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'You didn't know there was such a thing as a tickle, did you? Well... well, there is. Tickles are small and round and they have arms that stretch and stretch and stretch. Extraordinarily long arms!'
Narrator, Mr. Men (1974)
'I think somebody needs a tickle!'
— Mr. Tickle, The Mr. Men Show
Mr. Tickle


Book No.
Release Date
10 August 1971
Preceded by
Followed by
Mr. Greedy (UK and US)
Mr. Busy (France)

Mr. Tickle is the first book in the Mr. Men series by Roger and Adam Hargreaves, and a character of the Mr. Men franchise.

The story was originally based on a question by his son, Adam Hargreaves, who asked him what a tickle would look like.

About him

  • Colour: Orange
  • Shape: Round
  • Gender: Male
  • Hair: None
  • Family: None
  • Species: Shaped human
  • Personality: Boisterous, noisy, energetic, cheerful, unruly, disorderly, disruptive, hard-to-discipline, uncontrollable, amused, fun-seeking
  • Friends: Mr. Happy, Mr. Bump, Mr. Strong, Mr. Scatterbrain, Little Miss Chatterbox, Mr. Grumpy (one-sided), Little Miss Giggles
  • Rivals: Little Miss Trouble, Little Miss Scary, Little Miss Bad, Mr. Grumpy (one-sided)
  • Likes: Tickling, making people happy, biscuits (as shown in his story).
  • Dislikes: Getting his arms tangled up, not tickling, being threatened by Mr. Grumpy, getting tickled, darkness, Little Miss Scary, ants (as revealed in Bugs)
  • Job: Tickling people
  • Features: Blue bowler hat and long arms
  • Residence: Happyland (book series), Dillydale (2008 show only)
  • Nationality: Welsh (UK), Scottish (US)
  • Voice Actors: Arthur Lowe (1975-1978), John Alderton (1983), Douglas Blackwell (Mr . Men Audiocassette), Josie Lawrence (Little Miss Audiocassette), Gordon Peters (Mr. Men and Little Miss, UK), Len Carlson (Mr. Men and Little Miss, US dub), Paul Bandey (Emme/Hyptinque software series, circa 2003), Jeff Stewart (The Mr. Men Show, US), Rob Rackstraw (The Mr. Men Show, UK dub)


Front cover of Mr. Tickle

Mr. Tickle's story begins in his bedroom, waking up in his bed and having a quick bite to eat, using his extraordinarily long arms to get a biscuit from the kitchen and go back to eat it.

He then decides that it looks like a tickling sort of a day, so he goes out to town tickling people - a teacher, a policeman, a greengrocer, a station guard, a doctor, a butcher, and a postman named Mr. Stamp. He causes a lot of chaos in the process of doing this.

Mr. Tickle goes back to his home at the end of the day to reflect upon and laugh about all of the people that he tickled. The book ends with a warning that Mr. Tickle could be lurking anywhere, even your doorway, waiting to tickle you.


The prototype cover design

The character of Mr. Tickle was created when a 6-year-old Adam Hargreaves asked, 'What does a tickle look like?', which was one of his most impossible questions, as said in '50 Years of Mr. Men'. Like all Mr. Men, Mr. Tickle has a simplistic look. He is orange with long wiggly arms and a small blue hat.

He also appeared in the first episode of Mr. Men and Little Miss.

In 2001, for the 30th anniversary of the Mr. Men, Mr. Tickle's book was released as a collector's edition hardback. It also included a foreword by Adam Hargreaves.

His appearance was changed in The Mr. Men Show, but was changed back afterwards.

International publications & translations

Mr. Tickle appears under the titles:

  • Monsieur Chatouille (French)
  • Mr. Goglais (Welsh)
  • מר דיגידוג (Hebrew)
  • Fætter Kilderik (Danish, 1981)
  • Hr. Kilde (Danish, 2012)
  • Gubben Killekill (Swedish)
  • Unser Herr Killekille (German, 1982)
  • Mister Kitzel (German, 2012)
  • Herr Kilefant (Norwegian)
  • Meneertje Kietel (Dutch)
  • Don Cosquillas (Spanish)
  • Ο Κύριος Γαργαλίτσας (Greek)
  • 搔癢先生 (Taiwan)
  • Mali Žgečkljav (Slovenian)
  • Mr. Csiki (Hungarian)
  • 發癢先生 (Cantonese in Mr. Men and Little Miss)
  • 痕癢癢先生 (Cantonese in The Mr. Men Show)
  • Herra Kitli (Icelandic)
  • Mister Solletico (Italian)
  • コチョコチョくん (Kocho-kocho-kun; Japanese)
  • Senhor Cócegas (Portuguese)
  • Господин Голицавко (Gospоdin Golicavko; Serbian)
  • Mr. Dinglis (Irish)
  • Domnul Gâdilici (Romanian)
  • 挠痒痒先生 (China)
  • คุณล้อเล่น (Thai)
  • Мистер Щекатун (Russian)
  • آقا کوچولوی دست دراز (Persian, Gohar Danesh)
  • آقای غلغلکی (Persian, Avae Andisheh)
  • غلغلک خان (Persian, Ghadyani)
  • السيد داغداغ (Alsayyed Daghdagh; Arabic)
  • 간지럼씨 (Korean)
  • Pan Łaskotkiewicz (Polish)
  • Bay Gıdık (Turkish)
  • Mr. Pessigolles (Catalan)

List of characters

This is a list of Mr. Men, Little Miss and other special characters that appear in this book.

Title character other appearances

This is a list of other books that the title character has appeared in.

The Mr. Men Show

Mr. Tickle in The Mr. Men Show

In the 2008 TV series The Mr. Men Show, Mr. Tickle remains relatively the same in looks, he kept his orange colour and blue bowler hat, but his shape has changed to a circle and is smaller. His arms are now a normal size (but can stretch out when needed) and his hat has an aqua ribbon around it and is floating above his head.

However, he tickles other Mr. Men and Little Misses due to the absence of the humans of Dillydale. As far as character traits go, he is still determined to tickle everyone he interacts with, but instead of doing it for mischief, he does it to make people happy and will stop when nobody wants him to tickle them, save for when the opportunity knocks with Mr. Grumpy, who appears to be his favourite target.

He also gets his own catchphrase, which is 'I think somebody needs a tickle!' He has a Welsh accent and a Scottish accent. In the US and UK versions, he is voiced by Jeff Stewart and Rob Rackstraw, respectively.



  • He is a very friendly character who cannot resist a tickle.
  • In the book app released in 2014, Mr. Chatterbox, Mr. Nosey, Mr. Busy, Mr. Silly, and Mr. Rush made a cameo, although they were all published after his book.
  • In Mr. Men and Little Miss, he is first seen in the episode 'The Joke is On Little Miss Naughty'.
  • He also made a cameo on an episode of Mike & Molly along with Mr. Messy as plush toys.
  • In the 1970s-1980s series, the sound he makes when tickling people sounds like a high pitched flute sound, but in Mr. Grumpy's episode, it was high pitched piano keys.
  • Mr. Tickle is seen with a green hat in Mr. Cheerful and Little Miss Somersault most likely due to them originally coming from France. Mr. No and Little Miss Yes also show him with a green hat. All of the French Mr. Men and Little Miss books show him with a green hat, however Mr. Brave doesn't show him with a green hat.
  • His theme song is called Tickly, Tickly, Tickly Scream!
  • He was seen with almost every character.
  • His book was initially rejected by UK publishers until Fabbri picked it up in 1971.

The Mr. Men Show

  • His first appearance was in 'Physical'.
  • His design in The Mr. Men Show resembles Mr. Cheerful's design.
  • He also has ticklish feet.
  • 'Amusement Park' was the first time where another character tickled him, being Mr. Grumpy. He was tickled by a bubble version of himself in the episode 'Bath and Bubbles'.
  • His arms have been tied up several times, such as in the UK version of the opening sequence where Little Miss Naughty tied up his arms.
  • He was seen twice without his hat in the episodes 'Hats' and 'Sun and Moon'.
  • The only time he didn't want to tickle anyone was in 'Night', after being scared at seeing Mr. Stubborn as a werewolf. This was also the case in the 1995 cartoon episode 'Little Miss Sunshine Brings A Smile', as the cold weather put him out of the mood for tickling.
  • In the original US broadcast of The Mr. Men Show, his catchphrase is seen on the Chorion logo.
  • His last appearance was in 'Pests'.


See Counterparts Wiki.

The Mr. Men Show episodes where Mr. Tickle tickled people

This is the list of episodes in The Mr. Men Show where Mr. Tickle tickled people.

Season 1

Season 2



The Mr. Men Show artwork



The Mr. Men Show model sheets


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The Mr. Men Show Characters
Season 1 Characters

Little Miss SunshineLittle Miss NaughtyLittle Miss ScaryMr. LazyMr. NervousMr. MessyMr. QuietMr. StubbornLittle Miss HelpfulMr. BounceMr. SmallLittle Miss Chatterbox • Mr. Per(s)nickety (Mr. Fussy in Season 2) • Mr. GrumpyMr. NoseyMr. ScatterbrainMr. HappyMr. BumpMr. RudeLittle Miss WhoopsMr. NoisyLittle Miss Calamity (Season 1 Only) • Little Miss DaredevilMr. StrongMr. Tickle

Season 2 Characters
Little Miss GigglesLittle Miss MagicMr. TallLittle Miss BossyLittle Miss CuriousMr. FunnyMr. Metal (Robots only)