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"Happyland, The birds are happy, the worms are happy, the sun is happy."
Mr. Happy

Once upon a time, there was a British man called Roger Hargreaves. In 1971, his son Adam asked him the question, "What does a tickle look like?" He answered it by creating a book about a long-armed creature called Mr. Tickle. And this book became the first in a series of books about the Mr. Men and Little Misses.

The Mr. Men and Little Misses are a race of abstract human beings (a.k.a. talking shapes) who're essentially the Anthropomorphic Personifications of the many character traits everyday people have. Every Mr. Man and Little Miss has a distinct characteristic that defines their entire being, and are named after that characteristic (Mr. Forgetful, Little Miss Trouble, Mr. Wrong, Little Miss Wise, etc.). Each of the original books stars one of the characters, who has a brief adventure revolving around their character trait. And the sun has a face on some occasions.

There have been four animated series based on the books. The first two, Mr. Men (1974/1983), and Mr. Men and Little Miss (1995-1997), were based closely on the original stories. The third, The Mr. Men Show (1997), was a redubbed version of the 1990s stories and featured live-action comedy segments. The fourth, also called The Mr. Men Show (2008), was a Denser and Wackier sketch show featuring the characters.

From 2004 to 2011, the Mr. Men characters were owned by Chorion; as of 2012, they are owned by Sanrio, the creators of Hello Kitty. Since Roger Hargreaves' death, Adam has continued the line with new books.

In 2017, an unusual Spinoff launched: a series of books plus a line of tie-in merchandise adapting characters from the beloved Science Fiction show Doctor Who into these books' art style and story format. Each book features one of the Doctor's many incarnations (specifically the ones numbered One through Thirteen) with the titling convention of Dr. First, Dr. Second, and so on. Tropes featured in this spinoff have their own listing below.

In 2019, a second Spinoff line launched: a series of books based off the Spice Girls.

A third one in 2021: a line based on Assassin's Creed.

The characters also appeared on Arby's kids' meals in the 1980s.

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  • Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: Animals in Nonsenseland wear various accessories because it would be silly if they didn't. This gives Mr. Silly his "Eureka!" Moment.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: At the end of his story, with everything working out for the better, Mr. Forgetful has a good laugh at his mangling of the "sheep loose in the lane" message - until he forgets that as well.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The 1980s adaptation of Little Miss Magic's book adds a scene where the titular character commands two lumps of sugar to jump into Mr. Happy's coffee.
    "Lumps, jump!"
  • An Aesop:
  • Aesop Enforcer: They will frequently appear in titles involving the negative trait characters. Some of them are fantastic beings, while others are mundane. Some of these are certainly Cool and Unusual Punishment.
    • Mr. Greedy is cured of his greed when he visits a giant's castle and finds a plate of enormous sausages, potatoes, and peas; the giant forces him to eat all of them, making him so sick that he goes right off eating vast quantities of food.
    • Mr. Snooty (Mr Uppity in the UK) is cured of his snootiness by a goblin who casts a magic spell on him that makes him shrink to mere inches in height whenever he is rude to anyone.
    • Mr. Mean is taught a lesson by a wizard's spell that causes parts of his body to change into vegetables whenever he is mean to anyone (his "victims" are invariably the wizard in disguise).
      "If you are mean again, it's potatoes my dear; if not, other vegetables as well."
    • Mr. Nosey gets his nose injured or painted by one of the townsfolk every time he sticks it into their business.
      "Oh dear. I am sorry!"
    • Mr. Noisy finally stops shouting all the time when the townsfolk pretend they cannot hear him unless he speaks at a normal volume.
      Mrs. Crumb: "Would you speak up, please?"
      Mr. Noisy: "A... LOAF... OF..."
      And then he stopped. And then he thought.
    • Mr. Grumpy stops being rude and abrasive to everyone he meets after Mr. Happy gets Mr. Tickle to tickle him every time he verbally abuses someone.
      "Oooh," said Mr. Tickle, rubbing together the hands of those extraordinarily long arms, "that sounds like fun".
    • Mr. Chatterbox is cured of his Motor Mouth tendencies by a magic hat that grows until it completely covers him every time he starts talking.
    • Little Miss Naughty's behaviour improves dramatically after Mr. Small asks Mr. Impossible to turn invisible and tweak her nose every time she is about to perpetrate an act of sociopathy.
  • Agony of the Feet: Mr. Grumpy stamps on Mr. Happy's foot, causing him to wail in pain in his story.
  • All Just a Dream:
    • The title character in Mr. Daydream is, as one would expect, just a daydream of a bored schoolboy, and he is woken up by his teacher at the end of the book. The Animated Adaptation ends with an Or Was It a Dream?, with Mr. Daydream making a final silent appearance and waving to the viewers.
    • While dozing in a chair in the garden, Mr Lazy is wakened by two humans, Mr Busynote  and Mr Bustle, who subject him to a gruelling routine of housework and a very long walk, and then a run. When one of the men blows a whistle to make him start running, the whistle turns out to be the whistling kettle boiling in the kitchen (which takes two hours in Sleepyland). It had all been a terrible dream! When Mr Lazy then falls asleep (yet again) when he sits down for his breakfast, we are left with an ambiguous ending. An unidentified voice says "Wake up, Mr Lazy! WAKEUPWAKEUPWAKEUP!" Is this another instance of Or Was It a Dream?, or is Mr Lazy simply repeating the dream he had before?
    • Little Miss Lucky is one of the oddest books in the series: her life is depicted as a sort of hell, in which she is constantly being chased by scary monsters. But on the last page we see it was all just a dream. See, she IS lucky after all!
  • Always Identical Twins: Little Miss Twins are a pair of identical twins; they are based on Roger Hargreaves' twin daughters, Sophie and Amanda.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: The Mr. Men and Little Misses are drawn in a variety of bright colours. Just to name two for each colour of the spectrum (plus pink and brown), Mr. Strong and Little Miss Scatterbrain are red, Mr. Clever and Little Miss Fickle are orange, Mr. Happy and Little Miss Sunshine are yellow, Mr. Nosey and Little Miss Neat are green, Mr. Worry and Little Miss Bossy are blue, Mr. Impossible and Little Miss Naughty are purple, Mr. Greedy and Little Miss Tiny are pink, Mr. Dizzy and Little Miss Dotty are brown.
  • Ambiguously Human: The Mr. Men and Little Misses are visually a fantastic race of colorful Living Polyhedrons, but they apparently are human beings. If anything, they look like actual human beings in-universe, but look like talking shapes to us since they're meant to be representations of the virtues and vices anyone in real life can have.
    • The only one who averts this is Mr. Snow, who's simply a snowman built and brought to life by Father Christmas.
  • Amusing Injuries:
    • Mr. Bump, hence the eternal bandages.
    • Mr. Bounce, who decides to see the doctor when just by being at home he is "bounced black and blue", and on his way there, bounces into a tennis court, where two boys mistake him for the ball, and hit him with their tennis racquets backwards and forwards over the net.
      "BOUNCE... OOOH... BOUNCE... OW... BOUNCE... OUCH... Poor Mr. Bounce."
    • Mr. Wrong, who bounces down the stairs on his bottom: his usual wrong start to the day.
    • Mr. Clumsy, who ends his tale leaning back on his chair, after a chapter of accidents. Whoops!
    • Mr. Nosey, when the townsfolk conspire to accidentally hurt his nose every time he pokes it into other people's business.
  • Arcadia: Happyland, Mr. Happy's homeland, is a country where the trees are a hundred feet tall, the sun shines brightly, and all the animals and even the flowers are smiling happily.
  • Art Evolution: The designs started off as flat and graphic with bigger Black Bead Eyes, which today can come off as creepy than appealing. In the mid-1980s, the Mr. Men and Little Miss characters were slightly modified to look more cartoony and shrunk their black bead eyes into dots with semi-circle lines to give them more expression, which they keep for the remainder of the 1990s to the 2010s.
  • Beast in the Building: In a book of short Mr Men stories, Mr Happy comments that Mr Silly's horse needs new shoes. Mr Silly promptly takes the horse into an actual shoe shop, where four running shoes are fitted to the horse by bemused staff.
  • Bedsheet Ghost: Mr. Impossible in Mr. Men Halloween Party
  • Became Their Own Antithesis: What happens to Mr. Right at the end of Mr. Wrong's story. Mr. Wrong ends up rubbing off on Mr. Right so much that, while Mr. Right successfully changes Mr. Wrong for the better, Mr. Right essentially takes Mr. Wrong's place and becomes just as wrong as Mr. Wrong originally was. It's inverted with the stories of Mr. Men and Little Misses with negative traits, who end their stories becoming the opposites of their respective traits (Mr. Greedy becomes skinny, Mr. Grumpy is much happier, Mr. Snooty's friendlier and treats people fairly, etc.).
  • Big Eater:
    • Mr. Greedy and his cousin, Little Miss Plump (later renamed Little Miss Greedy), are both defined by their enormous appetites.
    • Mr. Strong has a huge appetite, but only for one food - eggs, the source of his incredible physical strength.
    • Also, pretty much everyone who lives in Fatland except Mr. Skinny. (He goes to a doctor there about his lack of appetite, named Dr. Plump!)
  • Black Bead Eyes: The Mr. Men had large black dots for eyes in the original illustrations, but in later editions, they have smaller black dots, with other lines round them, perhaps to make their faces more expressive.
  • Born Lucky: Little Miss Lucky. Oddly, she spends most of her story suffering constant bad luck, and the narrator even asks the reader if it seems strange that the story is called Little Miss Lucky; it turns out that her bad luck was All Just a Dream.
  • British Brevity: The original 1970s Mr Men series ran for two seasons of 13-15 episodes, while the 1980s Little Miss series ran for one season of the same length. This was conveniently enough to adapt most of the books made at that point in time however.
  • Cartoon Creature: Averted in an odd way. The Mr. Men and Little Misses are human beings, it's just that they look like shapes with limbs that don shoes, gloves, hats, and other such accessories. As a result, fans refer to their species as "shaped human".
  • Catch Your Death of Cold: Exaggerated. Mr. Sneeze lives in Coldland, where it is so cold that everyone living there constantly has a cold.
  • Characterizing Sitting Pose: Mr. Clumsy always sits "in a not-so-neat and tidy fashion" (depicted with one leg over the arm of the chair).
  • The Chew Toy: Mr. Bump.
  • Cloudcuckooland: Nonsenseland, home country of Mr. Silly and Mr. Nonsense, is a very strange place with equally odd inhabitants who would see our world as every bit as bizarre as we see theirs - in the book bearing his name, Mr. Silly wins a competition to come up with the silliest idea by painting the leaves of a tree green.note 
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Several of the Mr. Men and Little Misses seem to have disconnected their minds from the rest of their bodies.
    • Mr. Muddle is so named because everything he does ends up in a hopeless muddle. He wanted to live in the countryside but got muddled and built his house by the seaside instead, and when he tries to make a roast dinner of turkey, potatoes, peas, and gravy, he puts the turkey in the cupboard to cook and the potatoes in the fridge to boil, then peels the peas and tries to slice the gravy.
    • Little Miss Scatterbrain is constantly confusing the names of the other Mr. Men and Little Misses, and when she goes into town to buy sausages, she walks into a bank instead and asks for two pounds (of sausages), then wonders what the two notes the bank teller passes her are in aid of.note 
    • Mr. Rush is a guy who rushes around all day going... nowhere.
    • Mr. Nonsense, as befits his name, has a truly nonsensical way of looking at the world. He sleeps in a rowboat (he found a motorboat too uncomfortable) and eats oatmeal on toast for breakfast (he tried oatmeal sandwiches once but didn't like them).
    • Mr. Topsy-Turvy is the worst. He walks backwards, reads books upside-down (and starts from the last page), has a crazy-looking house, and talks in sentences with the words mixed up. Even worse, this behavior is catching; when he visited a city, the folks there started acting like him.
    • Mr. Wrong wears a flower pot for a hat, he wears one shoe that's black and one shoe that's brown, calls a worm a dog instead of a worm, calls a postman a doctor instead of a postman and calls his elderly neighbor Mr. Twinkle instead of Mrs. Twinkle.
  • Cinderella Plot: In "Little Miss Shy and the Fairy Godmother", Little Miss Shy is invited to go to Little Miss Splendid's ball. A fairy godmother gives her beautiful slippers. At midnight, just when Little Miss Splendid announces that Little Miss Shy is going to receive a prize, the slippers turn back to normal, so Little Miss Shy runs off in shame. Little Miss Bossy and Little Miss Naughty try to put on the normal slippers, but they don't fit either of them. They only fit Little Miss Shy, and as such, Little Miss Shy is given pretty pink slippers.
  • Congestion Speak:
    • In "Mr. Dizzy", this trope is discussed when Mr. Dizzy (who has become smarter) asks an elephant what's large and gray and says, "Dopit! Dopit!" When the elephant claims that no animal says that, Mr. Dizzy ties his trunk in a knot. The elephant then tries to yell, "Stop it!", only to say, "Dop it! Dop it!".
    • When Mr. Mischief seizes a sleeping wizard's wand in "Mr. Mischief", the wizard seizes Mr. Mischief's nose, who replies "Led go ob my node!"
  • Constantly Curious: Little Miss Curious, as her name indicates, has an unquenchable thirst for answers to all sorts of questions, such as why the worms in Nonsenseland wear bow ties.
  • Cool Car: Mr. Funny's car. It's a shoe.
  • Crapsack World: Badland. Citizens slam doors in your faces, dogs are vicious and violent, puddles are extremely deep, it rains all the time, trees trip you up and citizens respond to acts of kindness with violence of both the physical and verbal kind.
  • Crossover: With, of all things, Doctor Who.
  • Distaff Counterpart: The Little Misses to the Mr. Men in general and some Little Misses to specific Mr. Men (Mr. and Little Miss Chatterbox; Mr. and Little Miss Busy; Mr. Happy and Little Miss Sunshine; Mr. Greedy and Little Miss Plump; Mr. Small and Little Miss Tiny, etc.). Some of them are even explicitly stated to be brother and sister.
  • The Ditz: Mr. Dizzy starts out living up to his name, coming up with bizarre answers to simple questions asked by a pig and an elephant purely to rub in how clueless he is (such as naming a mouse as a big animal with big ears). However, after drinking from a magic well, he becomes intelligent and turns the tables on them with style.
  • Ditzy Genius: Despite being a brilliant inventor (and proud of it), Mr. Clever is completely clueless with emotional or sensory questions. When Mr. Happy asks him for the world's funniest joke, he admits to knowing no jokes; when Mr. Greedy asks him for the world's tastiest recipe, he admits to knowing no recipes; and so on. When he tries to return to Cleverland in shame, he walks off in the wrong direction.
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: Mr. Strong has an unfortunate habit of shutting his front and back doors so hard that they break off their hinges, and when he isn't paying attention to where he is going, anything in his path - a tree, a brick wall, etc. - ends up worse for wear. Mr. Strong gets through a lot of toothpaste and a lot of toothbrushes!
  • Doomed Supermarket Display: Not surprising when Mr. Clumsy is around.
    In the supermarket was an enormous pyramid pile of cans of soup. "Soup would be nice for supper," he thought, and he took a can. Not a can from the top of the pile. Oh no, not Mr. Clumsy!
  • Dub Name Change:
    • Mr. Mean is renamed Mr. Stingy in North American editions to clarify that he is mean with his money rather than mean to other people (though he has moments of the latter as well).
    • Mr. Jelly is called Mr. Nervous in the USA and Canada since "jelly" in those countries refers not to the wobbly, gelatin-based dessert but to a form of fruit preserve made from boiled fruit juice and sugar, so it doesn't carry the same association with nervousness. This name change made it into one adaptation in both territories.
    • Little Miss Dotty was renamed to Little Miss Ditzy due to the fact that ditzy fits her personality and dotty would confuse some of the American readers.
  • Downer Ending: While for the most part the series averts this trope, there are a few exceptions:
    • Mr. Clever's book has him walking home in sadness due to not feeling quite as clever as he thought he was, then to add insult to injury it turns out that he's going in the wrong direction.
    • Mr. Mischief's story has the lesson that the wizard taught him not sticking and proceeding to give Mr. Fussy an unwanted shave, then the narrator suggests that the protagonist may or may not have played a prank on the reader.
    • Mr. Wrong's story has him meeting Mr. Right, who teaches him to be right. But...
      The more right Mr. Wrong had become, the more wrong Mr. Right became.
      Isn't that extraordinary?
  • E = MC Hammer: In the Mr Men Annual No. 3, a worm in Cleverland is seen reading a book. Among the squiggles representing the text, E=mc2 is visible.
  • Egypt Is Still Ancient: Played straight in Mr. Men Adventure in Egypt. Little Miss Splendid takes some Mr. Men and Little Misses with her to Egypt; they ride down the Nile River on an Egyptian style boat, visit the Sphinx and even get lost in a pyramid with mummies and treasure.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Mr. Brawler/Mr. Crosspatch may be violent, but he knows that it's wrong to hit a woman.
  • Everything Trying to Kill You: A downplayed G-rated version with Little Miss Tiny. When she explores the farmhouse she lives in, she encounters creatures scary to her because of her tiny size such as a worm and a cat. Mr. Strong though rescues her from any possible harm.
  • Eye Glasses: Mr. Clever and Little Miss Neat are among the few characters who avert Skintone Sclerae by wearing glasses, the lenses of which are completely filled by the whites of their eyes.
  • Eye-Obscuring Hat: Mr. Silly, Mr. Nonsense and Miss Scatterbrain (presumably) have eyes hidden under their hats.
  • Faint in Shock: At the end of "Little Miss Shy", Mr. Quiet faints when Little Miss Shy asks him if he'd like to go to her house for tea.
  • Fake-Out Opening: The opening to Mr. Nobody pulls this off by claiming it to be about Mr. Happy before saying "Actually, this isn't about him." He does appear in the story aside from this moment.
  • Fashion Dissonance: The human characters (especially workers) are often seen in clothes reflecting the 1970s. Teachers of young children wear mortar boards; a bank manager (drenched in ink by Mr Clumsy) wears old-fashioned clothes; park-keepers, postmen and shop staff wear smart uniforms.
  • Fish out of Water:
    • Mr. Quiet lives in Loudland. He moves away at the end of the book with Mr. Happy's help.
    • Mr. Skinny lives in Fatland. He copes and gets more of an appetite with Mr. Greedy's help.
    • Mr. Grumpy lives in Happyland. He changes his ways after Mr. Happy asks Mr. Tickle to tickle Mr. Grumpy whenever he is rude to someone.
    • Mr. Good lives in Badland. He goes for a walk and ends up in Goodland, where he moves to at the end of the book.
    • Mr. Dizzy lives in Cleverland, where everyone makes fun of him. He drinks some magical water and becomes the smartest man of all.
  • Flight: One of Mr. Impossible's abilities; he simply stands outside and flaps his arms, and away he soars.
  • Floorboard Failure: Mr Bounce goes to bed wearing the heavy boots prescribed by Doctor Makeyouwell. And what happened when he got out of bed the following morning? He went straight through the bedroom floorboards, and finished up in the kitchen!
  • Fooled by the Sound:
    • In "Mr. Jelly", the titular Mr. Jelly hears his cereal crackling and popping and mistakes it for a war outside before diving under his kitchen table.
    • Annual No. 3: Mr. Jelly is in the park, and hears a Sinister Scraping Sound; and is convinced that it's a giant centipede sharpening its claws to tear him to pieces. But it is only Mr. Slow, the gardener, slowly raking the soil.
  • Forgetful Jones: Mr. Forgetful has an absolutely terrible memory. When asked to tell Farmer Fields that one of his sheep is loose in the lane, he draws a blank when he actually encounters the farmer and instead tells him that a goose is asleep in the rain - which means nothing to Farmer Fields, as he doesn't keep geese and it isn't raining.
  • Foul Flower: Mr. Grumpy has an aversion to flowers, and pulls up any pretty flowers growing in the garden of his home, Crosspatch cottage.
  • Four-Fingered Hands: The Mr. Men and Little Misses only have four fingers on each hand.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You:
    • Implied in Mr. Mischief. At the end, the narrator asks the viewer to look out the window and asks:
      You can't see a small, mischievous figure anywhere about. Can you? Are you sure?
    • Also implied in Mr. Tickle, where the narrator suggests the protagonist may be sneaking up on the reader even as he's reading the book.
  • Friendly Tickle Torture: Doing this to people is the whole of Mr. Tickle's character.
  • Fun Personified: Mr. Silly, Mr. Nonsense, and especially Mr. Funny.
  • Gentle Giant: Mr. Tall is very sensitive and self-conscious about his height, and has to be convinced by the other Mr. Men that his long legs are an advantage.
  • Giant Food: In Mr. Greedy, the title character visits a giant's castle and finds a plate of sausages the size of sofas, potatoes the size of beach balls, and peas the size of cabbages.
  • Halloween Episode: Quite a few.
  • Handing Over the Crap Sack:
    • Downplayed in the Mr Men Annual No. 3: The king of the goblins has a birthday party. Hobgoblin is furious at not being invited, so he steals all the king's gold, leaving the king unable to buy anything for the party. The goblins call on the wealthy Mr. Uppity for help, whose birthday happens to be the same day, and they have a joint party. Hobgoblin is so sad at having missed this that he quietly returns the gold.
    • Mr. Mean sends his brother a piece of coal for Christmas. When Mr. Mean reforms and becomes generous at the end of the book, what does he send his brother? Two pieces of coal.
  • Hates Baths: Mr. Messy, as befits his name, hates taking baths, and has to be forced into the bathtub in the final act of the book bearing his name. He jokes afterward that, now that he is no longer messy, he'll need to change his name.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Many of the rude Mr. Men or Little Miss often pull one at the end of their titular story.
  • Here We Go Again!: The title character in Mr. Fussy has his life thrown into chaos in every sense of the phrase by a visit from his long-lost (but not long enough in Mr. Fussy's eyes) cousin Mr. Clumsy, who leaves his normally immaculate house a wreck. At the end of the book, after Mr. Clumsy has departed, Mr. Fussy has only just restored order in his house when there is a knock at the door... revealing that now the similarly accident-prone Mr. Bump has arrived for a few days' visit.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Mr. Silly and Mr. Nonsense, who both live in Nonsenseland.
  • High-Class Glass: The rich and rude Mr. Snooty wears a monocle, as well as a top hat.
  • Holding Both Sides of the Conversation: When Mr. Chatterbox has no-one whose ears he can talk off, he resorts to holding conversations with himself, as though speaking to his own identical twin.
  • The Hyena: Little Miss Giggles is so named because she can't stop giggling.
  • Ignorant About Fire: In "Mr Men and Little Miss: Fire Station", Mr. Lazy dozes off while he's ironing, which sets his house on fire.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Mr. Nonsense does this a lot, naturally. When asked why he likes oatmeal on toast, he replies, "Because I tried oatmeal sandwiches and I didn't like them!" When asked why he sleeps in a rowboat, he replies, "Because I tried sleeping in a motorboat but it was too uncomfortable!"
  • Intentional Mess Making:
    • In "Little Miss Naughty", the eponymous Little Miss Naughty stomps on Mr. Snooty's hat and breaks Mr. Clever's glasses. Later, she attempts to put red paint on Mr. Nosey's nose and throw a rock at Mr. Happy's window, only for the invisible Mr. Impossible to stop her by tweaking her nose.
    • In "Mr. Nosey", Mr. Brush intentionally brushes the titular Mr. Nosey's Gag Nose with red paint when the latter tries to spy on him.
    • In "Mr. Mischief", Mr. Mischief puts treacle in Mr. Funny's hat. Then Mr. Funny wears the hat and his head becomes covered in it, to his chagrin.
  • Interactive Narrator: In the 1983 adaptation of Little Miss Plump, she briefly interacts with the narrator by telling him it's easy to say "Sixty six succulent sizzling sausages".
  • Invisible Anatomy: Mr. Sneeze lacks visible arms, most characters lack visible noses, and almost every character lacks visible ears. This does not stop them from doing things that require their unseen body parts.
  • Intermission: The early 1980s VHS release for the Mr. Men Volumes had an intermission. The narrator is heard humming the show's theme song while wondering which Mr. Men is up next.
  • Invisibility: Another of Mr. Impossible's abilities; if he concentrates hard enough, he becomes invisible. This comes in handy when Mr. Small enlists his help for the plan to make Little Miss Naughty start behaving herself; Mr. Impossible turns himself invisible and tweaks Little Miss Naughty's nose whenever she is about to wreak havoc.
  • I Should Write a Book About This: At the end of Mr. Small, the title character is introduced to an author of children's books (all but stated outright to be Roger Hargreaves) and writes a book about himself, which the reader is informed is the very book s/he has just read.
  • Jerkass:
    • Mr. Mean doesn't like to help others, is generally rude, and is dishonest. He gets better after his body parts turn into vegetables every time he does something mean..
    • Mr. Snooty is rude to everyone he meets, resulting in everyone calling him "Miserable Old Snooty", he grows out of it after meeting a goblin who punishes him by making him shrink every time he's rude to somebody.
    • Mr. Rude often insults people for their flaws and whenever he goes in his car, he yells insults at people he passes and when he upsets Miss Tiny, Mr. Happy decides to teach him the hard way to be nicer to people.
    • Little Miss Naughty is so named because of her tendency to play mean spirited pranks on people for fun.
    • Mr. Grumpy complains about everything, is generally unfriendly and often threatens people with physical violence. He grows out of it when Mr. Tickle tickles him every time he's rude towards someone.
    • Little Miss Splendid does not like to talk to or do anything with commoners and is very bratty and egotistical. It's downplayed after her first appearance.
  • Kick The Son Of A Bitch: A family-friendly version; some of the wronged characters punish the negative trait characters for directly harming them. This happens with Mr. Nosey who has unpleasant things happen to his big nose such as getting it painted or hit with a hammer; after he leaves, the townspeople burst out laughing.
  • The Kiddie Ride: Jolly Roger made a Mr. Funny Car and a Mr. Bump see-saw. OMC Electronics made a Mr. Happy train in limited production numbers.
  • The Klutz: Several characters are defined by being hopelessly accident and/or injury prone.
    • Mr. Bump is always wrapped in bandages from previous accidents. He smashes three windows of his house while trying to put a ladder against it to fix a chimney pot, and cannot hold down a job for more than a day without losing or breaking or otherwise damaging something. At the end of the book, he finds a way to use his clumsiness to his advantage by getting a job at an apple orchard and simply walking around until he inevitably bumps into a tree and knocks apples out of it.
    • Little Miss Whoops, Mr. Bump's sister, is just as hapless as he is; she, too, is always wrapped in bandages from previous accidents.
    • Mr. Clumsy repeatedly trips over his always untied shoelaces, knocking things flying as he lands.
      • In his first appearance in Mr. Fussy as the title character's long lost cousin,note  he drops and/or trips over so many things that he leaves his Neat Freak relative's house a complete wreck.note 
      • In Mr. Clumsy's own story, he manages to get the manager of his local bank covered in ink just trying to fill out a withdrawal slip, and ends up dragging the local chicken farmer into his duck pond when he stops to collect some eggs (the farmer says he'll deliver Mr. Clumsy's eggs henceforth - he insists).
  • Laborious Laces: The scruffy Mr Clumsy frequently trips on his undone shoelaces, in contrast to Mr Fussy, whose laces are not only always tied, but ironed.
  • Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!: The characters who appear to be simple shapes with human figures regularly interact with regular-looking humans.
  • Living Polyhedron: The Mr. Men and Little Misses are almost all shaped like circles, ovals, squares, rectangles, or triangles with arms, legs, and faces.
  • Long List:
    • Mr. Worry writes down a very long list of his worries, which he gives to a wizard, who promises to make sure that none of those things ever happen.
      "My goodness me," said the wizard, when he saw the size of the list.
    • Mr. Lazy is given a long list of chores by two men, Mr. Busy and Mr. Bustle.
      Mr. Busy: There's the beds to make, and the food to cook, and the grass to cut, and the hedges to clip, and the coal to get, and the wood to chop, and the furniture to dust, and the dishes to wash, and the floors to clean."
      Mr. Bustle: And the clothes to mend.
      Mr. Lazy: (in a daze) Oh... the beds to get, and the furniture to chop, and the floors to cut, and the coal to cook, and the hedges to dust, and the grass to wash, and the wood to clean, and the clothes to clip?
  • Loon with a Heart of Gold: Mr Silly, Mr. Nonsense and Little Miss Dotty, despite being, well, silly, nonsensical and dotty respectively, are all polite and friendly people.
  • Magic Wand: Two wizards which appear in the Mr. Men books Mr. Mean and Mr. Mischief have wands, depicted as the black type with white ends.
    Mr. Mischief reached forwards and seized the sleeping wizard's wand. But he didn't know that wizards' wands don't like to be seized.
  • Meaningful Name: All of them. Mr. Happy is happy all the time, Mr. Strong is incredibly physically strong, Little Miss Neat is obsessed with cleanliness, Little Miss Fickle is incapable of making up her mind about anything, etc. The human characters also have names like Doctor Makeyouwell.
  • Men Are Generic, Women Are Special: Despite the substantial amount of Little Miss characters, the series is named solely after the men.
  • Mistaken for Fake Hair: In "Little Miss Fabulous", Little Miss Splendid spreads a rumor that the eponymous Little Miss Fabulous is wearing a blonde wig. Little Miss Trouble tests this out by tugging on Little Miss Fabulous's hair (to the latter's chagrin), and finds out it's not fake.
  • Mister Descriptor: The Mr. Men and Little Misses are all simply called "Mr./Little Miss (Personality or Appearance Trait)".
  • Motor Mouth: Mr. Chatterbox and his sister Little Miss Chatterbox are both defined by talking non-stop, even when there is no-one available to listen. Mr. Chatterbox is ultimately broken of his habit by a magic hat that grows to giant size when he talks too much, while Little Miss Chatterbox finds her true calling as a live version of the speaking clock.
  • Nice Guy: Most of the characters not listed under Jerkass could count, but it's most prominent with Mr. Happy, Mr. Perfect, Mr. Good, Little Miss Sunshine, Little Miss Helpful and Little Miss Hug.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Little Miss Scary.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: The second half of Little Miss Brainy's story involves her trying to help various animals out of tricky situations - and ending up the worse for it every single time. A pig asks her how to get out of the tree in which he has found itself stuck, and she suggests the pig jump down, which he does - right onto Little Miss Brainy. An elephant asks her what to do about the knot in his trunk that is impairing his breathing, and she unties it for him - and is blown for miles by his newly unobstructed breathing.
  • Non-Ironic Clown: Mr. Funny
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Mr. Sneeze, who has more traditional cartoon eyes rather than the Black Bead Eyes everybody else has, and lacks visible arms. Possibly a case of Early-Installment Weirdness, as his book was only the fifth one.
  • Nosy Neighbor: Mr. Nosey, of course.
  • No Indoor Voice:
    • Mr. Noisy starts out living up to his name. However, the local shopkeepers start pretending they can't hear him unless he speaks at a normal volume, and he eventually stops shouting all the time.
    • Little Miss Loud is a fellow Loudland resident of Mr. Noisy. As such, she only ever communicates by shouting at full volume.
  • Obsessively Organized: Mr. Fussy spends endless hours straightening every last blade of grass in his garden, making sure the flowers are growing in perfectly straight rows, and picking the bits of orange rind out of an entire jar of marmalade. Needless to say, he does not react well when first Mr. Clumsy, then Mr. Bump show up at his house for a few days' visit.
    "It was very nice to see you," said Mr. Fussy politely. But what he was thinking was "it's very nice to see you going".
  • Oddball in the Series: Mr. Snow is the only book whose cover isn't just a picture of the character on a plain white background (Mr. Snow is depicted standing amid a blizzard in a snowy field). His story is also more of a generic Christmas story that doesn't really match the format of the other books — indeed, Mr. Snow himself doesn't even permanently exist (See Snowlems, below). Little Miss Lucky is also unusual in that her book is basically just one long Bait-and-Switch gag — unlike the other books, hers isn't a story about her life and personality.
  • An Odd Place to Sleep:
    • Mr. Nonsense sleeps in a rowing boat, because he found that sleeping in a motor boat was too uncomfortable.
    • The stinger for where Mr. Right goes to bed at the end of the story, after Mr. Wrong has been living with him. In the bath.
  • One-Steve Limit: Averted. When Mr. Lazy dreams he is forced to work by two men named Mr. Busy and Mr. Bustle, the former is definitely not the Mr. Busy who has his own book.
  • Our Humans Are Different: Despite the fact they're talking shapes with arms and legs that live among human beings, Mr. Men and Little Misses are human beings themselves. Justified, as they're meant to be abstractions of human beings any reader of their stories can imprint themselves onto.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: In "Little Miss Shy and the Fairy Godmother", the others don't recognise Little Miss Shy even though the only thing different about her is a pair of glass slippers. Justified, as she's so confident that she's quite unlike her usual self.
  • Pet the Dog: The aforementioned characters in Jerkass above are not above a moment of compassion every once in a while.
  • People Fall Off Chairs: While eating his supper, Mr Clumsy leans back on his chair, and falls. Whoops!
  • Piggy Bank:
    • In Mr Men Annual No. 3, a story involving Mr. Uppity tells of how the gold belonging to the King of the Goblins was stolen. The King had hidden the gold under the mattress, which was rather silly of him: he should have kept it in the royal piggy bank.
    • Averted by Mr. Mean, who has lots of money, but (although not stated in the text) is far too mean to invest in a china piggy bank: instead he keeps his money in a plain wooden box in the kitchen.
  • Plank Gag: Played with when Mr. Bump carries a very long ladder, so he can mend his chimney.
    Mr. Bump turned the corner. CRASH went the living room window. "Oh dear," he said, and turned to see what had happened. CRASH went the kitchen window. "Oh dear," he said, and he rested the ladder against the side of the house, so that he could climb up. CRASH went the bedroom window!
  • Power-Up Food: Mr. Strong gets his incredible strength from his diet of eggs, eggs, and more eggs.note 
  • Prone to Tears: Little Miss Tiny and Little Miss Shy. Because the former is like a little child and the latter is a Shrinking Violet, they are both prone to breaking down in tears.
  • Protagonist Title: All of them get one, which doubles as A Day in the Limelight for each.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "I'D!! LIKE!! A!! LOAF!! OF!! BREAD!!!!"
  • Radish Cure: Used on Mr. Greedy in his book; the giant punishes Mr. Greedy for his gluttony by forcing him to eat all of the Giant Food. Mr. Greedy feels sick afterwards and promises the giant he'll stop being a glutton.
  • Restraining Bolt: Some of the negative trait Mr. Men and Little Miss characters get magical versions of these to stop their bad behavior.
    • Mr. Chatterbox gets a magic hat that grows and covers him completely if he talks too much.
    • Little Miss Bossy has magic boots known as "Bossy Boots" put on her feet by a wizard that force her to walk long distances any time she misbehaves.
    • Mr. Snooty shrinks to a tiny size every time he is rude to somebody.
    • Parts of Mr. Mean change into vegetables when he is mean to somebody else.
      Wizard (who has just turned Mr. Mean's money into potatoes): If you are mean again it's potatoes my dear, if not other vegetables as well.
  • Retcon: Mr. Snooty is described as the rudest person, though this was changed to "second" rudest once Mr. Rude was added.
  • Rich Bitch: Both Mr. Snooty and Miss Splendid are very rich and snobby towards the other characters. However, Miss Splendid is a bit nicer in the 1990s cartoons, though she can still be rather snobbish and sassy, so she tends to come off as a Noble Bigot.
  • Ridiculously Alive Undead: At the end of "Mr. Men: Adventure with Monsters", several Mr. Men and Little Misses enjoy tea and crumpets with monsters in a haunted house. Among the ones eating and drinking are a mummy, a vampire (who claims to have a Sweet Tooth) and a Frankenstein's Monster.
  • Road Trip Plot: The 2018 book Mr. Men: Road Trip has the Mr. Men and Little Miss characters taking a bus across the United States to visit various landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty, Niagara Falls, New Orleans, Yosemite National Park and more.
  • Rubber Man: Mr. Tickle, apparently. His book starts with him waking up hungry, so he reaches with one of his "extraordinarily long arms" out of his bedroom, down his stairs, into his kitchen, opens a cabinet, opens a jar where he keeps crackers, and takes out a cracker. Then he brings it back upstairs.
  • The Scrooge: Mr. Mean has plenty of money, yet when his story begins, he has not painted or otherwise maintained his house for years, while he makes his furniture from old orange crates (and complains about the price of nails). He even plays the role of Scrooge in the Mr. Men version of A Christmas Carol.
  • Shrinking Violet: Mr. Quiet and his Distaff Counterpart Little Miss Shy. Mr. Quiet initially lives in Loudland (as does Mr. Noisy), where no-one can hear his almost inaudible voice, but later moves to Happyland at Mr. Happy's invitation and gets a job in a library. Little Miss Shy rarely ventures beyond her front garden, until Mr. Funny invites her to a party and she meets Mr. Quiet.
  • Sinister Scraping Sound: In the Mr. Men Annual No. 3, Mr. Jelly is terrified by a scraping sound in the park, and thinks it is a giant centipede sharpening its claws to tear him to pieces. But it is only Mr. Slow, the gardener, slowly raking the soil.
  • Skintone Sclerae: Almost none of the Mr. Men or Little Misses are drawn with whites to their eyes (Mr. Sneeze is a notable exception).
  • Snowlems: Mr. Snow is a snowman brought to life by Father Christmas (Santa Claus in the American version) to help him deliver presents; at the end of the book, the narrator claims that Father Christmas revives Mr. Snow via a different snowman every Christmas.
  • Spiky Hair: Little Miss Scary is drawn with spiky hair to make her look suitably intimidating.
  • Spiritual Antithesis: Little Miss Shy And The Fairy Godmother and Mr. Men Go Dancing can be considered these to the 90s cartoon episodes Mr Impossible's Lesson and One Day In The Life Of Mr. Perfect
    • Both Mr Impossible's Lesson and Little Miss Shy And The Fairy Godmother involve Little Miss Shy being put through a gratuitous act of cruelty from one of the meaner characters (Mr. Snooty in the former, and Little Miss Bossy and Little Miss Naughty in the latter) and getting help via magical means. The key difference is that in the former, Mr. Snooty shows some honor at the end and thanks her along with Mr. Bump and Mr. Clumsy for preventing his house from burning down while in the latter, Little Miss Bossy and Little Miss Naughty receive little, if any repercussions for bullying Little Miss Shy for blushing.
    • One Day In The Life Of Mr. Perfect and Mr. Men Go Dancing have two of the meaner characters trying to make Mr. Perfect miserable. (Mr. Grumpy and Mr. Snooty in the former and Mr. Mischief and Little Miss Naughty in the latter.) The main difference is that in the former, Mr. Snooty and Mr. Grumpy not only fail miserably, but they also receive comeuppance for their numerous attempts, while in the latter, Mr. Mischief and Little Miss Naughty do succeed, but they don't receive any comeuppance for making a laughing stock out of both Mr. Perfect and Little Miss Star just so they can win the dance competition.
  • Staircase Tumble: Mr Bounce, and Mr Wrong.
  • Stock Costume Traits: The human characters are often drawn to make it clear what their job is. When the Mr Men do jobs for which uniform is worn, they usually wear the appropriate hat: Mr Bump is seen wearing a bus conductor's hat, after he has fallen off the bus.
    • Twice, a teacher appears with a black mortar board and gown.
    • Farmers are in tweed.
    • Wizards are robed, as are kings.
    • Averted by Doctor Makeyouwell, whose lab coat and stethoscope are conspicuous by their absence.
  • Super-Strength:
    • Mr. Strong's defining characteristic is his incredible physical strength. He lifts an entire barn, flips it upside down to fill it with water from a river, and carries the now much heavier barn to put out the fire consuming a farmer's cornfield. All without breaking a sweat.
    • Some of Mr. Impossible's impossible feats involve super strength, such as kicking a football so high that it has snow on it when it returns to the ground.
  • Teach Him Anger: Mr. Grumpy attempts to do this to Miss Sunshine in "Little Miss Sunshine keeps her smile".
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: The Little Misses have a few characteristics that visually distinguish them from the men, such as bows on their heads, rounded brims on their hats (unlike the Mr Men's more abstract hat brims), and visible hair.
  • Title Theme Tune: The 1983 series. TWICE! Honestly, what else can the Mr. Men sing?
  • Twist Ending: Many of the books have a small humourous twist at the end, usually on the very last page, which does not have a picture.
    • Mr. Worry: after a wizard has made sure that none of Mr. Worry's worries will come to pass, after a happy week he has no worries at all. But on Monday morning, he is a worried Mr Man again. Why? He is worried that he has nothing to worry about.
    • Mr. Strong likes eggs. For supper, he has an egg, followed by another egg, followed by an egg or two. And for pudding, he has... ice cream! Ha ha!
    • Mr. Grumpy shows his grumpy nature by tearing all the pages out of a book. And at the end of his tale, when he picked up a book, he only tore out one page.
    • Mr. Wrong meets Mr. Right, who teaches him to mend his wrong ways. Now you might think that's the end of the story, but it isn't. The more right Mr. Wrong became, the more wrong Mr Right became. Isn't that extraordinary?
    • Mr. Bounce is prescribed some heavy boots to stop him bouncing. He wears them to bed, and then falls through the floor the following morning.
    • Mr. Mean is so mean, that for Christmas, he gave his brother a piece of coal. After he had reformed and become more generous, what did he give him the following year? Two pieces of coal.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: Formally, Little Miss Dotty with Mr. Silly and Mr. Nonsense could be that.
  • Unspoken Retort: Mr. Clumsy causes total mayhem at Mr. Fussy's neat and tidy house for two weeks. When Mr. Clumsy moves on, Mr. Fussy says politely "It was very nice to see you", but the narrative says that he is thinking is "It's very nice to see you going".
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: None of the humans seem to so much as blink at the sight of talking shapes and even engage in regular chatter with them.
  • Unwanted Assistance: Little Miss Helpful has a tendency to make things worse when she tries to help people.
  • Walking Disaster Area:
    • Mr. Bump cannot do anything without something getting lost or damaged. He smashes three windows of his house with a ladder when trying to repair his chimney pot before it falls off, and he cannot hold down a steady job because of his accident-prone nature.
    • Little Miss Helpful. She's the type who always wants to help, but only makes the situation much worse by doing so.
  • Workaholic:
    • Mr. Busy, of course. In his own book, he wakes up at six o'clock, bathes, has breakfast, reads the paper, and cleans his entire house. When he's done, it's seven o'clock. Then he has lunch with Mr. Slow next door, requiring him to mow Mr. Slow's lawn, which takes him five and a half minutes (he'd have finished in only five minutes, but had to mow around Mr. Slow). Then he goes home and cleans his entire house again!
    • Then there's Little Miss Busy, who finds that the best part of the holiday is all the preparation, planning and packing.
  • When She Smiles: Mr. Grumpy in the aforementioned Road Trip book. During his trip across the United States with the other characters, he does nothing but complain. At the end of the book, he admits he had a good time because being grumpy makes him happy, causing him to break out in a happy smile.
  • Yellow Snow: In Nonsenseland, the snow is yellow. The narrative adds "don't ask me why".

    The Doctor Who Spinoff line 
  • Adapted Out: Sorry, War Doctor fans!
  • Alliterative Name: Dale the Dalek (actual name Z403), he of the underpowered energy ray, in Dr. Fourth.
  • Anachronic Order: The books were not released in the order of Doctors in order to feature some of the more popular/recent Doctors sooner.
    • Wave One: First, Fourth, Eleventh, Twelfth
    • Wave Two: Second, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth
    • Wave Three: Third, Fifth, Sixth, Tenth
    • Christmas Surprise! (the first appearance of Tenth) was released on its own between Waves Two and Three, and Dr. Thirteenth after Wave Three to coincide with her first formal episode.
  • Animated Adaptation: To promote the first wave of books, Dr. Twelfth was adapted into a storybook short read by Michelle Gomez, the actress who plays Missy.
  • Birthday Episode: Dr. Thirteenth has her, Graham, and Ryan putting together a Surprise Party for Yaz's birthday.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: The Rani turns the Blue People into her minions and sends them after Dr. Sixth and Peri. Dr. Sixth's enraged shouting at her over this turns out to be sufficient to undo it!
  • Cat Scare: Dr. First gets one with an actual cat, who was rummaging through trash and thus appeared to be a hiding robot, shortly before he discovers Cybermen out and about. It's also similar to a Scary Shadow Fakeout.
  • The Chase: The premise of two books.
    • Dr. Fourth and Sarah Jane Smith are on the run from Daleks in what turns out to be a Stable Time Loop, as they're collecting the items that they will go on to set up for their earlier selves to use.
    • Dr. Twelfth pursues Missy across Earth's history (Egypt, London, Japan, Russia, The Wild West, France, Stone Age) hoping to stop her jewel thefts. He finally catches her after he gives up chasing her to check the previous locations and foils her actual evil plot in the process.
  • Christmas Episode: Dr. Tenth — Christmas Surprise!, a hardcover installment featuring him and Donna Noble that was released a few months prior to his main series book.
  • Cool Shades: Dr. Twelfth has these as his Iconic Item.
  • Death Course: The Doctor and River Song have to traverse one for the second time that day in Dr. Eleventh to retrieve a MacGuffin. They have to climb up a rope ladder to escape Zygons, swing over Silurians brandishing lasers, brave a room full of Weeping Angels, wade through a pit full of snakes, and escape a Giant Spider.
  • The End of the World as We Know It: Dr. Twelfth knows that this is what Missy's usually up to, but he has to figure out exactly how jewel heists factor into her current scheme.
  • Evil Plan: Missy's in Dr. Twelfth involves seeding Cybermats throughout Earth's history. After the Doctor foils her, she wants a chance to explain exactly what this was going to accomplish, but since it's no longer an issue (and he's really hungry), he tells her he doesn't want to hear it and just leaves, much to her disappointment.
  • Fake Crossover: This series is a whimsical recasting of Doctor Who characters and typical plotlines into a lighthearted children's book universe, not meant as canon to say the least!
  • Giant Spider: Dr. Eleventh and River Song have to flee one of these (for the second time that day!) as part of their quest.
  • Grumpy Old Man:
    • Dr. First takes this aspect of the First Doctor's personality and plays it up for laughs.
    • Downplayed for Dr. Twelfth; he doesn't appreciate being called "old and slow" by Missy both because it's stating the obvious to call him old (at that point he'd been around for 2,000+ years) and because she's one to talk about that. But his grumpiness is also attributable to the trouble he's having catching her and missing lunch in the process.
  • Halfway Plot Switch: Dr. Eighth starts with him rescuing the human crew of a spaceship about to self-destruct, after failing to talk its computer into not blowing it up. He lands the TARDIS on an Earth beach to let them out, whereupon he stumbles into a conflict between the Silurians and Sea Devils that takes up the remainder of the book. To be fair, Dr. Eighth has only two televised stories, one of which is a short, so the author had to come up with a near-wholecloth storyline for him.
  • Iconic Item: The abstract representations of each character retain their socks/shoes, hairstyles, hats if they have them, and finally this trope where it applies to the Doctors themselves.
    • Dr. First: Monocle and walking stick.
    • Dr. Second: Recorder.
    • Dr. Third: Monocle, bowtie, sonic screwdriver, and cape.
    • Dr. Fourth: Overlong, rainbow-colored scarf.
    • Dr. Fifth: Cricket ball and bat.
    • Dr. Sixth: Bowtie.
    • Dr. Seventh: Umbrella.
    • Dr. Eighth: Pocketwatch.
    • Dr. Ninth: Sonic screwdriver.
    • Dr. Tenth: Tie and collar, 3-D glasses, and sonic screwdriver.
    • Dr. Eleventh: Bowtie.
    • Dr. Twelfth: Sonic sunglasses.
    • Dr. Thirteenth: Earrings on her left ear.
    • Also, companion Adric has his maths badge, and Ace her backpack (complete with Nitro-9 inside).
  • Identical Stranger: Some of the Doctors look similar to other existing Mr. Men and Little Misses.
    • Dr. First is similar to Mr. Snooty (Adam Hargreaves admitted this to Doctor Who Magazine).
    • Dr. Fourth looks like Mr. Topsy-Turvy with a afro.
    • Dr. Ninth and Eleventh are just Mr. Mean with short hair.
    • Dr. Tenth is similar to Mr. Rush.
  • Imagine Spot: Dr. Twelfth spends a few pages of his story wondering why Missy is stealing jewels (to use as Christmas presents, to open a shop, to buy a yacht...) when she's usually trying to cause The End of the World as We Know It — whereupon he realizes she is trying to cause that.
  • Improvised Umbrella: In the Mr Men Annual No. 3, Mr Mean is sheltering from the rain under a newspaper, as he is much too mean to buy an umbrella. An elderly lady Mrs Washer asks for a sheet of his newspaper, but he refuses. Later, after he has been taught a lesson by a wizard, he gives Mrs Washer half a sheet of his newspaper. Half a sheet, and it isn't even raining.
  • Ironic Echo: "Having trouble with your TARDIS?" The Rani mocks Dr. Sixth with this when they meet up, as her meddling with time has made him unable to pilot it. At the end, Dr. Sixth throws it back at her as the residents of the Blue Planet make off with her TARDIS so she can't escape.
  • I Shall Taunt You: Missy constantly taunts Dr. Twelfth for being "old and slow" during The Chase. This figures into her Evil Plan in that goading him into trying to catch her is a way of distracting him from noticing she's leaving Cybermats in her wake.
  • Lighter and Softer: While Doctor Who has long been handled as a children's (in its original 1963-89 run) or family show (2005-onwards), it's rarely shied away from violent action, suspense, and outright horror elements. By design, this series presents a cuddlier version of the various heroes and villains, though there's a lot of deadly peril in each one and Never Say "Die" is averted.
  • Limited Special Ultimate Collector's Edition: Dr. Thirteenth arrived to coincide with the debut of her television counterpart, and thus was initially published as a larger-sized "Limited Edition" hardcover with gold foil detailing on a teal cover (it also had the actual Doctor Who logo on the front, another change from the others). While Christmas Surprise! was also a hardcover, it was otherwise a standard-format book.
  • Long List: Discussed in Dr. Fourth: "In fact, the list of things Daleks can't do is long, but not as long as the list of things that Daleks don't like." This is because the only thing they like is "exterminating things".
  • MacGuffin:
    • Dr. Eleventh has Eleven and River Song trying to retrieve "an item of great importance". Turns out it's Eleven's fez. River is not amused.
    • Dr. Twelfth has him trying to stop Missy's string of jewel heists across Earth's history — and then he takes a moment to wonder why she wants the jewels. Retracing their steps, he discovers it was her cover for seeding Earth with Cybermats. He takes care of that and finally catches her afterward.
  • Mythology Gag: Dr. Eleventh actually has Zygons disguised as rabbits!
  • Omnibus: The Doctors: Time and Space Collection collects the first eight released books into one volume. (See Anachronic Order above.)
  • Pink Means Feminine: Frequently played straight in the earlier books. Of the eight female characters to turn up in the first nine books, half — Victoria, Sarah Jane, Rose, and Donna — are pink; each gets a different shade/tint. The four aversions are Susan (light blue), Ace (turquoise, possibly because she's not a character who would wear pink), River Song (orange), and Missy (Purple Is the New Black). The later books have aversions rather than straight examples: Nyssa is magenta, Tegan is lavendernote , Peri is light blue, the Rani is orange, Yaz is purple, and Dr. Thirteenth is golden yellow.
  • Purple Is the New Black: Villainess Missy is purple, reflecting her usual outfit and invocation of this trope in the TV show.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Or rather, are pink in the case of Doctors Third and Sixth. The former's dark magenta and the latter's a brighter pink; in both cases, these are reflections of their TV counterparts' costumes (the latter's being infamously garish).
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Dr. Sixth indulges in this, to Peri's annoyance.
  • The '60s: Dr. First is subtly set during this era, since that was when the show launched. The First Doctor turns up his nose at some ridiculously dressed hippies as he searches for Susan.
  • Snowlems: Dr. Tenth and Donna encounter evil ones in Christmas Surprise!
  • Stable Time Loop: One book, Dr. Fourth, turns out to involve this. It takes lots of practice.
  • Surprise Party: Dr. Thirteenth has setting one of these up as the plot, with the Doctor, Ryan, and Graham deciding that invoking this trope will make a standard birthday party (for Yaz) more fun.
  • Twice-Told Tale: Two of the books are Played for Laughs variations on TV stories.
    • Dr. Seventh is a takeoff on "Survival", the final serial of the show's original run.
    • Dr. Ninth is this to "Rose", the first episode of the revival, with Captain Jack Harkness added to the story (he didn't meet Nine and Rose until "The Empty Child").
  • We Are Not Going Through That Again: River Song says this at the beginning of Dr. Eleventh, as they've just returned from a perilous adventure and Eleven, having left a MacGuffin behind, is insisting they go back to fetch it. He convinces her to go along with it anyway.
  • The Un-Reveal: In "Dr. Twelfth", Missy was causing trouble Twelve by stealing artifacts across time and space. At the end after being caught, Missy wants to tell Twelve on why she was doing this. But Twelve doesn't want to bother and leaves for lunch, so we don't get any reveal on what Missy was planning.
  • Weird Crossover: Sure, generations of kids and adults have loved both of these franchises, but did anyone ever consider them being brought together like this?

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Mr. Chatterbox

Legend has it that Mr. Chatterbox never runs out of things to talk about.

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