Danger Mouse

Real Name: Unrevealed - he's so secret that even his codename has a codename

Identity/Class: (normal?) Mouse

Occupation: Secret agent

Affiliations: Penfold (assistant), Colonel K, Agent 57 (master of disguise), Professor Squakencluck

Enemies: Baron Greenback, Stiletto Mafiosa, Count Duckula, Wufgang, JJ Quark, El Loco, Dr. Frankenstoat, Professor Crumhorn

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: DM (Penfold and K's nickname for him), Robin Hood

Base of Operations: A hideout, disguised as a red postbox, Baker Street, London

First Appearance: Danger Mouse, episode 1 "Rogue Robots" (Cosgrove/Hall for Thames Television, 28th September 1981)

Powers/Abilities: Very resourceful. For a mouse, he's about as fit as you can get. He knows several Martial Arts, and can speak virtually all known languages.

History: "He's The Best. He's The Greatest. He's The Greatest Secret Agent In The World! He's The Ace - He's Amazing... He's the Strongest... He's The Quickest.... He's The Best!"

Danger Mouse was the World's Greatest secret agent, a mouse of many talents. Apparently born halfway up Mount Everest, he displayed his exceptional nature early in life, completing the climb to the summit of the world's highest mountain when he was only a few hours old. In spite of his foreign birthplace, DM is a true English gent, and was educated at Eton, Cambridge, Oxford, Harvard, the Sorbonne and Würtembery, picking up his B.A., B.Sc., M.A., M.Sc., and Ph.D along the way. Naturally, he used these varied skills to become a government agent, defending Queen and country. Somewhere along the line he lost or injured his left eye, but he wears an eyepatch so well that no one really thinks to ever mention it.

He set up residence in a red pillar box located outside 221B Baker Street, London, home of another famous British hero. When danger threatened the world, he was contacted by his superior, the chinchilla Colonel K, who would issue him with his mission. Then Danger Mouse and his trusty, if incredibly incompetent assistant Penfold (a hamster codenamed the Jigsaw, because, when faced with a problem, he goes to pieces), would set forth in their distinctive flying car and save the day. His recurring nemesis was the toad Baron Silas Greenback and his crow lackey Stiletto; however he also faced the vampire Count Duckula, the mad composer Wufgang, the extra-terrestrial JJ Quark, Mexican El Loco, mad scientists Professor Crumhorn and Dr.Frankenstoat, and DM's own evil doppelganger, among others.

Silas Greenback Comments: Created by Cosgrove Hall. Voiced by David Jason (who also played Colonel K, his superior, and the show's announcer, Isenbahd Sinclair), except for the unaired pilot, where William Franklyn provided the voice. Penfold was voiced by Terry Scott. The series lasted some 89 episodes, plus the aforementioned unaired pilot, "The Mystery of the Lost Chord". The other episodes were:

  1. Rogue Robots

  2. Who Stole The Bagpipes?

  3. The Trouble With Ghosts

  4. The Chicken Run

  5. The Martian Misfit

  6. The Dream Machine

  7. Lord Of The Bungle

  8. Die Laughing

  9. The World Of Machines

  10. Ice Station Camel

  11. The Plague Of Pyramids

  12. Custard

  13. Close Encounters of the Absurd Kind

  14. The Duel

  15. The Day of the Suds

  16. The Bad Luck Eye of the Little Yellow God

  17. The Four Tasks of Danger Mouse

  18. The Invasion of Colonel 'K'

  19. Danger Mouse Saves the World ... Again

  20. The Odd Ball Runaround

  21. The Strange Case of the Ghost Bus

  22. Trip to America

  23. The Wild, Wild Goose Chase

  24. The Return of Count Duckula

  25. Demons Aren't Dull

  26. 150 Million Years Lost

  27. The Planet of the Cats

  28. Four Heads Are Better than Two

  29. Tower of Terror

  30. The Great Bone Idol

  31. Public Enemy No. 1

  32. Long Lost Crown Affair

  33. By George It's a Dragon

  34. Tiptoe Through the Penfolds

  35. Project Moon

  36. The Next Ice Age Begins at Midnight

  37. The Aliens are Coming

  38. Remote-Controlled Chaos

  39. The Man From Gadget

  40. Tampering With Time Tickles

  41. Nero Power

  42. Once Upon a Time Slip

  43. Viva Danger Mouse

  44. Play it Again, Wufgang

  45. Hear, Hear

  46. Multiplication Fable

  47. The Spy Who Stayed in With a Cold

  48. It's All White, White Wonder

  49. The Hickory Dickory Dock Dilemma

  50. What a Three-Point Turn-Up For the Book

  51. Quark! Quark!

  52. Alping is Snow Easy Matter

  53. Aaargh! Spiders!

  54. One of Our Stately Homes is Missing

  55. Afternoon Off - With the Fangboner

  56. Beware of Mexicans Delivering Milk

  57. Cat-Astrophe

  58. The Good, the Bad and the Motionless

  59. Statues

  60. The Clock Strikes Back!

  61. Ee! Tea!

  62. Bandits, Beans and Ballyhoo!

  63. Have You Fled Any Good Books Lately?

  64. Tut, Tut, It's Not Pharaoh

  65. Lost, Found and Spellbound

  66. Penfold, B.F.

  67. Mechanized Mayhem

  68. Journey to the Earth's... 'Cor

  69. Danger Mouse on the Orient Express

  70. The Ultra Secret Secret

  71. Duckula Meets Frankenstoat

  72. Where There's a Well There's a Way

  73. All Fall Down

  74. Turn of the Tide

  75. Gremlin Alert

  76. Cor! What a Picture

  77. I Spy With My Little Eye

  78. Bigfoot Falls

  79. The Statue of Liberty Caper

  80. Penfold Transformed

  81. A Dune With a View

  82. Don Coyote and Sancho Penfold

  83. Crumhorn Strikes Back!

  84. Ants, Trees and ... Whoops-A-Daisy

  85. There's A Penfold In My Suit

  86. Rhyme And Punishment

  87. Pillow Fright!

  88. Heavy Duty

  89. The Intergalactic 147

In May 1982 the character began a comic strip run in Look-In Magazine, written by Angus P. Allan and drawn by Arthur Ranson, which continued until November 1985. He also starred in six Danger Mouse Annuals, as well as several one-off hardback volumes.

There is an excellent Danger Mouse website at www.dangermouse.org. Also there is a website devoted to Cosgrove Hall, including excellent stuff on this character here.

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