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Characters: Ratatouille

Rémy

Voiced by: Patton Oswalt

  • Be Yourself: What he ultimately learns by the end of the movie:
    I'm sick of pretending. I pretend to be a rat for my father, I pretend to be a human for Linguini. I pretend you exist so I have someone to talk to! You only tell me stuff I already know! I know who I am! Why do I need you to tell me? Why do I need to pretend?
  • Bratty Half-Pint: He's a rat and can be extremely sneaky. He learns to grow out of it.
  • Cursed with Awesome: What good is being a great chef with refined tastes if A) your Extreme Omnivore family thinks you're just being unnecessarily picky and B) you're more likely to be slaughtered than be allowed into a proper kitchen?
  • Silent Snarker: When he’s around the humans and can’t talk.
  • The Speechless: When he’s around the humans. Around the rats, however, he can talk, and he’s got a lot to say.
  • Supreme Chef: He's a great cook and longs to go pro.
  • Technician Versus Performer: The performer to Colette's technician.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: Rémy, who is never quite understood by his father, but despite this, wants to be appreciated by him.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Cute?: Lampshaded. Rémy's major struggle is the fact that humans think rats are gross; the movie shows them as just mischievous and self-interested at worst.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Linguini calls Rѐmy out for stealing food from the kitchen.
  • You Dirty Rat: Averted. Before Rѐmy handles anything with his front paws, he washes them.
    • Also Discussed Trope, early in the movie Emile mocks Rémy for walking on two paws, and he explains that he does it to avoid getting his food dirty.

Linguini

Voiced by: Lou Romano

  • Adorkable: Clumsy mannerisms? Check. Distracted by Colette? Check. Master of Buffy Speak? You bet.
  • Buffy Speak: "I am not your puppet! And you are not my puppet... controller... guy!" "Appetite is coming and he's going to have a big ego! I mean Ego! He's coming! And he's going to order! Something... from our menu! And we're going to have to cook it!"
  • Chekhov's Skill: Linguini’s roller skating skills, which he uses to become a really fast waiter.

Émile

Voiced by: Peter Sohn

  • Big Brother Instinct: He has proven himself to care a great deal about his little brother. Even when he hangs out with him, he's concerned about their safety.
  • Big Eater
  • Fat and Skinny: With Rѐmy. He's the fat one.
  • Fat Bastard: It's up for interpretation. While he is a bit gluttonous, it's understandable why he has so much weight on him.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Flip-flipped between the brothers. More often than not, Émile is the Foolish to Rémy's Responsible.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Rѐmy.
  • You Dirty Rat: Unlike Rѐmy, Émile doesn't wash his hands before eating or cooking. Granted, he doesn't really cook ever, but he eats twice as much, so that makes up for it.

Colette

Voiced by: Janeane Garofalo

  • Determinator: Colette was willing to go through hell to become a top chef.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Colette hits Linguini in the face on several occasions when she is upset with him. He never complains and she is still presented as completely sympathetic throughout the film. See also Slap-Slap-Kiss further down.
  • Face Palm: When Ego looks through Gusteau’s kitchen after tasting Rémy’s dish.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Inverted. Colette makes it clear that it's very difficult for a woman to get into haute cuisine, due to the sexism ingrained in the system, and that the only reason why she managed to become a professional cook was because she was willing to go through hell.
  • Hair Color Dissonance: Lighting in certain scenes gives it a violet tint.

Skinner

Voiced by: Ian Holm

  • Big Bad: He is Rémy and Linguini's central antagonist.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Threatens to have Linguini drawn and quartered when he catches him cooking his soup.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Skinner is based on the French star comedian Louis de Funès. He also looks a little like Adolph Caesar.
  • Dropping the Bombshell: Skinner reveals during a discussion with his lawyer that he is paranoid about the rat, thinking Linguine is trying to psyche him out. Skinner's lawyer notes that he had to take a second sample of Linguine's hair. When Skinner asks why, the lawyer says:
    Lawyer: The first time, it came back identified as rodent hair.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Despite the fact that he is an evil, selfish schemer, he takes his job as chef seriously. The only time he is willing to serve a substandard meal is when he sees it as absolutely necessary to put Linguine in his place. Too bad it backfires on him.
  • Large and in Charge: Subverted; Skinner is in charge of a restaurant where all of his employees are about twice his height. Then it's double subverted when you realize that his predecessor was Gusteau, who we could safely assume to have been the largest person in the room.
  • Oh Crap: Both Skinner and the health inspector after barging in the kitchen and seeing all the rats.
  • Reassignment Backfire: Skinner, trying to get Linguini kicked out of the kitchen, gives him the task of cooking a recipe that Gusteau himself said was a disaster. To his shock, Rémy quickly fixes the recipe to the point where it is so delicious that everyone else in the restaurant wants it, running the cooks ragged to keep up with orders and convincing everyone else in the kitchen that Linguini is a master chef.

Anton Ego

Voiced by: Peter O'Toole

  • Ambiguous Disorder: They never said if anything was wrong with Ego, but it's likely that he may have been suffering from depression and had become bitter over the course of time. This all changes when he takes a bite of ratatouille.
  • Caustic Critic: Lampshaded to death in his final review.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: While he looks like a potential villain, he's just a very harsh critic. He has high expectations, wanting to see at least one restaurant give him an experience to remember.
  • Deadpan Snarker: For a good 3/4 of the movie.:
    Anton Ego: (about the restaurant) "Finally closing, is it? "
    Servant: "No..."
    Anton Ego: "More financial trouble?"
    Servant: "No, it's..."
    Anton Ego: "...announced a new line of microwave egg rolls, what? Spit it out!"
  • Dramatic Drop: He drops his pen when he first tastes Rémy’s dish.
  • The Dreaded: His taste buds are so hard to please that even Gusteau, Rémy's indirect mentor, couldn't do so.
  • Final Boss: Satiating his taste buds is Rémy's final real challenge.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: After Gusteau's is forced to close, it's heavily implied that he helped front the money to open La Ratatouille, and he's a regular customer there. He's also one of the few people who respects and appreciates Rémy's talent even after finding out that he's a rat; he even sacrificed his job and reputation to give Rémy's cooking the praise it deserves.
  • Pensive Flashback: When he takes a bite of ratatouille, he instantly thinks back to his mother making him ratatouille years ago. It's safe to assume that she's the reason why he became a food critic. And all of this is done without a line of dialogue.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Even when it's revealed that Rémy was the one who prepared his dish, he was more than willing to dub him the finest chef in France (and keep quiet about the fact that they're breaking the rules about not having rats in a kitchen).
  • Secret Keeper: He wrote his review without mentioning that "the genius who works at Chef Gusteau's" is a rat.
  • Spit Take: Subverted; he suddenly stops in the middle of one to he make sure the wine he’s drinking is okay to spit out. It apparently isn’t.

Horst

Voiced by: Will Arnett


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