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The universe in which the Creator/{{Disney}} comics based around Mickey Mouse and his friends takes place. It began with a NewspaperComic spin-off of the cartoons in 1930 and branched out to ComicBooks in 1935, which continue to this day. Major contributors to this [[TheVerse Verse]] include Creator/FloydGottfredson, Romano Scarpa, and Paul Murry.

See also ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse, and the ModularFranchise they both form, the ComicBook/DisneyMouseAndDuckComics. Since this is such a [[PrintLongRunners long-running series]], you're likely to find more than a few {{Dead Horse Trope}}s.

!!The Mickey Mouse comic universe includes examples of the following tropes:

* ATeamFiring: These being Disney comics for kids, you can't really expect anyone to get hit. Actually a common tactic Mickey uses is to bring nothing to a gunfight, disarm the crook by some improvised means and then arrest him using his own gun.
* AbsurdlyLongStairway: The story "Watch Your Step!" has Mickey descending into Hades down a very long staircase. He realizes that he can get down more easily via a BannisterSlide, though he eventually attains a rather dangerous velocity and comes flying off at the end.
%%* AccidentalAimingSkills
* ActuallyNotAVampire:
** A subversion of sorts occurs in one ''Mickey Mouse'' story. Goofy befriends a man who has just moved into an old house in town, and who actually dresses much like the stereotypical Bela Lugosi sort of vampire. The man even admits himself that it is the look he is going for, and that everything else he does, from sleeping in a wooden box to keeping the curtains shut, is just a healthy way of life. Goofy believes it, and wants to try. [[OnlySaneMan Mickey is not so gullible]], and repeatedly tries to prove his claim by throwing about typical anti-vampire stuff such as garlic and running water. In the end, however, all attempts fail, and Goofy becomes increasingly angry with Mickey for messing around. Cue Mickey convincing him to find the man where he sleeps at day and pulling the curtains. Sunlight shines on him... and nothing happens. Mickey admits defeat, and they both leave. As soon as they have, however, the man pulls away the ''fake window'' he had on his wall, with just a normal lamp behind it. [[EvilLaugh He laughs at them in the final frame]], and will [[FridgeHorror presumably go on to act like the vampire he is now that the "hunters" are gone]].
** A story with Mickey as a professional PrivateDetective has Mickey encountering a foreign couple [[SdrawkcabName calling themselves Alucard]] who seem to have all vampire traits such as paleness and vulnerability to sunlight and garlic, while people are turning up sick in hospital with marks on their neck. The explanation to all this is that they are the descendants of the original Count Dracula and have caught a rare disease while visiting his castle. Ironically, the story builds an elaborate, even contrived explanation of how the myth of Dracula the vampire came about due to misunderstandings building around the historical and nice Count Dracula, when in the real world {{Dracula}} was an explicitly fictional creation named after a nasty historical figure. Anywho, there's a complicated story about how the original Dracula's wife caught a mysterious illness affecting twin glands in the throat that secrete a serum maintaining youth -- making her prone to shrivel up in sunlight -- and how the count found a cure but his sample of the disease fell in the drain and polluted the local water supply and, since he was already distrusted, he had to sneak into people's bedrooms to administer a cure using twin syringes that he put in his mouth to have both hands free... In the present, the "vampire" behind the attacks is simply a greedy doctor extracting the serum from young people's glands to give to his elderly patients, and the "Alucards" get a happy ending when they accidentally find that stuff used to preserve parchments protects their skin from sunlight ([[ItMakesSenseInContext when Mickey makes some of it come out of the sprinklers to preserve a stolen parchment]]). Can't fault the writer for lack of imagination.
* AffectionateParody: ''Topolinix e lo scambio di Galli'', an Italian story, is an obviously parody of the ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' comics where Mickey and Pete play respectively the roles of Asterix and Obelix.
* AirVentPassageway:
** In ''Mickey Mouse and the Chirikawa Necklace'', Mickey and Atomo Bleep-Bleep escape a deathtrap through an air vent. May be justified in that they are very small, especially compared to the {{dogfaces}} that inhabit the ElaborateUndergroundBase.
** Mercilessly parodied in an Italian story: [[ShowWithinAShow in a show they're acting in]], Mickey, Goofy and O'Hara infiltrate the starship of the villain this way and encounter [[HeroOfAnotherStory a hero going in the opposite direction to save a princess]], two monsters, and the President of the United States ([[ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext "He was just passing through"]]).
* AlliterativeName: Most characters have one. '''M'''ickey '''M'''ouse, '''M'''innie '''M'''ouse, '''P'''eg-Leg '''P'''ete, '''H'''orace '''H'''orsecollar, '''C'''larabelle '''C'''ow...
%%* AllJustADream
* {{Alucard}}: A story with Mickey as a HardBoiledDetective had him encounter a mysterious couple calling themselves "Alucard". They turned out to be the descendants of the real Count Dracula, who, unlike the real real "Dracula", had been a perfectly nice and ordinary guy who got a bad reputation for convoluted reasons involving an illness that caused vulnerability to sunlight and his efforts to cure it.
* AlwaysMurder: Inverted. Mickey has solved thousands of cases, but (naturally) it's never murder, or other seriously dark crimes.
** There's even a story basically directly based on a detective TV series episode about a devil-worshipping serial rapist (seriously), just changing him into a serial pyromaniac, though still one in the model of your typical genius SerialKiller. It was clear that he wanted people to die in his fires, but it was never outright stated that he ever actually managed to kill anyone. Though it isn't a huge leap to make, considering that he burned down entire villages. His victims were clearly left traumatised, at any rate. The result was one of the relatively darker stories around, but nevertheless oh so much LighterAndSofter than the original.
* AmoralAttorney: Sylvester Shyster, a lawyer who tries to cheat Minnie out of her inheritance in the first ever story arc, ''Mickey Mouse in Death Valley''. He would occasionally return as Peg-leg Pete's partner in crime.
* AnimalSuperheroes: A good portion of the main cast have superhero identities. Donald Duck has Papernik/Super Duck/The Duck Avenger. Goofy has Super Goof. Even Mickey gained superpowers and dressed up as a superhero, although in his case the superhero antics caused quite a bit of trouble.
* AppliedPhlebotinum: Romano Scarpa mastered this trope. One of the wackiest examples is a supercriminal with a flying saucer... that has a magnet that attracts ''tomatoes''... which he refines into an extremely potent explosive substance. Don't try to think about it too much.
%%* ArrestedForHeroism
* ArtEvolution: During Gottfredsson's long tenure on the newspaper comic, the characters' designs evolved to match their changing looks in the cartoons, like everyone going from PieEyed to having irises, Mickey getting more clothes, and Peg-leg Pete getting a natural-looking prosthetic.
* ArtisticLicenseEconomics: A Paul Murry-drawn Mickey Mouse comic has a villain that has discovered a literal mountain made of diamond. This makes him incredibly rich, as long as no one else knows it exists, since he can control the amount he sells. Hence, his villainy consists of seeing to it that no one who has seen his property ever gets away alive. Disturbingly, this sort of artificial scarcity is TruthInTelevision for how the diamond industry actually works (and it was worse under the infamous [=DeBeers=] monopoly).
* BalefulPolymorph: One Mickey comic had a witch turn Minnie into a lamb by tricking her into eating an enchanted fig.
%%* BangBangBANG
%%* BankRobbery
* BatFamilyCrossOver: Occasionally, there will be some of these with the ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse.
%%* BeneathSuspicion
%%* BigBallOfViolence
%%* BigDamnHeroes
* BondVillainStupidity: The Phantom Blot in ''Mickey Outwits The Phantom Blot'', but it's actually justified. Near the end of the story, he reveals that [[spoiler: he's too soft-hearted to actually watch someone die,]] so to make up for it, he'd composed elaborate {{Death Trap}}s to try and kill Mickey off instead.
* BoundAndGagged: Whenever someone gets kidnapped somehow. It also tends to happen whenever Mickey gets played for a DistressedDude. Which means that it happens quite often.
%%* BoxedCrook
* BoxingKangaroo: The ''Mickey's Kangaroo'' short served as the inspiration for a comic in which Mickey pits a kangaroo named Hoppy against a KillerGorilla named Growlio, owned by Pete. Along the way, Hoppy wastes no opportunity to pound luckless assistant trainer Horace Horsecollar into the ground.
* BungledSuicide: Mickey himself - seriously! In one of the earlier daily strips of the comics back when it was first starting, Mickey got into a depressive spell because he thought Minnie loved someone else instead of him. And for several weeks worth of comic strips, he tried and failed to kill himself. Over and over and over again. Then he finally decided that life was worth living and stopped trying. See ''Website/{{Cracked}}'''s [[http://www.cracked.com/article_20236_6-insane-disney-comics-you-wont-believe-are-real.html 6 Insane Disney Comics You Won't Believe Are Real]].
* BurnTheWitch: Almost happens in an old comic where Mickey and Gyro Gearloose are transported back to Puritan times and Gyro uses his lighter to start a fire, getting him and Mickey accused of using witchcraft.
* CapturedByCannibals: More so in the older stories, before that kind of thing became politically offensive.
* CardboardPrison: The villains, most notably Pete and the Phantom Blot, have a tendency to escape prison for the next story featuring them.
%%* CassandraTruth
%%* CaveBehindTheFalls
%%* ClickHello
* ClearMyName: You'd think Mickey's help in catching criminals in the past would somehow stop this from happening. [[StatusQuoIsGod But it's a fictional comic book we're talking about here]].
** {{Justified}} when the villain is Miklos, the Grey Mouse: the guy not only looks like Mickey with grey hair (hence the nickname), he's also a MasterOfDisguise and so good at impersonating Mickey that ''nobody'' can tell them apart. In his most recent appearance, the 2014 Italian story "Mickey and the Seven Boglins", he even ''fooled Mickey himself''.
%%* CloningBlues
* ComicBookTime: The comic franchise has been around for almost as long as the cartoons, but the characters never age even as characters and events from older stories are revisited.
%%* ContinuityDrift
%%* ContrivedCoincidence
%%* ConvenientlyPlacedSharpThing
%%* ConvictedByPublicOpinion
%%* CoolAndUnusualPunishment
%%* CuriosityKilledTheCast
* CurseOfTheAncients: Everyone was using these ''way'' before UsefulNotes/TheComicsCode even existed, so it's never really caused much awkwardness in the way that GoshDangItToHeck tends to. Besides, can you honestly picture Mickey Mouse or any typical classic cartoon character using normal swear words while remaining in character?
* {{Deathtrap}}: The Phantom Blot's trademark.
%%* DecoyLeader
* DependingOnTheWriter: The Phantom Blot. In some stories his real appearance is so well-known (even if his name isn't) that he doesn't even bother wearing the actual facial mask. In other stories, his identity is a total mystery and he is only known by his costume.
* DescriptiveVille: Mickey's hometown is called Mouseton.
* DistressCall: At times, the beginning of a plot, or a major point in it. Mickey's also been suckered in by [[DefensiveFeintTrap Fake Distress Calls]] more than once.
* DogFaces: Most secondary, tertiary and background characters have this.
* DoubleEntendre: several times in ''Love Trouble''.
--> ''(while canoeing)''
--> '''Mortimer:''' "Hi there, Millicent ! Your boyfriend [Mickey] is kinda slow, isn't he ?"
--> '''Millicent:''' "He's not as slow as you think... and he's '''very''' smooth !"
%%* DramaticEllipsis
%%* DrillSergeantNasty
* {{Elseworld}}: ''ComicBook/WizardsOfMickey'', for one.
** In a BatFamilyCrossover with the Duck Universe, the american translation of ''Disney's Hero Squad: Ultraheroes'' MiniSeries is this as well... But that's an invention of the translator to justify the weirdness of the story. In Italy, where it was created, it's considered perfectly canon to the main universe.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Mickey has solved numerous baffling mysteries, rescued many victims of kidnapping, caught countless crooks [[CardboardPrison multiple times]], returned stolen goods worth millions to their rightful owners, worked for the government, and even caught malicious spies from other countries. And yet no one thinks he's ever done anything special at all, and the stories themselves go to great lengths to point out how little he's thought of. He hardly gets ''any'' respect; given all he's accomplished, you'd expect him to be at least a ''little'' famous, but it's pretty rare for anyone to actually recognize what he's done. [[HumbleHero Mickey's too nice to really be concerned about it]], but to readers it can be [[KickTheSonOfABitch incredibly frustrating]].
** Some of the Italian strips indicate that he is at least somewhat famous, and actually has a movie made of his exploits, but prefers to remain as anonymous as possible.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness:
** Like in the cartoons, Goofy first appeared as "Dippy Dawg" and his design was different. Before he became Goofy, Horace Horsecollar filled his role as Mickey's best friend and often sidekick.
** A rare appearance by Donald Duck early on used his original design with a long beak. He also lived with his uncle - not Scrooge, who would be created years later, but an HonoraryUncle named Amos.
* EnemyMine: It's almost to the point of FriendlyEnemies or Rivalry when this happens with Pete. ''Almost''.
%%* EraSpecificPersonality
%%* EveryoneIsASuspect
%%* EveryoneKnowsMorse
* EvilVsEvil: In the ''Orb Saga'', the plot's BigBad and the Phantom Blot get in a squabble over the {{MacGuffin}}s.
%%* FantasyCounterpartCulture
%%* FantasyKitchenSink
* FarOutForeignersFavoriteFood: Eega Beeva, aka. Pittisborum Psercy Pystachi Pseter Psersimmon Plummer-Push, who eats moth balls like sweets.
* {{Fauxreigner}}: Pete has done this on occasion while in disguise.
* FictionalCounterpart:
** Here's one from the 2010 story ''Mickey Mouse and the Orbiting Nightmare'':
-->'''Reporter:''' [[TheTwilightSaga ...And actress Bella Breakhearts, star of every vampire movie this year!]]
* FiringInTheAirALot: In the Western-themed ''Sheriff of Nugget Gulch (1937)'', Goofy does this on the back of a train and gets him and Mickey stuck in the jailcar for the rest of the trip. They get taken to the sheriff's office at the next stop, and Mickey manages to persuade him that they aren't actually outlaws and that it was just a mistake. They walk out the door, and out of excitement, [[TooDumbToLive Goofy shoots around in the air again]]. HilarityEnsues.
%%* {{Frameup}}
%%* FreezeRay
* FunetikAksent: Goofy and Pete. And Eega Beeva.
** In the early Floyd Gottfredson strips, ''most'' of the characters, including Mickey, talked with a FunetikAksent. This was toned down after a while, and Goofy became one of very few character who didn't completely lose his accent.
%%* FunnyAnimal
* FunWithAcronyms: ''Mickey Mouse and the World to Come (2010)'' has ABROAD - the '''A'''merican '''B'''ureau of '''R'''eally '''O'''utlandish and '''A'''stonishing '''D'''evelopments.
* FurryComic: Pretty much every character is an anthropomorphic animal.
* FurryConfusion: ''Website/{{Cracked}}'''s [[http://www.cracked.com/article_20236_6-insane-disney-comics-you-wont-believe-are-real.html 6 Insane Disney Comics You Won't Believe Are Real]] shows panels from an educational comic in an issue of ''Look'' magazine showing Dr. Mickey Mouse testing sulfa drugs on common mice.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** In "Mickey Mouse and his horse Tanglefoot", Minnie at one point asks Mickey for a pin and tells him that it is because she feels like her clothes are loose and will fall off. The last panel of that particular strip has her nervously clutch her skirt and undies while the announcer hollers "And they're off!"
** "The Bar-None Ranch" has Pete respond to his horse razzing him by saying "[[FlippingTheBird Givin' me thuh boid, are yuh?]]"
** One of the hotel guests in "Bellhop Detective" mentions that he was "given the bird" when he tried to get a neighboring poker game to quiet down.
%%* GoneHorriblyRight
%%* GoofyPrintUnderwear
* GossipEvolution: A key point in ''Sheriff of Nugget Gulch'', where Goofy's ridiculous misuse of FiringInTheAirALot on the back of a train gets him and Mickey a reputation as dangerous & gutsy {{Outlaw}}s in the next town before they even arrive, complete with their own gritty bandit names.
* GotVolunteered: In ''Mickey Joins The Foreign Legion''. He gets "volunteered" because someone jabbed him from behind with their spear. Causing him to yelp out in pain, which was of course taken as an act of volunteering.
* GreatDetective: Sometimes Mickey's [[AmateurSleuth hobby of solving crimes]] is raised to this level of skill (and sometimes also made his profession), particularly when he goes up against a similarly elevated Phantom Blot. A couple of stories also point out that he'd be a great ''criminal'' if he wanted to due to that same ingenuity.
* GunTwirling: Mickey does this in ''Sheriff of Nugget Gulch'' right after ''[[ImprobableAimingSkills shooting a hole through the middle of a coin someone flipped into the air]]''.
%%* TheGreatestStoryNeverTold
%%* HarmlessFreezing
%%* HarmlessVoltage
* HaveAGayOldTime: In the comic strip story "Mickey Mouse Sails for Treasure Island", Mickey says "What if it's a woman and she's in danger?", to which Minnie replies with "What if it's a ''trap'' and ''you're'' in danger?" This was before "trap" became a slang term for a person with male genitalia who can be mistaken for a female.
%%* HeyWait
%%* HopeSpot
* IdenticalStranger: It's almost ridiculous how many times Mickey's discovered that someone looks exactly like him or similar enough that they could be mistaken for each other with a few adjustments or disguises.
** ''The Monarch of Medioka (1938)'': This is used for PrinceAndPauper switch.
** ''Mickey's Dangerous Double (1953)'': Mickey's got a CriminalDoppelganger going by the name of Miklos (implied to be a fake identity) and has to [[ClearMyName clear his name]]. While not a complete lookalike (Miklos is grey-furred, hence his other name the Grey Mouse), Miklos is an extremely good impersonator, to the point that when the existence of the double is revealed ''nobody can tell them apart'' (Pluto theorically could, but he had been put out of commission by [[ItMakesSenseInContext his crush on a mannequin dog]]).
*** Miklos returned in two Italian stories: ''Mickey and the Grey Scourge (1978)'', where he steal with Pete's help (this time telling the two apart was easier, as Pluto was ''not'' out of commission and Casey was smart enough to get him as soon as he saw the two Mickeys), and ''Mickey and the 7 Boglins (2014)'', in which Miklos had a more complex plan in which he briefly managed to ''convince Mickey '''he''' was another red-furred double'' (while Pluto is nowhere to be seen, it's the easiest time to tell Mickey apart from the double: this time Minnie had noticed that the Grey Mouse wasn't really Mickey and tricked him into getting a tattoo, and when the two Mickeys were found she recognized the fake from that).
** Pete himself had one of these in one story, in the form of the benevolent ruler of a small foreign country. Naturally, he took advantage of this to try and seize control of said country by [[SwappedRoles swapping roles]].
** Then there's all Goofy's identical relatives. One of them, [[{{Expy}} the adventurer archaeologist Arizona Goof]], even stars in numerous strips of his own.
** [[http://www.cbarks.dk/themouseuniversestory.htm A rare Mickey story by Carl Barks]] used this trope on Minnie for disturbing and hilarious results.
* [[IHaveYourWife I Have Your Dog]]: Surprisingly enough, when Mickey's being blackmailed somehow, it isn't with Minnie being the one to protect - it's his dog, Pluto. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming It's actually really sweet how much Mickey is willing to do to save his canine pal]].
* IndyPloy: Mickey's notorious for using these.
%%* InevitableWaterfall
%%* InnSecurity
%%* InSpiteOfANail
* InspectorJavert: Mickey tends to act like this towards Pete, never believing he's mended his ways and sometimes suspecting him on principle. He's nearly always right, but it's still more prejudice than intuition.
* ItsPersonal
** From ''Fatal Distraction (2003)'':
--->'''Mickey''': It's never about the ''jail time'', Pete! This is ''personal!'' It always ''has'' been, and you ''know'' it!
* JustBetweenYouAndMe: In ''The Mail Pilot'', Pete shows us how it's done:
-->'''Pete''': Tell 'im de rest, Shyster! ''He'll'' never live t'tell nobody! Haw! Haw! Haw!"
* KillerGorilla: Growlio, who is pitted against Mickey's BoxingKangaroo.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: At the end of "Blaggard Castle", Mickey uses the HypnoRay built by Professors Ecks, Doublex, and Triplex to hypnotize them into becoming good and to forget their evil ways.
%%* LeaveTheTwoLovebirdsAlone
* LesCollaborateurs: Whereas in the [[WartimeCartoon wartime cartoons]] of the period Pete, for all of his gruffness and brutishness, is very much on the side of the Allies as Donald Duck's commanding officer, in the 1943 comic strip "Mickey Mouse on a Secret Mission", Pete works with Agent Von Weasel to try and steal the Americans' new long-range combat plane known as "The Bat" for the Nazis to use instead.
%%* LikeRealityUnlessNoted
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Hey, it's one of those PrintLongRunners, what did you expect?
%%* LockedRoomMystery
* LockingMacGyverInTheStoreCupboard: Or someplace where it's possible to find a ConvenientlyPlacedSharpThing.
%%* MacGyvering
* MadScientist: These have been staple villains from the earliest times. The most notable ones would be the trio Professors Ecks, Doublex, and Triplex from the comic strip story "Blaggard Castle".
%%* MatchlightDangerRevelation
* MesACrowd: In a Danish Mickey Mouse story ''All Of Me'', Mickey uses Eega Beeva's copying gun to make a clone of himself so that he could help Minnie shopping and go to a video arcade with Goofy. Unluckily, the clone starts replicating himself on its own and soon enough, there's a dozen of Mickey clones that keep replicating. When it gets out of control, the clones steal the gun and try to replicate the whole Earth for themselves... [[WhatAnIdiot from an airplane]]. It only results in a copied piece of land appearing in the middle of a river as a new island, which clones decide to inhabit anyway, until there's so many of them that the island begins to sink under their weight. Eventually, Eega Beeva saves the clones by teleporting them all to a nice uninhabited planet he saw once, making sure to stop the cloning process first.
%%* MechaMooks
%%* MentalTimeTravel
* MindManipulation: There's a bunch of this in various forms throughout the comic's run.
** HypnoRay: In the story "Blaggard Castle", Professors Ecks, Doublex, and Triplex used one they built on Horace Horsecollar and attempted to do the same to Mickey, but in the end were defeated when Mickey used it on them.
%%** ManchurianAgent
** MindControlConspiracy: Courtesy of the Phantom Blot.
%%** MindControlDevice
** WeakWilled: Except it's typically not really a matter of willpower; ''anyone'' can be hypnotized successfully unless they use AppliedPhlebotinum or are just [[TooDumbToFool too dumb to be hypnotized]], at least in Goofy's case.
* MirrorUniverse:
** In one series of comics, it's especially disconcerting in that the Phantom Blot, a ManipulativeBastard and trademark villain, is a superhero.
** In the Italy serie ''X-Mickey'' we find Mickey traveling through portals to another dimension and meeting new characters that are special for this series. Most notable is the Goofy-lookalike werewolf named Pipwolf, but we also have Manny that looks like an albino Minnie and several other characters that are recurring throughout the series.
* MistakenForBadass: ''Goofy'', of all people.
%%* MistakenForSpies
* ModularFranchise: When paired with the ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse. The ''Orb Saga'', for example, is set in it.
%%* MotiveMisidentification
* MultiArmedAndDangerous: The villain dressed as Kali in "Kali's Nail" has four arms as part of the disguise and uses a gun in each. Which is odd since it's only a costume and no-one speaks of robot arms or anything.
* NewJobEpisode: In ''The Bellhop Detective (1940)'', Minnie forces Mickey to enter a contest where the winners get job positions. He receives a job as a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin bellhop]], but inevitably ends up spending more time trying to solve a mystery at the hotel than actually learning to do his job right.
%%* NoFameNoWealthNoService
* NotMeThisTime
** There was a comic where a series of crimes is commited that seem to be the work of the Phantom Blot. Mickey goes to see him in jail, but the Blot tells him he's in jail and hasn't busted out, as the guards will testify, but he appreciates Mickey thinking of him.
** In another comic, Mickey and O'Hara are investigating some robberies when they run into the Blot walking down the street, prompting the latter to arrest him on the spot (with no evidence whatsoever). The Blot doesn't resist and firmly denies everything, which Mickey notices is not like him and thinks he may even be innocent. It turns out he did do it...however he's not actually the Phantom Blot but rather a magically summoned duplicate created by Magica De Spell.
** With the Blot it seems to be a recurring theme. Due to him wearing disguises anyway, it is easy for various copycats to use his identity and general style for a while. There are several variations on how is this resolved. At least some having the genuine Blot being the one to take down the imitators.
** Also, there's the problem that Phantom Blot that being in jail has not stopped him from committing crimes, like the time he had a ring that accelerated his subjective time (effectively making him go into BulletTime) that he would keep outside the window in case the police searched his cell, allowing him to break out, commit his crime and come back to his cell without anyone noticing.
%%* NoOneCouldSurviveThat
%%* NoOneGetsLeftBehind
%%* NoOneShouldSurviveThat
%%* NotSoGreatEscape
* OfficialCouple: Mickey and Minnie. Horace and Clarabelle, too, but depending on the story.
* OldSchoolDogfight: In ''The Mail Pilot''.
%%* OnOneCondition
* OperationJealousy: Minnie starts this a lot, usually as an attempt to get Mickey to pay more attention to her instead of going off on adventures. In one story, Mickey manages pulled a CounterZany on her before things get sorted out.
%%* OrWasItADream
* OtherMeAnnoysMe: A story had Mickey find an alternate universe where he is a crimesolver for the city full time. At first he is excited about visiting this other self, but [[spoiler:it turns out that the alternate him has not only effectively outsourced the official police and made Chief [=O'Hara=] unemployed, with Detective Casey taking his place as Commissioner, but he has also buried himself so deep in work that he has alienated everyone close to him, including Minnie and Pluto]]. Luckily, at the end of the story, [[spoiler:it's implied that Main!Mickey has been able to turn him around and remind him how much his friends matter to him]].
* PaperThinDisguise: And they usually work, too, no matter who's using them.
* PragmaticAdaptation: Some early storylines like ''Blaggard Castle'', ''Rumplewatt the Giant'' and ''The Mail Pilot'' were major reworkings of cartoons, in these cases ''WesternAnimation/TheMadDoctor'', ''Giantland'' and... ''The Mail Pilot'', respectively. AdaptationExpansion was much employed also.
** ''Hoppy the Kangaroo'' is combines elements of ''Mickey's Kangaroo'' and ''Mickey's Mechanical Man'', in which Mickey pits Hoppy, a BoxingKangaroo, against Growlio, a KillerGorilla owned by Pete, in the boxing ring.
** ''The Mystery at Hidden River'' is a reworking of the WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck cartoon ''Timber'', with Mickey in place of Donald. As in that short, ''Hidden River'' features a Chinook-accented Pete, renamed Pierre, owning his own logging camp, where Mickey, at Pete's hands, endures travails not unlike those Donald had endured. The comic story, however, reveals Pete's alternate name and accent as just ruses to keep the authorities off his trail.
* PassedOverInheritance: PlayedForLaughs with [[strike:Dippy Dawg]] Goofy in an early strip.
* PettingZooPeople: Anyone that's not a normal critter or a funny animal is a [[{{Dogfaces}} Dogface]].
%%* PoirotSpeak
* PoliceAreUseless: Not in all stories, but it is in a great many of them.
* {{Premiseville}}: Mickey's hometown, Mouseton.
* PrinceAndPauper: ''The Monarch of Medioka''.
* PrintLongRunners: Since 1935, folks! 1930 if you count when it was a newspaper strip and not in comic book format. Off and on at times, admittedly, but hey... it's still around!
%%* PurelyAestheticEra
%%* TheRadioDiesFirst
%%* RansackedRoom
%%* ReassignmentBackfire
%%* RefusedByTheCall
* {{Retool}}: During Gottfredson's 45-year tenure on the newspaper strip. It had a storyline format in the beginning, but in the 1950s it became gag-a-day when he passed writing duties to another. The comic books, on the other hand, are primarily storyline-driven.
* RidiculouslyAverageGuy: A recurring joke throughout the comics; Mickey is often selected for special opportunities ''because'' he's so average - in the eyes of everyone but his friends and the reader, of course.
** In ''Mickey Mouse and the Orbiting Nightmare (2010)'':
--> '''Reporter:''' We chose him because a group made up of such staggeringly famous people also needs an utterly ordinary everyman!
%%* RippleEffectProofMemory
* RobotMe : Take a look at ''Mickey Mouse: The World of Tomorrow (1944)''.
* RoguesGallery: The Phantom Blot, Pete, Eli Squinch, Sylvester Shyster, and Professors Ecks, Doublex, and Triplex are the most frequently recurring villains.
* RuritanianRomance:
** In Creator/FloydGottfredson's classic "The War Orphans" (1944), Mickey helps two kids from a Ruritanian country threatened by the Nazis.
** Gottfredson's earlier "Monarch of Medioka" (1937) basically repeats the story of the Prisoner of Zenda with Mickey replacing "Prince Michael."
** Romano Scarpa's "Mystery of Tapiocus VI" (1956) finds Mickey helping out the amnesiac king of Mazumia, another Ruritanian country.
** In a more modern story, Mickey and Goofy travel the small country of "Schnitzelstein" to catch a thief, but Mickey forgets that he isn't a well-known detective in Schnitzelstein, and cannot simply walk into a police office and demand their cooperation; he gets Goofy and himself wanted as criminals.
** Casty's recent "The World To Come" finds Mickey and Eega Beeva engaged in intrigue with the country of Illusitania, which is shown on a map as being located near Medioka ''and'' Mazumia.
%%* SanDimasTime
* SaveTheVillain: Despite the fact that Pete's tried multiple times to [[AttemptedRape rape his girlfriend]], kill him horribly, hurt innocent bystanders, and other crimes, Mickey somehow feels obligated to save him if he's about to die. [[UngratefulBastard This doesn't often]] [[TheFarmerAndTheViper end too well]].
%%* SecretTest
%%* SelectiveObliviousness
* SharedUniverse: It is made clear on several occasions that the characters and events exist in the same continuity as the ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse.
* SherlockHomage: Shamrock Bones
%%* ShipShapeShipwreck
* SkyPirates: Pete and Sylvester in ''The Mail Pilot'', who have an airship and a fleet of fighter planes.
%%* SneezeOfDoom
%%* SoMuchForStealth
* SpeciesSurname: Mickey, Minnie, and Mortimer ''Mouse'' (none of whom are related to each other), Clarabelle ''Cow'', Horace ''Horse''collar...
* StayInTheKitchen: In earlier stories, when this kind of thing wasn't really frowned upon, Mickey would generally tell Minnie this. She rarely listened, though.
* SubmarinePirates: Doctor Vulter.
%%* SupervillainLair
%%* SurveillanceAsThePlotDemands
%%* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial
* SymbolSwearing: Especially in earlier comics.
%%* TalkingIsAFreeAction
* ThemeNaming: In ''Blaggard Castle'', a trio of simian {{mad scientist}}s are named Ecks, Doublex and Triplex.
* ThinkingOutLoud:
** A downright ridiculous example is [[http://coa.inducks.org/story.php?c=I+TL+2263-1 the Disney comic "The Mystery of the Old Mansion"]], where the villain is busy with his work, unaware of anything else being present, and suddenly, for no reason, he spontaneously decides to recite four pages' worth of backstory, complete with dramatic acting.
** Lampshaded in [[http://coa.inducks.org/story.php?c=D+2000-013 "Snow It Goes"]], where the villain, in the middle of his soliloquy, mentions that he's going to use the money gained from his scheme for psychiatric therapy to cure his urge to talk to himself.
* ThoseWackyNazis: Some of the comic's run was during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII... so naturally, there were several [[WartimeCartoon anti-Nazi-themed stories]]. These were probably a slap in the face to Hitler himself, [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18748_6-brutal-leaders-their-ridiculous-secret-hobbies.html who happened to be a fan of Disney's works]].
* TickleTorture: Well... according to the story ''Mickey Joins The Foreign Legion'' where it's used, Mickey is apparently [[AnythingButThat very ticklish]].
%%* TimeyWimeyBall
* TookALevelInBadass: Mickey himself, repeatedly. Over the decades he's Taken A Level In Badass more than once, though thanks to the fact that outside the comics he's still largely viewed as the cute, smiling mouse, he's been particularly subject to BadassDecay -- until a new generation of writers and artists show up and have him Re-Take A Level In Badass. The most consistent thing in the comics is turning him into a genius AmateurSleuth (often with Goofy as his PluckyComicRelief {{Sidekick}}), though some stories have presented him as a severe andrenaline junkie.
%%* TrainEscape
%%* TrainStationGoodbye
* TreasureMap: Used a ''lot'', and is one [[TheCall recurring motive]] for Mickey to seek out adventure.
%%* TrojanPrisoner
* TurnedAgainstTheirMasters: A european Mickey comic involved a benevolent alien empire fighting their own sentient war machines. A twist is that they didn't rebel: it's just that when the galaxy finally entered a time of peace, the former enemies dumped all their weapons on a junkyard planet to show their goodwill, and the weapons with AI simply developed a way to continue their programming: fight wars.
%%* TyrantTakesTheHelm
%%* UnusuallyUninterestingSight
* VerticalKidnapping: This happened to Mickey in the beginning of ''Mickey Mouse Joins The Foreign Legion'', a non-fatal variant which was actually a legitimate kidnapping.
* VillainTeamUp: in ''The Past Imperfect'' (1998) numerous Mickey enemies get together; in other stories, it's common for two to pair up.
%%* VillainsActHeroesReact
* VillainyFreeVillain: Mickey once opened a pizza parlor and its success led Petey to open a rival pizza parlor in front of Mickey's. While the readers were expected to cheer for Mickey, Petey couldn't realistically be called a villain until near the end, when he sicced some animals to eat a giant pizza made by Mickey (and even then, it's made clear he didn't like doing this and considered it as a last resort). Fortunately, some of the animals ate the rival's own giant pizza as well. After that, Mickey ran out of flour and his rival ran out of cheese and the two of them decided to share to avoid bankruptcy.
* VoodooShark: The comic "Topolino e il mostro di Micetown". Basically: near the end of the story, the villain has used his transformation machine to turn into a duplicate of Mickey. Due to the way the transformation process works, the villain will change back within a few seconds, at which point the original Mickey will be disintegrated. However, the transformation machine then simply [[DeusExMachina explodes for no reason]], which saves Mickey. He later tries to explain that the machine became "[[LogicBomb confused]]" because he and the villain looked exactly alike, which is an explanation that makes ''no sense'' in any way (for one, the machine's express purpose ''is'' to make two things look exactly alike, so why doesn't it explode with every use?).
%%* WakingUpElsewhere
%%* WalkThePlank
%%* WaterWakeup
%%* WeNeedToGetProof
* WholePlotReference: Happened somewhat often, like in the Donald Duck comics: for example, one story was a Bowdlerized WPR of ''{{Literature/Misery}}'' (Mickey writes a novel series about an Expy of the Phantom Blot, decides to stop writing only for the Blot to kidnap him and force him to write one where he wins) and another was an equally Bowdlerized adaptation of ''Theatre/ArsenicAndOldLace'' (with the old ladies being Robin Hood style thieves instead of murderers but with everything else remaining almost the same, down to the characters' first names)
%%* WhyWontYouDie
* WishingForMoreWishes: In the story "Absolutely Mickey," this is the first wish Mickey asks of the genie he finds. The genie, oddly enough, grants him infinite wishes with no fuss. [[spoiler:However, he's actually an evil demon who always twists the wishes to end up badly, so naturally he wants Mickey to cause as much trouble as possible.]]
* YouDirtyRat: In 1930s Mickey Mouse comics, Minnie's cousin Ruffhouse Rat isn't evilóbut he's a lazy, egotistical flop of an athlete who essentially makes Mickey and Minnie solve his problems for him.
* YouMeddlingKids: If Mickey hadn't been so dogged in chasing him down, the Blot would've gotten away scot-free in his debut scheme. To quote:
-->'''Phantom Blot:''' I lost because of the most stubborn, idiotic, persistent little fool that ever lived! '''That pest!''' *points at Mickey*
* YoungGun: When Mickey goes out West in certain stories, he's one of these. Sometimes he advances to TheGunslinger, ImprobableAimingSkills and all.
* YouTalkinToMe: Goofy does this in a Western story...
%%* {{Zeerust}}