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Characters: The Aristocats

Duchess

Voiced by: Eva Gabor

  • Cat Stereotype: She is a white cat, and therefore elegant and high class.

Thomas O'Malley

Voiced by: Phil Harris

  • A Dog Named Dog: The classic "tomcat named Thomas" pun.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Duchess points out several times to her children that they are better than alley cats, but seems to have no problem with romancing Thomas. Then again, he was being very charismatic.
  • Batman Gambit: His stunt with the milk truck shortly after meeting Duchess and her kittens for the first time. As Duchess points out, he could have been killed.
  • Cats Are Snarkers: Especially toward the Gobble sisters. Since they were being complete jerks to him, the audience can sympathize.
  • David Versus Goliath: Taking on a pitchfork-wielding Edgar at the film's climax.
  • Distressed Dude: He jumps into a river to save Marie, which quickly backfires because he really can't swim.
  • Expy / Pigeon Holed Voice Actor: In the original version, he was voiced by Phil Harris, who also did Baloo in The Jungle Book. Granted, Thomas is more of a sophisticated, suave and adult version of Baloo than an expy, but still.
  • Heroic Build: Subverted: The Gobble sisters say he has one, but once they find out he's not actually married to Duchess they point out every last one of his physical flaws.
  • Hidden Depths: He actually really wanted to settle down.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: His decision to say goodbye to Duchess, because she can't leave Madame.
  • Last Name Basis: To everyone except Duchess.
  • Let's Get Dangerous: In the climax. He manages to be impressive even in a comedy film.

Edgar

Voiced by: Roddy Maude-Roxby

  • Anti-Villain: Edgar is one of the few Disney Villains who is not exactly pure evil; while he is greedy, he does not seem to be cruel. It would have been easy for him to just kill Duchess and her kittens, but instead, he chose to kidnap them and release them into the wildó-and when that didn't work, he decides to send them to Timbuktu. Moreover, he's shown to have more redeeming features and is never willing to kill anyone.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: He turns to villainy over his own impatience.
    "Each cat will live about 12 years, I can't wait that long."
  • Freudian Excuse: Edgar served Madame Bonfamille faithfully and loyally all his life, and she put the cats first to inherit her fortune.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Quite literally at one point. It leads to him getting locked in his own chest and mailed to Timbuktu.
  • Idiot Ball: Everything he does counts. Everything.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Some fans don't blame Edgar for trying to get rid of the cats (not killing them) - come on now! You have to wait until some cats die before inheriting a fortune?
  • Smug Snake: Edgar becomes this when he thinks he's gotten rid of the cats for good.
  • Tempting Fate: "You're going to Timbuktu if it's the last thing I do!" Guess who ends up going there instead!
  • The Villain Makes the Plot: Without Edgar, absolutely nothing would have happened.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: He does seem like a fairly decent guy near the beginning, despite his bumbling nature. Is it really so hard to feel bad for him when he learns that he'll likely never see a penny of his mistress's fortune because the cats inherit it first? Granted, he becomes a lot less decent as the film goes on, but still.

Madame Adelaide Bonfamille

Voiced by: Hermione Baddeley

Georges Hautecort

Voiced by: Charles Lane

  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He takes "you're only as old as you feel" to heart despite being genuinely really old, yet Madame loves that about him and has kept him as her lawyer for decades.
  • The Charmer: He and Madame like to play this trope off each other for laughs.
  • Hypocritical Humor: "That old birdcage? Poppycock! Elevators are for old people!" - said by a guy who looks like he's well over 200.

Scat Cat

Voiced by: Scatman Crothers

Scat Cat's Gang

Left to right: Billy Boss, Hit Cat, Shun Gon and Peppo.
Voiced by: Lord Tim Hudson (Hit Cat), Paul Winchell (Shun Gon), Thurl Ravenscroft (Billy Boss) and Vito Scotti (Peppo)

A group of alley cat musicians who play jazz with Scat Cat. They help rescue Duchess, O'Malley and the kittens at the climax of the film.
  • Adaptation Name Change: If you accept the names given at Wikipedia and The Disney Wiki (which are used here) as official, all the alley cats have different names in the Spin-Off comic O'Malley and the Alley Cats (Hit Cat becomes Cyril, Shun Gon becomes Chino, Billy Boss becomes Boris and Peppo becomes Luigi).
  • Anachronism Stew: Hit Cat is a late 60s hippie—in 1910.
  • Captain Ethnic: Their personalities are largely defined by the ensuing National Stereotypes.
  • Cats Are Mean: Along with their leader, the alley cats taunt Roquefort while preparing to eat him—until he tells them that O'Malley, Duchess and the kittens are in danger. They immediately rush to the rescue, allowing Roquefort to lead them.
  • Chekhov's Gunmen: They're introduced as O'Malley's friends, only to turn into Big Damn Heroes by the climax.
  • Cool Shades: Hit Cat wears them.
  • Hot Blooded Sideburns: Peppo has them.
  • Multinational Team: Hit Cat is British, Shun Gon is Chinese, Billy Boss is Russian and Peppo is Italian.
  • Nice Hat: Peppo wears one.
  • True Companions: To each other, to Scat Cat, to O'Malley, and eventually to Duchess and the kittens. O'Malley lampshades this: "They're kinda rough around the edges, but if you're ever in a jam, wham! They're right there."

Toulouse, Marie and Berlioz

Voiced by: Gary Dubin (Toulouse), Liz English (Marie) and Dean Clark (Berlioz)
Left to right: Marie, Toulouse and Berlioz.

  • Knew It All Along: Toulouse suspects that Edgar is behind their kidnapping, and is proven right when Edgar traps them and tries to ship them to Timbuktu.
  • The Load: They can be seen this way - none of them really do anything useful for the story, aside from Marie occasionally providing a chance for the initially reluctant O'Malley to play the Papa Wolf.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Duchess and O'Malley, not necessarily because they're a fan of the romance (at least in the case of Toulouse and Berlioz) but because they want O'Malley as a father.
  • Spoiled Brat: Marie acts like one sometimes.
  • Theme Naming: Toulouse and Berlioz.

Roquefort

Voiced by: Sterling Holloway

Napoleon and Lafayette

Left to right: Lafayette and Napoleon.
Voiced by: Pat Buttram (Napoleon) and George Lindsay (Lafayette)

  • Dogs Are Dumb: Downplayed with Lafayette who is the dumber of the two but sometimes proves to be smarter than Napoleon, despite Napoleon staunchly insisting that he is the leader of the farm dogs.
  • Fat and Skinny: Lafayette is the fat one and Napoleon is the skinny one.
  • Super Senses: Napoleon, with sound rather than smell, surprisingly.
  • Theme Naming: Named for Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte and General Gilbert Lafayette.

Amelia and Abigail Gobble

Left to right: Amelia and Abigail.
Voiced by: Carole Shelley (Amelia) and Monica Evans (Abigail)

Two geese sisters who stumble upon O'Malley in the river and mistakenly assume he's trying to learn to swim.

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