Webcomic / Of Mice and Mayhem

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From 1989 to 1993, Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers aired on American free TV. Also in the 90s, several more or less official comics were released for young readers (and, unbeknownst to the House of Mouse, the growing ranks of dedicated fans). In January 2003, however, one guy from New York City outdid it all single-handedly when he published something he had worked on for three years: Of Mice and Mayhem.

It is a Web Comic, or rather a Web Graphic Novel: It follows a comicbook page layout and, unlike the serial format of most web fiction, the entire story—all 232 pages, including a front and back cover—was published at once.

Instead of throwing the show's concept over and making up something entirely new, Of Mice and Mayhem picks up where the show left, and that is presumably after the episode "Good Times, Bat Times". Three of the most popular one-shot characters have joined the Rescue Rangers (giving at least two of them an extra popularity boost), and this extra personnel, together with their individual abilities, is direly needed on the case the Rangers are thrown into, a case that doesn't only go beyond anything ever seen in official material, but also takes several months to solve. Since the target audience isn't the same as the show's at that time—the first generation of fans who had all grown up by then rather than the kids who watched CDRR on Toon Disney—the author could increase the overall intensity by multiple notches.

While some accuse it of being a bad excuse for blatant Shipping promotion, most fans regard Of Mice and Mayhem as one of the greatest creations ever done by a Rescue Rangers fan and "up there" together with the Fan Fiction epic Rhyme And Reason. It is often considered superior to the show as well as the official comics, both story-wise and artwork-wise, and it received fandom awards by the dozen.

Click here to read this fan crafting (or view it on the comic's Facebook page). Prepare for a sleepless night or two after taking it in. note 

Fans will be delighted to know that the author is planning a sequel, but it won't be finished for some time.


Of Tropes and Mayhem:

  • '80s Hair: Gadget's famously poofy blond mane is lampshaded when she returns with a more modern hairstyle.
  • Animal Testing: Nimnul did that in his lab in the Flashback.
  • Bald of Evil: Ferrante. In fact, even Gadget when the chip's effect kicks in.
  • Big Bad: Dr. Snow.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Gadget plus a couple of nameless rat assassins.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Both Chip and Gadget, but especially Chip. Although he is deeply in love with her, he'd rather wish her to find another mouse someday than to spend her life with someone from another species with whom she cannot have a family.
  • Continuity Nod: Chip and Dale mention their past rivalries over girls, particularly Gadget. Dale is over Gadget by this point, but Chip jokes about missing the competitions and having to develop a crush on Foxglove just to retain it. Dale isn't amused.
    • The body swap episode "A Fly in the Ointment" also gets referenced. It actually becomes a plot point for the grand finale.
  • Converse with the Unconscious: Gadget confesses her love to Chip as he is lying before her unconscious after having caught the poisoned dart with his body.
  • Darker and Edgier: To be expected from Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers Fan Fiction, but still remarkably so.
  • The Dragon: Ferrante.
  • Everyone Can See It
  • Everyone Knows Morse: Monty communicates with Chip this way at one point during a mission.
  • Expy: Besides the canonical Dan Rather expy Stan Blather; the First Family is clearly a spoof of the Clintons, and the Middle Eastern dictator Gagdet assassinated looks like Saddam Hussein.
  • First Kiss, True Love's Kiss: Probably the most famous of 232 pages, did wonders on the fandom.
  • Follow the Leader: Of Mice and Mayhem was the first but not the last story in which Tammy is a nurse. Or in which Sparky joins the Rangers but his buddy Buzz doesn't appear at all.
  • Funetik Aksent: Monterey Jack's extreme (yet fake) Aussie speak.
  • Furry Female Mane: Subverted in that the poster child of this trope, Gadget Hackwrench, spends most of the story shaved "bald".
  • Government Agency of Fiction: Snow and Ferrante are working for the U.S. government after all.
  • Government Conspiracy: What most of the story is about.
  • He Knows Too Much: The attempted liquidation of Chip.
  • Important Haircut: Gadget.
  • I Need to Go Iron My Dog
    Gadget: I think I left the thingy on the whatzit....
  • Innocence Lost: Gadget has to overcome her, albeit brief, past as an assassin and even having killed a human under mind control.
  • Interspecies Romance: Well, this is bordering on a shipping fic. The pairings are Chip×Gadget and Dale×Foxglove.
    • This is actually why Chip never confessed his love to Gadget: He wanted her to find another mouse as a mate because a chipmunk and a mouse could never have kids. However, ever since "A Fly in the Ointment" when Gadget and Dale switched bodies, Gadget has had enough chipmunk DNA to have Chip's children.
  • I Was Named "My Name": The president's daughter names Chip... Chip. Lampshaded by the other characters.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: The Arabian dictator whom Gadget kills really deserves it.
  • Leave the Two Lovebirds Alone: When Gadget meets Chip at the White House, the other Rangers stay back for a very good reason.
  • LEGO Genetics: Gadget discovers that the time Nimnul mixed up the Rangers' DNA left her genetically compatible with chipmunks.
  • Love Hurts: Both Chip and Gadget.
  • Manchurian Agent: Gadget as the MAP.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Gadget after realizing what she had done under mind control.
  • My Life Flashed Before My Eyes: Happens to Gadget while the poisoned dart is closing in on her. Albeit lampshaded with the words "Oh- Here comes the 'Life Flashback'"
  • Mythology Gag: After busting Rat Capone, Monterey Jack and Zipper took over the Acorn Club from him and have run it ever since, having had plenty of time for that after the Rangers have cleared up the crime in the city. The Acorn Club is where Chip and Dale went to see Clarice sing in the Chip 'n Dale cartoon "Two Chips and a Miss". In fact, under Monty's ownership, the Acorn Club saw the 'munks redo their show from back then.
  • Non Humans Lack Attributes: Of course this has always applied to Chip and Dale but Gadget has a few "nude" scenes in which whatever she might have is covered with fur as she explains herself.
  • Not Quite Dead: Gadget.
  • Our Presidents Are Different: President Logan, the President Personable who is actually unaware of the Government Conspiracy.
  • Pantsless Males, Fully-Dressed Females: While CDRR plays this straight in general, Gadget ends up spending a large part of the story wearing nothing but a black turtleneck.
    • In fact, it was Chip who wears the turtleneck first but gives it to Gadget after rescuing her from the lab clothesless so she can cover herself. He actually doesn't have to, see Non Humans Lack Attributes.
    • On the other hand, Foxglove, who doesn't wear anything in the show, is now fully clothed (except for shoes). Of course, her wings are still free.
  • Police Are Useless: To be expected in Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers Fan Fic, but the FBI team that raided Nimnul's lab in the Flashback was quite efficient, as are police forces later on in the story.
  • Right on the Tick: The mind control chip makes Gadget go and kill a leader at 9 o'clock unless she is sedated well enough. The Rangers experience this behavior first hand the morning after the rescue.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Gadget is wearing a dress and a new hairdo when she comes to take Chip home; mind you she has been wearing dresses in the show for disguise purposes only.
  • Shout-Out: The first daughter shares her first name with Tress MacNeille (voice of both Chip and Gadget on the series).
  • Shrine to the Fallen: Gadget's room is left as-is and not repurposed.
  • Spoiler Opening: The cover gives away several key scenes in advance.
  • Taking the Bullet: Chip throws himself into the trajectory of the poisoned dart Ferrante fires at Gadget.
  • The Power of Love: Gadget is a mind-controlled assassin, captured by two killer rats, a poisoned dart is shot at her from a rifle, and Chip comes to save her.
  • Time Skip: Number one occurs between losing Gadget and finding a possible trail to her, number two skips Chip's healing time in Washington and Gadget's therapy at home.
  • Trojan Horse: Chip and Dale's cage.

Alternative Title(s): Of Mice And Mayhem

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