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The universe in which the Disney comics based around Mickey Mouse and his friends takes place. It began with a Newspaper Comic spin-off of the cartoons in 1930 and branched out to Comic Books in 1935, which continue to this day. Major contributors to this Verse include Floyd Gottfredson, Bill Walsh, Bill Wright, Romano Scarpa, Casty, Carl Fallberg, and Paul Murry.

See also Disney Ducks Comic Universe, and the Modular Franchise they both form, the Disney Mouse and Duck Comics. Since this is such a long-running series, you're likely to find more than a few Dead Horse Tropes.


Stories set in the Mickey Mouse Comic Universe with their own pages:


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  • Abhorrent Admirer: In The Ice Princess, Mickey and Minnie are skiing when he accidentally ends up in a magical kingdom where all the inhabitants are made of ice. He discovers that one of the inhabitants will be forced to marry the princess of the kingdom, otherwise a curse will fall on the other inhabitants. Since the princess is arrogant, spoiled, and cruel, Mickey tries to help the chosen man seduce her by creating a beautiful speech for him to recite to her. Unfortunately, the princess eventually sees Mickey rehearsing the speech aloud and she falls madly in love with him. As soon as she is alone with him, the princess hugs him tightly and tries to seduce him, even saying they will get married the next day, to Mickey's horror. The princess is beautiful but taller than him, and in addition to her unpleasant personality, the fact that her body is made of ice makes Mickey shiver in the cold when she embraces him.
  • Aborted Arc: Relatively rare due to the lack of ongoing continuity between the many comic stories. Only serials and multipart stories can contain these and in that regard two stand out:
    • Early on, Gottfredson was writing towards a marriage between Clarabelle and Horace. In "Clarabelle's Boarding House", Horace proposed to Clarabelle and she accepted. The wedding plans were paused in "The Great Orphanage Robbery" because Horace was on trial, but that comic ended with the message that the wedding was back on track. No wedding ever happened in Gottfredson's subsequent comics… though it did happen in the Italian comics, only to be swiftly forgotten. Equally, Clarabelle's aforementioned boarding house was dropped after that story without explanation.
    • Disney's Mickey Mouse Adventures fell victim to the Disney Implosion with three promises left unfulfilled. Arguably some qualify as Cut Short or What Could Have Been, but let's be thorough here. The first case concerns Doctor Doublecross, a fusion of Professors Ecks and Doublex. There were various hints that Doublecross was, in fact, a separate entity from the two professors. In "The Riddle of the Runaway Sphinx!", they talk about a joint duplication ray and cloning experiment in relation to their merged predicament. The multiparter ends in "The Curse of the Cross-Eyed Kolli", which sees the doctor get assistance from a band of ninjas whose faces are never revealed, whose identity is never given, and whose numbers are also unclear although they do always operate in sets (there are at least two sets). Without any sort of explanation, Doctor Doublecross and the ninjas simultaneously disappear on the final page. Furthermore, the editorials of issues #4 and #5 contain the comments "we're not saying that Doctor Doublecross is (or isn't) related to the classic Floydd Gottfredson villains" and "or someone who strongly resembles them". One guess would be that both the doctor and the ninjas were meant to be duplicates of the professors and that their sudden disappearance relates to this, but as per the trope, no resolution came before Mickey Mouse Adventures was cancelled. The second case relates to the Phantom Brat, the Phantom Blot's daughter. Her story was wrapped up, but the editorials hinted at an intent to bring her back after deducing from fan letters whether audience preference leaned to her being a bad kid or a good kid. This return never happened. And the third case relates to a four-parter by John Blair Moore that was to debut in issues #19 to #22 according to the #14 editorial. With Mickey Mouse Adventures seeing the dying signs by then, #18 instead announced a reprint of "The Phantom Fires" for #19, which eventually never was made. Said four-parter was made, under the title "Weighty Matters", yet reduced in scope from 4*12 pages to 16. The story has yet to be made available for an American audience.
    • In a later newspaper strip serial ("The Melting of the Polar Ice Cap," Sept 1991), Dr. Doublecross has built a machine to divide him back into his two component selves; then in the much later comic book story "The Past Imperfect!" (1998), the non-fused Ecks and Doublex reference their earlier period of having been combined into one. So while Doublecross might not have originally been intended as a fusion of Ecks and Doublex, that is certainly how it was later locked into continuity.
  • A-Team Firing: 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.
  • Absurdly Long Stairway: 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 Bannister Slide, though he eventually attains a dangerous velocity and comes flying off at the end.
  • Accidental Aiming Skills: 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".
  • Actually Not a Vampire:
    • A subversion occurs in "What? You Want to Live Forever?". Goofy befriends a man who has just moved into an old house in town and who dresses like the stereotypical Bela Lugosi sort of vampire. The man even states that that's 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. 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. 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 hereafter. As soon as they leave, however, the man pulls away the fake window he had on his wall, with just a normal lamp behind it. He laughs at them in the final frame, and will presumably go on to act like the vampire he is now that the "hunters" are gone.
    • A story ("Never Give a Sucker an Even Break," 1994) with Mickey as a professional Private Detective has Mickey encountering a foreign couple 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 (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.
  • Air-Vent Passageway:
  • Alliterative Name: Most characters have one. Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Peg-Leg Pete, Horace Horsecollar, Clarabelle Cow, Katarina Kodorofsky...
  • All Just a Dream: Combined with Or Was It a Dream?, because of course with thousands of comics in existence this one shows up once in a while. "The Miracle Master", "The Pirate Ghostship", "The World of Tomorrow", "The Professor's Experiment", and "The Sinister Sorcerer" are early examples.
  • Alucard: A story(title?) with Mickey as a Hard Boiled Detective 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.
  • Always Murder: 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 Serial Killer. 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 Lighter and Softer than the original.
    • The closest to a murder case occurs in "The Wonderful Whizzix", but A.) Mickey does not 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. A close second is "On Spook's Island" where Mickey accepts a case that is thought to be about murder and until the halfway point certainly seems to be about murder. After that comes the reveal that no one is dead, but they are imprisoned with no hope of escape.
    • 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.
  • Amnesiac Dissonance: Mickey went through this in "Mickey Mouse in Gangland" and "Mickey Most Wanted". He was convinced he was a criminal, but couldn't reach his full potential because his conscience remained intact. Goofy similarly could not pull off a full Phantom Blot mimicry in "The Return of the Phantom Blot" and "The Phantom Blot Meets the Mysterious Mr. X" because even though he thought he was him, he was still Goofy underneath.
  • Amoral Attorney: Sylvester Shyster, a lawyer who tries to cheat Minnie out of her inheritance in "Death Valley" and would occasionally return as Peg-leg Pete's partner-in-crime after that. There's also Lawyer Beamish in "Billy the Mouse", who'd remain limited to his debut comic, and there's some implication in regards to another one-timer, Katherine Krisp in "The Midas Ring", who's got a degree as a Doctor of Law.
  • Animal Superheroes: 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".
  • Applied Phlebotinum: 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. The comic's title is "Topolino e il terribile Kala-Mit".
  • Appropriate Animal Attire: The entire spectrum has hopped by, with a change going from barely dressed to fully dressed. Characters designed before the mid 30s tend to have half-dressed or borderline naked designs as their original look. Anything thereafter tends to be half-dressed or fully clothed and the classic designs have been updated along. Of course, exceptions do exist.
    • Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: In regards to the classic cast, Goofy (hat + open vest), Horace (hat + horse collar), Pete (hat + waistcoat), and Clara Cluck (hat) are the notable examples of this trope. The first three were wearing full outfits by the end of the 30s, while Clara is regularly depicted in just her hat to this day, probably on account of her thick feathers. The one animal that still has a decent chance of being dressed up only in accessories are penguins, as shown by Prince Penguin and Princess Uina Uì.
    • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: The iconic designs of Mickey and Minnie fall in this category, but it also goes for Clarabelle, Sylvester, Slicker, Patricia, and many more. Of those still around, all wear full outfits nowadays with only Mickey standing a chance of being drawn up in his classic look. If the semi-animal/semi-people mynah collection centered on Ellsworth is counted, they too qualify.
    • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Professor Triplex notably goes around without shoes, but it's less the trope and more a design choice to differentiate him from his colleagues. As with the above trope, the mynah birds that aren't quite people fit, but don't entirely count.
    • Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal: Starting the 40s, any new characters and all old characters but the aforementioned exceptions were drawn fully dressed. Fully dressed animals are, of course, older, the first being Mortimer Mouse in "Death Valley". It's been a process for full outfits to become the norm.
  • Arrested for Heroism: 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.
  • Art Evolution: 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 Pie-Eyed to having irises, Mickey getting more clothes, and Peg-leg Pete getting a natural-looking prosthetic.
  • Artistic License – Economics: "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 Truth in Television for how the diamond industry actually works (and it was worse under the infamous DeBeers monopoly).
  • Badass Family: The Mouse and the Goof families:
    • The majority of Mickey's known relatives had at least one adventure (often more) with the skills to get out of it unscathed, with a few being even worse adrenaline junkies than Mickey himself. To the point that when one of his direct ancestors saved George Washington from an attempt on his life, Mickey's grandfather left home to fight at Alamo and, after being tricked into leaving due his youth, spent years Walking the Earth and fighting injustice all around the West before settling down, and the one confirmed criminal of the family committed 62 bank robberies (and apparently without killing anyone) before being arrested, they come off as perfectly normal for this family.
    • The known Goofs include: Goofy, who is an adventurer alongside Mickey and a superhero; his twin brother Gaffy, who is a Tarzan Expy; his grandmother, who once went against an armed gang with a bat and took out one of the gangsters before Super Goof intervened; Gilbert, a Child Prodigy, a master Judoka, and a superhero; Arizona Goof, an Adventurer Archaeologist; and many more, including one that in his heyday (and even the later years) was The Fastest Gun In The West and the one guy who could have realistically challenged his claim.
  • Baleful Polymorph: 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.
  • Bank Robbery: 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.
  • Bat Family Cross Over: Occasionally, there will be some of these with the Disney Ducks Comic Universe.
  • Beardness Protection Program: 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.
  • Beneath Suspicion: Don Jollio in "The Bat Bandit of Inferno Gulch", Drusilla in "The House of Mystery", and the Mousegomeries in ""The Gleam" all got this treatment.
  • Big Ball of Violence: 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".
  • Big Damn Heroes: "Perils of Mickey" 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.
  • The Blank: 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.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: 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 Traps 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.
  • Bound and Gagged: Always happened to whomever, but in the early comics usually to male characters for getting in a criminal's way, while to female character for simply existing. Modern comics have ditched the distinction. A particular comic to feature the trope is "The Rajah's Treasure", in which Mickey and Minnie getting tied up is a Running Gag that leads to a final panel punchline. It might have been inspired by "The Nazi Submarine" which also has Mickey and Minnie tied up, just constantly instead of repeatedly.
  • Boxing Kangaroo: The Mickey's Kangaroo short served as the inspiration for "Hoppy the Kangaroo", in which Mickey pits a kangaroo named Hoppy against a Killer Gorilla named Growlio, owned by Pete. Along the way, Hoppy wastes no opportunity to pound luckless assistant trainer Horace Horsecollar into the ground.
  • Bungled Suicide: 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 Cracked's 6 Insane Disney Comics You Won't Believe Are Real.
  • Burn the Witch!: 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.
  • The Bus Came Back: 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.
  • Captured by Cannibals: 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.
  • Cardboard Prison: The villains have a tendency to escape prison for the next story to feature them.
  • Cassandra Truth: 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.
  • Cave Behind the Falls: 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".
  • Cheap Knockoff: The Horde of the Violet Hare may have a silly name, but they're surprisingly dangerous and dark. Not so for their knockoffs-slash-"rivals", the Legion of the Chartreuse Tortoise, whose only goal is to get whatever Macguffin the Horde is looking for at the time, have members who are ridiculously bad at keeping their membership a secret, and have so little funding that they have to borrow a friend's phone to contact the heroes.
  • Chimney Entry: A Mickey Mouse comic gives an explanation for this. Santa Claus has been arrested by a bunch of idiot cops in the Mouseton PD on burglary charges and thrown in a cell with Pete as his bunkmate. When Pete asks him about the chimney thing, Santa explains that any tunnel will magically expand to allow him through. Then Pete points to the miniscule air vent on the wall...
  • Clap Your Hands If You Believe: Mickey, Minnie, and Goofy reach an island in "Fantasy Island" where anything they think of becomes real. Thinking it away or stop thinking does not, however, return it back to fantasy. In the end, Mickey thinks away the entire island to another dimension. A semi-case is Doctor Winx's technology to take dreams and sic them on reality.
  • Clarke's Third Law: 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.
  • *Click* Hello: 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 *Click* Hello rescue to catch Mickey offguard and have a chance to escape.
  • Clear My Name: 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 Master of Disguise and so good at impersonating Mickey that nobody can tell them apart. In "Mickey and the 7 Boglins", he even fooled Mickey himself.
  • Cloning Blues: "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.
  • Comic-Book Time: 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.
  • Continuity Drift: 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.
  • Contrived Coincidence: 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.
  • Conveniently Placed Sharp Thing: 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.
  • Convicted by Public Opinion: "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.
  • Crying Wolf: In "The Uninvited Guest", Mickey calls the police because he thinks an escaped convict is in his bathroom. He discovers too late that the intruder is a seal and only barely convinces Chief O'Hara he wasn't pranking him. Some time later, the crook actually gets into his house and the police won't come anymore.
  • Curiosity Killed the Cast: 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"? 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.
  • Depending on the Writer: 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.
  • Disguised in Drag: Many, many times, usually for reasons of Harmless Lady Disguise, sometimes 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". Goofy copied him in "The Crazy Crime Wave" and Butch joined him in "Schoolgirls".
    • 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". A villain who uses his design but is given the name Phil the Pill Pusher used the identity of Señora Magoola to hide himself in "The Mysterious Pill Plot".
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Rodney Rat in "Mickey Mouse's Masquerade" tried to make a getaway in Minnie's clothes.
    • As far as minor villains go, 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 gang leader in "Topolino e il problema del due più due" longterm pretended to be a woman to avoid suspicion. Hammo is a quick-change artist who uses his skill to rob banks. His old lady disguise is the one emphasized in "The Case of the Vanishing Bandit". In "Fun Director", Goofy pretends to be a woman for a few minutes and then a crook named Shorty McGuff takes his outfit to disguise himself as a little girl.
  • Distress Call: At times, the beginning of a plot or a major point in it. Mickey's also been suckered in by Fake Distress Calls more than once.
  • Double Entendre: 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 !"
  • Dresses the Same: A common trope applied to hats specifically in the first decennia. "Mickey the Icky" features a Cat Fight between Minnie Mouse and Lillian Lovey, which Mickey thinks is about him but actually is about the women wearing the same hat. In "Love Trouble", Minnie sets her sights on a hat while windowshopping, only to mock the very same hat mercilessly when she finds that Millicent Van Gilt-Mouse bought it already. And in "The Side-kart Caper", Clarabelle has Goofy help her escape the street when she's seconds away from being noticed by Mamie McMoo, who is wearing the same exclusive hat.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Pete gets to be this to Mickey in "Mickey Mouse Joins the Foreign Legion" and in "The Mystery at Hidden River". 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.
  • Drugs Are Bad: Insofar that they're twice part of Pete's schemes. In "The Captive Castaways", he smuggles opium, while in "The Mystery at Hidden River", he plans on starting a marihuana farm. The latter story was among those remade in the 50s and the part about the marihuana farm was not included in the remake.


  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Mickey has solved numerous baffling mysteries, rescued many victims of abduction, caught countless crooks 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.
  • Early Installment Weirdness:
    • Like in the cartoons, Goofy first appeared as "Dippy Dawg" and his design was more malnourished-looking. Before he became Goofy, Horace Horsecollar, Butch, and Gloomy filled his particular niche, with Minnie having her own sidekick value and Clarabelle being a worthwhile ally limited to group efforts.
    • 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 Honorary Uncle named Amos.
  • Earpiece Conversation: One occurs in "The Kleen Kut King". Goofy has to be representable as part of a live-action advertisement, so Mickey offers the by-then desperate producers to give Goofy dinner instructions from a distance. Naturally, shenanigans ensue, but they lead to Goofy preventing a major ship disaster and that's a nice touch for the ad. Another one, again from Mickey to Goofy, occurs in "Cyrano de Maniac" as part of Playing Cyrano. Goofy's got a crush on Prissy Purebred and Mickey tries to help him. Prissy finds out what's going on, but only likes Goofy more for it because she loves Cyrano de Bergerac.
  • Enemy Civil War: One occurs in "The Crooked Clown Case". Mickey, Goofy, and O'Hara try to trick a thief known as the Clown into a trap, but he's not the only one to take the bait; so do Weasel, Chimney Charlie, High Class Harry, and Squirrel Earl. They fight over the target, a valuable diamond, until they realize it's a trap and join forces to try to escape.
  • Enemy Mine: 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 Friendly Enemies when this happens.
  • Era-Specific Personality:
    • 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.
  • Everyone Knows Morse: 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.
  • Evil vs. Evil: In the Orb Saga, the plot's Big Bad and the Phantom Blot get in a squabble over the MacGuffins.
  • Fantasy Kitchen Sink: All writers contribute to this, but it's a big one of the McGreals, notably the Mythos Island saga.
  • Far-Out Foreigner's Favorite Food: Eega Beeva, aka. Pittisborum Psercy Pystachi Pseter Psersimmon Plummer-Push, who eats mothballs like sweets.
  • Females Are More Innocent: The antagonist and fiend lists feature about 80 names, only 12 of which female. The complete amount of male villains is near-impossible to estimate on account of almost all henchmen being male, but the amount of female villains probably is 40-50. It very well could be there are more cases of male villains disguised as women than female villains in existence.
  • Fictional Counterpart:
    • Here's one from the 2010 story Mickey Mouse and the Orbiting Nightmare:
  • Firing in the Air a Lot: 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, Goofy shoots around in the air again. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Floating Continent: A few. Doctor Einmug's sky island he uses as his home is the big one. It debuted in "Island in the Sky" and usually shows up when the doctor does. Second to that is the cloud-hidden hideout of the Red Wasp as introduced in "The Red Wasp Mystery". 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.
  • Frameup: Two versions, faked evidence and (mind) control to create real evidence of a fake scenario.
    • Examples of the first version include "Mickey for Mayor", "Vacation Brake", and "Mickey's Rival".
    • Examples of the second version include "The House of Mystery", "The Past-Imperfect", and "The Bat Bandit of Inferno Gulch".
  • Freeze Ray: The main wielder of one is Super Goof villain Doctor Tempo. Prince Penguin, who got his equipment from Emil Eagle, is a close second. This trope always comes coupled with Harmless Freezing.
  • Funetik Aksent: Comes in combination with Poirot Speak. In the early Gottfredson strips, most of the characters, including Mickey, talked with a visual accent and native words when the speaker was not from the anglosphere. This was toned down after a while. Prominent written accents remaining include those of Goofy, Pete, and Eega Beeva.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Mickey Mouse and the World to Come (2010) has ABROAD - the American Bureau of Really Outlandish and Astonishing Developments.
  • Furry Comic: Pretty much every character is an anthropomorphic animal.
  • Fusion Dance: 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.
  • Gambit Roulette: In the story "Surprise!". The Phantom Blot puts Mickey in one Death Trap 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 Candid Camera Prank 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.
  • Genie in a Bottle: It's been the core of the plot of many comics. The Benevolent Genie version shows up most, including in "The Miracle Master" (people whom Mickey makes wishes for are demanding or hostile), "The Moook Treasure" (Mickey lets him join the American Secret Service), "Bagarthach The Arch-Fiend" (faux-evil, allowed to go home), "A Lad 'n' His Lamp" (Goofy, incompetent), "The Magic Lamp" (Goofy, incompetent), "Make a Wish" (allowed to go home), "The Jug In The Dump" (incompetent), "A Quiet Day At The Beach" (not taken up on the offer), and several newspaper comics. The Malevolent Genie version is much rarer, showing up in "Absolutely Mickey" and a few newspaper comics.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • 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 "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.
  • Giant Spider: There's Shebob, a Shout-Out to Shelob from Tolkien's Legendarium, of Camcordia in "Blot on Their Friendship". The Phantom Blot sought to sic her on Mickey and then clone her to create his own spider army.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Pete came very close to ridding himself of Mickey permanently in "Stir Crazy". During a struggle, Mickey ends up in an abandoned boat where he is stuck for days wondering how Pete of all people outsmarted him. Pete doesn't even know of his success and spends those days committing robberies unbothered, but grows paranoid that Mickey is hatching a plan. His search for his nemesis to cut him off leads him back to the scene of their fight, where Pete falls in the boat too. Mickey is relieved to learn Pete did not actually outsmart him and the two spend their time until rescue fighting once more. Then there was that time in "The Phantom Blot Meets the Mysterious Mr. X" when Mickey hypnotized Goofy into thinking he was the Phantom Blot so that Mr. X would not free the real one. "Phantom Goofy" came very close to killing Mickey, being stopped only by The Power of Friendship deep down. Also, Tony Dinero in "Oscar the Ostrich" used his ownership of Oscar to get the prize money Mickey won with him in a race, despite having insisted prior to have nothing to do with the destructive bird. Mickey let him, because it also meant he'd be responsible for all the bills Oscar's shenanigans had garnered. The total debt was higher than the award money.
  • Goofy Print Underwear: About the only one who doesn't have this is Minnie, who is in perpetual Panty Shot mode anyway. A pointed example occurs in "On a Secret Mission", when Mickey has to take off his pants to use as additional parachute. His dotted underwear hooks onto the plane he was trying to reach, having him hang precariously in midair while the pilot, Pete, grabs for a wrench to end his unwanted passenger:
    Mickey: "Pete... Please! At least you might let me get my pants on!"
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Overlaps with Curse of the Ancients due to the comic series's age. Everyone was using these way before The Comics Code 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 Symbol Swearing. 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".
  • Gossip Evolution: A key point in Sheriff of Nugget Gulch, where Goofy's ridiculous misuse of Firing in the Air a Lot on the back of a train gets him and Mickey a reputation as dangerous & gutsy Outlaws in the next town before they even arrive, complete with their own gritty bandit names.
  • Got Volunteered: 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.
  • Great Detective: Sometimes Mickey's 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.
  • Gun Twirling: Mickey does this in Sheriff of Nugget Gulch right after shooting a hole through the middle of a coin someone flipped into the air.
  • The Greatest Story Never Told: Numerous adventures by various characters can't be shared with their friends because they wouldn't be believed, it would be too stressful, or it would put people in danger. There's "Island in the Sky" as a first, and "The Monarch of Medioka", "Be-junior and the Aints", "The Ghost of Black Brian", "Hoosat from Another Planet", and "Indy Mickey and the City of Zoom!". And then there's the Or Was It a Dream? cases where the adventurer themself is the unbeliever.
  • Haunted Technology: "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.
  • Hidden Villain: Councilman Cattfur in "Editor-in-Grief". In fact, he never appears in-person in the story, being only talked about.
  • Hope Spot: "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.
  • The Hunter Becomes the Hunted: The default comeuppance for hunter-type villains. Happens to Wildebeest in "The Future Ain't What It Used to Be!" and to Philcher and Cheatum in "Free Weegie". One of the more bizarre gag comics, this one released in 1950, portrays Mickey and Goofy as having a tradition of dressing up as giant rabbits when hunting season comes around to turn the tables on the hunters. They do it partly for the animals, partly as a source of entertainment.
  • Identical Stranger: Four times, not even counting his Robot Me, 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 Criminal Doppelgänger 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.
    • Writers in the 30s also weren'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", while he did a Mirror Routine on Minnie in "Mickey's Hat Trick" that fooled her. "The Monarch of Medioka" has a particularly pointed setup when Duke Varlott finally understands 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 likeness 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 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), "The Outlaw Trail" (Slippery Sam), "Matador Mixup" (El Taco), "The Riddle of the Runaway Sphinx!" (Inspector Ghufu), and "The Case of the Foxy Felon" (Inspecteur le Capitain Goofeau) for Goofy, not to mention all Goofy's identical relatives. The Breakout Character among them is Arizona Goof, starring in numerous comic stories of his own.
  • I Have Your Wife: 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. .
  • I Love Nuclear Power: There are a handful of 40s and 50s gag comics in which Mickey and Goofy go looking for uranium. On a bigger scale, "Itching Gulch" and "Hoosat from Another Planet" each have a plot that revolves around a fictionalized and sensationalized adaption of uranium, respectively teenite and bleerium. Teenite is presented as an eternal youth potion, while bleerium can do whatever a mind tells it to do. "The Bush Pilot's Peril", "Yesterday Ranch", and "The Last Resort" are comic stories where uranium is the villains' goal. As the point is to stop the villains from reaching their goal, uranium does not play a role in these stories.
  • Incredible Shrinking Man: One of Bill Walsh's favorite tropes. It first shows up in "The Pirate Ghostship" and reappears in "Tzig-tzag Fever" coupled with Taken for Granite as well as in "Hoosat from Another Planet" and "The Ghost of Black Brian" coupled with People Jars. Outside of Walsh's writing, there's also "Topolino e il dottor Orridus", which also combines it with People Jars.
  • Indy Ploy: Mickey's notorious for using these.
  • Inevitable Waterfall: As the trope goes, it's inevitable. Examples show up in "The Moose Monster Mystery", "The Mystery of the Ivory Dogs", and "Mythos Island: Menace In The Mist" (part 6).
  • In Spite of a Nail: One case 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 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. Another case occurs in "The Menace from the Future". Uma travels 42 years back to the past of Mouseton to stop the Grim Gagaggoofy from taking over the world. She is ordered to do so by her agency and the possibility of the future changing in any other way is never brought up.
  • Inspector Javert: 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.
  • It's Personal: About a third of the characters listed on the antagonist and fiend pages are (informed) recurring villains and they've all at least once had a plan aiming or co-aiming for revenge. Pete, of course, is the forerunner. As Mickey tells him in "Fatal Distraction":
    Mickey: "It's never about the jail time, Pete! This is personal! It always has been, and you know it!"
  • Just Between You and Me: 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!"
  • It's a Wonderful Plot: There's "It's a Wonderful Christmas Story", which surprisingly only spends one page (of fourteen) on this trope as presented by Santa Claus. In short, Chief O'Hara had to resign after failing to capture the Blot and now directs traffic while Casey took over as the chief. Goofy has homeless because he never had a best friend to look after him. Horace went to jail after becoming involved in a pyramid scheme. Clarabelle faithfully visits him as often as she can. Minnie is in an one-off relation with Mortimer, while Morty and Ferdie spend their time at daycare when Felicity and Frank get overwhelmed. Pluto's fate is explicitly left open and a boy Mickey saved earlier in the story is now in a wheelchair. Finally, Pete is mayor of Mouseton and owns most of its business. Notwithstanding that some characters are worse off, the comic's narrative presents things bleaker than they are. Morty and Ferdie seem to have fun at the daycare, the boy's still bright in his wheelchair, and things certainly worked out for Casey. There's not even a reason given to believe Pete's still a crook.
  • Killer Gorilla: Growlio, who is pitted against Mickey's Boxing Kangaroo.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: At the end of "Blaggard Castle", Mickey uses the Hypno Ray built by Professors Ecks, Doublex, and Triplex to hypnotize them into becoming good and to forget their evil ways.
  • Last of His Kind: Ohm-Eye in "Hoosat from Another Planet" is the only robot to survive the self-destruction command, while the dragon in "Last of the Fire-Breathing Dragons" is the only one to survive the hunt for his kind. The goddess Werdith Idgoh in "Lost and Amused" also is the last of her kind. To lessen her loneliness, she periodically abducts people to preserve them as representations of their time period and keeps them entertained on her island. In "Jungle Magic!", Mickey and Goofy go in search of a black orchid for a customer of the flower shop they work for. They find there's only one left in existence and cut it off anyway. Needless to say, the local population is furious.
  • Leave the Two Lovebirds Alone: 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.
  • Legion of Lost Souls: "Mickey Mouse Joins the Foreign Legion" is the first to go for this trope. It has Mickey join the legion to retrieve stolen secret documents. "The Lost Legion" has a different plot, but shares the detail that Pete is Mickey's (and Goofy's) commanding officer. "Leave it to the Legion" is so far the last story to feature the legion.
  • Les Collaborateurs: Whereas in the 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.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Hey, it's one of those Print Long-Runners, what did you expect?
  • Locked Room Mystery: A few occur in the more detective-oriented stories, such as "The Black Feather Baffler" (the thief is a crow).
  • Locking MacGyver in the Store Cupboard: Or someplace where it's possible to find a Conveniently Placed Sharp Thing.


  • Mad Scientist: 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".
  • Magical Camera: 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.
  • Magical Clown: 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.
  • Me's a Crowd: 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... 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.
  • Mecha-Mooks: 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".
  • Mind Manipulation: There's a bunch of this in various forms throughout the comic's run.
    • Hypno Ray: 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.
  • Mirror Routine: Mickey pulls one on Minnie in "Mickey's Hat Trick" and Miklos pulls one on Mickey in "Mickey's Dangerous Double".
  • Mirror Universe:
    • In the Blotman series, the Phantom Blot, a Manipulative Bastard 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.
  • Mistaken for Badass: This frequently happens to Goofy, of all people.
  • Moby Schtick: "The Mighty Whale Hunter" is this, starring an unnamed captain and Old Barney as the whale. Both of them get to live as Mickey finds a way to peacefully get the whale out of the fishing waters.
  • Modular Franchise: When paired with the Disney Ducks Comic Universe. The Orb Saga, for example, is set in it.
  • Monster Is a Mommy: In "Brave Mariner", Goofy hatches a sea serpent egg that had been unable to hatch due to lack of sunlight for fifty years. Played with in that, while everyone else saw its mother as a hostile monstrosity while it protected the beach it egg was hidden on, Goofy always thought she was cute and that there had to be a reason for her behavior.
  • Mugging the Monster: 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.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: 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.
  • Mundane Solution: In one story, Mickey and Goofy are helping the police with a sting operation to catch a gang of criminals. They wind up trapped inside the house by the crooks who have destroyed the pair's radio and cut the phone lines to prevent them sending the code word to police waiting outside, telling them swoop in. When Goofy runs upstairs, they think he has gone crazy as there is nothing up there to help him, only for him to climb on to the roof and scream the code word at the top of his lungs.
  • My Significance Sense Is Tingling: Goofy's got this in the form of a twitchy toe or foot. 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. In "Mickey's Strange Mission", he can predict that adventure is coming his and Mickey's way and has already packed before anything out of the ordinary happens.
  • Mysterious Mist: Technological instead of magical, but all the same representative of fun going on. The hideout of the Red Wasp generates a cloud around itself to hide it from view in "The Red Wasp Mystery". Twice, that being "The Mail Pilot" and "The Mystery of Lost Green Valley", Pete was in the possession of a zeppelin that produced clouds to hide the vessel.
  • Nails on a Blackboard: Eega Beeva used this and variants to get a confession from the Phantom Blot in "The Blot's Double Mystery".
  • Nebulous Evil Organisation: The Horde of the Violet Hare, who, despite their silly theme, are actually a ruthlessly efficient and dangerous SPECTRE substitute focusing on finding lost Atlantean tech and using it to take over the world.
  • Never Learned to Read: 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".
  • New Job Episode: In The Bellhop Detective (1940), Minnie forces Mickey to enter a contest where the winners get job positions. He receives a job as a bellhop, but inevitably ends up spending more time trying to solve a mystery at the hotel than actually learning to do his job right.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • 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 Sky Pirates. So, by refusing to have blood on his hands, Mickey indirectly caused the probable death of an unknown number of innocent people.
    • The titular location of "Fantasy Island" makes everything real anyone on it imagines. Mickey, Minnie, and Goofy wash up on its beaches and when they figure out what's going on aren't amused by any of each other's creations until Mickey makes the saving thought. Before that, though, he was by far the one creating the most dangerous hostilities for the group to deal with, including an old version of Pete that proceeded to harass Minnie as he used to do.
    Mickey: "Doggone it, I TRIED! I really tried! But I couldn't help thinking what a pickle we'd be in... if the pirates and aliens ever joined forces!"
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Especially in the 1950s-1970s, but not at all limited to that era, it was common for the comics to put any selection of Disney characters together if it made for a story. Over the years, the mice have interacted with Mad Madam Mim, Witch Hazel, Gepetto, Peter Pan, Snow White, and many others. As all of these originate with fiction that has its own art style, art difference is inherent to these crossover comics and sometimes they even flow into the Roger Rabbit Effect. Of note are some of the later Walsh comics that recast Disney movie characters as people belonging to the mouseworld instead of keeping them as the original. An example is "Mousepotamia", which transplants the mouse cast of Cinderella to interact with Mickey as peers.
  • Not Me This Time: Reasonably common for the Phantom Blot on account of his costume hiding who he is as much as who he is not. Twice Goofy has been him after some mind-tampering in "The Return of the Phantom Blot" and "The Phantom Blot Meets the Mysterious Mr. X", thus meaning the real Phantom Blot was innocent of the fake Phantom Blot's actions. 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.
    • At times the point of a riddles-type comic when Mickey or O'Hara has to figure out who committed a crime from a list of suspects. All but the guilty party qualify as a Not Me This Time. Examples include "De Boevenbeurs", "Broodroof", and "De ontsnapping van Boris".
  • Official Couple: 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 Out of Focus 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.
  • Old-School Dogfight: In "The Mail Pilot".
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. There are a lot of Mortimers.
  • On One Condition: 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 "Mickey's Strange Mission", Pete has to commit no crimes for a year to collect an inheritance. Mickey tries to get him an honest job but Pete's crooked disposition keeps getting in the way. 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 do any wrongs.
  • Operation: Jealousy: Minnie starts this a lot, usually as an attempt to get Mickey to pay more attention to her instead of going off on adventures. That said, Mickey regularly starts one too, "The Smell of Success" being an example, or pulls a Counter Zany, as occurs in "Love Trouble".
  • Other Me Annoys Me: 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 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, it's implied that Main!Mickey has been able to turn him around and remind him how much his friends matter to him.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: Aberzombies are type Technically Living Zombie. Through chemical means, their will to think has been destoryed, turning them into faithful servants. They were introduced in "Mickey Mouse and the 'Lectro Box" and either are an invention of Doctor Grut or an older technique he adapted to his own uses because Phantasmo in "The Sinister Sorcerer" also seems to have an aberzombie servant.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: And they usually work, too, no matter who's using them.
  • People Zoo: 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.
  • Philosopher's Stone: It appeared in "The Golden Touch", where, as per the title, it could change anything it touched into gold. Anything. The only reason Pete didn't become an expensive statue is that turning living tissue into gold took longer and that the stone was abandoned in the first place because it was running low. By coincidence, Pete saved himself by getting gung-ho on producing gold, so the stone got used up before it could finish the process on him.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: Some early storylines like "Blaggard Castle", "Rumplewatt the Giant" and "The Mail Pilot" were major reworkings of cartoons, in these cases The Mad Doctor, Giantland and... The Mail Pilot, respectively. Adaptation Expansion was much employed also.
    • "Hoppy the Kangaroo" combines elements of Mickey's Kangaroo and Mickey's Mechanical Man, in which Mickey pits Hoppy, a Boxing Kangaroo, against Growlio, a Killer Gorilla owned by Pete, in the boxing ring.
    • "The Mystery at Hidden River" is a reworking of the Donald Duck 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.
  • Passed-Over Inheritance: Played for Laughs with Goofy in "The Crazy Crime Wave".
  • Police Are Useless: Mickey, Super Goof, and sometimes their friends are the protagonists, so the police must be of as little competence as needed to allow them the spotlight. They do regularly establish a case for Mickey or another to hop in on and they are the go-to choice for The Cavalry whenever a borderline Deus ex Machina is needed.
  • Premiseville: Descriptive Ville is in effect too with Mickey's hometown of Mouseton. That is, "Mouseton" is the default American tradition started in the 1990s with the Mickey Mouse Adventures collection. There's also the Italian "Topolinia" tradition from Topolino, Mickey's Italian name, that has its origin in the 1950s, while the rest of Europe and Brazil favor to present everyone to live in the same city as per the early days. Due to Duckburg being an established identity preceding Mouseton, in those comics Mickey lives in Duckburg.
  • Prince and Pauper: "The Monarch of Medioka".
  • Print Long-Runners: 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!



  • Ransacked Room: There's a ransacked tent in "Bargain Balloon". It doesn't seem anything was sought for, but that a message to leave immediately was to be communicated to Mickey and Goofy.
  • Recursive Canon: Italy loves this trope, but it also occasionally shows up in comics from other countries. In a 1951 "Li'l Bad Wolf" comic, L'il Bad Wolf and the Three Little Pigs recognize Black Pete for the crook he is by reading Gottfredson's comics in Walt Disney's Comics and Stories.
  • 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.
  • Ridiculously Average Guy: 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!
  • Robot Me: "The World of Tomorrow" introduced Mickey Jr., who is this to Mickey. In "Surefoot Jones", Doctor Watsup has made himself a robot double so he can solve cases in peace while Surefoot bumbles around with the robot in tow.
  • Roger Rabbit Effect: The three 1966 Mickey Mouse Super Secret Agent comics were products of the spy craze at the time and had Mickey and Goofy interact with a realistically drawn world (operating by realistic physics) as special agents of Police International. Mickey and Goofy were drawn by Paul Murry, while the rest of the comic art was the work of Dan Spiegle. In 1978, the Brazilian studios created two crossover comics with Zorro and The Love Bug that pulled the same toon/realism trick for Art Shift necessity. Moacir Rodrigues Soares took care of the toon cast and Rubens Cordeiro was responsible for the realistic parts.
  • Rogues Gallery: 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 The Prisoner of Zenda 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. From Walsh's hand is Mousepotamia in, well, "Mousepotamia", where a tyrant needs to disposed of. 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.
  • Save the Villain: 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 will likely try again. Same goes for crimes against other people.
  • Sealed Room in the Middle of Nowhere: Almost done to Mickey and implied to be done to others before him in "The Only Thing to Fear". It features a ghost, Gary, who imprisons anyone he manages to scare as a hobby. Imprisonment entails sealing his victims behind a wall.
  • Secret Test: 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.
  • Shared Universe: It is made clear on several occasions that the characters and events exist in the same continuity as the Disney Ducks Comic Universe.
  • Sherlock Homage: More times than you can shake a stick at. The first Sherlock Holmes-like character was Burlap Bones in "Mr. Slicker and the Egg Robbers" and Shamrock Bones and Sureluck Sleuth are the two recurring cast members to homage the detective. There's also one-timer Surefoot Jones in "Surefoot Jones" and Goofy fulfilled the role in "Sheerluck Goof and the Giggling Ghost of Nottenny More".
  • Shipshape Shipwreck: "Sunken Treasure" was the first comic story to feature a shipwreck dive and the trope was played straight. There were even two chained skeleton left intact to move along with the current! "The Secret of the Whirlpool" is an example where the trope is averted, as most of the shipwreck is buried in sand and clearly not whole anymore.
  • Show Within a Show: Goofy's the one who usually is a fan of some piece of fiction or another. The big one is the Flip the Fish comic series, which was first mentioned in "Fantasy Island". Other ones include the The Cloaked Block television series that debuted in "Cloak and Rope Dragger".
  • Sky Pirates: Pete and Sylvester in "The Mail Pilot". Pete again in "Monstrous Air Serpent".
  • Sliding Scale of Anthropomorphism: A scale's right, covering the entire spectrum. Furry Confusion can't get any more confusing.
    • First you've got the Animalistic Animals, most of which intelligent but 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 Civilized Animals (leaning towards Funny Animal), 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 Funny Animals make up most of the A-list and B-list characters. In the early years, by far most characters, even incidental ones, were in this category, 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, made a lightweight comeback during the 90s, notably in the Mickey Mouse Adventures comics, and examples of (modern) Funny Animals are Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Lucius Lamb, Chirpy Bird, Doctor Vultur, Wiley Wildebeest, and Emil Eagle.
    • (Borderline) Little Bit Beastly are represented by one word - dogfaces. In the early comics, they tended to be much more doglike, like Duke Varlott, but around 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 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. A peculiarity of note are the Bill Wright remakes of Gottfredson stories, which in some cases reimagine dogfaces as humans as happens in "Mighty Whale Hunter" and "The House of the Seven Haunts".
    • And you can bet writers occasionally insert jokes about the Sliding Scale of Anthropomorphism. 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. "The Villain of the Victory Garden" goes for the macabre by having Horace comment that he's done with vegetables and that he'd "eat hoss meat if [he] was sure it wa'nt one o' ['is] relatives!". 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!"
  • Sneeze of Doom: 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 Alternate Continuity comic "The Viking Raiders", Goofy's sneezes at first cause trouble, but they also prove useful to fill the sails for a swift escape.
  • So Much for Stealth: Mickey and Goofy try to infiltrate a fort for a rescue mission in "Mickey In The Caves Of California". It goes well until Mickey realizes there are no guards around, which is moments before the villains reveal it was all a trap.
  • Species Surname: Mickey, Minnie, and Mortimer Mouse (none of whom are related to each other), Felicity Fieldmouse, Clarabelle Cow, Horace Horsecollar, Sam Simian, Captain Doberman, Nathaniel Churchmouse, Emil Eagle, Lucius Lamb, Chirpy Bird, Professor McMonk, and so many more.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: 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!"
  • Straw Feminist: Ida Howel in "The Big Switcheroo" is depicted as a hypocrit. Her organization is a-subtly called "Women's 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.
  • Submarine Pirates: Doctor Vulter is the quintessential villain for this trope, but Pete's also played the part in "The Isle of Moola-la" and "The Submarine Pirates", while there's a crew of unnamed submarine pirates in "Land Beneath the Sea".
  • Supervillain Lair: With as many villains as there are, there are also plenty (super)villain lairs. Arguably the most impressive ones are Doctor Vulter's reverse-island base in "The Pirate Submarine", Krankle Gorb's underground mansion in the forest in "Mickey Most Wanted", Pete's and Sylvester's zeppelin city in "The Mail Pilot", any of the spooky mansions and castles the creepier enemies tend to inhabit, and the Red Wasp's secret base during the short time Dan and Idgit stole it in "The Red Wasp Mystery".
  • Techno Babble: 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 countering shrinkage potion was produced "by reversing the elements".
  • Ten Little Murder Victims: "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.
  • Theme Naming: In Blaggard Castle, a trio of simian mad scientists are named Ecks, Doublex and Triplex.
  • Thinking Out Loud:
    • A downright ridiculous example is "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 "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.
  • Thoroughly Mistaken Identity: Mickey is mistaken for an elderly woman's dog in "Mother Knows Best". Who is her son. Because he's a werewolf. Fortunately for Mickey, the woman's mistake is due to a hit to the head and another cures her.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: Some of the comic's run was during World War II... so naturally, there were several anti-Nazi-themed stories. These were probably a slap in the face to Hitler himself, who happened to be a fan of Disney's works.
    • Recurring villain Doctor Vulter got his start this way, and still tries to Take Over the World.
  • Tickle Torture: According to "Mickey Mouse Joins the Foreign Legion" and "Mickey Mouse and the 'Lectro Box", Mickey is very ticklish.
  • Time Police: Doc Static established one in "Time And Time Again" when he ended up in 18th Century France due to an accident with the time stream. Instead of working to go home, the opportunities to teach the people of the past overwhelmed him and he chose to stay. Aware on some level he was doing something wrong, the Chrono-Musketeers were created to assure at least Static'd be the only one messing with time.
  • Time Travel: Aside from the hundreds of adventures in which Mickey and/or another protagonist ended up in another time period, there are two regulars in the cast that occasionally drop in from the future. The first is Eega Beeva, who comes from the year 2447 (or 500 years in the future). The second is Uma, who comes from the year 2049 (or 42 years in the future). Among the notable one-timers are Bog and Professor Zero. "The World Begins and Ends in Duckburg" debuted Bog, a villain, who comes from an unspecified future year. He does look like a contemporary of Eega Beeva, so going from there he'd be from around 2447 too. Professor Zero was introduced in "The Strange Case of Professor Zero" and hails from the 75th Century.
  • Timey-Wimey Ball: 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.
  • Took a Level in Badass: 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 Badass Decay — 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 Amateur Sleuth (often with Goofy as his Plucky Comic Relief Sidekick), though some stories have presented him as a severe andrenaline junkie.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: (Black) licorice is a favored treat among Goofy's family. In "Dr. X", his cousin Hutch the Hermit considers it the only thing worth making a trip to civilization for once in a while. Goofy's fondness for the candy comes up in "The Great Bone-Hunt". And Arizona's obsession with the treat is well-documented.
  • Train Escape: Type 2 happens in the very first story, "Death Valley", and is repeated as soon as two stories later in "Boxing Champion".
  • Train-Station Goodbye: 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.
  • Trap Door: 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).
  • Treasure Map: Used a lot and is one 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", while "The Phantom Ship" goes so far as having a fake treasure map business be Pete's latest scheme.
  • Trojan Prisoner: The first case was in "Mickey Mouse Joins the Foreign Legion", although that wasn't intentional and short-lived. "The Bar-None Ranch" is to be credited with the first intentional situation, featuring Clarabelle faking herself to be a Damsel in Distress. Heroes pull it from time to time since, Goofy performing a particularly masterful move in "Dark Mines of the Phantom Metal", but villains pretty much never use this tactic.
  • Turned Against Their Masters: 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?)
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: 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.
  • Unexpected Inheritance: In "Death Valley", Minnie inherits a mine from her uncle Mortimer whose death she hears of concurrently with the news she's his heiress. 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 Ransom Plot", in which Minnie is abducted for a ransom aimed at Mortimer.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: 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.
  • Vague Age: Overlaps with Artistic Age, types 3 and 4. Gottfredson hinted at an age below 20 for Mickey and Minnie, while Clarabelle (and by extension Horace and Goofy) was in the 35-40 area. In "The Black Crow Mystery", Mickey finds he's too young to join the armed forces. This means he's under 18 at that time. The Walsh era corroborates this indirectly. Drusilla is said to look like a 17-year old in "The House of Mystery" and Minnie views her as a romantic rival. In "The Midas Ring", the newspapers describe Mickey as a "boy financier". Meanwhile, the titular lectro box in "Mickey Mouse and the 'Lectro Box" makes Clarabelle appear as a young woman probably in the age range of Minnie, which Clarabelle defines as "looking twenty years younger". In "Mickey Mouse and the Ransom Plot", Clarabelle is asked if Minnie is her daughter. Somewhat unfortunately, Peg-leg Pete and Sylvester Shyster would have to be at least 30-40 if they were part of Captain Churchmouse's crew fifteen years prior according to "Mickey Mouse Sails for Treasure Island". This makes their Villainous Crush on Minnie extra creepy. After the Gottfredson-Walsh era in the USA and nearly from the start in Europe, the (implied) ages have been muddled to meet a halfway point. Mickey and Minnie are depicted as older, while Clarabelle and the others appear to have been made a little younger.
  • Vertical Kidnapping: This happened to Mickey in the beginning of "Mickey Mouse Joins the Foreign Legion", a non-fatal variant which was actually a legitimate kidnapping.
  • Villainous Crush: 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). Other classic villains who had some interest in Minnie going on amidst their plans are Wolf Barker, the Bad Bandit, and Phantasmo. 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 spectrum. Mickey, meanwhile, has the Princess of Dead Man's Isle fancying him, who may have gone through a Love Redeems situation but this is never made clear and it's not bringing back any of her victims. The Princess of the Aints did not get redemption from liking Mickey, while Lotus Blossom's fondness of him is only genuine at most half the time. And then there's the... interesting situation of 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. 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 Love Redeems arc, and Hoosat, who died. In fact, the only one of Mickey's team to have been spared is Horace, who probably would be deeply insulted if he knew.
  • Villain Team-Up: 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.
  • Villains Act, Heroes React: 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 Treasure Map is involved, but by far most stories are about stopping some crook or evil entity.
  • Villainy-Free Villain: In "Pop Goes the Pizza Place," Mickey opened a pizza parlor and its success led restauranteur Max Mc Mac to open Pizza Pop's, a rival pizza parlor across the street from Mickey's. While the readers were expected to cheer for Mickey, Max Mc Mac 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 Mc Mac's own giant pizza as well. After that, Mickey ran out of flour and Mc Mac ran out of cheese and the two of them decided to share to avoid bankruptcy.
  • Voodoo Shark: 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 explodes for no reason, which saves Mickey. He later tries to explain that the machine became "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?).
  • Waking Up Elsewhere: 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.
  • Walk the Plank: 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.
  • Water Wake-up: Happens to Mickey in "The Past-Imperfect", to Goofy in "The Red Wasp Mystery", and to the Phantom Blot in "The Blot's Double Mystery".
  • We Need to Get Proof: 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. 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!"
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Mickey, Goofy, and Pluto encounter a sapient race of giant ants. Furry Confusion is in full effect as they wear clothes and 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.
  • Where No Parody Has Gone Before: Mickey Mouse italian magazine has a multiple story-arc parody of Star Trek named "Star-Top".
  • Whole Plot Reference: 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 The Prisoner of Zenda, and the second half of "Tzig-tzag Fever" is step-by-step the 1919 novel Atlantida. "The Return of Phantom Bob" is a Bowdlerized WPR of Misery and another comic is an equally Bowdlerized adaptation of Arsenic and Old Lace (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.
  • Wicked Toymaker: "The Kid Gang" has Big Ben, the childlike head of a criminal organization that tricks children into its ranks. Big Ben's favored weapons are his lifelike dolls.
  • Wishing for More Wishes: 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 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.
  • Yellow Peril: Triad leader Hang Tung and Dragon Lady Lotus Blossom fit this trope, although Lotus Blossom got toned down on the required "other" angle after her debut comic. World War II-era stories obviously have this quite a bit, even though Mickey never actually fought any Japanese. There'd just be an off-hand comment or visual reference, like in "On a Secret Mission" and "Mickey Mouse and the 'Lectro Box". Easily the most baffling case is "The Smuggled Diamonds", wherein Mickey and Goofy become targeted by non-Asian smugglers and brought to their leader, Wun Tin Khan, in Chinatown. Khan looks like an Asian interpretation of the devil. Mickey and Goofy are locked away for information and Khan... takes of his mask, revealing a non-Asian person underneath. Just why the entire elaborate disguise exists is not explained in the story and ends up only serving the inclusion of unflattering stereotypes.
  • You Dirty Rat!: 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.
  • You Meddling Kids: 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*
  • Young Gun: When Mickey goes out West in certain stories, he's one of these. Sometimes he advances to The Gunslinger, Improbable Aiming Skills and all.
  • 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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