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Characters: Ratatouille

Remy

Voiced by: Patton Oswalt

  • 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?
  • Missing Mom: She was apparently written out of the movie.
  • 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.

Linguini

Voiced by: Lou Romano

  • A Man And His Rat: He even calls Remy, "Little Chef".
  • 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

  • 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 he'll 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

  • 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

  • Caustic Critic: Lampshaded to death in his final review.
  • 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, Remy's indirect mentor, couldn't do so.
  • Final Boss: Satiating his taste buds is Remy's final real challenge.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: After Gusteau's is forced to close, it's implied that he helped front the money to open La Ratatouille, and he's a regular customer there.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Even when it's revealed that Remy 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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