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Geronimo Stilton is a children's full-colored chapter book series originally written and published in Italy that stars the titular hero, Geronimo Stilton, a mild-mannered but brave mouse who works as a famouse journalist for the Rodent's Gazette, the most popular newspaper in New Mouse City.

He goes on many different kinds of adventures, ranging from catching master thieves to searching for sunken treasure to racing across America to participating in cooking competitions. He is often accompanied by his sassy sister Thea, his boorish cousin Trap, and his favorite nephew Benjamin.

All of the books are written by Geronimo in first person, detailing all of his thoughts and experiences about the crazy things that come to his doorstep. It should be known that the true author of the books is Elisabetta Dami.


The books have been successful enough to spawn several Spin-Off series:

There are also three graphic novel series, the first following historical time travel adventures like The Journey through Time series, the Reporter series, and a series retelling the original series in Stylistic Suck Dog Man-esque art style. There is also a line of educational workbooks taking excerpts from various entries, and even a Comic-Book Adaptation.

The original book series has been adapted into an animated series as a joint venture by Italy, Canada and other countries; first aired in Italy (Italian) and Canada (English), and shown in several other countries shortly after. The 3rd season premiered in September 2016 in Europe. Despite being based on the books, the show is about 98% original material.

There are also two theatrical adaptations: the musical theatre adaptation of the Kingdom of Fantasy series that has toured in Spain, Denmark, Belgium, and Canada, and Oregon Children's Theatre's Gerimino Stilton: Mouse in Space, adaptation of the book of the same name.

Geronimo's literary adventures include examples of:

  • Actually, I Am Him: When Geronimo first met his newly-hired assistant, Pinky Pick, he assumed she was his assistant's daughter, since she's only fourteen years old.
  • All Just a Dream: The Wild, Wild West is revealed to be this in the end since Geronimo had fallen asleep while watching a documentary involving said Wild West.
  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: According to Chef Stewrat, his stew has been cooking for 500 years and keeps getting new ingredients added to it. Such a thing is possible, called perpetual stew, although it usually doesn't last that long.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Chef Stewrat's long and very disgusting list of ingredients for his stew recipe ends with "...[plus] a little salt and pepper!"
  • Art Evolution: In the first books, Trap looks different, wearing a white shirt and red suspenders. Later he gets his current look, with the ponytail, earring and Hawaiian shirt. Some reprints of older books redraw him with the current look.
    • Also, the poltergeist that lives in the Cacklefurs' castle is just a Bedsheet Ghost in his first appearance. He gets mouse features in the spinoff series.
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Despite being otherwise fully-dressed, almost none of the characters wear shoes. The most notable aversion is Pinky Pick, and how! Although the Thea Sisters start this way, in the later books they (and most of the other characters) wear shoes more often than not.
  • Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: In "I'm Too Fond of my Fur!"
  • Big Shadow, Little Creature: This happened with Benjamin (Geronimo's nephew) in one book.
  • Blind Without 'Em: Geronimo. In the show, however, he doesn't wear glasses.
  • Bond, James Bond: "My name is Stilton, Geronimo Stilton!"
  • Bowdlerization: In one book, Geronimo goes to buy a new bathing suit and finds that the tag inside reads "I'm too sexy for my fur!" (which is a Shout-Out to the song "I'm Too Sexy For My Shirt" by Right Said Fred). Sometime after the book was published, this was changed to "I'm too cool for my fur!"
  • Cats Are Mean: The titular pirates in Attack of the Bandit Cats and the Saber-Toothed Squad from the Cavemice books.
  • Chaste Toons: Benjamin is Geronimo's favorite (and only) nephew. A rather extreme example, as Geronimo's only mentioned sister, Thea, is not Benjamin's mother, nor is any mention of her made in any of the books (yet). All this despite there being Loads and Loads of Stiltons.
  • Color-Coded Characters: The Thea Sisters each have their own colors: Green for Nicky, Pink for Pamela, Purple for Violet, Orange for Paulina and Red for Pamela.
  • Cool Car: Get Into Gear, Stilton! has two of them: Solar, a talking, robotic car with Artificial Intelligence, and its evil equivalent Lunar. Geronimo is the only driver Solar will accept, which isn't surprising once it's revealed that Solar's voice and personality are modeled after Thea, his sister.
  • Cool Shades: Geronimo wears a pair of golden ones in Get into Gear, Stilton! that lets him talk to Solar with his mind.
  • Cool Uncle: Geronimo dotes on his young nephew, Benjamin. Thea is the aunt version of this trope.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Glauseter, the video game company owner. steals an idea for a video game called Ratzilla from a little boy named Chas, and commits numerous crimes in order to keep people from knowing the game was Chas' idea - including wiping their memories with an amnesia machine. Why doesn't he make money off of that and not some Godzilla ripoff game?
  • Creepy Good: Creepella is a creepy mouse with spooky tastes, but she's a good person. Her family is much the same — they're also creepy and strange, but very kind and loving once you get to know them.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: The Cacklefurs who live in a dreary castle but are shown to be very nice and friendly among other things.
  • Death Trap: In Watch Your Whiskers, Stilton!, the game show "The Mousetrap" centers around a gigantic bladed mousetrap that the contestant is chained to.
  • Disguised in Drag: In Paws Off, Cheddarface! Trap is made up to look like Sally Ratmousen in order to counter her Identical Stranger Gambit.
  • The Door Slams You: Happens to Geronimo a number of times in Watch Your Whiskers, Stilton!
  • Even Evil Has Standards: In The Giant Diamond Robbery, Sally Ratmousen's profile states, "She's known for breaking the rules, except on the golf course, because that's unethical!" This is proven at the end when it's revealed that Sally's cousin, The Shadow, was trying to cheat so she can get away with the diamond while Sally is absolutely shocked that her cousin would do something like that.
  • Freudian Excuse: Sally Ratmousen's description in Atlantyca's website states that she wanted to work for the Stilton Media Group, but she was rejected and now holds a grudge against them. Also, in Valentine's Day Disaster, it's mentioned that Geronimo once accidentally pushed her into a thorn bush, which might explain her hatred of Geronimo.
  • Funny Animal/World of Funny Animals: Takes place on a version of Earth where everyone is a walking and talking mouse, though there are giant cats and magical species resembling humans.
  • Hold Your Hippogriffs: The books are stuffed with mouse-ified phrases.
  • How Can Santa Deliver All Those Toys?: Geronimo, subbing in for Santa, learns that Time Stands Still on Christmas Eve, giving Santa enough time to deliver all the presents.
  • Hurricane of Puns: Mouse puns, mostly.
  • Identical Stranger: Paws Off, Cheddarface! revolves around someone masquerading as Geronimo to ruin his name (and causing Geronimo to go into quite a bit of despair too).
  • Irony: Thea will frequently tease Geronimo about his Cowardly Lion/Lovable Coward tendencies. However, all of her brother's books are firsthand accounts while Thea is rarely if ever involved in the actions of the books that bear her name.
  • Jerkass: Sally Ratmousen would be the biggest example.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Trap may be greedy and an unrepentant prankster towards Geronimo, but he's not a bad rodent.
  • Karma Houdini: The Shadow always escapes getting caught for her crimes, ready to thieve again.
  • Kill and Replace: The kid-friendly 'imprison and replace' is used in The Phoenix of Destiny when the evil Wither impersonates Blossom so she and Cackle can rule the fairies.
  • Multinational Team: The Thea Sisters: Colette of France, Paulina of Peru, Violet of China, Nicky of Australia, and Pamela of Tanzania.
  • Nepotism: Benjamin is the most prominent example but the graphic novels added Cousin Trappy, a female miniature Trap (though she's much more intelligent) and Creepella's niece is a major player in her spin-off.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: You'd think that after all the adventures the gang goes through, they're portrayed as being older.
  • The One Who Wears Shoes: Pinky Pick.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Inverted. Many side characters are referred by name, surname and nickname.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Sally actually attends Geronimo's Christmas party at the end of one of the books. Also, in Valentine's Day Disaster, at the end, she agrees to send a newspaper to the public for him so that Geronimo will invite her to his Valentine's Day party.
    • The first sign that the Cacklefurs aren't all terrifying is when they find an abandoned baby mouse outside their doorstep and don't hesitate to adopt him as one of them.
  • Plot-Driven Breakdown: In "A Very Merry Christmas," Geronimo accidentally picks up someone else's bag instead of his own. The other person calls her own cellphone and starts to make arrangements for her and Geronimo to meet up and exchange bags, but her phone dies just before she says where to find her.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Some lines in the books are irregular and in color to emphasis the characters' thoughts.
  • Scenery Porn: Later books have BEAUTIFUL backgrounds. Most notably is the Fantasy Kingdom books (The third one has a beautiful depiction of New Mouse City in spring)
  • Rainbow Speak: ᏕᎧ. 𝔽ℝ𝔼𝔸𝕂𝕀ℕ𝔾. 𝓜𝓤𝓒𝓗.
  • Sequel Hook: Some books end with Geronimo talking about something that happened after the end, saying "But that's another story, which I'll tell you very soon!". None of these sequels happened yetnote .
    • A particular case was the Oliver story. It was a short book about one of Benjamin's schoolmates, the titular Oliver, having problems to move around with his wheelchair. With the help of his friends and Geronimo, he gets the mayor of New Mouse City build more entry ramps in the city, and the story ends with a scene from ten years later where an adult Oliver wins at the Special Olympic Games, with Geronimo's "I'll tell you very soon!" speech, and a advertisement promising a full series starring Oliver and dealing with a different disability in each book. Both of these things never got released, sadly.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: "Geronimo Stilton, Secret Agent"
  • Shout-Out: In "The Secret of Cacklefur Castle," the Cacklefurs have a pet cockroach named Kafka, a reference to The Metamorphosis.
  • Smelly Feet: Supposedly, Boneham the Cacklefurs' butler has stinky socks, which is odd because the illustrations show him not wearing shoes, like practically every other named character.
  • Species Surname: Not as many as you'd think though.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Creepella is madly in love with Geronimo and wants him to be her boyfriend, even kidnapping him and shoving him into the back of her hearse to take him to Cacklefur Castle, her family home. Understandably, he doesn't really reciprocate.
  • Stock Animal Diet: The Stiltons and pretty much any character who doesn't have a Species Surname will have one referencing a type of cheese. Geronimo and other mouse characters across adaptations are very fond of cheese.
  • Supreme Chef: Chef Stewrat, the Cacklefur family's personal chef, cooks a delicious stew. (Just don't ask what's in it.)
  • A True Story in My Universe: All the books in the main series are "written by" Geronimo himself, said to be recounts of actual events within his universe. The Cavemice books were written by Geronimo's prehistoric ancestor and translated by present day Geronimo. The Thea Sisters books start with Thea learning about the Sisters' latest adventure, then (supposedly) recounting it.

The Animated Adaptation includes examples of:

  • Abhorrent Admirer:
    • Geronimo gets one in the form of the Contessa in the S2 episode "Bloodlines".
    • Thea has one in a few villains, notably Prince Nogouda who repeatedly attempts to force her to marry him.
  • Adaptational Badass: While still somewhat a Nervous Wreck and a Butt-Monkey, Geronimo is noticeably braver than in the books.
  • Adaptational Mundanity: While the book series is still quite grounded in reality, occasionally there are a few fantastical elements, notably whenever Creepela von Cacklefur appears. The animation however drops all of it in favor of sci-fi and Scooby-Doo Hoaxes; Geronimo in particular is adamant there's no such thing as the supernatural.
  • Adaptational Personality Change:
  • Adult Fear: While this trope is somewhat present in the books, it's more prominent here because Benjamin goes off on his own or with just Pandora much more than in the books and winds up in big trouble.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Benjamin has two for Geronimo, "Uncle G" and "Unc".
  • Age Lift: As mentioned above, Benjamin goes from 8-9 years old in the books to 12 years old in the series.
  • Artistic License – Biology:
    • "If I Could Talk to the Animals" had a pride of lions consisting of mostly males and only one female. In real life, females outnumber the males.
    • "A Tall Order" involves the protagonists trying to talk to a giraffe. Surprisingly that's not the problem; they have a Universal Translator. What is, however, is that the giraffe wasn't talking because they're mute, which is based on an old misconception that giraffes were mute because they very rarely made sound.
  • Bad Boss: Sally to Simon. Even when he performs well, she berates, mistreats and insults him.
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Just as in the original books. However, as a variation, they do put on the needed footwear once they venture out of civilization (or travel somewhere very cold).
  • Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: Big Toes, from the S2 episode "The Legend Of Big Toes". Though he's actually no different from the humanoid mice in the show; only much, much taller, hairier, and being speechless.
  • Bluff the Eavesdropper: Geronimo is tasked with keeping a singer's identity secret, while Sally Rasmaussen has Simon spy on him in order to get the scoop on the singer's identity. Geronimo's solution: say the name of a different singer out loud for Simon to hear, and have a Disguised in Drag Trap impersonate the fake singer.
  • Broken Pedestal: If someone is introduced as being an old friend or former mentor of Geronimo's, they have a rather disturbing tendency to turn out to be a villain. Poor Geronimo has seen more of his former heroes turn out to be complete bastards than a lot of other protagonists.
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • Trap is more of this than his cousin Geronimo was in the original books.
    • Simon Squealer is this, too.
    • And of course, Geronimo himself.
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Parody: "Chauncey and the Secret Cheese" plays this mostly straight. Benjamin and Pandora win a contest to tour a top-secret bizarrely-built, whimsical factory run by The Wonka.
  • Composite Character: Benjamin in the TV series appears to be given the role and personality of his counterpart in the book series and Pinky Pick.
  • Chekhov's Gun: At the beginning of "The Mask of Rat-Jitsu", Geronimo takes out a vial of a rare, strong-smelling cheese from his safe and inadvertently puts it in his clothes. He finally got to use it during the said episode's climax to knock out the villain of the episode and his mooks.
  • The Chessmaster: Crunchrat is prone to be this way.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Geronimo can sometimes be capable of overcoming his clumsiness and apparent cowardice when the chips are really down, and Trap has his moments, too. Most notable of all is Simon Squealer, Minion with an F in Evil extraordinaire, who, while usually a clumsy and incompetent Smug Snake, is shown to possess martial arts skills that make him an even match for Thea!
  • Disguised in Drag: Simon... and he's surprisingly attractive as a redhead. Trap also ends up in drag more than once.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Barry the Moustache is a hardened criminal at first, anyway, but even he is outraged at Sally Rasmaussen falsely accusing him of kidnapping in her scheme to humiliate Geronimo .
  • Everybody Laughs Ending: Done for a few episodes.
  • Everything Is Online: The only explanation on how Benjamin could hack into almost anything.
  • Evil Twin: Geronimo deals with one in Paws Off, Cheddarface.
  • Five Mouse Band: The main characters are presented as this:
  • The Fool: Trap. Full stop.
  • Full-Body Disguise: "The Gator Samaritan" featured Simon Squealer dressing up as the titular superhero this way (using a form-fitting alligator costume complete with tail) and performing good deeds as part of a scam to help the struggling Daily Rat newspaper. After saving Thea from drowning, Simon realizes Good Feels Good and continues the charade independently from the scam. But then a criminal rat steals the costume's Latex Perfection mask and attempts to use it as a simple disguise for robbing a museum...
  • Furry Confusion: Non-anthropomorphic rats have appeared in some episodes.
  • Good Feels Good: Simon comes to this realization when he impersonates a superhero and rescues Thea from drowning. Unfortunately for him, it only leads to a Heel–Face Door-Slam.
  • Hollywood Hacking: Benjamin does this in spades.
  • Hurricane of Puns: Expect a lot of rodent and cheese puns. Some of them might be funny.
  • Hypno Fool: Geronimo becomes one in "Hypno Tick Tock", courtesy of an evil hypnotist who plans to Mind Control the entire city.
  • I Have Your Wife: In a Season 2 episode, Thea and Benjamin end up forced to help pirates recover an underwater treasure because they've kidnapped Geronimo. Similarly, several episodes feature one or more members of the Stilton family being used in some fashion as leverage against the others; oddly, this usually is used against Geronimo.
  • Inevitable Waterfall: In the S2 episode "The Legend Of Big Toes", Geronimo was tricked into falling into the river and almost fell down one of these. He was saved by the titular Big Toes.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Pandora with Geronimo and Thea, particularly in the animated series and graphic novels. Geronimo lets Pandora into his inner circle and often brings her on his adventures, and Thea is like a Cool Big Sis to her. In at least one of the graphic novels, Pandora goes as far as to call Geronimo "Uncle G".
  • Karma Houdini: Crunchrat has a tendency to escape arrest and punishment for his crimes.
  • The Lab Rat: Literally in Professor Von Volt's case.
  • The Millstone: Though Trap obviously means well, he is generally more of a hindrance to Geronimo than a help.
  • Mistaken for Romance: In Season 3 Episode 13, Pandora overhears acrobat partners Cheesy and Moonbeam arguing about her relationship with the kidnapped clown Augusto and assumes that Cheesy had something to do with the kidnapping because he couldn't stand losing Moonbeam's affections to the clown. When Geronimo confronts him about it, Cheesy laughs and explains that Moonbeam is his sister, who planned to quit their act and join her fiance in clowning.
  • Not What It Looks Like: In one episode, Geronimo comes home to hear what sounds like someone threatening Benjamin for information; when he naturally rushes to the rescue, he discovers Benjamin was just helping Trap rehearse for a play.
    • A later episode features Trap having ordered a crate of bottles filled with a red liquid and offering some to Benjamin. Geronimo indignantly protests that Benjamin is much too young to drink, only for Trap and Benjamin to start dipping carrot sticks into what is revealed to be vintage-aged ketchup.
  • The One Who Wears Shoes: Sally Rasmaussen wears a pair of killer heels.
    • When she's not actually kidnapped by the titular gangster in "Barry the Moustache", Geronimo and company find a clue when she loses a shoe in the struggle.
  • Red Herring: Although the show is usually pretty straightforward with who the villain is, there have been a few exceptions where the character everyone suspects is innocent:
    • One episode had tomb-robbing in Egypt. Everyone suspected it to be the work of a kindly professor's shifty nephew with a Dark and Troubled Past who nobody trusted. It is eventually revealed it was his seemingly benevolent uncle and not him all along.
    • Another episode had Benjamin and Pandora visiting a cheese factory owned by Chauncey, when someone steals the only sample of a new kind of cheese. When it is learned one of the other kids in the tour is the son of a rival factory owner, everyone suspects him. But it is eventually revealed to be Chauncey's assistant, who wanted revenge on his boss because Chauncey only paid him in cheese. It turns out he was in cahoots with Sally Rasmaussen, who wanted the scoop on the new cheese.
    • Geronimo and the gang went on a fashion shoot tour with a pair of hip (and strange) European fashion photographers, and everywhere they went, someone was robbed. Local police arrested Thea for it, and it seems as though the photographers are the real thieves who are just using the shoot as a cover for their crimes, but it eventually turns out to be the shoot's makeup artist, with the photographers entirely innocent and the shoot genuine.
  • Reformed Criminal: Barry the Moustache. He was a notorious crime boss who was inadvertently apprehended by Geronimo, and swore revenge as he is being arrested. However, in prison Barry meets his future business partner, who teaches him he can make more money as a legitimate businessman. At the end of his episode, Barry is revealed to be rich and the owner of his own private island, and is grateful to Geronimo.
  • Reused Character Design: The show has a few examples of this, but the most prominent are the two (or three?) large Mooks in black business suits. They're first used as Prince Nogouda's bodyguards, but later turn up in a variety of roles, either as private security (for good guys) or henchmen (for bad guys). Basically any time the episode calls for one or more big, tough-looking mice, these guys get drafted. In their most recent appearances, they've been doing muscle work for Sally. Either the animators are just really lazy... or it really is the same two or three guys working different jobs each time.
  • Rodents of Unusual Size: The mice, not to mention some other anthropomorphic animals, are human-sized.
  • Save the Villain: Zigzagged in "Barry The Moustache". Geronimo helps Simon look for Sally after she is reportedly kidnapped by the titular crime boss. It is subverted when it turns out that Sally faked her own kidnapping in a scheme to humiliate Geronimo. Then it is played straight when the real Barry the Moustache shows up, angry at having been wrongfully accused, and kidnaps them for real, forcing Geronimo to save Sally, Trap and himself. Finally, it subverted again when Barry is revealed to be a Reformed Criminal who did not mean them any harm, though Sally is punished by having to be the spokesperson for Barry's cheese snack company.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Geronimo and Thea.
  • Say My Name: "Crunchrat!"
  • Seldom-Seen Species: The S2 episode "Dude, Where's My Shark?" featured a copper shark.
  • Terrified of Germs: Prince Nogouda.
  • "Too Young to Die" Lamentation: Geronimo thinks one in Curse of the Cheese Pyramid when he thinks his Dirt Cheap Airlines flight is about to crash. The experiences he laments missing out on are climbing Mouse Everest, "trekking through the great Mousewood Forest," and eating a box of popsicles he just bought.
  • The Unfettered: Sally Rasmaussen will stop at nothing to scoop Geronimo, humiliate him or otherwise enrich herself, up to and including committing actual crimes.
  • Voices Are Mental: Averted - in the "Freaky Friday" Flip episode "Trade Off" Geronimo and Sally switch bodies but their voices aren't switched along with it. Geronimo-in-Sally's-body even remarks on his changed voice.
  • The Wonka: Chauncey.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Chauncey the cheese factory owner and Willy Wonka Expy has purple hair for... some reason.


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