It’s a surprise tool that will help us later is an image macro meme featuring screenshots of Mickey Mouse from the animated TV series Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.
These memes show Mickey Mouse uttering the line “It’s a surprise tool that will help us later” while showing images of something offensive, harmful or things that are in no way related to the Disney universe.
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse debuted in 2006, as an interactive computer generated animation show made for educational purposes for children in an interactive form.
The show revolves around Mickey solving various problems and puzzles with the help of his tool Mousketool. In each episode Mousketool features different tools. Mickey usually reaches out to his audience by asking which one should be used for a given task.
One tool is always kept as a secret and only is revealed by the end of the episodes, cuing Mickey to say the line at the beginning: “It’s a surprise tool that will help us later”.
The earliest image macro meme featuring Mickey and his line was uploaded to a Spanish Facebook meme page in 2017.
Later the format appeared on Instagram and then on Twitter as well.
After a smaller decline in popularity, the meme was reintroduced in the Reddit boards r/dankmemes and r/MemeEconomy in 2018.