Voiced by: Walt Disney (1928-1947 and The Mickey Mouse Club); Clarence Nash (The Dognapper), Jim MacDonald (1947-1977); Wayne Allwine (1977-2009); Bret Iwan (2009-present); Chris Diamontopoulos (Mickey Mouse)
The first (aside from Pete, see "Other Main and Major Characters"), and arguably, the most recognizable of the cast, often depicted as a good-natured, optimistic fellow - but also a determined and often feisty fighter with elements of both Kid Hero and Badass.Tropes:
Demoted to Extra: In a lot of projects, Mickey would be billed at the star only for Donald (in attractions like Mickey's Philhar Magic) or Pluto (in most of the later shorts) or even Uncle Scrooge (in Mickey's Christmas Carol) to be the real focus of the feature.
Out of Focus: Later on Donald and Goofy became far more popular, being the characters who had an easier time adapting to the Screwy Squirrel and Iron Butt Monkey archetypes becoming more popular in animation in the 40's. Though Mickey remains the symbol of Disney.
Voiced by: Pinto Colvig (1932–1938, 1943–1967); George Johnson (1939–1943); Hal Smith (Mickey's Christmas Carol); Tony Pope (Sport Goofy in Soccermania and Who Framed Roger Rabbit); Will Ryan (DTV Valentine and Down and Out with Donald Duck); Bill Farmer (1986–present)
An anthropomorphic dog (though his species has been debated), and the world's biggest klutz. He was originally called "Dippy Dawg", but they wisely changed his name.Tropes:
Depending on the Artist: 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.
Voiced by: Clarence Nash (1934-1984); Tony Anselmo (1985-present)
The Ensemble Dark Horse, a hot-tempered waterfowl who often ended up being the Butt Monkey. Though Mickey remains the face of the company, Donald is arguably the true moneymaker as far as long-term commercial success (Walt even once called him "the Gable of our stable"), spawning his own little corner of the Disney Universe that expands towards comics, cartoons, and video games.Tropes:
Badass When he's determined or angry, he's performed great feats of skill, cunning, strength, and fighting prowess.
Breakout Character: As mentioned in the book "Mickey and the Gang: Classic Stories in Verse", Walt intentionally planned Donald to be his next star character, even having press kits ready by the day "The Wise Little Hen" was released.
Iconic Outfit: His sailor's outfit is immediately to be recognized.
Jerkass: In the shorts where he's the one who starts trouble for either Chip and Dale or his nephews. And then of course there's the short Donald's Penguin where he almost ends up shooting his pet penguin with a shotgun for eating his pet fish.
One short features Donald making trouble for himself in the kitchen as he gets distracted while listening to a radio cooking show and accidentally adding rubber cement to his waffle batter. The short ends with him running off to beat up the show's host despite the fact that everything that happened to him was directly his own fault.
In the comics by Al Taliaferro, Donald was recurrently portrayed as nothing but a jerk (save for a several strips-long failed attempt at redeeming himself in 1937, where every attempt by Donald to do good just got him even deeper into trouble). As well as generally shown with interests in playing pranks, breaking windows, throwing stones at people and other such petty crimes as a source of fun, this also featured comics where Donald would do things like tie an anchor to Goofy's leg and throw him in the river. For accidentally smacking Donald in the back of the head with a fish and then laughing about it.
Donald's love interest, with a similar - but more controlled - temper.Tropes:
Ascended Extra: Curiously, for a character considered a major Disney star, Daisy only appeared in 16 of the classic theatrical shorts. She had a much bigger role in comics, and eventually got bumped up to being a recurring star in modern shorts and features.
Depending on the Writer: Daisy's personality and voice have changed with nearly every new title released after the original shorts.
Distaff Counterpart: Though arguably, she has a few unique personality traits, and is more different from Donald than Minnie is from Mickey.
Divergent Character Evolution: While Donna Duck from "Don Donald" is considered to be the prototype of Daisy, one comic strip established that she and Daisy are two separate characters.
A pair of chipmunks who frequently pester Donald and sometimes Pluto (and Goofy and Mickey on at least one occasion each) during their pursuit of storing food. See also Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers for tropes that refer to them specifically in said cartoon.Tropes:
Divergent Character Evolution: In the earliest shorts, Chip and Dale were identical in looks and mannerisms. Eventually, Dale gained his red nose, buck teeth, and goofier personality to set him apart from Chip.
Modern art of them often gives Dale a lighter fur color than Chip.
Canon Immigrants: The trio first appeared in a 1937 storyline in Donald's newspaper comic strip before appearing in animation in 1938.
Chaste Toons: One of the most famous examples (they're Donald's nephews, not his sons).
Color-Coded Characters: An easy way to remember which one is which is to remember that red is the brightest hue and blue is the color of dew, which leaves Louie as the green one (and leaves are green).
One Steve Limit: Averted with Louie Duck and Louie the Mountain Lion, even though they don't appear together in any cartoon aside from "Lion Around".
Debut: Fathers Are People, 1951 as Goofy Jr., and Goof Troop, 1992 as Max.
Goofy's son, who originally appeared with red hair in the 1950s, but was later redesigned to better resemble his dad in the 1990s. Starred in Goof Troop and its big-screen sequel, A Goofy Movie.For a comprehensive list of tropes applying to Max, see Goof Troop.Tropes:
A rabbit Walt Disney created in 1927 as his first animated star, but ended up losing to Universal after a contract dispute. He has since been reacquired by the Disney company and is now considered Mickey's older half-brother.Tropes:
The Casanova: Another one of his distinguishing traits from Mickey, is that he's much more *ahem* romantically inclined. Such as his dozens of children in Poor Papa or interrupting a duel with a knight to make out with his girlfriend in Oh What a Knight! He's also had more of a revolving door of love interests than Mickey and Minnie's rather steady relationship.
Chaste Toons: Averted. He had two adopted sons under Universal, and he has a whole lot more kids in Epic Mickey (to his dismay, they look up to their "uncle" Mickey).
Divergent Character Evolution: The early notes on the Warren Spector interpretation of the character portrays him as more paranoid than Mickey, and the "Lucky" part of his name as intentionally ironic as he's The Woobie of western animation as a whole.
Brother Chuck: Even by the standards of Oswald's cast. Thus far all of the other handful of Oswald's pals have resurfaced except for her (even Toby freaking Bear and Ortensia's father have resurfaced).
Relationship Reset Button: In the early shorts, she and Oswald are married with a bazillion kids. Later he's just trying to get her attention and their kids vanish into thin air until Epic Mickey (where they're credited as being Ortensia's kids).
Mischevious pet kitten of Minnie Mouse. Originally a minor character in Disney Animated Canon feature film Pinocchio, Disney took note of the cat's popularity and placed him in three shorts of his own. Often acted as a rival of Pluto.Tropes:
In strictest grammatical terms his given name is probably Pancho, if nothing else is certain ("ito" or "ita" is the diminutive form; the Spanish-language equivalent of calling someone "Jimmy" instead of "Jim" or "James").
Nope. Pancho isn't a name; it's a common nickname for the name "Francisco". So in strictest grammatical terms, his given name is probably Francisco.
An early prototype of Daisy, Donna was Donald's girlfiend of Spanish descent (considering she literally lives in the middle of a desert) and, surprisingly, has the same speech impediment Donald has, unlike Daisy. Interestingly, one comic strip (including in Mickey and the Gang: Classic Stories in Verse) had her return as a separate character from Daisy, but she had left Donald at this point for a human fiance.Tropes:
Voiced by: Jim MacDonald (1950-1956); Frank Welker (Goof Troop); Jim Cummings (House of Mouse)A fat, freeloading bear always on the lookout for an easy meal. Humphrey tended to run afoul of Donald Duck and fussy ranger J. Audubon Woodlore.Tropes:
Bears Are Bad News: Well, sort of. Humphrey may make life harder for those around him, but he's a pest rather than an actual threat.
Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: It's shown that he's had three jobs: a postal worker (implied in Grand Cayonscope), a park ranger, and an employment agent (shown in Duck for Hire). Despite this, he sticks to being a ranger.
Spike The Bee:
A bee(!) who tends to run afoul of Donald and (on on occasions Pluto).Tropes:
Depending on the Artist: In some cartoons, he was drawn as black-furred with white paws and a white belly and muzzle. In others, he was all-black with only a white muzzle.
Expy: Julius is literally just Felix moonlighting in a Disney cartoon—Pat Sullivan apparently made Disney do this.
Actually, it was Charles Mintz. Sullivan was so pissed off by Julius that he cancelled Mintz' contract to distribute Felix cartoons and moved to another company.
Pete Junior (Junior and PJ Pete)
Debut: Bellboy Donald, December 18, 1942 as Junior. Goof Troop in 1992 as PJ.
Pete's son. Originally appeared as a completely rotten little hellion named Junior who bedeviled Donald. Ironically, even though the two characters don't sound the same, both Donald and Junior are voiced by Clarence Nash. In Goof Troop, he is a normal, shy, kind teenager named P.J. and nicknamed "Peej" who turned out okay in spite of his father. P.J. is Max Goof's best friend.Tropes that apply to Junior:
Art Evolution: Pete's son first appeared in Bellboy Donald in 1942. In that cartoon, his name is Junior, he is dressed like Little Lord Fauntleroy with blue Mickey Mouse-like shorts. He even looked a lot like Mickey Mouse, but with (decently proportionate) cat ears. In Goof Troop, A Goofy Movie, and An Extremely Goofy Movie, his name is P.J., he looks less like Mickey, is really overweight, and has small-ears like his dad, Pete.
Cameo: Pete's (unnamed) son in "Father's Week End." In this cartoon, he is a Dogface rather than a cat and looks like a black haired, black-nosed Goofy jr. and has flesh-toned fur over the rest of his body just like he does.
What Could Have Been: Mortimer was actually the prototype name for Mickey. Walt quickly decided that the name didn't fit the character. According to some versions of the story his wife insisted on using the name Mickey.
The Phantom Blot
A mysterious master criminal who desires to conquer the world. Floyd GottfredsonTropes:
Card-Carrying Villain: At the end of his first appearance, Blot sadly laments now the chemical formula can only be used for good.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: In some continuities. House Of Mouse, in particular had him actually try to kill the heroes in his first appearance onscreen, of course, it was a James Bond type of trap, but the next time, he tries to make sure that they can't survive a fall. And his final plan involved hijacking the machine that gave the characters clues as to where the villain was, or who they were, making sure they didn't know what to do.
The Unreveal: His face is never really seen. But Subverted in his first appearance, where he is unmasked, having a thin mustache and a gaunt face according to That Other Wiki, apparently, his appearance was also based on Walt Disney himself.
A lot of other writers seem to have Retconned his true face as being unknown. In one story it is vaguely implied that his real identity is in fact Goofy.
Wizards Of Mickey inverts it, with the Blot never using the cloaked diguise until later though it's more him becoming an inky monster similar to the approach in Epic Mickey
Villain Decay: In some of his later appearances Blot became rather goofy.
The Mad Doctor (a.k.a. Dr. XXX)
Exactly What It Says on the Tin, this guy is a mad scientist who wanted to see what happens if you put a dogs head on a chicken's body, fortunately, he was just a dream Mickey had.Tropes:
Occasional antagonist of Donald and Goofy (more so Goofy).Tropes:
Butt Monkey: In "Father's Lion", the spends most of the short being manhandled by Goofy (with Goofy blissfully unaware he's even doing it.) Louie gets it even worse in "Hook, Lion and Sinker" where he winds up being a fall guy to perpetual fall guy Donald.