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Guess we're too good!
~ One of Ghosts, commenting on why nobody has visited the house they had long been haunting for a long time.

The Lonesome Ghosts are the titular main antagonists in the 1937 Disney animated short of the same name, and three of the supporting antagonists in Mickey's House of Villains. They are a quartet of translucent green phantoms who like to play tricks on anybody who enters their house.

The short ghost was voiced by the late Billy Bletcher.

Role

The Lonesome Ghosts are seen first being bored because they have no one to scare people with and cannot remember the last time a living person visited the house the ghosts have been haunting.

So these ghosts tricked Mickey, Donald, and Goofy who are ghost exterminators, into calling them to their haunted house. When the trio entered the ghost's house, the Lonesome Ghosts started to play a series of inventive yet annoying tricks on them. To make matters worse, Mickey, Goofy and Donald decide to separate to hunt the ghosts individually - an unwise decision that made themselves even more vulnerable to Ghosts' pranks.

Throughout the cartoon, the exterminator trios are toyed with by the ghosts at every turn until Mickey, Donald and Goofy fell into some flour and molasses under the basement of the house, giving them a disguise as creepier ghosts. Then they managed to scare the Lonesome Ghosts away from their house and ran off into the distance.

While uncertain how, the ghost hunters believe their superior tactics won the night. Donald smugly assumes the ghosts fled in capitulation to the trio. Donald then defiantly calls out, "So ya can't take it, ya big sissies?" Amen to that. 

Other appearances

They make very few cameos in the series Disney's House of Mouse. In the episode "House Ghosts", they begin to scare the daylights out of Pete and pulling his underwear. 

In Mickey's House of Villains, they proceed to help the villains take over scaring everyone away gathering the heroes and corralling them into the kitchen along with the Card Soldiers

They are seen watching the final battle between Mickey and Jafar. After Jafar is defeated, they flee with the other villains.

Trivia

  • Goofy's line "I ain't afraid of no ghosts." would later be used in the Ghostbusters movies and media.

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