[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/2010-07-30-goofy_3332.gif]]
[[caption-width-right:300:He'll be falling on his face any time now.]]

->''"It is difficult to classify the characteristics of the Goof into columns of the physical and mental, because they interweave, reflect, and enhance one another. Therefore it will probably be best to mention everything all at once. Think of the Goof as a composite of an everlasting optimist, a gullible Good Samaritan, a half-wit, a shiftless, [[UncleTomFoolery good-natured colored boy]] and a hick.[[note]] He is loose-jointed and gangly, but not rubbery. He can move fast if he has to, but would rather avoid any overexertion, so he takes what seems the easiest way. He is a philosopher of the barber shop variety. No matter what happens, he accepts it finally at being for the best or at least amusing. He is willing to help anyone and offers his assistance even when it is not needed and just creates confusion. He very seldom, if ever, reaches his objective or completes what he has started. His brain being rather vapoury, it is difficult for him to concentrate on any one subject. Any little distraction can throw him off his train of thought and it is extremely difficult for the Goof to keep to his purpose. Yet the Goof is not the type of half-wit that is to be pitied. He doesn't dribble, drool or shriek. He is a good-natured dumbbell that thinks he is pretty smart. He laughs at his own jokes because he can't understand any others. If he is a victim of a catastrophe, he makes the best of it immediately and his chagrin or anger melts very quickly into a broad grin. If he does something particularly stupid he is ready to laugh at himself after it all finally dawns on him. He is very courteous and apologetic and his faux pas embarrass him, but he tries to laugh off his errors. He has music in his heart even though it is the same tune forever and I see him humming to himself while working or thinking. he talks to himself because it is easier for him to know what he is thinking if he hears it first. His posture is nil. His back arches the wrong way and his little stomach protrudes. His head, stomach, and knees lead his body. His neck is quite long and scrawny. His knees sag and his feet are large and flat. He walks on his heels and his toes turn up. His shoulders are narrow and slope rapidly, giving the upper part of his body a thinness and making his arms seem long and heavy, though actually not drawn that way. His hands are very sensitive and expressive, and though his gestures are broad, they should reflect the gentleman. His shoes and feet are not the traditional cartoon dough feet. His arches collapsed long ago and his shoes should have a very definite character. Never think of the Goof as a sausage with rubber hose attachments. Though he is very flexible and floppy, his body still has a solidity and weight. The looseness in his arms and legs should be achieved through a succession of breaks in the joints rather than what seems like the waving of so much rope. He is not muscular and yet has the strength and stamina of a very wiry person. His clothes are misfits: his trousers are baggy at the knees and the pants legs strive vainly to touch his shoe tops but never do. His pants droop at the seat and stretch tightly across some distance below the crotch. His sweater fits him snugly except for the neck and his vest is much too small. His hat is of a soft material and animates a little bit. It is true that there is a vague similarity in the construction of the Goofy's head and [[PlutoThePup Pluto's]]. The use of the eyes, mouth and ears are entirely different. One is dog, the other human. The Goof's head can be thought of in terms of a caricature of a person with a pointed dome - large, dreamy eyes, buck teeth and a weak chin, a large mouth, a thick lower lip, a fat tongue and a bulbous nose that grows larger on its way out and turns up. His eyes should remain partly closed to help give him a stupid, sleepy appearance, as though he were constantly straining to remain awake, but of course, they can open wide for expressions or accents. He blinks quite a bit. His ears for the most party are just trailing appendages and are not used in the same way as Pluto's ears except for rare expressions. His brow is heavy and breaks the circle that outlines his skull. He is very bashful, yet when something very stupid has befallen him, he mugs the camera like an amateur actor with relatives in the audience, trying to cover up his embarrassment by making faces and signaling to them. He is in close contact with sprites, goblins, fairies and other such fantasia. Each object or piece of mechanism which to us is lifeless, has a soul and personality in the mind of the Goof. The improbable becomes real where the Goof is concerned. He has marvelous muscular control of his bottom. He can do numerous little flourishes with it and his bottom should be used whenever there is an opportunity to emphasize a funny position.[[/note]] [[BlatantLies This little analysis]] has covered the Goof from top to toes, and having come to his end, I end."''
-->--[[NoteworthyDisneyStaff Art Babbitt's]] uncensored [[http://www.michaelspornanimation.com/splog/?p=2418 Character Analysis of Goofy]], June 1934.

Goofy is one of the world's most iconic cartoon characters and the third member of Creator/WaltDisney's quintessential PowerTrio, along with MickeyMouse and WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck.

Goofy first appeared in a MickeyMouse short, ''Mickey's Revue'', in 1932. After a few appearances in Mickey's cartoons and joining up with Mickey and Donald in classics such as ''Mickey's Fire Brigade'' and ''Lonesome Ghosts'', Goofy eventually starred in his own series of cartoons, with his voice provided by Pinto Colvig. When Colvig left Disney, Goofy was left without a voice, so Disney made the best of a bad situation and conceived the ''How to...'' shorts, where most of the dialogue was done by a narrator, with Goofy's voice provided mostly by stock audio. The concept of the ''How to..'' shorts was so well received, that they are a staple of Disney and considered some of Goofy's best cartoons. One of them, ''The Art of Skiing'', introduced his trademark ''Goofy Holler'' (YAAAAAA-HOO-HOO-HOO-HOOEY!).

In comic books of the 1970s, he had a SuperHero alter ego, Super Goof, that is still used in Italian stories. In the 1990s, he starred in a new TV series, ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'', in which he and his son, Max, moved in next door to a LighterAndSofter version of Mickey's nemesis, WesternAnimation/{{Pete}}. This led to a movie based on the series; ''WesternAnimation/AGoofyMovie''. Goofy is the only one of the PowerTrio to get a full, non-segmented theatrical movie.

One of the most noted qualities of Goofy's slapstick humour lies in the fact that when he does something guaranteed to result in HilarityEnsues (which is just about everything he does), there is a blatantly obvious outcome as to how it will go wrong - for example, falling off a ledge, or crashing into something. The obvious outcome should ''never'' be the end of it, and must in itself lead to DisasterDominoes that the audience did ''not'' see coming.

Goofy also features in the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' video game series as a shield-bearing knight and one of [[TheHero Sora]]'s sidekicks alongside Donald.

----
[[folder: INDIVIDUAL SHORTS FILMOGRAPHY]]
!1930s

* Goofy and Wilbur (1939)

!1940s

* Goofy's Glider (1940)
* Baggage Buster (1941)
* The Art of Skiing (1941)
* The Art of Self Defense (1941)
* How to Play Baseball (1942)
* The Olympic Champ (1942)
* How to Swim (1942)
* How to Fish (1942)
* El Gaucho Goofy (1943, originally edited to SaludosAmigos, 1942)
* Victory Vehicles (1943)
* How to Be a Sailor (1944)
* How to Play Golf (1944)
* How to Play Football (1944)
* Tiger Trouble (1945)
* African Diary (1945)
* Californy'er Bust (1945)
* WesternAnimation/HockeyHomicide (1945)
* A Knight for a Day (1946)
* Double Dribble (1946)
* Foul Hunting (1947)
* They're Off (1948)
* The Big Wash (1948)
* Tennis Racquet (1949)
* Goofy Gymnastics (1949)

!1950s

* How to Ride a Horse (1950, originally part of Disney/TheReluctantDragon, 1941)
* WesternAnimation/MotorMania (1950)
* Hold That Pose (1950)
* Lion Down (1951)
* Home Made Home (1951)
* Cold War (1951)
* Tomorrow We Diet! (1951)
* Get Rich Quick (1951)
* Fathers Are People (1951)
* No Smoking (1951)
* Father's Lion (1952)
* Hello, Aloha (1952)
* Man's Best Friend (1952)
* Two Gun Goofy (1952)
* Teachers Are People (1952)
* Two Weeks Vacation (1952)
* How to Be a Detective (1952)
* Father's Day Off (1953)
* For Whom the Bulls Toil (1953)
* Father's Week-End (1953)
* How to Dance (1953)
* How to Sleep (1953)

!1960s

* Aquamania (1961)
* Freewayphobia (1965)
* Goofy's Freeway Troubles (1965)

!2000s

* HowToHookUpYourHomeTheater (2007)
* Checkin' In With Goofy (2011) [[note]] This short was made to introduce the new online processes of checking in for [[DisneyThemeParks Disney Cruise Line]][[/note]].

[[/folder]]
----
!Tropes associated with Goofy
* ArbitrarySkepticism: A trait he got in the Italian Disney comics. Goofy strongly refuses to believe in the existence of magic, no matter how many times Witch Hazel shows him her most powerful magic tricks.
** To be more accurate, he refuses to believe that ''Hazel'' and any actual magic user or object (save for the peanuts that give him superpowers) may actually be magic. He actually believes in magic... He just can't recognize it.
* AccidentalHero: In "Two-Gun Goofy".
* ArtEvolution: Went from a HalfDressedCartoonAnimal, to fully clothed, to looking more human with smaller eyes and then back to his previous big-eyed look.
* AscendedExtra: He started as an extra in some of Mickey Mouse's cartoons and went on to get his own series of shorts, his own television series and his own theatrical movie that was popular enough for a direct-to-video sequel.
* BearsAreBadNews: In "Hold That Pose", Goofy takes up photography as a hobby and decides to photograph wildlife. His subject: a grizzly bear that is not particularly happy about having its picture taken. The result: a chase like you wouldn't believe.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Do '''NOT''' harm Wilbur, Goofy's pet grasshopper.
* TheBigGuy
* TheBoxingEpisode: The short "The Art of Self Defense".
* BullSeeingRed: "For Whom the Bulls Toil": After failing to move a bull from the road, he produces a red handkerchief, which immediately grabs the bull's attention. A few Ole's later, and [[MistakenForBadass Goofy's a matador]].
* BumblingDad: Much to the dismay of his son, Max.
** This trope is also played to perfection in the 1950s cartoons where Goofy is depicted as a suburban father named George Geef. A perfect example is "Father's Day Off", in which Goofy, as Geef, is [[ADayInHerApron woefully unprepared to take on the responsibilities of running the house in his wife's absence]].
* CartoonCreature
* {{Catchphrase}}: "Gawrsh!" "Somthin' wrong here." "Heavens 'ta Betsy!", "**YAAAAAA-HA-HA-HA-HOOOOEEEEEEEY!", "Ah-hyuck!"
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: He was more of a {{Jerkass}} in his first few appearances in the Mickey Mouse comic strip, stealing furniture to open a detective agency, playing pranks on Mickey's pets, and so on. This was soon dropped and we got the bumbling yet nice character we all know.
* ChekhovsVolcano: The volcano in "Hello Aloha".
* TheChewToy: Although not to the extent of Donald, most of his shorts threw him into unfortunate situations at his expense.
* ChronicallyCrashedCar: Goofy's cars fall, literally ''and'' figuratively, into this trope.
* ClarkKenting: When he's Super Goof.
* ColdTurkeysAreEverywhere: "Tomorrow We Diet": Eat! Eat! Eat! Eat! Eat!
* ConjoinedEyes: Averted in his George Geef years and in WesternAnimation/GoofTroop.
* CosmicPlaything: Especially evident in some of the earlier shorts. A defining example is in the Mickey short "Hawaiian Holiday" where Goofy repeatedly tries and fails to surf a wave. [[YankTheDogsChain Just when it looks like he's finally succeeded]], ''the wave itself'' says "oh yeah?" and swats him into the sand. In other words, ''the world itself'' likes screwing with him.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: In the short "Tiger Trouble", when the narrator describes the tiger:
-->'''Narrator:''' Man he likes to eat...A man-eater!
* DependingOnTheArtist: Disney couldn't decide how they wanted Goofy to look during the 40's and 50's. He was depicted with or without his ears, black fur or flesh-colored skin, with or without gloves and with or without buck teeth.
** In the short, ''Goofy and Wilbur'', when Goofy takes of one of his gloves, his gloveless hand is revealed to be flesh-colored.
* DietEpisode: The short "Tomorrow We Diet".
* TheDitz
* DIYDisaster: Occurs in many of his shorts.
* DogsAreDumb: Maybe not as dumb as other cartoon dogs, but he still fits the bill
* DontEatAndSwim: In the cartoon "How to Swim", Goofy's changing cabin falls into the water while he's inside and ends up walking out, setting up a picnic area and eating a full meal without being aware that he's underwater. The narrator points out the rule of waiting before eating and warning about cramps, which appear as knots all over Goofy's limbs and body.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: As Mr. Wheeler in the short "Motor Mania".
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: First appeared as an old heckler with a beard in the 1932 short, ''Mickey's Revue''. He was also pantsless in his first few years, had a tail and was called Dippy Dawg.
* EasyComeEasyGo: Spoken word for word twice in "Get Rich Quick": first, when Goofy leaves the alley where he has been shooting craps and carrying a barrel as though he has bet all his clothes, but the barrel actually contains all the money he had won; second, at the end, as an IronicEcho, when Goofy's wife confiscates all of his winnings at a poker game to use for herself.
* TheEveryman: The short "How To Play Baseball" introduced the idea of Goofy playing the part of many characters at once, with the potential to appeal to everybody and demolish an entire baseball field.
* TheFifties: He's often the StandardFiftiesFather, occasionally with a DistinguishedGentlemansPipe (overlaps with BumblingDad).
* FlatEarthAtheist: Despite (or probably more likely ''because'' of) him living in a little world of his own at times, several comics have depicted him as this, most notably the series in which he hangs out with Witch Hazel and refuses to believe that she's a witch no matter how many impressive feats of magic she pulls off in order to convince him. He always has his own explanation for events, [[InsaneTrollLogic most of which are even more fantastic and unbelievable than "it's magic."]] Several other comics has depicted him as immune to the effects of hostile magic, purely because he doesn't believe in it and nothing can make him change his mind on the subject.
** [[DependingOnTheWriter According to some stories, he actually believes in magic, he just can't actually recognize it.]]
* TheFool
* FormallyNamedPet: Mr. Pettibone, Goofy's pet cat in ''Mickey Mouseworks'', ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'', and ''WesternAnimation/MickeyMouseClubhouse''.
* FullyDressedCartoonAnimal
* FurryConfusion: When he appears alongside WesternAnimation/{{Pluto|ThePup}}. Barring RuleOfFunny, the most likely answer is that Goofy is to Pluto what a human is to a chimpanzee.
* FurryReminder: He has fewer {{Furry Reminder}}s than either WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck, MickeyMouse, Clarabelle Cow, or even Pete, but even he has a few.
** In Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Willy The Giant refers to him as a dog.
** In HowToHookUpYourHomeTheater, right before his TV arrives to his house, he is shown sleeping on the floor like a normal dog, albeit lying in a human position.
** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Film/StandByMe'':
--->'''Gordie:''' If Mickey's a mouse, Donald's a duck and Pluto's a dog, then what's Goofy?
--->'''Teddy:''' Goofy's a dog. He's definitely a dog.
--->'''Vern:''' He can't be a dog. He drives a car and wears a hat.
--->'''Chris:''' Oh, God. That's weird. What the hell is Goofy?
** In his brief appearance at the end of ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', Goofy can be heard proclaiming that Judge Doom couldn't have been a dog, which rather implies that he considers himself to be one.
* TheGamblingAddict: In "{{Get Rich Quick|Scheme}}", Goofy played a guy named George Geef who enjoyed spending his hard earned dough on a chance to make an easy buck, only to get reprimanded by his wife (or worse, [[EasyComeEasyGo have her take his winnings to pay the bills]]).
* GloveSlap: Used in ''The Art of Self Defense'' to demonstrate what self-defense was like in the romantic age.
* GretzkyHasTheBall: Intentionally done at the end of "Hockey Homicide" to show just how much the game has descended into chaos.
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal: Goofy was pantsless and didn't wear a long-sleeved shirt underneath his vest in his Dippy Dawg years. He returned to this look in the 2013 Mickey Mouse shorts.
* IdiotHero
* IHaveManyNames: Dippy Dawg, George Geef, G.G. Geef, James Boyd, Mr. Walker, Mr. Wheeler, Johnny Eyeball, Goofus D. Dawg., Mr. X, Driverius Timidicus, Motoramus Fidgitus, Neglectarus Maximus, Stupidicus Ultimus
* InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals: A good chunk of his shorts has everyone looking like him.
* IronButtMonkey: In the ''How to...'' shorts.
* JekyllAndHyde: In the short "Motor Mania", Goofy has two personas: The friendly, mild-mannered pedestrian Mr. Walker and the rude, ill-tempered driver Mr. Wheeler.
* KindheartedCatLover: In ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop''. Yes, an ''anthropomorphic dog'' is a KindheartedCatLover. Try not to think about that too hard.
* KindheartedSimpleton
* TheKlutz: He's the image of the trope's page.
* LargeHam
* LemonyNarrator: The narrator in the ''How to...'' shorts.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfRoles: Several of his cartoons (especially the ''How to'' series) portray every character with Goofy-like features.
* MoodyMount: His mount in "How to Ride a Horse".
* NiceHat
* NiceGuy: His current characterization.
* OldTimeyBathingSuit: Goofy wears this anytime he is goes out in the water.
* PopTheTires: On the short "How to Be a Detective", the thug Goof is pursuing pours tacks on the road. Goofy quickly uses a broom to sweep them out of the way.
* PrivateDetective: Goofy as Johnny Eyeball in "How to Be a Detective".
* RearrangeTheSong: The title card music for the majority of Goofy shorts was rearranged beginning in the 1950s with more of a big band/swing feel.
* {{Rotoscoping}}: The short "Baggage Buster" used rotoscoping to animate Goofy, resulting in more down to earth movement for him. Both "Hello Aloha" and "How to Dance" also uses rotoscoping for a brief scene of a Hula dancer.
* ShamefulShrinking: Goofy shrinks after being caught outside in his nightgown in the cartoon "Father's Week End".
* SimpletonVoice
* TheSmartOne: While still slow, he tends to pick things up a lot faster than his companions in ''Franchise/KingdomHearts''. He's apparently more computer-literate than WesternAnimation/{{Mickey|Mouse}} here, too!
** Although when an error for a "corrupted file" pops up he says it went all ker-smoosh.
* SoapPunishment: Happens to Goof, Jr. in "Fathers Are People".
* SpecialEditionTitle: The original titles to ''How to Play Football'' had the credits spelled out by cards in the bleacher stands. Current reissue prints have more standard titles.
* StockAudioClip: Goofy barely spoke in his '40s shorts (the original voice, Pinto Colvig, had left Disney for Max Fleischer's studio) and when he did, most of the time his lines and yells were from previous Disney shorts.
* StockScream: The famous Goofy Holler.
-->"YAAAAAH-Hoo-Hoo-Hoo-HOOEY!"
** He had two others during the 40's and 50's.
* TomatoSurprise: In ''[[http://disneycomics.free.fr/Mickey/Murry/show.php?s=date&loc=W_WDC_284-08P The Return of the Phantom Blot]]'', [[spoiler:an accident Goofy ends up in at the beginning of the story causes him to think he is the Phantom Blot during the night, and ends up very sleepy during the day]].
* TooDumbToFool: In the comics. In one story, ''Mickey Mouse and the Jewel Thief'', Goofy is the one character who is immune to the title crook's hypnotic powers.
* TooDumbToLive: In the cartoons, [[DownplayedTrope but he's only a mild example]], as he's more klutsy and ignorant than genuinely stupid.
* TookALevelInJerkass: In ''WesternAnimation/NoService'', one of the brand-new ''Mickey Mouse'' series of flash-animated shorts, Goofy runs a seaside grill and so strictly follows the "no shirt, no shoes, no service" policy that he unceremoniously turns ''Mickey and Donald'' away because the former does not wear a shirt and the latter does not wear shoes. When Donald tries to gain access wearing Mickey's shoes and red pants, Goofy asks to see an I.D. So Donald digs into the pants and pulls out ''Mickey's'' driver's license.
-->'''Goofy:''' [[PunctuatedForEmphasis That. Ain't. You.]] (kicks Donald out) [[GetOut Get out and stay out!]]
* {{Tritagonist}}
* WartimeCartoon: "Victory Vehicles" and "How To Be A Sailor".
* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs: This is Goofy's whole shtick. Popular opinion is that due to being such a klutz, he can never keep a job for long.
----