Characters: Oliver & Company
Voiced by: Joey Lawrence
Tropes associated with Oliver:
- Badass Adorable: With the emphasis on "adorable."Fagin: That reminds me, I saw Desoto's nose; who did that?(Dodger presents Oliver to Fagin)Fagin: You... you? *Laughs* That took a lot of guts! We have never had a cat in the gang before... we can use all the help we can get.
- Cute Kitten
- Happily Adopted: By Lonely Rich Kid Jenny, later in the film.
- Heartwarming Orphan: Initially he was a nameless, unwanted Cute Kitten left alone in a box.
- The Hero: As the title of the film would suggest.
- Hey, You!: Almost no one (Save for Jenny) addresses him by name, even when he does get one. He is mostly called "Kid"
- Na´ve Newcomer: To Fagin's gang.
- Orphan's Ordeal
- Protagonist Title: And Company.
- Red-Furred Hero
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Yes. So very much.
Voiced by: Billy Joel
Tropes associated with Dodger:
- The Artful Dodger: An expy of the Trope Namer.
- Big Brother Instinct: After Character Development, he shows this towards Oliver.
- The Cast Showoff: He is voiced by Billy Joel, after all.
- Cool Shades
- Deadpan Snarker
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Is kind of inconsiderate and a bit selfish, but he always pulls through for his friends and becomes protective of Oliver.
- The Leader
- Loveable Rogue
- Street Smart
Ignacio Alonzo Julio Federico de Tito
Voiced by: Cheech Marin
Tropes associated with Tito:
- Abhorrent Admirer: To Georgette. At least at first.
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: At Jenny's apartment, he sniffs a cigar lying around, quoting, "If this is torture, chain me to the wall!!!"
- The Lancer
- Latin Lover: Averted until the end of the movie.
- Motor Mouth
- The Napoleon
- Overly Long Name: His friends simply call him "Tito" for a reason.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Francis.
Voiced by: Richard Mulligan
Tropes associated with Einstein:
- Big Friendly Dog
- The Big Guy
- Dogs Are Dumb
- Dumb Muscle
- Ironic Nickname: Yeah, he ain't exactly the smartest member of Fagin's gang.
- He sure knows how to use his head.
Voiced by: Roscoe Lee Browne
Tropes associated with Francis:
- Deadpan Snarker
- Insistent Terminology: He refuses to be referred to as "Frank" or "Frankie", a fact that Tito abuses when they fight over what to watch on TV.
- Large Ham
- Meaningful Name: Some denominations of Christianity revere Francis of Assisi, who was born into wealth, as the patron saint of animals. Many churches conduct animal blessings on his feast day.
- Small Name, Big Ego: He fancies himself as a Shakespearian actor material and high class, despite being another homeless mutt.
- The Smart Guy
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Tito.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Plays dead in front of Jenny's limo to distract Winston long enough for Oliver and Tito to steal the radio from inside.
Voiced by: Sheryl Lee Ralph
Tropes associated with Rita:
- The Chick
- Only Sane Woman: The most level-headed dog in Fagin's gang, probably because Women Are Wiser.
- Sassy Black Woman
- The Smurfette Principle: Is noticeably the only female dog in Fagin's gang, and the only major female character, apart from Jenny and Georgette.
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: She seems to be wearing blue eyeshadow. What's odd is, Rita is never seen applying it whereas it's a part of Georgette's morning routine.
- Women Are Wiser: Notably the only one who voices doubts about "rescuing" Oliver from Jenny's house, as well as the only one who notices that Oliver is unhappy afterwards.
Voiced by: Dom De Luise
Tropes associated with Fagin:
- Adaptational Heroism: His book counterpart wasn't a sympathetic character.
- Anti-Villain: He does thievery and has the dogs do his dirty work, but he does care for them. Plus he's justified in his paranoia his dealings with Sykes and the welfare of the dogs if he gets "sleepin' with the fishes".
- Cowardly Lion: He does crimes to escape his possible gangster death punishment from Sykes, but he does try to fight against him once he goes too far.
- The Fagin: An expy of the Trope Namer only having a heart of gold this time around.
- Homeless Pigeon Person: Except with dogs.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: A difference shared with the film adaptation - yes, he's a thief, and was planning to ransom Oliver, but he clearly loves his pets, and when he learns that Jenny is Oliver's owner, he immediately gives up all idea of collecting the ransom (even though he is fully aware that he will be killed if he fails to pay Sykes) in order to return Oliver to her.
- Spared by the Adaptation: His book counterpart is sentenced to execution at the novel's end.
Roscoe and Desoto
Voiced by: Taurean Blacque (Roscoe) and Carl Weintraub (Desoto)
Tropes associated with Roscoe and Desoto:
- Color-Coded Characters: Roscoe = red, Desoto = blue.
- Dark Is Evil: Is it ever!
- Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: Hinted at with Roscoe.
- Expy: Somewhat like the alligators, Brutus and Nero, from The Rescuers, since there are two of them, and both serve the villain, but are much more witty and sinister.
- Family-Unfriendly Death: Fried by the third rail.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Anytime they get into a fight with Dodger.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Inverted, since Roscoe, the red-collared doberman, is somewhat cooler than the blue-collared doberman, Desoto.
- Scary Black Man: Roscoe - you can hear his African - American accent.
- Stalker with a Crush: Roscoe to Rita.
- Those Two Bad Dogs
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: While the main dogs can scare off the rabid dogs that showed up in the opening song, they face these two with disgust. Besides being dogs for a gangster affiliate, Desoto is implied to be a kitten killer, even more disturbing implications is that they're both human killers, as Sykes makes a cruel joke to her that they should eat Jenny if her parents didn't pay the ransom.
Voiced by: Robert Loggia
Tropes associated with Sykes:
- Ax-Crazy: At one point.
- Badass Fingersnap: Its his attack dogs' cue to attack.
- Bad Boss: To Fagin and possibly to any gang affiliates.
- Big Bad: Though he's more of a threat to Fagin rather than Oliver.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: When he sees the "Pizza Delivery Boy" (actually Francis and the gang) at his door, he immediately arms himself with a pistol, realizing that the person was not likely to be a pizza delivery person as he doesn't remember ever ordering a pizza that day.
- Dark Is Evil: Indeed. He's usually shown in shadows like most stereotypical villains.
- Fat Bastard: Very large, very intimidating, and very much a despicable excuse for a human being.
- Faux Affably Evil: Has his moments.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Evil smoking, naturally.
- Guttural Growler
- Family Unfriendly Karmic Death: Ultimately hit by a subway train in the end.
- Loan Shark: His job is this, and he'll get money no matter what the cost.
- Obviously Evil: Look at him. He's just as evil as he seems.
- Right-Hand Attack Dog: Two for the price of one! (See above.)
- Second Face Smoke: Does this to Fagin while holding him in a Neck Lift through his car window.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: He's clearly a horrible human being underneath his businessman fašade.
- Villainous Breakdown: While he's mainly calm throughout the movie, in the climactic car chase, he pulls down the gear stick so hard it breaks off and punches his hand through his car's window to get at Jenny.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Especially for Disney. Sykes has no sorcery, hamminess or even a Villain Song; he is a cold-blooded Loan Shark played straight. His methods are brutal as he holds Jenny for ransom, has Fagin in a loan deal with the implications of mafia execution and, in one scene where he's on the phone, he's clearly instructing the person on the other end how to perform the Cement Shoes method.
Voiced by: Natalie Gregory
Tropes associated with Jenny:
- The Cutie: A Spoiled Sweet little girl, and very cute as well.
- Damsel in Distress: In the climax after she is abducted by Sykes.
- Ditch the Bodyguards: Being seven years old, she had to elude Winston in order to save Oliver.
- Expy: Of Penny from The Rescuers.
- Innocent Blue Eyes
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: She adopts a Cute Kitten and takes care of him.
- Lonely Rich Kid
- Nice Girl: Jenny is very caring and friendly.
- Redheaded Hero
- Spoiled Sweet: To a certain extent.
Voiced by: William Glover
Tropes associated with Winston:
- Cool Old Guy: He's apparently a fan of pro wrestling.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Sure, he's a bit of a snob but it's clear he does care about Jenny, and he eventually warms to Fagin and his gang too.
- Rolling Pin of Doom: Uses it as an Improvised Weapon when he goes to inspect the noise coming from Georgette's room.
Voiced by: Bette Midler
Tropes associated with Georgette:
- Anti-Hero: She is extremely jealous of Oliver when Jenny first gets him, and tries to get rid of him after that. Despite this, she does help Oliver and the gang rescue Jenny from Sykes's clutches and appears to have...slightly lightened up by the end.
- Aren't You Going to Ravish Me?: When it becomes clear Dodger didn't break into her room for sex.
- Attention Whore: She is used to a lot of attention and can't handle Jenny giving any of hers to Oliver.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted. She's usually groomed and pretty, but in certain situations she looks worse for wear.
- Dude Magnet
- Cool Big Sis: Consigns herself to being this for Oliver in the end, though the "cool" part is debatable.
- Drama Queen: She freaks out over the tiniest things.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Towards Oliver for much of the movie.
- Every Dog is Cuter With Fur Decs: She always wears a pink bow at the back of her head.
- Hello, Nurse!: Most male dogs absolutely love her.
- I Broke a Nail
- Informed Attractiveness: She's not too different in design to Rita, but is implied to be an unrivaled beauty.
- It's All About Me: She gets a little better though.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Although she starts off as a straight-up Jerkass, she eventually regrets her actions and comes to accept Oliver as her family.
- Large Ham: Nearly every line is a slice of pure pork, as you would expect from her voice actress.
- Lovable Alpha Bitch: She does have a heart, especially towards the end.
- The Primadonna: Is something of a celebrity in dog show circles, and isn't shy about mentioning it.
- Really Gets Around: Just check out her shrine to her admirers! Even Ratigan appears in there.
- Rich Bitch: A literal example!
- Shrine to Self: Her room is not only stuffed with photographs and paintings of her and many, MANY mirrors, but statues of her make up most of her bed, flank her vanity table, and her dog bowl has a few miniature Georgettes on it.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: It is unclear whether her fur was dyed blue, naturally blue, or intended as gray via Hair Color Dissonance.