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[[caption-width-right:300:"Oh, Magoo! You've done it again!"]]
Quincy Magoo, a nearsighted old gentleman voiced by character actor [[Series/GilligansIsland Jim Backus]], created in the waning years of TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation, is the most popular character created by the [[ColumbiaCartoons UPA animation studio]]. Most of the humor in Mr. Magoo's cartoons came from his [[BlindMistake visual handicap]] and his staunch refusal to acknowledge it. Aside from his animated shorts and assorted TV specials, Mr. Magoo has appeared in:
* ''1001 Arabian Nights'', a 1959 feature film[[note]]The first of only two produced at UPA, the other being ''WesternAnimation/GayPurree''[[/note]], a version of ''Literature/{{Aladdin}}'' with Magoo as Aladdin's uncle;
* ''Mr. Magoo's [[YetAnotherChristmasCarol Christmas Carol]]'', a 1962 hourlong ChristmasSpecial, an AnimatedAdaptation of Creator/CharlesDickens' ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'' ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin obviously]]);
* ''The Mr. Magoo Show'' in the 1960s, later rerun on Creator/USANetwork;
* ''[[http://www.archive.org/details/afana_jose_inside_magoo Inside Magoo]]'', a 1960 QuarterHourShort sponsored by the American Cancer Society;
* ''The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo'', a 1964 prime-time series on Creator/{{NBC}}, in which Magoo re-enacted famous literary works;
* ''What's New, Mr. Magoo?'', a 1977 SaturdayMorningCartoon on Creator/{{CBS}}[[note]]made by Creator/DePatieFrelengEnterprises; UPA had gone out of business by that point[[/note]];
* A LiveActionAdaptation starring Creator/LeslieNielsen.
* ''Kung Fu Magoo'', a 2010 animated film by Mexican studio Anima Estudios[[note]]produced in English, obviously[[/note]] where Magoo and his nephew go evil-busting during the supervillain olympics.

Magoo and his nephew Waldo also appeared on a 1957 LP, ''Magoo in Hi-Fi''.

One of Magoo's shorts, "When Magoo Flew", is not only an AcademyAward winning short, but also a runner-up on The50GreatestCartoons list.
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!!Mr. Magoo in all his varied incarnations provides examples of:

* AllAnimalsAreDogs: In ''1001 Arabian Nights'', Magoo regards his cat, Bowser, as a dog. In the shorts, he has mistaken a panther, a tiger-skin rug, and even a person or two for a dog.
* ArtEvolution: In his first cartoon, Magoo looked very different, with a barrel chest, bigger jowls and heavy eyebrows. As the character evolved, his design became simpler, and his features more baby-like.
* BadassGrandpa: He's old, short and visually impaired. He still can go on adventures, perform incredible feats for a man of his age and mop the floor with whoever who tries to mess with him for real.
* BigFancyHouse: Mr. Magoo lives in an ''awesome'' mansion.
* BlindDriving: Magoo in his CoolCar.
* BlindMistake: The central element of Magoo's comedy.
** When Magoo took on the role of Literature/DonQuixote, this became the mechanism by which he identified his Dulcinea.
* BlindWithoutEm: Not only is Magoo blind without glasses, he never had 'em in the first place. This is the cause of much of his trademark comedy, although it is toned down somewhat when he is portraying a character other than himself, such Ebenezer Scrooge. The original shorts revealed that Magoo uses a huge magnifiying glass when he's reading at home and owns a pair of glasses, but refuses to wear them out of stubborn pride.
* BoxingKangaroo: Magoo brings one home in "Kangaroo Courting", mistaking it for Waldo's girlfriend.
* TheCameo: WesternAnimation/GeraldMcBoingBoing appeared in several of the shorts, and portrayed Tiny Tim in ''Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol''.
* CarpetRolledCorpse: In "Magoo's Problem Child", Magoo wanders into a house used as a hideout by criminals and finds a rolled-up rug in a closet, thinking it's a corpse, while he passes a man tied up on the floor and thinks it's a rolled-up rug.
* CatchPhrase: "Oh, Magoo! You've done it again!"
* ComedicHero: Magoo himself.
* ConMan: Presley, in ''The Mr. Magoo Show''. The theatrical shorts had their fair share of them too.
* CoolCar: Magoo drives a fancy, old fashioned car that keeps on mint condition, despite the rough treatment it keeps receiving from its driver.
* ChristmasCarolers: The ChristmasSpecial starts with a group of kids caroling, but when they come to Scrooge and Marley's, Scrooge (Magoo) kicks their donation cup right out of their hand. All but one of them run off, with the last staring at him before walking away sadly.
* ChristmasSpecial: Perhaps surprisingly, ''Mr. Magoo's [[YetAnotherChristmasCarol Christmas Carol]]" is the UrExample, being "the first animated holiday program ever produced specifically for television" according to TheOtherWiki.
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo'' still had some humor, but was otherwise played very straight, making sure to keep the tone of the original stories it adapted intact, and as a result would often feature characters dying, [[TheHeroDies even some of the ones Magoo played]].
* ElectricSlide: One opening sequence shows him driving his car on top of power lines.
* EpisodeOnAPlane: The Oscar-winning "When Magoo Flew".
* ExplodingCigar: In "Magoo's Express", Magoo is mistakenly given a powerful explosive "more powerful than the hydrogen bomb" by some Eastern European spies in the form of a cigar. Just as he's about to smoke it, the porter tells him that there's no smoking allowed in the car, so he tosses it out the window. It gets picked up by a hobo, who then throws it back on the train, just in time to explode on the spies' faces.
* TheFool: Magoo's incredible luck always saves the day for him ''and'' always ruins the day for whoever attempted to cheat or scam him.
* {{Flanderization}}: In the original Creator/{{UPA}} cartoons, the soul of the character was not simply being almost blind, but also being so incredibly stubborn about everything that even when he realizes the truth of what he is experiencing, he will still keep at it regardless. Later cartoons drop that and just focus the humor on his poor vision.
* FriendToAllChildren: Has no problem baby-sitting young children at the last minute or taking scouts out on a hike.
* GogglesDoNothing: The few times he's worn glasses, they actually seem to make his vision ''worse''.
* GrumpyOldMan
* HereWeGoAgain: The ending of many of the theatrical shorts.
* HiddenDepths: Some old shorts and TV specials revealed that despite his poor eyesight and old age, Magoo is a very famous and still very competent actor.
* IdenticalStranger: One episode of ''The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo'' has the actor Mr. Magoo asked by the police to impersonate an identical gangster in order to catch the whole gang. Just to make it all better, the person who asks Magoo to do this is ComicStrip/DickTracy!
* InstantExpert: The bear in "Ragtime Bear". Within seconds of getting his paws on a banjo, he's playing like a pro.
* {{Joisey}}: Magoo is an alumnus of Rutgers University, "class of aught-three". (That would be '''19'''03 for our younger readers.)
* LethalKlutz: although there's not much actual bodily harm caused.
* MediumBlending: In "Magoo's Private War", Magoo enters a movie theater that is showing live-action StockFootage.
* MiniatureSeniorCitizen
* MistakenForTerrorist: In "The Explosive Mister Magoo", Magoo storms into a newspaper office demanding to speak to the editor while carrying a ticking package (which is actually a wind-up toy, although Magoo thinks it's a clock), so naturally the receptionist assumes the worst.
* MonochromeApparition: Marley and the Ghost of Christmas Past in "Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol" are blue and orange respectively.
* NationalStereotypes: "Cholly"/"Charlie", Magoo's houseboy in ''The Mr. Magoo Show'' embodies a whole raftful of early to mid-20th-century Chinese stereotypes, but also subverts them at the same time by being intelligent and resourceful, and often rescuing Magoo from the situations he gets himself into.
* PhotoDoodleRecognition: In the live-action adaptation, Mr. Magoo infiltrates an auction for criminals by disguising himself with black hair and a moustache. He is discovered when Austin Cloquet sees a photo of Mr. Magoo in a newspaper and draws in black hair and a moustache on his photo.
* ProWrestlingEpisode: "Hotsy Footsy", in which Magoo wanders away from a dancing competition and into the wrestling arena next door and defeats the champion with his fancy footwork.
* SelectiveObliviousness: Magoo simply won't admit to needing glasses. And the few times he does, (like in "Fuddy Duddy Buddy" or "Magoo's Check-up") he simply bucks up and carries on as always.
* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: Magoo is wealthy, but he is a really nice, law-abiding guy.
* ShaveAndAHairCut: Happens twice in "We're Despicable (Plunderers' March)" in ''Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol''.
* SwordCane: Magoo hides a ''sword'' inside his walking cane in the short "Barefaced Flatfoot".
* TalkingAnimal: [=McBarker=] in ''What's New, Mr. Magoo?''
* ThickLineAnimation: The ''Mr. Magoo'' shorts were some of the earliest examples of the style, although arguably examples in transition between traditional styling and the modern expression of the style/trope.
* UncattyResemblance: [=McBarker=] in ''What's New, Mr. Magoo?'' not only looked like his owner, Magoo, but he also had the same bad eyesight.
* UnclePennybags: Magoo is very wealthy, very friendly... and very naive, so people trying to invoke and abuse this trope on him is the plot of several episodes. Plus, Magoo ''is'' an uncle, as he lives with his stupid nephew Waldo.
* UniversalAdaptorCast: ''The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo''.
* VerbalTic: Charlie says "bloss" instead of "boss."
* VillainSong: "We're Despicable", sung by the graverobbers in ''Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol''.
* YetAnotherChristmasCarol: ''Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol'' [[TropeMaker started the tradition]] of using cartoon characters to retell [[Literature/AChristmasCarol Dickens' classic]].
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