Epic Mickey drabble: Ozzy didn’t dislike/hate Mickey as much as he acted like he did.
You know what always makes me sit back and think? That Ozzy went out of his way to make a replica of Mickey’s house.
And then Gus saying to Mickey this: I think he was hoping you would be forgotten someday. End up here.
That gets me thinking: Why would Ozzy go out of his way to make a replica house for Mickey? If Ozzy really ‘disliked/hated’ Mickey that much. Him going out of his way to make sure Mickey had some place to stay just doesn’t scream that Ozzy 'disliked/hated’ Mickey as much as he acted like he did.
If he really disliked/hated Mickey as much as he acted like he did…then wouldn’t he just not have bothered with giving Mickey somewhere to stay??? That can mean only one thing—
It means deep down somewhere Ozzy actually cared enough to give Mickey somewhere to stay if/when he got forgotten by time. Meaning that no matter how much Ozzy wanted to deny it, he still cared for his little brother.
This could also be part of the reason he acted so bitter towards Mickey, because Mickey not only took his place but the darned mouse made Ozzy actually care for him. Despite how angry he was and how resentful he was. Somehow Mickey got Ozzy to care and that just made the rabbit all the more angry about the whole situation.
And that caused mixed emotions and feelings within the rabbit, so when Mickey got to Wasteland Ozzy started to soften up and slowly warm up to Mickey after getting to know him better. This also gave leeway to the idea of Ozzy actually accepting Mickey as his little brother and begin to let go of that resentment and all those mixed emotions.