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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, Bill Walsh, Bill Wright, Romano Scarpa, Casty, Carl Fallberg, 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.

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!!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 dangerous velocity and comes flying off at the end.
* AccidentalAimingSkills: Mickey does this every once in a while, particularly in Western stories like ''"Billy the Mouse"''. Special mention goes to ''"The Blot's Birthday Plot"'', in which his ammo is a robot replica of the Phantom Blot. Eurasia, who is nearsighted, had a moment in ''"The Shadow of the Colossus"''.
* ActuallyNotAVampire:
** A subversion of sorts occurs in ''"What? You Want to Live Forever?"''. 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 (title?) with Mickey as a professional PrivateDetective has Mickey encountering a foreign couple [[SdrawkcabName calling themselves Alucard]] who seem to have all the classic vampire traits, 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.
* 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 criminals that inhabit the ElaborateUndergroundBase.
** Mercilessly parodied in ''"Topokolossal"''. [[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, '''K'''atarina '''K'''odorofsky...
* AllJustADream: Combined with OrWasItADream, because of course with thousands of comics in existence this one shows up once in a while. ''"The Pirate Ghostship"'', ''"The World of Tomorrow"'', and ''"The Professor's Experiment"'' are early examples.
* {{Alucard}}: A story(title?) 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.
** The closest to a murder case occurs in ''"The Wonderful Whizzix"'', but A.) Mickey does nto get involved because of anyone's death, and B.) the "murder" was dishonest practice causing death from emotional stress. There still is a vengeful ghost and the "murderer" does feel responsible for the death, but it's as toned down as possible.
** Mind, this doesn't mean that the people he goes up against aren't murderers or implied to be so. Pete's a murderer according to Mickey in ''"The Captive Castaways"'', Grut in ''"Mickey Mouse and the 'Lectro Box"'' may have effectively killed people through the aberzombie process, and the Rhyming Man strangles two of his colleagues in ''"The Atombrella and the Rhyming Man"'', only one of which is hinted at surviving the attack.
* AmoralAttorney: Sylvester Shyster, a lawyer who tries to cheat Minnie out of her inheritance in the very first story arc, ''"Mickey Mouse in Death Valley"''. He would occasionally return as Peg-leg Pete's partner-in-crime. There's also Lawyer Beamish in ''"Billy the Mouse"'', who'd remain limited to his debut comic.
* AnimalSuperheroes: The most prominent superhero in the Mouseverse is Super Goof, the superpowered identity of Goofy, followed by Super Gilly who is his nephew Gilbert. On an incidental level, Mickey gained superpowers in ''"Spidermouse"'' and made use of it for a superhero identity. He also interacted with superheroes in ''"Mickey Mouse Meets Captain Thunder"''.
* 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.(title?)
* ArrestedForHeroism: Several times for multiple characters. Mickey experienced being wanted in ''"Mr. Slicker and the Egg Robbers"'' when he was mistaken for the egg robber while investigating the case. He and Goofy also barely weaseled between being murdered by criminals and arrested by the sheriff to catch the responsible arsonist in ''"The Phantom Fires"''. Horace was arrested and nearly lynched in ''"The Great Orphanage Robbery"'' for being mistaken for the thief when he failed to stop the true criminals. Goofy deliberately got him and Delilah arrested in ''"And Now For Something Completely Different"'' to stop her from completing the burglary and only avoided prison himself because Chief O'Hara knew him to be honest. Super Goof had it happen to him twice in ''"One Nation in Dirigible"'' because the Phantom Blot faked being an ambassador and therefore had diplomatic immunity the police was forced to respect.
* 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: ''"The Mystery of Diamond Mountain"'' 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(title?) had a witch turn Minnie into a lamb by tricking her into eating an enchanted fig.
* {{Balloonacy}}: In ''"The Lost Kingdom"'', the villain steals the entire kingdom of Bolognia by flying off its houses and citizens one by one with balloons.
* BankRobbery: Too many to count. A notable one is in ''"The Right Mouse For The Job"'', in which Mickey applies for a job as banker and has his interview just as Pete and Dexter rob the place.
* BatFamilyCrossOver: Occasionally, there will be some of these with the ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse.
* BeardnessProtectionProgram: In ''"Mickey Outwits The Phantom Blot"'', Mickey manages to convince the Phantom Blot he is someone else by means of a fake beard. It works, until he lifts his hat, to which the beard is attached, in greeting. Morty also tries a fake beard in ''"Morty's Escapade"'', which is not as successful on account of him being a little boy.
* BeneathSuspicion: Don Jollio in ''"The Bat Bandit of Inferno Gulch"'', Drusilla in ''"The House of Mystery"'', and the Mousegomeries in ''""The Jewel Robbery"'' all got this treatment.
* BigBallOfViolence: Reasonably avoided because of the importance of the action. When it's done, it's either for humorous effect like in ''"The Crazy Crime Wave"'' or to keep the focus elsewhere like in ''"Vacation Brake"''.
* BigDamnHeroes: ''"Perils of Mickey: Return to Blaggard Castle"'' has one for Mickey, Horace, and Minnie. Mimi has her moment in ''"The World of Tomorrow"''. ''"History Re-Petes Itself"'' has Minnie, Horace, Goofy, and Clarabelle save Mickey from Pete.
* TheBlank: The human population of Be-Junior during the time they'd "lost face" and were the servants of the aints in ''"Be-junior and the Aints"''. Eega Beeva had a crush on Woo-Woo while she was a blank because not having a face meant she couldn't be ugly, thus she was beautiful. Although gorgeous by Mickey's standards when she and the others got their faces back, Eega no longer fancied her.
* BondVillainStupidity: Gottfredson employed this trope for a few of his villains so Mickey would be able to survive, sometimes as a character trait, other times as an incidental choice. The Phantom Blot in ''"Mickey Outwits The Phantom Blot"'' is revealed to be too soft-hearted to actually watch someone die, so to make up for it, he composed elaborate {{Death Trap}}s to off Mickey instead. Sylvester Shyster does not like the crudeness of direct murder, so he prefers to do things like leaving people tied up next to a bomb. He also knows the finer points of the law so on occasion, such as in ''"The Mail Pilot"'', he delays murder to avoid having to stand trial for it through loopholes. Pete himself refused to personally kill Mickey in ''"The Bar-None Ranch"'' because his then-current setup allowed him to profit without cruelty and he took pride in that. So instead he left his enemy tied up for the vultures to deal with.
* BoundAndGagged: Happened numerous times to Minnie and Clarabelle in the early comics. These days, it's as likely to happen to male characters, in particular whenever Mickey gets played for a DistressedDude.
* BoxingKangaroo: The ''Mickey's Kangaroo'' short served as the inspiration for ''"Hoppy the Kangaroo"'', 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 ''"Mr. Slicker and the Egg Robbers"'', Mickey got into a depressive spell because he thought Minnie loved another. 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 ''"Trapped in Time"'' where Mickey, Goofy, and Gyro Gearloose are transported back to Puritan times and Gyro uses his lighter to start a fire, getting them accused of using witchcraft.
* TheBusCameBack: A big one with Gottfredson and Walsh villains, though relatively rare with non-villains. A lot of characters disappeared after their creator was done with them. The first returns thanks to new writers came in the 70s but it wasn't until the 90s that characters were brought back to stay back.
* CapturedByCannibals: In the older stories like ''"The Pirate Ghostship"'', ''"Mickey Mouse Sails for Treasure Island"'', and ''"In Search of Jungle Treasure"''. These days writers understand how offensive it is and don't do it anymore. Those stories that can't be fixed with a handful of panel redraws are on Disney's "forbidden list", meaning they may only be reprinted in collector albums.
* CardboardPrison: The villains have a tendency to escape prison for the next story to feature them.
* CassandraTruth: Plenty of times to justify why Mickey is (nearly) alone in his fight against whatever is going on. A reversal plays out in ''"Fame"'', where no one believes Mickey didn't defeat the Phantom Blot.
* CaveBehindTheFalls: There's one in ''"The Magic Shoe"'' and others in ''"Alaskan Adventure"'' and ''"The Legend of Loon Lake"'', for example. A natural underwater entrance to an inner part of an island shows up in ''"The Pirate Ghostship"''.
* ClarkesThirdLaw: Goofy once asked Eega Beeva (title?) to use his future technology to help Goofy perform some magic tricks for a group of stage magicians. Since the technology is so advanced, they get kicked out for doing real magic. Goofy himself thought that since Eega Beeva's tricks were indistinguishable from magic, that meant they were magic.
* ClickHello: In ''"The Seven Ghosts"'', Mickey has a gun pointed at the smugglers dressed up as ghosts. They are saved by the other smugglers suddenly showing up. Then Mickey and the others are saved by the police showing up after Mickey contacted them earlier. In ''"The Lair of Wolf Barker"'', Wolf Barker fakes a ClickHello rescue to catch Mickey offguard and have a chance to escape.
* ClearMyName: You'd think Mickey's help in catching criminals in the past would stop this from happening. {{Justified}} when the villain is Miklos. The guy not only looks like Mickey with grey hair, but he's also a MasterOfDisguise and so good at impersonating Mickey that ''nobody'' can tell them apart. In ''"Mickey and the 7 Boglins"'', he even fooled Mickey himself.
* CloningBlues: ''"300 Mickeys"'' pulls this. Then again, Mickey did plan to unmake them at first and did not consider them people until they pointed out to him they were.
* 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: ''Mickey Mouse'' comics have been around since the 30s, not to mention the shorts going back to the 20s, and have gone through a switch from predominantly American-produced to predominantly European-produced. In aiming to be relevant to its time period and production region, the setting has changed, the narrative has changed, characters have changed, characters have been dropped, characters have been added, and so on. The lack of a coherent continuity also means there are multiple traditions for characters to fall in at any given time.
* ContrivedCoincidence: There are thousands of ''Mickey Mouse'' comics. By this time, even the best of them sometimes have to resort to improbable happenstance to keep things fresh and the protagonists alive. Yes, it's cheap that Montmorency Rodent, Mickey's romantic rival in ''"Love Trouble"'', is a fake. Yes, it's mightily convenient that Mickey got an anti-gravity chip right on the day he could use it to escape the Phantom Blot's alligator pit in ''"The Blot's Birthday Plot"''. And yes, it's very fortunate that everybody was right in their home time period when the gates were closed in ''"Mickey Mouse on Quandomai Island"'' even though it would have made sense for some bugs to have reached the dinosaurs already. But sometimes, a story just has to have the room to keep going.
* ConvenientlyPlacedSharpThing: The most iconic probably is the knife chair in ''"Mickey Outwits The Phantom Blot"''. It was meant to stab Mickey would he fall in, but he fell at just an angle that all it did was cut through the rope around his wrists. And lets not forget about the diamond-obsessed villain in ''"The Mystery of Diamond Mountain"'', who provides his prisoners with diamond cutlery even though the prison bars are plain steel.
* ConvictedByPublicOpinion: ''"The Great Orphanage Robbery"'' is a great story on Mickey trying to get back money intended for orphans and a downright bizarre read on the town being convinced Horace Horsecollar stole the cash and deadset on lynching him whether he gets convicted or not. He gets convicted and Mickey returns barely in time with the real crooks (who, of course, do not get lynched). ''"Mickey for Mayor"'' has Mickey being put in a bad light by the ''Daily Quack'' so that he'll lose favor as mayoral candidate. Positively wack accusations do quickly reduce Mickey to the unfavorite.
* CuriosityKilledTheCast: Not lethal, obviously, but so many dangers would've been avoided if Mickey (or rarely another character) could just let a mystery be a mystery. Did Mickey have to come back to the auction house to see if his suspicions about Katarina were right in ''"Claws Of The Cat"''? Did he have to accept the shady invitation to Blaggard Castle in ''"Blaggard Castle"'', let alone the sequel ''"Perils of Mickey: Return to Blaggard Castle"''? Did he have to read "rot in a jar of tar" aloud in ''"The Imp And I"''? Notwithstanding how often Mickey's involvement saves the day, the first and last example are situations that his actions made worse.
* {{Deathtrap}}: The Phantom Blot's trademark.
* DependingOnTheWriter: The Phantom Blot. In some (mostly Italian) stories his real appearance is so well-known that he doesn't bother with the mask and only wears the robe. In other stories, his identity is a total mystery and he is only known by his costume.
* DescriptiveVille: Mickey's hometown is called Mouseton.
* DisguisedInDrag: Many, many times, usually for reasons of HarmlessLadyDisguise, sometimes [[FemalesAreMoreInnocent leaving the question why no actual women take the initiative or are hired for the job]].
** Mickey did it first when dressing as Minnie in ''"Mr. Slicker and the Egg Robbers"''. He also dressed as a woman to catch crooks in ''"The Crazy Crime Wave"'', ''"Top Performance"'' (involuntary), and ''"Schoolgirls"''. Butch joined him in the latter endeavor.
** Pete's first lady dressup was with Eli Squinch in ''"In Search of Jungle Treasure"''. It became a semi-regular thing during the Western Publishing era, including a mermaid disguise in ''"The Ruby Eye of Homar-Guy-Am"''.
** Dan and Idgit played things slightly different in ''"The Treasure of Oomba Loomba"'', a remake of ''"In Search of Jungle Treasure"''. Dan still dressed up as a woman, but Idgit dressed up as a baby. His size makes him fit for child roles in general and when he takes one up it's either Dan or Pete who'll pretend to be his mother.
** Von Weasel dressed as a woman and pretended to be Pete's partner while they spied for military secrets in ''"On a Secret Mission"''. Pete also had two henchmen pretend to be his wife and child in ''"Peg-leg Pete Reforms"''.
** Technically, Rich Hogg spent much of ''"Kali's Nail"'' pretending to be a woman.
** In ''"The Great Giveaway Mystery"'', Mickey from the start believes the old lady that probably robbed a bank actually is a man in disguise for no reason at all. He's right, of course.
** A minor gang leader in ''"Topolino e il problema del due più due"'' longterm pretended to be a woman to avoid suspicion.
** A. J. Graft has his henchmen dress up as women so Super Goof won't dare to use violence against them in ''"The Granny Hang-Up"''. It worked until Goofy decided to call his grandmother for help.
* 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.
* DoubleEntendre: Several times in ''"Love Trouble"''.
--> '''Mortimer (while canoeing):''' "Hi there, Millicent ! Your boyfriend is kinda slow, isn't he?"
--> '''Millicent:''' "He's not as slow as you think... and he's '''very''' smooth !"
* DrillSergeantNasty: Pete gets to be this to Mickey in ''"Mickey Mouse Joins the Foreign Legion"''. He both hates it because Mickey wasn't supposed to be there and could jeopardize his scheme and loves it because it gives him an opportunity to inflict pain and humiliation on his old enemy without any asking questions.
* {{Elseworld}}: ''ComicBook/WizardsOfMickey'' and ''Mickey and the Sleuth'' are these. In a BatFamilyCrossover with the Duck Universe, the American translation of ''Hero Squad: Ultraheroes'' MiniSeries is this as well. Mind that this is an invention of the translator to justify the weirdness of the story. In Italy, where it was created, it's considered canon to the main universe.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Mickey has solved numerous baffling mysteries, rescued many victims of abduction, caught countless crooks [[CardboardPrison multiple times]], returned stolen goods worth millions to their rightful owners, worked for the government, and saved the world more than once. And yet in daily life no one thinks he's ever done anything special at all, not even his closest friends who often are caught up in the adventures themselves. This is a plot point in ''"The Old Switcheroo"'', where the Phantom Blot exchanges bodies with Mickey in order to use his identity for his own gain. After he gets kicked out of the mayor's office and has dealt with Mickey's friends and neighbors, it suddenly dawns on him that he has made an error of judgement: "I've only ever considered the mouse from my own perspective! As a clever, relentless nemesis! But now I understand Mickey Mouse is also a regular schmoe, and nobody would ever let a regular schmoe dominate the world!"
** 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 more malnourished-looking. Before he became Goofy, Horace Horsecollar filled his role as Mickey's best friend and reliable sidekick.
** Early appearances by Donald Duck used his original design with a long beak and when colored often gave him yellow feathers. He also lived with his uncle - not Scrooge, who would not be created until 1947, but an HonoraryUncle named Amos.
* EnemyMine: Lessee... Swifty in ''"The Mystery of Tapiocus VI"'', Trigger Hawkes in ''"Mickey Mouse Joins the Foreign Legion"'', Lotus Blossom does this regularly, and Wiley Wildebeest in ''"The Future Ain't What It Used to Be!"''. And with Pete, it's almost to the point of FriendlyEnemies when this happens.
* EraSpecificPersonality:
** Mickey has gone from a mischievous, questionable excuse for a hero; to an adventure-seeking protagonist with a strong belief in justice; period of being a wannabe-womanizer; to a detective figure; back to an adventure-seeking protagonist with a strong belief in justice.
** Minnie has gone from a damsel-in-distress; to a co-adventurer of name; to a girlfriend waiting at home for Mickey to come back and a taste for silly hats; to a lady preferring the peace of daily life who is nonetheless sensitive to a call-to-arms.
** Goofy has gone from a detrimental acquaintance with incidental appearances; to Mickey's best friend and default sidekick even though his contributions to any adventure are luck-based; to Mickey's best friend whose oddness is on par with his competence.
** Horace has gone from a competent if arrogant sidekick with a more streetwise disposition than Mickey; to an incidental character of limited value; to a hyper-vain if reliable trickster.
** And then there's the Paul Murry version of the Phantom Blot, which is more silly than intimidating and abandoned during the 80s.
* EveryoneKnowsMorse: Mickey knows Morse according to ''"The Seven Ghosts"''. It's implied the recipient at the police office took a while to realize someone was sending Morse through the telephone by tapping a pen, even though the entire message was received. In ''"Mickey Mouse on Pirate Key"'', Mickey combines a lighthouse light with a Venetian blind to signal a message to the coast guard. It's believable they'd spot it timely and are able to understand the message.
* EvilVsEvil: In the ''Orb Saga'', the plot's BigBad and the Phantom Blot get in a squabble over the {{MacGuffin}}s.
* FantasyKitchenSink: All writers contribute to this, but it's a big one of the [=McGreals=], notably the ''Mythos Island'' saga.
* FarOutForeignersFavoriteFood: Eega Beeva, aka. Pittisborum Psercy Pystachi Pseter Psersimmon Plummer-Push, who eats mothballs like sweets.
* FemalesAreMoreInnocent: The [[Characters/MickeyMouseComicUniverseAntagonists antagonist list]] features about 80 names, only 12 of which female. The actual amount of male villains is near-impossible to estimate on account of [[MenAreTheExpendableGender almost all henchmen being male]], but the actual amount of female villains probably is 30-40.
* 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.
* FloatingContinent: A few. Doctor Einmug's sky island he uses as his home is the big one. It was introduced in ''"Island in the Sky"'' and usually shows up when the doctor does. In ''"Uncle Wombat's Tock Tock Time Machine"'', the future home of the flower people, Fertilia, is a floating city. Thirdly, ''"The Case of the Vanishing Bandit"'' has a small island held up by rotor blades. It is used as a hideout by the villains.
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* 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.
* 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.
* FusionDance: The 1990 comic book series ''Mickey Mouse Adventures'' had Professors Ecks and Doublex, two of the three monkey mad scientists that Mickey Mouse faced in ''"Blaggard Castle"'', return as a recurring villain known as Dr. Doublecross, a two-headed being that was created when a mishap with a cloning ray fused Ecks and Doublex together.
* GambitRoulette: In the story "Surprise!". The Phantom Blot puts Mickey in one DeathTrap after another, with Mickey always managing to narrowly escape at the last minute before blundering into the next trap. The Blot's scheme is to fool Mickey into thinking that all the traps have been part of a CandidCameraPrank show, before gunning him down on camera. However, the Phantom Blot seems to have been downright psychic in his planning, predicting that Mickey will get off the out-of-control airplane at just the right moment, that he will land in just the part of the mountains where the Blot's thugs are lying in wait, that he will escape them in exactly the way predicted and end up in exactly the foreseen spot, that he will enter one specific town etc.
* 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.
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* GoshDangItToHeck: Overlaps with CurseOfTheAncients due to the comic series's age. Everyone was using these ''way'' before UsefulNotes/TheComicsCode even existed, so it's never really caused that much awkwardness. Can you honestly picture Mickey Mouse or any of his peers using actual swear words while remaining in-character? Gottfredson and his contemporaries dealt with it by having the cast, usually Pete or a similarly easily agitated villain, utter some variant of "blanketty-blank" or more rarely resort to SymbolSwearing. Goofy has a particular funny moment when he's not allowed in the carriage at the end of ''"The Lair of Wolf Barker"'', uttering "Shucks! Darn! Heck! Gonsarn 't!" as he has to ride in a cart behind it. For a modern example, Mickey used the substitute "fun" in the line "Like fun you did!" in ''"The Shadow of the Colossus"''.
* 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 Mouse Joins the Foreign Legion"'', Mickey gets "volunteered" because Trigger Hawkes jabbed him from behind with his bayonet. This causes him to yelp out and jump forward, which was planned to be taken as an act of volunteering by Pete.
* 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
* HauntedTechnology: ''"The Wonderful Whizzix"'' is a light horror story in which Goofy acquires a special car, which he names Whizzix. The car turns out to be sapient and sensitive for criminal intent. Within 24 hours of being free, it captures nine crooks. This draws the attention of Mortimer Wham, owner of the Wham Automobile Factory. In 1907 (some 45 years before the events of the comic), he swindled Hezabiah Whiz out of his automobile business. Hezabiah died a week later of a broken heart and Mortimer is certain Whizzix is haunted and after him. He is for the most part correct, but it are his own actions in trying to destroy Whizzix that bring his old crimes to light. After he's been sentenced, Hezabiah's soul leaves Whizzix.
%%* HeyWait
* HiddenVillain: Councilman Cattfur in ''"Editor-in-Grief"''. In fact, he never appears in-person in the story, being only talked about.
* HopeSpot: ''"No Good Deed..."'' sets up a scenario in which Pete seriously considers reforming after being told he's a good person. Then he gets arrested.
* IdenticalStranger: Four times, not even counting his RobotMe, did the early comics have Mickey discover that someone looks (nearly) exactly like him. And then there's a bunch of modern comics too.
** ''"The Monarch of Medioka"'' (King Michael XIV), ''"Billy The Mouse"'' (Billy the Mouse), ''"Mickey's Dangerous Double"'' (Miklos the Grey Mouse), and ''"Mickey the Icky"'' (Svengard) all pull this, as do ''"Mouse by Mousewest"'' (Jake Bland) and ''"The Stool-Pigeon Parrot"'' (Ricky Rodent). Of note is Mickey's CriminalDoppelganger Miklos. While not a complete lookalike on account of Miklos not having the title "The Grey Mouse" for nothing, he is an extremely good impersonator, to the point that when the existence of the double is revealed ''nobody can tell them apart'' (Pluto can, but he's not always available). Miklos returned in two Italian stories: ''"Mickey and the Grey Scourge"'', where he teams up with Pete and is eventually identified thanks to Casey and Pluto, and ''"Mickey and the 7 Boglins"'', in which Miklos briefly managed to convince Mickey '''he''' was another red-furred double. This time Minnie had noticed that the Grey Mouse wasn't really Mickey and tricked him into getting a tattoo. When the two Mickeys were brought in she recognized the fake from that.
** Gottfredson also wasn't hesitant to point out that Mickey and Minnie are only high heels and red shorts apart in the looks department. Mickey successfully was mistaken for Minnie with only a clothes swap in ''"Mr. Slicker and the Egg Robbers"'' and ''"Artists And Models"''. ''"The Monarch of Medioka"'' has a particularly pointed setup when Duke Varlott has finally figured out that whom he thought was a double of King Michael XIV actually is the king and that it's Mickey who is on the throne pretending to be the king. With Michael captured and Mickey blackmailed, he thinks he's got it all figured out. Then Minnie gets involved in search of Mickey and Varlott's reaction literally is "'''Three''' of zem now!"
** Aside from her llikeness to Mickey, the trope also is in effect for Minnie in ''"The Riddle of the Red Hat"''. Minnie's and her double's faces are nothing alike, but the rest of them is.
** Pete had one in ''"The Mystery of Tapiocus VI"'' in the form of the royal heir of Mazumia (Duke Feline). Naturally, he took advantage of this to try and seize control of said country by [[SwappedRoles swapping roles]].
** Then there's ''"His Unroyal Highness"'' (Prince Tazzi), ''"The Search for the Zodiac Stone!: An Epic Yarn of Mice and Ducks!: Paris Is Goofing"'' (Part 7) (Count Roland Gallánt), ''"Trail of the Golden Bell"'' (El Scarro), and ''"The Outlaw Trail"'' (Slippery Sam) for Goofy, not to mention all Goofy's identical relatives. One of them, Arizona Goof, even stars in numerous comic stories of his own.
* [[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]].
* IncredibleShrinkingMan: One of Bill Walsh's favorite tropes. It first shows up in ''"The Pirate Ghostship"'' and reappears in ''"Tzig-tzag Fever"'' coupled with TakenForGranite as well as in ''"Hoosat from Another Planet"'' and ''"The Ghost of Black Brian"'' coupled with PeopleJars. Outside of Walsh's writing, there's also ''"Topolino e il dottor Orridus"'', which also combines it with People Jars.
* IndyPloy: Mickey's notorious for using these.
* InevitableWaterfall: As the trope goes, it's inevitable. Examples show up in ''"The Moose Monster Mystery"''.
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* InSpiteOfANail: Occurs in ''"The Future Ain't What It Used to Be!"''. After a messy trip to dinosaur times, Mickey, Goofy, Einmug, and Wiley Wildebeest return to their time period only to find dinosaurs now are the dominant species. Each dinosaur is the equivalent of someone they knew in the not-dinosaur timeline, making it all the more disturbing when they get hunted by "their friends". They do not encounter any dinosaur who is an equivalent to the them even though they should if they existed (dinosaur-Einmug would not have many hiding places on his sky island), so it seems that their travel through time precluded them from being represented in the dinosaur timeline.
* 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: After getting Horace to propose to Clarabelle, Mickey cheerfully leaves them alone in ''"Clarabelle's Boarding House"''. Bit of a subversion happens in ''"The Treasure of Sierra Motty"''. Mickey has exposed Eli Squinch as being after a treasure that doesn't belong to him, but the woman he was to marry to get the treasure doesn't know this yet. Eli asks Mickey to give him some minutes alone with Sierra so he can explain it himself and not leave her in tears. Mickey grants him this and while Eli does hold his word (in part because Sierra is a bit of a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}), he also escapes through the backdoor.
* 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 ''"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 Nazi Germany.
%%* LikeRealityUnlessNoted
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Hey, it's one of those PrintLongRunners, what did you expect?
* LockedRoomMystery: A few occur in the more detective-oriented stories, such as ''"The Black Feather Baffler"'' (the thief is a crow).
* 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 ''"Blaggard Castle"''.
* MagicalCamera: Mickey and Goofy find one in ''"Lost Treasure Trackers"''. It has a setting that allows the user to take pictures of the environment as it was in the past.
* MagicalClown: One 1955 gag comic has a "crazy circus clown" be the star of Goofy's nightmares. To escape him, Goofy and Mickey switch houses for a while. Goofy can finally catch some good rest, but now the clown visits Mickey.
%%* MatchlightDangerRevelation
* MesACrowd: In ''"300 Mickeys"'', Mickey uses Eega Beeva's copying gun to clone himself so he could commit to two appointments. However, the replication is not a one-shot event and soon enough there's numerous Mickey clones that keep duplicating. The clones steal the gun and try to replicate the whole Earth to have a place for themselves... [[WhatAnIdiot from an airplane]]. It only nets them a new island in the middle of a river, which the clones decide to inhabit anyway until their numbers cause the island to sink. Eventually, Eega Beeva saves the clones by teleporting them to a nice uninhabited planet he happened to know of, making sure to stop the cloning process first. In ''"Too Many Goofs"'', Goofy gets a double due to a machine made by Doc Static. At first, Mickey thinks he's got two best friends now, but the Goofs only pay attention to each other. When Mickey tries to talk about it, they turn on each other for his sake until one of the Goofs agrees to leave. Ultimately, neither Goof can bare to separate from the other and when they bump into each other on runiting, they fuse back into one as a flaw in the replicating process that conveniently solves the problem.
* MechaMooks: The criminal quintet in ''"The Mystery of the Robot Army!"'' aimed to have an army of these. ''"The Coming Of Quadruplex"'' sees Professors Ecks, Doublex, and Triplex have a unit of giant robots which are controlled by a hypnotized Sam Simian and later by by Ecks and Doublex directly. In ''"The Blot's Birthday Plot"'', the Phantom Blot tries to create an army of replicants but never gets beyond one (that can split into four), while he gets his mechanical legion in ''"Darkenblot"''.
%%* 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 the ''Blotman'' series, the Phantom Blot, a ManipulativeBastard and trademark villain, is a superhero.
** In the ''X-Mickey'' series, Mickey travels through portals to another dimension and meets its inhabitants unique to this series. Most notable is the Goofy-lookalike werewolf named Pipwolf, but there's also Manny who looks like Minnie in white colors. Mickey counterpart, Lenny, is her brother.
* MistakenForBadass: ''Goofy'', of all people.
%%* MistakenForSpies
* ModularFranchise: When paired with the ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse. The ''Orb Saga'', for example, is set in it.
%%* MotiveMisidentification
* MuggingTheMonster: Played with in ''"He Hit Him Back First"'', where Mickey thinks he's been pickpocketed and threatens the supposed pickpocketer into giving him the money. When he returns home, it turns out he'd forgotten to bring his money in the first place.
* 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.
* MySignificanceSenseIsTingling: Goofy's got this in the form of a twitchy toe. Sometimes, he can predict the weather with it. At other times, such as in ''"Invaders from Hootowl Hollow"'' and ''"Lair of the Pirates"'', he can tell his family is in trouble.
* NailsOnABlackboard: Eega Beeva used this and variants to get a confession from the Phantom Blot in ''"The Blot's Double Mystery"''.
* NeverLearnedToRead: Pete in ''"The Captive Castaways"'' and Two-Finger Frank in ''"Billy the Mouse"''. It saves Mickey's cover because they can't read the evidence that he's tricking them. Pete still can't read in ''"On a Secret Mission"''.
* 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.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: The first half of ''"Mickey Mouse Sails for Treasure Island"'' is a tense unfolding of events as Mickey and Minnie slowly realize the entire crew wouldn't mind seeing them dead, which is due to the manipulations of Pete and Sylvester Shyster. It comes down to a mutiny the two survive only through luck. Once on the sought-for island, they meet Captain Churchmouse and learn that the two villains may actually be expert mutineers because they pulled the same thing on him and that's how he got stranded all those years ago. When it's time to depart to Mouseton, Mickey objects to bringing the two back home as it means they'll be hanged. Instead, he leaves them with a gun with ten bullets to defend themselves against the animals and cannibals while not forming much of an active danger. Fair question what he thought would happen because either the two die a more cruel death than hanging or they get saved by another ship and that puts the command of that ship in danger. Cue ''"The Mail Pilot"'', in which Pete and Sylvester return and yep, they got saved by a passing ship, said ship stumbled upon a wreck loaded with riches, Pete and Sylvester started a mutiny, the commanding officers were made to walk the plank, and then the duo invested the money into setting up an army of SkyPirates. So, by refusing to have blood on his hands, Mickey indirectly caused the probable death of an unknown number of innocent people.
%%* NoFameNoWealthNoService
* NotMeThisTime
** In ''"The Return of the Phantom Blot"'', 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,(title?) 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.(title?)
%%* NoOneCouldSurviveThat
%%* NoOneGetsLeftBehind
%%* NoOneShouldSurviveThat
%%* NotSoGreatEscape
* OfficialCouple: Mickey and Minnie. Horace and Clarabelle, too, but with a bit of rivalry of Goofy and Clarabelle in some (mostly American) stories. Goofy was steady with Glory-Bee in the 70s, but she's been OutOfFocus ever since. Pete and Trudy aren't entirely there yet due to Trudy's comics having barely been published in North America, but she is gaining ground.
* OldSchoolDogfight: In ''"The Mail Pilot"''.
* OnOneCondition: Mickey's inheritance in ''"The Treasure of Marco Topo"'' comes with many ridiculous demands. Part of it is on the law firm arranging things, while the rest is dressed up as a treasure hunt of which Mickey isn't allowed to keep the reward.
** In one story, Pete has to commit no crimes for a year in a row to collect an inheritance. Mickey tries to get him some honest job but there's nothing Pete can do without feeling like taking advantage of the job to pull a scam. In desperation, he turns himself in for a past crime he got away with so he'll spend a whole year in prison, where he'll be unable to commit any crimes.(title?)
* 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.
* 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.
* PeopleZoo: In ''"Spook's Island"'', Professor Pip lives on the titular island with his pet gorilla Spook. While searching for the criminal who killed Spook's mate, any crook who turns out not to be the killer is stored away in a private zoo for the gorilla's entertainment.
* 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"'' 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 ''"The Crazy Crime Wave"''.
%%* 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!
%%* 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 1940s it became gag-a-day when he passed writing duties to Walsh. 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 : ''"The World of Tomorrow"'' introduced Mickey Jr., who is this to Mickey.
* RoguesGallery: The Phantom Blot, Pete, Eli Squinch, Sylvester Shyster, and Professors Ecks, Doublex, and Triplex are the most frequently recurring villains.
* {{Ruritania}}: Gottfredson himself created ''"The Monarch of Medioka"'', which is a rewrite of ''Literature/ThePrisonerOfZenda'' with Mickey as Rudolf and the setting named Medioka, and ''"The War Orphans"'', in which Mickey helps the royal family of Tevobravia when they are threatened by Nazi Germany. Scarpa produced ''"Mystery of Tapiocus VI"''. It has Mickey help out the amnesiac king and duke of Mazumia. In ''"His Unroyal Highness"'' (writer unknown), Goofy takes the place of his lookalike Prince Tazzi of Artovia, while in ''"Gone to Begonia"'' (writer unknown) Minnie takes care of a heritage-proving locket of the missing princess of Begonia until she has an opening to claim the throne. ''"The Case of the Talking Bone"'' (author unknown) sees Mickey come to the aid of his friend Prince Rupert of Transmania. Halas wrote ''"The Von Borloff Affair"'', in which Mickey and Goofy travel to Schnitzelstein to catch the Phantom Blot while dealing with being wanted as criminals themselves. And ''"The World to Come"'' by Casty sends Mickey and Eega Beeva to Illusitania, which is shown on a map as being located near Medioka and Mazumia.
%%* SanDimasTime
* SaveTheVillain: As early as ''"Mickey Mouse Sails for Treasure Island"'', Mickey has been vocal about not killing or letting criminals die no matter how much they've already done to kill him and [[UngratefulBastard will likely try again]]. Same goes for crimes against other people.
* SecretTest: Notably in ''"Mickey Mouse Joins the Foreign Legion"'', where the secret service dons hoods and abducts Mickey. They give him the choice to either give up various secrets or meet his end several times, all of which Mickey refuses, thereby proving his reliability. In fairness, the predicament they need him for involves a secret service agent who could not be trusted, but it's still a very elaborate and rather terrifying test towards someone who already has proven his worth in past adventures.
%%* SelectiveObliviousness
* SharedUniverse: It is made clear on several occasions that the characters and events exist in the same continuity as the ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse.
* SherlockHomage: More times than you can shake a stick at. Recurring cast members Shamrock Bones and Sureluck Sleuth as well as one-timer Surefoot Jones in ''"Surefoot Jones"'' are characters that by design homage Sherlock Holmes. Goofy fulfilled the role in ''"Sheerluck Goof and the Giggling Ghost of Nottenny More"''.
%%* ShipShapeShipwreck
* SkyPirates: Pete and Sylvester in ''"The Mail Pilot"''. Pete again in ''"Monstrous Air Serpent"''.
* SlidingScaleOfAnthropomorphism: A scale's right, covering the entire spectrum. FurryConfusion can't get any more confusing.
** First you've got the Animalistic Animals, most of which intelligent but [[SpeechImpairedAnimal Speech Impaired Animals]]. Examples of these are Pluto, Fifi the Peke, Dinah the Dachshund, Bobo the Elephant, Spooks the Gorilla, and Hoppy the Kangaroo.
** Then you've got the [[CivilizedAnimal Civilized Animals]] (leaning towards Borderline PettingZooPeople), which are the original cast members before any redesigns. Examples of these are the (standard design) ducks, Clara Cluck, Clarabelle Cow, and Horace Horsecollar. Special mentions go to Ellsworth and Ellroy, mynah birds that anthropomorphized from pets into a medium between person and animal just as likely to hold a job as to be captured by a bird enthusaist, Gregory Gopher, a mutated regular gopher indistinguishable form a people-gopher, and to Weegie, a “missing link” who is treated like an animal in-universe despite being sapient.
** The PettingZooPeople make up most of the A-list and B-list characters. In the early years, by far most characters, even incidental ones, were [=PZPs=], but as the comic series evolved {{dogfaces}} took up a growing percentage and several characters, like Pete, got redesigned away from their original animal-like appearance. After decades of somewhat monotonous dogface designs, [=PZPs=]made a lightweight comeback during the 90s, notably in the ''Mickey Mouse Adventures'' comics, and examples of (modern) [=PZPs=] are Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Lucius Lamb, Chirpy Bird, Doctor Vultur, Wiley Wildebeest, and Emil Eagle.
** (Borderline) LittleBitBeastly are represented by one word - {{dogfaces}}. In the early comics, they tended to be much more doglike, like Duke Varlott, but by the time Walsh took over as writer they became humanlike by default, like Doctor Grut. Dogfaces have since been the go-to [=LBBs=], while alternatives, like Lois Lamb, are rare. A peculiarity of the Walsh era with some followup in Italian comics is the tendency to draw [[HumanoidFemaleAnimal female dogfaces as humans]]. From the fact they exclusively associate with male dogfaces and sometimes are related to them, they contextally remain dogfaces, even though they are indistinguishable from humans. Examples of regular dogfaces are Glory-Bee, Eli Squinch, the Rhyming Man, Dangerous Dan [=McBoo=], Idgit the Midget, and Delilah, while human-dogfaces include Katherine Krisp and Princess Silvy of Illusitania.
** Notwithstanding the above, there are actual humans in the comics. Many of them are crossover characters from other Disney properties who showed up regularly or significantly with the mice (and ducks) starting the 60s. Examples are Mad Madam Mim, Gepetto, Captain Hook, and Witch Hazel, as well as original faces like Santa Claus and Meringue the Malevolent.
** And you can bet writers occasionally insert jokes about the SlidingScaleOfAnthropomorphism. In ''"The Mystery at Hidden River"'', Mickey searches for Clarabelle, who has disappeared, and describes her to the locals. One woman claims to have seen her and mentions she's been tied to a tree by a man two days ago. When Mickey incredulously runs to the spot, it turns out the "victim" is a regular cow. A 1955 newspaper comic repeats this joke by introducing Goofy's cousin Wilspeth, who's a beaver. He nearly gets adopted by regular beavers. And in ''"Mickey for Mayor"'', Pete goes around making photos of Mickey to use them as the basis of bad publicity news articles. One photo is of Mickey's hand as he reaches for the camera to block the view. The headline? "Mouse Mauls Cuddly Cats!"
* SneezeOfDoom: As a comedy trope, Goofy is suspectible to be written as having this. He's got it in ''"The Bee Bee-Havers"'', which kickstarts the adventure. In the AlternateContinuity comic ''"The Viking Raiders"'', Goofy's sneezes at first cause trouble, but they also prove useful to fill the sails for a swift escape.
%%* SoMuchForStealth
* SpeciesSurname: Mickey, Minnie, and Mortimer ''Mouse'' (none of whom are related to each other), Felicity ''Fieldmouse'', Clarabelle ''Cow'', Horace ''Horse''collar, Sam ''Simian'', Captain ''Doberman'', Nathaniel ''Churchmouse'', Emil ''Eagle'', Lucius ''Lamb'', Chirpy ''Bird'', Professor ''[=McMonk=]'', and so many more.
* StayInTheKitchen: In earlier stories, such as ''"Mickey Mouse Sails for Treasure Island"'', ''"In Search of Jungle Treasure"'', and ''"The Captive Castaways"'', Mickey would occasionally tell Minnie this. If he did, however, Minnie would rarely listen. In ''"The Sacred Jewel"'', his approach is to just bring her along immediately to save the both of them time.
--> '''Mickey:''' "The kind of trip ''you'' shouldn't go on, but if I told you that, ya'd only talk me into takin' ya -- an' there's no time to argue!"
* StrawFeminist: Ida Howel in ''"The Big Switcheroo"'' is depicted as a hypocrit. Her organization is a-subtly called "Women's [[FunWithAcronyms FAL]]", which is said to stand for "Freedom And Liberty". The comic goes out of its way not to give feminism a single point in its favor.
* SubmarinePirates: Doctor Vulter.
%%* SupervillainLair
%%* SurveillanceAsThePlotDemands
%%* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial
%%* TalkingIsAFreeAction
* TechnoBabble: Relatively rare, considering the huge amount of faux science. In ''"The Blot's Double Mystery"'', the Phantom Blot can become invisible in heated rooms because his cloak reflects infrared and humans can't see that part of the spectrum. Also, there's a growth potion in ''"Monster Island"'' for which a [[ReversePolarity countering shrinkage potion was produced "by reversing the elements"]].
* TenLittleMurderVictims: ''"10 Little Mickey Kids"'' is a comic about how ten little mice get into situations leading to the often gruesome death of one of them. This goes on until only two are left, who just can't manage to get themselves deadified too. The story seems to be some sort of absurd bridge between the horde of mouse orphans in ''Orphan's Benefit'' and the existence of Mickey's nephews Morty and Ferdie, who are designed after the orphans.
* 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]].
** Recurring villain Doctor Vulter got his start this way, and still tries to TakeOverTheWorld.
* TickleTorture: According to ''"Mickey Mouse Joins the Foreign Legion"'' and ''"Mickey Mouse and the 'Lectro Box"'', Mickey is [[AnythingButThat very ticklish]].
* TimeyWimeyBall: With the introduction of Eega Beeva, the ''Mickey Mouse'' comics were technically locked into an unchangeable future scenario. Of course, no one has felt obliged to be beholden to that and some stories have reimagined Eega as an alien anyway. Notable in ''"Future Imperfect"'', in which Eega Beeva still is a time traveller and has access to futuresight technology. Mickey uses it to change Butch's future, but finds that his actions are what caused the future Mickey saw (and misinterpreted) to happen. However, throughout the story Eega Beeva acts as if the future can, indeed, be changed, and Mickey certainly believes it even though Eega's existence should make him think twice.
* 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.
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* TrainStationGoodbye: A non-romantic version occurs in ''"Love Trouble"'', where Minnie and Mickey see Madeline off. Madeline, Mickey's cousin, had been pretending to be Mickey's new girlfriend to give him an edge against Montmorency, Minnie's new boyfriend. The focus of the goodbye is on Minnie, who regrets having had so little time with Madeline as a friend compared to their time as rivals.
* TrapDoor: A favorite of Professors Ecks, Doublex, and Triplex, to the point Mickey is aware of it and on the lookout when dealing with the professors. As an expy of theirs, Doctor Frankenollie has one before his front door. Sparkles Spumoni in ''"The Mystery of the China Santa"'' has a similarly placed trapdoor. The Phantom Blot also occasionally uses them, such as in ''"The Orb Saga: Tis The Season To Be Wicked"'' (Part 6).
* TreasureMap: Used a ''lot'' and is one [[TheCall recurring motive]] for Mickey to seek out adventure. Stories to use one are ''"Race for Rickes"'', ''"Sunken Treasure"'', ''"The Giant Pearls of Agoo Island"'', ''"The Sign of the Squid"'', and ''"The Ghost of the Conquistador"''. Stories that build their plot around a fake one are ''"The Pirates' Den"'' and ''"The Lost Mine Of Misery Mountains"''.
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* 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.(title?)
* TyrantTakesTheHelm: Pete in ''"The World of Tomorrow"'' takes control of the Empire of Mekkakia from Professor Numbspiegel and "always was" a high-ranking member of Russia's secret police in ''"The Moook Treasure"''. He also got crowned king of Atlantis in ''"Lost Atlantis"'' and of Shan-Grillà in ''Topolino nel favoloso regno di Shan-Grillà"'' through dishonest means. Things aren't any better when he and Sylvester Shyster cooperate, as ''"Mickey Mouse Sails for Treasure Island"'' and ''"The Mail Pilot"'' show they will start a mutiny to replace the commanding staff if allowed on a ship, while in ''"Vacation Brake"'' they took control of the law of small town. In regards to other villains, the Duchess is the acting ruler until the princess returns in ''"Gone to Begonia"''. She's the one who made her disappear in the first place and who will become queen if she doesn't return before her sixteenth birthday. In ''"The World to Come Part"'', Illusitania is ruled by Prince Nikolai, the power-hungry son of King Kontinento, who keeps his father believing he's sick and has walled-off the royal palace so none of his family can see the effects of his reign.
* UnexpectedInheritance: In the very first story, ''"Death Valley"'', Minnie unexpectedly inherits a mine from her uncle Mortimer. It turns out he's still alive and the inheritance was merely a test how safe she'd without his watchful eye so he can prepare for when he does actually die. Her status as a heiress is relevant again in ''"Mickey Mouse and the Gypsies"'', in which Minnie is abducted for a ransom aimed at Mortimer.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: The comics written by Bill Walsh have traces of this, the later ones more than the early ones. For reasons that the stories became much more acid trippy, not for reasons that reactions became any more realistic.
* 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.
* VillainousCrush: Hoo boy, there's been some. Minnie, being the hero's girl, has been the target of most. Pete's the classic villain for that, but this has been almost erased with the introduction of Trudy and to a lesser extent Chirpy. Sylvester Shyster also goes way back having a crush on her (in ''"The Cavern in the Shifting Sands"'', the script called for him to be present instead of Eli Squinch, whose one-time crush on Minnie comes out of nowhere if taken at face value). According to Prince Penguin, Minnie is one of the finest treasures he ever has laid eyes on. Miklos, while not being shown to particularly like her, planned to marry her and live his life with her as Mickey would have. ''"Fearsome Fungi"'' has the Phantom Blot of all people develop a one-time crush on Minnie. And then there's the Mr. Slicker/Mortimer Mouse/Montmorency Rodent character-villain spectrum. Mickey, meanwhile, has the Princess of Dead Man's Isle fancying him, who may have gone through a LoveRedeems situation but this is never made clear and it's not bringing back any of her victims. Lotus Blossom also likes him. And then there's the... interesting situation of [[DistaffCounterpart how much Mickey and Minnie look alike]]. All the way back in 1930, Gottfredson had Mickey put on Minnie's clothes in ''"Mr. Slicker and the Egg Robbers"'' to avoid arrest and if you think Slicker could tell it wasn't Minnie he was flirting with, you're wrong. [[FoeYay/ComicBooks Pete and Mickey]] also have their moments, from ''"In Search of Jungle Treasure"'' in which he goes on how pretty Mickey is tied up to a tree to ''"Schoolgirls"'' where Mickey pretends to be a girl and Pete declares "her" his dreamboat within mere hours. Clarabelle Cow has caught the eye of both the Imp and Taurus Tuffy, while Goofy got hit on by Delilah and Zenobia, who went through a LoveRedeems arc. In fact, the only one of Mickey's "team" to have been spared is Horace, who probably would be deeply insulted [[MediumAwareness if he knew]].
* VillainTeamUp: It's common for two villains or villain units to join forces, with Pete and Emil Eagle being central team-up material. Anything above two is surprisingly rare. Comics to feature these are ''"The Past-Imperfect"'', which brings together Pete, Sylvester Shyster, Eli Squinch, Professors Ecks, Doublex, and Triplex, and Doctor Vulter, ''"Topolino e il segreto di Basettoni"'', wherein Sylvester Shyster, Pete, the Phantom Blot, and Doctor Vulter cooperate on a plan, and ''"Mouseton, the Eagle Has Landed (and He's out for Revenge)"'', which teams up Pete, Emil Eagle, and Prince Penguin.
** There are also a handful of crossover alliances with ''Duck'' villains. In ''"Macchia Nera e il botto di capodanno"'', Pete, Trudy, Portis, Scuttle, the Rhyming Man, the Phantom Blot, Emil Eagle, and the Beagle Boys join forces. In the ''Hero Squad: Ultraheroes'' stories, the Sinister Seven consists of Pete, Emil Eagle, the Phantom Blot, Rockerduck, Zafire, Inquinator, and Spectrus.
* VillainsActHeroesReact: There are exceptions, such as romance stories like ''"Love Trouble"'' and quest-based adventures like ''"The Search for the Zodiac Stone!: An Epic Yarn of Mice and Ducks!"'' or whenever a TreasureMap is involved, but by far most stories are about stopping some crook or evil entity.
* 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. (title?)
* VoodooShark: The comic ''"Topolino e il mostro di Micetown"'' does this. 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: Mickey is at a high risk of this. Stories to do this to him include ''"The Midas Ring"'' and ''"The Past-Imperfect"''. A special mention goes to ''"An Impish Bad Birthday"'' for having Mickey wake up not elsewhere, but a day later, thereby missing his birthday.
* WalkThePlank: Nearly happens to Mickey when he's time-travelled to the 17th Century and ends up aboard Captain Greatbeard's ship. He is saved because the sharks are chased away by a whale that would've destroyed the ship were it not for her timely crush on Pluto. In ''"The Mail Pilot"'', Pete and Sylvester mention having been picked up by a ship, brought about a mutiny, and forced the commanding officers to walk the plank. They're probably dead.
* WaterWakeup: Happens to Mickey in ''"The Past-Imperfect"'' and to the Phantom Blot in ''"The Blot's Double Mystery"''.
* WeNeedToGetProof: A recurring hassle for Mickey before he can put a stop to whatever scheme he's gotten on the track of. Subverted in ''"The Mystery of the Robot Army!"'', where the police believed Mickey without further question but Mickey ruined things by taking a piece of evidence with him, which the villains discovered and took as cue that it was time to clear out before the police arrived. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in ''"The Mystery at Hidden River"'' when Mickey discovers Pete's presence at the crime site early in the story:
--> '''Mickey:''' "Well, I don't have to be clairvoyant to know who's the villain in this mystery! The trick is to get the goods on him!"
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Mickey, Goofy, and Pluto encounter a sapient race of giant ants. FurryConfusion is in full effect as they wear clothes and [[EveryoneKnowsMorse communicate in Morse code]]. The ants try to make slaves out of the trio, who then sic a giant anteater on them and calmly sit around as the critter eats a good portion of the colony alive.
* WhereNoParodyHasGoneBefore: Mickey Mouse italian magazine has a multiple story-arc parody of Star Trek named "Star-Top".
* WholePlotReference: There's two types; the ones referencing external fiction and writers revisiting their own work.
** The plot of ''"The Monarch of Medioka"'', as noted earlier on this page, is very close to the plot of ''Literature/ThePrisonerOfZenda''. ''"The Return of Phantom Bob"'' is a Bowdlerized WPR of ''{{Literature/Misery}}'' and another comic is 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).(title?)
** ''"In Search of Jungle Treasure"'' is almost the same story as ''"Mickey Mouse Sails for Treasure Island"'', only with Goofy taking over weirdo duties from Captain Churchmouse and Eli Squinch replacing Sylvester Shyster. As well, ''"Mickey Mouse and the 'Lectro Box"'' is noticeably the predecessor to ''"The House of Mystery"'', which takes the second-half horror aspect and refines the villain, and ''"The Atombrella and the Rhyming Man"'', which takes the first-half scifi aspect and refines the invention. Meanwhile, the only difference of note between ''"Westward Whoa!"'' and ''"Law and Disorder"'' is the presence/absence of Pete.
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* WishingForMoreWishes: In ''"Absolutely Mickey"'', this is the first wish Mickey asks of the genie he finds. The genie grants him infinite wishes with no fuss, because [[spoiler:he's actually an evil demon who twists the wishes to end up badly. So naturally he wants Mickey to cause as much trouble as possible.]]
* YouDirtyRat: Minnie's cousin Ruffhouse Rat in ''"Boxing Champion"'' isn't evil, but he is 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...(title?)
* {{Zeerust}}: Inevitable considering the comic series's age and its inclusion of time travel since the early years. ''"The World of Tomorrow"'' is a strong example of the trope, showcasing a world of flying cars where the milkman still dutifully comes by every day.
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