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.
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:
Who Stole The Bagpipes?
The Trouble With Ghosts
The Chicken Run
The Martian Misfit
The Dream Machine
Lord Of The Bungle
The World Of Machines
Ice Station Camel
The Plague Of Pyramids
Close Encounters of the Absurd Kind
The Day of the Suds
The Bad Luck Eye of the Little Yellow God
The Four Tasks of Danger Mouse
The Invasion of Colonel 'K'
Danger Mouse Saves the World ... Again
The Odd Ball Runaround
The Strange Case of the Ghost Bus
Trip to America
The Wild, Wild Goose Chase
The Return of Count Duckula
Demons Aren't Dull
150 Million Years Lost
The Planet of the Cats
Four Heads Are Better than Two
Tower of Terror
The Great Bone Idol
Public Enemy No. 1
Long Lost Crown Affair
By George It's a Dragon
Tiptoe Through the Penfolds
The Next Ice Age Begins at Midnight
The Aliens are Coming
The Man From Gadget
Tampering With Time Tickles
Once Upon a Time Slip
Viva Danger Mouse
Play it Again, Wufgang
The Spy Who Stayed in With a Cold
It's All White, White Wonder
The Hickory Dickory Dock Dilemma
What a Three-Point Turn-Up For the Book
Alping is Snow Easy Matter
One of Our Stately Homes is Missing
Afternoon Off - With the Fangboner
Beware of Mexicans Delivering Milk
The Good, the Bad and the Motionless
The Clock Strikes Back!
Bandits, Beans and Ballyhoo!
Have You Fled Any Good Books Lately?
Tut, Tut, It's Not Pharaoh
Lost, Found and Spellbound
Journey to the Earth's... 'Cor
Danger Mouse on the Orient Express
The Ultra Secret Secret
Duckula Meets Frankenstoat
Where There's a Well There's a Way
All Fall Down
Turn of the Tide
Cor! What a Picture
I Spy With My Little Eye
The Statue of Liberty Caper
A Dune With a View
Don Coyote and Sancho Penfold
Crumhorn Strikes Back!
Ants, Trees and ... Whoops-A-Daisy
There's A Penfold In My Suit
Rhyme And Punishment
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.
CLARIFICATIONS: Not to be confused with
Danger Girl, Special unit of top female secret agents led by Deuce
Danger Man, Beano hero, taken by aliens and turned into a superman
Danger Twins, young British heroes
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