Artistic Age - Types 3 and 4, check! Trying to figure an age of any kind from evidence from the comics is confusing and impossible. He and the other characters just don't age, even though they're aware of passing time. And that means they don't have ages either. Man, oh man, is thisconfusing...
Vague Age - In the comic strips, he was sometimes depicted as more adult-like, sometimes as kid-like, sometimes somewhere in between... it seems to Depend On The Artist AndWriters. He's always an adult in European comic books, though.
In a 1942 Gottfredson story, an embarrassed Mickey finds he's too young to join the armed forces. This means he's under 18 at that time, at least in his most famous author's conception of him.
Since Steamboat Willie's debut is often seen as Mickey's birthday (1928), then the 1942 story would have him be 14 years old at the time. Conversely, this means that in the New Tens strips (2012 as of this posting) he is 84 YEARS OLD.
A very few stories show him being called over to act in movies at the Disney Studio, which is shown as his regular job and depicted as a lower-tier live action movie studio located in Mouseton. But we only see this in a handful of stories from 1938 to the present.
And some comic stories take his Amateur Sleuth tendencies to the next level and present him as a liscenced private eye who's often called in to aid the police in difficult cases.
Some stories say he is a freelance journalist, Goofy generally acting as his photographer, and a long run of them in the 90s had him and Goofy run a transport firm, usually driving a lorry, sometimes flying a freight plane.
"Mickey, I've been awfully worried about you lately. Why don't you settle down and study some kind of profession?"
— Minnie Mouse, "The Mail Pilot" (1933)
First Appearance: "Lost on a Desert Island", 1930Mickey's long-time love interest. Minnie wishes that Mickey would settle down instead of constantly going on adventures, and it drives her mad that he can't seem to stay put. Oftentimes, when she can't persuade Mickey to stay home, she instead insists on accompanying Mickey on his travels, whether he wants her to or not. Although she gets kidnapped on various occasions, she's pretty spunky in her own right and has saved Mickey's hide more than a few times in a tough spot.
Tertiary Sexual Characteristics - Skirt, eyelashes, and high heels. Oh, and her hat. In earlier comics, she wore a hat with a flower in it over the bow which is so commonplace in modern depictions. Sometimes she's shown with lipstick, but only in some later examples.
Goofy: It's no use, Mickey! They wouldn't none of 'em take me, nuther!
Mickey: For gosh sakes! Why not?
Goofy: Aw, they beefed me about muh IQ bein' too low! But thet wuz just a phony...! They were takin' plenty o' guys shorter 'n me!
— "The Black Crow Mystery" (1942)
Debut: "Enter... Dippy Dog!", 1933Mickey's close friend and occasional Sidekick, the lovable oaf often unwittingly makes things harder for everyone else. At the same time, though, he's obliviously (or intentionally, albeit eccentrically) saved the day more than once.In fact, he himself has a superhero alter ego in the form of "Super Goof." He eats 'super goobers' to become Super Goof, which is pretty much a spoof of Superman.
Cartoon Creature - What most people take him as, since no one can seem to agree on what species he is.
His former name, Dippy Dawg, might be a tip-off to those who doubt...
Cloudcuckoolander - It's not necessarily that he lacks logic, it's more that his brand of logic tends to make sense only to him.
The Ditz - Though in several stories bordering on Genius Ditz, as he often displays vast knowledge about many things — just not the sort of things you'd ever think would be useful. (They often turn out to be surprisingly helpful, though.)
Dumb Is Good - While not conventionally intelligent, there is no doubting that he's one of the sweetest, most good-natured people around.
Eureka Moment - It's not like he has them that often, but he almost infallibly invokes them in Mickey - something he says will clue Mickey on to the solution to a problem, especially when Mickey acts as a sleuth.
Flat Earth Atheist: A series of Italian comic stories has Goofy hanging out with Witch Hazel (the Disney Witch Hazel, from such stories as Trick or Treat, not the Looney Tunes character) and completely failing to believe that she is a real witch — no matter how many spectacular magical tricks she pulls off to convince him, Goofy will have his own "logical" explanation for the phenomena and utterly refuse to believe in magic, or that Hazel is a witch. Interestingly enough, at least two of these stories have ended with Goofy acknowledging the existence of magic — though in neither one did he believe that Hazel was a witch. In one story he concluded that she was a fairy godmother (a huge insult to a witch!) and in the other he became convinced that Mickey was doing magic and had somehow become a wizard.
Goofy's reasoning in the tale mentioned isn't unreasonable. Mickey got a tax refund. Which Goofy considers unusual in itself. Mickey then booked tables for three at a restaurant... with a single phone call. While Goofy noted that most tables at said restaurant are booked months in advance. Mickey found an available parking space. In a city area known for the near-impossibility of said task. Goofy is convinced that magic is involved.
Funetik Aksent: He's the one character who's retained most of his accent in later years — in the early Floyd Gottfredson strips everybody spoke with a Funetik Aksent, but this was later on toned town until it vanished entirely for everyone but Goofy.
I Have Many Names - His early name - "Dippy Dawg" - being replaced with "Goofy" is generally considered an improvement.
Superpowers for a Day - apart from Super Goof, writers have occasionally given Goofy odd inherited gadgets or (usually completely unexplained) powers that will somehow figure in solving the case. He's been seen levitating, as well as using telekinesis and psychometry.
Furry Confusion - A prime example. Especially noticeable when he appears with Goofy — they're both dogs, but one of them walks on four legs and lives in a doghouse, while the other walks on two and wears pants.
The Speechless - On occasion he might be given thought bubbles that are visible only to the reader, and sometimes captions will appear to inform the reader of Pluto's thoughts and reasonings, but otherwise he doesn't have any means of clear communication.
Suddenly Voiced - In a couple of stories, he temporarily gains the ability to talk. It never sticks.
Played with in one comic, where Pluto was given the opportunity to talk to Mickey through a translation machine — and after a long pause his only message was that he couldn't think of anything to say.
"Have I got something to tell... but, of course, I wouldn't breathe it to a soul!"
— Clarabelle Cow, "Love Trouble" (1941)
First appearance: "Death Valley", 1930A neighbor of Mickey and Minnie in earlier comics. She acts like an aunt towards them, when she's not busy manipulating Horace Horsecollar and/or flirting with other available males.
First appearance: "Death Valley", 1930He's another of Mickey's old neighbors, and is often seen with Clarabelle when he's not adventuring with Mickey (or competing with him, or ineptly trying to advise him). Horace and Clarabelle have interest in each other but are usually too stubborn to admit it to each other.
Mortimer ("Morty") and Ferdinand ("Ferdie") Fieldmouse
First appearance: "Mickey's Nephews", 1932Mickey's nephews. Sons of his sister Amelia Fieldmouse, who first came to stay with him in Floyd Gottfredson's comic strip and since then have sporadically been portrayed as living with him.
Bratty Half-Pint: Definitely in their first appearances. They seem to have mellowed through the years.
Chuck Cunningham Syndrome - Ferdie disappeared from the comic strip and was intended to be written back in (with the explanation that he'd been away at school), but it never really happened...
However, this is exclusive to the comic strip. In the comic books, Morty and Ferdie remain a double act to this day.
Mythology Gag: Mickey Mouse was originally going to be called Mortimer.
Not Allowed to Grow Up: Subverted. In their earlier appearances they were kindergarteners. Modern Italian stories have aged them to be about 12-years-old and often deal with their love lives.
Parental Abandonment: More often than not, Mickey and/or Minnie are seen as their legal guardians. Without explanation.
Subverted in later years, as their mother Amelia has made several appearances and is depicted as a very supportive "soccer mom."
Single-Minded Twins: Would have been subverted in the comic strip, if Gottfredson had gotten around to re-introduce Ferdie — he was planning on making him more of a bookworm/nerd type. Since it never happened, they play the trope straight.
In one Italian comic, they Lampshaded it, when Morty was sneaking out of the house and a more reluctant Ferdie followed him, even to his own surprise:
Ferdie: Why do I always keep following you into these situations?
Morty: Well, we are twins.
First Apprearance: Dell Four Color #562, 1954
Goofy has a rather large extended family, but few of them are more prominent than his nephew Gilbert, a Child ProdigyTV Genius who is by far the smartest member of the Goofy clan. Gilbert sometimes stays with his "lovable...though dumb...uncle Goofy," though he often gets frustrated with Goofy's childishness and clumsiness. He is, however, the only person who knows Goofy's secret identity as Super Goof, and occasionally even joins him in his superhero adventures as Super Gilly.
TV Genius: A junior version. He has advanced knowledge of science, history and literature, sometimes even becoming The Professor, but he's not very socially or emotionally intelligent, and has trouble with the simplest basic education. For example, he was unable to complete the nursery rhyme "Hickory, Dickory, Dock, the mouse ran up the —"
First appearance: "The Lost Temple", 1988One of Goofy's many cousins; an Adventurer Archaeologist and severe adrenaline junkie who is never really happy unless he's out exploring some ancient ruins, discovering lost civilizations, or just fighting for his life through thick jungles or climbing glaciers. He hates sleeping indoors, so when visiting Mickey or Goofy he always ends up camping out in their back yards — and if he absolutely has to go inside, he'll at least enter the house through the window and not the door.
Trademark Favorite Food: Licorice candy. He is, in fact, borderline obsessed with licorice candy, preferably of a particular brand which everyone else finds completely inedible.
Uncanny Family Resemblance: Like most of Goofy's relatives, he looks almost exactly like Goofy, just with different clothes and some added Perma Stubble. A few stories have put this to good use, when the two cousins were forced to impersonate one another.
First appearance: "Mickey's Rival", 1936Mickey's rival for Minnie's affections. Not to be confused with Mortimer "Morty" Fieldmouse, who is Mickey's nephew.
Inspector Javert - Some stories have him in this role. If Mickey or one of his friends are framed or wrongfully accused of a crime, Detective Casey is always the one most gung-ho about bringing them in.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold - He's grouchy, impatient and much too quick to jump to conclusions, but he is, when it comes down to it, an honest cop who genuinely wants to uphold law and justice.
First appearance: "The Man of Tomorrow", 1947A strange little man revealed to be from the future. He's got a pet Thnuckle-booh named Pflip. Nowadays he's one of Mickey's best friends and it's not uncommon for him to travel back to the present day to spend time with him.
Fish Out of Temporal Water - At first. He got used to it as the stories progressed, and eventually it got to the point where Eega will comfortably travel from the future to Mickey's time and back without incident.
Funetik Aksent - He ptalks plike pthis. Puts a 'p' in pfront of pmost pwords.
Mickey's horse, sold to him by two con men who presented him as a champion race horse (they'd actually bought him from the glue factory). Sweet and good-natured, but not terribly bright, and for the most part not terribly fast — unless he gets scared of something, then he turns into a speed demon.
The Alleged Steed - Slow of body (unless he gets startled, in which case he runs at a breakneck speed and is near-impossible to steer), slow of mind, rather clumsy, not very good at understanding or obeying commands, and tends to get distracted and wander off when he's supposed to stay put. He is, however, a very kind horse (which caused some problems for Mickey when he tried to be a horse-and-cart milkman — when left unattended, Tanglefoot would give out milk for free to hungry kittens and anyone who looked like they were thirsty or gave him some attention).
Horsing Around - Happens at times. For the most part, though, Mickey and Tanglefoot get along pretty well.
Stalker with a Crush - Probably not in a romantic way, but Tanglefoot adores Pluto and will follow him around if given half a chance. Pluto, needless to say, does not appreciate this.
What Could Have Been: Carl Barks, when working as a scriptwriter and storyboarder at the Disney studio, worked on a Mickey Mouse cartoon which was to feature Tanglefoot — it would have had Mickey as a riding policeman chasing Pete on horseback through the wilderness, with Mickey as the hero and Tanglefoot as the comedy relief. However, the cartoon never went beyond the storyboarding stage, and Tanglefoot remains a comics-only character to this day.
First appearance: Mickey Mouse Sunday strips, 1949
Originally introduced as Goofy's pet mynah bird (who soon proved himself notably smarter and more sophisticated than his alledged owner), Ellsworth soon became more anthropomorphic, switching between Talking Animal and full-fledged Funny Animal to the point where he can communicate effortlessly with both animals and humans. Originally appeared only in the Sunday newspaper strips by Bill Walsh and Manuel Gonzales, but was later used in a few longer stories by Romano Scarpa and other Italian writers.
Commuting On A Bus: Ellsworth tends to fly off and stay away, doing his own thing for a long time before returning home to Goofy. After he vanished from the newspaper comic, he was brought back by Romano Scarpa in 1962, with the explanation that he'd been off trying out several shady businesses. From thereon, he appeared in a number of Italian stories until 1966, after which his appearances got rarer and he'd only appear in a story once every couple of years. Then in 1975, he was brought back again, now with the explanation that he'd joined the Foreign Legion.
Deadpan Snarker: His sarcasms are biting, though Goofy never seems to catch on.
Furry Confusion: Hoo boy. He was bought by Goofy at a pet store, sometimes has to flee from hungry cats, and flies like a real mynah bird — yet he wears a shirt and occasionally a hat, has studied at Yale, has taken several jobs and even gone to prison a couple of times. This is never so much as Lampshaded but just presented as completely normal.
First appearance: "Mickey Mouse and the Son of Ellsworth", 1975
Ellsworth's adopted son; originally an orphan who was rescued by Ellsworth during his time at the Foreign Legion and later adopted. In his appearances he is often seen staying with Mickey or Goofy, even acting as Mickey's Sidekick on some adventures. He is basically a toned-down version of his father, with similar if less extreme character traits.
Deadpan Snarker: Not to the lenghts Ellsworth takes it, but he definitely has his moments.
Furry Confusion: More seldom, and to a lesser degree than Ellsworth, as he's generally presented as more anthropomorphic, but it's still there. His most notable "animal" trait is that he can fly, something that the other human stand-in birds of the comics (like for example Donald Duck) can't do, and he has on occasion disguised himself as a normal bird in order to spy on the bad guys.
Generation Xerox: Despite not being biologically related to Ellsworth, he looks and even acts an awful lot like him — he is a little smaller, has a slightly smaller beak and generally wears pants, but otherwise the two are so similar that many fans have thought they were the same character — especially since they very rarely appear in the same story together.
Suspiciously Similar Substitute: For Ellsworth — Romano Scarpa even admitted that he'd introduced Bruto as a toned-down replacement for Ellsworth, who wouldn't overshadow Mickey:
"Ellsworth is too strong a character to play as a sidekick. He's got to be the star. Bruto is duller, and highlights Mickey's role."
First appearance: "The Mail Pilot", 1933
Captain Doberman is the guy in charge of the air mail force. When Mickey became one of his top pilots, they became good friends, and the mouse took up of the most urgent or dangerous missions that most of the other pilots refused to partake in.
Informed Breed/Species: He looks nothing like a Doberman Pinscher, in fact, he looks like a slim bear than like any dog.
Straight Man: He's mostly there to deliver the set-up for Mickey's punchlines or feats of daring-do.
First appearance: "The Mail Pilot", 1933
Mickey's friend who's a mechanic who works with Captain Doberman. He's the one who personally taught Mickey to fly an airplane. He tried to persuade Mickey to take the less-dangerous job of a mechanic, but ultimately failed. He himself refuses to be a pilot because of the risks associated with the job.
The Determinator: In his own low-energy, deadpan way... he's going to complain and make horrible predictions about what's going to happen, but he's not going to let it stop him either.
The Eeyore: Well, his name is "Gloomy" ... and boy, does he ever live up to it.
Trickster Mentor: He tries to be this to Mickey a couple of times, with varied success.
Captain Nathaniel Churchmouse
First appearance: "Mickey Mouse Sails for Treasure Island", 1932A sea captain that was thought dead for decades until Mickey found him half-crazy while stranded on a desert island. After a bump to the head by a coconut, Captain Churchmouse regained his sanity and has since enlisted Mickey's help when searching for exotic hidden treasure.
First appearance: "Death Valley", 1930Minnie's old uncle. Not to be confused with Mortimer Mouse, who's occasionally Mickey's rival for Minnie's affections, nor with Mortimer "Morty" Fieldmouse, who is one of Mickey's nephews.
First appearance: "Plastic Mickey!", 1995An inventor and a friend of Mickey's.
Expy: In most stories he appears in he is rather transparently the Mouse Comic equivalent to Gyro Gearloose in the Duck Comics. Crossovers have shown the two of them having a friendly rivalry and the Mythos Island story arc ended with them working together.
Bring Him to Me: With Mickey, generally. Or any scientist/genius he needs to kidnap for their knowledge of making some Doomsday Device work or to build stuff for him... or bring her to me with Minnie - that's mostly in older stories, though.
Friendly Enemy: To an extent, anyways. It's not like he has any problems with smacking Mickey around when the opportunity arises — and the feeling's mutual.
Handicapped Badass: It's why he was called "Peg-leg Pete" from the start. Unfortunately the artists could never remember just which leg was supposed to be the peg-leg, so in the end they gave him two normal legs. One Floyd Gottfredson comic explained this by having Pete explain to Mickey that his foot hadn't grown back, he'd just gotten a much better, more natural-looking prosthetic.
Happily Married: It varies a little whether Trudy (when she appears in a story) is portrayed his wife or just his roommate/girlfriend, but their relationship is actually a happy one — and interestingly enough, one of complete equals.
Villain Protagonist: Nowadays stars in his own stories, mostly Italian ones. They either deal with his everyday life and relationship with his mate Trudy, with his everyday life in prison, or with his interactions with other villains.
The Phantom Blot
Mickey: I still say y' won't get away with this! The police are with me —
Blot: The police? Ha-ha-ha! You mean the coroner! Sorry to have to do this, but "dead men tell no tales!"
Mickey: Yeh? Well I'm still plenty alive!
Blot: Oh, that's just a temporary condition — it won't last long!
— "Mickey Outwits the Phantom Blot" (1939)
First appearance: "Mickey Outwits the Phantom Blot", 1939A master criminal who dresses in a black sheet. He's more dangerous than one might be led to believe, given his strange tendencies. He's Mickey's otherArch-Enemy.
Big Bad Duumvirate: He sometimes teams up with Pete in order to form this. In the regular continuity, at least, they treat each other as equals — though in alternate-continuity stories (such as the Wizards Of Mickey series), the Blot is more often treated as the true Big Bad, with Pete as his Dragon.
Bunny-Ears Lawyer - Sure, look at his debut appearance at a glance and all he did was steal cameras, but the fact that he was so good at it is what makes him so dangerous in the eyes of the police. What could they possibly do if he suddenly decided to go after something more valuable? He actually was going after something more valuable that they didn't know about; it was hidden in one of the cameras.
Calling Card - An ink blot on a white piece of paper was common.
Curse of The Ancients - He seems to enjoy using "Curses!" or using "thousand" to describe things - and mentioning Caesar, if his debut story is anything to go by.
One recent history has him pull of a scheme of sinister threats towards Goofy, so he can blackmail Mickey into present evidence that the Blot will be at a certain place at a certain time to the police, to throw them off his tracks. Mickey heroically stops the threat to Goofy and is able to reveal the truth to the police... who are now certain the Blot will not be at that time in that place. Which is exactly what he wanted... (He is only stopped because of a Deus ex Machina)
Master of Disguise - Several stories have him using multiple identities with Mickey not suspecting a thing.
Especially in stories drawn by Paul Murry, he has been shown using Latex Perfection masks on top of his hood. (In those stories and many others, his hood is never removed and he remains The Faceless, that's why they pull that strange stunt.)
First appearance: "Mickey Mouse and the Chirikawa Necklace", 1960Pete's girlfriend, partner-in-crime and roomate, and in some stories even depicted as his common-law wife. First created and used by Romano Scarpa, but became a popular character with many Italian comic writers. Definitely not to be confused with Peg from Goof Troop; she is just as villainous as Pete, but doesn't boss him around like Peg does.
Acrofatic: Don't be fooled by her vast bulk — she may be fat, but boy can she move!
Unholy Matrimony: She's just as unscrupulous and hard-boiled as Pete is, but their relationship is a solid and even happy one.
The Vamp: She's occasionally tried to be one of these, but isn't pretty or sexy enough to pull it off.
Victorious Childhood Friend: In her first appearance, she was merely a childhood acquaintance of Pete. Later on, she became his girlfriend, and later still was depicted as living together with him, some stories even referring to her as his wife (even though no on-screen marriage ever took place).
First appearance: "Death Valley", 1930Shyster is Mickey's second oldest recurring villain and one of the few Disney comic-characters that were actually created by Walt Disney. Shyster is an evil lawyer who often works in cahoots with Peg-leg Pete.
Brains and Brawn: He is the brains, Pete provides the brawn. In fact, he's probably the only character Pete will regularly be a subordinate to.
The Bus Came Back: Three times, in fact. He made a comeback in 1942, and then again in various Italian stories in The Sixties. In more recent times, he's returned again as a semi-recourring villain in European comics.
First appearance: "Bobo the Elephant", 1934A villainous, miserly businessman and Grumpy Old Man who spends a lot of time penny-pinching and trying to make more money through a lot of shady (and sometimes downright illegal) businesses. Like Sylvester Shyster, he has on several occasions teamed up with Pete to attain some common goal.
Put on a Bus: Like Shyster, he vanished from the comic after a while and has been used infrequently since then, largely because Pete got other supporting characters who let him boss them around (see Scuttle/Weasel below).
The Scrooge: Some stories treat him like this, although it varies whether he's actually all that rich.
First appearance: "The Legend of Loon Lake", 1957Possibly two different characters, or possibly the same character with two different names; readers are still debating this and even Word Of God is deliberately vague about it. Occasional partner/lackey of Peg-Leg Pete, but can occasionally be found working for other villains. He's almost always found in a subordinate role and is usually happy to be someone's right-hand man rather than working for himself.
Dirty Coward: At least when he's Weasel, not so much when he's Scuttle — this is one argument for the two being different people.
I Have Many Names: Aside from "Scuttle" and "Weasel," he's been known as "Catfoot," "Saltspray," "Swifty," "Slowdraw" and "Yardarm," among others. Whether these are aliases or just inconsistencies on the writers' side is uncertain.
In fact, "Yardarm" was the name he got when he appeared in the DuckTales episode The Pearl of Wisdom.
Scuttle is also, in a way, a substitute for Sylvester Shyster and Eli Squinch, replacing them as Pete's partner and confidant, though he fills a notably different role as the loyal, obedient right-hand man, leaving Pete as the sole "boss," something that neither Shyster nor Squinch would have accepted.
Professors Ecks, Doublex and Triplex
First appearance: "Blaggard Castle", 1933A trio of evil monkey scientists.
Hypno Ray: They spent their first appearance perfecting one.
First appearance: "The Atombrella and the Rhyming Man", 1948A criminal and master spy (from an unnamed foreign power) who always speaks in rhymes.
Dirty Communist - in his earliest appearances. He was never specifically said to be from Russia, or a Communist, but he did invoke a few Red Scare moments, especially with his long rhyming speeches about the glories of his own country, which was a foreign superpower with vastly superior technology.
Master of Disguise - Long as he doesn't speak (his rhyming tends to give him away), he's quite good at becoming unrecognizable.
First appearance(in this 'Verse): "The Case of the Dazzling Hoo-Doo", 1968An evil inventor that's commonly the foe of Goofy's superhero alter ego, Super Goof. He's also been the opponent of Mickey Mouse in some stories, and but more often he's found in the Disney Ducks Comic Universe as a rival of Gyro Gearloose. An example of a shared Modular Franchise villain at its finest!