By being one of the original cartoon stars Mickey has the distinction of being simultaniously competent and nice
. Everyone who came after had to distinguish themselves from him, which resulted in them losing that quality. Goofy's the only other truly nice character I can think of right now, but he's also dim, which is how he's so different from Mickey.
And the other truly popular character, Bugs
, certainly isn't like Mickey either.
Looking down the all of history you find that the ones who are
like Mickey also tend to come off as complete ripoffs. Whether this is intentional on the part of the creators or not may vary, but it seems pretty constant that Mickey is the only one who can pull it off anymore, as it's rather difficult to "rip off" yourself.
edited 30th Jul '09 9:48:50 AM by Dan2025