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[[folder: Oliver]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Joey Lawrence

An orange orphaned kitten who is looking for a home.
* BadassAdorable: 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.
* ButtMonkey: Especially in early scenes, when he starts following Dodger and he's being put through a variety of pranks along the way.
* CuteKitten: Based on Oliver Twist... only the main character's a kitty.
* {{Determinator}}: Oliver continues to pursue Dodger after getting dipped in cement, sprayed with water, and humiliated in a wide variety of ways.
* HappilyAdopted: By LonelyRichKid Jenny, later in the film.
* HeartwarmingOrphan: Initially he was a nameless, unwanted CuteKitten left alone in a box.
* TheHero: As the title of the film would suggest.
* HeyYou: Almost no one (Save for Jenny) addresses him by name, even when he does get one. He is mostly called "Kid"
* NaiveNewcomer: The new member Fagin's gang with less experience than the others.
* OrphansOrdeal: The only kitten left in the box and we see him nearly getting washed down the drain, getting chased by big, vicious dogs, ending up trying to get food from a hot dog vendor and kicked into the wall.
* ProtagonistTitle: And Company.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Yes. He's a combination of CuteKitten and HeartwarmingOrphan, so he's adorable.

[[folder: Dodger]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Music/BillyJoel

A carefree, charismatic mongrel with a mix of terrier in him. He claims to have considerable "street savoir-faire". He is the leader of Fagin's gang of dogs, and is Oliver's first acquaintance, as well as his eventual best friend and bodyguard. He is the object of Rita's affection.
* TheArtfulDodger: He is on the cusp of this trope; mostly because he's much older (thanks to being voiced by Billy Joel). Of course, he's an {{expy}} of the TropeNamer.
* BigBrotherInstinct: After CharacterDevelopment, he shows this towards Oliver.
* CoolShades: He has them during the "Why Should I Worry?" number.
* DeadpanSnarker
-->'''Oliver:''' So when are we going to eat?\\
'''Dodger:''' We?\\
'''Oliver:''' Yeah, I'm starving!\\
'''[[{{Jerkass}} Dodger]]:''' [[KickTheDog Listen, kid, I hate to break it to you, but the "dynamic duo" is now the dynamic uno]].
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Is kind of inconsiderate and a bit selfish, but he always pulls through for his friends and becomes protective of Oliver.
* TheLeader: Of Fagin's dog gang.
* LoveableRogue: A mischievous yet charming street-wise dog.
* StreetSmart: Thanks to his smooth-talking "street savoir faire".

[[folder: Ignacio Alonzo Julio Federico de Tito]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/CheechMarin

A tiny yet passionate Chihuahua in Fagin's gang. He has a fiery temper for his size.
* AbhorrentAdmirer: To Georgette. At least at first. At the end, ''she'' become attracted to him.
* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: At Jenny's apartment, he sniffs a cigar lying around, quoting, "[[Creator/CheechAndChong If this is torture, chain me to the wall]]!!!"
* LatinLover: Averted. Until the end of the movie he's just a American-Mexican CasanovaWannabe.
* MotorMouth: He can speak fastly at times.
* TheNapoleon: A small Chihuahua and the most temperamental of the gang.
* OverlyLongName: His friends simply call him "Tito" [[CaptainObvious for a reason]].
* VitriolicBestBuds: Tito and Francis are at each others' throats almost constantly, but on at least one occasion, you see Tito curled up between Francis' paws and using his jowls as a blanket. Tito also gets extremely agitated when Roscoe menaces Francis.

[[folder: Einstein]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Richard Mulligan

A gray Great Dane and a member of Fagin's gang. He is named ironically as he is not particularly bright, representing the (surprisingly accurate) stereotype that Great Danes are friendly but not exactly bred for intelligence.

* TheBigGuy: The largest dog in the gang, Einstein tells Roscoe to pick on somebody his own size, although he's not so certain about taking on the more savage Doberman on the spot.
* BigFriendlyDog: A Great Dane with a friendly personality.
* DogsAreDumb: Despite his name, he is not very smart.
%%* DumbMuscle
* IronicName: Yeah, he ain't exactly the smartest member of Fagin's gang.

[[folder: Francis]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Roscoe Lee Browne

A bulldog with a British accent in Fagin's gang. He appreciates art and theatre, particularly Shakespeare. He also detests anyone abbreviating his name as "Frank" or "Frankie" (which Tito frenquently does).
* DeadpanSnarker: Particularly, he's snarky towards Tito in their VitriolicBestBuds dynamic.
* InsistentTerminology: He refuses to be referred to as "Frank" or "Frankie", a fact that Tito abuses when they fight over what to watch on TV.
%%* LargeHam
* MeaningfulName: 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.
* SmallNameBigEgo: He fancies himself as a Shakespearian actor material and high class, despite being another homeless mutt.
%%* TheSmartGuy
* VitriolicBestBuds: Tito and Francis are at each others' throats almost constantly, but on at least one occasion, you see Tito curled up between Francis' paws and using his jowls as a blanket. Tito also gets extremely agitated when Roscoe menaces Francis.
* WoundedGazelleGambit: Plays dead in front of Jenny's limo to distract Winston long enough for Oliver and Tito to steal the radio from inside.

[[folder: Rita]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Sheryl Lee Ralph

An Afghan hound and the only female dog in Fagin's gang. She is street-wise and takes Oliver under her wing.
* TheChick: The only female in the FiveManBand of dogs.
* OnlySaneWoman: The most level-headed dog in Fagin's gang, probably because WomenAreWiser.
%%* SassyBlackWoman
* TertiarySexualCharacteristics: 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.
* WomenAreWiser: Notably the only one who voices doubts about [[spoiler:"rescuing" Oliver from Jenny's house]], as well as the only one who notices that [[spoiler:Oliver is unhappy afterwards]].

[[folder: Fagin]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/DomDeLuise

A petty thief who lives on a house-boat with his dogs. He desperately needs money to repay his huge debt with Sykes. Because of his economic situation, he is forced to perform criminal acts such as pick-pocketing and petty theft, but in truth he is good-natured and polite most of the time.
* AdaptationalHeroism: His [[Literature/OliverTwist book counterpart]] was an antagonist. Here, despite being a thief, he's clearly one of the good guys.
* AdaptationalWimp: In the novel Sykes and Fagin were business partners on equal footing; here, Fagin is basically Sykes's bitch due to owing him an undisclosed amount of money and Sykes makes it ''very'' clear what will happen to Fagin if he doesn't pay up.
* AntiVillain: 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".
* ButtMonkey: Especially when he interacts with [[BadBoss Sykes]].
* CowardlyLion: 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.
* TheFagin: An {{expy}} of the TropeNamer only having a heart of gold this time around.
* HomelessPigeonPerson: Except with dogs.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: 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.
* NiceHat: He has a brown hat.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: [[spoiler: His [[Literature/OliverTwist book counterpart]] is sentenced to execution at the novel's end.]]

[[folder: Roscoe and [=DeSoto=]]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Taurean Blacque (Roscoe) and Carl Weintraub ([=DeSoto=])

Sykes's vicious Doberman Pinschers who have a hostile history with Dodger and his friends. Roscoe is the apparent leader, while his brother [=DeSoto=] seems to be the more savage of the two.
* AbhorrentAdmirer: Rita is plainly repulsed by Roscoe's advances.
* ColorCodedCharacters: Roscoe = red, [=DeSoto=] = blue.
* DarkIsEvil: Two black, violent dogs.
* EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor: Hinted at with Roscoe.
* {{Expy}}: Somewhat like the alligators, Brutus and Nero, from ''Disney/TheRescuers'', since there are two of them, and both serve the villain, but are much more witty and sinister.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: [[ShockAndAwe Fried by the third rail.]]
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Anytime they get into a fight with Dodger.
* RedOniBlueOni: Inverted, since Roscoe, the red-collared doberman, is somewhat cooler than the blue-collared doberman, [=DeSoto=].
* ScaryBlackMan: Roscoe -- you can hear his African-American accent.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: They are Sykes's dogs.
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: While the main dogs can scare off the rabid dog that showed up in the song "Streets Of Gold", 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 [[EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor Sykes makes a cruel joke to her that they might eat Jenny if her parents didn't pay the ransom]].

[[folder: Bill Sykes]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Robert Loggia

A cold-hearted, immoral loan shark and shipyard agent who lent a considerable sum of money to Fagin and expects it paid back.
* AxCrazy: Not so much for wielding an ax to stop the gang from escaping his warehouse, but for [[TooDumbToLive the fact that he drives his car onto the subway tracks without regard for oncoming trains as he pursues the gang to kidnap Jenny once more]].
* BadassFingersnap: It's his attack dogs' cue to attack.
%%* BadBoss: To Fagin specifically. It's less clear about his other business partners.
* BigBad: Though he's more of a threat to Fagin rather than Oliver.
* CigarChomper: In pretty much every scene he's in.
* CoolCar: Owns a black Lincoln Continental with custom vanity plates. He even has a miniature model of it in his office.
* DarkIsEvil: Indeed. He's usually shown in shadows like most stereotypical villains.
* {{Expy}}: Some viewers have though he resembles a human Professor Ratigan, and WordofGod says he was meant to be a combination of Ratigan and [=McLeach=].
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: [[spoiler: Ultimately hit by a subway train in the end.]]
* FatBastard: Very large, very intimidating, and very much a despicable excuse for a human being.
* FourEyesZeroSoul: Has glasses and is evil.
* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: Evil smoking, naturally.
* GutturalGrowler: He smokes and has a raspy voice.
* HiddenDepths: Animator Glen Keane has said Sykes' hobby is building miniature models, as evidenced by the ones seen in his office.
* LoanShark: His job is this, and he'll get money no matter what the cost.
* ObviouslyEvil: Look at him. He's just as evil as he seems.
* OhCrap: [[spoiler: The look on his face when he realizes he's about to get hit by an oncoming train]]
* RightHandAttackDog: Two for the price of one! (See above.)
* SecondFaceSmoke: Does this to Fagin while holding him in a NeckLift through his car window.
* SoftSpokenSadist: He's clearly a horrible human being underneath his businessman façade.
* TooDumbToLive: See [[AxCrazy AxCrazy]] above.
* VillainousBreakdown: 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.
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: Especially for Disney. Sykes has no sorcery, [[LargeHam hamminess]] or even a VillainSong; he is a cold-blooded LoanShark 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 CementShoes method.

[[folder: Jenny Foxworth]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Natalie Gregory

A kind, rich girl who takes care of Oliver.
* TheCutie: A SpoiledSweet little girl, and very cute as well.
* DamselInDistress: In the climax after [[spoiler: she is abducted by Sykes.]]
* DitchTheBodyguards: Being seven years old, she had to elude Winston in order to save Oliver.
* {{Expy}}: Jenny was originally going to be Penny from ''Disney/TheRescuers'' and it shows[[note]]Notice how they creatively changed one letter in her name[[/note]].
* InnocentBlueEyes: Has blue eyes and she is an innocent little girl.
* KindheartedCatLover: She adopts a CuteKitten and takes care of him.
* LonelyRichKid: Jenny appears lonely because of her parents being away, before adopting Oliver.
* NiceGirl: Jenny is very caring and friendly
* SpoiledSweet: She is nice and doesn't act like a SpoiledBrat even if her parents are very rich.

[[folder: Winston]]
->'''Voiced by:''' William Glover

The Foxworth family's bumbling but loyal butler.
* CoolOldGuy: He's apparently a fan of pro wrestling.
%%* DeadpanSnarker
* HiddenDepths: He ''really'' likes wrestling.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: 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.
* NiceHat: A black driver's hat.
* ParentalSubstitute: Seems to be this towards Jenny to an extent.
* RollingPinOfDoom: Uses it as an ImprovisedWeapon when he goes to inspect the noise coming from Georgette's room.

[[folder: Georgette]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Bette Midler

The Foxworth family's show-winning poodle.
* AntiHero: 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 [[spoiler: rescue Jenny from Sykes's clutches]] and appears to have...''slightly'' lightened up by the end.
* ArentYouGoingToRavishMe: When it becomes clear Dodger didn't break into her room for sex.
* AttentionWhore: She is used to a lot of attention and can't handle Jenny giving any of hers to Oliver.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Averted. She's usually groomed and pretty, but in certain situations she looks worse for wear.
* CoolBigSis: Consigns herself to being this for Oliver in the end, though the "cool" part is debatable.
* DramaQueen: She freaks out over the tiniest things.
* DudeMagnet: Just look at how many boyfriends she has had and still has.
* GreenEyedMonster: Towards Oliver for much of the movie.
* EveryGirlIsCuterWithHairDecs: She always wears a pink bow at the back of her head.
* HelloNurse: Most male dogs absolutely love her.
* IBrokeANail: Which is slightly weird, considering that she's a dog.
* InformedAttractiveness: She's not too different in design to Rita, but is implied to be an unrivaled beauty.
* ItsAllAboutMe: She' is very self-centered but gets a little better later on.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Although she starts off as a straight-up {{Jerkass}}, she eventually regrets her actions and comes to accept Oliver as part of her family.
* LargeHam: Nearly every line is a slice of pure pork, as you would expect from her voice actress.
* LovableAlphaBitch: She does have a heart, especially towards the end.
* MamaBear: Surprisingly she seems to be this towards Jenny. When Fagin approaches Jenny you can see Georgette barring her fangs at him protectively. Even though she isn't asked, she also joins the other dogs in rescuing Jenny.
* ThePrimadonna: Is something of a celebrity in dog show circles, and isn't shy about mentioning it.
* ReallyGetsAround: Just check out her shrine to her admirers! Even [[Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective Rat]][[InterspeciesRomance igan]] appears in there.
* RichBitch: As a female dog, she is a ''literal'' example!
* ShrineToSelf: 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.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: It is unclear whether her fur was dyed blue, [[AmazingTechnicolorWildlife naturally blue]], or intended as gray via HairColorDissonance.