The Lonesome Ghosts are a large group of identical-looking ghosts.
The Lonesome Ghosts are a large group of fun-loving, mischievous ghosts who delight in causing mayhem by pranking mortals. It is unknown if they were a large, Beagle Boys-like family in life or merely shapeshifted into their identical appearances postmortem, but at any rate, they are virtually indistinguishable from one another physically, with the exception of the tinier Grubb, although some have personality traits that set them apart from their "brothers".
The Lonesome Ghosts originally lived alone in the Old McShiver Mansion for quite a long time. Having scared off all of the people long ago by 1937, the ghosts were very lonesome (hence the name) and, upon seeing an ad in the paper for the 'Ajax Ghost Exterminators', decided to have a little fun with them. Calling them up, the ghosts told them that their house was haunted. The three members of the company, Mickey Mouse, Goofy, and Donald Duck, showed up at the house, only to be continuously tricked by the ghosts. Eventually, the three ghost hunters fell into barrels of molasses and then into sacks of flour, causing them to look like ghosts, which, ironically, frightened the four real ghosts off, causing them to run away to parts unknown.
By Halloween 1952, the Lonesome Ghosts had found refuge in a retirement home for homeless spooks, witches and goblins, Diller's Midnight Manor — really the Haunted Mansion under the management of a witch called Phyllis Diller. Coincidentally, Diller ended up calling the trio of Mickey, Donald and Goofy to the Mansion while the Ghosts resided there, hoping they would help cull a termite invasion. Once more, the Ghosts made fools of the trio only for them to turn the tables and scare the Ghosts out of the house.
In 1993, the ghosts turned up again, this time haunting a building in the city. Detectives Bonkers D. Bobcat and Miranda Wright chased them out, and they moved into the police station at which the two detectives worked. They were eventually removed from there as well, and apparently returned to their roots in McShiver Mansion. In 1994, Peg-Leg Pete again kicked them out of said mansion, and they sought Mickey's help to defeat him, which he did. They later joined Mickey in celebration of Pete's defeat.
They occasionally visited the House of Mouse after it opened, and solidified their reputation as mischief-makers, playing pranks on various residents (such as Peg-Leg Pete as part of a Halloween jamboree of worldwide spooks). In 2002, they joined many other enemies of Mickey and co. to take over the house. This only lasted a very short amount of time, though, before the leader of the takeover, Jafar, was trapped inside the Lamp by Mickey.
That same year, the Lonesome Ghosts managed to trap Mickey and his friends in their house after the gang turned up there by mistake. As always, they had no malicious intent, and only wished to have some fun with the mouse by sending him on a puzzle-ridden scavenger hunt to retrieve the front door key. Upon the group's departure, the ghosts mentioned that they would miss them, as they "liked their style".
At an unknown point after this and before 2013, the ghosts ended up in Wasteland. There, they moved into Lonesome Manor, Wasteland's dilapidated version of the Haunted Mansion. They lived here until the Mad Doctor took over the mansion as his headquarters, at which point they were forcibly relocated by the Doc to a half-sunken riverboat on the outskirts of Bog Easy. While there, the still mischievous ghosts also somehow acquired a piece of the brokenAnimatronic Donald Duck. When Mickey arrived in Wasteland, he helped the ghosts reclaim their mansion, at which point they gave him the piece of the animatronic. The ghosts presumably still live in the mansion in Wasteland.
In 2020, the ghosts were among the beings from various worlds and time periods available to be summoned to the Sorcerer's Arena using Enchanted Cards, to be used as enemies for eager apprentices to fight against in their quest to become the next Master Sorcerer.
Behind the scenes
The Lonesome Ghosts first appeared in 1937 in the theatrical cartoon Lonesome Ghosts.
The ghosts have been given various names in the media in which they have appeared. In Search for the Secret Keys, the three ghosts that appear introduce themselves as Shakey, Quakey, and Clyde, while in Epic Mickey, the four ghosts are called Jasper, Grubb, Boo and Moss.