Just imagine. He'll stride into the room. Light will glow from him. I'll hear music. He'll bring me flowers.
~ Minnie, looking the flowers magically transformed into butterflies.
Minerva Mouse, also known as Minnie Mouse, is the main female protagonist and a main character of the Mickey Mouse franchise. She is the official lifelong girlfriend of Mickey Mouse. Created in 1928 by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks, her first appearance was in a cartoon short called Plane Crazy, which was created before Steamboat Willie as a silent film but not distrubuted until 1929 with sound added.
Minnie Mouse has, over the years, grown into a strong, rather complex, and easily identifiable character in the Disney universe. Her many personality traits are more than noticeable, as well as consistent, in every incarnation of the character.
She first served as one of the two main protagonists (along with her boyfriend Mickey) in the old classics until 1952. She returned in 1983 in Mickey's Christmas Carol as a minor non-speak role role. She appeared in commercials afterwards before serving as the main protagonist in her own Totally Minnie. She remained absent until she appeared as the deuteragonist in the short Runaway Brain. She soon made her regular appearances starting in Mickey Mouse Works, Mickey' Once a Upon a Christmas, House of Mouse, Mickey's Twice a Upon Christmas. She then stared in Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, and it's segments Mickey Mousekersize and spin-off Minnie's Bow-Toons as one of the three main protagonist (along with Daisy and Cuckoo-Loca) and appeared in the Mickey Mouse shorts, Mickey and the Roadster Racers/Mixed-Up Adventures, The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse and Mickey Mouse Funhouse.
Minnie is incredibly sweet, often tame, and highly intelligent. More so than Mickey half the time. Because of this, she tends to be the one to keep ordinance in her circle of friends, as well as in the life of Mickey, who's constant mischief leads to chaos, ranging in relevance and danger. This also gives a motherly persona, which is seen whenever she's dealing with animals or children. Her nature, kindness, and tendency to see the good in others also ties into the fact that she's a hopeless romantic, as well as deeply affectionate. She takes love and loyalty very seriously, and is quite possibly the most dependable character, as well as the most loving, in the Mickey Mouse franchise.
Despite the various reasons, Minnie stands out as a perfect being, she's not without her flaws. Unlike Mickey, who is usually laid-back no matter the situation, Minnie has a habit of becoming easily frustrated, and can be impulsive, obsessive, and occasionally naive. In spite of the popular belief that the character of Minnie is passive, she is outspoken and has been shown to openly lose her temper like Donald, due to Mickey's forgetfulness, Daisy's diva persona, and Goofy's tomfoolery.
Her temper can also be stemmed from any amount of rudeness, as well as a lack of order. She's also shown dislike and hatred towards flirtatious men, selfishness, and narcissism. Additionally, she refuses to let these factors go on without a word, no matter how harsh or brutally honest her opinions are. Exceptions to this fact come into play whenever she's dealing with a close fried, such as the aforementioned Daisy, who she cares a great deal for, despite her few annoying tendencies. Minnie is often described as "feisty" by other characters. Being as strong-willed as she is, Minnie has no problem assisting Mickey in battling an enemy, no matter their size or power. She can be a key part in saving the day because of this.
She has appeared in many shorts, specials and movies, often a damsel-in-distress, often kidnapped by Pete or someone else.
Minnie made her debut along side her boyfriend in the classic shorts made in 1928 and continued appearing until 1952. She return in 1983 and continued to make guest star/mirror/background appearances until 1988 and later made official regular appearances beginning in 1999 and onward.
Minnie appeared in concept art for [Epic Mickey], but did not appear in the actual game herself (nor is she ever mentioned by Mickey). There was also no mention of her in [Epic Mickey 2], but she did appear in [Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion] and appeared in one of the projectors at the end of the second Epic Mickey.
According to Walt Disney, Mickey and Minnie Mouse have never been married on-screen. But, in , during an interview with Film Pictorial, Walt said, “In private life, Mickey is married to Minnie... What it really amounts to is that Minnie is, for screen purposes, his leading lady.”
Minnie's eyes are usually longer and wider than Mickey's, while her smile is slightly shorter and more closed than his. However, these details weren't used in the earliest cartoon and some comic stories.
In the popular [ABC] television series [Once Upon a Time], several figurines of Minnie and Mickey can be seen, most notably in Mr. Gold's pawn shop.
Minnie was used along with Mickey in a  Aesop's Fables cartoon called "The Office Boy" and again in a  Aesop's Fables cartoon called "Red Riding Hood" after Walt Disney admitted influence from this cartoon series which had been around even before Mickey was even created. But Walt sued its creator Paul Terry for "plagiarizing" his character which led to Aesop's Fables ending in 1933.
In the Pucca episode "Tame That Toon", the classic cartoon version of Pucca strongly resembles Minnie Mouse.
It has been officially stated that Minnie shares the same birthday as Mickey Mouse ([November 18]). However, this is debatable, as numerous stories that take place on Mickey's birthday do not mention that it is also Minnie's birthday, and vice-versa.
In Japanese Disney theme parks, it is more likely to find Minnie Mouse ears instead of Mickey Mouse ears.
Minnie has over two-hundred outfits.
[Bob Iger] once referred to Minnie as "the official First Lady of the Walt Disney company".
Minnie is one of the many cartoon characters who appeared in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, wondering about Judge Doom's identity and celebrating that he was defeated and that Roger found Marvin Acme's will.
Minnie's original voice actress Russi Taylor died in 2019. Kaitlyn Robrock voiced her in a song CD around the same year as Taylor passed away. Starting in 2020, Robrock officially took over the role in the Mixed-Up Adventures series and onwards, but her voice still sounds exactly the same as it is when Taylor voiced her.