A City Mouse is a character, often though not always female, who was born and raised in a city and has unexpectedly been transplanted to the countryside and now has to deal with those strange and unfamiliar surroundings.
Game and Story Use
- This is commonly associated with wizards and similar academics in wilderness adventures - these people may be "book smart", but they are totally inexperienced with daily survival beyond the city walls.
- This can also usefully be applied to The Thief, fantasy (as opposed to Celtic) Bards and other types optimised for a role as The face, or otherwise for operations in the built and occupied environment.
- This trope is traditionally suspended when in dungeons - unless the mouse in question is an NPC.
- Most modern people qualify in absolute terms - even those of us who think we're pretty rural and good at camping struggle in a genuinely low tech environment.