animation, which DM chalks up to the animators being on their tea break.
** All the animation in "Danger Mouse Saves The World...Again", except for that of Greenback's congress of evil doers and DM waking up from the episode-long dream, is either repeat animation from previous episodes or stock animation.
** Apparently an unusual number of episodes were set in the Arctic or other snowbound scenes because they required less colouring in.
** Fight scenes in rooms where all the lights are off are also frequent in the original series, the only animation being the moving eyes of the characters on the pitch-black background.
** Animation was done on paper and cels larger than that traditional 10-field size for TV and short subject animation. Many scenes had the characters animated very small to save on ink and paint with the camera zoomed in on them. This would also cut down on the risk of the cels' edges showing in case of a pan left or right.
** Lazy writer: some of the dialogue from the middle of "All Fall Down" is reused tracks from series 1 episodes, most notably from "The Strange Case Of The Ghost Bus". Likewise, the golf scene in "Afternoon Off With The Fangboner" is reanimated for "Pillow Fright" but it uses the same dialogue tracks.
* LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn:
** The first episode of "The Bad Luck Eye of the Little Yellow God" features Colonel K trying to bring DM up to speed on Greenback's theft of the title object:
--->'''Colonel K:''' We've had a report about your adversary, Baron Silas Greenback! ''(dramatic piano sting)''\\
'''Penfold:''' Not Greenback, sir? ''(dramatic piano sting)''\\
'''Colonel K:''' Yes, Penfold - Greenback! ''(dramatic piano sting)'' Our people in Brazil say he's stolen an ancient charm from a remote mountain tribe!\\
'''Penfold:''' Crumbs!\\
'''Colonel K:''' It's a strange emerald called the Bad Luck Eye of the Little Yellow God! ''(dramatic piano sting; Colonel K angrily turns to his intercom)'' Look, Miss Prendergast, would you mind doing your piano practice somewhere else!?\\
'''Miss Prendergast:''' ''(over intercom)'' Sorry, Colonel!
** "Play It Again, Wufgang" centres on the destruction of the world's music, which cripples our heroes since they're physically incapable of doing anything without accompanying BackgroundMusic. They finish the episode via blatantly-{{lampshade|Hanging}}d [[SourceMusic Diegetic Music]] provided by a cassette player (which has been kept in safe storage for just such an occasion). Difficulties with cueing the right music leads to a hilarious climactic series of SoundtrackDissonance, which actually causes the scene to go wrong until the right music is played.
* {{Leitmotif}}: One episode has a mole who speaks with a "[[OopNorth Yorkshire miner]]" stereotype accent; whenever he's on screen, Dvorak's "New World Symphony" (inextricably associated with Yorkshire poverty through Hovis adverts) plays in the background.
* LemonyNarrator: Eventually named as Isambard Sinclair, the narrator (voiced by David Jason) is constantly grumbling about how ridiculous the stories are, and how narrating for the series is destroying his chances of ever being taken seriously as an announcer.
-->'''Narrator:''' And with that, we say farewell to our chances of ever being on [[Creator/TheBBC Radio 3]].[[note]] Radio 3 being the BBC's classical/world music and arts radio station.[[/note]] (''Sigh.'') By the way, the management point out that you park in front of a ''Danger Mouse'' transmission at your own risk. Claims for carpet elbow and mass hysteria cannot be entertained. (Well, why should they? ''You'' weren't. Hmph!) And all that leaves me to say is, "Look out for our next ''Danger Mouse'' adventure!" And I ''do'' mean that.
* LiteralMetaphor:
** In "Danger at C Level", Colonel K remarks that what the situation needs is an agent who doesn't know the meaning of the word "fear". DM, it turns out, really doesn't. "Is it French?" (In "Welcome to Danger World!" it turns out he doesn't know "cowardly" either. "Are you sure that's a word?")
** The whole plot of "The World Wide Spider" proceeds from the revelation that the World Wide Web is literally an enormous world-spanning spider web, spun by a gargantuan spider. Which, when it gets nasty, they deal with by threatening to hoover it up with the equally literal Vacuum of Space.
* LiteralMinded: Several examples.
** In "All Fall Down," Dudley Poyson says "I'll call myself a cab right away. I'm a cab! I'm a cab!"
** Just averted in "Duckula Meets Frankenstoat." When DM asks for Penfold to call him a cab, he immediately snaps "Don't you dare!" before Penfold could take a breath.
-->'''Penfold:''' (''sullenly'') Spoil sport!
** In another episode, DM tells Penfold that "we must act quickly." Penfold immediately goes at rapid fire "''Tobeornottobethatisthequestionwhethertisnoblertosuffertheslingsandarrowsofoutrageousfortune''" while gesticulating with reckless abandon.
* LiteralSurveillanceBug: The Professor invents one in "Big Head Awakens". DM promptly mistakes it for a real bug and squishes it.
* LoadBearingBoss: When the antagonist computer in "Escape from Big Head" is defeated with a logic bomb, the entire automated prison it constructed explodes.
* LogicBomb:
** In "Planet of the Cats", DM is confronted by a giant robot dog, and asks it, "What's big, grey, and has sixteen wheels?" The robot dog is so confused by the question that it begins repeating "Inaccurate! Inaccurate!" over and over while DM makes his escape. Eventually, however, the dog "defuses" the logic bomb and confronts Danger Mouse as he prepares to return to the present, demanding to know the answer... only to end up in another situation it cannot process.
--->'''Robot Dog:''' Go on then. What is big, grey, and has sixteen wheels?\\
'''DM:''' Oh! ''(chuckles)'' What's big and grey and has sixtee- it's an elephant on roller skates!\\
'''Robot Dog:''' Grey: correct. ''(sound of something large approaching)'' Wheels: logic rejection! No such- ''(CRASH)'' AHHHOWWWOOOOH!!\\
''(the large approaching object is revealed as an elephant on roller skates which has crashed into the dog)''\\
'''Elephant:''' What the 'eck are you doing parked on a freeway!?\\
'''Robot Dog:''' Impossible. You not exist.\\
'''Elephant:''' Are you callin' me a figment of your imagination?! Stupid clockwork...\\
'''Robot Dog:''' Microchip. Random access. Random access. ''(begins babbling)''\\
'''Elephant:''' Oh, ''shut up!''
** At the climax of "Mechanised Mayhem", DM and Penfold track down the supercomputer behind the appliance rebellion. When it asks where Penfold's subroutines are and declares his answer that they're in a drawer next to his woolly vests to be "illogical", DM offers the computer a routine. He and Penfold proceed to recite the classic "My dog has no nose" joke, and the resulting logic bomb literally explodes, blowing the computer sky high.
** In "Gremlin Alert", DM defeats the Gremlin ("the living embodiment of anti-logic") with a classic "how can you be agreeing with me when gremlins always contradict people?" bomb.
** In "Escape from Big Head", a supercomputer designed to capture criminals starts sending its robots after everybody who commits even a minor offence. DM defeats it by tricking it into committing a crime; it orders its robots to arrest itself then explodes from the illogic of the situation.
* LoonyFan: Ian the fanboy in "Danger Fan". At first he just follows DM around driving everyone to distraction with his squeeing and his tendency to touch stuff he shouldn't, then [[spoiler:he starts kidnapping people to add to his collection of Danger Mouse memorabilia, and when caught out smoothly transitions from squeeing about getting to help Danger Mouse catch bad guys to squeeing about getting to ''be'' a Danger Mouse bad guy]].
* MadnessMantra: In the 2015 episode "Greenfinger", Prof. Sqawkencluck repeatedly yells "YOU SNUCK INTO MY LAB?!" when she returns from the "Chickens of Rock" festival once she discovers that DM, well, snuck into her lab to water a space plant.
* MagicCountdown: "The Return of Danger K" has a 30-second countdown in five-second increments. It takes a whole minute to get from "30 seconds remaining" to "5 seconds remaining", and the last five-second interval lasts 30 seconds all on its own.
* MagicFeather: Parodied in the 2015 ChristmasEpisode, in which Santa Claus takes a TenMinuteRetirement after a villain steals the magic hat that gives Santa his powers. Professor Squawkencluck gives him an inspirational speech -- "You don't need some hat, you're ''Santa''!" -- and he goes out and helps DM defeat the villain. When DM offers him the hat back, Santa proudly declares that he doesn't need it any more... and something immediately happens that forces him to admit that he actually does.
* MakeoverMontage: DM and Penfold undergo one in "Pink Dawn", in order to be DisguisedInDrag.
-->'''Colonel K:''' For goodness' sake, DM! The fate of the world is in your hands! Do an amusing makeover montage, and that's an order!
* TheManBehindTheCurtain: The title world in "The Planet of the Cats" is ruled by Greenback's great-great-etc.-nephew (who happens to look and sound identical to his great-great-etc.-uncle, complete with a caterpillar called Nero), posing as feline leader Big Leo. DM discovers the true identity of "Big Leo" and uses this information to get out of being cornered by the cats so that he can rescue Penfold. The cats are not happy to find out they have been taking orders from a toad:
-->''(the door to future Greenback's inner sanctum almost caves in)''\\
'''Future Greenback:''' Now what!?\\
'''Cat Soldier:''' 'Ey! C'mon, come outta there! Come outta there, yer double crosser!\\
''(on the other side of the door, we see a brigade of cat soldiers hitting the door with a battering ram)''\\
'''Cat Soldier:''' [[IWillShowYouX I'll give you "Big Leo",]] you tuppenny-ha'penny ''toad!''
* MathematiciansAnswer: In "Pink Dawn", the Professor finds DM messing about in her lab and demands, "What is the meaning of this?"; DM replies by giving the dictionary definition of the word 'this'.
* MeaningfulName:
** With a side order of GeniusBonus as well. Early pillarboxes were known as "Penfolds" after their designer.
** It's been said that master of disguise Agent 57 was so named as a reference to the Heinz company and its "57 varieties."
* MediumAwareness: Mostly DM.
-->'''DM:''' Sometimes, Penfold, I wish I were just ''drawing'' the cartoons, not ''starring'' in them.
** In "The Duckula Show", Duckula becomes a RealityWarper by proxy by kidnapping the show's writers and forcing them to rewrite the show in his favor.
* {{Meganekko}}: Prof. Squawkencluck in the 2015 series. Penfold qualifies as a {{megane}}.
* MirrorUniverse: The "Twistiverse" in the episode "Sinister Mouse", home to the criminal Sinister Mouse, his heroic nemesis Danger Toad and [[spoiler: the evil mastermind Penfold]].
* MisterSandmanSequence: In "The Return of Danger K", the flashback to Danger K's heyday in TheEighties crams a bunch of period signifiers into its first few seconds, including a [[TheQuincyPunk punk]] hassling a yuppie in a dayglo jogging outfit carrying a huge mobile phone, and posters for "[[{{Music/Kiss}} Hug]]", "[[Music/AdamAnt Ant Adam]]", "[[{{Music/Wham}} WhamBam!!!]]", and "[[Music/TheKinks The Sniffs]]". It doesn't quite manage a genuine period soundtrack, though, having to settle for some generic eighties-sounding incidental music.
* MixAndMatchCritters: The sea monsters Greenback creates in "Danger at C Level".
-->'''Danger Mouse:''' A hammerhead prawnopus?! Honestly -- who comes up with this stuff?
* ModernMajorGeneral: Colonel K; however, in the 2015 reboot, it is made explicit that he used to be an agent of some competence, and save for being old and out of shape he might still be a useful agent, implying ThePeterPrinciple.
* TheMole: In "The Unusual Suspects", someone is leaking operational information to Greenback, leading to the suspicion that one of the agents at HQ is a mole. (Apart from Danger Mole, obviously.) [[spoiler:It turns out that Colonel K's moustache has been kidnapped and replaced with an impostor.]]
* MonumentalDamage: In the first 2015 series episode, DM's over-enthusiastic pursuit of the Frog's Head Flyer through London results in the destruction of the Gherkin, the London Eye, and Buckingham Palace.
* MummyWrap: In "Planet of the Toilets", DM temporarily restrains a rampaging toilet by wrapping it up in toilet paper.
* MurderByRemoteControlVehicle: In "Big Head Awakens", Prof. Squawkencluck's new security system goes berserk. It seizes control of the Dangermobile and attempts to run down DM and Penfold.
* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: "Big Penfold" opens with a meeting of the world's foremost scientific minds... and Isambard King Kong Brunel.
* MythologyGag:
** In the first 2015 series episode, when DM is testing out his new iPatch, one of the images he sees is a museum where the original show's Mark III and Frog's Head Flyer are on display. Later in the same episode, DM and Greenback have a good old-fashioned brawl in total darkness, echoing the original show's no-budget means of animating fight scenes.
** In "Danger Fan", when [[LoonyFan Ian]] is [[WhatDoesThisButtonDo repeatedly pressing the buttons]] on the Hero Car's dashboard despite DM telling him not to, it transforms into a load of different forms - the last of which is the design of the Mark III from the original series.
** The training simulation DM and Penfold are doing at the beginning of the revived series episode "Sinister Mouse" is a recreation of one of the events from the old title sequence.
** 2015 Duckula has a portrait of himself in his previous design in his castle.
* NameOne: In "Big Head Awakens", Professor Squawkencluck complains that DM is always misusing and breaking her gadgets, and he challenges her to name three examples. She does, immediately. "All right, name ''four''."
* TheNapoleon: Isambard King Kong Brunel, a very small chimpanzee who wishes he were taller, and attempts to compensate by wearing an enormous hat.
* {{Narrator}}: Isombard Sinclair, played by David Jason in the original series, and Dave Lamb (Of ''Series/ComeDineWithMe'' fame) in the 2015 series.
* NeedleInAStackOfNeedles: In "Big Head Awakens", Panda-Minion makes an attempt on DM's life by disguising himself as a milkman and delivering a milk bottle that contains a time bomb. Having recognised the bomb, DM returns it to the back of Panda-Minion's milk float, leaving him searching fruitlessly among the genuine milk bottles to find the bomb before it goes off.
* NeonSignHideout: In "The Other Day the World Stood Still", Greenback's lair is extremely visible even without the actual neon sign, which is enormous and arrow-shaped and says "Greenback's Lair".
* {{Nephewism}}: The new Professor Squawkencluck in the 2015 revival is the niece of the old one.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** In "Day Of The Suds," after DM successfully corrals and destroys Greenback's army of sentient washing machines, a reporter hounds him for not only having the city with dirty laundry permanently but for the by-product of the damaged machines' fuel and sparking cables irradiating in the soap compartments: a giant detergent monster.
** The debut episode of the 2015 reboot has Colonel K firing Danger Mouse for destroying London while trying to stop the Frog's Head Flyer (which was controlled by Greenback's newly-introduced ally Panda-Minion, who explains he bought it on Website/EBay).
* NobodyHereButUsStatues: In "Sinister Mouse", DM is walking around a wax museum and comes to a statue of himself and Penfold, but itself actually just a statue of DM that the real Penfold is posing with while wishing somebody would make a statue of him too.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed:
** Talkshow host Jiminy Camel in the 2015 reboot.
** Part of the episode "Sinister Mouse" is set at Madame One-Sword's Wax Museum, which features statues of such infamous figures as Bunny & Clyde and Dick Terrapin.
* NoCommunitiesWereHarmed: Colonel K lists the UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity landmarks that have disappeared in "The Statue of Liberty Caper"--Yonkee Studio, Umpire State Building, and the Giggleheim Museum.
* NoEnding: A few too many episodes. Seasons 2 through 4 were serialized as weekly story arcs. There were six arcs per season, each consisting of five 5-minute installments. These 5-minute installments were sometimes spliced together to make full-length episodes on home video releases. Some fans actually lament this, as these versions are consequently missing the really terrible puns that would invariably smother the ending narration, and sometimes cast dialogue addressing the cliffhanger as well. Nickelodeon aired these stories as same-day two-parters.
* NoFourthWall: Every episode has at least one instance, and there are a lot where it's the basis of the whole plot.
** "Where There's a Well, There's a Way" punches a giant hole through the fourth wall in the opening scene and spends most of the episode looking out of it.
--->''(as confusion between the word "dowser" and the phrase "now, sir" causes problems between DM and Colonel K)''\\
'''Penfold:''' ''(to audience)'' Erm, I'm sorry about this, I think it's what we call "a breakdown in communication". Just chat amongst yourselves for a couple of minutes while they get it sorted out!\\
'''Colonel K:''' OH! You mean the ''dowser!'' Am I sending it ''now, sir,'' er, erm, DM! Er, yes! Exactly!\\
'''Penfold:''' ''(beams)'' Ah! There you are!\\
'''Danger Mouse:''' Penfold, who are you talking to?\\
'''Penfold:''' Er - no one, chief. Well, I hope it's not ''no one'', chief, but, um, no one, er, chief.
** In "Tower of Terror", DM even falls off the edge of the film.
** Fully embraced in the new version. Just in the first episode, we have the action-packed opening scene blowing the budget for the series, the narrator filling in for the incidental music and discussing the logical inconsistencies of the hologram tech with DM, a split screen between the office and the lab turning out to be a shared set, and the agency seizing the Baron's assets to pay for future episodes.
** The episode "Danger Fan" blurs the line between "fan of Danger Mouse, the person" and "fan of ''Danger Mouse'', the TV show": the obsessed fanboy has a large collection of merch and when referring to DM's past exploits he mentions the titles and episode numbers of the episodes they occurred in.
** When DM foils Duckula's plan to control the world through television, Duckula's WeWillMeetAgain speech is that if there's one thing DM has taught him, it's that a TV series can always come back.
* NonindicativeName: Professor Squawkencluck in the original series is actually a mole. Averted by his niece in the reboot series, who is a chicken.
* NoodleIncident: When they're all imprisoned in "Escape from Big Head", Colonel K compares it to the time he was imprisoned in a Siberian gulag.
** Penfold has a pathological fear of elephants following an event he initially refused to discuss, called "the incident". **An elephant sat on him for two days straight.**
* NoOntologicalInertia:
** In "Pink Dawn", everything returns to normal the moment DM destroys the tiara that gave Dawn her RealityWarper powers.
** In "From Duck to Dawn", anyone who watches Count Duckula's TV show is gradually transformed into a giant vegetable. When DM disables the transmitter, all the victims immediately revert to their original forms.
* NotHyperbole: In "The World Wide Spider", DM panics about an enormous spider in his bathroom. When Penfold, tutting at the exaggeration, goes to fetch it out, he discovers that it really is enormous: it's literally bigger than DM.
* NotMeThisTime: DM thinks that Greenback is behind the revolt of London's appliances in "Mechanised Mayhem," but Greenback is actually being victimized...by his own Frog's Head Flyer!
* NotNowKiddo: "Shush!"
* NotSoAboveItAll:
** DM might be the 'Greatest Secret Agent in the World', but with a show like Danger Mouse he's not immune from the craziness. This is generally restricted to bad puns at inappropriate moments and walking into traps because he's not paying attention to the obvious.
** Jeopardy Mouse from the 2015 series may be more skilled than Danger Mouse, but she can be just as egocentric as him.
* NotQuiteFlight: As of "Quark Games", the 2015 reboot has equipped DM, Penfold, and Jeopardy Mouse with wing-suits (and provided narrative excuse for why they don't always have them).
* NotSoForgottenBirthday: In "Happy Boom Day", Professor Squawkencluck thinks everyone's forgotten her birthday when in fact DM has persuaded them to throw her a surprise party. Rather than keep the audience in suspense, this fact is revealed immediately (with Penfold suggesting it's perhaps not a good move when DM genuinely ''did'' forget the Professor's birthday last year). In a further twist, the party is thrown about halfway through the episode and the Professor has very nearly decided to forgive DM when [[spoiler:he bursts in and starts trashing all the gifts, the cards, and the cake. Fortunately, she realises that this apparent act of cruelty must have some reason behind it, and after joining DM and Penfold in defeating Greenback's scheme to take over the world with robot birthday presents, killer cards, and exploding cakes, she even admits that it's been the most fun birthday she can remember]].
* NoWaterProofingInTheFuture: The Baron's robots in "There's No Place Like Greenback" can be explosively disabled by splashing them with a small amount of water.
* ObliviousGuiltSlinging: In "Greenfinger", the Professor calls DM to apologize for assuming that he would get into her experiments and create a mess -- while he's in the middle of trying to clean up the mess he created after getting into her experiments.
* OhCrap:
** Combines with ExpressiveEars in "Trouble With Ghosts"; DM opens a door and a skeletal hand points a gun at him. As DM turns to give the camera a worried look, his ears droop.
** In "The Four Tasks of Danger Mouse", DM tries to knock out the yeti while he sleeps by pushing a large boulder onto him from a clifftop. However, the yeti's breath is so powerful that he simply blows the boulder back to the clifftop. Danger Mouse groans "Oh, ''no''..." and gives the camera a look that would do [[WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteAndTheRoadrunner Wile E. Coyote]] proud as the boulder falls toward him.
** Combines with ExpressiveEars again in "The Wild, Wild Goose Chase" in the second use of the RunningGag of DM getting stuck in a hole... straight through the "ceiling" of an underground-dwelling night shift worker who gets rid of DM by biting his legs and sending him jumping into the air in pain. The second time this happens, we hear, "'Ey, Gladys, look what's dropped in! I think this character's following us around!" DM groans, "Oh no, not ''again''..." as his ears droop to cover his face seconds before he leaps into the air in agony.
** In "Pink Dawn" of the revival series, after Professor Squawkencluck saves Dawn from eating a mini particle fusion bomb that ''looks'' like a gumball, it suddenly cuts to Penfold having an 'oh-crap' expression before spitting out said bomb that he thought was a gumball. He tosses it away afterward- where right on cue, [[MadeOfExplodium it explodes behind him]].
* {{Omniglot}}: DM can speak ''every'' language ever invented.
-->'''DM:''' ...but gibberish isn't one of them. (''From "Close Encounters Of The Absurd Kind"'')
* OneManArmy: Danger Mouse in the 2015 reboot is capable of taking on entire groups of powerful enemies by himself, dispatching them with a smile and a witty BondOneLiner whenever he gets the chance.
* OnlySixFaces: In the revived series, the same half-dozen or so animals appear as incidental characters wherever in the world DM happens to be.
* OnSecondThought: ..."here's the weather forecast." (The narrator at the end of "100 Million Years Lost" when Henry V goes too far into his "Once more unto the breach" speech at the Battle of Agincourt.)
* OutOfOrder: In the new series, episode 12, "Big Penfold" features the "return" of Isambard Kingkong Brunel. Episode 17, "The Inventor Preventer" has DM encounter him for the first time. This means the reveal he's not a giant gorilla but a tiny chimp falls slightly flat. DM's wing-suit also appears in "Big Penfold" and then appears for the first time in a later episode ("Quark Games", #15 in broadcast order).
* OverlyLongGag: Every time Grovel[[note]]'I'm sorry, I'm sorry, master!'[[/note]] hears his name mentioned.
* OverlyLongScream: Penfold is a master. In the 2015 reboot, he screams all the way through the title sequence without apparently taking a breath.
* OverlyNarrowSuperlative: In "The Return of Danger K", Colonel K reminisces about Tutankhamuu, "the most evil Egyptian cow-based villain since Cowapatra".
* OvertOperative: Lampshaded in Jeopardy Mouse's first appearance, when she mentions it as a sign of DM's unprofessionalism.
* PackedHero: In the 2015 ChristmasEpisode, Penfold stumbles into Santa's automated production line and gets gift-wrapped and dumped in Santa's gift bag.
* PainfulBodyWaxing: Penfold undergoes it during the MakeoverMontage in "Pink Dawn".
* PaintingTheMedium: In "The Clock Strikes Back", the narrator's opening spiel is full of typos, as they have a new script typist, and this soon spreads to the dialogue as well (though the in-universe explanation is that Miss Boathook, Colonel K's secretary, is on holiday and her replacement is none too competent, even DM and Penfold speak in typos):
-->'''Narrator:''' Lodnod. Commrecial cnetre of- oh, dear, I'm awfully sorry, it's the new typist again. ''(clears throat)'' London, commercial centre of the nation. Home too of the pillarbix, one of which, standing snetinel on Beker Stroot, is home of the world's greatest secret agnet, Dnager Muose. (Good ''grief...'')\\
'''DM:''' ''(holding a piece of paper)'' Good grief, Penfold! I can't make any sense of this letter! Who on Earth typed the blessed thing?\\
''(later, after they have received their mission details from Colonel K)''\\
'''DM:''' Right, Colonel, we're on our woe! Er, on our wag! Er... oh, come on, Penfold.\\
'''Penfold:''' Oh, ''crimbs''...\\
''(later still, at the end of the episode, after they have completed their mission)''\\
'''Colonel K:''' Mind you, the police is in a bite of a mouse.\\
'''DM:''' I'm sorry, Colonel?\\
'''Colonel K:''' I mean, the palace is in a boot of a moose.\\
'''DM:''' I beg your pardon, sir?\\
'''Penfold:''' I think he means that the ''place'' is in a ''bit'' of a ''mess''.\\
'''Colonel K:''' Yes, drat it, it's that wretched tie pin again!\\
'''DM:''' You mean typist, sir?\\
'''Colonel K:''' Yes, well, isn't that what I said?\\
'''DM, Penfold:''' Oh, ''good gruef!''\\
'''Narrator:''' And so we come to the ned of another thrulling advetnure as our erhoes, the Whote Winder and Pefnold, cockle the farces of evli. Don't miss the neck extracting institlement of ''Dnager Muose''!\\
'''Colonel K:''' Come home, Miss Boathook, all is frogriven!
* PaperThinDisguise: The milkman in "Big Head Awakens" who is quite obviously Panda-Minion wearing a milkman uniform, a pair of dark glasses, and an enormous false beard.
* ParentalBonus: Of the non-{{squick}}y kind. There are a lot of jokes and {{Shout Out}}s that adults will enjoy rather more than the kids.
** This exchange from "The Hickory Dickory Dock Dilemma" references a certain popular time travel series:
--->'''Danger Mouse:''' Penfold, I don't think this is a clock at all! I think it's a time machine!\\
'''Penfold:''' Um... DM? I thought clocks ''were'' time machines.\\
'''Danger Mouse:''' No, not that sort of time machine. The sort that takes you through time.\\
'''Penfold:''' Oh! Like that [[Series/DoctorWho Doctor!]]\\
'''Danger Mouse:''' [[Series/DoctorWho Who?]]\\
'''Penfold:''' Can't remember.\\
'''Danger Mouse:''' Oh.
** "Custard" has DM, Penfold, and the Custard Mite of Glutt stranded in a pink hole, and they emerge on Earth through a [[Series/DoctorWho time traveler's potting shed.]]
** Also in evidence a lot in the licensed game ''Danger Mouse in the Black Forest Chateau'', starting with [[TheCakeIsALie the title]]. One scene has our hero falling into a moat, and attracting the attention of a shark -- "unfortunately he's a lone shark, and takes a great deal of interest".
* PerplexingPlurals: In the first episode of the 2015 reboot, a newsreader reports on Baron von Greenback's robotic "Safety Mouses", then realizes that doesn't sound right, and tries "Mices", "Meeces", and "Meecicles" before giving up.
* PlankGag: Penfold knocks Jeopardy Mouse into a PitTrap with a mop he has over his shoulder when he has a bucket stuck on his head in "Quark Games".
* PinkMeansFeminine: Everything Dawn possesses in "Pink Dawn".
* PitTrap: The 'regulation pit traps' become a RunningGag in "Quark Games", with just about every character falling (or being knocked into) one at some point.
* PolarBearsAndPenguins:
** Parodied in "Jeopardy Mouse". A scene in the Antarctic features both a penguin and a polar bear; the penguin asks the polar bear what he's doing there, and he explains that he's on holiday.
** In the 2015 ChristmasEpisode, Santa Claus is a polar bear and the elves are penguins.
* PoppingButtons: In "The Return of Danger K", Colonel K uses his no-longer-well-fitting Danger Suit to his advantage in the final battle, firing buttons as projectiles at his opponent.
* PottyEmergency: Penfold all the way through "Planet of the Toilets".
* PrecisionFStrike:
** An extremely mild case, from "The Wild Wild Goose Chase" with DM and Penfold traversing a desert.
--->'''Narrator:''' On they trod through the hot sands of a noonday sun and the merciless hell of a waterless desert.\\
'''DM:''' You know, Penfold, after trodding through the hot sands of a noonday sun and the merciless hell of a waterless desert, I don't feel quite so lucky anymore.
** Similarly in "The Strange Case Of The Ghost Bus", the narrator describes the Himalayas (up where DM and Penfold are hiking) as a "white hell."
* {{Portmanteau}}: Penfold creates one for a laugh in "The Clock Strikes Back." When DM says that Master Snozzle (who claims to be King Arthur's original magician) looked like a cross between a druid and a monk, Penfold chimes in "You mean, a 'drunk'?"
* TheProfessor: Professor Heinrich von Squakencluck in the original series, and his niece in the reboot.
* PuffOfLogic: In "Once Upon a Timeslip", DM's flying car is accidentally transported to the Middle Ages...
-->'''Penfold:''' Um, chief, they didn't have... ''cars'' in the Middle Ages, did they?\\
'''Danger Mouse:''' Oh, Penfold... I was hoping you wouldn't say that until we'd landed.\\
'''Penfold:''' Why's that, chief?\\
''(Car abruptly vanishes in a PuffOfLogic--they sit in midair for a second like [[WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteAndTheRoadRunner Wile E. Coyote]], then fall with a yelp)''
* PungeonMaster: In "Planet of the Toilets", nearly everything Dr Loo-cifer says is a toilet-related play on words.
* TheQuincyPunk: Birch Badboy, a villain from TheEighties who stages a comeback in "The Return of Danger K".
* ReadingTheStageDirectionsOutLoud: Stiletto in the "Safety Mouse" promotional video in the first episode of the reboot.
* RecurringExtra: The reboot has the American tourists and Big Mike the pie-seller.
* RememberTheNewGuy: {{Lampshaded}} in "The Unusual Suspects":
-->'''Danger Mouse:''' You know, Penfold, these agents are more than just colleagues to me -- they're family. \\
'''Penfold:''' That's funny. I'd never met half of them till the last scene.
* RhymesOnADime:
** Penfold in "Penfold B.F." after he takes an untested super vitamin pill and turns into superhero The Blue Flash:
--->'''Penfold:''' A superhero's how I'm feeling,\\
Hope the chief's not cross about his ceiling!\\
But now, the real me has been unfurled,\\
And I'm the greatest in the world!
** In "I Spy With My Little Eye," Penfold wishes upon a star:
--->'''Penfold:''' Oh, little star that shines so bright,\\
I'd like a wish if that's all right.\\
Oh, little star in the ink-black heaven...\\
'''D.M.:''' Forget it, Penfold. It's a 747!
** The narrator in "Once Upon a Timeslip" delivers the narration for the Robin Hood parody in verse.
* RightHandCat: Nero's a... furry caterpillar-thing, but it's obvious what trope he's invoking.
* RippleEffectProofMemory: In "The Inventor Preventer", the villain uses time travel to prevent famous inventions, but everybody still remembers the original timeline and knows something has changed.
* RoboticAssemblyLines: In the first episode of the reboot, DM and Penfold infiltrate the factory making Greenback's Safety Mouse robots. Penfold gets stuck on the conveyor belt, and the factory robots assemble a set of Safety Mouse armor around him.
* RunningGag:
** In the final series, Greenback activates a "Hit Box", which conks Stiletto on the head three times whenever he says or does something stupid.
--->'''Stiletto''': (''each time he gets hit'') Ow...ow....and OW!!
** "Turn Of The Tide" has the running gag of Penfold squawking about his missing toy clockwork paddleboat.
** "Duckula Meets Frankenstoat" cracks a spoonerism of "a block of flats" instead of "a flock of bats" (which Dr. Frankenstoat's machine is to create). The cast repeats and lampshades it twice.
** "One Of Our Stately Homes Is Missing": Penfold's "I knew I shouldn't have asked!"
** The revived series has a running gag that Colonel K is only vaguely aware that Danger Mouse has a sidekick, and can never remember his name.
* RushmoreRefacement: At the hands (or tentacles) of alien tourists in "Welcome to Danger World!"
* SarcasmBlind: In "Big Penfold", DM has been given charge of a valuable device needed to save the world, and several people start pestering him to borrow it for their own petty reasons. When DM says, "Fine, let's all have a go, shall we?" Penfold takes him at his word.
* SchmuckBait: "The Dream Machine" features a carefully-laid schmuck bait trap set by Greenback:
-->'''Greenback:''' Oh, and one last thing, Penfold. Don't, whatever you do, say "rock". ''(disappears)''\\
'''Penfold:''' "Rock"?\\
''(a rock falls out of thin air and hits DM on the head; it sprouts legs and a mouth and runs off, laughing silently as DM turns to glare at Penfold)''\\
'''Penfold:''' I don't get it, Danger Mouse, I only said "rock".\\
''(a second rock falls out of thin air; DM tries to dodge it, only for it to stop in midair, sprout arms, and hit DM repeatedly over the head with a large sausage. Greenback can be heard laughing as Penfold gives the camera a surprised look)''\\
'''DM:''' Look, Penfold, just don't say... R-O-C-K.\\
'''Penfold:''' R-O-C-K?\\
''(steel-plated letters spelling ROCK appear one at a time, then a train whistle sounds as they trundle off screen... and then across the background... and then we hear four offscreen crashes as DM yelps in pain)''\\
'''DM:''' ''(from under the pile of steel-plated letters)'' Penfold...\\
'''Penfold:''' Yes, sir?\\
'''DM:''' Have you got anything for a headache, Penfold?...
* ScoobyDoobyDoors:
** When DM and Penfold are first abducted by the title object in "The Dream Machine", Greenback explains his fiendish plans for them as they stand at the end of two long rows of doors, while various bizarre creatures run out of one door and into another (in at least one case, the same creatures then rush out of a different door and into yet another one).
** "Close Encounters of the Absurd Kind" features several chase sequences involving DM and Penfold trying to escape the guards on Dr. Zokk's spaceship using a hoverpod; in some shots, we see several parallel walkways as the various chasers appear on first one, then another, and then another (complete with variations in the "order of procession"), while in other shots, we see a top-down view of a room with four doors as the chasers repeatedly emerge from different doors than the ones they entered.
* TheScream: The world's first self-aware toilet's reaction to realizing what it is that humans generally do with toilets, in "Planet of the Toilets".
* ScrewLearningIHavePhlebotinum: When Penfold's intelligence is artificially enhanced in "Never Say Clever Again", he immediately develops the ability to do complicated origami, spouts a series of facts about history and science, and starts talking with big words.
* SdrawkcabAlias: Dlofnep the Magnificent in "The Hickory Dickory Dock Dilemma" is a future Penfold ("Dlofnep" backwards for) who rules London!!
* SeeTheInvisible: In "The Return of Danger K", Ivana the Invisible boasts that the heroes can't see her... only to realise that falling snow is landing on her.
* ShoutOut:
** The series title is a shout out to ''Danger Man''.
** "Custard" has a scene that calls out to the final Death Star battle scene in ''Franchise/StarWars'', as well as a sequence in which DM plays a life-size game of ''VideoGame/SpaceInvaders''.
** "The Good, the Bad and the Motionless" is a shout-out parody of ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly''.
** "The Intergalactic 147" is most likely taken from the ending of Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy (primary phase), where Ford Prefect relates a tale of a planet in the seventh dimension getting potted into a black hole in a game of intergalactic billiards (only worth 30 points). The Danger Mouse episode has Earth in line to be potted into the black hole Alpha Omega in a game of intergalactic snooker, which would give the player (whatever it is) the maximum score of 147.
** The scene from "Pillow Fright" of DM giving the pillow army their marching orders not only apes "The Sorceror's Apprentice" (from ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'') but also uses the music from it.
** "'Cor! What A Picture:" Penfold has been turned into a kung fu assassin by Greenback (through a machine which has manipulated a photo of Penfold). As he tries to attack DM, our hero quips, "Penfold...you've been watching ''The Pink Panther'' again, haven't you?"
** "Custard" has them get lost in a pink hole and find "[[Series/DoctorWho a time-traveler's potting shed]]." The same episode also spoofs ''Alien''--a Facehugger attaches itself to Penfold, but only to give him a big, sloppy kiss.
** "Demons Aren't Dull" features DM being cornered for a rather cruel edition of ''This is Your Life'' (engineered by Greenback, who is otherwise not involved in the story) in which some of his previous achievements are twisted to look like failures through ManipulativeEditing. The presenter's voice uses both the Dublin accent and the vocal mannerisms of then-''TIYL'' presenter Eamonn Andrews.
** "Close Encounters of the Absurd Kind" is, naturally, a spoof of ''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind'', and one of its recurring music cues is a SuspiciouslySimilarSong to the five-note theme from the film.[[note]] It features the same five notes, but the third note is moved to the beginning.[[/note]] Dr. Zokk's spaceship is also accompanied by "Sunrise" from ''Music/AlsoSprachZarathustra'' whenever it appears, in homage to its use in ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey''.
** From "Beware of Mexicans Delivering Milk":
--->'''Penfold:''' I got extra milk from that milkman who looks like El Loco.\\
'''DM:''' El Loco? But ''our'' milkman looks like Music/EltonJohn!
** Creator/RobertRedford, Creator/ClintEastwood, [[Creator/BjornBorg Björn Borg]], Creator/JimmyConnors, Music/TheRollingStones, Creator/FredAstaire and Music/BarryManilow have also had their names dropped on the show.
** In "Rhyme And Punishment", Penfold writes (or attempts to write) his life story, using an Alistair [=MacLean=] book as a blueprint.
--->'''DM:''' (''reading what Penfold has written'') "Once upin a tome, there was a homster, who lived his pfriend, a white moose." (''quietly, to us'') Alistair [=MacLean=], eat your heart out!
** There are several episodes where the narrator grumbles about his job preventing him from being taken seriously, and ensuring that he will never be surprised by Eamonn Andrews with the big red book for ''This is Your Life''.
** In "Ants, Trees And...Whoops-A-Daisy," DM is hesitant to rescue Penfold from the ant tribe holding him captive so they may [[ItMakesSenseInContext sacrifice his eyebrows]], because there are lots of them and only one DM. He tells Penfold that what he really needs is the Magnificent Seven.
** In the 2015 episode "The World Wide Spider", DM's flyer has an inflatable 'auto-Penfold' which closely resembles [[{{Film/Airplane}} Otto the Autopilot]].
** In "The Four Tasks Of Danger Mouse," when Colonel K wants DM to abort his mission to rescue Penfold from Greenback because the prime minister wants a cut-priced fridge:
-->'''DM:''' No go, Colonel. Tell Mrs PM to ask {{Superman}}. Wednesday's his half-day.
** Implied shout-out in "Public Enemy No. 1" when Danger Mouse gets amnesia:
-->'''Greenback:''' You are...the White Shadow, daring criminal who robs from the rich to feed the poor.\\
'''DM:''' Oh, just like, um...[[RobinHood Thingamybob!]]
** In "Planet of the Toilets", the tracking device in DM's car showing the movements of Dr Loo-cifer looks remarkably like a game of ''VideoGame/PacMan''.
** Also in "Planet of the Toilets", one of the revolting toilets has a placard reading, "Tinkle ye not", playing on one of Creator/FrankieHowerd's catchphrases.
** The episode title "The Other Day, the Earth Stood Still" is a reference to ''Film/{{The Day the Earth Stood Still|1951}}''.
** "The Return of Danger K" features a flashback to the early 1980s and a punk-themed villain attempting to bring about [[Music/SexPistols anarchy in the UK]].
** In "The Return of Danger K", the gadgets Danger K used in the 1980s, and the way they pop out of his uniform, are more than somewhat reminiscent of 1980s animated hero WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget.
** "The Return of Danger K" also features an "Arkwright Asylum for the Criminally Challenged", which bears a striking resemblance to Arkham Asylum as depicted in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''.
** "The Unusual Suspects" features a sequence where a SuperSerum-enhanced enemy is loose in HQ, which contains many shout-outs to ''Film/{{Alien}}''.
** The 2015 ChristmasEpisode features an attack by sinister flying snowmen, which includes a brief parody of the "walking in the air" sequence from the classic ChristmasSpecial ''WesternAnimation/TheSnowman''.
** The tunnel escape in "Escape from Big Head" includes several shout-outs to ''Film/TheGreatEscape''.
** Big Head herself borrows her outfit and appearance from ''Series/MaxHeadroom''.
* ShrinkRay: "Big Penfold" features a shrink ray that can also be put in reverse and used to make things bigger.
* ShrunkInTheWash: In "Big Penfold", part of the trouble begins because Penfold's trousers have shrunk in the wash. At the end of the episode, the giant Penfold is shown being run through a car wash in the hope that it will shrink him back to normal.
* SlidingTimescale: In the revived series, the episode "The Return of Danger K" has a flashback to the pre-DM days when Danger K was Britain's top agent -- set in "1983-ish", right in the midst of the original series's run.
* SmartHouse: In "Big Head Awakens", the Professor sets up HQ with an AI security system that has control over the whole building. Inevitably there are a series of humorous accidents that cause the AI to go off the rails, imprison everyone in the building, and then try to take over the world.
* SocialMediaBeforeReason: In "The World Wide Spider", the monster-of-the-week's rampage keeps crossing paths with a tour group that's always standing in front of whichever landmark it's about to attack. The group includes one particular tourist who always stays put long enough to take a selfie of himself with the monster in the background.
* SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay: In "Sinister Mouse", Penfold attempts to distinguish between DM and his EvilTwin by asking a question about himself that only DM would know. [[spoiler:It turns out DM doesn't know the answer either, so Penfold has to resort to eeney-meeney-miney-mo.]]
* SpidersAreScary:
** 1984's "Aiaaagg! Spiders!" has DM and Penfold hiding after a spider invades their pillar box.
** The 2015 episode "The World Wide Spider" revolves around DM having to conquer arachnophobia.
* SpinOff: ''WesternAnimation/CountDuckula'' first appeared in ''Danger Mouse'' as a villain.[[note]]Not a very good villain, though: This version had Franchise/LooneyTunes jokes, WesternAnimation/PorkyPig's stutter and WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck's lisp. His entire goal was to use his powers to force someone to give him his own TV show. The character was revamped to be more relatable for the spinoff series with a handy explanation of having been resurrected with ketchup rather than blood, turning him into a mild-mannered vegetarian. He returns in the 2015 reboot, returned to being a villain, though still a vegetarian.[[/note]]
* SplitScreenPhoneCall: Played with in the first episode of the 2015 reboot. Colonel K calls the Professor on the intercom, and the camera shifts to an apparent split-screen between the Colonel's office and the Professor's lab. Then it's revealed they're actually two halves of the same room, with a thick black line painted down the wall between them.
* SpoiledBrat: Dawn in "Pink Dawn".
* SpotTheImposter: In "Sinister Mouse", DM and his EvilTwin get in a fight that results in them both being covered in mud and obscuring the differences in their appearances, so Penfold has to devise a SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay test to tell them apart.
* StaircaseTumble: In "Never Say Clever Again", Greenback sets himself up as the ruler of the world, complete with a throne at the top of a very high staircase, which he ends up tumbling down when DM counter-attacks.
* StandInPortrait: In the first episode of the reboot, DM and Penfold are examining Colonel K's office after the Colonel was (apparently) abducted by a robot, when they realise there's something odd about the portrait behind his desk. ("I've heard of portraits with eyes that follow you around the room, but the whole portrait?") It turns out to be this trope.
* {{Steampunk}}: The MadScientist Isambard King Kong Brunel (whose name is a homage to the great 19th-century engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel) has a steampunk motif.
* StereoFibbing: In the original pilot episode, "The Mystery of the Lost Chord", Danger Mouse and Penfold are sent to Scotland to investigate the mass bagpipe rustling going on, but are given a cover story as journalists investigating the Loch Ness Monster. When they arrive at their hotel, the innkeeper asks what story they're researching.
-->'''DM:''' The Loch Ness Monster! ''(shows picture of same)''\\
'''Penfold:''' ''(overlapping)'' The missing bagpipes! ''(shows picture of bagpipes)''\\
''(DM and Penfold look embarrassed)''\\
'''DM:''' The missing bagpipes! ''(shows picture of bagpipes)''\\
'''Penfold:''' ''(overlapping)'' The Loch Ness Monster! ''(shows picture of same)''\\
''(they look even more embarrassed and quickly throw the pictures aside)''
* {{Sting}}: In the first episode of the 2015 reboot, Danger Mouse is fired because the show can no longer afford to keep paying for the damage he causes in his action sequences; this news ought to be accompanied by a "Dun Dun DUN" sting, but all there is is the narrator ''saying'' "Dun Dun DUN", because they've had to economize by firing the musicians who provide the incidental music.
* TheStoic: In "Danger Fan", DM's Danger Licence is up for renewal, which means he's being followed around by a stern-faced examiner who watches without reacting except to occasionally make a note on his clipboard. Subverted in the end, when the examiner admits that the stern silent presentation was a result of him holding down the urge to squee at getting to watch Danger Mouse in action.
* StockYuck: In the 2015 ChristmasSpecial, Colonel K is cornered by a reanimated roast chicken that fires brussels sprouts. It's implied that he would be able to face the situation with complete equanimity were it not for the sprouts. Ugh, sprouts.
* SummonBackupDancers: In "The World Wide Spider", DM and Penfold are fighting a monster near the Taj Mahal when DM asks Penfold to create a diversion. Penfold starts singing and dancing, and after a moment an entire Bollywood song-and-dance number unfolds out of nowhere around him.
* SuperSerum: Formula X in "The Unusual Suspects".
* TakeMyHand: "The Return of Danger K" plays with the "glove slips off" variant -- Danger K catches the villain by the ankle, and he falls after his foot slips out of his boot.
* TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat:
** The episode "Duckula Meets Frankenstoat" features a taped transmission from Colonel K:
--->'''Colonel K:''' Ah, there you are DM. I'm sending this recorded message...\\
'''DM:''' Recorded message?\\
'''Colonel K:''' Don't interrupt, DM. I had to send this recorded message as normal communications aren't available.
** In "Where There's a Well, There's a Way", the scroll telling where to find Merlin's inkwell and make a wish upon it seemed to know what Penfold was going to say next.
* TeamRocketWins: Greenback actually gets the best of DM at the conclusion of "The Wild, Wild Goose Chase", when DM realises that Greenback has just sent him on a... [[WildGooseChase well, you know]].
-->'''Penfold:''' Go ahead, Chief...have a good shout.\\
'''DM:''' ''(flushing several shades of red with rage)'' '''''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis I...HATE...THAT...TOAD!!!]]'''''
* TechnicianVersusPerformer: On Jeopardy Mouse's first appearance, she and DM clash because she's a strait-laced professional and he prefers to take the most entertaining approach to a problem even if it's not the most efficient. By the end of the episode, each has admitted that the other's approach has its advantages.
* TellHimImNotSpeakingToHim: Several episodes have Professor Squawkencluck do this to DM, with Penfold as the intermediary, after DM causes some disaster by messing with her gadgets.
* TemptingFate:
** In "Pink Dawn", DM assures Penfold that they've seen the last of Dawn -- less than halfway through the episode. Immediately lampshaded, with everyone in the scene giving an AsideGlance to the audience.
** In "Welcome to Danger World!", Penfold claims that he'd rather have his favorite tie set on fire than fight a dragon, immediately before a firey blast from the dragon sets his tie on fire. Subverted, as Penfold immediately says that it's all right because the tie he's wearing isn't his favorite tie.
* TenMinuteRetirement:
** DM wants to resign after he thinks he's been humiliated on a "This Is Your Life" styled TV show (actually staged by Greenback), until Colonel K tells him the show was never transmitted.
** In the 2015 ChristmasEpisode, a villain steals the magic hat that gives Santa Claus his powers, and Santa immediately gives up, sitting around in his underwear watching TV while DM and Penfold attempt to recover the hat. He eventually decides it's time to go and get the hat back himself after Professor Squawkencluck gives him an inpirational speech -- not because of the speech, but because he's discovered there's nothing on TV except reruns of things he's already seen.
* ThatManIsDead: Parodied in "Pink Dawn". "There is no Dawn. There is only ... The Princess!"
* ThatPoorCar: Happens during the battle in the flashback to TheEighties in "The Return of Danger K".
* ThreePointLanding: DM does one in "From Duck to Dawn" after being ejected by Count Duckula. Beside him, Penfold does a faceplant.
* ThrillerOnTheExpress: "Danger Mouse on the Orient Express"
* TimeyWimeyBall: In the episode "Inventor Preventer", DM and Penfold go back in time to prevent Isambard King Kong Brunell inventing the time machine. This gets lampshaded in the final scene.
-->'''Penfold''': Hang on. If time machines were never invented, how did we manage to get back here? And how did we stop him inventing the time machine in the first place if we didn't have a time machine? This episode doesn't make any sense!\\
'''Narrator''': Well, no change there, then. Join us next time for another equally well thought-out episode of ''Danger Mouse''!
* TitleDrop: LampshadeHanging in the episode "Pink Dawn", when DM sees the pinkified London.
-->'''DM:''' Well, I suppose it's cheerful enough. Like some sort of ... pink dawn.\\
'''Penfold:''' I love it when we get the episode title in like that!
* ToiletHumor:
** Implied and averted in "Where There's a Well, There's a Way" when DM and Penfold lose a water-detecting device en route to finding Merlin's mystic inkwell:
--->'''Penfold:''' It's not my fault, DM. You left the bathroom door open. It went straight down the--\\
'''DM:''' I ''know'' where it went Penfold...
** Episode 4 of the new series is titled "Planet Of The Toilets." The antagonist is a sentient toilet named John, but after Penfold accidentally drops a microchip into its bowl, it becomes malevolent and names himself [[PunnyName Loo-cifer]].
** Episode 2 ("Danger At Level C") starts off showing a Yeti doing his business.
** In "There's No Place Like Greenback", the Baron plans to disable London by releasing an amnesia gas from an enormous balloon shaped like himself. Cue jokes about "getting a whiff of the Baron's noxious gas" -- and then we find out where the release valve on the balloon is located...
* ToothyBird: Professor Squawkencluck and Stiletto Mafiosa both have this going on in the 2015 series.
* TorchesAndPitchforks: "From Duck to Dawn" ends with the Transylvanian peasants DM has rescued from Count Duckula chasing him (that is, DM) with torches and pitchforks after he makes some unwise comments about their intelligence and personal hygiene.
* ToTheBatpole: The couch ''cum'' express lift down to the garage. Averted twice, in "Mechanised Mayhem" (when the lift is one of the rebelling machines) and "Viva Danger Mouse" (when the lift is out of commission); both times, they have to take the stairs, to Penfold's relief.
* TraintopBattle: In "Planet of the Toilets", Danger Mouse Doctor Loo-cifer atop a bullet train in Japan.
* TrapDoor: In "From Duck to Dawn", Count Duckula has one in the entrance hall of his castle. Instead of dumping DM and Penfold into some horrifying dungeon, they end up on the guest couch in his talk show.
* TurnInYourBadge: DM is forced to do this in the first episode of the 2015 reboot due to the mounting costs of his action scenes and his refusal to believe that Baron Greenback has gone straight. Naturally, he insists on continuing his investigation without official backing, and proves that the Baron really is up to something.
* TurtleIsland: In "Danger at C Level", a small island turns out to be Greenback's secret underwater base with some camouflaging sand and palm trees on top. At the end of the episode, Greenback's escape pod lands on another small island -- which turns out to be an angry whale.
* TVHeadRobot: Big Head 2.0 in "Escape from Big Head".
* {{Uberwald}}: Transylvania is portrayed like this in "From Duck to Dawn", with the narrator lampshading the fact that modern Transylvania isn't at all like that in real life.
* UncannyVillage: Baron von Greenback's home town in "There's No Place Like Greenback" is occupied by cheerful villagers who look remarkably like the Baron and frequently speak in unison, especially when one of the village's seemingly-arbitrary rules comes up. ("No water!") [[spoiler:It turns out the entire thing is an elaborate trap for DM, and the villagers are robots.]]
* UnfinishedUntestedUsedAnyway: In "Frankensquawk's Monster", Professor Squawkencluck and her mother, another famous scientist, collaborate on a device to solve the problem of the week. Once they've constructed it, Squawkencluck Senior notes that the next step ought to be peer review and a lot of testing -- then they hand the thing to DM, he uses it, and it works perfectly.
* {{Unobtanium}}: The impenetrable and indestructible metal "convenientium" in the reboot.
* VagueAge: We don't know ''how'' old Danger Mouse and Penfold are supposed to be in both the original series and the 2015 reboot.
* VariableTerminalVelocity: Danger Mouse does the "fall faster to catch someone" trick to rescue Penfold in the title sequence of the revived series.
* VillainExitStageLeft: Several stories end with Greenback, having seen his evil plans come to nothing, deciding to cut his losses and just leave.
** In "Trouble With Ghosts", Greenback decides to pack it in after watching DM unmask the various monsters in the castle as robots, which he then disables.
** When a giant gorilla shows up halfway through "The Tower of Terror", Greenback decides to abandon his plans to use the tower's traps to get the better of DM and flies off in the Frog's Head Flyer.
** After his brainwashing device is switched off in "Hear! Hear!" and DM prepares to confront him, Greenback flips a switch and the tower of his home in which he is hiding takes off like a rocket.
* VillainsOutShopping: Near the start of "The Snowman Cometh" the narrator apologises that they couldn't get a better villain than the Snowman because all the other villains are busy celebrating the holidays.
* VisibleInvisibility: Largely averted with Ivana the Invisible in "The Return of Danger K". Her invisible jet is never at all visible, and nor are the missiles it fires (only the explosion when they hit their target). Ivana herself is likewise completely invisible except for one shot which in which her eyes and the shadow areas of her face are briefly visible.
* VisualPun: In "The Dream Machine", Penfold falls through a trap door after mentioning the word [[TemptingFate "trap"]]. Danger Mouse asks him what he does when he's frightened. Penfold shouts back, "I ''scream!''" He promptly lands in a giant goblet of... ice cream.
* WakingNonSequitur: An example from "The Dream Machine":
-->''(DM and Penfold are fast asleep when the alarm sounds, heralding an incoming message from Colonel K)''\\
'''DM:''' ''(sits bolt upright)'' Penfold! Penfold, wake up, man!\\
'''Penfold:''' ''(sits up)'' Er - ooh! The egg's done! No! Er, the milkman wants his money! Er, no! It's, er-\\
'''DM:''' Penfold, shush! It's Colonel K!
* WeaksauceWeakness:
** Danger Moth from the 2015 series is, of course, [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny easily distracted]] [[MyInstinctsAreShowing by bright lights]].
** In "Planet of the Toilets", the rampaging toilets all cower in fear at the mere sight of someone brandishing a toilet brush.
* WeatherControlMachine: One of Greenback's many plots for WorldDomination ("The Next Ice Age Begins At Midnight").
-->'''Greenback:''' At the press of a button, I could smother the Earth with snow, drown it in rain, wreck it with gales, and cloak it with fog.\\
'''Stiletto:''' [[UsefulNotes/BritishWeather Why not just wait for summer?]]
* WeWillMeetAgain:
** "Planet of the Toilets" ends with the villain vanishing into the sewer, declaring "You haven't heard the last of me!"
** In "The Return of Danger K", one of Colonel K's old foes stages a comeback. In a flashback, and again in the present, he greets defeat with a proud declaration:
--->'''Birch Badboy:''' You haven't heard the last of me! ''[crashes]'' Oof. Okay, maybe you have.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: In "The World Wide Spider", it turns out spiders are DM's one fear.
* WhoWouldWantToWatchUs: From "All Fall Down", when DM and Penfold confront Mac the Fork's brother Mac the Spoon:
-->'''DM:''' We're here to find out about your brother.\\
'''Mac The Spoon:''' An' why shood I tell ye about 'im?\\
'''DM:''' Because if you don't, this story will come to a grinding stop and our viewers will never forgive us.\\
'''Mac The Spoon:''' Oh, jangs! We canna' have that! Um...who are all these viewers?\\
'''Penfold:''' Well, there's a chap in Chorlton-Cum-Hardy, two blokes from Wentworth, and a bod from Winkley Woods.[[note]] As an in-joke, Chorlton-Cum-Hardy is the city (suburb of Manchester) where the Cosgrove-Hall studio was located.[[/note]]
* WildTake: Penfold is often rather animated (in every sense of the word) when he is scared (which is often).
** A particularly good example happens when he and DM are confronted by three vampires in "Trouble With Ghosts":
--->'''Penfold:''' ''(face right in the camera)'' Ahh! Vampires! Help, help! ''(runs back towards the dead end of the corridor and collides with the wall)'' Mum! Mummy! Mum! Dad! ''(jumps halfway up the wall, then onto the ceiling)'' Ooh! Ahh! Ooh! ''(jumps over to a grating and tries to pull it open)'' Vampires, help! ''(jumps over to another wall and tries to scramble up it with his bare hands)'' Save me! Oohohh! Oh, please! ''(begins running back and forth up the corridor)'' Somebody do something, oooh!\\
'''DM:''' ''(who has been watching Penfold's meltdown while leaning casually against the wall)'' [[DeadpanSnarker Well done, Penfold, don't let them see you're frightened.]]
** In "Danger World", when DM has to pretend to be a coward so the alien tourists lose interest, Penfold tries to teach him how to do this. He's not very good at it.
* WithFriendsLikeThese: DM and Penfold to Professor Squawkencluck in the new series. She seems to have zero tolerance for them constantly breaking her inventions.
* WolfMan: One appears in the establishing shot at the beginning of "From Duck to Dawn".
* WrittenSoundEffect: During the fight scene in the dark in "Sinister Mouse".
* YodelLand: When DM and Penfold visit Baron von Greenback's home town in "There's No Place Like Greenback", it's a little alpine village full of houses covered in quaint wooden carvings, men in lederhosen and big mustaches, and women in dirndl dresses and blond braids, and the main industry is sausages.
* YouCanPanicNow:
** In 'Tower of Terror', Penfold lands next to some wolf-thing.
--->'''Penfold:''' Ooh, crumbs! Good thing I know what to do... PANIC! ''(runs away)''\\
'''Wolf:''' ''(turns to the camera)'' Ooh, honestly! Whatever happened to the art of conversation?
** In "Journey To The Earth's 'Cor!", when the Mark II is being attacked by an unknown flying device:
-->'''DM:''' This is not the time to be acting brave in the face of unknown danger.\\
'''Penfold:''' What are we gonna do?\\
'''DM:''' Do what you were trained to do.\\
'''Penfold:''' Ah.\\
'''Both:''' '''''PANIC!!'''''
* YouHaveFailedMe: Greenback to a unit of his washing machine brigade in "Day Of The Suds":
-->'''Machine:''' Enemy escaped. Mission failed. Disengaged.\\
'''Greenback:''' Escaped?! Failed?! Useless tin cans! (''to Stiletto'') Stiletto...pay them the wages of failure.\\
'''Stiletto:''' Si, Barone. (''presses button on a device; the machine unit explodes'')
* YourCostumeNeedsWork: Penfold was once introduced as "Penfold, bronze medal winner in the Penfold Lookalike Competition".
* YourSizeMayVary:
** Sometimes the animators were inconsistent with the size of DM and Penfold, even though the beginning of every episode shows them living in a pillar box. A lot of the time they were their normal rodent size, but sometimes they were the size of short humans.
** It wasn't just DM and Penfold. The episode "Bandits, Beans and Ballyhoo" even had Mexican bandito El Loco smuggling himself into the country by hiding in their luggage, and he doesn't exactly have any trouble fitting inside the pillar box.
** The 2015 reboot gets around this by making the characters human size and the pillar box the size of a tall building.
* ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld: Briefly glimpsed while Greenback is looking through the world portal in "Sinister Mouse".